Thursday, May 26, 2011

Great Message from Mindy Buxton--Health Coach

Greetings Fitness Friends,
Last week in my Healthy Kitchen Workshops we talked about how it's unrealistic to think that there's a perfect way to eat.  What is realistic is to continually focus on how we can make the healthiest selection when it comes to ingredients, food choices and simple food prep. ideas.
Here are a few swaps that are from familiar brands which can make transitioning to healthier eating a bit easier on you and your family members. (Most of these can be found at Harmon's or Costco!)
Swap peanut butters, jelly, or other condiments with high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils for these brands...
Natural Jif or Skippy nut butters, Stonewall Kitchen jelly or berry syrups, or Welch's 1/3 less sugar jelly (their only option without HFC).  
Use Worcestershire sauce as a low sodium, high flavor marinade or drizzle as a dressing. 
Swap ice cream and popsicle's to brand such as Breyer's all natural vanilla ice cream or Dryer's fruit bars. 
Rather than buying packaged treats, make a batch of cookies, brownies or cake from scratch so they are fresh, delicious and contain less unhealthy ingredients or additives than the packaged options.
Try incorporating a few of these healthy swaps into your grocery list next time you shop.  You can even try some of these ideas at your upcoming Memorial Day Weekend celebrations. 

If 80% of your food choices are healthy, you have room for less healthy choices about 20% of the time and can still experience results!

It's refreshing to know that seeing results and achieving goals are based on consistency and continual improvements--NOT perfection!  So, make healthy choices and you will make the healthy body you desire.

Have a healthy and active day!
Your fitness & food coach,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


PER SERVING (1 square): 120 calories, 2.5g fat, 203mg sodium, 25.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 4g protein
A serving of the original recipe has 240 calories and 10g fat! I cut the calories in half by using high-fiber bran cereal, fat-free liquid egg substitute, no-calorie sweetener & light whipped butter!
  1. Crust
    1. 1 1/2 cups high-fiber bran cereal twigs
    2. 1/4 cup light whipped butter or light buttery spread
    3. 2 1/2 tbsp. granulated no-calorie sweetener
  2. Filling
    1. 1 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
    2. 1 2/3 cups granulated no-calorie sweetener
    3. 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
    4. 6 tbsp. whole-wheat flour
    5. 6 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 - 3 lemons' worth)
    6. 2 tbsp. lemon zest
    7. 2 tsp. baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make the crust, in a blender or food processor, grind cereal to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine butter with 2 tbsp. water. Microwave until just melted. Transfer to the medium bowl. Add sweetener and mix thoroughly.
  4. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray. Evenly distribute crust mixture, using your hands or a flat utensil to firmly press and form the crust. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, combine all filling ingredients and mix well. Pour mixture over the crust in the pan.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool and cut into nine squares!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Some Fun Exercise Humor :)

Walking can add  minutes to your life.
This enables you at 85 years old
to spend an additional 5 months in  a nursing
home at $7000 per  month.

My  grandpa started walking
five miles a day when  he was 60.
Now he's 97 years old
and  we don't know where he is.

I  like long walks,
especially when they are taken
by people who annoy  me.
The only reason I would take up walking
is so that I could hear heavy breathing  again

I have to walk early in the morning,
before my brain figures out what I'm  doing..
I  joined a health club last year,
spent about 400 bucks.
Haven't lost a  pound.
Apparently you have to go  there.

Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise',
I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

The advantage of exercising every day
is so when you die, they'll say,
'Well, she looks good doesn't  she.'

If  you are going to try cross-country skiing,
start with a small country.
I  know I got a lot of exercise
the last few  years,......
just getting over the  hill.

We all get heavier as we get older,
because there's a  lot more information in our  heads.
That's my  story and I'm sticking to  it.
AND I love this next  one!

Every time I start thinking too much about how I  look,
I just find a Happy Hour and by the time I  leave,
I look just fine.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred only $7.99

"Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred" DVD is only $7.99 on Amazon right now!   That is a killer price for this killer work-out DVD!!!!   I LOVE & HATE this DVD.....LOL!   It is an awesome work-out!!!  :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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