05-05-2014

Healthy Cinco De Mayo Recipes!

Happy Cindo De Mayo! It’s actually also my mom’s birthday today, which is what I usually equate May 5th to ;)

Do you all celebrate Cinco De Mayo or plan on having friends over? Well if you’re looking for some last minute ideas, I created a great link round-up for you featuring different types of healthy Cinco De Mayo recipes and drinks. Go and check them/the bloggers out!

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Are you celebrating Cinco De Mayo? Feel free to share some of your recipes in the comments!

Do you like margaritas? I do – though not the slushy kind!

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04-16-2014

Eat Your Beans

So today I posted my “Health & Fitness Links” and one of them was about how eating beans can help you lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol

A team of researchers from the U.S. and Canada analyzed 26 randomized-controlled studies that included a total of 1,037 people, and found an association between consuming at least one serving a day of dietary pulses, or legumes — which includes chickpeas, lentils, peas and beans — and 5 percent decreased levels of LDL cholesterol over a median follow-up period of six weeks. (One serving of dietary pulses is equal to about 3/4 of a cup.)

I don’t know about you, but I love beans. Any kind. I can easily eat them every day. Which is why I am writing this post…to throw out some ideas on how to get your serving of beans per day. Sure, you could scoop out a serving and eat it with dinner, but there are a lot of great recipes that include beans! Here are a few I have regularly (bear with me and my not so great food photography):

Add beans to your salad

My favorite salad combo is mixed greens, tuna, strawberries and chickpeas. I have also used white/canellini beans, and loved the combo with my tuna cakes pictured below.

Tuna Cakes

 

Experiment with different types of beans in your salad and see what you like best. I think chickpeas are probably the best. Here are a few other tips to make a better salad ;)

You can also make sandwiches or wraps that include beans. I like a turkey wrap with hummus, avocado and chickpeas.

Make tacos or burritos

Who doesn’t love tacos or burritos? I mean…that’s why I go to Chipotle like once a week. Chicken burrito bowl? Yummmmmmm.

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But you can easily re-create this at home. I wrote up a taco salad recipe once and it is still something in our dinner rotation. Whether you make a burrito or a bowl, throw in your favorite kind of beans. Making a taco salad or burrito once a week is a great way to get in your bean servings!

Chili or lentil soup

Now that it’s getting warmer out, you may not want soup, but it’s still delicious. My mom makes great lentil soup with melted cheese in it…so good. You can also whip up your favorite chili recipe. I’ve also made vegetable soup with beans in it, and sliced up avocado and crumbled pita chips in it. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of any of these ideas, but I’ll make sure to do that next time my mom makes her famous lentil soup!

Black bean burgers

I have not tried this but am putting it on this list because I really want to try it. I would like to make my own but I’m not sure how much time it will take. Perhaps I’ll try the frozen variety first? Any suggestions?

Black Bean Burger

Here’s a recipe from the Tone It Up community (picture above goes with this recipe):

Ingredients:
1/2 red onion
1 red bell pepper
4 – 5 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. ground chipotle pepper
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 15.5 oz. can or 1 cup cooked black beans
2 tablespoons of water
3/4 cup of wheat germ (to make it gluten free I used cooked quinoa- it didn’t stick together as well so I cooked it on a pan rather than a grill, as it fell through the grill!)

From quickly reading this, I’m thinking maybe adding eggs would help make it stick together too? Once it gets warmer out and I start grilling, I’ll try this out and keep you posted!

So there you have it…a few ways to add in beans to your routine to help lower that LDL cholesterol. I’m sure these aren’t mind-blowing tips but still some reminders for quick meals you can make!

Have you tried making black bean burgers?

What do you order at Chipotle?

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04-16-2014

Health & Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

So it was in the 70s yesterday. Then dropped back down to 30s last night. What??!!? Will it ever be spring??

I found a lot of great info for you this week…so if you’re bored at your desk today, make sure to read some of these!

What is your favorite meatless meal? Please share!

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03-26-2014

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Notice anything different? I re-designed my blog! With the help of Jana from Little Web Writing Hood, I was able to transfer to self-hosting on wordpress.org. I’m still working out some kinks so let me know if you find anything. And if you need blog help in terms of a re-design, transfer, logo design, etc. definitely contact Jana! She was great.

Here are your health links for today:

  • Snickerdoodle Hummus (Hummusapien) – Um yum? Never even thought to try a sweet type of hummus before.
  • 6 Yoga Poses For Crossfit Fans (Athleta) – Whether you do Crossfit or not, these are great stretches to incorporate into your daily routine. I love pigeon pose!
  • Grip And Angles: 2 Simple Ways To Progress Your Workouts (Fit Knit Chick) – If you want to keep challenging your body, always be changing the grip and angles. If you did flat bench press in your last phase, do incline press this time. If you did neutral grip shoulder press, change to pronated (palms face out). Great tips here.
  • 5 Best Muffintop Melting Moves (Blogilates) – I love Cassey’s videos. I tried one yesterday and thought “Only 10 min.? Please…” Yeah, I got through 4 minutes and my abs were screaming. These are some great moves she outlines in this video as well.
  • 5 Foam Rolling Mistakes To Avoid (The Daily Burn) – I thought I knew everything about foam rolling, but I’ve definitely done some of these!

Do you foam roll? What object do you prefer to roll out your knots? I like tennis balls or the Rumble Roller!

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03-19-2014

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

It is literally almost spring! I’m so ready for it…the next few days will be in the 50s which will be nice. Let’s just hope it stays that way?

Here are your health links for today:

  • 5 Tips For Eating Healthier (Crazy Running Girl) – These are great tips…and really, who actually eats the serving size for cereal?
  • The Fatigue Fallacy (Nia Shanks) – Great points made in her post. You should not be finishing every workout feeling exhausted. Read on to find out why.
  • How To Make A Healthy Salad (I Heart Vegetables) – If you follow these simple “rules” you will have a delicious salad! She also includes a few recipe ideas.
  • Lucky 7′s Body Weight Workout (Blonde Ponytail) – No equipment needed & 7 rounds?!? This looks like a tough, but awesome, workout.
  • 9 Everyday Stretches For A Healthy Body (The Sweet Life) – We could all really benefit from stretching more often – I know I could. Start incorporating some of these!

Is it spring already in your state? What’s the temp like?

Do you stretch every day?

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03-12-2014

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Can someone explain to me how it was 60 degrees yesterday and will be back down to 25 tomorrow?? Well, it was good while it lasted I guess!

Here are your health links for today:

Do you shop at a Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or just your general grocery store? I’ve been reading a lot about Aldi’s recently but have no clue what that is…none near me!

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02-26-2014

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Is it the weekend yet?! I’m really excited for this weekend because I’m heading down to Atlantic City for a friend’s birthday…soooo Saturday needs to get here already. Anyone else like to gamble? (By gamble I mean play the penny slots) :)

Here are your health links for today:

  • Dark Chocolate Banana & PB Bars (9-to-Fit) – Um…yum?
  • What The Heck Are Macros (Toned And Fit) – Great, quick overview of macros and how the whole “If It Fits Your Macros” thing works. I actually wrote a post explaining it more here. I’m all for IIFYM if you are eating healthy foods too (and not-so-healthy ones in moderation).
  • Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (Girl Meets Life) – I need to make these. I have so many things on my “to-do” cooking list…need to get on that…
  • 13 Fitness Challenges That Will Destroy You (STACK) – I really want to try the 10/10 challenge. The trainer says average people will probably last a minute or less. To quote How I Met Your Mother: Challenge accepted.

Check out those challenges…which do you want to try? Or do you have a fitness test of your own that you use to see how fit you are currently?

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02-19-2014

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Is this week dragging for anyone else? I keep thinking today is Thursday. Oh well, only a few more days until the weekend!

Here are your health links for today:

Do you like eggs? What’s your favorite way to eat them? I usually do hard boiled because it’s quick, but on weekends I like them over easy :)

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02-12-2014

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

There is another snowstorm coming tomorrow. WTF?!?! I cannot recall a winter with so much snow…Who else is planning for snow tomorrow?

Here are your health links for today:

What’s your go-to breakfast meal? Mine is 2 eggs over-easy with a piece of toast, and avocado.

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02-05-2014

Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Sigh…yet another snow day. Not only is the snow interfering with my work, but it’s interfering with my ability to get to the gym! Hopefully the ice clears up by later but its not looking good…

Here are your health links for today:

I’m thinking of experimenting with freezer cooking. Has anyone tried this? Tips? Recipes?

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