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Tuesday Tidbit: Snack Attack

strawberries in box

Look at this. This is 1 lb. of strawberries. You can eat an entire pound of strawberries and you know what it’ll put you out? 145 calories, 35 grams of carbohydrate, 9 grams of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein and 694 milligrams of potassium. And a boatload of vitamin C.

If you are having one of those days when you need to be moving your hand to your mouth, over and over again . . . I suggest you slice or halve up a pound of strawberries and keep it by your side. They are sweet, they’ll fill you up, and they won’t do much damage. Heck. They’re GOOD FOR YOU.

 

March 19, 2013   No Comments

Tuesday Tidbit: The Craving Killer

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The good people at Metabolic Effect know that even if you’re doing “everything right,” sometimes you’re going to have a craving. Ideally, you’ll figure out how to tweak your macronutrients and quell those cravings, with, say, more protein and fiber, but especially for us women, sometimes you just need a fix. And yet, if you’re eating well, you don’t want that craving to derail your efforts, right? [Read more →]

March 12, 2013   2 Comments

Tuesday Tidbit: Buy a Bag of Pre-Cut Vegetables

You know you’re supposed to be eating more fruits and veggies, but there’s all that wash, chop and prep to contend with. Weeknights are crazy at your house. Why not pick up a bag (or box or tray) of pre-cut veg at the market this week? Companies like Dole and Mann’s have lots of options, as do supermarkets like Whole Foods – check the produce section or buy some veg from the salad bar. Another option? Frozen. Try unseasoned, unsauced frozen blends like Asian or Mediterranean: Open a bag, dump ‘em into your skillet, add low-sodium soy sauce, a dash of sesame oil for flavor and cook. Add a protein (pre-baked, seasoned tofu in Terriyaki flavor would be perfect here) and dinner.is.done.

Do you have any veggie secrets to share?

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October 23, 2012   No Comments

Tuesday Tidbit: Shoot for 8-12 Reps

To build muscle, you have to use enough, but not too much weight. Here’s a way to gauge: if you can do at least 8, but no more than 12 reps, you’re using the right weight. Up to 13 reps? Time to amp up and use a heavier weight – congratulations!

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October 16, 2012   1 Comment

Tuesday Tidbit: Use Frozen Fruit for Smoothies

 

Unsweetened frozen fruit plus unflavored, unsweetened dairy, non-dairy milk or kefir equals a nearly instant cold, healthy smoothie. Homemade smoothies offer much higher nutrition than store-bought, and YOU control your ingredients. Go easy on the sugar/sweeteners, and of course, feel free to add greens – my favorite!

What’re your favorite smoothie add-ins?

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October 9, 2012   1 Comment

Tuesday Tidbit: Make Junk Food Ho-Hum

Trying to cut the junk? You know what they say, “Variety is the spice of life.” Studies show that people who have greater variety in their diets eat more. So don’t stock your kitchen with 4 different types of cookies, ice cream, pastries, and cakes. Stick with with one or two junk-food choices (if you have to have ‘em in the house at all) – preferably ones that’ll please your co-habitants but which aren’t your personal favorites.

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October 2, 2012   No Comments

Tuesday Tidbit: Double-Up on Veg

When dining out, instead of the starchy side dish (I’m talking to you, potatoes, rice and pasta!) that comes with your entree, ask for two sides of veggies, or for an extra side-salad. The restaurant might even give you a choice – check out the vegetable sides that come with other entrees and choose from those. Just beware sauces and oils . . . ask for the veg steamed and your sauce on the side.

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September 25, 2012   No Comments

Tuesday Tidbit: Try Nuts or Seeds Instead of Croutons

Nuts and seeds have plant protein and polyunsaturated fats, but they’re also little calorie bombs, so you have to eat them in moderation. Try what I do – sprinkle a tablespoon on your salad in lieu of croutons. My all-time favorite is a tablespoon of sunflower seeds on my salad. You’ll love the crunch, and the bit of fat in nuts and seeds will help your body metabolize all the good-for-you ingredients in your veggies, too! To boost their flavor, toast them in a dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until they’re lightly browned.

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September 18, 2012   No Comments