A fun way to start the day. Chia seeds are great for protein, calcuim, fiber and omega 3s. And who doesn't love chocolate?
Personal trainer and FitSugar reader JessicaSmithTV shared this heart-pumping barre workout that you can do in any small space!
Join fitness expert Jessica Smith, live from her living room, for this one-on-one endurance cardio session that combines various styles including ballet, yoga, and modern dance — all done sans shoes for maximum freedom of movement and energy flow. This 36-minute routine is perfect for lighter cardio or recovery on superhot Summer days.
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A quinoa salad that comes together in a flash! Grab some fresh herbs, peas, and a radish from your garden or farmers market, then add ricotta and lemon for a fresh Summer twist.
This vegan soup is made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. It's great served warm or cold! I added sweet potatoes to mine, for a sweet and savory soup, but feel free to mix and match ingredients as you choose.
Is all the hype about high-intensity training worth the effort? FitSugar reader (and certified trainer) JessicaSmithTV interviewed an expert to get the truth behind whether or not this type of training is one-size-fits-all. She shared her findings in our 10 Pounds DOWN! community group.
By now, chances are you’ve heard of high intensity interval training (aka HIIT) and Tabata. You may even be incorporating this type of maximum effort training into your regular cardio routine. But is it the best type of training for you? If so, how often should you be doing it?
The long and short answer? It depends on what your goals are, says Jeffrey A. Dolgan, MS, CSCS, an exercise physiologist at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, Florida. "The bottom line is that there is no one answer as to which combination of duration and intensity is best for everyone." Dolgan says it’s important to remember that the length and intensity of your intervals has a huge impact on which energy system (anaerobic or aerobic) your body uses.
Find out what type of training you should be doing after the break!
Think Orange Julius, minus the Julius. This is the PERFECT summer treat on a hot day. Use either fresh orange pulp (if you juice) or a whole orange. Ah-mazing!
Yield: 16 oz. smoothie | Prep Time: 5 min | Cook Time: 5 min
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- 1/2 cup orange juice pulp (from ~3 oranges) or one whole peeled orange, pulled apart *
- 1 cup coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1 scoop organic vanilla protein powder (my favorite is Tera’s Whey)
- 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. honey (optional for a sweeter taste)
*good source of fiber
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
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Serving Size: 16 oz.
- Calories: 303
- Total Fat: 6 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 219 mg
- Total Carbohydrate: 25 g
- Dietary Fiber: 3 g
- Sugars: 13 g
- Protein: 25 g
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These simple, grain-free protein crepes can be sweet or savory and also make a great gluten-free wrap substitute!
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If you're a Paleo diet devotee, then you'll love this recipe for Paleo banana bread from FitSugar reader AllieNic.Too Good Paleo Banana Bread
3 very ripe bananas
5 Medjool dates
5 Tbsp warm water
2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
Unsweetened coconut flakes for sprinkling
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Wishing you were in Hawaii? So do we! Nothing beats the warm sun, relaxing on the beach, toes in the sand, and perhaps a Mai Tai in hand. Check out our easy raw buckwheat cereal with pineapple, banana, and coconut! No special equipment or baking required for this Hawaiian inspired breakfast.
2 pints minus one handful of blueberries
1 Tbsp raw honey
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp arrowroot
3 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
1 cup almond flour
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup sliced almonds
5 Medjool dates
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil
Learn how to put it all together after the break!
All right ladies — Summer's here and that means it's time to hit the beach! Given it's the season to show a little more skin, I think you're going to love this bikini — or boardshort (I don't want to leave the guys out) — bootcamp workout. There is no better way to burn fat and get totally tight and toned than by combining cardio with full-body strength work. Plus, since you'll be alternating between cardio and strength sections, this is also a killer interval workout.
With the weather getting better, feel free to do this workout outside since you don't need any equipment. It's also perfect for the gym if you prefer to bike or do the elliptical trainer instead of running. This one is going to make you sweat, but I promise if you do it 2-3 times a week you'll be hitting the beach with confidence!
You can get the printable version with instructions here FitFabCities.com.
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Down with mayo! No longer do you need that fatty, greasy stuff to make tasty potato salad. This recipe combines healthy, crunchy asparagus with herbs, shallot, mustard, and a bit of bacon for a delicious, fresh, and healthy side dish. Bring this one to your next BBQ — it will be a hit!
1lb potatoes, washed and cut into 1" chunks, skin-on
1 large shallot, diced
1lb asparagus, trimmed, washed and cut into 1/2" slices
5 fresh chives, chopped (approx 2-3 tbsp)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
What if I told you that whether you like it or not, you have an organic bounty filled with amazing health benefits and detoxifying properties growing in your backyard? Would you think I’m totally nuts? Check out the amazing health benefits of dandelion greens in my original post here, and then make this smoothie. You'll thank me later.
See the recipe after the break!
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