A good breakfast can help you lose weight , boost brainpower, increase energy, and set a healthy tone for the rest of your day-so make it count each morning! "A great breakfast provides a number of food groups, especially those that most Americans fall short on if they don't include them in the first meal of the day," says Christen Cupples Cooper, MS, a registered dietitian . In addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight and stay focused all day, studies also show that regularly eating a healthy breakfast can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer, Cooper says.
To help you make the most out of your morning meal, we asked nutrition experts for their top low-calorie breakfast ideas that are easy to make (or that you can grab on the go) and are sure to keep you satisfied till lunch.
Frittata1. Leftover frittata: While eggs are a great protein-rich breakfast, they aren't always convenient to make on a busy morning. Mary Hartley, MPH, a registered dietitian in New
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A good breakfast can help you lose weight , boost brainpower, increase energy, and set a healthy tone for the rest of your day-so make it count each morning! "A great breakfast provides a number of food groups, especially those that most Americans fall short on if they don't include them in the first meal of the day," says Christen Cupples Cooper, MS, a registered dietitian . In addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight and stay focused all day, studies also show that regularly eating a healthy breakfast can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer, Cooper says.Read More »from Expert-Recommended Breakfast Ideas
Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words! For the days we need some inspiration, we decided to share our favorite images that get us moving, lifting, and laughing in hopes that they'll inspire you too!Read More »from "Fitspiration" We Love
My Butt is Big from NikeWomen. 1. My Butt is Big from Nike Women: Muscular thighs, big butt, wide shoulders: Whatever body part of yours you've been taught to hate, Nike wants to change your mind.
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You are more important than the scale.
2. You're more than just a number: Sometimes you just need a little reminder that getting healthy is way more important than getting skinny.
3. Cause you never know when you'll find yourself in the Hunger Games: OK so your life will probably never lead you to a gladiator death-match on TV, but being strong will help you with whatever does come along.
4. Christie Brinkley: If Christie Brinkley is still dancing (and looking this smoking!) at 57, then we want to be able to as well!
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Strong is the new beautiful
5. Strong is beautiful: Need we say more?
Derek JeterJust because you can't hit one out of the park like Derek Jeter or throw a fastball like Joba Chamberlain doesn't mean you can't take a lesson from the boys of baseball and train like a pro athlete. We spoke exclusively with professional baseball strength and conditioning coach Dana Cavalea, who recently opened a New York training facility called ML Strength, to find out how "regular" people can apply the same techniques used by today's top athletes to their own workouts.
"The methodology [I use with players] is based on seven elements: evaluate, educate, prevent, train, compete, fuel , and recover," Cavalea says. "We've taken these seven elements and applied them to the general population to give athletes the feeling of competitive achievement with regard to performance enhancement, body awareness, and injury prevention."
Here is the coach's conditioning "cheat sheet" so you can get the most out of your workouts, both onRead More »from Work Out like a Pro Baseball Player
Kristin ChenowethThe gorgeous Kristin Chenoweth may play a Botox -injecting Bible blogger on her new series GCB on ABC, but when it comes to her health and fitness regime…she's a saint!
Read on to get the scoop on what the petite, spunky, sexy star eats every day (well, almost) to keep her figure so fit and fab!
1. Oatmeal: The Tony Award-winning actress and singer likes to keep things simple when it comes to her daily dose of healthy oats."Oatmeal tastes so good on its own, you don't even need to add sugar," Chenoweth says. "Starbucks oatmeal is perfect for me because I'm always on the go.
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"As much as you can eat healthy, it's also important to remember to drink healthy too," she says. "Tea is very healing."
3. Almonds: Chenoweth is nuts about almonds!
"Little packages of almonds are so great for on the go… I justRead More »from A Day in Kristin Chenoweth's Healthy Diet
If the soft, tender flesh and glossy purple skin of eggplants don't appeal to you, then the veggie's rich health benefits will! Thanks to nasunin, an antioxidant in eggplant peels that helps protect brain cells, and a host of other vitamins and minerals, this wholesome veggie is an ideal brain food. And since it's also low in calories and carbs, eggplant makes the perfect base for a variety of delicious entrees, side dishes, and snacks.
Baked eggplant fries1. Baked eggplant fries with lemon dipping sauce:Without dip: 141 calories, 4.7 grams sugar, 1.3 grams fat, 28.3 grams carbohydrates, 5.9 grams protein
Crunchy eggplant strips coated in whole-wheat breadcrumbs taste just like fries, except without all the empty calories! Tossed in a mix of spices like paprika, cumin,Read More »from Delicious Ways to Cook with Eggplant
Follow these easy fitness tips to make your abs workout more effective, so that you have more time to show them off!
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By Charlotte Andersen
The scary truth about Happily pinning away on Pinterest the other day, a picture of a fabulous fit woman caught my eye. When I clicked on it however, I was anything but inspired. Text across her stomach offered a prescription for purging, and the site it linked to? Ana4Ever, as in "anorexic forever." It was thinspo. For people who have never suffered from an eating disorder (like I have) or been through treatment for it (twice!), it may be hard to understand why "thinspiration" images like these are so devastating, but the effect is very real.
Thinspo turns an illness into a lifestyle choice, says Lynn S. Grefe, MA, president and chief executive officer of the National Eating Disorders Association. "These sites are very, very dangerous. Eating disorders are biologically based, psychiatric illnesses, and these sites promote being sick and staying sick... bottom line, they delay treatment."
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When should you eat organic--and when should you skip it?By SHAPE Diet Doctor, Mike Roussell, PhD.
The question of eating food that is organic vs. regular is very common. The piece that confuses people the most is that there is no clear-cut answer. This is compounded by the fact that "organic" is now becoming big business, making it harder to determine scientific fact from sales pitch.Read More »from The Truth About Organic Food
Does Organic = More Nutritious?
One of the major draws for people to eat organic food is that they feel like it is more nutritious than conventional foods, but that's not necesarily true. A 2009 research paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found no real difference between the vitamin and mineral content of organic vs. non-organic foods. But, more recently researchers from the University of Sidney found that organic vegetables did in fact have more vitamins and minerals than their conventional counterpart. Another study found that organic strawberries contained more vitamin C than conventional strawberries (a
When it comes to healthy eating, the name of the game is moderation. It can be easy to forget that even though healthy foods like olive oil and guacamole are rich in healthy fats and antioxidants, they're also calorie-dense. Here are five surprising healthy foods that have more calories than you may have thought:Read More »from 5 Foods that Have More Calories Than You Think!
Tahini1. Tahini: At 89 calories and 8 grams of fat per tablespoon, Tahini (also known as sesame butter ) is a pretty calorically dense food. While it's full of healthy ingredients like B vitamins and even rich in calcium , it's also super easy to go overboard. Stick to a ping pong ball-sized serving (about 2 tablespoons) to keep your calories in check.
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Olive oil2. Olive oil: Just 2 tablespoons of olive oil add 238 calories to your meal-likely without you even realizing it. And when was the last time you stuck with a 2-tablespoon serving while cooking? Olive oil is full of healthy fat (the kind that may even help you drop pounds), just
These cocktails skimp on calories--not flavor. Try one of them tonight for a healthy way to kick back and relax after work.
Randarita1. Randarita: On February 13, 2012 country singer Miranda Lambert tweeted about her love for a cocktail she calls a "randarita" (which is a concoction of Bacardi and Crystal Light). She even made Lady Gaga a fan.
One Twitter follower replied with her own touch: with vanilla Bacardi and pink lemonade Crystal Light. @Jaymidann tweets that it "tastes like cotton candy!"
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Ginger Elixir2. Ginger Elixir: Ginger is an ancient Asian remedy for digestive problems and can ease an upset stomach. At La Costa Resort and Spa, their Ginger Elixir, a non-alcoholic "ayurvedic cocktail" from the Legends Bistro and the Spa Café, is best served before a meal.
Blend one cup of ginger juice, one cup of lemon juice, one cup of water, and one-fourth of a cup of honey and serve!
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