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How Maria Menounos Stays Healthy with Basically No Workout Time

Written on October 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm , by


Maria loves cooking with cranberries during the holidays. (Photo courtesy of Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service)

Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern

Actress, television personality and writer Maria Menounos has a lot on her plate. From filming her reality TV show Chasing Maria Menounos, which debuts on the Oxygen Network early next year, to writing her new book, The Every Girl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness (out April 2014), this fit lady admits that her workouts have taken a backseat to her workload over the past couple of months. However, she looks as healthy and fit as ever! We met up with Menounos outside Ocean Spray’s cranberry bog in the middle of Rockefeller Center, where she let us in on her diet and fitness tricks for when a workout just won’t fit into her day.

Menounos’ early fitness journey involved losing 40 pounds slowly and steadily over the course of 11 months, but the best part is that she manages to keep it off with smart eating strategies. “When I was losing my weight, I did a lot of things that would spike my metabolism,” says Menounos. Hot peppers and spicy foods frequented her plate to keep that internal engine revving throughout the day.

She also swears by the power of hot water, which can be surprisingly useful, accessible and, you know, free. “It’s de-stressing, it’s detoxifying, it helps digest the food in your stomach, and it really helps you stay full so that you know when you actually are hungry,” she says. “A lot of times you’ll see something and think you’re hungry, but you’re thirsty and just think you’re hungry.”

Besides bringing the heat, Menounos suggests simply eating as clean as you can and abiding by a 75-25 rule. “I don’t deprive myself of anything, so I don’t necessarily crave things,” says Menounos. “Like, yesterday I was in the airport and I wanted some M&Ms, and I’m not going to feel guilty because it’s rare for me to eat that. If you stick to the 75-25 rule and eat 75 percent clean, then you have a little wiggle room.”

And don’t forget the cranberries! She loves tossing a handful of craisins into her salads and cooking with them around the holidays. “A lot of women know the obvious benefits of cranberries, but I actually used it on my dog once to cure bladder stones,” says Menounos. “I know it sounds weird, but it works!”

Since her hectic schedule does not allow time for daily sweat sessions, Menounos does what she calls “convenience conditioning.” “I keep a pedometer on me at all times and I make sure that I’m tracking my steps. So if I’m getting 10,000 steps a day, I know that I’m still going to be able to maintain my weight, be healthy and try to ride through those periods where I can’t work out,” she says. When she does find the time, however, she takes her workouts outdoors. From hiking to shooting hoops, Menounos sticks to activities best enjoyed in the fresh air. Now that’s something we can get on board with!

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3 Ways to Enjoy Cranberries

Written on December 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm , by


cranberries antioxidant food

Photo by Lynn Klapperich

Since it’s cranberry season and the little fruits are loaded with antioxidants, we wanted to share a few ideas of how to enjoy them…other than getting out your can opener. Cranberries are very tart on their own — our daughter Ella tried one around Thanksgiving and made the cutest, scrunched up face — your best bet is to incorporate cranberries into other foods.

Here are three ways to enjoy the nutrient dense, super healthy berry into your diet:

 Add a handful to a smoothie.  Mix 1/4 cup whole cranberries, 1 cup unsweetened coconut almond milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop whey protein powder and a splash of your favorite juice (Welch’s 100% purple grape juice works well).  Blend until smooth and you reach desired consistency.

•Try a Cranberry SOYJOY bar. These  bars include whole fruit and are one of our must-haves for when we take long drives.  With 140 calories, 2 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein, SOYJOY is a great snack on the go snack.   While heating them isn’t an option the car, when at home, unwrap them and put them in the microwave for 10 seconds for a really great treat.

•Add dried cranberries to a bowl of oats.  Now the key here is to read the label to find the ones sweetened without sugar; some brands sweeten with apple juice, which is a better option.  Fresh is always best, but it’s a little tougher on the palate with cranberries.

There you have it.  A few options to incorporate this great for your berry into your diet, outside of just the gelatinized sauce in a can.

Happy Holidays!

-Chris and Kara Mohr, mohrresults.com

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