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100 Calories of Easter Candy

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on its way! (Isn’t that how the song goes? Anyone know what I’m talking about?) For today’s post, I decided to share an article I read on Fitsugar.com, What 100 Calories of Easter Candy Looks Like. Like all other major holidays, as a culture we celebrate with the three F’s- Family, Friends, and Food. A lot of us (like myself) are finally able to enjoy whatever it is they have given up for Lent. For me, that’s sweets, so today’s post is for those who will be reaching extra hard for their Easter basket, helping you understand how much you’re actually consuming after your Easter dinner. (Or all day, my inhibitions are thrown to the wind when it comes to Easter candy…very bad, I know).

To see the article in it’s entirety click the link above. To give you an idea of what you’ll find check out 100 calories worth of some Easter favorites-

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Peeps

3 1/2= 98 calories

 

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Cadbury Mini Eggs (these things are my favorite!)

6= 96 calories

 

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Reese’s PB Egg (better than the original PB cup in my own personal opinion)

2/3 of an egg= 113 calories

As depressing as this list may be, knowledge is power, and knowing just how much you’re eating in terms of anything, sweets especially, can help you from falling off the healthy wagon.

However, it is Easter, go ahead and have a whole Reese’s Egg. If you’re really struggling with what to do in terms of eating, go ahead and designate this as your “cheat day”. If you’re good all week, you’ll feel less guilty when you reach for a Reese’s Egg AND some Cadbury chocolatey-goodness.

 

Is this list helpful for you? What are some of your favorite Easter candies?


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Upper Body Roundup I

Today we’re going to revisit some of our old upper body workouts. With warmer weather comes not only bathing suits, but shorter sleeved shirts (maybe even tanks). So you need to show your arms some love, especially this time of year.

Remember our Heck- Yes Upper Body Circuit by PT, Katie Heck?

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Or the Double Doosie Upper Body Workout

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Or one of my personal favorites, Bi’s and Tri’s Til We Die clip_image006

Try all three in a row if you dare!

Only kidding.

But seriously, let’s show our arms some love, people!

What are some of your favorite upper body moves?


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#PFTW- Detox Water

Today’s Pin For The Win (#PFTW) revolves around that pesky little word, “detox”. Sometimes it can steer ya straight, but sometimes it is all too conveniently placed between a few healthy buzzwords (juice, skinny, super, etc.) and you’re tricked into thinking something is better for you than it is.

Not by any means saying that today’s #PFTW is a bust, but just saying…you always gotta stay one step ahead in this health game. Being aware is half the battle.

After perusing Pinterest and seeing a wide variety of detox or fruit/veggie infused waters, I decided to go with the Pin I saw the most. Click here to see the original pin, and here to see the original page. This infused water included three simple ingredients (besides water of course)- cucumber, lemon, and mint. I also bought the infusion pitcher pictured below at Home Goods (a Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx affiliate) for $16 when I was home. Here’s a link to the pitcher at regular retail price (on sale, by the way!)- Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher. I also found this pitcher’s doppelganger at Target for $20.

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I chopped up two lemons and 20 mint leaves worth of ingredients and stuck them in the center part of the infuser. I then chopped the cucumber, very thinly, and added it to the main pitcher. There was no way all of these ingredients were going to fit in the center and I figured the cucumbers had no way of escaping. You are supposed to let this sit for at least four hours, preferably overnight, until the water is ready. I pretty much doubled the recipe because of the amount of water this pitcher can hold. Another awesome tip- you can refill the pitcher and reuse the chopped ingredients twice before cutting up another batch.

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I consistently drank this water twice a day for about a week last week, in addition to my average diet (that includes approximately 64 oz of water regularly). In terms of any immediate “results”, it’s no Dr. Oz 3 Day Cleanse, but if you’re looking for a refreshing, de-bloating beverage then this is where it’s at.

I didn’t notice a huge difference on the scale, maybe a pound here or there, but nothing that I could directly contribute to drinking the water. Overall, I felt more refreshed, and like she said in her blog (linked above) I did notice that I was visiting the restroom more than usual. Gotta flush out those toxins!

Infusing your water is a great way to spice things up. Maybe it gets you to drink more water, but maybe it also just serves as another vehicle to consume the fruit’s and veggie’s nutrients. Either way, I highly suggest mixing it up by enhancing your water!

This also isn’t the only combo, check out some other water infusions that I found interesting (and on Pinterest):

New Year Detox Water- with cranberries, raspberries, cucumbers and more!

Kiwi, Raspberry, and Lime Water

Watermelon Mint Infused Water

I’m going to try them all!

 

Infused Water: Win

What do you guys think about infused water? Have any fruit/herb/veggie combos that you like?


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Apple Asparagus Bake

Say whaaat? An Apple Asparagus Bake? Is that even good?

Uhm, of course it’s good. It’s on the Marshall Campus Rec blog.

Happy Monday you beautiful Rec-er’s, and welcome to another edition of the Manic Monday recipe post. Before we get started I’m going to ask you to not immediately judge a book by its cover- because this ish (oops…I mean “dish”) is actually worth a try. Especially if you even moderately enjoy asparagus. The sweetened quinoa packs the protein punch, making this thing fueling and filling.

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Side note: I know this isn’t a “Bake” per say, but I had no idea what else to call it. So a “Bake” it shall remain.

This recipe came to me the exact same way the Kitchen Sink Mac and Cheese did (which was quite a hit, I suggest you check that out as well). I’m trying to save money, and didn’t want to spend it on eating out or buying MORE ingredients from the store, especially when I have a fridge full of random things.

 

The ingredients included (makes 2 servings):

· 1 bunch of asparagus, cut into thirds

· ¾ of a sweet red/pink apple, thinly sliced (gala, pink lady, etc) (I ate the other quarter while I cookedJ)…also, better be an organic apple!

· 1/3-1/2 cup of chopped red onion

· 2 garlic cloves, minced/chopped

· 2 Tbsp of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

· 3 slices of turkey bacon, chopped and cooked until crispy in a separate skillet

· ½ teaspoon of salt (I normally eyeball this measurement)

· 1 cup of uncooked quinoa (and two cups of water to cook)

· 2 Tbsp of honey

 

And now for the directions…

1. Combine the first five ingredients in a 9×9 pan and toss until they are mixed well.

2. Set your oven to 350 and bake for 25 minutes, mixing occasionally.

3. While the apple/asparagus “thing” bakes, cook the quinoa according to package instructions. Should take about 10-12 minutes.

4. After the quinoa is cooked, stir in the honey until it’s evenly mixed.

5. In a skillet, fry up the chopped turkey bacon until it’s crispy

6. Once the apple/asparagus “thing” is baked, mix in the chopped T. Bacon.

7. Serve this over a bed of the sweetened quinoa and you’re all done!

Again, this makes two meals, so keep that in mind when portioning the final product.

Give this baby a shot and let me know what you think!

What do you guys think of my creative creation?


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Managing the Midday Slump by Lindsay Williams

Today we are bringing you another installment of our nutrition series with Lindsay! Watch this quick video for some ideas on what to eat and drink when your eyes are drooping in front of your computer screen and all you can think about is spending a bajillion dollars on a Starbucks venti with 20 extra shots. Here’s to a healthy work day!

 


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#PFTW- 4 Simple Rules

As I was falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole the other day, I came across one of the 1,000’s of workout memes with some combination of a fit person and an inspirational quote. Sometimes those things can be a little bit much for me, but the one I’m sharing with you today, I really liked.

As you all know, leading a healthy lifestyle is extremely important, but sometimes things get in the way. You know- work, school, bacon cheese fries…life. While I spend a majority of my time promoting healthy lifestyles, I still understand how easy it is fall off the wagon. With the end of the semester approaching, the obligations and time constraints will start piling up. To keep from completely letting your fitness fall to the wayside, try following these “4 Simple Rules”:

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Easy enough!

4 Simple Rules Workout Meme: Win

What are some of your workout rules to keep yourself on track?


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Treadmill Roundup I – Workout Wednesday

For today’s Workout Wednesday I decided to take a look back at some of the treadmill workouts I’ve posted in the past. A “Workout Roundup”, if you will.

Let’s start this thing out slow with walking workout. (There’s also a bonus overnight oats recipe linked with that post. Love overnight oats!)

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Or you can alternate between walking and running with this DIY 5 on 5 Interval Workout.

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I’m also a huge fan of this 30 Minute Pyramid Workout- this baby turns you into a sweaty beast in no time!

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(FYI- “resistance” is synonymous for “speed”)

Amping up incline and interval usage on the treadmill is a great way to torch calories and get your body ready for summer. So hop to it!

 

What’s your favorite way to use the treadmill? Incline walking? Sprints? Let us know!

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