“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth
Baseball fans? Curling up on the sofa and tuning into World Series match? Inviting some friends over to cheer along with you?
Yup, that is me.
Baseball games can get long and tense, so I think it would be wonderful to stay fortified with plenty of munchies. I want to share couples of healthy snacks recipes that would complete your night.
“Skinny girls look good in clothes, fit girls look good naked.” – Anonymous
Do you ready to challenge yourself?
Having nice abs is a dream of every single individual, especially women. However, people often interrupt abs exercises incorrectly. There are a lot of myths that disguise the real purpose of abs exercises. For example, people say that you can get your six-pack only by doing abdominal exercise.
Doing abdominal exercises is very important but not necessarily the only thing required for getting a six-pack. We already have abs. The problem is that our abs are hidden. To get a visible six-pack, we have to remove the fat that is covering our abs, by eating less and doing more cardio-vascular exercises. Doing abdominal exercises exclusively will not remove this fat.
Abdominal exercises are a good way to reduce the chance of lower back injury and to improve your sports performance. Almost every single sport benefits from strong abs. Strong abs make your spine as strong as a steel i-beam. Working on your abdominal muscles can also increase your blood flow. A greater blood flow means a greater flow of oxygen. Fat only burns in the presence of oxygen. Toned muscles need more calories to stay active. Your body tends to release these calories from the area near the active muscles.
“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” – Anonymous
When you want to lose belly fat, you cannot only depend on exercise, but also the food that you eat daily.
fitbie.com describes 12 different kinds of food that fight belly fat:
A – almond and other nuts B – beans and legumes S – spinach and other green vegetables
D – diary products I – instant oatmeal E – eggs T – turkey and other lean meats
P – peanut butter O – olive oil W – whole-grain bread and cereals E – extra-protein powder R – raspberries and other berries
You just need to be sure to incorporate two or three of these foods into each of your meals and at least one of them into each snack, diversity your food at every meal to get a combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, and sneak a little protein into each snack.
“Knowing where your food comes from can change your life.” – Alice Waters
The reason people eat salad as their main meal is because they want to cut their calorie intake. However, eating a few lettuce leaves with creamy dressing does not help cut down on calories. Some people make their salad meal incorrectly. A lot of people build their salad as they would make an appetizer, then they let themselves starve throughout the day. Others put tons of ingredients in their salad to avoid being hungry because they think they only eat leaves for lunch. If you are going to use a salad as a meal replacement, you should treat the salad as a completed meal not an appetizer or a side dish.
A meal is supposed to stave off hunger as well as nourish you and keep you lively throughout your day or at least until your next meal. It supposed to be a larger portion than a snack, but not so large that you feel your tummy is about to blow out. A good meal is going to provide you vegetables, carbs and protein. It is important that you consider those parts when making your salad.
For example, my salad is made with mushrooms, cucumbers, poppyseeds, spinach leaves, lentils, raspberries, a couple of slices of a baguette, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar as dressing. The oil serves as the fat, the vinegar gives the salty taste, raspberries gives sweetness, bread as carbs, and lentils for protein.
You can make your salad as beautiful, flavorful, and colorful as your desire, but it is still fulfilling and healthy.
Jill Fit has seven tips and rules to help you build a delicious and healthy salad that you will actually enjoy eating.
Take extra time to build a better salad for your lunch or dinner. I promise you will appreciate it.
“The only successful way to reach and maintain a healthy weight is to find what works for you.” – Anonymous
Drinking juice is the best way to get concentrated nutrients into your body and overcome deficiency in the least amount of time. Extracting juice from fresh vegetables and fruits leaves the fillers behind, giving you only the concentrated liquid that is full of vitamins, minerals, and many other nutrients that we need for proper and balanced functioning of our body.
Drinking juice is your key to radiant health. It also gives you instant energy and makes you feel better. There are some benefits of drinking juices from fresh vegetables and fruits:
- If we start our day with a glass of fresh juice, it will help us with weight loss and maintenance.
- Juices make our digestive system function better by cleansing the stomach, intestines, and kidneys.
- Juices add life to our skin by making it more clear, smooth, and hydrated.
- Juices can give us instant energy because of natural glucose and other vital minerals, vitamins, and nutrients contained in it.
- Juices help strengthen the immune system, regulate blood pressure, maintain cholesterol, and keep the body hydrated.
- Juices supplement the required doses of antioxidants.
- Juices help us fight tiredness and dullness.
“Nothing taste as good as being healthy and full of energy feels.” – Unknown
Craving for pancake?
I want to show you fun ways to make homemade healthy pancakes. This recipe is little bit different from normal pancakes’ recipes because we replace some of the ingredients to make our favorite pancakes’ recipes healthier without sacrificing flavor. Whole wheat Greek yogurt pancakes is one of the examples. It contains 33 calories for one serving (5 – 5.5″ pancake). It includes 1 gram of total fat, 139 mg sodium, 5 grams total carbohydrates, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. This is also low cholesterol pancakes.
The ingredients of whole wheat greek yogurt pancakes (makes about 15 pancakes):
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups light (canned) coconut milk
- 6 ounces container plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add milk, yogurt, vanilla, and honey, whisking until smooth. Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Using a 1/4 cup measure, pour batter into rounds. Let cook until bubbles appear on the surface, about 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Serve with low-fat butter, syrup, or fruit.
Other choices of Greek yogurt pancakes are blueberry or banana Greek yogurt pancakes.
“The groundwork of all happiness is good health.” – Leigh Hunt
When we think about healthy drinks, water immediately comes to mind. Water is the best choice for quenching our thirst. It is calorie-free and easy to find at the nearest tap. It provides everything the body needs to restore fluids lost through metabolism, breathing, sweating, and the removal of waste. However, there are other healthy drinks, such as coffee and tea, without sweeteners.
These are the list of top 8 healthiest drinks:
- green tea: helps reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and cavities.
- mint tea: eases cramps and helps ward off indigestion.
- one percent reduced-fat milk: curbs cravings and helps protect against osteoporosis.
- soy milk: lowers risk of heart disease.
- hot chocolate: improves mood and may help protect against heart disease.
- low-sodium tomato juice: may protect against numerous cancers.
- cranberry juice: helps prevent gum disease.
- orange juice: may ward off cataracts, cancers, and birth defects and boost immunity.