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Is It Really Worth 2 Hours & 32 Minutes on the Treadmill?

22 Apr

According to Dr. Oz it takes 2 Hours & 32 minutes of sweating on the treadmill to burn off that juicy burger and salty fries.

Fitness Junke Challenge:  Find out how long it takes to burn off your favorite food splurge and then ask yourself if its worth it.  Chances are you’ll make better choices next time you have a craving.

Spicy Hummus Dip…

20 Apr

Hummus is a healthy alternative to dips, mayo, and other sandwich spreads.  Try it as a dip with raw veggies or pita chips, and on sandwiches and wraps. It’s also very filling and chock full of protein.

Here’s a recipe for Spicy Hummus Dip posted by TWICEAGAIN at sparkpeople.com that I can’t wait to try:

Ingredients

      1 19 oz can Chickpeas, drained & rinsed
      Juice of 1 lemon
      Pulp of 1 whole Garlic bulb, roasted
        1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
      1 tsp ground Cumin
      1 tsp Paprika
      1/2 tsp Curry powder
      4 tbsp chopped fresh Cilantro
      1/3 cup Tahini
      2 tbsp Olive Oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Keeping skin on garlic bulb, carefully cut the top of the bulb in order to expose all of the individual cloves.

Place on tin foil and drizzel with 1/4 tsp of the Olive Oil. Wrap bulb up like a Hershey’s Kiss and roast in oven for 30 min.

Meanwhile, drain and rinse Chickpeas well. Place in food processor along with remaining ingredients. Once garlic has finished roasting, squeeze pulp in with other ingredients and whiz until well blended.

Feel free to add or reduce the amount of garlic and omit the cayenne pepper in order to personalize this recipe if you’d like

Serving size is 1/4 cup.
Goes great with whole wheat flat bread and raw veggies!

Makes 10 servings.

What’s your favorite hummus recipe?

P.S.

Sparkpeople is a great resource for finding healthy and low calorie recipes.  Check out their recipe section here.

Why You Should Eat Carrots. Every Day…

15 Apr

Did you know that the vitamin A found in carrots is not only good for your eyes but also helps to clear up your skin?  Me either!  How about the fact that it also reduces the development of skin-cancer cells?  I know, right!

Now that you know all of the good things carrots can do for your body make sure you pack some in your lunch everyday.

(via Women’s Health)

Hungry? Eat This, Not That!

15 Apr

David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding, authors of the wildly popular series Eat This, Not That, tells us what to snack on & why.

BEST YOGURT
Fage Total 2% Plain Greek Yogurt (7 oz container)
130 calories
4 g fat (3 g saturated)
17 g protein
8 g sugars

*Greek yogurt is recommended because it contains more protein.

BEST FINGER FOOD
Almonds (1 oz)
163 calories
14 g fat (1 g saturated)
6 g protein
3.5 g fiber

* They recommend eating them whole because the skins double the antioxidants.

BEST CEREAL Kashi GoLean 
Kashi GoLean Original (1 cup with 1/2 cup of 1% milk)
195 calories
2.5 g fat (.5 g saturated)
12 g sugars
17 g protein
10 g fiber

BEST DIP SNACK
Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (2 Tbsp with 10 baby carrots)
105 calories
6 g fat (1 g saturated)
200 mg sodium
2.5 g protein
4 g fiber

*Hummus regulates blood sugar.

BEST DRINK
Lowfat chocolate milk (1 cup)
160 calories
2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
25 g sugars
8 g protein

*Did you know that calcium interferes with your body’s ability to absorb fat!?!  Me either, these guys are GENIUSES!  Pardon me while I run out and buy a bottle of Citracal.

BEST CRUNCHY SNACK
Newman’s Own Organics Spelt Pretzels (20 pretzels)
120 calories
1 g fat (0 g saturated)
240 mg sodium
4 g protein
4 g fiber

P.S.

I totally ripped off this information from an article on Yahoo titled 6 Best & Worst Snacks.  Normally, I’ll do more research and put my own spin on things but this information was just too good not share in the original format.  For more health tips visit the Eat This, Not That! website.

(via Yahoo)

Dieters Beware!

14 Apr

What do The Cheesecake Factory, T.G.I. Fridays,  and Fuddrucker’s have in common?  They don’t publish their nutritional information.  WTF you may ask?  Yep, unless they are required by law to publish the information they are choosing not to. 

I don’t know about you but that makes it impossible for me to eat at their restaurants.  We know from the Up Your’s segment that dishes can be very deceiving when eating out.

Fitness Junke Tip:  When dining out choose the restaurant based on their online nutritional information.  This way you can get the most bang for your buck nutritinoally speaking and choose which dish sounds the best. 

(via Fitbe, image courtesy of fooda.org)

Fitness Junke’s Guide to Dining Out

14 Apr

Trying to eat healthy but craving a dinner out with the girls?  Not sure what to order at the restaurant that won’t blow the diet?  Here are my secret tips for dining out and still being able to button my pants in the morning:

  • Pick the restaurant before you leave home based on the nutritional information.  For example, if I’m craving mexican food I’ll look up the nutritional information at my two favorite mexican restaurants and pick based on what sounds the best and has the least amount of calories.  It’s not a perfect science but being prepared on what to order helps with temptation once you’re seated. 
  • When you’re entree arrives immediately ask your server for a to-go box and place 1/2 your meal in the box for lunch the next day.  Doing so will save you calories and money!  Hint:  If you’re like me, you think you can visually divide your plate in half and place it in the to-go box at the end of you meal.  Trust me, it’s way too easy to keep eating if the food is still on your plate.  Learn from my mistakes 🙂
  • Order water, skip the cocktails, and save the calories for the meal.  P.S. There are 243 calories in a Applebee’s margarita.  Just sayin’.
  • Order dressing on the side so you can control how much is on your salad.  Do the same with other toppings such as sour cream, guacamole, cheese, etc.  You can save 200 – 300 calories per meal this way.

Happy Dining,

Fitness Junke

It’s a Food Revolution!

13 Apr

I’m so excited!  I’m down right giddy!  Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution premiered last night and I must say I’m both impressed and horrified with the show.  Impressed that Jamie (yea, we’re on a first name basis) would take on the L.A. school system and horrified when he teaches us what kind of food is on our childrens lunch tray.

For those of you that didn’t watch the show Jamie focused on teaching us where our food comes from.  He also taught us that the same cuts of beef normally called “waste” and used in pet food can also be used (FDA approved, mind you) for up to 15% in hamburger for human consumption as “filler”.  Disturbing.  That’s the only word I can think right now.  I’m too grossed out and busy researching for organic, grass fed beef ranchers that sell direct to the public.  At least then I’ll know what I’m feeding my kids.

Check out Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on Tuesday nights on NBC and learn more about the food revolution here.

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

12 Apr

Do you cringe every time your kids ask for McNuggets?  Me too!  Try this healthy receipe from Mom’s Who Think that’s really tasty and just may have your kids asking for seconds.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup cornflakes cereal
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

1. Remove skin and bone; cut thighs into bite-sized pieces.

2. Place cornflakes in plastic bag and crush by using a rolling pin.

3. Add remaining ingredients to crushed cornflakes. Close bag tightly and shake until blended.

4. Add a few chicken pieces at a time to crumb mixture. Shake to coat evenly.

CONVENTIONAL METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a cooking sheet.

2. Place chicken pieces on cooking sheet so they are not touching.

3. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes.

MICROWAVE METHOD:

1. Lightly grease an 8×12 inch baking dish.

2. Place chicken pieces on baking dish so they are not touching. Cover with waxed paper and cook on high.

3. Rotate chicken every 2 to 3 minutes. Cook until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes.

 

Makes 4 Servings, about 3 ounces each
PER SERVING:

Calories 175
Total fat 8 grams
Saturated fat 2 grams
Cholesterol 67 milligrams
Sodium 127 milligrams

 

This Ain’t Your Momma’s Food Pyramid…

8 Apr

Dr. Weil's Food Pyramid

Dr. Andrew Weil is considered a health and wellness guru by many.  He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 by Time Magazine and is best selling author many times over.  He has developed a food pyramid based on his recommended anti-inflammatory diet.  Dr. Weil explains:

“Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases, including those that become more frequent as people age. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.”
Dr. Weil

What do you think?  You can read more about Dr. Weil and his theories on health and nutrition here.

Is Food a Drug?

7 Apr

Research is finally catching up to what most of us already know, food addiction is like drug addiction.  New research is showing that chemical surges affect our response to food, much in the way an addict responds to alcohol or drugs.

Food, like everything else, is best in moderation.  If you feel as though food has become your addiction, please seek help.  Overeaters Anonymous is a great resource. 

(via the LA Times)