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6 Snacks Under 100 Calories for On-The-Go Healthy Eating
Posted By on February 24th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 76

Snacks on the go can leave you reaching for unhealthy food options, including processed and packaged foods if you don’t meal plan. So here are 6 snacks you can pack before hand, so you don’t crave tempting foods just to satisfy hunger and cravings. Add these to your weekly meal plan, and save hundreds of calories. 1. Bananas & Chocolate: Toss a few bananas in the freezer and pack them along with a few squares of your favorite dark chocolate candy bar. All you’ll need to do for a mid-day energy boost loaded with antioxidant goodness, and a snack that satisfies sweet cravings with less than 100 calories is heat up the chocolate and dip away. 2. Chocolate Soy Milk: Packed with protein, and a naturally sweet & satisfying flavor, chocolate soy milk can help keep you from reaching for something to sink your teeth into. Just store a carton of your favorite brand in the fridge at work to help keep you full in between meals during your work day. 3. Cherry Tomatoes: Sweet & delicious, these tiny tomatoes offer the largest amount of an antioxidant called lycopene, found in the skin of tomatoes. Since these tittle poppers burst in your mouth with flavor, and immune boosting nutrients that also support eye health, they’re a great choice for a mid-day snack under 100 calories. 4. Sweet Potato Chips: When you just have to have something crunchy, salty and super satisfying these chips are a great go-to option. Not your Read More »

4 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74
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Losing weight isn’t easy, and it takes time, dedication and a commitment to reach your goals.   And many people, weight loss can become a challenge after just a few weeks following beginning a new diet. This is often due to the slowing of progress that many people experience when they first start out called a weight loss plateau. If you have started out strong, but have found that the weight has just stopped coming off, here are four reasons you might not still be seeing results. 1. You Eat ugar. Sugar offers a short burst of energy, but it also causes blood sugar spikes that may be slowing your weight loss. Sugary foods may also be downright addicting. Researchers recently tract the brain activity of 106 high school students and found that those who consumed sweeter beverages experienced a greater activation in the brains pleasure center than those who consumed lower-sugar beverage. Choosing low-sugar options may help reduce the internal reward system from being activated when you consume those not-so-good-for-you sugary foods, and reduce mental stimulation causing you to want to eat shortly after a sugary snack. 2. You Skip Breakfast. Eating small meals throughout the day can help maintain steady blood sugar levels to help keep you from reaching for sugary foods for weight loss success. Not only that, but by eating in the morning you also stimulate your metabolism and give your body energy from healthy foods to sustain you from the start of your day. Eating Read More »

300 Calorie or Less Dinner Recipes
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73

Calorie counting doesn’t have to mean you’re obsessively walking around with your weight loss journal. You can keep calorie in check by just keeping a few of these 300 calorie dinner recipes on hand. They’re delicious, easy to make and ready in just a few minutes to help make maintaining your weight loss easy, and guilt-free. Chicken, Potato, and Leek Pie A pot pie can often hit calorie highs of up to 900 each. This satisfying substitution for your favorite comfort food comes in at just 298. Ingredients: 1 slice smoked bacon, chopped 1 1/2 cups cubed red potato 1 cup chopped carrot 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 cups sliced leeks (about 2) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth 1/2 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough 1 tablespoon fat-free milk 1 large egg white Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 450°. 2. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until almost crisp, stirring frequently. Increase heat to medium-high. Add potato and carrot to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and next 3 ingredients (through pepper); sauté 1 minute, stirring frequently. 3. Slowly add broth to pan, stirring constantly; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Spoon mixture into a 1 1/2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Top with dough, folding under and Read More »

NoGii Bars Are Your On-The-Go Gluten-Free Solution
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NoGii Bars are formulated to satisfy the whole family, and deliver superior taste and nutrition without any burden. These delicious gluten-free bars are the creation of Elisabeth Hasselback who designed these bars as a solution to gluten-free eating on-the-go. She knew that gluten-free diets can be difficult to maintain, so Elisabeth got together with her friends and family to develop bars that nourish the body and support a healthy gluten-free lifestyle, anywhere. And after many focus groups, NoGii Bars were born. With so many food choices out there you can improve your health and refuel your body with NoGii Bars and skip not-so-healthy temptations when you’re on the move. NoGii High Protein Bars: This gluten-free protein bar contains 20 grams of high-quality protein that fits right in your pocket for pre- or post-workout refueling. Delicious and a great foods choice these bars come in a variety of flavors including Peanut Butter & Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Coconut, and Cocoa Brownie. A great meal option, these bars are just the right fit for your next gluten-free food choice. NoGii Super Protein Bars: The all-natural solution to high protein meal options that go anywhere you go, NoGii Super Protein Bars offer ultimate taste and high energy. When your protein needs demand the highest amounts of protein for fuel you can count on 30 grams of superior protein to deliver. NoGii Super Protein Bars come in delicious and classic flavors including Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crisp and Rocky Road. NoGii D’Lite Bars: Satisfy Read More »

Weight Loss Tips That Help You Feel Full
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Weight loss can’t happen if you are always hungry, or craving foods. Hunger isn’t something you can just ignore and you shouldn’t. But how can you keep that full feeling longer after you eat to keep from reaching for tempting snacks? Here are a few tips to help you stave off hunger and cravings during your weight loss so you can reach your ultimate goal weight. Eat More Often Eating 5-6 smaller meals a day helps maintain feelings of fullness for weight loss, and provides your body essential nutrients before hunger sets in. Skip the Starches Starches usually contain fast-digesting carbohydrates that can leave you just reaching for more in a few short hours. This is because when these starches convert into energy in your body, they are converted into glucose (or sugar) leaving your body needing more to just feel balanced. Avoid blood sugar spikes to support weight loss efforts by reaching for a high protein option instead. Stay Conscious Mindless eating is responsible for the consumption of tons of calories that you never would have eaten if you were paying attention. Don’t eat socially, watch portions and never sit in front of the television with a full bag of anything. Being aware of how much you are consuming can help you keep calorie consumption controlled. Foods for Weight Loss When you are hungry it’s just going to be harder to stick to your new diet. But if you are feeling full it can be easier to skip snacking Read More »

16 Weight Loss Habits That Work

Weight loss takes time, effort and dedication to achieve. And while it’s easy to lose your motivation there are simple ways you can get closer to your ultimate goal. Here are 16 ways to lose weight, that work! 1. Plan meals ahead of time. Meal planning makes it easy to count the calories in advance and cuts back on snacking to curb satisfy cravings. 2. Eat oatmeal. Packed with protein and fiber, it can help you feel full when eaten in the morning to support your weight loss goals. 3. Consume healthy fats. Seeds & nuts, fish, and olives can help you feel satisfied during weight loss and also promote overall health. 4. Don’t skip meals. This signals to your body that it needs to go into fat-storage mode. Not what you need if you want to lose weight. 5. Try a meditation. Yoga and other meditative exercises can help you deal with stress levels that lead to over eating, and cortisol production (the hormone that increases fat storage around the mid-section). 6. Don’t eat fried foods. Instead, try substituting those comforting foods with a crunchy cereal or cornmeal to give the consistency of fried foods, without all the fat. 7. Make a grocery list. This can help prevent impulse buys and keep you on track with your meal planning for successful weight loss. 8. Consume plenty of fluids. Drinking enough water helps you to feel full, and also hydrates all body systems for optimal function and weight loss success. 9. Read More »

How To Lose Weight for a New You

Weight loss isn’t easy! If you have your sights set on dropping that holiday weight in 2014, you can do it but you’ll need to know exactly how to go about it. While everyone is different, these weight loss tips can help you reach your goals for a new you, this new year. Purchase a fitness tracker, or pedometer: Keeping track of your fitness progress can help you push yourself harder, and continue to improve. If you are only taking about 1,000 steps a day, you can’t improve without the help of a pedometer so clip one on your belt or pocket and try to improve your results day to day, and from week to week. Estimate calorie consumption: If you don’t want to keep a detailed journal that includes every calorie you eat, you can simply round up your daily consumption to get an idea of what you need to consume (and not consume). Just add about 10 percent to the calories you think you are eating, and adjust your habits accordingly to lose weight. Eat more often. Eating large meals can really just make you more hungry. But by eating between 5-6 smaller meals every day you can boost your metabolism, reduce hunger and cravings and improve your weight loss results. Studies have shown that when you eat even the same number of calories over smaller meals, the body releases less insulin to help keep blood sugar levels steady, controlling hunger for easier weight loss. Eat for a Read More »

Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories
Posted By on December 16th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 66

Cookies are a holiday treat that can’t be missed over the season. If you want to keep your fit physique intact you can make any of these 3 cookie recipes under 100 calories. Or make them all and indulge your sweet tooth and holiday spirit without regret, or remorse. Chocolate Chip
Walnut Cookies are delicious, chocolaty and just 100 calories each. Satisfy gooey cravings and get a healthy dose of essential fats with these treats. Ingredients: 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour 1/4 cup rolled oats 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 6 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts 1/4 cup dried cherries Directions: Heat oven to 375°. In a bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda and cinnamon. In another bowl, cream butter and sugars until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth. Blend flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips, walnuts and cherries. Drop 20 dough balls (1 tbsp each) onto 2 ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake until golden brown, 9 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool on sheets 3 minutes, then transfer to foil to cool fully. Each Cookie: 100 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated), 11 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein Chocolate Coconut Meringues are light, and satisfy chocolaty cravings without the heaviness of a chocolate bar (or the calories). Get just what you Read More »

Coconut Water’s Many Health Benefits
Posted By on December 16th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 66

Coconut water doesn’t just taste great, it also lends itself well to recipes and offers tons of health benefits. If you haven’t tried it yet, adding coconut water to your daily liquid consumption may offer the following healthful perks: Weight Loss: Instead of regular water, coconut water offers the refreshing and sweet tropical flavor of coconuts. It’s also a low-calorie and fat free, low calorie drink option that can help support your weight loss efforts. Substitute your next diet soda with a coconut water. It satisfies sweet cravings without extra calories. Hydration: Coconut water is derived from baby green coconuts and contains a variety of minerals to help keep away dehydration. When you sweat, your body may loose important minerals but coconut water provides electrolytes that can help keep your body hydrated, even when after major sweat sessions. Alkalizing: Certain foods have an acidic reaction in your body, and in contrast alkaline foods can help balance that effect. Coconut water has an alkalizing effect in the body to help restore your body’s pH balance. Metabolic Boost: If you find that you need an extra boost of energy, coconut water may provide that much needed energy by improving your metabolic rate. Your metabolism is what keeps burning calories even when your body is at rest. So to get that extra umph you need, try a tall glass of this tropical treat. Improved Digestion: Containing active enzymes, coconut water may help improve the digestive process. Enzymes help break down foods in the Read More »

5 Foods to Eat for Weight Loss
Posted By on December 9th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 65
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Weight loss doesn’t have to mean deprivation and hunger. You just need to know what to eat, when to eat it and what not to eat. So if you have a weight loss goal in mind for after the holidays, or right now. Here are 5 foods to eat for weight loss to help you get there: 1. Apples: These sweet fruits keep more than the doctor away, they also keep extra pounds from your waist line. That’s because the peels of apples contain a fiber called pectin that not only helps you feel fuller longer, but also helps flush out toxins from your body. Studies have shown that people who ate an apple before their larges meal of the day consumed fewer calories than those who had a different pre-meal snack. And the antioxidants in apples also help support a healthy metabolic rate. Ideal for an on-the-go snack option, apples can help keep you from reaching for unhealthy options and keep hunger at bay. 2. Kale: A well-known Superfood, kale is a leafy green veggie that when chopped up contains only 34 calories per cup. But it also offers about 1.3 grams of fiber for the same serving. That’s the same nutrient that has been shown to support weight loss efforts by improving satiety, and promoting body detoxification. Cook it up and add kale to recipes for a good dose of iron and calcium too. 3. Oats: They’re healthful and make a delicious hot cereal. Steal-cut or rolled varieties Read More »