When Life Gives You Lemons…

Hi guys! Do you ever struggle with how bland healthy foods can taste sometimes? Well I definitely do. It can be quite discouraging when you are trying to eat healthy, and you start making excuses of why it’s not worth the time. But wait! Today I am here to tell you and give you advice on how to spice up food and get your taste buds dancing with just one simple ingredient.

Lemons. Sour. Tangy. Yummy. HEALTHY. There are many health benefits of lemons along with giving your food flavor. Here is a list of the benefits you’ll find from eating/drinking lemons.

  1. Lemons are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body fight against infections like the flu and colds.
  2. Lemons are good for your liver. Lemon is a stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, like alcohol. Lemon water is a great detox the morning after!
  3. Lemons regulate bowels. I know that’s gross to here, but it helps to keep you feeling healthy and clean on a regular basis.

Aside from those wonderful benefits, here are some healthy foods that could use some spicing up! Some foods that go perfectly with lemons are listed below.

  1. Salmon. We all know salmon can be iffy sometimes. It can get dry and flakey, but with a yummy lemon glaze you can spice it right up! Mix some lemon juice with a yummy mustard or flavoring and the salmon will turn from bland to tasty.
  2. Roasted chicken. Chicken can get dry and chalky sometimes, but with a lemon rub mixed with peppers and seasoning, you won’t even be able to tell the dryness.
  3. Shrimp. To simmer down the fishy taste shrimp sometimes gives off, use a lemon and dill dressing to toss it in, which will give it some awesome flavors.

Try these easy to make seasonings and dressings to put on your healthy foods. You won’t regret it!

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/16-health-benefits-of-lemons.html

http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2013/01/12/12-healthy-lemon-recipes/

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Fuel, Punish, Reward.

Working out becomes an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. Learning how to eat right, before and after a workout, will keep your body in tip top shape. What you eat before you workout is very important. You need energy, but also should feel full enough so you’re not hungry ten minutes into the workout. Here are some hearty, but healthy, foods to eat before you start your vigorous workout!

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This combination of carbs will help you keep a steady workout going. The combination of fruit and wheat bread is also easy to digest so you can’t feel your food bouncing around in your stomach. The carbs from fruit will give you an extra kick of energy while the wheat toast keeps you going. 

Smoothies:

A hearty smoothie filled with fruits, yogurt and maybe some nutty granola will help your body to stay amped up. The protein from the granola and fruit will give you plenty of energy and help your body to Unknown.jpegdigest. It is also a light consistency so it won’t bother you while working out. 

 

After working out, my hunger and cravings start to kick in. I don’t know if that’s just me, but once I get hungry after a vigorous working, nothing is stopping me from getting to that fridge or cabinet. Instead of grabbing something unhealthy or fattening, grab something on the healthier side, but something that is also filling! Here are some healthy, but yummy foods to eat once that insane hunger kicks in after a good workout. 

Omelet with Avocado:


Omelets are full of protein and avocado helps to jump start your metabolism. Having a quick metabolism rate helps keep your body fit and slim. Omelets are easy to make, and you can put anything your heart desires in it. Omelets also help you control the amount of8275.jpeg food you’re consuming because even though you can put anything you want in it, you have to be able to fit it all in there. Portion size is very important when trying to eat healthy and stay fit. Try this delicious omelet with avocado in it. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Chocolate Milk:

Drinking cholocate milk after a workout may not seem like a good idea, but believe me, it is. Chocolate milk helps your body to recover after a heavy workout. On top of getting plenty of fluids, there are also essential carbohydrates and proteins in the chocolate milk. A study was done to show that it actually hydrates more efficiently than Gatorade! Can you believe that? Also, tons calcium is packed in even one cup of chocolate milk, so start your drinking. Unknown-1.jpeg

I hope you can take away some good healthy foods and drinks to consume after a full workout and feel good about your body during and after your workout. A good trick can be to motivate yourself to workout by thinking of the yummy rewards you give yourself after you punish your body with a workout. Being healthy doesn’t have to be yucky or hard! Try these new ideas and see a difference fast! 

 

Kick ass cook out foods!

It’s almost that time of year again for the annual cook outs to begin. The best summer days are spent with the whole family and neighborhood coming together to have some relaxing fun and eating delicious summer foods. Here are some healthy tips and alternatives for those people who can’t resist a good cheeseburger or ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day, but want to watch their calorie intake.

These 4 simple swaps will have your mouth watering and your stomachs screaming without having to loosen your belt by the end of the day!

  1. Replace a regular cheeseburger with a bison burger. To put into perspective, an average loaded cheeseburger at a cookout comes out to about 780 calories. With the bison burger, there is lower fat and calories, which reduces the calorie intake to around 430 calories. Besides meat lovers, there is also the option of veggie and turkey burgers which both are much healthier choices than regular fatty meats.
  2. ReplaUnknown.jpegce creamy potato salad with lighter dressings and more veggies. The high amounts of mayonnaise and scarce amounts of veggies calculate to about 360 calories for a cup of potato salad. With the healthy substitutes, such as a vinaigrette, fresh veggies and different type of potatoes, your calorie intake can reduce to about 115.
  3. Replace ribs with lean pork. A rack of ribs contain almost 900 calories. That is crazy! Swapping the ribs for lean pork offers more nutrients and a lesser calorie intake for the people who can’t give up the feeling of what meat gives them.
  4. Replace the ice cream sandwiches and sundaes for a delicious fruit platter with chocolate assortments to dip it in. Ice cream racks up the calories and can even get up to almost 1,000 calories if you eat enough of it (which we all know everyone could…), but this fruit and chocolate substitute is a great way to stay healthy but also tame your sweet tooth. berry-cheese-flag.jpg

Enjoy these healthy and lower calorie intake swaps for all your favorite cook out foods! Remember, trying to eat healthy during a fun time like a cook out in the middle of summer is tricky, but if you eat healthy you can always give yourself a little reward for doing so good throughout the day.

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