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Fattening Fall Is Back!

It’s officially Fall sigh

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I’m a summer girl. I don’t like boots (even cute boots), turtle necks, scarves, sweaters…etc. I digress…

Fall marks the unofficial start to the heavy eating season. Thanksgiving in October for my Canadian fit friends, followed by Halloween then Thanksgiving for my American friends. Cross border shopping for Canadian friends.

We head right into Christmas party season then from Christmas right into New Year’s Eve…whoa…eating season is c-r-a-z-y!!

This is when sooo many people go off the rails and “try” to put it all back on track in January. Some people actually even think, “Oh well, I’ll start fresh in January.”

Fall foods can be frightening, so lets break it down.

Let’s start with the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte. What a calorie bomb. Even if you try to make it “skinny” it is so not and never will be skinny or a healthy choice. At minimum you are looking at over 300 calories, 11 grams of fat, 35 grams of carbohydrate.

Drinking 300 calories is JUST WRONG. You don’t need it. You don’t deserve it and it is not a treat, so get over it!

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On the liquid calorie topic, hot apple cider is also a hot mess. Warm calories, and sugar = lots of push ups and running, I mean lots!! Hot apple cider comes in around 200+ calories, 27 grams of sugar that’s for about a cup ugh!!!!

Needless to say that Halloween candy is a no-no. I know it hits you as soon as you walk in the store. I know that you think if you by it now you wont have to rush around the day before Halloween looking for candy…what lies and deception!! You know if its in the house you will eat it. Two options, buy things that repulse you or wait until Halloween and buy it that day.

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Next on the list is anything that has caramel-apple in the title. Let’s be honest….caramel anything just screams danger. Move along caramel apple goodness…move along! Have apple slices and natural pb. I know its not the same but its better for you!

Pumpkin “treats”:  approach with extreme caution. Pumpkin in and of itself is great! Pumpkin that is in the form of squares, tarts, loafs, scones, muffins…all are fattening fall fails!

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People hide behind layers of clothing and thats why so many people love the fall. Guess what friends, the spring and summer will happen and you wont be able to sport those layers and your real shape/size will be revealed that you can’t blame on a bulky sweater!

It’s fall…it happens every year. If you had a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) last year, guess what … it tastes the same this year!!

Head into eating season fit, strong and toned. If you hit the fall foods hard you are looking at rolls, muffin tops and jelly belly…and I’m not talking food…Im talking body parts; Yowza!

You have the choice….fit or fat this fall….choose fit!

Give my PSL protein shake a try…I promise you will loooooove it!! No added sugar. So crap…just PSL GOODNESS You’re welcome!!!

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1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1-1.5 cups of almond milk (or any milk that works for you)

1/4-1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)

1/2 tsp or a healthy dash of pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon/nutmeg)

Blend and enjoy!

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Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to look and feel better?
Do you want to tone up and slim down now, before the holidays?

My Breakthrough Academy – 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge will set you up for a lifetime of success because we work on the physical improvements and also the mental aspect. You learn how to change. You learn how to stay on track. You end up with an ultimate breakthrough so that you never look back and you know how to stay fit and healthy for good.

Our family of #FitFriends are there to support you, encourage you and I’ll be there every step of the way with you!

Join today for the next session!

10 Steps To Easier Weight Loss

changeYou want to lose weight. You want to get healthy. You are confused because there are so many options available and so many different experts telling you how to do it. Where do you begin?
Well, read through these 10 tips and you will be well on your way.

1. Set Various Goals

Losing weight might be the ultimate goal, but it shouldn’t be the only goal. You should set several goals that lead to the ultimate goal. Small incremental goals that when achieved automatically lead to the big one. Eat vegetables with every meal. Drink a gallon of water. Sleep 7 hours…each of these small daily goals will get you where you want to go and they show a complete sense of accomplishment, which has a powerful psychological impact.

2. Surround Yourself With Positivity

Surround yourself with positive people, eliminate negative aspects from your life and seriously look for the bright side of everything. An emotionally healthy environment makes it easier for you to shoot for your goals because you will feel the support and when you have ‘down’ moments or thoughts, positive people that are supporting you will prop you up. Get an accountability partner, preferably someone on the same journey.

3. Rethink Rewards and Punishments

Food is never a reward and exercise is never punishment. The idea that you should reward yourself with food is crazy. “I did 500 burpees this week so I can have dessert” is purely broken thinking. Food is energy and nutrients for your body, plain and simple. Put garbage in, you look like garbage. Exercise is one of the best forms of self respect there is. You are giving yourself the gift of good health and fitness, that is a reward for longevity, never punishment.

4. Meditate /  Breath Deep

Taking a few minutes at the beginning of your day to sit quietly and clear your mind is a great way to gain focus on what really matters throughout the rest of your day. Deep breathing has a calming and de-stressing effect and combined with meditation has a powerful outcome.

 5. Stop Concentrating On A Calendar

While goals with a set date for achievement are vital, don’t get discouraged when you miss your goal. You didn’t gain the weight in a month, so stop thinking you’re going to lose it all in a month. When we look at a calendar we don’t see the long term picture that great health and fitness is a long term plan. It’s a lifestyle change that is more important. A 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge is a great kick start to your new lifestyle, but it doesn’t end on day 30…in reality that is just the beginning.

6. Identify Your Weak Spots

Identify the places, people and times that get you into trouble and stop or change them. If you have a friend that is crappy and negative all the time, move on…they aren’t going to help you or your mindset. If a particular restaurant has a dish that you love but you know is horrible nutritionally, don’t go there. If the evenings are troublesome for you and your health, be prepared with healthy snacks or change your routine completely so that you are busy during that time.

7. The Scale Is Not Your Friend

You tend to think of your weight as good or bad based on what the scale says. How you look and how you feel is far more important a better gauge of success. Are your clothes fitting better? Do you look thinner and feel stronger? Those are true measurements that go beyond numbers. Muscle weighs more than fat so as you drop the fat and increase lean muscle the changes won’t appear on the scale nearly as well as they will appear on your frame in the mirror.

8. Be Honest With Yourself

Don’t accept excuses or tell yourself, “It’s OK to have a cheat meal.” What is your goal? Think in terms of an employer.  If you were paying you for the work you we’re doing would you accept less than the best? No, you would demand a better job day in day out. While you maybe hard on yourself you will become a better manager of your success and eliminate your failures.

9. Foods Are Good or Bad…Deal With It

Somewhere along the line, we’ve learned to feel either proud or guilty about every food choice we make and that is a good thing because it holds us accountable. We wouldn’t send our children off to school with a chocolate bar, bag of chips and a giant bottle of Coke because we know it isn’t good for them, yet we will do that to ourselves.  Food is energy. Food is fuel. Food is nutrition. Crappy food gets you crappy results for energy, thought and performance.

10. Exercise Is Essential

Your body needs to be challenged. In the beginning, if you have led a sedentary lifestyle, a challenge might be for you to take a 20 minute brisk walk. GREAT!!! Do it. As your fitness improves, you can bring in greater challenges. Push-ups, sit-ups, weights can all be added to your routine as you get stronger and improve your fitness level. You might be intimidated by thought of going to a gym. No worries…you can gain an incredible fitness level right in your own home with just body weight exercises.

Losing weight is not hard from a physical stand point. It’s the mental challenge that kills so many good intentions. You need support and a plan for success.

If you are serious about making a wholesome change in your life, here is a great place to start.

My Breakthrough Academy – 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge will set you up for a lifetime of success because we work on the physical improvements and also the mental aspect. You learn how to change. You learn how to stay on track. You end up with an ultimate breakthrough so that you never look back and you know how to stay fit and healthy for good.

Our family of #FitFriends are there to support you, encourage you and I’ll be there every step of the way with you!

Join today for the next session!

Eat To Lose Weight

Food is the cornerstone of your plans to lose weight.

As far as I’m concerned weight loss is simple: when you burn more calories than you consume, you’ll lose weight.

Two problems that occur though when using that logic is you more than likely underestimate how much you actually eat and overestimate how many calories you burn.

When it comes to your food intake, you need to track your food daily until you are comfortable with what a proper size meal and the total calories you are consuming actually look like. You might be surprised after a few days of tracking.

Now start eating 250 to 500 fewer calories per day. That doesn’t mean cut out a meal. It means cut down on the portion sizes you’re eating and make better choices to eat the best kinds of calories you can. HINT: You’ll accomplish this easily if you just get rid of processed food.

High protein foods are the most important for losing fat. They keep you feeling full longer and because they take longer for the body to breakdown eating protein has a thermogenic effect, which simply means you body is burning more calories to process the protein.

grilled-923097_1920A rule of thumb for how much protein you need eat is one gram for every pound of body weight. Your protein sources should be lean choices like lean meats, eggs, fish, and high quality protein powders.

Foods that contain healthy fats don’t make you fat! In fact the right ones help you shed fat. Animal fats, butter, coconut oil, nuts, and avocados help reduce hunger. Healthy fats are essential to weight loss and overall health. The fats that you have to avoid are trans fats and anything that says, “partially hydrogenated oils” on the label.appetite-1238256_1920

Carbs are not the enemy. Sugar is the enemy. The problem is sugar is added to everything that is processed and carbs are sugar to the body. When you get too many carbs or sugar your body produces insulin to balance the blood sugar levels and that leads to fat storage. You need carbs in your diet. You don’t need sugar.

You need to cut back on carbs and cut out sugar.

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Breads, grains, pasta are all types of carbs that should be minimal in your diet. Vegetables, leafy greens…those are the carbs that should be plentiful! Watch out for the dressings and sauces you put on your veggies though. They are usually jacked up with sugar, trans fats and chemicals that make them shelf stable.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you are trying to lose weight will be the subject of the next post…so make sure you follow my blog so you’ll have the information when it comes out.

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Happy February!!!

How is it February already?!

Did you make resolutions…and how are they doing??

I wanted to do a quick blog post and give a major shout out to our My Breakthrough Academy 30 Day Challenge Participants.

We had so many people change their lives in January, how amazing is that!!!

They ate real food, they did short focused workouts, they drank water and they were accountable!

There were no crazy food, pills, insane workouts or deprivation!

Real Results were EARNED!

I am so proud of everyone for taking back their lives.

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Real people, with real jobs, families, and responsibilities.

I am so proud of everyone that participated!!!

To see more of their results head over to www.mybreakthroughacademy.com

I hope you had a successful January and I hope your February is fit and healthy!

 

xo

 

6 Reasons your Resolutions failed…and how to make it right for 2016

Losing weight and keeping it off has become a bit of a rarity. We all know people who lose weight and keep it off for a little while and then go back to their old ways and regain the weight. If you’re lucky you only gain it back…many go beyond!

Understanding the problem better helps lead you to real solutions. Time to get off the weight loss / weight gain roller coaster.

Instead of you trying the latest diet fad, I’ve put together a few things that will help you stay on track.

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6 reasons why you fall off the wagon

1. No focus: you didn’t set goals, you didn’t put your goals
in writing, and or you didn’t keep your goals in mind daily

2. No priorities:  you may have set a goal, but you didn’t
put it on or near the top of your priorities list. For
example, your goal is six-pack abs, but drinking wine and
eating fast food on the weekend is higher on your priorities
list than having a flat/fit stomach.

3. No support system: you tried to go at it alone; no buddy
system, training partners, family, spouse, friends, mentors
or coaches to turn to for information and emotional support
when the going got tough.

4. No Accountability: you didn’t keep score for your own
accountability – with a progress chart, weight record,
measurements, food journal, training journal, and you didn’t
set up external accountability (ie, report to someone else
or show your results to someone else)

5. No patience: you were only thinking short-term and had
unrealistic expectations.  You expected 10 pounds a week or
5 pounds a week or 3 pounds a week, so the first week you
lost “only” 1 or 2 pounds or hit a plateau, you gave up.

6. No planning: you winged it.  You got the idea that you need to exercise and get healthy so you hit the gym. No plan, no schedule, no direction.  How do you get somewhere when you don’t know where you going? So then, you lose interest and excuses become easier than reasons.

6 mistakes that cause most people to fall off the wagon. Are you guilty of any of these?  If so, the solutions are clear and simple:

  • Focus
  • Prioritize
  • Get support
  • Be accountable
  • Be patient
  • Plan

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40 Best Low Calorie Foods

Low-calorie doesn’t have to mean low on flavor or nutrients. Fill your fridge with these healthy, calorie-friendly foods that support your health goals and weight-loss efforts!

While zero-calorie doughnuts have yet to be invented, that doesn’t mean your search for foods that fit nicely into your low-calorie diet, or easily fill out the last remaining macros of your day, is at an end. After all, think of all that extra exercise you have to do to burn off a whole pizza or towering hot fudge sundae.

Choosing the right low-calorie foods can tip the scales in your favor toward fat burning rather than fat accumulation. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of the 40 best foods from different aisles in your grocery store. There’s even a handy list for you to print out!

While it’s really a myth that certain foods have a strong “negative” caloric effect, meaning they burn more calories to digest than they contain, that doesn’t mean the grocery store and farmers’ market aren’t stocked with plenty of nutritious foods that are very low in energy and cost you almost nothing calorie-wise. In fact, of the 40 foods profiled here, 35 contain 100 or fewer calories per serving!

When you’re mindfully watching your calorie intake to trim down your waistline, it’s vital that you saturate your diet with plenty of edibles that don’t leave you feeling hungry. After all, you don’t want to be starving all day long.

The good news for your palate and muscles is that not all low-calorie grub is rabbit food. In fact, meat, dairy, and other aisles in the supermarket are home to a number of items that, despite being light in calories, are heavy in important stuff like protein and good flavor.

If you’re looking for foods to munch on but can’t spare too many calories, these edibles can help you get something for nearly nothing.

VEGETABLES

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WATERCRESS 4 CALORIES PER 1 CUP

You need this low-calorie veggie in your diet: A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, among items in the produce aisle, watercress is one of the most nutrient-dense, meaning that those diminutive green leaves provide lofty amounts of nutrients.1 Like other cruciferous vegetables, watercress also packs plenty of antioxidant power.

LIKE OTHER CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES, WATERCRESS ALSO PACKS PLENTY OF ANTIOXIDANT POWER.

EAT THIS

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 3 diced pears, 1 diced white potato, and 1 tablespoon chopped ginger to pan; heat 2 minutes. Pour in 4 cups vegetable broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered for 20 minutes.

Add 2 bunches watercress, 2 tablespoon red vinegar, and 2 tablespoon fresh tarragon to pan. Heat 5 minutes, stir in juice of 1/2 lemon, and puree soup. Return to pan, stir in 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, and heat 2 minutes.

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ARUGULA 5 CALORIES PER CUP

This peppery green can fill out a salad or sandwich for very little calorie cost. What it lacks in calories, arugula makes up for with plenty of bone-strengthening vitamin K. Similar to other leafy greens, arugula can also be considered an antioxidant powerhouse. Look for it alongside other tender greens such as baby spinach at the grocer.

EAT THIS

For a quick lunch sandwich, toast a couple sandwich thins. Spread Dijon-style mustard on one toasted thin and top with sliced prosciutto, sliced apple, a handful of arugula, and the remaining bread thin.

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CELERY 6 CALORIES PER STALK

It might not have been awarded the superfood status that has lead kale to be a regular fixture in the crispers of hipsters, but celery adds a lot of crunch to a calorie-controlled diet. It’s an exceptionally high-volume food, meaning you can eat bushels of it without going into calorie overload.

IT MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE SUPERFOOD STATUS THAT HAS LEAD KALE TO BE A REGULAR FIXTURE IN THE CRISPERS OF HIPSTERS, BUT CELERY ADDS A LOT OF CRUNCH TO A CALORIE-CONTROLLED DIET.

For an insignificant amount of calories you get healthy amounts of vitamin K, a must-have nutrient associated with lower risk of death from diseases like heart disease.2

EAT THIS

Spoon up some tummy-filling chicken noodle soup. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion, chopped carrot, and chopped celery to pan and heat until onion has softened.

Add 4 cups chicken broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/4 tespoon chili flakes. Simmer until veggies are tender, then stir in sliced cooked chicken, cooked soba noodles, and fresh thyme.

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BOK CHOY 9 CALORIES PER 5 LEAVES

While kale and spinach might get all the press, this Asian green is a worthy addition to a calorie-controlled diet. This member of the cruciferous vegetable family is a nutritional standout with respectable amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A, disease-thwarting antioxidants. It also has a milder flavor than many dark leafy greens to appease picky eaters.

EAT THIS

Separate bok choy leafy tops from their stalks and roughly chop leaves. Thinly slice the stalks. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add bok choy stems, 2 chopped shallots, and 2 sliced garlic cloves; heat 3 minutes or until stems are tender.

Stir in bok choy leaves and 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest; heat just until the leaves have slightly wilted. Remove from heat, stir in 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and season with salt to taste.

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RADISH 17 CALORIES PER CUP

Delivering tempered peppery heat and great texture to dishes, radishes might be stingy when it comes to calories, but they supply good amounts of vitamin C. Our bodies require adequate amounts of vitamin C to support growth and repair of bodily tissues, including your expanding muscle mass. And don’t forget the leafy green tops, which are very much edible and packed with a low-calorie nutritional windfall.

RADISHES MIGHT BE STINGY WHEN IT COMES TO CALORIES, BUT THEY SUPPLY GOOD AMOUNTS OF VITAMIN C.

EAT THIS

Toss 1 pound halved radishes with oil, salt, and pepper. Spread out on a baking sheet and heat in the oven at 400 degrees F for 35 minutes or until wrinkled and tender, stirring once halfway. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 teaspoon curry powder, and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Serve roasted radishes with yogurt sauce.

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ZUCCHINI 31 CALORIES PER MEDIUM ZUCCHINI

When it comes to “squashing” some of the calories from your diet, be sure to steer your grocery cart toward this veggie. Do so and you’ll also take in a range of good stuff like hunger-quelling fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin K, and manganese.

EAT THIS

Using a serrated vegetable peeler or sharp knife, slice zucchini into long noodle-like strips and sauté for a couple of minutes in olive oil. Top cooked zucchini noodles with a tomato meat sauce for a low-carb riff on pasta night.

FRUITS

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CUCUMBER 22 CALORIES PER 1/2 CUCUMBER

Cukes are about 95 percent water, which is why they’re one of the lowest-calorie options in the produce department. This high amount of water can even help keep you hydrated and feeling full so you’re less likely to give into cookie-jar temptation. For a little extra bit of fiber, leave your vegetable peeler in the drawer, since the peel is where much of the grit in a cucumber is found.

CUCUMBERS ARE ABOUT 95 PERCENT WATER, WHICH IS WHY THEY’RE ONE OF THE LOWEST-CALORIE OPTIONS IN THE PRODUCE DEPARTMENT. THIS HIGH AMOUNT OF WATER CAN EVEN HELP KEEP YOU HYDRATED AND FEELING FULL.

EAT THIS

For a no-fuss salsa, combine chopped cucumber with diced bell pepper, cubed avocado, minced jalapeno pepper, chopped cilantro, fresh lime juice, and a couple pinches salt. Serve over cooked fish.

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PLUM 30 CALORIES PER PLUM

Bob Dylan famously sang, “Everybody must get stoned.” If he was referring to eating copious amounts of this low-calorie stone fruit, then good on you, Mr. Dylan! Their inherent sweetness is a great way to settle down a raging sweet tooth without any repercussions to your physique. What’s more, even the supermarket standard is packed with antioxidants.

EAT THIS

Add 4 pitted and sliced plums, 1/2 cup port wine, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, 1 teaspoons fresh thyme, 1 teaspoons grated orange zest, 3 whole cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a medium-sized saucepan.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until plums soften (about 12 minutes). Serve over grilled chicken breast.

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GRAPEFRUIT 37 CALORIES PER HALF GRAPEFRUIT

It’s time to pucker up if you’re searching for a fruit that keeps sugar calories in check. As with other citrus, grapefruit is a vitamin C heavyweight. University of Arizona (Tucson) researchers determined that daily intake can help lower waist circumference, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers, making it a ticker-friendly low-calorie fruit option.3

EAT THIS

For a washboard-friendly side dish, segment a red grapefruit over a bowl and reserve any juices. Combine grapefruit segments, sliced avocado, and thinly sliced fennel. Stir together reserved juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and a couple pinches salt and pepper. Toss dressing with salad and garnish with fresh mint.

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STRAWBERRIES 49 CALORIES PER CUP

Now ubiquitous in supermarkets year-round, strawberries are not only light in calories and high in fat-fighting fiber, they also supply a wallop of vitamin C. Studies suggest that higher intakes of vitamin C may make breathing easier during exercise, particularly in those who suffer from exercise-induced asthma.4,5

What’s more, a 2014 Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry study found that eating plenty of the rosy fruit and the payload of antioxidants it delivers may help keep coronary woes at bay by improving blood cholesterol numbers.6

EAT THIS

For a tasty riff on the ultra-nutritious Spanish soup known as gazpacho, blend together 1/3 cup water, 1 cup strawberries, 3 medium-sized tomatoes, 1 red bell pepper, 1/2 cucumber, 2 scallions, 1/3 cup fresh mint or basil, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

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HONEYDEW MELON 61 CALORIES PER CUP

The sweet, juicy flesh of the honeydew melon contains few calories, but plenty of vitamin C and heart-protective potassium. Wedges are great as a stand-alone snack, but you can also work it into smoothies, yogurt, salsas, and salads. If you have never bought this melon before, look for one that feels heavy for its size with a waxy rind. Avoid any with soft spots.

THE SWEET, JUICY FLESH OF THE HONEYDEW MELON CONTAINS FEW CALORIES, BUT PLENTY OF VITAMIN C AND HEART-PROTECTIVE POTASSIUM.

EAT THIS

For a refreshing salad, toss baby spinach together with cubed honeydew melon, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, crumbled feta cheese, and toasted almonds.

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BLACKBERRIES 62 CALORIES PER CUP

When it comes to berries, these are blackout good. Not only are blackberries light in calories, they’re brimming with fiber—a whopping 8 grams per cup to help fill you up without filling you out.

By slowing down digestion, a high-fiber diet is essential to helping you feel full, and a primary reason why roughage has been shown to contribute to shedding body fat.

Other items that contribute to blackberries’ impressive nutritional resume are antioxidants and vitamin K.

EAT THIS

Place 2 cups blackberries, 1/3 cup water, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.

Dissolve 2 teaspoons cornstarch in 1 tablespoon water, stir into blackberry mixture, and heat 1 minute. Serve this sauce over oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, cottage cheese, or yogurt.

GRAINS

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BULGUR 76 CALORIES PER 1/2 CUP (COOKED)

Made from whole-grain wheat that has been parboiled, dried, and then cracked, the high amount of fiber in quick-cooking bulgur can help prevent your blood sugar from going on a roller coaster that can lead to sagging energy levels and cravings for nutritional dreck.

EAT THIS

For a calorie-controlled breakfast porridge, bring 2 cups water, 2 cups low-fat milk, 1 cup bulgur, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until the bulgur is tender and the consistency of oatmeal, 10-15 minutes.

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SOBA NOODLES 113 CALORIES PER CUP (COOKED)

Containing about 50 percent fewer starchy calories than whole-wheat spaghetti, this Japanese-style noodle gleaned from gluten-free buckwheat is more conducive to your six-pack pursuit. Just be sure to look for brands made with 100 percent buckwheat since it can sneak in some wheat flour, which will drive up the calories.

EAT THIS

Cook soba noodles according to package directions (unlike normal pasta, be sure to rinse well after cooking), and then toss with cooked salmon, cooked peas, sliced carrots, and chopped scallions. Season with a dressing made with soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and a hot sauce like Sriracha.

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TEFF 128 CALORIES PER 1/2 CUP (COOKED)

Ounce for ounce, this Ethiopian staple delivers fewer calories than other whole grains like brown rice and quinoa. Because of its itsy-bitsy size, the bulk of the teff grain is mostly the bran and germ, the most nutritious parts of any grain. This makes diminutive teff a nutritional giant that’s rich in a range of nutrients including fiber, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus.

Teff has a malty-nutty taste, and because it expunges its starch during cooking, you can use it to make calorie-controlled puddings, riffs on polenta, or a breakfast porridge similar in consistency to Cream of Wheat.

BECAUSE OF ITS ITSY-BITSY SIZE, THE BULK OF THE TEFF GRAIN IS MOSTLY THE BRAN AND GERM, THE MOST NUTRITIOUS PARTS OF ANY GRAIN.

EAT THIS

For a physique-friendly pudding, bring 2 cups water and 1/2 cup teff to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until the water has absorbed, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

Let teff cool, then puree with 1 ripe banana, 1/3 cup light coconut milk, 3 tablespoons molasses or maple syrup, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or cinnamon, and a pinch of salt in a blender or food processor. Chill for 2 hours or more before serving.

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WHEAT BRAN 31 CALORIES PER 1/4 CUP

Think of flaky wheat bran as an easy way to add low-calorie nutrition to your diet. On top of a laundry list of nutrients including magnesium and B vitamins, the 6 grams of fiber in a quarter-cup serving can help you stay satisfied and slim.

EAT THIS

To make tasty wheat-bran cakes, stir together 1/2 cup wheat bran, 1/2 cup oat flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Combine 1 whisked egg with 1 cup low-fat milk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and drop 1/4 cup batter for each pancake into a hot skillet.

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POPCORN, AIR-POPPED 31 CALORIES PER CUP

The butter-strewn offering from the multiplex is a calorie bomb, but when it comes to a low-calorie snack choice, air-popped popcorn is a definite waistline-friendly option. Since popcorn contains a lot of volume, it can fill you up on fewer calories than most snack foods.

EAT THIS

For an Asian-inspired snack, stir together 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, and grated zest of 1 lime. Toss spice mixture with popped popcorn.

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RICE CAKES, PLAIN 35 CALORIES PER CAKE

When you’re craving something crunchy, rice cakes can satisfy your need without a significant number of calories. Made from puffed brown rice, the cakes can also provide a source of whole grains and energizing carbohydrates. Avoid flavored options to steer clear of sugars and other sketchy ingredients.

EAT THIS

For a quick snack, slather some low-fat ricotta cheese on a rice cake and top with blackberries!

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SHIRATAKI NOODLES 0 CALORIES PER 3 OZ.

These translucent, gelatinous noodles are made from the powdered root of the Asian konjac yam plant. Consisting mostly of a highly soluble, indigestible fiber called glucomannan, shirataki noodles are virtually calorie-free.

They have a rather nondescript taste, but they soak up the flavors of accompanying sauces and spices beautifully. You can find shirataki noodles in liquid-filled bags at Asian markets and an increasing number of local grocery stores.

CONSISTING MOSTLY OF A HIGHLY SOLUBLE, INDIGESTIBLE FIBER CALLED GLUCOMANNAN, SHIRATAKI NOODLES ARE VIRTUALLY CALORIE-FREE.

EAT THIS

For a quick side dish, prepare shirataki noodles according to package directions, then toss with prepared pesto and halved cherry tomatoes.

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SANDWICH THINS 100 CALORIES PER THIN (2 HALVES)

These flattish, slimmish rolls can save you plenty of starchy calories when making your lunch sandwiches and breakfast toast. Case in point: Two slices of regular bread can have twice as many calories. As with other bread products, look for thins that are made with 100 percent whole grains so you bite into extra hunger-fighting fiber.

EAT THIS

Make near-instant individual pizzas by topping toasted sandwich thins with tomato sauce, cooked Canadian bacon, and shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese. Microwave until cheese has melted.

MEATS

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TURKEY BREAST DELI MEAT 72 CALORIES PER 3 OZ.

When it comes to building your lunch sandwich, pile on this sliced meat for a low-cal option. Indeed, turkey breast is one of the leanest meats at the deli counter. To sidestep added sugars, be sure to avoid the honey-roasted versions.

EAT THIS

For a quick, six-pack-friendly snack, slice vegetables like carrots, zucchini, and cucumber into matchsticks. Spread some Dijon mustard on turkey slices, top with sliced veggies, and roll.

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COD 70 CALORIES PER 3 OZ.

It may not contain a boatload of calories, but the tender white flesh of cod delivers impressive amounts of selenium. Acting as an antioxidant, increased intakes of selenium may help reduce levels of oxidative stress and muscular damage associated with stiff workouts.7 If possible, source out cod that was caught in Alaskan waters, since it’s one of the most sustainable options.

EAT THIS

Blend 2 cups arugula, 1/2 cup parsley, 1/3 cup almonds, 1 chopped garlic clove, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/4 cup olive oil in a food processor or blender until well combined. Serve over pan-seared cod.

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MUSSELS 73 CALORIES PER 3 OZ.

Here’s more proof that you should cast your line and reel in mussels! With 10 grams of high-quality protein in a serving, they offer an exceptional protein-to-calorie ratio. This is on top of the fact that they’re very inexpensive, considered one of the most sustainable choices among your seafood options, and deliver a dose of ultra-healthy omega-3 fats.

A European Journal of Sports Science study suggests getting your fill of omega-3 fats may help bolster exercise performance by improving blood flow, maximum oxygen uptake by working muscles.8

WITH 10 GRAMS OF HIGH-QUALITY PROTEIN IN A SERVING, MUSSELS OFFER AN EXCEPTIONAL PROTEIN-TO-CALORIE RATIO.

EAT THIS

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet. Sauté a chopped onion and 3 minced garlic cloves until they soften, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup white wine and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes.

Add 1 pinch halved cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 teaspoon each red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Simmer until the tomatoes begin to break down, about 4 minutes.

Add 2 pounds mussels to the skillet, cover, and steam for 8 minutes or until they open. Discard any that remain shut.

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TURKEY LEGS 91 CALORIES PER 3 OZ.

Time to embrace your inner Flintstone. This flavorful and low-calorie cut of poultry supplies an impressive 16 grams of protein in a mere 3-oz. serving to keep muscle growth going in full force. Just go easy on the fatty skin, since the calorie number above applies to just the meat.

Braising turkey legs in liquid will convert the abundant amount of connective tissue to gelatin, which helps lubricate meat, making it tender and lip-smacking moist.

EAT THIS

Heat oil in a skillet large enough for the turkey legs to fit comfortably in over medium-high heat. Season turkey with salt and pepper. Add legs to the pan and brown on both sides, about 6 minutes. Remove legs from pan and reduce heat to medium-low, adding more oil if needed. Add 1 sliced leek, 2 sliced garlic cloves, and 1 tablespoon chopped ginger; cook 5 minutes, stirring often, or until leeks have softened and browned.

Add 1-1/2 cups chicken broth to pan and scrape up any brown bits from bottom of pan. Stir in 1 cup orange juice, 2 sprigs fresh thyme, 1 teaspoon ground allspice, 3/4 teaspoon paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Return turkey legs to pan, bring to a boil, reduce heat to reach a mild simmer, and cook covered for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, or until meat is very tender, flipping drumsticks every 30 minutes.

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CHICKEN BREAST 92 CALORIES PER 3 OZ.

It might not be the most exciting meat that you can toss in your grocery cart, but if you’re looking for a huge amount of low-calorie, muscle-building protein, it’s hard to beat reliable boneless, skinless chicken breast.

High-protein intakes can help in the battle of the bulge in two ways: by keeping you feeling satiated, and by increasing the thermic effect of feeding, which is the amount of calories you burn by simply digesting food.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A HUGE AMOUNT OF LOW-CALORIE, MUSCLE-BUILDING PROTEIN, IT’S HARD TO BEAT RELIABLE BONELESS, SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST.

EAT THIS

To keep chicken breast moist, try poaching it. Place breasts in a large pot and add enough water to completely cover by at least 1 inch. Bring water to a very slight simmer with just a few bubbles breaking the surface.

Do not boil! Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until meat is cooked through. Adjust heat as needed during cooking to maintain the slight simmer, and skim off any foam that forms.

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PORK TENDERLOIN 92 CALORIES PER 3 OZ.

Pork tenderloin is a good value meat that won’t put a significant dent in your daily calorie intake. It does, however, contain laudable amounts of thiamine, a B vitamin your body uses to convert the food you eat into energy to power you through a workout. And one should not overlook the protein windfall: 18 grams in a mere 3-ounce serving.

EAT THIS

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan. Cook 1 diced onion, 1 pound of sliced pork tenderloin, and 2 minced garlic cloves for 5 minutes. Pour in 1 cup red wine and simmer 5 minutes. Add one 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, 1 cup water, 1 cup brown rice, 1 diced green bell pepper, 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon each cayenne, salt, and pepper. Simmer until rice is tender, about 30 minutes.

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EYE OF ROUND STEAK 100 CALORIES PER 3 OZ.

If you’re on the hunt for an economical cut of beef that won’t break the calorie bank, look no further than eye of round. Gleaned from near the rear legs of the cattle, or the “round,” this red-meat option has a fantastic 6-to-1 protein-to-fat ratio—meaning it will help you better pack on the muscle. Marinating the meat prior to cooking can help tenderize it so it’s less likely to dry out during cooking.

EAT THIS

In a shallow baking dish or container, whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup soy sauce, juice of 1 lime, and 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder. Add 1-1/2 pounds eye of round, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, flipping once. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat.

Remove steak from marinade, pat dry, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, turning once, about 8-10 minutes total for medium rare. Let steak rest 10 minutes, then cut thinly across the grain. Try serving in tacos.

LEGUMES

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SILKEN TOFU 31 CALORIES PER 3 OZ.

There are a wide variety of tofu textures available. Silken tofu, which can be available as “soft,” “firm,” or “extra firm,” is a style of tofu that has not had much (if any) of its water pressed out, resulting in a custardy texture and lower-calorie brick than pressed, firm-style tofu.

While not a candidate for stir-fry, silken tofu works well in blended dishes like puddings, smoothies, dips, and salad dressings to keep calories in check and to supply a source of fairly high-quality plant-based protein.

EAT THIS

To make a low-calorie post-training shake, try blending together 1 cup coconut water, 3 ounces silken tofu, 1 scoop protein powder, 2 tablespoon ground flax seed, 1 cup frozen mango cubes, and 1 teaspoon fresh ginger.

Made up of mashed pinto beans, this Mexican staple delivers a wallop of hunger-quelling dietary fiber along with a range of must-have nutrients including magnesium, phosphorus, and energy-boosting iron.

Just be sure to read the ingredient list on the can and be sure that no fats are added.

EAT THIS

Stir together refried beans, chipotle chili powder, cumin powder, and fresh lime juice.

Spread on toast and top with a poached or fried egg.

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CANNED KIDNEY BEANS 108 CALORIES PER 1/2 CUP

Kidney beans are a quick way to add low-calorie plant protein and fiber to your diet. The protein and fiber in inexpensive kidney beans results in a slow burn of the complex carbs found in the legume for sustained energy and satiety levels. Some companies such as Eden Organics now offer canned kidney beans that are not packed in a salty liquid.

EAT THIS

For a hunger-squashing lunch salad, stir together a drained and rinsed can of kidney beans with chopped bell pepper, tomato, cucumber, and parsley. Toss with a lemon dressing.

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LENTILS 115 CALORIES PER 1/2 CUP

Few foods deliver as much nutritional bang for your buck as lentils. Not only are they stingy when it comes to calories, lentils supply plenty of muscle-sculpting protein, core-carving fiber, and a laundry list of vitamins and minerals. And they’re budget-friendly, too!

NOT ONLY ARE THEY STINGY WHEN IT COMES TO CALORIES, LENTILS SUPPLY PLENTY OF MUSCLE-SCULPTING PROTEIN, CORE-CARVING FIBER, AND A LAUNDRY LIST OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS.

EAT THIS

For a veggie burger that doesn’t suck, place 1-1/4 cups dried green lentils in a medium-sized saucepan with 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until lentils are tender, about 25 minutes. Drain lentils and set aside to cool. Add lentils to a food processor and pulse until most of the lentils are broken down but not until completely smooth.

Add 1/2 cup quick-cook oats, 4 ounces soft goat cheese, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, 1/3 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 chopped garlic clove, and salt and black pepper to taste; pulse until well combined.

Form mixture into 6 equal-sized patties and cook in a greased skillet.

DAIRY

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LIQUID EGG WHITES 25 CALORIES PER 3 TBSP

If you’re looking for pure, low-calorie protein, consider picking up a carton of liquid egg whites. In recipes, you can use them like regular eggs (3 tablespoons equals 1 large egg) without the need for any cracking. The protein within egg whites is especially rich in essential amino acids, making them a muscle-building superstar.

The egg whites are pasteurized, meaning that you can eat them straight from the carton, so consider using them to add a protein boost to smoothies.

EAT THIS

Heat 1/2 cup liquid egg whites, 1 chopped zucchini, and 1 cup chopped plum tomatoes in a skillet until egg whites are set, stirring often. Season this low-cal scramble with hot sauce.

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MOZZARELLA, PART-SKIM 71 CALORIES PER 1 OZ.

Eat too much calorie-laden fatty cheese and your six-pack will very likely be a few cans short. But you can still have your cheese and eat it too if you keep a chunk of low-fat mozzarella in your fridge. Compared to regular cheddar cheese, part-skim mozzarella has about 61 percent fewer calories. Try it on your sandwiches, pizzas, tacos, and scrambled eggs.

YOU CAN STILL HAVE YOUR CHEESE AND EAT IT TOO IF YOU KEEP A CHUNK OF LOW-FAT MOZZARELLA IN YOUR FRIDGE.

EAT THIS

Make a caprese pasta salad by tossing together cooked whole-grain penne pasta with flaked canned albacore tuna, diced part-skim mozzarella, sliced cherry tomatoes, and chopped fresh basil. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and black pepper. Toss dressing with salad.

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SKIM MILK 83 CALORIES PER CUP

This great white lets you take advantage of the top-notch protein in moo juice minus the fatty calories. Each glassful also contains a trio of bone builders: calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus. If you don’t mind the splurge, opt for organic skim milk, which is sourced from cattle not pumped full of antibiotics.

EAT THIS

Make no-cook oats by stirring together 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup plain or vanilla protein powder, 1-1/2 teaspoons chia seeds, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir in 2/3 cup skim milk, and top with sliced strawberries and chopped nuts. Cover and let soak overnight in the refrigerator.

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PLAIN NONFAT YOGURT 137 CALORIES PER CUP

Fat-free yogurt is a stellar way to add quality protein and beneficial bacteria called probiotics to your daily menu without the added calories found in higher-fat or sweetened varieties. Beyond the power to bolster your immune and digestive health, probiotics might even be an ally in the battle of the bulge!

FAT-FREE YOGURT IS A STELLAR WAY TO ADD QUALITY PROTEIN AND BENEFICIAL BACTERIA CALLED PROBIOTICS TO YOUR DAILY MENU WITHOUT THE ADDED CALORIES FOUND IN HIGHER-FAT OR SWEETENED VARIETIES.

EAT THIS

Place 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 avocado, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon chipotle or ancho chili powder, and a pinch of salt in a container and blend until smooth. Use as a sauce for tacos, sliced steak, or fish.

NUTS/SEEDS

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ALMOND MILK, UNSWEETENED 30 CALORIES PER CUP

This nutty, dairy-free alternative—which is made by grinding skinned almonds with water and filtering out the mixture—contains very little of the fat found in whole nuts, so it’s a calorie-conscious option for your cereal, post-training shakes, or weekend stack of pancakes. Look for the word “unsweetened” on the carton as your guarantee that no sugars were pumped into the faux milk.

EAT THIS

Recharge after a workout by blending together 1 cup almond milk with 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt, a couple tablespoons powdered peanut butter, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 cup frozen strawberries.

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POWDERED PEANUT BUTTER 45 CALORIES PER TBSP

Brands such as PB2 make their powdered peanut butter by taking peanuts and pressing them to remove much of the fat. When mixed with water, the end result is a creamy spread with about half the calories of regular peanut butter. But similar to the regular spread, you still get the nutritional bonuses of protein and dietary fiber. You can even add the powder straight up to items like oatmeal and protein shakes!

EAT THIS

Reconstitute powdered peanut butter and a dash of cinnamon according to package directions and spread between celery sticks for a snack that’ll make you feel like a kid again.

SEASONINGS

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RED WINE VINEGAR 3 CALORIES PER TBSP

If you want to add a splash of flavor to dressings and sauces for essentially no calories, be sure to keep your pantry stocked with vinegars like red wine. Some research suggests that the acetic acid in vinegar can slow down digestion of a meal, which works to improve blood-glucose control and bolster satiety.9

EAT THIS

For a tasty salad dressing, blend together equal parts olive oil and red wine vinegar with chopped shallot, chopped garlic, Dijon mustard, fresh thyme, salt, and black pepper.

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THYME 3 CALORIES PER TBSP

Fresh herbs like thyme, basil, and dill are an excellent way to liven up dishes with bright flavor and very little calorie cost. These flavor boosters also contain an arsenal of antioxidants to help assure that your low-calorie eating plan is also a disease-fighting one.

FRESH HERBS LIKE THYME, BASIL, AND DILL ARE AN EXCELLENT WAY TO LIVEN UP DISHES WITH BRIGHT FLAVOR AND VERY LITTLE CALORIE COST.

EAT THIS

Stir together 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, grated zest of 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Use as a rub for chicken, steak, or pork.

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CINNAMON 6 CALORIES PER 1 TSP

When it comes to oatmeal, smoothies, and pancakes, cinnamon can help you go big on flavor without the calories. A number of studies, including a recent report in Nutrition Research, have linked cinnamon with improved blood-sugar control, which not only reduces the risk of diabetes but may also aid in satiety, improved energy levels, and less risk of fat storage on your midriff.10

EAT THIS

For a pudding with less gut-busting consequences, heat 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until just under a simmer. Remove pan from heat, add 3 ounces chopped dark chocolate and 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, and let sit for 5 minutes.

Stir until chocolate is smooth. Stir in 2 teaspoon grated orange zest, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon chili powder. Place chocolate mixture, 1 package silken tofu, and 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Chill pudding for at least 2 hours before serving.

 

 

 

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The best diet in the world…that really works.

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There are a few “secrets” to losing weight.

If you read my blog you know most of them. Sad thing is, y’all might read them but never use them…and big surprise, your weight may have even stayed the same, if you’re lucky.

I have been designing nutrition plans for almost 20 years. I have learned that there is one diet that is the best in the world and it works on every single person that has done it.

Ready for it ? ? ?

The best diet in the world is… the one that you actually follow….read ontadaa21

Now, that is just the surface part of my answer. The best diet is the one that is based on real food, nothing processed.

There are millions of diet books and you have likely tried a few of them…and the magic question…are you as fit / skinny as you want to be?

You probably tried it for a few days, maybe had some results but then felt deprived (insert crying here) and then you went back to your old ways. “I had a bad day.”  “I heard some bad news.”  I needed to celebrate.”

Fact: your old ways got you exactly where you are.

Solution: You need to eat real food, drink water and challenge yourself physically.

For those weight watchin-point countin’, walkin the pounds away people….time to step up your game…what might have worked a decade ago is not serving you well today, because you probably shut down some of your fat burning capacity through yo-yo dieting.

The best diet in the world is one that is normal, that doesn’t require capsules or special tinctures. You know I’m right.

You know most of your fit/skinny friends just eat real food. Those athletic friends that you love yet hate at the same time…they eat real food.

I have some math for you.  It’s not like counting points though.  If you take the 2 hours of tv watching a night and use 30 minutes of it to make your meals you would see and feel a difference. 

If you also take 40 minutes to an hour of your 2 hour tv watching and used it to workout, I guarantee you will see and feel a difference. You still have 30 minutes left….go to bed early. There is nothing on tv that will improve your life. Getting 30 more minutes of sleep and you will feel fantastic in the morning….no more negotiating with the alarm clock!

Simple strategies people.

Stop believing the hype of the latest/greatest diets.

Old school works.  Eat healthy real food, don’t drink your calories, exercise daily and get some decent sleep = fit, healthy, energetic you – sounds awesome right?!! Give it a try…I dare you!