Sunday, April 26, 2015

Elliptical and Treadmill 45-Minute Workout

Feeling bored with your everyday cardio workout? Shake up your routine with this challenging 45-minute interval plan that uses two machines. Kick things off with a lengthy session on the low-impact elliptical trainer, and end on a strong note with a quick treadmill session to torch calories.

Elliptical and Treadmill 45-Minute Workout

Is It OK to Eat Past 8 P.M.?

You finished dinner two hours ago. You're hopping in the hay soon, but your brain and belly say to hop into the kitchen first. You're trying to slim down, though, so is it better to go to bed with a little something in your belly or absolutely nothing?

Is It Bad to Go to Bed Hungry?


There's no black and white answer to this question, because it depends on your personal habits and healthy goals. But you ask, "shouldn't you feel hungry at night if you're trying to lose weight?" Let's just debunk a popular myth right now — eating late at night won't cause you to gain weight. As long as you're not exceeding your calorie needs for the entire day, it won't affect the scale. So there's no need to avoid eating for the sheer sake of dropping pounds.


That's not, however, giving you the green light to devour an entire sleeve of Oreos before slipping on your pj's. You don't want to eat so much that indigestion, discomfort, or pain makes sleep impossible, or that you're too full by morning that you need to skip breakfast, which can mess with your metabolism. But you also don't want to starve yourself because hunger pangs could be so intense that it makes it difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. Holding off and depriving yourself can also backfire, leading you to inhale an entire pint of ice cream.

It's up to you to find a happy medium. If you're always hungry an hour or two after dinner, the solution may be just as simple as eating a little bit more for that last meal. Also make sure you're eating a balanced meal that includes protein, high-fiber carbohydrates, a little bit of healthy fat, and plenty of veggies, because that will help you to feel satisfied for longer. Or maybe eating a little something before bed is a nice little habit you're not ready to break up with. So don't! Just be sure you map out your day's eating schedule to allot enough calories (about 150) for after dinner. Preplan some healthy, properly portioned snacks — these snacks will satisfy your dessert cravings — so you can feel good noshing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Healthiest Bottled Fruit Juices

Healthy juice doesn't have to be a DIY affair. Why store-bought juices can be just as healthy as homemade.

The Healthiest Bottled Fruit Juices

We're all for a good juice. We've been pulping everything from leafy greens to beets so often that we've forgotten about the good old (and convenient) standby: bottled juice. From tomato to tart cherry, check out the top eight varieties to reach for, based on their top-shelf health benefits. Bonus: one four-ounce serving of 100 percent juice counts as one serving (1/2 cup) of fruit.

Carbs in Your Favorite Fresh Fruits

Carbs in Your Favorite Fresh Fruits

If limiting your carb intake is your weight-loss tactic at the moment, it may have been a while since you peeled open a banana or bit into a juicy, ripe pear. While it's understandable to ditch carb-loaded bagels since they don't offer much nutrition, it's not recommended to swear off fruits entirely since they offer fiber and other essential vitamins and nutrients.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Deceptively Easy Breakfast That Powers Up the Body With Protein

A Deceptively Easy Breakfast That Powers Up the Body With Protein

I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but when it comes to any and all things cookie dough, I'm in. I was able to put my raw habit to rest after mixing up this chickpea cookie dough snack for the first time, and now I can enjoy another iteration of that sweet stuff with this overnight oats combination.

It does not get any easier than combining a few ingredients before bed, popping your jar into the fridge, and grabbing a spoon when you're ready to enjoy it the following morning. The creamy combination of almond milk and Greek yogurt makes these overnight oats taste just like the classic treat.

Cookie Dough Overnight Oats


NOTES

This recipe makes two servings, so you can have a healthy breakfast ready to go two mornings in a row!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup protein powder (or additional oats)
2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS
In a medium bowl, mix together the yogurt and almond milk. Add the oats, protein powder, sweetener, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and stir to combine.

Divide between two small bowls, mugs, or mason jars. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or for at least an hour so the oats soften and absorb the liquid.) It can be served cold, or microwave for 30 to 60 seconds to enjoy warm.

Easy Breakfast That Powers Up the Body With Protein
INFORMATION

Category Breakfast/Brunch, Yield 2 servings

NUTRITION

Calories per serving 332