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Healthy Habits - Switch it up: Go Whole Grain

Post Update: As I was transferring this post to the new site it gave me pause as I was only moments ago telling a client to limit his sugar and processed carbohydrate intake. Not all carbs are created equal. I think it is important to keep this in mind. I will include my review of his food journal in a following post. For those of you trying to improve your overall diet and your sources of energy rich carbs...read on. -------------------------- We have all heard about the importance of eating whole grains. But why? What are they, really, and where do you find them?? Whole grains have ALL of the parts of the original kernel—bran, germ, and everything inside the seed. In refined grains, the br

Heathy Habits - Planning and Preparation + Recipes

Hey Guys! I hope you all enjoyed a pleasant weekend. Yesterday, I spent some time looking through recipes and my new cookbook (Thanks Deb V.!) to gather this weeks dinner plans. I always prep Sunday - Tuesday and then again Wed- Sat for later in the week. Here's what I came up with…maybe it will give you some ideas too. Remember: Planning and Preparation are where its at! Sunday: Nut-Crusted Baked Salmon -Fruit or Veg: Brussel Sprouts, Roasted -Lean Protein: Salmon. It's not 'lean' exactly but its GOOD for you. -Smart Carb: Purple Sweet Potato - because COLOR! -Heathy Fat: Omega 3's in the Salmon and nuts Super easy. I just crushed up some walnuts and sprinkled them on top of the fish, baked

Healthy Habits - Breakfast

The first meal of the day is no exception. Your best bet to start the day off strong is to base meals around the Healthy Habits. After a restful night of sleeping at least 8 hours and taking a few minutes to check in with your body and mind, it's time to refuel. My favorite this month (I'll get in a routine for a week or two) is Blueberry Pancakes with one egg over medium and a shmear of sunflower butter. It might not be food porn quality photography but it's delicious and follow the "rules"…. 1. Eat a fruit or veggie at every meal. (Blueberries and 1/2 banana) 2. Include a lean protein. ("Fried" egg and extra whites in the batter) 3. Add a smart carb to fuel workouts. (I used Bob's Red Mill

Recipe - Black Pepper Caramel Shrimp

Another new one. This recipe from CookingLight (April 2013) was super fast and easy. Dinner was done in twenty minutes! Works for me. Note: to make a sustainable choice buy Pacific white shrimp farmed in fully circulating systems or inland ponds. Also, if you don't love black pepper as much as I do, you can use half as much for a milder spice. Ingredients: 1 (3.5oz) bag boil-in bag brown rice 1 TBSP water 2 tsp cornstarch 1 1/2 TBSP sesame oil 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deviened 2 cups snow peas, chopped diagonally 2 tsp minced garlic 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/8 tsp salt 1/2 cup fat-free lower sodium chicken broth 3 TBSP brown sugar 2 tsp fish sauce Directions: Cook rice acco

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