When you need food fast, fast food doesn’t have to be the answer. Swing by the supermarket and pick up a golden, tender rotisserie chicken for a hassle-free dinner that’s not only healthy but provides plenty of leftovers for additional quick-and-easy lunches throughout the week. After serving tonight’s meal—rounded out with a simple quinoa side or a leafy greens salad—shred what’s left and take a load off. Tomorrow’s lunch is practically in the bag…
Rather than tossing into a salad, let cucumbers stand solo with this refreshing, zesty side dish that takes just minutes to make. Light, cool and crisp, cukes are known for their high water content, but they’re also a great source of vitamin C (supplying six percent of the Daily Value per cup!), vitamin K and potassium. Choose the long, thin English variety for semi-seedless slices and mild, rarely bitter taste.
Got five minutes? That’s more than enough time to shake up some homemade salad dressing that will leave you longing for leafy greens! A good bottle of balsamic vinegar, some herbs and fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice are all you need to create a rich, flavorful dressing that adds extra antioxidants and nutrients to your already-healthy meal.
In the warm summer months I love grilling outdoors. There’s something about the simplicity of summertime cookouts that makes me feel like life has slowed down a bit and maybe even gotten a little easier, if only for those couple hours. Whether it’s an old fashion block party with my neighbors or watching a gorgeous evening sunset in my backyard, from creative kabobs to decadent desserts, I love it all. Plus, it cuts the after dinner clean-up to a minimum, and I hate doing dishes.
Fresh is best, but when you’re strapped for cash or want to stock up, frozen fruits and vegetables are a helpful and healthy option. Unlike canned produce, which is processed and may contain added ingredients (i.e. sugar or artificial sweeteners, salt, MSG—yuck!), the stuff you find in the freezer section is picked, blanched and flash frozen—locking in both essential nutrients and ripe-from-the-vine flavor.
What’s hot in dieting: Intermittent fasting. In contrast to standard fasts, however, that usually involve drinking only juice or even sipping only water, the newest variation on fasting involves a 5:2 approach: Eat your normal diet five days a week, then cut your calorie intake dramatically two days a week, usually 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men. Think it sounds do-able? Read on to learn more.
Content & recipe courtesy of Pam Higgins, Certified Health Coach
When we think of slimming down for the summer months, isn’t it always about dieting and deprivation? Many of us turn to counting calories as a first step to losing weight. For some reason, that leads us to eating the “packaged food label” diet — no sugar, fat free, no carb. Call it law of attraction, I’ve done this myself and I’ve seen many clients follow this exact path.
It doesn’t have to be that way. By eating simple, real whole foods in delicious combinations, you won’t feel deprived one bit… or one bite. You will be thinking, why haven’t I have been doing this my whole life?!
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