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Fit Links: Top Health Habits For Bikini Season and How to Train Like an Olympian

Written on June 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm , by

These bikini body tips will make a day at the beach feel like...exactly that. (Photo by Patrik Giardino)

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Cool Off With 4 DIY Desserts For Hot Summer Days

Written on June 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm , by

What a fun way to get your antioxidants! (Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market)

When the weather warms up, our tastes naturally veer toward lighter, oven-free fare. Whole Foods Market’s Health Starts Here program has dozens of low-calorie, refreshing ideas to help you fit in your fruit and vegetable servings all summer long. Here are four of our favorites, all of which will please a crowd!

Double Grape Slushies

Serves 4

  • 1/2 cup concord grape juice
  • 1 cup seedless red or green grapes
  • 1 cup honeydew melon chunks
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  1. Pour juice into a blender. Drop in fruit and ice.
  2. Put the lid on and blend until smooth.

Nutrition information per serving: 60 calories, 0 g fat

It takes just minutes to whip up healthy, protein-packed ice cream. (Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market)

Banana Nice Cream

  • 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetened soymilk
  • 2 tablespoons smooth almond butter or peanut butter
  1. Put bananas, soymilk and nut butter into a blender.
  2. Puree, turning off the motor and stirring the mixture two or three times, until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into two bowls and serve.

Nutrition information per serving: 280 calories, 13 g fat

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Fit Links: Light, Sweet Summer Desserts and How to Cut Thousands of Calories While Dining Out

Written on May 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm , by

Grab a bowl for some vanilla bean yogurt with grilled peaches. Summer just got yummier! (Photo by Joyce Oudkerk Pool)

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Sweet! 3 Low-Cal Sundaes For Summer

Written on May 17, 2012 at 10:45 am , by

Cool news: The Soft Serve Fruit Co., home to healthy, wholesome frozen yogurt-like concoctions made from real fruit, water and a bit of organic cane sugar, can now be shipped straight to your doorstep. Inspired to try a similar treat? Here are three sundae recipes from the company, which you can create with your own favorite base. (Hint: Blend up a frozen banana or some frozen strawberries with a little milk for homemade soft serve!)

(Photos courtesy of The Soft Serve Fruit Co.)

Crunchy Salty

  • Banana Soft Serve Fruit
  • Sliced banana
  • Pretzels
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate chips

Banana Split

  • Strawberry Soft Serve Fruit
  • Diced banana
  • Diced strawberries
  • Diced pineapple
  • Walnuts
  • Hot chocolate sauce
  • Maple syrup

Breakfast Berry

  • Strawberry Soft Serve Fruit
  • Raisins
  • Granola
  • Whole O’s (or Cheerios)
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries

Now tell us: What’s your favorite warm weather dessert?

Fit Links: Skinny Cinco de Mayo Treats and Finding the Perfect Sports Bra

Written on May 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm , by

Lighter libations ahead! (Photo by Brian McKay)

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Waistline-Approved Super Bowl Recipes

Written on February 2, 2012 at 11:03 am , by

Whether you’re watching for the game, the halftime show, or just want to stare at some buns in tight spandex for four hours, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest chow down sporting events of the year. To help you nosh at the festivities, we snagged some low-cal, football friendly food for you to make this year from cookbook author Dana Jacobi. Eat up!

These wings are under 200 calories per serving! (Photo courtesy of Stevia In The Raw)

Teriyaki Chicken Wings with Hot Mango Dipping Sauce

16 chicken wings, about 3 1/4 pounds

For sauce

  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/3 cup Stevia In The Raw Baker’s Bag
  • 2 tablespoons defrosted orange juice concentrate
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced lengthwise
  • 3/4-inch fresh ginger, in 3 slices

1. In small saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients. Boil sauce over medium-high heat for 10 minutes. Cool sauce to room temperature. If desired, remove garlic and ginger, transfer to tightly covered container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a 15 x 11-inch or larger baking pan with foil. Coat two 10 x 10-inch wire racks with cooking spray and set in the pan, overlapping them.

3. Cut off first joint of chicken wings and discard. Arrange wings in prepared baking pan in one layer, smooth side up. Bake for 10 minutes.

4. Brush wings on both sides with sauce and bake smooth side up for 5 minutes. Brush with sauce again and bake with underside up for 5 minutes. Brush wings a third time and bake smooth side up for 5 minutes. Brush wings again and bake underside up for 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 400° F. Brush tops of wings with sauce and bake, topside up, for 10 minutes.

5. Arrange wings on serving plate and discard any remaining sauce. Serve with Hot Mango Dipping Sauce (recipe on next page).

Read on to get the recipe for the dipping sauce and a healthy Super Bowl dessert recipe!

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