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Savor Summer with This Weekend Smoothie Recipe

Written on August 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm , by

As long as this glass is full, summer's not going anywhere. (Photo courtesy of Quaker Oats)

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

Summer is coming to a close (sniff, sniff!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t still relish the sunny days. The slow-burning carbs and 8 grams of protein in this sweet smoothie from Quaker Oats will keep you full and fueled up so you can make the most of these precious last days. Blend one up this weekend and hit the great outdoors.

Strawberry Orange Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen, unsweetened strawberries (5 ounces is about 10 berries)
  • 3/4 cup light vanilla yogurt (reduced fat, sweetened with aspartame)
  • 1 cup calcium-fortified Tropicana or Dole orange juice
  • 2/3 cup Quaker Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

Combine all ingredients in blender container or food processor work bowl; blend until smooth, stopping blender once and stirring.

Nutrition info per serving: Calories 230, total fat 2.5 g, saturated fat 0.5 g, trans fat 0g, cholesterol 0 mg, sodium 60 mg, carbohydrates 45 g, dietary fiber 4 g, sugar 16 g, protein 8 g

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How Actress and Mom Ali Landry Loses the Baby Weight Without Going Crazy

Written on August 17, 2012 at 11:00 am , by

Ali treats herself at the end of the night with a sweet bite. (Photo courtesy Hershey's Simple Pleasures)

Ali Landry has been kicking it up a notch at the gym. As a mother of two (daughter Estela was born in 2007 and her son Marcelo 10 months ago), she and hubby Alejandro Monteverde are planning a little getaway to Hawaii. “I have 7 pounds of baby weight left, and I’m on a mission to get them off!” she told us when chatting recently about her latest partnership with Hershey’s Simple Pleasures. Read on to see Landry’s baby weight plan of attack, her diet and why she’d never give up her chocolate. (That’s out kind of gal!)

As a mom of two, you must have a routine you use to lose the baby weight. What is it?

While I was pregnant both times, I worked out through the pregnancy. It really helped not only physically but mentally as well. But once I had the kids, I made sure to not feel pressured to drop the baby weight immediately. Our society is a little crazy with that, with all the magazine covers of celebrities getting back into a bikini three weeks after giving birth–I am just not one of those people! It’s a little unrealistic, and the average person does not bounce back that quickly. People also claim you lose weight nursing, but I nursed both of my kids and felt like a linebacker! I just made sure to eat healthy and drink water constantly. Even with that, once I finished nursing Estela, I had 10 pounds left to lose. With Marcelo, I have 7. I think that’s just the way my body is built.

What kind of exercises did you do while pregnant?

I did mostly the same workouts I normally do, just less intense. I ran in the beginning and then switched to the elliptical for cardio. For strength training I did a lot on the BOSU ball which was great because it worked more than one muscle at a time. Read more

Extra’s Maria Menounos Talks Food and Fitness

Written on August 15, 2012 at 9:30 am , by

Maria laces up to fit in some healthy doses of sweat! (Photo courtesy of Reebok)

Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern

Maria Menounos is always challenging herself in new ways. She danced her way through painful injuries on season 14 of Dancing with the Stars, and runs her own charity, Take Action Hollywood!, which raises awareness for causes like diabetes and AIDS. If that isn’t enough, she often travels from L.A. to New York for her role as host on popular entertainment show EXTRA!, and produces AfterBuzz TV, a network devoted to giving “post-game” wrap-ups of the most popular shows.

Now, as a longtime fan of Crocs, she helped them celebrate their 10-year anniversary by ringing the opening bell for NASDAQ on July 31. We caught up with her right before to find out how she stays fit and keeps her energy up through the long work hours.

How did you get involved with Crocs?

I’ve been a fan for a while. I’m actually sporting the Carlisa style right now and got a ton of compliments! I like them a lot because they’re comfy and cute, and I can fit in my orthotics.

Tell me about your injuries on Dancing with the Stars.

I had multiple stress fractures in my feet. I was looking back at a video of our doble paso, and though I remember being in so much pain, I’m not showing it. I never complained! I just kept doing it. I was kind of impressed with myself, I have to say! Now I’m just trying to heal from the show.

What was your favorite part about competing?

It didn’t feel like a competition. I was having way too much fun to compete with anybody. We set the tone by being friendly and helping each other. I made so many good friends, like instructors Derek Hough and Peta Murgatroyd. We all still keep in touch.

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The Healthy Eating Tips Jillian Michaels Is Teaching Her Kids

Written on August 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm , by

Jillian makes meals with her kids, which include lots of veggies from their garden! (Photo courtesy of popchips)

It seems since stepping down from The Biggest Loser in 2011 life has gotten even busier for star trainer Jillian Michaels if possible. Aside from numerous TV appearances, her latest DVD Body Revolution and many other projects, she’s also been expanding her family as well! In just one month, Michaels and her partner Hilary Rhoades adopted their daughter Lukensia, from Haiti and gave birth to their son, Phoenix. We got the chance to catch up with the new mom on behalf of popchips to see how she’s teaching her kids healthy eating practices and how she fits in a good workout these days!

Congrats on the new additions to your family! What are some healthy eating tips you’re trying to incorporate into your kids’ lives?

Since the kids are so young (Lukensia is 2 and Phoenix is 3 months old) it is incredibly important that we develop healthy eating habits for them now. Whenever possible, I prefer to make their food myself, so I know exactly what they are eating. As a rule of thumb, I like to suggest to parents to use fruits and vegetables with bright colors, they are the ones with the most nutrients. Having meals at a set time helps establish a routine, making sure both kids are hydrated without resorting to sugary drinks. I also try to feed them organic foods as often as possible. Pesticides and other chemicals are pure poison to their little bodies and need to be avoided. Read more

#140Wednesdays: Would You Take a Pill to Lose Weight?

Written on July 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by

Move your butt for 30 minutes 5 days a week. A prescription to live by!

Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern

With a seal of approval from the FDA yesterday, brand new diet drug Qsymia promises to help people shed unwanted pounds. Right now, it’s only approved for people who are not only overweight, but struggle with an accompanying condition such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Taking a pill sounds like an easy solution, but here at FITNESS, we believe in a prescription of exercise and healthy eating habits. We wanted to know if our Twitter followers felt the same way, so we asked them: Would you take a pill to make weight loss easier?

@KateSchlag: Research proves it–there’s no quick fix for weight loss. Not even in a pill.

@redcurlgurl: No. I like to lose weight the old fashioned way with diet and exercise. I want to earn those “You look great!” compliments.

@Trhi10: We need more whole foods and less pills; it’s another Band-aid.

@xtinamcknight: They also approve of highly processed death trap food like McDonald’s. So thanks, but no thanks.

Now tell us: What do you think about the FDA approving Qsymia?

Featured Fitterati: Weight-Loss Blog Runs for Cookies

Written on July 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm , by

Katie shows off just how far she's come, holding her old jeans!

Each Tuesday, we’re highlighting one category of winners from our Fitterati Blogger Awards! This week we’re focusing on the Best Weight-Loss Blogs!

Katie Foster

  • 30, Newport, Michigan

Tired of being overweight, Katie hit the point where she was ready to drop the extra weight – for good. Shedding 125 pounds from her frame through small, realistic changes and blogging about it at Runs for Cookies, her story was even showcased on Dr. Oz! She shared her secrets to success with us, and filled us in on what running time she’s gunning for next.

Fit Wish “I would love to run a half-marathon in under two hours. My current personal record (PR) is 2:02.57, so I’m close. I know that I have a sub-2:00 in me, I just have to work hard to make it happen!”

Life Lesson “Through my journey, I learned that it’s very important not to make any changes you aren’t willing to live with forever. I knew that working out 6 days a week for two hours each time, or living on 1,200 calories a day, wasn’t something I would stick with for life, so I didn’t try to reach my goals that way. I shaped my exercise and diet around my life, rather than shaping my life around them.”

Craving Kick “So I don’t go crazy, I usually eat a portion of whatever it is that I really want. I tend to crave desserts, and I find that eating a sweet treat every day keeps my cravings under control. I plan it out in advance, so I have something to look forward to.

Omnivore No More: Jackie Rosenlund Shares Why She Went Vegan

Written on July 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm , by

Jackie preps for a cooking scene while filming Eatin' Vegan. (Photo courtesy Maria Lanzillotti/GoodTV)

Jackie preps for a cooking scene while filming Eatin' Vegan. (Photo courtesy Maria Lanzillotti/GoodTV)

Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern

When Jackie Rosenlund was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 19 years old, she decided to make herself feel better from the inside out. By switching to a vegan, plant-based diet she started noticing a shift in her health and spirits. Now she wants to share her journey with you through her new Web series Eatin’ Vegan, debuting on GoodTV in October 2012. We chatted with Jackie on how hard it was to become vegan and how it has impacted her life.

What made you switch from being an omnivore to a vegan?

About three years ago, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I would have painful flare-ups all over my body, in joints I didn’t even know existed! Instead of just following the regular plan of going on a prescription, I decided to seek alternative therapy. I worked with my chiropractor and massage therapist to learn more about how altering my diet would help me manage my pain.

At first I just cut out red meat and that helped a lot, so I explored other options. I became mostly vegetarian last year, but it was daunting to give seafood up. After coming home from traveling through Europe, I wasn’t happy with where my health was at, so I told myself, it was time to be 100 percent vegetarian. The more research I did, it made sense for me that in order to achieve optimal health and avoid future flare-ups, veganism was the answer. I made the full switch about five months ago.

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A Girl and a Grill: Top Chef Alum Carla Hall’s Healthy BBQ Tips

Written on July 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm , by

Flip without fret by spritzing nonstick cooking spray on your grill first. (Photo courtesy Peter Ardito)

Summertime serves up a lot of temptation. Ice cream, fruity, calorie-packed cocktails, the list of diet wreckers is endless. But according to a recent MorningStar Farms survey, it’s not vacation or the parade of food festivals women blame on their diet woes, it’s backyard barbecues. That’s why they’ve teamed up with Top Chef alum and co-host on ABC’s The Chew Carla Hall for her simple grilling tips to have a scale-friendly summer. Read below to have an easier, healthier weekend fête, plus a new recipe to test out!

  • Prep it: Spray some nonstick cooking spray on the grilling surface before turning up the heat. It makes flipping your food easier than ever.
  • Think outside the bowl: Use your salad to top grilled burgers. Whether it’s a slaw or Caprese salad, consider this the adult version of playing with your food.
  • Get fresh: Use the grill to take advantage of summer’s wide produce selection. Marinate fresh vegetables in a light salad dressing and grill under tender for a tasty side dish. After the meal, add slices of angel food cake and stone fruit or pineapple to the grill for an easy, crowd-pleasing dessert.

Read more to get Carla’s Black Bean Burger with Peach Pico de Gallo recipe.

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A Gold Medal Recipe: What the Olympians Are Eating for Breakfast

Written on July 3, 2012 at 9:15 am , by

The balance of proteins and carbs in this recipe helps athletes fuel up for the day. (Photo courtesy of Chobani)

As the Olympic trials wrap up and athletes prepare for the last month of training, their diets will become more important than ever. To help naturally power Olympians like soccer player Lauren Cheney, track and field star Lashinda Demus and Paralympian cyclist and skier Allison Jones, Chobani has shared its winning breakfast recipe, which was created by the chefs at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers and served in the dining halls.

Read below for the recipe, no medal required to enjoy this tasty morning treat!

Bruléed Banana Waffles (serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4-cups 0% Vanilla Chobani
  • 1/4 cup instant oatmeal
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 bananas, halved and chopped
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup toasted, slivered almonds

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5 Techniques to Take Pleasure in Healthful Food

Written on July 3, 2012 at 7:00 am , by

Make a colorful plate to really enjoy your next meal. (Photo courtesy Karen Pearson)

We are always surprised at how often we speak to women with solid exercise routines who just can’t seem to change their relationship (for the better) with healthful, good-for-you foods. If you’ve struggled with this issue, then here are five techniques to help you rediscover — and redefine — your feelings with healthful food and mealtime in general.

  1. Sit down: Chances are that at some point you’ve fallen victim to snacking while standing up. Grazing all day long may be part of your kitchen ritual or nightly tube time, but delineating a special time every day just for eating will allow you to be more mindful of what you put in your body.
  2. Admire your meal: Actually take in what you’re about to chow down; whether it’s the colors of what’s on your plate or the smoky scents of veggies fresh off the grill! It may feel a little silly at first, but you’re putting yourself in a far better position to have a healthy relationship with what you eat.
  3. Take stock of how you feel: Do you feel nervous when you think about food? Are you always bored when you go to snack? Being aware of how you feel before you eat will help you discover what issues you may have when it comes to your relationship with food.

Keep reading for two more ways to take pleasure in your food.

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