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Fit Links: Why Tyra’s Hair is Falling Out and the Worst Jet Lag Culprit

Written on October 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm , by

Stress less and your hair will benefit! (Photo by David Tsay)

This week’s fit links from around the web:

What We’re Snacking On Now: The Healthiest (and Most Delicious) Frozen Yogurts!

Written on July 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm , by

The perfect snack for a hot summer day! (Photo courtesy of Eating Well)

Written by Theresa K. Brady, editorial intern

Ice cream is a summertime staple—in fact yesterday was National Ice Cream Day! But sadly, the frosty treat isn’t always bikini-friendly, so I like to swap in frozen yogurt for some of those scoops.

Besides providing a healthier and practically fat-free alternative, frozen yogurt is a better source of calcium than standard ice cream, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., spokesperson for the American Dietetics Association and FITNESS advisory board member. Need more of a reason to make the switch? Many frozen yogurts contain “good bacteria” that is beneficial for your digestive system, according to Marjorie Nolan, R.D., a nutrition counselor in New York City.

I took on the (not so) difficult task of touring the yogurt options near our offices. My unscientific personal picks:

  • Best Texture: Pinkberry
  • Best Vanilla: Red Mango
  • Best Chocolate: Pinkberry—I think it tastes better than chocolate ice cream!
  • Lowest Calories: Tasti D Lite. Several flavors are offered that have 70 calories per ½ cup.
  • Most Unique Flavor: Tasti D Lite’s PB Moosemellow (90 calories, 2.5 g fat)
  • Most Bang for Your Buck: Certain locations of several yogurt vendors allow you to serve yourself and pay by ounce so you only pay for what you eat!
  • Most Topping Options: 16 Handles. More than forty are available.

If all of those flavor and topping combinations have you feeling a bit overwhelmed, try one of these sure-to-please mixes that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

  • Chocoholic: chocolate frozen yogurt, dark chocolate chips, cocoa puffs, drizzle of chocolate
  • Tutti Fruity: strawberry frozen yogurt, fresh pineapple, fresh raspberries, fresh kiwi fruity pebbles
  • Happy Trails: original frozen yogurt, granola, peanuts, raisins, M&Ms, drizzle of honey

If you don’t have a frozen yogurt shop near you or prefer at-home snacks, take a look at our Healthy Snack Awards in the July/August issue for plenty of healthy treats that are sure to cool you down.

Now tell us: What is your favorite summertime dessert?

Cookbook Author Katie Lee Hits the Waves and the Bookshelves

Written on June 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm , by

Katie Lee enjoys the waves in Malibu. (Photo courtesy of Katie Lee)

Katie Lee enjoys the waves in Malibu. (Photo courtesy of Katie Lee)

Dinner was the main event in Katie Lee’s home as she grew up. Starting at age four, Katie learned to cook from her Grandma Dora and her love of food only grew—she’s now the author of two comfort food cookbooks, is The Early Show‘s contributor on all things food and even hosted the first season of Top Chef.

But when Katie stumbled upon hard times, she decided to take up a new sport: surfing. The experience (she researched while surfing in Mexico) helped to inspire her first novel, Groundswell, which was released today! We spoke with Katie to learn about her new hobby and how she stays so fit while around so many tempting treats.

How did you make the transition from chef to novelist?

I have wanted to write a novel for years, but I never could find the right story to inspire me. I tried so many times, but I always thought the story had to involve food and I just couldn’t get it right. I guess writing is kind of like love: If you’re looking for it, you’ll never find it. It’s when you least expect it that it sweeps you off your feet.

What inspired you to begin surfing?

I was going through a rough time in my personal life and wanted to try something completely out of character to “get out of my head.” I was always enamored with the ocean, but terrified of it at the same time. One day, I was on the beach watching the surfers and thought I’d give it a shot. I signed up for lessons and went to my local surf camp.

What have you learned about yourself from the sport?

I’ve never been particularly athletic or good at sports, so I was really surprised that I was able to surf! I’m by no means a great surfer, but I love it and the mind-body connection I experience while surfing. It gave me a new sense of confidence and achievement.

Besides surfing, how do you stay in shape?

I exercise about six days a week. I live to eat, rather than eat to live, so I have to really work out hard! I do Core Fusion, SoulCycle, yoga and run on my treadmill.

Do you watch what you eat?

I do, but don’t count calories. I try to eat a mostly plant-based diet, making my plate 70 percent vegetables and 30 percent protein. During the week, I don’t eat sugar and save my indulgences for the weekend.

Since we couldn’t talk with the Southern food connoisseur without asking for a meal suggestion, click below for one of Katie’s favorite crowd-pleasing recipes!

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What We’re Snacking On Now: 18 Rabbits Granola Bars

Written on March 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm , by

One of the best parts about working here at Fitness: all of the healthy treats that come across our desks in hopes of getting on our radar. We’re knee-deep in taste testing for our upcoming food awards (look for it in the July/August issue!), and amidst all the piles of good-for-you goodness, I found a new granola bar that caught my attention.

Image courtesy of 18 Rabbits

18 Rabbits is a new (ish) line of granola and bars, chock full of whole ingredients—oats, seeds, fruit, nuts, honey, etc.—and lacking in un-pronounceable additives. Not too sweet, chewy and delicious, the Nibblin’ Apricot was a perfect breakfast in a pinch, especially since it did not contain almonds—a maddening allergy that I have (seriously, do you know how few granola blends and bars are almond-free??). Check out all of the yummy flavors here.

Tell us, what’s your favorite granola bar? Any other almond-free goodies that I should know about?