After years of neglect, chia seeds are making a comeback! This little known, nutlike Central American seed is chock full of omega 3s. The good news doesn't end there; chia seeds are also a good source of magnesium, zinc, fiber, iron and calcium. Read on for three healthy new ways to incorporate this superfood into your daily diet!
1. Whole Wheat Chia Seed Pancakes: While normal pancakes may not pack much of a nutritional punch, these pancakes, made with whole wheat flour, oats, honey, and chia seeds are full of fiber and whole grains.
Makes 8 to 10 pancakes
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. milk
1 tbsp. canola oil
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. chia seeds (plus more for garnish)
Syrup or other desired toppings
Directions: Spray griddle or pan with cooking spray and heat to a medium heat. Beat egg and add milk and oil. In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, pumpkin pie
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After years of neglect, chia seeds are making a comeback! This little known, nutlike Central American seed is chock full of omega 3s. The good news doesn't end there; chia seeds are also a good source of magnesium, zinc, fiber, iron and calcium. Read on for three healthy new ways to incorporate this superfood into your daily diet!Read More »from 3 Healthy And Delicious New Chia Seed Recipes
You work hard all year. So when summer rolls around (and you can hear crickets in the office every Friday afternoon), you deserve a vacation! Unfortunately, rising flight prices and the seemingly endless hidden travel fees (airlines really charge for a blanket now?) make planning a bugget-friendly trip a little tough. But it's not impossible! Travel Expert and Travel Channel TV Personality Sam Brown has traveled to dozens of countries and hundreds of cities without breaking the bank. We caught up with Brown to get her top tips on how to get away this summer without guilt!Read More »from 5 Simple Tips To Save Money On Summer Travel
1. Travel Within Your Own State
Your state's local tourism website is a great place to get ideas for nearby vacation spots, many of which you've probably never thought about. Tourism websites often categorize ideas by theme-family fun, romantic adventures, sport adventures, etc.-making it easy for you to find a trip that suits your lifestyle and doesn't require a pricey plane ticket. Plus, a lot of local businesses
Where we tried it: Aerospace NYC
You'll feel a little bit like both the black and the white swan with this split-personality workout. A mix of ballet and boxing, the Aerobarre class challenges your flexibility and sculpts long, lean muscles with basic barre moves and tests your coordination and endurance with fast-paced jab combinations. It's safe to say Black Swan and Million Dollar Baby make it look easy!
Our tip: Though the class was a great full-body workout , it's a little difficult for first-timers to learn the proper form and keep up with the fast pace. Make sure you give it a few tries before deciding if it's the right workout for you.
2. Burlesque DancingRead More »from The Best New Workouts and Trends
Where we tried it: The New York School of Burlesque
This class might make you blush at first, but you'll walk out with a renewed positive body image, feeling more confident (and graceful) than ever. Burlesque dance
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Jul 27, 2011 3:26 PM EDT
By Jennipher Walters
It's amazing how many foods are out there that help with everything from weight-loss to reducing your appetite to improving your sex life. As more studies are done, researchers these days are finding even more amazing superfoods. Read on for the top five new superfoods that should be in your fridge or pantry at all times!
1. Seaweed. A new study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that seaweed is a rich vegan source of heart-healthy food "bioactive peptides," that are usually only found in milk products. Stock up at your local Asian market!
2. Kamut. High in iron, fiber and protein, this whole grain comes in everything from flours to pastas. The grain is touted for its concentration of selenium, zinc, and magnesium.
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3. Coconut oil. Once villainized for its high fat content, coconut oil is now one of the hottest health foods. High in lauric acid, coconut oil is now said to be a superfoodRead More »from Keep Your Fridge and Pantry Stocked With These 5 New Superfoods
We all know that oatmeal makes a healthy, nutritious breakfast. If you're looking for new ways to incorporate this power food into your diet, look no further! Here are three new ways to think about eating oatmeal.Read More »from 3 New Healthy And Delicious Ways To Eat Oatmeal
1. Oatmeal pancakes: These oatmeal pancakes pack a protein punch, thanks to the addition of cottage cheese and egg whites.
Makes 2- 3 servings
1 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. fat-free cottage cheese
8 egg whites
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Heat griddle to medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients and blend with an immersion blender until a smooth batter forms. Pour or scoop batter onto griddle in round pancake-like circles. Let cook until tops of the pancakes begin to bubble and then flip and let cook until they're no longer doughy in the middle and slightly brown on both sides. Top with syrup, nutmeg, fresh fruit, or desired toppings.
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- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Jul 22, 2011 4:03 PM EDT
Learn the surprising truth about summer workouts and which sweat myths you can ditch.Read More »from Does More Sweat Mean You Burn More Calories? Surprising Sweat Myths
True or False: You Burn More Calories During Hot-Weather Workouts?
True. Your heart needs to work harder to both keep your muscles well oxygenated during cardio and to send extra blood to the surface of your skin to keep your body temperature safe. Unfortunately, the calorie numbers are pretty low, so don't think you've earned an ice cream sundae! Think more like one bite of chocolate.
True or False: You Sweat All the Time?
True. You are always releasing moisture from your skin to help regulate body temperature, although usually not enough to be noticed. And this is taking place over almost the entire surface area of your body.
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True or False: Sunblock Makes it Harder to Sweat?
False. Don't let sweat myths like these keep you from being sun safe. "Sunscreen does not affect the sweating mechanism, which is your body's way of cooling itself," says
Couples who are looking for more than just rest and relaxation while on their honeymoon won't have too much trouble finding the ideal spot. The world is full of honeymoon resorts offering a wide range of activities, from golf to fishing and skiing to SCUBA diving. Our list of the best honeymoon destinations includes tropical, dessert, and mountain terrains, so you're sure to find a spot to satisfy your needs.Read More »from The 5 Best Honeymoon Spots For Active Couples
Resort: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Activities: Enjoy the best of Hawaii through the Ritz-Carlton's Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program. Guests can hike through the Hawaiian rainforest, snorkel in Maui's coral reefs, take underwater photography sessions, and enjoy a wide range of both land and sea activities.
Price: Pricing for activities ranges from $25 to 249. Visit ritzcarlton.com to learn more about the Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program.
2. Greenough, Montana
Resort: The Resort at Paws Up
Activities: New for the
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jul 21, 2011 3:57 PM EDT
During the summer months, it's too hot to be stuck inside on the treadmill! If you're searching for new ways to get fit and have fun, we have five outdoor workouts you just have to try!Read More »from No Gym? No Problem! 5 Fun Ways To Get In Shape Outdoors
1. Beach volleyball: You'll get "sand legs" and a full-body workout that will keep you looking (and feeling) hot in your bikini all summer. "The sand targets muscles you didn't think you had. You're working twice as hard to move," says Jess Gysin, professional beach volleyball player. The short burst of energy and lateral jumps and moves "target every single muscle," Gysin says. "It is definitely a full-body workout."
2. Octopush: This underwater version of hockey is played wearing a diving mask, snorkel, and fins. The six-on-six match's objective is similar to regular hockey-score in the opponent's goal. You'll get a toned swimmer's bod and burn calories with the fast-paced movements in octopush. Add competition to any backyard pool party with this unique sport or search for local leagues if you're
It's been a hot summer. In fact, there's a heat wave heading toward the East coast this week. But no matter where you live, it's important to stay hydrated. It's especially important to stay hydrated if you're putting in an intense workout, such as running. So, we asked our readers to tell us how they stay hydrated when they run. Here's what they had to say about their favorite ways to stay hydrated during a long-distance run.Read More »from 5 Ways to Stay Hydrated on a Long-Distance Run
1. Carry a camelbak: Anita trains for races like Chicago's Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon with her CamelBak (try the Charm 50 oz pack). "The water tube is so easy to grab off your shoulder and take a quick drink," she says. "Your run isn't interrupted at all." Try our running playlist for your own Rock 'n' Roll race.
2. Tap into free water: For Kathe, running is a great way to see her city, New York. She's tried lots of the water belts but prefers to carry a bottle and take advantage of the city's TapIt program. The website lists cafés throughout the city that
You've probably heard several of them numerous times-"be sure to stretch before you run" and "always finish your runs with a cool down"-but is there any real truth to them?
We asked exercise science expert Michele Olson, PhD, FACSM, CSCS, professor of exercise science at Auburn University Montgomery, and creator of the Perfect Legs, Glutes & Abs DVD to help us sort out the facts from fiction of these popular running misconceptions.
Myth: You should always stretch before you run
The Truth: "Static stretching is not the optimal way to warm-up before you run," Olson says. Believe it or not, you could actually strain your muscles with static stretching , and it might even slow you down. Instead, focus on getting oxygen to your muscles and warm them up-literally, Olson recommends. "Start out by walking and trotting: swing your arms; shrug your shoulders and slowly elevate your heart rate for about 10 minutes before you pick up your pace."
That doesn't mean you shouldRead More »from 3 Running Myths — Busted!