What's one to do with all that leftover turkey? You could settle for turkey sandwiches smothered in stuffing and cranberry sauce, or you could make a healthier choice and toss it into a tasty broth for a healthy serving of turkey soup! Got left over celery and carrots? You can toss that stuff in there, too. A filling warm stew, it's the perfect way to wind down the Thanksgiving holiday and take a breather from all that heavy eating.Come check out the yummy recipe.
Are you Up in the Air all too often? Frequent flying ladies may like to stockpile their miles, but they also enjoy a good workout to bring some normalcy to their daily routine. While many hotels have swanky spas and workout facilities, others leave us wanting more. For those of you that like to get your workout on during your travels, but don't have the right amenities, don't sweat it. Here are five basic exercises that anyone can do on the road.
It's easy to roll out the sugar cookie dough and toss on some sprinkles for a quick Valentine's Day treat. While a cookie may taste delicious, it can be the downfall to a healthy diet. 'Cause who can truly make a batch of cookies without licking the bowl and eating about half a dozen when they are baked in your kitchen? Instead of tempting yourself with the usual suspects, consider showing your sweetheart or your girlfriends how much you care about them and their health with these simple and easy Valentine shaped dishes. They're sure to win their hearts over.
- Your H20 level: Are you drinking enough water? You may not be getting enough to keep your body burning the calories and fat you've been trying to get rid of. Keeping hydrated will help you to keep your metabolism going and the calories burning.
- Don't forget breakfast: While you don't need to load up on flapjacks and sausage, you should eat a healthy breakfast to get your day started. If you get going without any fuel in the tank, your tummy may trick you into snacking on the wrong things or eating an over-sized lunch.
- Empty calorie sips: Check the nutritional data on your coffee or sodas to make sure you're not taking down too many empty calories. An easy fix? Switch to plain old water. See point number one!
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It may not be the hippest class to attend at the gym, but there are still many reasons why I love myself a good step aerobics class. While I'd like to say it's because I can don a Jane Fonda-esque spandex leotard; it's actually much more than that. The once über-popular workout fad of the '80s and '90s still wins my vote for these following reasons:
- When the instructor turns on the stereo system, there are bound to be powerfully motivating tunes (old and new) to get you through the jumping, lunging, and grapevining.
- Many teachers include some sort of dance (merengue or salsa) into the mix. I love a workout that encourages me to shake my groove thang.
- It's like riding a bicycle. Even if you haven't been to a step class in five years, you'll quickly remember how to do the "L" step or a hamstring curl.
- Since I don't always have time for lengthy workouts, I appreciate that most step classes are under an hour.
- The music may get my mind going, but the exercise certainly gives my body a run for its money. At the end of these classes, you can't tell whether I've taken a shower or desperately need to.
What do Apolo Anton Ohno and Bonnie Blair have in common? Besides being Olympic speed skating heroes, they both know how to work their legs into tip-top shape. While I wouldn't dream of recreating their entire fitness routine, I have taken a page out of the ice skating training manual. New to my cardio workout is the "skater's lunge," as my fitness instructor dubbed it, and it requires nothing but stamina and sneakers — skates are nowhere in sight.
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If you're a peanut butter lover, I've got a snack for you. Chock-full of protein, iron, and fiber, these tasty treats are delicious sources of healthy nutrients, but they're also bursting of flavor. Discovered on one of my favorite new websites, 100daysofrealfood.com, this small and powerful snack is made without the help of any processed foods.
Sound enticing? Come check out the simple recipe!
I don't know if you care to admit it, but it seems we all sometimes reach a boiling point where we just want to punch a hole in the wall. On my way to the gym the other day, I was so irked and wound up, I knew my routine Pilates class wasn't going to be enough for me. It probably would have cooled me down but I needed another type of high-energy class to take the steam out of my engine. Luckily, my facility offers enough to pacify the Rambette in me. Come check out which five classes will help you cool down while your body warms it up.
When it comes to practicing yoga, I believe so much of it boils down to finding the right teacher. If you aren't inspired by your instructor, the desire to keep going weakens. On the flip side, if you adore the guru in front of you, the yearning to continue only grows stronger. For that reason alone, I'd highly recommend Shiva Rea's latest yoga DVD — Shiva Rea: Power Flow Yoga ($14).
While new to the market, it is actually a compilation of Shiva Rea's previously released DVDs, which are awe inspiring on their own. For those who don't feel like buying each of her select DVDs, the Power Flow Yoga DVD offers the best of the best with 13 segments of various types of yoga. If you're in the mood for Vinyasa only, she's got you covered. If Namaskar (variation on sun salutations) has a grip on you for the day, there are three options for that, too. Between the "matrix," as she dubs, it, you can tailor your yoga workout to suit exactly your needs. And, if you don't want to manage that, you can simply set it to one of the three pre-set practices, which range between 50-57 minutes each.
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We must, we must, we must decrease our guts. If one of your New Year's resolutions is to minimize the size of your love handles and to tighten the obliques, I've got a few moves for you. These three simple steps require a little effort, small weights, and just a few minutes of your time.
Some people have a serious hankering for cottage cheese. I like the white stuff alright, but it's the fixins that really make me crave the lowfat snack. Apples and oats are always a delicious addition, and avocado cups make me happy, but the easiest and perhaps tastiest treat I've found so far comes in the form of a cinnamon stick.
When your sweet tooth attacks, satiate it with a few sprinkles of cinnamon on a small bowl of lowfat or nonfat cottage cheese. The combination of the natural spice and cottage cheese will add just the right amount of kick to your taste buds while providing the benefits of calcium, vitamin D, and keeping your blood sugar levels in check. You'll be surprised you're not lapping up dessert!
Have you ever wondered how those small elves can make such big toys and haul such large bags? I'm convinced St. Nick has them in some serious strength training. If you are finding your arms are tiring from all that wrapping and taping, it may be time for you to look into some exercises suited for the North Pole. Come check them out.
- How are all those gifts going to be made without a little muscle behind them? Try out a biceps curl that will make for powerful pounding and lifting.
- To make sure they can hammer away all day and night through the holiday season, Santa's helpers must enlist some wrist stretches to keep their hands flexible and strong.
- When they're finished wrapping gifts, the little guys have to move them onto the sled. They keep it easy with a few squats to keep their hamstrings in shape.
- To shove all those packages up the chimney, the elves better have fit triceps. Try these arm moves and see if you can feel the burn.
- When the hardware is put away, the elves know it's good to take time to stretch those muscles with a few yoga sun salutations.
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One of my favorite perks of the holiday season are the homemade treats that my friends deliver to the house. To reciprocate the kind gesture, I considered doing some canning and cooking for their gifts, but then thought better of the little time I have and decided a jar full of tasty and toasty almonds was a better option. On their own, almonds offer up a bevy of health benefits with the loads of protein, vitamin E, and fiber, just to name a few. Add a dash of cinnamon and a bit of egg protein and you've got yourself a snack that is bursting with flavor and other healthy perks. So before you go buy a bottle of wine for that holiday party, remember to give this a try. It may be more memorable and tasty than any old merlot could hope to be.
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When I wear my Lululemon pants, nobody bats an eye. When a celebrity does, however, the store better stock up. From their gym bags to their workout apparel, starlets set the trends and people often fall in line. One of the easiest things to mimic? Sneakers. So I'm here to challenge your celebrity shoe knowledge. Come see if you can guess whose feet are inside these sassy kicks.
Simply take your hands behind your head with your thumbs touching each other and your index fingers also joined together to form a diamond shape. Place it at the nape of your neck and in one singular smooth motion, press your hands above your head as if your hands are shaving the hair off the back of your head. It is a diagonal motion that will leave you looking ready to dive into a pool of water. Bring your arms back down to your neck and repeat the move while keeping your abs engaged and the tops of your shoulders down. Do three sets of 10 and hug yourself for all your hard work (and a stretch, too!).
Easily performed in a standing or seated position, it is a simple way to add a little oomph to your workday routine or your holiday travel.
Some athletes or sports gurus like to bulk up their muscles and flex to impress. Me? I'm a toning kind of gal and the quicker the workout, the better. While some people take hours a day to work their body into tip-top shape, sometimes all you need is a 20-minute stint. Created for folks who can't always carve a heavy-duty gym routine into their hectic schedules (or those who simply don't want to!), Acacia has compiled five 20-minute workouts that are quick and easy enough to do in the own comfort of your home in Fit in 5 Total Body Tone ($15). Taken from formerly released DVDs, these 20-minute sections are picked out to represent the best in toning. To make sure they offered a little something for everyone, they included a series on each of the following: strength training, yoga, Pilates, abs, and cardio.
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All you need is a cup of fat free vanilla (or plain) yogurt and a packet of fat free Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix. As simple as can be, just pour the dry ingredients into the yogurt container and swirl it up. You won't believe the flavorful snack is fat-free and chock full of protein and calcium. You just may find yourself scooping this up in front of the fire!