Stuff Your Turkey~ Not Your Stomach This Thanksgiving!

From Fitness Expert Jaime Brenkus:

Thanksgiving celebrations are a fun time to celebrate and give thanks for all the good things in your life. Thanksgiving holds traditions that date back centuries. Turkey Day traditionally is centered on a bountiful feast. This year, use the guide that’s attached in this email to help you indulge in all the great offerings that come with the holiday without going overboard.

Most men need about 2,000 calories a day, and most women need about 1,500 calories a day to maintain a healthy weight. Your Thanksgiving meal should make up about one-third of your daily calories if you plan on eating three meals on that day. In other words, women should aim for a Thanksgiving meal consisting of 500 calories and men for one consisting of 700 calories.

Simple Solutions:

1.  Divide your plate into thirds :  One third of your plate -vegetables, one third grains or starches, one third with protein.

2.  Enjoy smaller portions of the food your really want–Shouldn’t be ‘all or nothing.’

3. Eat regular meals the day of a holiday party.  Saving up the day’s calories doesn’t work because you end up so hungry –that you overeat.

No one sits down at the Thanksgiving table expecting a light meal. But between drinks, dinner, seconds and a slice of pecan pie, you might unwittingly be downing more calories than most adults should in an entire day.

LOOK: Can You Guess How Many Calories Are On Your Thanksgiving Plate?

1,144 calories 

“Keep stuffing portions under one cup (the size of a baseball),” Blatner says. “Traditional recipes contain a stick or two of butter.”

937 calories

“Instead of filling your plate with every side option, pick your top three,”

861 calories

“This dessert sampler contains more calories than a typical Thanksgiving meal. Variety stimulates appetite.” Try to choose one favorite instead of taking bites of everything.

Try these great tips and ENJOY Thanksgiving without that awful “can’t move I’m so full feeling!”

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Yours in health and resiliency,

~Dana

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Nutrition is the King. Exercise is Just a Pawn.

  • Some people think exercising for three hours a day will get them the body they want. First of all, who has the time to do that? Second, if the person goes home and eats a large pepperoni pizza, that workout was sort of a waste of three hours.

  • If you want to lose weight, tone your body, and create definition, nutrition is key. 80% of your physique is dependent upon your nutrition, and only 20% is dependent on exercise. So, no matter how many hours of exercise you pack into one day, it’s still not going to dismantle the harmful effects of a poor diet.

 Think about it this way:

  • Your physique will look like and your body will feel like the food you consume. So, if you want to look like an egg roll, greasy pizza, or one of those KFC fried chicken sandwiches, go right ahead. But, keep in mind the ramifications poor nutrition has on your body, your confidence, self-esteem, and overall wellness. If, in a day, you make a healthy choice 8/10 times, you are on the right track. I think that is a reasonable goal, don’t you?

Pumpkin Roll Protein Bars —– Perfect for the fall!

These Pumpkin Roll Protein Bars taste just like the cake part of a traditional pumpkin roll, only less calories/sugar/fat and more protein! They are so delicious and packed with wonderful fall flavors. With only 45 calories per bar, who could possibly pass these up?? They were a huge hit! 

 

Pumpkin Roll Protein Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Ideal brown sugar

1 4 oz snack size unsweetened applesauce

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp apple pie spice (or pumpkin pie spice)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 large egg whites

1 15 oz can of raw pumpkin

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2 ¼ cups whole wheat oat flour

1 ½  scoops vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Combine and mix the first 11 ingredients with hand or stand mixer

  3. Combine oat flour and protein powder in separate mixing bowl

  4. Slowly add to batter, mixing thoroughly

  5. Add almond milk and mix until batter is smooth

  6. Spray 9 X 13″ Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.

  7. Spread batter into the Pyrex dish

  8. Bake for 30 minutes

 **Makes 24 bars**

Nutritional Information – 1 bar

Calories: 45

Fat: 0.7 g

Carbohydrates: 8 g

Protein: 3.7 g

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4 Easy Steps to Baking Spaghetti Squash

I have always heard people talk about using this squash as a substitute for pasta. So, I finally decided to try it. Maybe I was worried it would be a long process or wouldn’t know how to cook it, but it only took 4 simple steps: Cut, Scoop, Bake, and Shred.

 

What you’ll need:

1 medium spaghetti squash

Large knife

9×13 glass baking dish

1/3 cup water

Fork

Spoon

Bowl (2 salad or one large bowl)

 

 

Cut

  • First, cut the squash in half length-wise. I am accident-prone, so I put a kitchen towel underneath to hold it. It didn’t slip at all. spa squash 1

 

Scoop

  • It’s very similar to a pumpkin inside, so this will be good practice for Halloween. Taking the spoon, scoop out of the seeds and messy part, leaving only the squash flesh. It should look like an empty bowl. spa squash 2

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Bake

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

  • Pour the water into the 9×13 glass baking dish spa squash 3

  • Place both halves of the squash flesh-side down into the baking dish

  • Bake for 37-42 minutes

  • When you can easily put a fork all the way through the flesh to the skin, it’s cooked thoroughly. The outside becomes almost “crispy.” spa squash 5

Shred

  • Taking your fork, start to scrape the inside of the squash from one side to the other (as best you can).

  • You will notice that what you have scraped turns into what looks like spaghetti! Place the shredded squash into a bowl. spa squash 6

  • Continue until all squash has been shredded and removed. The only thing left will be the outer shell. One half of the squash literally fills up an entire salad/soup bowl. So, keep another one on hand!spa squash 7

  • Do the same with the other half of the squash.

  • Voila!spa squash 8

 

I have read various ways to serve the squash. Some people pour marinara sauce over the squash, just like pasta. Others will add seasonings, olive oil, chicken, and vegetables to make almost a pasta salad. The squash isn’t like butternut squash. It’s actually kind of bland. So, you can really experiment! Have fun baking this at home- just four easy steps!

Overnight No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal

Awesome idea for quick and healthy breakfasts in the morning! I used 0% Greek yogurt, almond milk, and flaxseed (instead of chia seeds) as substitutes, but you can make them any way you want! Thanks to my wonderful boyfriend for showing this to me! Trust me, he knows breakfast. As in, he’s a breakfast expert/connoisseur 🙂 I love this website too because it shows you how to actually CUT A MANGO INTO CUBES! I don’t know about you, but when I cut mangoes, that sucker slips out of my hands all the time. You can make these ahead and grab them and go every morning. Love!

http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal

Here’s just one recipe for Mango Almond Refrigerator Oatmeal: (I tweaked it just a little 😉 )

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup fat-free (0%) Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons flaxseed
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener) **I use Stevia or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup diced mango (approx. half of a small mango)
Directions
In a half pint jar or container, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, almond extract and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Add mangoes and stir with fork until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.
Nutritional Info: 207 calories, 4g fat, 47g carbs, 7g fiber, 12g protein; Weight Watchers Pts Plus: 7
** if you make the recipe with the modifications above, it’s going to cut the calories and sugar way down, but not the protein and omega-3 fatty acids (from the flaxseed) So, the weight watchers points will most likely be lower.
Check out all the amazing other refrigerator oatmeal recipes too, at http://www.theyummylife.com They look delish! 🙂
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Tasty Tuesday!~ Fire-Roasted Turkey Chili

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Fire-Roasted Turkey Chili

I just made this on Sunday, and let me tell you, it is sooo good! Perfect for the fall~ It’s amazing comfort food, with a healthy twist 😉 Bonus! Try it and let me know what you think in the comments below. I also have this on my Recipes for a Fit and Healthy Life page on this blog under “categories” if you want to go straight to it! Enjoy!