Written on August 23, 2012 at 9:50 am , by Karla Walsh
Do you ever crave waffles drizzled with syrup, cheeseburgers with all the fixings or red velvet cake? Maybe a better question is “who doesn’t?” Katie at Dashing Dish has a knack for taking calorie-packed recipes and making guilt-free versions that taste just as decadent, which is why she’s landed on our bookmarked reading list! Here’s what keeps her moving and motivated.
My favorite way to work out: A combination of weight training and interval/HIIT (high intensity interval training).
5 things I can’t live without:
- My husband
- My family and friends
- My Pomeranian Zoey
- My Bible
- My Nike tennis shoes
I’m happiest when I’m: In my pajamas at night cuddled up with my husband watching movies!
My fave fit snack: One of my protein shake or protein muffin recipes!
My gym bag must-have: My iPhone (which has a fully loaded iTunes workout playlist) with my armband and headphones.
Of course we had to ask Katie to share one of her favorite recipes! Click below for her 187-calorie cake batter shake—a much lighter take on the treat that can sometimes offer a full day’s worth of calories.
Written on July 4, 2012 at 11:55 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern
Ahh, Independence Day. Sunshine, fireworks and enough delicious food and beer to put a roadblock on all that progress you’ve made on your summer routine. Hey, you haven’t been working at the gym for a rockin’ bikini bod just to throw it away on hot dogs and apple pie!
We asked our Twitter followers what kind of healthful indulgences they’ll be digging into to celebrate the Fourth of July. If these aren’t mouth-watering enough, check out these healthy summer grilling recipes to find your next barbecue favorite.
@thebendigirl: @FitnessMagazine my fav healthy pick for BBQ is grilled corn on the cob with chili powder sprinkled on it, turkey burger & watermelon
@redcurlgirl: @FitnessMagazine lots of fresh fruit #140Wednesdays
@Michaela_J_: @FitnessMagazine watermelon and grilled veggies!!
Now tell us: What’s your favorite healthy barbecue food?
Written on June 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern
When the weather heats up, there’s nothing more refreshing than a smoothie on the go. Plus they’re so easy–just toss in your favorite healthy ingredients in a blender and go! We’re always looking for new recipes to mix up our breakfast and snack routine up, so we polled our Twitter followers to see which smoothies they love the most.
Check out some of the creative ideas we got and try them out next time you’re craving a cool snack.
@DeBelle77: Strawberries, a little orange juice and some honey.
@_ChristineD_: Right now it’s almond milk, half a frozen banana, unflavored protein powder, ground oatmeal, and chocolate PB2. Try it!
@MyLastBite: Apple, banana, blueberries and cucumber kale!
Now tell us: What’s in your favorite smoothie recipe?
Written on June 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm , by Colleen Moody
There’s nothing better than a fruity, tropical drink in your hand to celebrate the beginning of another weekend. Except for the fact that those refreshing recipes often call for some superstar mixologist skills with ingredients you can barely pronounce, let alone find. But thanks to Polar Beverage‘s limited edition collection of summer seltzers, the mixing is already done for you. In fun flavors like piña colada, mint mojito, mango and more you can make a health-smart sip without the mortar and pestle. Not to mention shave off a ton of unwanted calories–the average mojito is approximately 200 calories while a piña colada can clock in at 644!). Try these cocktail recipes for an instant escape.
Sparkling Summer Punch
- 2 ounces of grenadine
- 2 ounces of Cointreau
- 2 ounces of quality brandy
- 3 ounces of lemonade or passion fruit juice
- 1 cup of frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 bottle of Polar Pineapple Passionfruit Seltzer (about 4 cups)
- Lots of ice
Combine grenadine, Cointreau, brandy, lemonade (or passion fruit) and frozen pineapple with ice in large pitcher. Stir vigorously. Add Polar Seltzer, stir gently and ladle into glasses.
Calories per serving: 33
Written on May 11, 2012 at 9:00 am , by Colleen Moody
Want to spoil Mom this weekend with some breakfast in bed? Devin Alexander, author of The Biggest Loser Cookbook and The Most Decadent Diet Ever shared two of her favorite recipes with us to treat her taste buds without the side of guilt. Try one of these this weekend for a better-for-you brunch. Don’t forget to tell her to share with the cook!
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Devin Says: These pancakes are chock full of chocolate chips, so I prefer them without butter. If you like a more buttery taste with just a hint of chips, use only 1 tablespoon of chips and spread 1 teaspoon of light butter over the top of each pancake. You’ll add 17 calories and 2 g of fat per teaspoon. You’ll also notice that the recipe calls for very little syrup. Each teaspoon has 17 calories and 0 g of fat. And remember–pancakes have much more sodium than most people realize. If you get even a half stack at your local pancake house, you’re probably eating more than half of your sodium allowance for a day. That said, I usually eat only one or two pancakes for breakfast as a treat to follow an egg white dish instead of eating a big plate of them. You may want to do the same, since pancakes require baking soda and salt to rise, and thus I couldn’t reduce the sodium much here.
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1/2 cup whole-grain oat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- Butter-flavored cooking spray
- 4 teaspoons pure maple syrup, divided
Written on May 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm , by Marianne Magno
With more career wins than any other female volleyball player, Misty May-Treanor is a pro at getting her body in top shape. With less than 100 days until the London Games, she chatted with us in between competitions to share her nutrition tips and favorite fueling recipes, and told us about a fun opportunity for you to learn volleyball from none other than the champ herself.
What do you eat to fuel up before a big game? What do you eat after?
As an athlete, it’s important to watch what you eat. I eat meals throughout the day, so I carry foods that help sustain energy. I eat a lot of sandwiches and try to be conscious of eating carbs and protein. I try to eat every couple of hours. I like sandwiches with whole wheat/grain and use pickles or cucumbers for moisture instead of mayo or mustard. I like having chicken or turkey breast sandwiches right after working out. Some other sandwich combinations that I love are:
- Tuna with sprouts, tomatoes, lettuce and red onions
- Roast beef with avocado and red onions
Do you have any go-to healthy meals or snacks?
Since I try to eat every few hours, if I feel like I need a little extra after a meal, I’ll have a piece of fruit or add more vegetables to my lunch to stay fuller. When I’m home I like to have almond butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches. They’re easy to make and kids love them, too.
How does your diet change when you start training for competitions?
I think diet needs to be a constant routine, so I don’t stray so much. But you need to give yourself some sort of leeway—if you want a brownie once in a while, then you can have one. But it takes discipline and it’s easier to stay on top of it than play catch up later on. It’s all about having a healthy lifestyle.
Do you have any techniques or mantras to get your more motivated, especially on off days?
I try to live life to the fullest and live in the present. What keeps me motivated is wanting to constantly get better. I want to keep improving. [As gold medalists,] we have a huge target on our back and competitors are trying to bring us down, so that always keeps me wanting to do better.
You’ve teamed up with Arnold and Oroweat Bread to give one lucky person a private training clinic. Do you have any special tips for people wanting to learn or get better at volleyball?
The person that wins this contest will get a taste of the lifestyle that I lead. Have fun, get out there and play, even if you don’t know all the rules.
How to Enter The Arnold and Oroweat Bread Slice of Gold Contest: Submit your original healthy sandwich recipe on Facebook to enter for a chance to win a private volleyball clinic with Misty May Treanor!
Written on May 1, 2012 at 6:00 am , by FITNESS Editors
Show us your go-to moves, recipes, inspiration and gear, and you could win a $100 American Express gift card!
When it comes to staying in shape, one great way to keep your eye on the prize is through visual reminders. That’s why we’re obsessed with Pinterest, the free social-networking site that lets you create your own virtual inspiration boards, instantly.
But it’s also fun to share what works for you! So in the spirit of good health, we’re inviting you to pin the stuff that keeps you strong and healthy: The exercise moves, recipes, motivating quotes, fitness gear, and more. A panel of FITNESS judges will check out the submitted boards and five winners will score a $100 American Express gift card.
Here’s How to Enter:
- Follow FitnessMagazine on Pinterest.
- Create a new Pinterest board entitled “The Skinny Pins Contest – Fitness Mag.”
- Fill that board with at least 10 pins. Of those 10 pins, at least 5 of them must be items (recipes, exercises, etc.) pinned from FitnessMagazine.com.
- Each pin’s description must explain why or how the pinned content keeps you in shape. Are tricep kickbacks your never-miss move at the gym? Do you keep the weight off with Greek yogurt? Tell us! This step is very important with the judging.
- Once your pinboard is complete, enter the contest by submitting the board’s exact url here.
Pinboards will be judged on effectiveness and believability of the pinned content, originality, adherence to the contest rules, and understanding of the FITNESS lifestyle and voice. The contest is open from May 1 through May 31.
Disclaimer: You must be a member of Pinterest.com to enter and you must follow Fitness Magazine on Pinterest. If you do not have a Pinterest account, you can sign up here.
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Written on April 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm , by Karla Walsh
Last week, FITNESS advisory board member and super chef Rocco DiSpirito made me breakfast. This was strictly (delicious) business, though! He hosted a group of editors to teach us how to make a low-calorie, well-balanced morning meal with ideas from his Now Eat This! Diet book and new recipes created with Coffee-mate’s recently-released Natural Bliss creamers.
It was all really tasty (and a huge step up from our usual weekday grab-and-go), so we asked DiSpirito to share two of his favorite recipes so we can all recreate them at home.
Vanilla Ricotta-Stuffed Crepes With Orange Maple Syrup
- 6 tablespoons Natural Bliss Low-fat Vanilla
- 4 teaspoons egg white powder
- 8 ounces light ricotta cheese
- 1 navel orange, 1/2 teaspoon of zest removed with fine grater, then peeled
- 1/2 cup calorie-free pancake syrup
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 4 sprigs fresh mint (about 8 leaves), torn into small piece
- Preheat the over to 350° F. Pour all but 2 teaspoons of the Natural Bliss in a small mixing bowl and whisk in the egg white powder until fully dissolved; set aside.
- In another bowl, mix the ricotta cheese with the remaining 2 teaspoons of Natural Bliss and 1/4 teaspoon of the orange zest set aside.
- With a sharp knife, cut the sections of orange flesh out from the white membrane that encases them in the orange. Place the orange sections, remaining 1/4 teaspoon orange zest and the pancake syrup in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high until the mixture simmers, about 2 minutes. Carefully remove the plastic wrap on one side to vent but keep warm, and set aside.
- Spray a 10-inch nonstick skillet with one second of cooking spray and place over medium heat. Pour one-fourth of the Natural Bliss and egg powder mixture into the warm pan and swirl the mixture so it forms a thin even layer on the bottom of the pan. Put it over the heat until you can see browning at the edges, about 20 seconds, and then place in the oven and bake about 30 seconds or until it has full cooked. Pull the crepe out of the pan, cover with plastic wrap or parchment paper and set aside. Repeat these steps to make three additional crepes.
- Place a dollop of the ricotta mixture in the center of each crepe and spread it out evenly over the crepes. Fold crepes in half and then in half again and place one crepe each on four plates. Spoon the warm orange syrup over each crepe and garnish with mint leaves.
Nutrition information per serving (one crepe): 108 calories, 4 g fat
For a super sip, click below.
Written on February 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm , by Karla Walsh
This week’s fit links from around the web:
- Don’t dread the alarm! Here are nine smart tips that will help you smile through your morning workouts. — Fit Bottomed Girls
- What does “healthy” mean around the world? — GOOD
- It’s all about balance. The 80/20 rule works with your diet, relationships and more! — Healthy Tipping Point
- No meat? No problem! Whether you celebrate Meatless Mondays or eat fish on Fridays during Lent, these tasty recipes are for you. — Diets in Review
- Harness the powers of your brain to help shape up your body. — Q by Equinox
- My achy breaky back! Ease computer-related neck, shoulder and back pain with this stretch. — The Balanced Life
Written on February 24, 2012 at 11:26 am , by Karla Walsh
Katie Lee knows how to host one festive, tasty event. The food critic, cookbook author and former Top Chef host and judge has thrown countless parties and has big plans for Oscar Sunday this year! But before her big soiree, we caught up with Lee to snag her top three Academy Award-worthy tips:
- Get everyone involved. “Bring the glamour of the red carpet into your living room. Details as small as gold or silver cocktail napkins, draped red table cloths and glitzy champagne glass charms can make a big impact.”
- Add festive details. “Create simple ballots on festive stationery that allow your guests to predict the winners of each category. The guest with the most correct picks wins a fun prize!”
- Set up party stations. “Encourage guests to mingle by creating separate food and drink stations around the room. This will allow your party to flow well, but also encourage guests to meet one another throughout the night. For an added attraction, theme each station to one of the best picture nominees!”
Chili Parmesan and Peanut Popcorn (Inspired by Moneyball)
- 18 cups plain popped popcorn
- 1/4 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spread, melted
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- Put popcorn in large bowl.
- In small bowl, combine melted spread, chili powder and salt; drizzle over popcorn and toss until evenly coated.
- Add peanuts and cheese; toss.
Nutrition information per serving: 110 calories, 8 grams of fat
Now that we covered the savory, Lee passed along a sweet idea. Click below for the recipe!