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Monday, February 28, 2011

Fitness Apps for your cell phone!

Men's Fitness complied a list of the top fitness applications for your cell phone. Use these to help shed some lbs!

Lose It- Free app
Consolidate your workouts and food diary into one journal. This tracker has a wide variety of brands and food categories that include accurate calorie, carb, fiber, fat, sodium and protein values. It helps you see energy in vs. energy out.

Good Food Near You- Free
This is a great application if you travel a lot. It helps recommend healthy food options wherever you are (it uses GPS tracking). Once you choose a restaurant or grocery store if you tap the suggestion it lists healthy menu items complete with nutrition facts.

Nutrition Tips- Free
Did you know cut melon must be thrown out after two hours? This app has fun facts like this to help you stay healthy. Each tip is written on a post it note... just swipe the page or shake your phone for a new fact.

Run Keeper Pro- $9.99
This app uses GPS to track your route and speed and uploads it automatically to the RunKeeper website after you workout.

C25K- $2.00
Couch to 5K is great for anyone new to the jogging world. It guides you through training 3 days per week to increase your endurance.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Don't be fooled!

Don't be fooled into thinking McDonald's new oatmeal is a healthy choice. This oatmeal boosts 11 ingredients (for oatmeal??) starch-modified, barley malt extract, natural flavor, Carmel color, calcium ascorbate-a blend of calcium and vitamin C to maintain freshness and color, sulfur dioxide- a preservative, datem, sodium phosphate, sodium citrate, carrageenan-most likely used as a thickener and sodium stearoyl lactylate beyond what you'd expect to be in there (oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit and cream).

Make oatmeal at home, there's really no reason not too. Its quick, easy, definitely more cost effective and YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR EATING!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Roasted Tomato & Barley Soup

I just made this soup on Tuesday night and its now a personal favorite!!! Even my husband asked for a second serving.

1 can (28oz) of diced tomatoes
2 large onions diced (about 2 cups)
2 garlic cloves minced
2 TB olive oil
4 cups of chicken broth
2 stalks of celery diced (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley
2 TB chopped fresh parsley
Salt & Pepper to taste

  • Heat the oven to 425 degrees
  • Drain the tomatoes, reserving the juice for later use
  • Place the tomatoes, onions and garlic on a roasting pan
  • Pour olive oil over the vegetables and toss to coast. Roast for 25 minutes
  • Place the roasted vegetables in a 3qt saucepan. Stir in the reserved tomato juice, chicken broth, celery and barley and heat to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 35 minutes or until barley is tender.
  • Stir in the parsley

Serves 8 - calories 114, fat 4g

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I LOVE bananas!!



OK I am in love..... with my new *snack*. If you know me at all, then you know I love anything banana flavored however, I find that if I eat a plain banana I am usually hungry immediately afterwards. So this recipe adds a little twist to satisfy your sweet tooth, its super easy and a healthy option for dessert or a sweet snack.
Slice 1 banana lengthwise and place on a backing sheet (I line the pan with aluminum foil to make clean up easy). Then sprinkle lightly with light brown sugar and broil for 3 minutes. Once done remove from the oven and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

My husband loves buffalo wings so when I came accross this healthier version from Rachel Ray I had to give it a try. These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs were super moist with a little spice :) The best part is 4 meatballs were only 105 calories!!! Just pair them with sliced carrots, celery and light blue cheese and you'll feel like you are sitting at a bar with an order of wings.

1 lb ground chicken
1/2 small onion grated
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
extra virgin olive oil
2 TB butter
1/2 cup hot sauce (I used Franks)
bleu cheese dressing
baby carrots
celery sticks

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground chicken, onion, garlic and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Flatten the meat in the bowl and score it into 4 portions using the side of your hand. Shape each portion into 4 balls. Arrange the meatballs on a nonstick sheet pan and drizzel them with olive oil. Place the pan in the oven and bake the meatballs 10-12 minutes until cooked through and golden brown (I broiled mine for a couple minutes after cooking to give them a crispy coating).
  • While the meatballs are cooking melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the hot sauch and whisk to combine. Toss baked meatballs in sauce to coat and serve.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tired of Popcorn?

If you've had enough of popcorn try..... Sorghum. I had never heard of this grain before but its apparently one of the top 5 cereal crops in the world (along with oats, barley, wheat and corn). It originated in Africa and has spread to Asia and the Americas. In its traditional form this plant is over 6ft tall and the stalks are put to a variety of uses.
Cook it in a pot coated in canola oil over high heat, shaking until all grains are popped. Then drizzle with olive oil and a dash of sale for a crunchy snack.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Make your Valentine's day a healthy one!

First of all Happy Valentines Day to all my readers! I just wanted to share a few helpful tips to help have a successful day.

1. Plan your day accordingly. If you are going out to dinner enjoy a light breakfast and lunch.
2. Get exercise in early so you can spluge a little at night.
3. Share dessert with your date.
5. Make sure to eat a small healthy snack before you leave for dinner so you don't over indulge. Oatmeal is a great option as the fiber will keep you full, fruit or a power bar are other great choices.
6. Opt for dark chocolate over milk chocolate. Dark chocolate has more antioxidents, less sugar=fewer cards, more fiber also more iron, magnesium and copper.

Friday, February 11, 2011


WOW!!! Have you see the new Trenta size that Starbucks is now offering? I don't think I realized how LARGE this beverage is...... this cup can hold an ENTIRE BOTTLE of wine!! I am thinking that means "trenta" is more than we should be consuming in 1 sitting.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Nutrition 40 years ago!

    Early 1970's
  1. Everyone gets a microwave
  2. Supermarkets carried under 8,000 items, in 2009 they now carry more than 48,000 items.
  3. In 1970 there were 1,675 pounds of food available for every person in the United States, in 2003 it was up to 1,950 pounds. That means an extra 500 calories per day is being produced for ever man, woman and child.
  4. In the early 1970's imported food typically meant something like a jar of Spanish olives or a bottle of Italian olive oil or a bar of Swiss chocolate. Today anything could be imported from free mozz from Italy to frozen peas from China. The average American eats roughly 260 pounds of imported foods per year.
  5. In 2008 McDonald's spent $1.2 billion on advertising in the U.S, that's 12x as much as it spent in the 1970's. To put this in perspective for every $1 spend on ads that urge us to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day; the food and beverage industries spends $1,100 enticing us to buy fast food meals, sugary breakfast cereals etc.

No wonder we keep gaining weight.... our environment seems to be against us! But stay focused on achieving a healthy lifestyle and you will see the environment begin to change around you, in a positive way.


  1. Organic foods/produce are becoming more mainstream
  2. Trans fat is plummeting
  3. Nutrition labels are becoming more descriptive
  4. Restaurants are noting the calories next to the dish

.................. this is only the beginning! We have more research at our finger tips and more information today than we had 40 years about health and wellness. This along with personal motivation will help to guide us on this journey.

Start today.... take baby steps! Enjoy the foods you love but "crowd" them out by adding more protein, fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. Add a piece of fruit to your breakfast (it doesn't matter if you are eating a donut or oatmeal), at lunch eat a piece of fruit and load up your sandwich with veggies (tomato, cucumbers, lettuce, onion, peppers etc), grab fruit or veggies for a snack (apple and string cheese, celery and peanut butter etc) and so on. Eventually you'll become more satisfied and find yourself snacking less.

Let me know how this challenge goes!

CSPI Newsletter Jan/Feb 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tees for Change

These shirts are made of a bamboo and organic cotton blend. Tees For Change are not only sustainable but ridiculously soft. As if that weren't enough, the company will plant a tree for every T-shirt sold.
Shape Magazine Feb 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The latest workout gear!

Love the idea of a hula hoop workout but no place to store it? Hoopnoticas just launched this travel hula hoop that snaps together.
This trainer ball is a must have! It has 12 core strengthening exercises printed on the ball so there is no more excuse of "I forgot to do that one"

Tired of having multiple sets of hand weights? Well these weights can increase from 2.5 to 12.5 pounds as you get stronger. No excuses not to challenge yourself!

RealSimple Feb 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Taco Bell sued for misleading customers about beef!

We all probably saw this coming but Taco Bell's beef is not really beef at all. An Alabama law firm is filing a class action law suit again Taco Bell, claiming that the "beef" they serve only contains 36% beef and the restaurant is therefore misleading customers.

The rest of the beef is actually made of wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch, sodium phosphates, and other non-meat "extenders".

Yesterday Taco Bell released this statement:
"Taco Bell prides itself in serving high quality Mexican inspired food with great value. We deny our advertising is misleading in any way and we intend to vigorously defend the suit."

Here's what we recommend: Don't eat Taco Bell! There are very few low calorie options on the menu and its clear that there's no telling what the food your eating is made of. Go for fresher, low calorie options elsewhere!
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