The Pursuit of Healthiness

The Pursuit of Healthiness
Your Guide to Getting Healthy

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Playlist of the Week!

Yes, I am a Glee fan and I did watch it this week so I've been listening to Latin music all week! Here's my top choices for Latin workout music!

1. Loca by Shakira

2. Dirty Dancer by Enrique Iglesias

3. Bamboloeo by Gipsy Kings

4. Pata Boom by Daddy Yankee

5. Rain Over Me by Pitbull and Marc Anthony

Recipe of the Week: Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I love making this recipe on Sundays so I have a breakfast to look forward to every morning that week! I wake up so early; I hate cooking breakfast in the morning. The only way I eat is if I already have something prepared. These muffins a great option in the morning with a piece of fruit and a cup of coffee. It keeps me full all morning.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins
2 cups skim milk
1 medium apple
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 tbsp olive oil
16 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups white flour

1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp Smart Balance
2 tbsp semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all wet ingredients in one large bowl, blending on low speed. Combine all dry ingredients, except the chocolate and white flour, in another, smaller bowl. Mix the two bowls together on low speed until smooth. Then mix in the white flour a half cup at a time. Use your Smart Balance to grease the muffin tins and use an ice cream scoop to measure the amount of batter per muffin. Cook for 30 minutes and then let cool.

Nutrition Facts:
Makes 16 muffins. 1 muffin per serving.
Calories: 147.6
Total Fat: 3.5 g
Cholesterol: 15.9 mg
Sodium: 341.8 mg
Total Carbs: 25.6 g
Fiber: 2.5 g
Protein: 4.2 g


Friday, February 3, 2012

Workout #16: Challenge Your Body

Everything worth doing is a challenge, especially your workout. You might have found by now that you have hit a plateau. That happens sometimes, when your weight loss just stalls and it seems like you must have gotten off track. It's frustrating and kind of kills your self confidence, but it might not be that you have gotten off track. The reason might be that your original weight loss plan isn't cutting it anymore. As you lose weight, your body starts to need less calories. While it is important adjust your calorie intake, it is also important to adjust your workout.

Is there something you were hesitant to do before because it seemed too hard? Accept the challenge and go for it! I've been doing pilates lately but its not helping me reach my goal. So for the last two days I've gone on the exercise bike and pedaled, hard, burning 250 calories in half an hour. I almost fell over when I got off the bike; my legs were so wobbly. It felt so good to know that I'd worked so hard.

Maybe you want to try a class! If you were hesitant to try hot yoga, look for a class for beginners and work your way up. Its a great workout, but I guarantee you'll be wobbling and shaking through every cobra or downward facing dog. Or try Crossfit, a seriously intense workout that my friend who is a ballerina does to stay in shape when she has time off. Just remember to stay fueled and hydrated through every challenge!