If you are going to eat fast food – be smart about it.
Do a little research and check the restaurant websites for the best options…or just check out this great post on the best and worst of fast food:
Winter often leaves us longing for flavors that are reminiscent of the summer, does it not? Thankfully the end is in sight! Here is a recipe for Chewy Tropical Granola Bars. Something you can make for your family, take to school for a snack and pretend that it is July and you are back at Camp Endeavor. 🙂
Chewy Tropical Granola Bars from Rachael Ray – 12 bars
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup corn syrup
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 2 cups granola
- 1 cup rice cereal
- 1/2 cup chopped dried banana slices
- 1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple
- 1/2 cup toasted sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup chopped roasted salted macadamia nuts
- In a medium saucepan, bring 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1/3 cup corn syrup, 4 tablespoons unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon grated orange peel to a boil, stirring, over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 cups granola, 1 cup rice cereal, 1/2 cup chopped dried banana slices, 1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple, 1/3 cup toasted sweetened shredded coconut and 1/3 cup chopped roasted salted macadamia nuts. Transfer to a greased 9-by-11-inch baking dish and press into an even layer. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Cut into 12 bars.
If you made some 2011 goals/resolutions – check out these tips from the Heath Brothers!
2011 is here, and it is a perfect time to re-evaluate your goals. Start a new See the Difference chart from Camp.What are your goals for 2011?
Get a new chart here!
The weekend is almost here! Hooray!
Emily has a bunch of holiday health posts on her blog: anutritionisteats.com – check them out!
It seems that once Thanksgiving rolls around, it is non-stop eating, treats and parties for the next month. Which, as you can imagine adds up to a lot of extra calories and a few extra pounds for most of America. But this doesn’t have to be the case and I think the best way to prevent holiday weight-gain is to use our old favorite – portion control! Time to dig out those portion plates from Camp! (And of course, Dan would like to remind us that staying active is equally important this time of year 🙂 )
Being mindful of portions allows us to have stuffing and eat our pie too. Of course we will eat a little more than usual on Thanksgiving and that is fine! But, Friday is back to normal eating and activity levels. Don’t feel like you’ve blown everything by eating too much on Thursday and say, “It’s too late now, I’ve already eaten too much and gained weight so it doesn’t matter if I eat more today.” That’s not how weight gain works and that’s certainly not the attitude to have.
Like you learned at Camp, look at your plate and divide it into portions:
- 1/4 plate for protein: fill this section with white meat turkey
- 1/4 plate for starches: this is the section that might be a little hard because it is a fairly small – it includes, stuffing, potatoes, bread, etc. (decide on what your favorites are and stick with those instead of sampling everything!)
- 1/2 plate for fruits/vegetables: round out your plate with leafy salads, sautéed vegetables, fruit salads, etc.
- small plate for appetizers: it’s thanksgiving after all 🙂
- small plate for dessert: chose a small pieces of pumpkin pie and a dollop of whipped cream
This should leave you pleasantly full, without being so full (like a 8-10 on hunger-fullness scale) that you feel sick.
Before you go back for seconds, take some time to really decide if you are hungry. If it’s not hunger and just something that you want, maybe your host will let you take another serving home with you.
Why not start Friday off with a quick workout that doesn’t require any equipment (no excuses for not being at home 🙂 hehe ) and a healthy breakfast of oatmeal or 2 eggs and a piece of whole grain toast.
from Dan, Tut, Karen and Emily