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3 Chocolate Cake Recipes You Can Make for Valentine’s Day
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73
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Chocolate is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without damaging your overall health. Cocoa contains healthful antioxidants and also boosts the production of important brain chemicals involved in maintaining your good mood. So as one of the sweetest of holidays approaches, get your apron on and try some of these decedent chocolate cakes out. You can always make another one for your Valentine. 1. Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake This cake is Mexican in origin and is loaded with nutrients. Full of zucchini, it also has a delicious glaze on top, and satisfies chocolate, and veggie cravings. Soooo good! Ingredients: For the Cake 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup butter 2 cups white sugar 3 eggs, beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk 3 cups grated zucchini 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 cup chopped walnuts For the Glaze: 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar 1/4 cup orange juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: The Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour Bundt pan. In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and milk to the butter mixture. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Fold in zucchini, orange zest and nuts. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt Read More »

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

Workout Playlist: 50 Songs That Get You Moving!
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73
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Workout today! Why not? You’ve got the tunes to get you amped up so you can power through. Here are 50 of the top workout tracks to add to your mobile device. Take ‘em anywhere to keep your heart rate up, your feet moving and your mind off the burn. You really can push yourself harder, you just can’t listen to all of those voices in your head that tell you you can’t. So crank up the music, and go hard! Showtek – Booyah – Original Mix Steve Aoki – Boneless Sub Focus – Turn Back Time Avicii – Dear Boy – Radio Edit BlasterJaxx – Fifteen – Hardwell Edit Kryder – Aphrodite Avicii – You Make Me Armin van Buuren – This Is What It Feels Like – W&W Radio Edit Tiësto – Red Lights Zedd – Clarity – Tiesto Remix David Guetta – Sunshine Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child (Promise Land Remix) [feat. John Martin] Zedd – Stay The Night – Featuring Hayley Williams Of Paramore Ellie Goulding – Burn – Tiësto’s Club Life Remix Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers – Radio Edit MiMS – Move (If You Wanna) The Monster -– Eminem Timber -– Pitbull Work B**ch -– Britney Spears Wake Me Up -– Avicii Leaving You –- Various Artists Roar -– Katy Perry Can’t Hold Us -– Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Till I Collapse –- Eminem Blurred Lines -– Robin Thicke John Doe -– B.o.B. (feat. Priscilla) Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now Read More »

4 Muscles You Never Knew Existed and How to Work Them
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Muscle building workouts feel good, add mass and burn calories even when your body is at rest, but working the same muscle groups only leaves your body at a plateau.  With approximately 700 skeletal muscles in the human body, it’s no wonder we neglect some of them during a workout. There are the common ones, like the glutes, abdominals, quads, biceps, and triceps, but what about muscles like the brachialis, or the popliteus muscles? These muscles are generally smaller and are ones we frequently work, but just don’t know that we’re doing it. Some of these muscles are beneath the more common ones, so next time you’re at the gym try working these muscles to improve strength and stability. 1. The Muscle: Brachialis Where it is: Upper arm, deep into the biceps. What it does: Flexes the elbow, and makes the bicep look bigger during a curl because it’s the primary muscle moving. How to work it: Preacher curl—sit on a preacher bench placing back of arms on pad. Grasp the barbell and curl up with an underhand grip with hands shoulder width apart. 2. The Muscle: Sternocleidomastoid Where it is: Parallel to the trapezius in the neck, and connects at the clavicle. What it does: Helps in turning your head sideways. How to work it: Kneel on all fours, placing head on mat between hands. Rise and straighten knees. Roll back onto forehead until nose touches mat, and then roll forward onto top of head until chin touches upper Read More »

3 Workouts for Better Results in 2014
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Workouts can get boring, and doing the same one’s ultimately drag you into a plateau and even worse, can cause you to quit. So for 2014 we wanted you to know about the hottest fitness classes out there so that you never get bored, stop progressing or are tempted to give up. Here are some of the hottest workouts out there. And if you haven’t heard of them yet, here’s a good reason to add them to your resolution list, or three. #3 Workout for 2014 – HIIT & Tabata Workouts: High Intensity Interval Training, and Tabata workouts are all the rage lately. And that’s because they deliver big results, in a small amount of time. Not only that but they tend to be fun to do also since rest is worked in in these routines more than the actual exercise. And the great thing about HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is that you can apply the idea to any exercise, or fitness regimen. Here’s an example of a HIIT Burpee workout: Start standing, then crouch to a low squat position with the hands on the floor. Then kick feet back to a plank, then down into the bottom of a push-up. Push off the ground and quickly return to the squat position. Then jump up as high as you can before squatting down again and jumping back into the next push-up. #2 Workout for 2014 – Dance Cardio: There are tons of dace group fitness classes to choose from. Whether Read More »

5 Women’s Herbal Remedies
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Women have unique needs when it comes to overall health. And there are many herbs out there that can help reduce specific symptoms associated with women’s health conditions. Here are just a few herbal alternatives for common health problems, specifically for women. 1. Vitex: Also known as casteberry, this herb has traditionally been used to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome as it helps to balance hormone levels. Many women use this herb as a tonic for reducing cramps, headaches, mood changes, water retention, constipation and breast tenderness. Containing a variety of active compounds, vitex works to improve production of a hormone in the body called luteinizing hormone, that helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. It’s this action that makes chasteberry a favorite women’s herb. 2. Black Cohosh: This women’s herb has been used for a variety of medicinal purposes by native American Indian, and became a popular treatment for women’s health in the mid 1950’s. Containing a wide range of active constituents, black cohosh seems to have beneficial effects on estrogen levels in the body. Often called an herbal estrogen, this root herb may help to reduces common symptoms of pre-menopause including hot flashes, irritability and other discomforts. 3. Licorice Root: This herb contains a unique compound called glycyrrhizin that makes it useful for reducing digestive complaints along with discomforts of PMS including cramping. Also able to help maintain hormone levels in the body, licorice may help to balance estrogen levels in the body to promote the overall health Read More »

3 Natural Anti-Aging Tips
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73
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Anti-aging is a word that’s on the minds of many people, both men and women. But you don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive anti-aging treatments, beauty products and procedures to maintain your youthful appearance. Here are 3 natural beauty tips, that actually work. 1. Sweat It Out: Just one 15-minute workout can help improve circulation in the skin to reduce dark circles, offer a natural rosy color to your complexion and also increase sweat production giving you a healthy, anti-aging glow. Not only that, but a sweat session also helps remove stored toxins and pollutants in the body, via the largest detoxification organ of the body: your skin. 2. Eat For Anti-Aging : Maintain your youthful appearance, and feeling of vitality by nourishing each cell from the inside out. Here are some of the best anti-aging foods out there, to add to your menu: Avocados: Loaded with healthy fats including Omega-3, and 6 avocados are delicious anti-aging veggies that can be used topically to support soft, supple and youthful looking skin. Keep them in your fridge at all times. Turmeric: This spice adds tons of flavor to your favorite recipes and contains a unique compound called curcumoids that enhances the actions of other antioxidants in your body to protect cells from free radical damage. This may help slow the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Hemp Seeds: Toss these on top of salads, yogurt, hot cereals or anything else that a slightly sweet & nutty flavor works. These soft seed hearts contain Read More »

Olympic Exercises for Regular People
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73
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The Olympics this year will host events that showcase the talents of athletes who have been training their whole lives. They’re dedicated, committed and they definitely stick to their diets and schedules. Even though most Americans will never have the opportunity to represent the United States Olympic team, that doesn’t mean you can ‘t train like one. Take a few tips from the top athletes on the planet, to help build your own dedication and meet personal goals. Ashley Wagner, US Olympic Figure Skater placed third at the Olympic trials in 2010 and didn’t get to go to the Olympics in Vancouver. This year she’s a top contender for medaling in Sochi. She didn’t give up on her dreams but instead, she trained harder. Here are some exercises that figure skaters do off the ice. Try these exercises next time you’re at the gym: Bosu-Ball Push-Ups—Using the Bosu-ball (essentially a half sphere stability ball) set a weighted bar across the flat bottom of the ball. Do 10-20 push-ups. The ball’s instability makes a push-up even more difficult. Bosu-Ball Toss—While standing on top of the Bosu-ball (spherical side) have someone toss a medicine ball back and forth. This really works your stability muscles, especially in your core. V-Ups—Lie down on your back and keep your legs straight, with your arms extended straight behind your head. Lift your legs, and at the same time raise your upper body off the floor, reaching for your toes with your hands. Lower yourself into the Read More »