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Holiday Hoopla: Sweet Sarah’s Top Tips

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We’re in the final crush leading up to Christmas, and chances are, you’re doing some merrymaking this weekend. While some trainers would encourage you to lay off all treats and sweets, I take a more moderate approach . . . maybe it’s my old age, but I *do* think that holiday food and family traditions are important. The trick is to fit those into your new healthy lifestyle . . . to indulge and enjoy without going balls-out. Here are my top tricks for doing just that! [Read more →]

December 21, 2013   No Comments

A Delicious, Nutrient-Dense, Make-Ahead Snack: Spicy Tuna Cakes

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These little guys are delicious, nutritious, easy to whip up and will keep in your fridge for several days. I have eaten them for breakfast, post-workout and snacks! What are they? Spicy tuna cakes via Nom Nom Paleo’s new cookbook. [Read more →]

December 19, 2013   2 Comments

Take Me, I’m Yours!

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Hey Sweeties . . . it’s the holidays and I am busy busy busy whipping up treats for you for the new year! Not cookies, pies or cakes, no no . . . this mama’s launching a new coaching venture!

Yes, you read that right, I’m takin’ my show on the road – to your house or business. I want to teach you how to eat for health and fat loss, how to prepare delicious foods that’ll boost your health, nutrition and physique, clean out your pantry, work out your body. Is accountability your weakest link? Let’s go high-touch: Hire me to be your coach, your nag, your sherpa through the journey of healthying up your diet and maximizing the efficacy of your workouts. Texts and emails go a long way toward keeping you on track to your goals. I’m never far from my smartphone . . . always at the ready to help you make a plan, guide you through a crisis and help you reach your goals.

While this blog was sleeping, I’ve been studying, working toward my official certifications in personal training and nutrition, and soft-launching my business. Current clients are seeing RESULTS. Weight lost, confidence gained, lessons learned, permanent lifestyle changes are being MADE. Listen to what they’re saying:

“No more self-sabotage!”

“My cravings have diminished . . . .”

“The support has been super helpful for me.”

“Who knew that one simple tip could be a complete game-changer for me.”

“I always think it’ll be so awkward if I don’t partake in all things delish, but in reality, it’s all about the company.”

“You have seriously been the difference maker . . . this is the most weight I’ve lost.”

 

This could be you! Why not get in touch and let me help you move the ball forward in 2014?

I’m taking on a limited number of clients, will one of them be YOU? Drop me a line at sarah at semisweetonline dot com and let’s make magic happen for you!

December 17, 2013   No Comments

Fat-Loss Sausage

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What? This sausage will help you lose fat? Well, that’s not entirely true, but eating plenty of lean protein and limiting your fat intake is one of the ways to lose fat . . . remember, healthy foods aren’t necessarily fat-loss foods. Not that you’d think sausage is a health food. You wouldn’t think that, right? But if you know me off-blog, you know I love sausage. Even from those vendors outside sporting events, or on the streets of NYC. Yup, I’d go there. Spicy, juicy, greasy . . . all the way up to homemade, couture sausage in little restaurants where everything is locally sourced. Yes, I’ve dined along the whole sausage spectrum and enjoyed every lip-smackin’ minute.

But right now I’m trying to keep my physical gains and take them further, and sausage is not on the list of foods that’ll get me there. Until now.

Enter this recipe. I’m amazed at how sausagey and delicious it is. You can dial the red pepper up or down, depending on your spice preferences. You can brown the turkey & spices for a sausage crumble (how amazing would this be with refried beans & cheese, rolled up in a tortilla??), make it into little breakfast-sausage-sized patties, form it into burger-sized disks (this is what I did), make it into meatballs. Whatever. It’s damn good and is sure to satisfy a hankering for sausage, without blowing your plan. Enjoy!

Fat-Loss Sausage
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 heaping t. ground sage
  • ¾ t. red pepper flakes (or to taste, this does give a kick)
  • ½ t. celery salt
  • ½ t. ground cumin
  • ½ t. Kosher salt
  • ½ t. freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Form into patties, meatballs, etc. or place in a skillet and break it apart to brown. Cook until no longer pink.
Notes
If you want to make little breakfast patties to have on hand, you can form them, place them raw on a cookie sheet, and freeze. Then transfer the frozen patties to a plastic freezer bag – voila! Remove however many you need the night before and defrost in the fridge.

 

 

July 26, 2013   7 Comments

Lemon-Basil Zucchini Bake

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I’m here! Actually here. Cooking, enjoying summer, but not blogging. ‘Til tonight. A few folks have requested this recipe . . . so here we go. Got zucchini? This is a GREAT way to use it up, deliciously. It’s high-protein, low-carb and gluten-free. Eat up! [Read more →]

July 19, 2013   No Comments

Lebanese Seven Spices Seasoning

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When you’re eating a lot of lean protein, keeping things interesting is a challenge. Since becoming the chicken breast whisperer, I’ve been on a quest to liven things up, without salt. Sometimes, it’s hard to stay inspired and interested. [Read more →]

March 22, 2013   2 Comments

Tuesday Tidbit: Snack Attack

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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

What I Eat

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All this talk about metabolism and my new paradigm has lead more than a few of you to ask, “so . . . what ARE you eating, anyway?” Short answer is: a lot of lean protein and non-starchy vegetables. Like at most every meal. [Read more →]

March 18, 2013   4 Comments