February 17, 2015

Quick Tip: Play Red Light, Green Light

Increase your endurance by including four to six 30-second bursts of all-out cardio into your fitness plan. They can be just as effective as up to an hour of training at a lower intensity. Short on time? Use intervals to get stronger more quickly.

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February 13, 2015

Quick Tip: Pick Your Calories Wisely

What you drink is as important to your health as what you eat. It’s easy to down a couple hundred calories in drink form so stick with low calorie or no calorie beverages. Limit milk and dairy to one to two servings per day. Juice can be a good source of vitamins and minerals. Just be careful because the calories can add up quickly. Moderate alcohol consumption can have real health benefits for many people, but it’s not for everyone; those who don’t drink shouldn’t feel that they need to start.

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February 12, 2015

Skinny Recipe: Dark Chocolate Pudding

It’s simply not Valentine’s Day without a chocolate dessert. This quick and easy recipe packs all the rich, chocolate-y goodness of a traditional pudding, while reducing sugar. Speaking of which, a really cool campaign in the U.K. is educating families to cut their sugar intake by 40% with just simple swaps, like this yummy recipe does!

Make this ahead of time and the only thing you need to do before serving is top with a little light whipped cream. Have fun celebrating!!

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Photo Courtesy Flickr User MuyYum

Ingredients

2 cups reduced fat (2%) milk, divided
3 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag or the equivalent of your favorite sweetener
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa power
Pinch of salt
4 ounces bittersweet (70 percent) chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Heat 1 ¾ cup of the milk in a heatproof measuring cup in the microwave (or a small pan over medium heat) until bubbles form in a ring around the edge. Set the hot milk aside.

In a heavy medium saucepan, whisk the stevia, brown sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt with the remaining ¼ cup cold milk. Cook over medium heat, whisking often, until the mixture is thick enough for your finger to leave a line on coated spoon, about 10-15 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.

Off the heat, add the chocolate and mix until it is melted. Stir in the vanilla. Return the mixture to the heat until it is very thick, about 1 minute. Divide the hot pudding among 5 pudding cups or small bowls. To avoid a skin forming, press plastic wrap onto the surface of each serving. Cool and serve the pudding lukewarm, at room temperature, or refrigerate until chilled, 4 hours, before serving. Dark Chocolate Pudding keeps for 4 days, covered, in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information

Calories 200
Fat 12g
Carbs 25g
Protein 5g
Fiber 2g
Sodium 100mg

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February 11, 2015

New Year, New You: Exercise for Self-Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is this week, and there is nothing more important than loving yourself. Recently, self-love has been trending on Twitter and Instagram with #sizedoesntmatter, where women of all sizes are being show doing yoga. A lot of them are quite advanced yogis in positions that you have to work up to, no matter what size you are.

So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about loving yourself through exercise -just because it makes you feel good.

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