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Recipe: 1-Minute Better Than Granola

Written on November 5, 2012 at 9:46 am , by

I love granola, but I don’t love 1) the price tag and 2) the high sugar content. Instead of regularly eating granola, I’ve switched to eating raw oats. I swear, it’s tasty! While I normally just dump 1/2 cup of raw oatmeal into my yogurt, I occasionally ‘dress it up’ with this fun and simple recipe. No cooking required!

 

1-Minute Better Than Granola Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1.5 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Mix in small bowl; serve with fruit and yogurt.

For more healthy recipe ideas, check out my book,  Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You.

Fitterati Links: Kale Soup Recipe, Natural Childbirth, and Wearing White After Labor Day

Written on August 27, 2012 at 10:30 am , by

Kristin shares a delicious recipe for Tuscan Kale & White Bean Soup. Yum! —Iowa Girl Eats

Kristin shares a delicious recipe for Tuscan Kale & White Bean Soup. —Iowa Girl Eats

What a few of our Fitteratis have been up to…

Kale soup image link not working for you? Try this one.

Twice-Baked Goat Cheese Potatoes Recipe (Mmmm)

Written on August 20, 2012 at 10:18 am , by

This week, I thought I’d share my favorite healthy ‘comfort food’  recipe - Twice Baked Goat Cheese Potatoes.

Ingredients (serves six – eight)

  • 10 small to medium Russet potatoes
  • 1 8-ounce package of herb and garlic goat cheese (if only regular is available, add 1 tablespoon garlic and 2 tablespoons dried Italian herb blend to the recipe).
  • 2 cups loosely packed raw spinach
  • 6 carrots
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt, plus more for sprinkling

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (alternatively, you can microwave the potatoes; do 3 – 4 potatoes at a time, individually wrapped in a wet paper towel, for 6 – 9 minutes)
  • Rinse potatoes, stab with a fork, and rub with olive oil.
  • Bake potatoes for 1 hour 10 minutes or until soft.
  • Remove from oven and slice lengthwise.  Allow 5 minutes to cool off a bit.
  • Carefully remove the insides of the potatoes using a small spoon.  Set potato insides in bowl; lay out skins on a greased casserole dish (or two).
  • In a food processor, combine the carrots and spinach until blended.  Remove half and set aside.
  • Add goat cheese to remaining carrots and spinach and blend.  Add half of potato mixture and blend.  Add last half of potato mixture and blend some more.  Add in salt.  Add leftover spinach and carrots and blend yet again.  It will take a while to get everything smooth and creamy.
  • Carefully scoop back cheese and potato mixture into potato skins.  Sprinkle tops with a generous amount of salt.
  • Bake stuffed potato skins for an additional 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Caitlin blogs at Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful.  You can follow her on Twitter at CaitlinHTP. Her second book, a guide to healthy living, was just released this past May.

Satisfy Your Man’s Appetite While Saving Your Waistline

Written on July 17, 2012 at 8:16 am , by

Hello! My name’s Kristin and I’m the blogger behind Iowa Girl Eats, where I share my quick & easy recipe ideas, travel adventures, and workout routines. I was thrilled to receive FITNESS Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Fitterati Award for Best Healthy Eating Blog, and am excited to be posting here on FitnessMagazine.com!

I get a lot of emails from readers asking how I balance healthy eating with my husband’s meat & potatoes appetite. It’s not always easy, but here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the past four years of marriage to my bestie, Ben, for satisfying his appetite, while saving my waistline! (Click to keep reading!) Read more

3 Healthy and Delicious Zucchini Recipes

Written on July 16, 2012 at 11:19 am , by

This past year, I decided that I wanted to start my own garden.

As a young girl, my summers were always filled with fresh grown veggies from my dad’s garden, and I was always amazed at just how much better they tasted. So fresh and flavorful. The best part was, I didn’t have to do any of the work to enjoy them (well, except for those few times where my best friend and I would go in and pick the carrots and onions way before they were even ready – oops).

Now that I’ve been in my own home for almost four years, I figured it was about time to give the ‘ol gardening thing a try. If you already know me, then you’d also know that my “green” thumb has always been a bit closer to being black. My ability to grow and maintain plants has not been a strong suit.

Despite my horrible track record, I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a go. (Click to keep reading!) Read more

How to Get Back on Track after Vacation

Written on July 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm , by

Last week was the Fourth of July and many families went on vacations and trips out of town to visit family or friends.  Many people allow themselves to “take a break” from healthy eating when on vacation.  Maybe they feel like they “deserve” a vacation from all things, including watching portion sizes and counting calories.

A few weeks ago, I was on vacation in Destin. It was a great week but I didn’t focus on my eating like I should.  This week, I am planning to get back on track and get focused once again on my goals.

Jennifer It sucks to be fat in Florida

Vacation trip to Florida. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Swafford.

If you are one of those people who tends to “take a break” from healthy living while on vacation, here are 3 ways you can get back on track after vacation (or even just after taking some time off from your healthiness goals).

1.  START – I know this seems simple but if we don’t start, or if we put it off until tomorrow, we will never start.  Tomorrow never comes!  Pick a day (today) and start now!

2.  GET MOVING – Make an exercise goal and stick with it.  When we are feeling bad from poor eating on vacation, nothing can release better endorphines than a good walk/run.  Just go at least 10-20 minutes a day and you will have a better outlook on getting back on track!

3.  TELL SOMEONE – Accountability is so important.  Tell a close friend or relative that today you are going to start eating better and exercising.  Call them each night and tell them how you did or maybe even have them call you (if we haven’t done so well, we might not want to call).  If you have an accountability partner, you are more likely to stick to the plan!

The main thing you can do is just do it.  Just go ahead and start TODAY because You-Are-Worth-It!

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Jennifer writes about weekly weigh ins, healthy recipes, product reviews, and weight loss at It Sux To Be Fat. Follow her journey on Twitter or Facebook as she goes through life’s ups and downs and takes her new healthy lifestyle one day at a time.

Favorite Summer Drink Alternatives

Written on July 3, 2012 at 11:25 am , by

Blueberry Lime Margarita

Summer Cocktails!

Summer is in full swing! For most people, summer is spent by the pool or the beach or outside grilling with friends and family.

It also means drinking alcoholic beverages.  Nothing beats the 100 degree temps like a nice frosty beverage.

For those of us trying to live a healthy lifestyle, alcohol can pack a serious caloric punch. According to WebMD and Forbes, there are some drinks that you need to avoid at all costs due to the high number of calories.

  • Long Island Iced Tea (780 calories)
  • Margarita (740 calories)
  • Pina Colada (644 calories)
  • Chocolate Martini (438 calories)
  • White Russian (425 calories)
  • Mai Tai (350 calories)

So, the question is, “How can we still enjoy a summer cocktail without drinking a meal’s worth of calories!?!” My opinion is to try and find some healthier options to replace these favorites but still let you enjoy a summer drink.

Here are some healthy alternatives to your favorite summer drinks.  Try them and let us know what you think:

  • Long Island Iced Tea  - This recipe has 80% fewer calories and 1/3 the carbs of the traditional recipe.
  • Margarita – Fellow Fitterati, Skinnytaste has made a citrus margarita spritzer for you to enjoy!
  • Pina Colada – Fitness has given you a pina colada cooler along with eight other refreshing low calorie cocktails!
  • Chocolate Martini – This chocolate martini has only 136 calories!
  • White Russian – This alternative will only cost you 250 calories!
  • Mai Tai – This mai tai is slimmed down with only 127 calories!

If you are someone who would rather just skip the fancy drinks all together and find a solution for every day drinking, here are some tips to use:

  • Drink Wine – Most glasses of wine will only cost you between 100 and 200 calories depending on the portion.
  • Drink Light Beer – Most light beers contain the same amount of alcohol but with fewer carbs!
  • Mix your favorite liquor with diet soda instead of regular.
  • You can also mix up drinks and add more flavor by choosing flavored vodkas.

As always, before hitting the bar or the beach, make a plan.  If you can go into a situation with a plan in your mind, you won’t be making hasty last minute decisions that you will regret later on.

Above all, take time this summer to relax, spend time with friends and family, and go ahead and enjoy a few beverages.  Just try and make smarter choices so you can feel good afterwards!

 

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