Holiday Splurges Under 100 Calories

The holiday season is right around the corner and we found 10 delicious holiday cookies you don’t have to feel guilty about after eating. All under 100 calories these cookies make for a great holiday splurge without feeling like you binged.

Check out the link to the 10 holiday cookies under 100 calories!

 

Article/Image Credit 

Veg Out!

Did you know that only 27 percent of Americans eat the recommended three servings of vegetables a day? Although veggies can be pretty bland and boring, they are something you’re body needs to stay healthy. Here are 16 ways to spice up your veggies and turn them into something you can wait to get on your fork!

Click here for the link to the 16 ways to spice up your veggies!

Article/Image Credit 

Mac and Cheese Done Right

Instead of the traditional buttery, heavy sauce present in most mac and cheese recipes, we turned to an unlikely hero for a boost: butternut squash. Combined with nonfat milk and Greek yogurt, the squash adds a rich, nutty flavor, sneaks in some vegetable, and brilliantly mimics the color and creaminess of cheddar sauce. Click the link below to check out the recipe for this delicious meal from Cooking Light!

Light Mac and Cheese Recipe

 

Article/Image Credit 

Fight Those Cravings

Can’t seem to fit those mid day cravings of chocolate, salt, and everything bad for you? Here are five ways to end those cravings and stay on track!

–       Eat every three to four hours. Spreading out your calorie intake throughout the day helps to keep your blood sugar stable, allowing you to make better, healthier food choices.

 

–       Don’t ban treats. It’s ok to indulge, but don’t over do it. According to Leck Merner, “By incorporating a 100-calorie treat on a daily basis, we are less likely to over eat.”

 

–       Wait it out. When you find yourself craving something when you are not hungry, wait 20 minutes and distract your mind in other ways so it forgets about your craving.

 

–       Eat natural foods. Limit the amount of artificial sweetened foods your intake. These foods throw off your body’s natural ability to monitor calories causing you to possibly overeat.

 

–       Sleep well. Sleep deprivation influences your food choices, making you crave high-carb, high-sugary foods.

 

Article/Image Credit 

Group Fitness

Having trouble getting motivation to go to the gym? Or once you get to the gym you can’t seem to push yourself or focus? Then group fitness classes are for you! “Exercising is tough work,” says Toronto group fitness expert Eva Redpath. “Those who exercise in groups sustain greater motivation to train than those who work out alone.” Group fitness is the perfect way to add excitement, keep your workout consistent throughout, and set goals with others. Check out your local gym for fitness classes and find one that fits you best!

Article/ Image Credit 

Ten Simple Rules for a Better, Healthier Self

It can be tough to stay on track with a healthy lifestyle 24/7 but below are ten simple rules that you should always follow to be a better you. These no-brainers will help you maintain a long, healthy life.

–       Kick the Habit. Even if you only smoke “on the weekends” you are doing irreparable damage to your body. Join a support group, quit with a friend, set goals; anything to help you stop.

–       Don’t Fake it. People who use tanning beds are 2 ½ times more likely to develop skin cancer. Skip the fake bake and when you are outdoors, be sure to wear sunscreen.

–       Eat Chocolate. Surprised by this rule? You can enjoy these foods, in moderation, and treating yourself every once and a while is key to a successful diet plan.

–       Know Your Numbers. A tip from the American Heart Association, Dr. Sizemore-Ruiz says. “Knowing your cholesterol and blood sugar levels and having them checked regularly will help you to make more educated decisions about your diet.”

To see the next six tips click here! 

Article/Image Credit