Thursday, December 24, 2009
Remember it doesn't matter what you eat or how you train between Christmas and New Years.
It matters how you eat and train between New Years and Christmas!
All the best for 2010! YOU win in 2010!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
So today we don't have very much time to write to you - at all. But as a proud Prograde Nutrition partner we had to let you know that their Whole Foods based multi - VGF 25 + -is now available on a trial basis.
Yes, it's made from 25 veggies, greens and fruits. Hence the name, VGF!
It contains 7 nutrient classes:
Essential Fatty Acids
Micro AND Macro Vitamins and Minerals
Again, what's really cool is you can try Prograde's VGF 25+ for FREE! (There's just a small S & H charge)
Ok, gotta run. Talk to you soon.
PS - You can see all the natural ingredients they use to make VGF 25+ by clicking here!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
But before we do...
Let's get serious for a moment. You're going to eat a LOT of food this Thursday. You know it. We know it. And that's ok. We're sure you've been working out just a little bit harder to prepare for it, right? ;-) And we know you're going to get a good workout in on Thursday before you chow down, right?
Now, besides that, we also want to remind you one thing you do NOT want to do on Thursday is skip meals so you can stuff yourself with one big one. That's a no-no.
You still need to start your day right by boosting your metabolism with a solid breakfast. So to help you out with that I've got a gift for you from us and Prograde Nutrition. It's a delicious Protein Pancakes recipe.
Thanks to the protein in the recipe your blood sugar won't go crazy like it can just by eating a huge stack of pancakes with sugary syrup. Nope, this recipe will fill you up, nourish your body and give your metabolism just the boost it needs.
You can get the Protein Pancakes recipe by clicking here!
Be sure to let us know how you like it.
PS - Seriously, have a nutritious breakfast this Thursday and your body will thank your for it on Friday. ;-)
Sunday, October 25, 2009
White Chicken Chili
Adjust the heat in this dish by adding the minced ribs and seeds from the jalapeño as directed in step 6. If Anaheim chiles cannot be found, add an additional poblano and jalapeño to the chili. This dish can also be successfully made by substituting chicken thighs for the chicken breasts. If using thighs, increase the cooking time in step 4 to about 40 minutes. Serve chili with sour cream, tortilla chips, and lime wedges.
Makes about a serving of 12
3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves , trimmed of excess fat and skin
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 medium jalapeño chiles
3 poblano chiles (medium), stemmed, seeded, and cut into large pieces
3 Anaheim chile peppers (medium), stemmed, seeded, and cut into large pieces
2 medium onions , cut into large pieces (2 cups)
6 medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes)
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
4 scallions , white and light green parts sliced thin
1.Season chicken liberally with pepper. Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook without moving until skin is golden brown, about 4 minutes. Using tongs, turn chicken and lightly brown on other side, about 2 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate; remove and discard skin.
2.While chicken is browning, remove and discard ribs and seeds from 2 jalapeños; mince flesh. In food processor, process half of poblano chiles, Anaheim chiles, and onions until consistency of chunky salsa, ten to twelve 1-second pulses, scraping down sides of workbowl halfway through. Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Repeat with remaining poblano chiles, Anaheim chiles, and onions; combine with first batch (do not wash food processor blade or workbowl).
3.Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from Dutch oven (adding additional vegetable oil if necessary) and reduce heat to medium. Add minced jalapeños, chile-onion mixture, garlic, cumin, coriander, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables soften, about 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat.
4.Transfer 1 cup cooked vegetable mixture to now-empty food processor workbowl. Add 1 cup broth and process until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add vegetable-broth mixture, remaining 2 cups broth, and chicken breasts to Dutch oven and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until chicken registers 160 degrees (175 degrees if using thighs) on instant-read thermometer, 15 to 20 minutes (40 minutes if using thighs).
5.Using tongs, transfer chicken to large plate.
6.Mince remaining jalapeño, reserving and mincing ribs and seeds (see note above), and set aside. When cool enough to handle, shred chicken into bite-sized pieces, discarding bones. Stir shredded chicken, lime juice, cilantro, scallions, and remaining minced jalapeño (with seeds if desired) into chili and return to simmer. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper and serve.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
2-3 RIPE avocados (if you do not know how to pick out a ripe avocado, google it, or ask your friendly produce person)
(Here is where you could just add a few scoops of the above mentioned salsa, and be done with it, or you could hand chop the ingredients as follows for a more rustic guac)
Juice of 1-2 limes
About 1 tablespoon of cilantro (more or less to taste)
About 2 tablespoons chopped onion (red or white)
1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper
1 roma tomato, deseeded and chopped
1 finely chopped clove of garlic
A little sprinkle of cumin (optional)
Mash all together with a fork. If you are making earlier in the day and serving later, take plastic wrap and place it directly on the guac. This will help prevent browning. We personally LOVE to add some adobo sauce (the sauce contained in chipotles in adobo) for some extra zing.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
However, bananas also have a whopping dose of sugar (yes it's a naturally occuring sugar, but it's still sugar).
So what to do? How to get potassium? Get your guac on, and get some avocados!
Here's the blog posting from NorCal and a nifty recipe to go with it:
(note: in their recipe they reference 1/4 cup orange juice...again, make sure this is the fresh-squeezed stuff, not from concentrate).
Orange & Avocado Salad with Jicama
4 oranges, peeled and sectioned
3 avocados peeled and sliced
1 jicama, peeled and cut into strips
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing (preferably homemade)
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tbsp orange zest
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Toss oranges, avocado and jicama in a large bowl. Mix dressing and orange juice and pour over salad. Sprinkle with cilantro and orange zest. Serve immediately! I served this with grilled burgers.
Monday, September 21, 2009
used as a lunch meal.
Dinner: Calories 353, Fat 11gr, Carbohydrates 44gr, Protein 25gr
3/4 cup Black Beans (canned, low
4 cups Salad greens- romaine lettuce or
mixed field greens (bagged and
3 sprigs Cilantro chopped
1 Tbl. guacamole/ avocado
1 Tbl pumpkin seeds
1 Tbl. Green onion
½ cup fresh tomatoes diced or salsa for
1 oz- Vegan Cheese (no casein) “Follow
Your Heart Cheese”
Chop lettuce, cilantro, green onion, and
tomatoes in bowl. Add cooked black
beans, guacamole, pumpkin seeds, and
crumble cheese on top.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
1) 4 to 6 oz. sun-dried tomatoes
2) 2 to 3 fresh tomatoes
3) Fresh Italian Herbs, such as basil or oregano, to taste
4) 1 tsp Himalayan salt
5) 1 Tbsp. olive oil
6) 1 soft date, pitted
7) 3 to 5 garlic cloves
8) 1 to 2 cups of pine nuts, macadamias, or Brazil nut
9) 2 bunches of spinach leaves
Blend sun-dried tomatoes with fresh tomatoes, herbs, 1/2 tsp salt, olive oil, date,
2 to 3 cloves garlic
Process or blend nuts, 1/2 tsp sea salt and 2 to 3 cloves garlic. Allow to remain slightly chunky.
In a glass dish, layer spinach leaves, sauce(can add shredded carrot, zucchini and red bell peppers as layers or in to the sauce), then cheese. Dehydrate for 1 hour until warm.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
2 chicken breasts, sliced
2 tbs olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbs red curry paste
1 tsp turmeric, ground
400ml coconut milk
12 bay leaves
Heat 1 tbs of olive oil in a wok or fry pan, add chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from pan. Place remaining oil into the pan and fry onion and garlic until slightly browned, add red curry paste and turmeric and stir for 1 minute. Add coconut milk and bay leaves and leave to simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
PS - Check back next week for an entire week of Vegetarian Meal Suggestions.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Here’s a spin on this recipe, adapted from Eating Well magazine. You’ll note that this recipe has a hefty portion of veggies to boot. Don’t like red peppers or asparagus? Go with onions, broccoli, tomatoes, whatever suits your fancy!
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 large red bell peppers, diced
2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound raw shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth (make sure it’s gluten-free!)
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, asparagus, lemon zest and cook, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to soften, about 6 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl; cover to keep warm.
2. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broth and heavy whipping cream to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the sauce has cooked through and the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat. Stir in lemon juice and parsley. Serve the shrimp and sauce over the vegetables.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Mediterranean flavors take this chicken and rice combo to a whole new level. Nicoise olives are small and black. Feel free to substitute another type if they're not available.
Serves: Prep: 15minCook: 25min Total: 40min
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3/4 cup white rice
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper add to shopping list
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons pitted and chopped nicoise olives
1 tablespoon fresh basil, cut into ribbons
1. HEAT the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 4 minutes, turning once, until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate. Stir the rice, onions, pepper, broth, wine, lemon zest, and lemon juice into the skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, olives, and basil. Top with the chicken. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of a breast registers 160°F and the juices run clear.
Nutritional Facts per serving CALORIES 369.3 CAL
FAT 6.4 G
SATURATED FAT 0.9 G
CHOLESTEROL 68.4 MG
SODIUM 125.1 MG
CARBOHYDRATES 38.4 G
TOTAL SUGARS 5.4 G
DIETARY FIBER 2.8 G
PROTEIN 32.9 G
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
1) Hold the Bun to Look Better & Sexy: When ordering any sandwich on the menu, ask your server to “hold the bun”. Eliminating excess starches in your diet forces your body to burn more unwanted body fat for fuel 24-7. The result- leaner legs, a tighter butt, and a flatter tummy!
2) Upgrade Your Salad to Burn More Calories: Anytime you eat, your metabolism increases as you burn calories from the digestion, absorption, and storing of nutrients from food. This is called the thermic effect of feeding. Furthermore, research shows that the thermic effect of protein is roughly double that of fat or carbohydrates. So, boost your metabolism by adding lean proteins sources such as chicken, steak, salmon, or shrimp to any of your favorite salads.
4) Go Green to Be Lean: To make any entrée a belly fat-burning treat, replace any starch-based sides like fries or bread with sautéed, grilled or steamed vegetables. Better yet, opt for green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, green beans, or asparagus as much as possible since they have the highest amount of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for optimal health. Furthermore, green veggies are loaded with fiber and thus help fill you up faster and keep you fuller between meals.
5) Make Your Dessert Guilt-Free: You don’t have to be perfect all the time… just most of the time! In other words, if you eat well and exercise regularly 80-90% of the time, you can afford a tasty treat in moderation. Studies show that if you eliminate temptation you can avoid its pitfalls. But studies also show that flexibility is the key to long-term weight loss success. So first get rid of any sweets you may have at home and then limit dessert to once or twice per week when eating out. You can even go one step further by cutting the calories in half by splitting a dessert with a friend or family member.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
3/4 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries
1. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg in a small bowl. Whisk ricotta, egg, egg white, buttermilk, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl until smooth. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
2. Brush a large nonstick skillet with 1/2 teaspoon oil and place over medium heat until hot. Using a generous 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, pour the batter for 2pancakes into the pan, sprinkle blueberries on each pancake and cook until the edges are dry and bubbles begin to form, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining oil, batter and berries, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent burning.
Serve these light pancakes with our Chunky Blueberry Sauce, maple syrup or honey. Sprinkling the berries on top of the cooking pancakes ensures even distribution. Keep finished pancakes warm in a 200°F oven, if desired, while cooking the rest.
Makes 4 servings, 2 pancakes each
238 calories; 8 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 68 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrate;
12 g protein; 3 g fiber; 334 mg sodium; 128 mg potassium.
Nutrition bonus: Selenium (24% daily value), Calcium (16% dv).
Friday, July 10, 2009
1 cup quartered cherry or grape tomatoes
1 1/2 cups diced summer squash
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup pitted and coarsely chopped black olives
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon capers, rinsed
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into 4 equal portions
1. Preheat grill to medium. (No grill? See Oven Variation, below.)
2. Combine tomatoes, squash, onion, olives, lemon juice, oregano, oil, capers, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl.
Oven Variation: Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix vegetables as above. Assemble packets (Steps 3-4). Bake the packets directly on an oven rack until the tilapia is cooked through and the vegetables are just tender, about 20 minutes.
Approximately 24g of protein and 7 net carbs per serving (yields 4 servings total). If you’re not in the mood for tilapia, try some catfish or maybe even salmon.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
1 large head broccoli (about 1 3/4 pounds)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3-4 cloves fresh garlic, minced or crushed
Ground black pepper
Lemon wedges for serving
1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position, place large rimmed baking sheet on rack, and heat oven to 500 degrees. Cut broccoli at juncture of florets and stems; remove outer peel from stalk. Cut stalk into 2- to 3-inch lengths and each length into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Cut crowns into 4 wedges if 3-4 inches in diameter or 6 wedges if 4-5 inches in diameter. Place broccoli in large bowl; drizzle with oil and toss well until evenly coated. Sprinkle with pepper and garlic to taste and toss to combine.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Even before you hit "high," you hit trouble. Your risk of a heart attack, stroke, or diabetes doesn't jump from low to high when your number crosses a sharp cutoff. It's gradual. That's why experts keep ratcheting down what's "normal." For example:
- You might not lose what you gained. In the study, most people lost little weight after the holidays, whether they tried to or not. And 1 pound is half of what the average person gains in a year. Those 2 pounds may not seem like much, but after 10 years, they could easily move you from trim to chubby.
- You may not be average. Among the overweight or obese participants in the study, 14% gained more than 5 pounds. What's more, the participants may not be typical.
"The study followed employees of the National Institutes of Health, an upscale, professional, health-conscious bunch if ever there was one," notes Susan Roberts of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.
- Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter (remaining myths to come in a day or two...)
Friday, May 1, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The Locavore - If you've ever compared a tomato ripe off the vine with one of those mealy, mass-produced, flavorless ones, you know the superior taste that just-picked food delivers. The locavore aims to capture that flavor difference and promote sustainable, community-based agriculture by favoring "low-mileage" foods over ones that have traveled long distances to arrive at your plate.
The Omnivore - At the core of the omnivore's philosophy is this fact: As long as you don't overindulge, no food is off limits. That means food some might consider forbidden, such as red meat, cheese and oils, are part of the ominvore's diet - in moderation. Allowing yourself a range of options is the strategy of this eater.
The Vegetarian - When it comes to being a vegetarian, there are a few hard and fast rules. Some eat no animal products at all, while others may eat dairy, eggs or fish. Regardless of where you draw the line, a vegetarian diet can provide healthy fuel for athletes. Studies show that vegetarians have a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. They also tend to be leaner than meat eaters. Just be sure you're getting these four crucial nutrients: iron, calcium, Vitamin B12 and Omega-3 fatty acids.
The Foodie - In the world of the "Foodie," eating is an experience to be savored - from selecting top-notch ingredients, to cooking the meal, to relishing each bite. It's about slowing down and taking the time to cook and try new things. When you get pleasure out of food, you slow down and are more satisfied - meaning you eat less. Just be sure you try new foods to ensure a healthy balance, use spices to add more health benefits and focus on quality of food, not quantity.
Which one describes your style of eating? Or, do you have one of your own you'd like to share? Enligten us!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
¼ cup flour
1 cup 2% cottage cheese
1 cup egg substitute
2 Tsp. canola oil
2 cups mixed berries - divided
Mix up and pour onto griddle to cook. Top each serving with 1 cup of mixed berries. May be sweetened with 1 tablespoon agave syrup.
1 cup strawberries - diced
1 cup plain soy milk
2 scoops Protein Powder
Put in blend and blend till smooth
Your choice of two yummy breakfasts!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
- Craver (Almond, Peanut Butter or Spurlina) Bar
- Small bran muffin plus a sugar free yogurt and a packet of Splenda
- Peanut butter-banana-honey sandwich (add cottage cheese or some type of protein)
- Pita with one to two slices of lowfat cheese plus a large apple
- Baggie of lowfat granola with a handful of raisins (preceded by 8 oz. soy/organic milk before you dash out the door)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
As I write this, I'm in a wheelchair. It's the latest result of numerous knee surgeries to repair my cartilage. I wish I could say that I injured my knee doing something athletic and impressive, such as running a killer speed workout, squatting six times my body weight at the gym, or even winning the three-legged race at a summer picnic. But I did it in my kitchen. I slipped on a phantom slick spot that mysteriously evaporated within seconds. I landed on my knee hard. I didn't know it at the time, but that quick, hard fall punched a hole in my cartilage.
Ever since, I've been researching every conventional (and unconventional) way to heal my knee. I've had state-of-the-art surgery. I've taken supplements that I use to scoff at...and realize that they work. I've changed my eating habits. (No, I didn't give up chocolate.) In the process, I've made some startling discoveries about nutritional remedies that can help heal injuries and even prevent them in the first place. Here's what's been working for me.
Eating for Injury Prevention
There's no doubt that smart training helps prevent injuries. But so will a wholesome nutrition plan, filled with foods that will enable your body to mount a strong defense against muscle strains and tears. Here are three nutritional strategies to prevent injuries:
1. Eat more. If you followed Survivor: The Australian Outback TV series, you may have noticed how gaunt the participants appeared after subsisting for weeks on daily rations of rice. This type of chronic malnutrition puts your body in prime "injury-waiting-to-happen" mode. So, how do you know if your body needs more calories? Keep track of your weight and eating patterns. If your weight fluctuates for no apparent reason, or if the quality of your eating is sporadic and generally unhealthful, you should consider a slight increase in high-quality calories.
2. Pile on the protein. True, a high-carbohydrate diet will fuel your running. But many runners take this advice to the extreme, living on bagels, pasta, and energy bars. Besides carbohydrate, you also need 80 to 100 grams of protein a day to maintain your muscles and other soft tissues. A small 3-ounce serving of chicken provides about 25 grams of protein, a glass of milk 10, a soy burger 14, and a hard-boiled egg 6. If you're only eating one protein source a day, you're not consuming enough. Try to include some protein in every meal.
3. Don't forget zinc and iron. Athletes often skimp on these two important trace nutrients found predominantly in red meat. Though research hasn't linked zinc and iron deficiency with increased injury rates, I've noticed the connection when working with injured athletes, and so have many of my sports-nutrition colleagues. You need 15 milligrams of zinc and 18 milligrams of iron a day. Foods that are good sources of both zinc and iron include lean beef, poultry, seafood, and lentils.
Dining During Downtime
If you get injured, the length of your downtime is determined by the severity of your injury, and the degree to which your body is nutritionally prepared to handle this new stress. If you have a severe injury, you're probably wondering: "How can I avoid gaining weight?"
Relax. Even though you're not running, you're still burning calories between 5 to 15 percent more than usual to repair your tattered body. Also, for most injuries, total downtime usually lasts about 2 weeks. After that, you might not have the green light, but you may be able to do other forms of exercise, such as swimming or pool running.
But if you restrict your calories too much during this initial 2-week period, you might lengthen your recovery because your body won't have enough protein to both repair your injury and carry out typical bodily functions. Don't cut back more than 500 calories a day. And if you notice that you're losing more than a desired weight, start eating more immediately.
4. Calcium: If you have a stress fracture or a broken bone, your body really needs this important mineral. You should take in up to 1,500 milligrams a day. If you don't eat dairy products, take a supplement, or drink calcium-fortified juice.
5. Vitamin A: Your body uses this vitamin to make new skin and other tissues that are vital to your healing. New research shows that your body isn't as efficient as we thought at converting the carotenes from fruits and vegetables into vitamin A. This means you need to eat even more of them. You should have two servings of leafy greens and yellow and orange vegetables every day during your recovery. Drinking vitamin A-fortified milk is also a good idea.
6. Vitamin C: Your body needs this antioxidant to make collagen, an adhesive-like protein found in your bones, connective tissues, and blood vessels. When you're injured, collagen is the substance that glues the injured area back together. Women need 75 milligrams of vitamin C each day, and men need 90 milligrams. If you eat a diet rich in berries, cantaloupe, oranges, and other fruit, you'll easily meet this requirement.
7. Other supplements If you've been given the green light to start training again, you may want to add a supplement to the mix. Once you've injured a joint, you're at higher risk for developing osteoarthritis (a degenerative joint condition not uncommon among aging athletes). Fortunately, the supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate have been shown to help decrease inflammation and improve mobility in people with osteoarthritis. You can also find many of these vitamins in a gender specific multi-vitamin.
These two supplements may also help promote cartilage growth. But it's not certain whether glucosamine, an amino sugar, and chondroitin, one of the substances that make up cartilage, work alone or need to be taken together. So for now, take 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of each, three times a day. Why so often? These supplements don't last long in your body, so frequent supplementation ensures that they're present at all times to nourish your joints. (Warning: If you take blood thinners such as Coumadin, do not take chondroitin.)
The better you feed your body, the more likely you'll remain injury-free, and the faster you'll bounce back if you do happen to get injured. Just be patient. You'll be training again in no time.
Monday, March 9, 2009
-Low fat yogurt and fresh fruit
-Smoothie made with fruit and low fat yogurt
-Whole grain cereal with skim milk and fruit
-Vegetable omelet with whole wheat toast and orange juice
-Scrambled eggs and one-half of whole wheat bagel
2. Smart Pre-workout Nutrition
This concept goes hand in hand with the importance of eating breakfast, depending on the time of day you practice. If training is in the afternoon--perhaps several hours after your last meal--your pre-workout nutrition becomes even more vital.
Any fruit: celery, apples, applesauce, pears, oranges, melons, berries, grapes, tomatoes, smoothies
Light sandwich: turkey (hold the mayo), chicken, peanut butter and jelly, etc.
Grains: cereal, bagel, English muffin, tortillas, pita pocket.
Sports drinks or light fruit juice.
Other: skim milk, low fat yogurt
3. The Powerful Powers of Protein
Athletes need high levels of protein (15 to 20 percent of daily caloric intake) to help repair and rebuild muscles broken down by physical activity and to aid in carbohydrate storage. An athlete's elevated protein requirements can usually be met by a well planned diet (supplements are not typically necessary, however, this can vary on the individual):
Excellent protein sources include poultry, turkey, beef, pork, fish, low fat cheese, legumes (black, kidney, pinto beans, and chickpeas), egg whites, and soy products such as tofu
Although adequate levels of protein are important, keep in mind that excess protein is simply extra calories either burned for energy and used to build leaner muscle tissue.
When it comes to fuel, protein is less efficient than carbs. Get enough protein from your diet so your body doesn't break down muscle to use the protein for fuel.
Protein from both food and supplements increases your need for water. Since your kidneys require more water for protein metabolism, individuals with liver or kidney problems are susceptible to negative effects of excessive dietary protein.
4. Be Smart About Supplements
Use healthy high grade gender specific supplements. (i.e. EFA's, Multi-Vitamins)
Friday, March 6, 2009
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
3 oz Skinless boneless chicken breast
1 Tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 Large Green Pepper, chopped
1 Medium Red Pepper, chopped
1 Medium Onion, coarsely chopped
2 cups Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
1 15 oz. can Stewed Tomatoes
¼ cup dry White Wine
1 Tsp. Italian Seasoning
Dash of Salt and Pepper
Lightly salt and pepper chicken pieces. Using a large skillet, brown chicken pieces on each side in olive oil on medium-low heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove from pan, cover and keep warm. Add peppers and onions and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, then add mushrooms and garlic. Continue cooking another 5 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes, wine, and 1 tsp. of Italian seasoning. Place chicken pieces back in skillet, cover and simmer about 15 minutes turning once. Serve chicken pieces with vegetables.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
This recipe serves: 4
Preparation time : 20 minutes
Cooking time : 15 minutes
For the salsa
4 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped or 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeño chili pepper, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
For the chicken
1/2 cup non-fat, plain yogurt
1/2 small red onion
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 4 to 6 ounces each salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
For the salsa:
1. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, red onion, pepper and cilantro.
2. Chop the avocado and sprinkle it with 2 tablespoons of lime juice to keep it from browning. Add the avocado and remaining lime juice to the bowl and toss to combine. (This can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.)
For the chicken:
1. In a small food processor, puree the yogurt, red onion, lime juice and cilantro to make a yogurt marinade.
2. Transfer the marinade to a shallow bowl or a plastic bag. Add the chicken and coat well with the marinade. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
3. Preheat the grill to medium-high.
4. Remove the chicken from the marinade, discard the remaining marinade and season the chicken with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken on both sides until it is cooked through, about 6 minutes per side.
5. Serve the chicken with tomato-avocado salsa.
Serving Size 1 chicken breast with salsa
Amount Per Serving
Protein 43 g
Total Carbohydrate 16 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Soluble Fiber 0 g
Insoluble Fiber g
Sugar 8 g
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g