Fat Loss for a Healthy Summer!

The days have gotten longer and the weather has gotten warmer – summertime is here! It’s that time of the year where you can incorporate outdoor activities into your daily workout. Don’t have one? Don’t fret, there is still time to develop one and get into the healthy habit of exercising. Your next question probably is, what is the best type of exercise for me? Well, it all depends on the goal you want to achieve.  If your ultimate goal is to lose weight, you should look into cardio and strength workouts. Does one exercise have greater benefits than another? Research has shown that strength exercises can burn more calories, because of the after-burn effect (where you burn more calories …


Summer Sips: Healthy, Kid-Friendly Drink Recipes for Hot Summer Days

Looking for a way to beat the heat? These refreshing summer sips will quench your thirst and please your palate. Prepare them for an outdoor party, a day in the backyard with the kids, or after mowing the lawn! Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade Slushy Ingredients – 2 to 3 cups seedless watermelon – 2 tablespoons honey (more if you like things sweet) – ¼ cup lemon juice – 2 cups frozen strawberries As many ice cubes as you can squish on the top and still get the lid on Directions 1. Layer watermelon, followed by lemon concentrate, honey, frozen strawberries and ice in the pitcher of the blender. 2. Blend until well mixed (2 to 3 minutes approx) 3. Serve & …


Creative Carrot Cake

A new spin on an old favorite! Serves 18 Ingredients 1 can Cooking spray 1 cup boiling water 2 cups carrots (finely shredded) 1 cup crushed pineapple with juice 2/3 cups shreds of wheat bran cereal ((All Bran) ) 1 1/4 cup sugar 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 3 medium eggs 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped) 1/4 cup oil 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon salt Note: You don’t really need an electric mixer if you don’t have one. Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Coat a 13x9x2 inch pan with cooking spray and dust with flour; …


Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup

Not a fan of soup? This recipe will change your mind about that! Serves 4 Ingredients 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic 3/4lb chicken breast tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 cup water 1/4 teaspoon salt 14fl oz fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 14.5oz stewed tomatoes, undrained 1 cup crushed baked tortilla chips 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 large lime cut into 4 wedges Directions 1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. 2. Add minced garlic and chicken; sauté 2 minutes. 3. Add chile powder and cumin; stir well. 4. Add water, salt, broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. 5. Cover, reduce heat, …


Healthy Soccer Treats

Serves 24 (2 inch) bars Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Ingredients 2 cups old fashioned oats 1 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 cups raisins or dried mixed berries (optional) 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup ground flaxseed 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup peanut butter 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 large egg (beaten) Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and generously coat a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. 2. Stir together oats, flour, dried fruit, brown sugar, flaxseed, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. 3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well using your hands. 4. Press mixture evenly into prepared …