Cinco de Mayo and Skinny Margarita

May 5, 2014 0 comments Health and Fitness, Nutrition

Cindo de Mayo and Skinny Margarita

By Tami Broderick

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Most people think of Mexican food as unhealthy, and I admit, there can be quite a few not so healthy items to choose from.  On the flip side, however, are the dishes made with some of the most healthiest of food … tomatoes, onions, garlic, avocado, peppers, lime juice, whole grain corn, whole beans … the list is long.  With that said, here are ways to navigate the menu on this very festive day.

  • Avoid the fried foods … crispy tacos, flautas, chimichangas, taquitos, the big tostada shell, etc., and opt for lean grilled meats, skinless chicken breast or grilled seafood.  Soft chicken, carne asada or grilled fish tacos, chicken mole, and even fajitas can be healthier if you ask for light oil.
  • Opt for corn tortillas instead of flour, and if the tacos come double wrapped, remove one of the tortillas. You can also ask your server to have them made using only one tortilla. The traditional tacos al carbon or the newest “street tacos” are great, just grilled meat, onion, and cilantro on a corn tortilla – perfect!
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March 19, 2014 0 comments Nutrition
Photo credit: Farmers Market by Dennis Larson
Photo credit: Farmers Market by Dennis Larson

By Tami Broderick

Tomorrow we celebrate the Vernal Equinox, better known as the First Day of Spring.  As the weather gets warmer, the annual “Spring Cleaning” of the house begins.  Now is also the perfect time to spring clean your diet, starting with the fridge and pantry.

1.     Eliminate unhealthy and expired foods

February is gone, as should be all of the Girl Scout Cookies.  If not, it’s time for them to go – donate any leftover boxes to your local food kitchen.  Take a look at all of those soup cans and boxed mixes hidden in the back of the pantry. If you can’t remember when you bought them, it’s time for them to go, too.  Don’t forget about your spice rack.  Although spices won’t spoil, they will lose their strength over time.  Always date your spices, and keep for no more than 2 years.

2.     Swap In Healthier Alternatives

Replace high-fat, low-nutrient foods like mayonnaise and ranch dressing for the healthier options like guacamole, Greek yogurt and hummus.  Replace blocks of cheese with light string cheese sticks and try flavored mustards and salsas on sandwiches and wraps.  Keep cans of tuna, salmon and beans on hand for quick-cooking protein options.

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Building the Perfect Protein Shake by Tami Broderick

February 26, 2014 0 comments Health and Fitness, Nutrition, Peak Performance

By Tami Broderick

Up at 5:00 am … out the door at 5:30 am … a 1 hour commute … grab a cup of coffee … maybe a piece of fruit as you rush out the door … sound familiar?  Many of us just don’t have the time, or even the desire to spend more than a couple of minutes in the kitchen before heading off to work.  When it comes down to sleep or breakfast, sleep will usually win hands down.

We have all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and numerous research studies have proven this to be true.  Eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism, setting the tone for the entire day.  For those of you grab and go individuals, this post is dedicated to you.  My goal here is to get you a healthy, complete meal that can be made in less than 5 minutes.

Shake it Up!
Shake it Up!

Now, some people assume a smoothie and a protein shake are the same thing, but that is not really true.  A smoothie is typically a combination of juice and fruit, and sometimes yogurt, which for some people will cause a too fast rise in blood sugar, followed by a subsequent blood sugar crash.  The perfect protein shake, on the other hand, contains everything you would find on your plate, should you be cooking and eating actual food, i.e., a protein, carbohydrate and fat.

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Women Would Give Up Sex But Not Cell Phones to Lose 10 Pounds

February 5, 2014 0 comments Health and Fitness, Nutrition, Peak Performance

By Chris Freytag

A recent study conducted by Life Time Fitness asked: What would you give up to lose 10 pounds?  More than 2,300 people, predominately female, responded and the results were staggering. Sixty four percent of respondents would not turn off their cell phone for even one day and 70 percent would be unwilling to give up use of the internet. In order to lose the weight, 30 percent of respondents said they would give up sex for one month and 10 percent would do so for a year or more.

Other findings showed that 65 percent of those polled would run one mile every day if weight loss was guaranteed. Almost half would forego caffeine, and 37 percent would skip one meal a day. More than 30 percent of respondents would pay $500 to be 10 pounds lighter and another 10 percent would postpone their wedding or another special event.

No doubt that people are desperate to lose weight. Instead of giving up sex or your cellphone, follow these eight tips to lose the weight once and for all …

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