Two weeks into the new year, how are your resolutions coming along?? Whether you made any resolutions or not, eating healthy is a lifestyle that everyone can and should enjoy to the fullest! A lot of people might be scared to commit to healthy eating because they think healthy food is “boring” or even worse, “gross”. Maybe they had a childhood full of canned vegetables reheated in the microwave (like me), and they think that’s just what vegetables taste like. Or maybe they heard about how some bodybuilders “only eat boiled chicken and broccoli” to get in shape, and they think that’s what they’ll have to do too. Wrong! Today more than ever before, thanks to the Internet, delicious healthy recipes are only a click away. Today’s Chicken Jalapeño Poppers taste like sinful bar food, but they’re made with only a few simple ingredients and have a full serving (27g) of lean protein in just 6 pieces! (more…)
Suspension training is a relatively new exercise trend that has gained a fast following and for good reason. A suspension training system can provide a total full-body workout anywhere, anytime. The straps are portable and adaptable to any setting, including hotels, parks, gyms, or your home. Any body part can be worked at any level of difficulty with a quick re-position. What’s not to love? (more…)
I believe in my heart that there is never a wrong time for tuna salad. Sometimes circumstances make it the *perfect* time for tuna salad as a matter of fact. For instance, when you have no fresh meat in the fridge. Tuna can be kept indefinitely in the pantry just waiting for you to run out of chicken breasts. Maybe you don’t have time to cook anything. Tuna is ready-to-eat! It’s a really great last-minute-decision meal that can be made in a hurry. Tuna salad is never a problem because tuna can be mixed with just about anything you have in the fridge at the time. Chopped veggies, fruit, nuts, olives, pickles, cheese, and condiments such as mustard, Dijon, vinegar, mayo, or salad dressing. My personal favorite combination is salty mixed with sweet, such as pickle juice, blue cheese, chopped kiwi and pecans. (No that’s not weird!) I haven’t found a combination that doesn’t work well with tuna, as long as you choose healthy, natural foods. (more…)
It’s December and the weather outside is frightful, but nothing warms you up like a warm, chunky bowl of chili. Chili is one of those recipes that you can almost always throw together with any ingredients you happen to have on hand. My chili happened to have zucchini, pinto beans, bell pepper, and jalapeños because that’s what I had, but your chili can be anything you want it to be! The only real necessities for a classic chili are a good ground meat and some type of sauce. This recipe calls for ground turkey, but beef is always acceptable! It’s really a matter of preference. When I’m trying to keep calories low, I choose turkey because it has roughly half the amount of calories and quite a bit more protein than ground beef. (more…)
Working behind a desk isn’t a glamorous life. It can be dull and repetitive, and the printer jams no less than 17 times per day. It’s like The Office, but less funny and more mind-numbingly boring. But if it weren’t for desk workers like myself and the other several million of us, nothing would get done! Boring office work is where everything starts, usually as an email or a stack of papers in a file cabinet. We work tirelessly behind the scenes, the unsung heroes who plan infrastructure, edit textbooks, create digital media, file taxes, or provide customer service. The number of desk jobs in America is staggering, and there is one major drawback to go along with each and every one of them.
Millions of Americans are sitting all day, every single day on their sad, flat butts, letting their backs, wrists, and retinas suffer the consequences. The human body was not meant to sit for 8 to 10 hours a day in front of a computer. Add in the time you sit in the car, sit at the dinner table, and sit in front of the TV, and the average American is lucky to be mobile for even 2 to 3 hours a day! (more…)
Sometimes you just need a muffin. But not one of those 500 calorie, vegetable oil and preservative filled muffins you find at the checkout at CVS. No, those muffins are a trap! A muffin-top waiting to happen. Sometimes you just need a healthy muffin with quality ingredients that tastes good and can be whipped up in a flash. These muffins came out looking a little radioactive, but they’re actually quite the opposite! These tasty purple muffins pack a lot of nutrition in a few bites. (more…)
It’s officially cold outside, even down here in Texas. The scarves and boots are in full swing around here. But I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer! Some of my favorite summer vegetables are the zucchini, and its cousin, the yellow squash. Their bright colors and light, fresh flavors are symbolic of the hot months, green grass, and birds chirping outside. I’m already missing all of those things and it’s not even officially winter. I might not be able to change the weather, but I can pretend a little bit longer by making some summer-y dishes. (more…)
It’s that time of year again when everything is pumpkin flavored and the sun goes down at 5pm. I guess that means my favorite holiday is coming up, Thanksgiving! I think I like Thanksgiving even more than Christmas because you don’t have to break the bank buying gifts for everyone you know, but you still get to see everyone and EAT! Who doesn’t love cranberry-smothered turkey and some nice conversation? Football and naptime? Leftover turk-cran-stuff-gravy sandwiches?
So what’s a fit person like yourself to do when faced with a whole table full of delicious, fattening, wonderful, unhealthy foods? Some might say, “It’s only one day a year, indulge!”. But this is a dangerous mindset. After all, Thanksgiving is only one day, but so is Halloween, your birthday, Christmas, Easter, your anniversary, and all the other big food-related days of the year. A quick google search informed me that the average American consumes 4,500 calories at Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t be a statistic! (more…)
Wiggly, gelatinous perfection. Ever think that was a thing? Well this is that thing. BCAA powder and gelatin powder combine for a one-two punch: 1 serving is 35 calories, 2g carbs, 6g protein, with over 14 amino acids, caffeine, and green tea extract. This is the ultimate pre-workout snack to power your muscles through an intense workout AND it tastes like candy. (more…)
My love of sushi is recent, but has quickly become my first choice for cheat meals, even surpassing my beloved buffalo chicken strips with ranch dressing… I always thought I didn’t like sushi because the few times I had tried it, they were rolls I don’t particularly care for (still). But I’m glad I gave it another chance because now I know there are hundreds of types of sushi rolls, many of which are AMAZING. I admit, I’m not an authentic sushi aficionado, and the rolls I prefer are probably very Americanized, much like American Chinese food. But I’m not ashamed of that! (more…)