Archive | June 2013

Eating Healthy On A Budget

As a family of 6, including a pre-teen who can eat…and eat…and eat, it is important to me to be able to keep healthy food options in the house for both mealtime as well as snacks.

Here are a few tips for healthy eating on a budget.

Low-fat milk
Why drink sugary sodas, juices and energy drinks that offer little or no nutritional value when you can drink milk, a nutrient rich drink that provides calcium, vitamins A and D, protein and much more!

Canola Oil
Canola oil is one of the healthiest oils out there. Its cheaper than olive oil and provides the same heart healthy benefits. It has the lowest amount of saturated fat than any other oil. Canola is an extremely versatile oil. Use it for stir fries, vinaigrettes, or marinades or try it as a substitute for butter when baking cakes and bread.

Long-Grain Brown Rice
Brown rice is very inexpensive and adds a nutty flavor as well as all the benefits of whole grains.

Whole Chicken
Instead of buying chicken piece by piece, plan menus to include meals that use legs, thighs, and breasts all on different nights. Or, roast a whole chicken to eat for a few days.

Seasonal Produce
Pick up seasonal produce from your grocery store or local farmers market. Seasonal produce is generally more affordable and they taste the best.

Dried Beans
Beans and legumes are packed with nutrition. Soaking beans may take more time, but in the end you will end up with less sodium compared to canned varieties.

Source Cooking Light

Pina Colada Smoothie

I don’t know about you, but I sure do love smoothies! Something about a refreshing smoothie on a warm summer day.

We have lots of smoothies in our house. My kids enjoy them as a healthy dessert after dinner, and I find myself making them often in the morning for a healthy breakfast alternative.

What you need —

1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1 cup ice

Blend all ingredients until smooth and garnish with 1 pineapple chunk if desired

Tip – Save time with frozen or pre-cut pineapple

79 calories for this tropical smoothie

pina

Fruit Kebab with Chocolate Drizzle

This little treat will satisfy that sweet tooth without hurting your waist line that you have been working so hard for with these summer months approaching.

What you need —

1 strawberry
1 piece each kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple
2 blueberries

Skewer the fruit and drizzle with 1 tsp. Hershey’s chocolate syrup

62 calories

fruitkebab

Swirlgear Womens Running Gear

Swirlgear Womens Running Gear

I am EXCITED to be a Brand Ambassador for a new company, Swirlgear.

Swirlgear uses moisture-wicking fabric, flattering cuts and spray-dyed colors that inspired its name.

Lacie Whyte designed Swirlgear for women’s everyday lives as well as their workouts, and in her own words “It’s cut so they’re comfortable, and the coverage is enough so they can take it from work to a run, back to work, pick up the kids, or wherever their day takes them. We all have to juggle many things in our lives and make sacrifices, but at least you can now wear something comfortable and cute while doing it.”

As a Brand Ambassador for Swirlgear, I can offer you a discount code for FREE SHIPPING on any order! Just enter code 925 at checkout!

Also, be on the lookout for the new fall line coming in September which will include tanks, capris, etc.

http://www.swirlgear.com

Beginners Running Interval Training for Treadmill

As a new runner, it is sometimes very difficult to encourage myself to get on the treadmill and start my running workout. In researching, I discovered that if I incorporated interval runs into my training, it will be much easier for me to make strides and advance as a runner! This interval treadmill workout is tailored especially for beginners and is only 20 minutes long! It will be over before you know it, so get up & start moving!

Set Incline to 1

* To clear up any confusion the workout should be read as follows: The first 3 minutes will be run at a speed of 3, the next 2 minutes (3-5) should be at a speed of 3.5, the next 2 (5-7) at a speed of 5.5, etc.

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