Repeat after me, ladies: strength training, lifting dumbbells and entering the free-weight area of the gym are not going to make me look like a man.While it seems like a logical progression—lift weights, build muscle, turn into a bodybuilder—the truth is, you’re not going to bulk up like the guys you see slamming plates at the gym, or even like the women on the pages of muscle magazines. It takes intense training (and testosterone levels we simply don’t have), to build bulging biceps, chiseled chests and rock-hard rear ends.
Even if you aren’t a vegetarian or vegan, getting enough protein should be an important item on your diet to-do checklist. Protein provides you with that satisfying feeling of having eaten enough, cutting cravings for more food and thus helping you stick to your diet goals.
Guys, get your aprons—your next workout’s in the kitchen. You throw back protein like nobody’s business. Shakes, smoothies, anything to up those grams, right? But you don’t have to burn out your blender or go broke buying boxes of pre-wrapped snacks. It’s easy to make your own bars, and this way you know you’re getting “clean fuel” from real, whole food ingredients. Each one of these chewy, chocolaty babies brings home 22 grams of quality protein, thanks to wholesome ingredients and top-of-the-line whey powder.
Light, fluffy and full of flavor, quinoa cooks up a lot like rice, yet it’s richer in flavor (with a hint of nuttiness) and packs in more protein, fiber, iron, magnesium and other big-name minerals than a serving of your favorite brown grain. Toss it with colorful butternut squash cubes and crisp, delicate pomegranate seeds for a tasty side dish or healthy vegan lunch.
New Year’s Eve traditionally is celebrated with cheers, kisses, champagne and – oh yes, resolutions to achieve goals such as shedding pounds. One way to achieve that desire to lose weight: Make attainable, measurable goals. Here are some suggestions, and we look forward to getting your feedback.
In France, this tweaked-toast dish is referred to as pain perdu, or “lost bread.” No, it’s not a reference to early-morning scavenger hunts for a decent breakfast. French toast traditionally is made with day-old or slightly stale (i.e. “lost”) bread, which is ideal for soaking up the liquid mixture it’s dipped in. In this recipe, slices of firm, dense, sprouted-grain bread absorb the healthy egg white batter well, while cinnamon protein powder spikes the nutrition and flavor. Consider your new morning favorite found!
I scream, you scream, our muscles scream… for ice cream? Give your body what it craves with this protein-packed frozen treat, made from non-fat Greek yogurt, frosty-cold blueberries and a scoop of quality whey. Blend a batch before you hit the gym to fuel up or right afterward for a refreshing, replenishing cool-down dessert.
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