Veggie Nuggets

I thought it would be nice to start out with something simple and yummy looking as well.  This Veggie Nuggets recipe comes courtesy of Claire Nolan, BuzzFeed/Tasty.

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Here’s a video that shows you how to make them:

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INGREDIENTS

Servings: 6–8 (makes 40–50 nuggets)

3 carrots, peeled & cut into chunks

½ head cauliflower, broken up

1 head broccoli, broken up

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 egg

½ teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1¾ cup plain bread crumbs

PREPARATION

1. In a food processor, blend carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic, egg, onion powder, salt, and pepper until combined.

2. Add 1¼ cup of bread crumbs and blend just until incorporated.

3. Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture and form a small circular shaped “nugget.”

4. Place the remaining ½ cup of bread crumbs in a bowl and cover each nugget with the bread crumbs.

5. Either pan-fry with a small drizzle of oil over medium-high heat until both sides are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Or you can bake them on a piece of parchment paper at 400˚F/200˚C for 25 minutes, flipping after the first 15 minutes.

6. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

7. Enjoy!

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Did You Know There Are 4 Different Types of Vegetarians?

The most widely accepted definition of a vegetarian by fellow vegetarians is a person who eats no meat, fish, or poultry. Primarily a vegetarian consistently avoids all flesh foods as well as byproducts of meat, fish, and poultry.  However, vegetarian diets vary in the extent to which they exclude animal products.

There are four types of vegetarians, Semi-vegetarians, Lacto-Ovo vegetarians, Lacto-vegetarians, and Vegans.  The difference between them are as follows:

  • Semi-vegetarians are those who are cutting back on his or her intake of meat. A pollo vegetarian avoids red meat and fish but eats chicken, and a pesco pollo vegetarian avoids red meat but eats chicken and fish.
  • Lacto-Ovo vegetarians diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry but includes dairy products and eggs. They eat such foods as cheese, ice cream, yogurt, milk, and eggs as well as foods that include these ingredients.
  • Lacto vegetarians diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry, as well as eggs and any foods containing eggs, however, they eat dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Vegans avoid eating or using all animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, any foods containing by-products of these ingredients, including the use of wool, silk, leather, and any nonfood items made with animal byproducts. Some vegans even avoid money.

What type of vegetarian are you?  Today is day 5 of my journey of becoming a vegetarian, and according to this list I am a pollo vegetarian, however, I do not eat chicken, but I do eat seafood and plenty of vegetables and salads. Because becoming a vegetarian is very new for me, I thought it would be nice to include in the Workout
Wednesday category, recipes for vegetarians and for those who just want to eat healthier. I hope you enjoy the new additions and now I’m off to search for the recipes, Lois.

 

Are You Up For A Walking Challenge?

Hello All!  It’s Workout Wednesday again, and just the other day I found this challenge on myfitnesspal.com that is quite simple.  It’s a 14-day plan to walk more type of challenge.  Basically, it’s a no-nonsense way of getting in shape, having a piece a mind, and maybe just enjoying nature for a change. So be healthy and get out and walk a little. Click onto the link above for more information.,  Lois

A 14 Day Plan To Walk More Steps

For the next 14 days, it’s time to ratchet up your fitness level. Wherever you are on the fitness spectrum — beginner/intermediate or intermediate — it’s time to lace up those shoes and take some laps. This fitness plan is meant to be a shot in the arm or a quick jump-start.

The plan is simple: For the next 14 days, you need to double-down on your steps. This two-week challenge is progressive, simple and short.

Numbers are the name of the game for this challenge. You have one simple task: Walk more! Your daily goal will be to walk more than you did the day before. If you can find someone to do this with you, that would be an added boost. It’s always easier to have a friend or family member to hold you accountable and cheer you on.

If time, weather or your job are obstacles that have stood in your way in the past, you might have to use some creativity. Here are some ideas to squeeze in your steps:

  • Walk laps inside your office building on your lunch break

  • Use a treadmill

  • Go to the mall and walk around

  • Wear a path in your carpet around your house

Where there is a will, there is always a way. Good luck!

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE

So you guys have been around the block a few times, so to speak. If you are currently averaging 5,000–6,000 steps per day, this group is perfect for you. Now is the time to step up your game — 750 extra steps each day to be exact, with the last day being an exception of 1,000 extra steps. The plan below starts with 5,000 steps. Your goal is to hit 15,000 steps, roughly 7.5 miles, by the end of the two weeks. After the two weeks are finished, you can attack another goal: the intermediate plan. You’ve built momentum; continue to push toward the next fitness goal.

INTERMEDIATE

The pros! Getting your steps is part of your everyday routine. The biggest hurdle for you will not be adding more steps each day, but finding the time to do so. Your time is precious; all we’re asking for is a short-term sacrifice. If you average 6,500–8,000 steps per day, this plan is for you. You have to add 1,000 steps per day, with the goal of hitting 20,000 steps on Day 14. It’s going to take some work to add 1,000 steps per day, but it can be done. The model below starts with 7,000 steps. After you finish this challenge, I strongly recommend you go to a spin class, start jogging or begin lifting weights. Your body is more than ready for the next fitness chapter

 

 

6 Exercises That Will Burn Calories in Overdrive!

Are you one of those people who wake up to hundreds of emails a day?  Ugh! It’s the worst, but fortunately, there are some good things that come out of being overly popular (via email that is) such as receiving discount coupons, the update on fashions and beauty products, yummy recipes and workout tips.  Yesterday (as I am late in posting for Workout Wednesday), I received an email from MyFitnessPal on Workout Challenges.

This particular email offers 6 different exercises you can do to burn calories in overdrive, such as:  

1.  Dumbbell, Squat, Curl, Press

2.  Kettlebell Goblet Squats with Heartbeat and Press

3.  Death Crawls

4.  TRX Atomic Pushups

5.  Dumbbell Walking Lunges & Plunges

6.  Kettlebell Swings & Pushups

I wish you success with any of the exercises you may choose, until next week.  Lois

 

Work Out Routines

Have you ever downloaded a PDF copy of Diet and Exercise?  So you  download the PDF which is in text form and you’re given instructions on which types of exercises you should do and the author gives you the name of the exercise and you’re like, “What the hell is a catwalk?”  Well, no need to guess anymore.  I found this animated image on FaceBook and I just had to share it with you.  Thanks to Lean Muscle Bound FaceBook page, you and I now have not only the names of different exercises but also a demonstration on how to correctly perform them.  I also paid a visit to Muscle Bound and found a lot more interesting videos, so pay them a visit and tell I sent ya.  Lois

About Workout Wednesdays!

Welcome to Workout Wednesday!  Everyone is or should be aware of the importance of working out.  There is nowhere you can go on the planet where there is not a reference to how important regular exercising is. Whether you’re out for a walk or surfing on social media you will see advertisements from gyms who are hosting specials for memberships, as well as literature or videos showing different types of movements that are beneficial to the body and one’s well-being.

According to Brian D. Johnston of International Association of Resistance Training: Prescribed Exercise Clinics, “exercising regularly makes the heart stronger and the lungs fitter, enabling the cardiovascular system to deliver more oxygen to the body with every heartbeat and the pulmonary system to increase the maximum amount of oxygen that the lungs can take in. Exercise lowers blood pressure, somewhat decreases the levels of total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), and increases the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the good cholesterol). These beneficial effects, in turn, decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke, and coronary artery disease. In addition, colon cancer and some forms of diabetes are less likely to occur in people who exercise regularly.”

Simply put working out, is beneficial to not only one’s physical appearance but also to one’s internal mechanisms that keep the body running smoothly.  As well as improving muscle strength which allows for performing physical tasks easier.  Exercising/working out aids in the stretching of muscles and joints, which also allow for an increase in flexibility and aids in the prevention of injuries.

Here are 10 additional reasons to get your workout in, written by Esther Chain, Women’s Health:

  1. Improves Your Mood  – Who doesn’t need a mood stabilizer? Did you know that a brisk workout boost production brain chemicals that ease stress and anxiety which makes you feel happier and more relaxed?
  2. Helps You Sleep Better  – According to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation up to 67% of those who exercise regularly, report that they get a good night’s sleep.
  3. Strengthens Your Memory – The Behavioral Brain Research study shows that a single session of an aerobic workout produces higher blood levels of hormones that are associated with a strong memory.
  4. Boosts Your Creativity – A published article in the journal, “Frontiers of Neuroscience,” reported that working out regularly can jack your ability to brainstorm new ideas. 
  5. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer – Though it’s not clear as to how much exercising or which type of exercise, physical activity has been linked to a lower risk of breast and endometrial cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. 
  6. Recharges Your Batteries – Exercising just 2-3 times a week can boost energy level by 20%, decreasing fatigue by 60%.
  7. Make You More Confident – Knowing the amazing physical challenges that you’ve been able to accomplish, gives you kick ass confidence that spills over into other parts of your life.
  8. Fewer Sick Days – Research suggests that working out at least 2-3 times a week, results in the ability to fight off bacteria.
  9. Eases Killer Cramps – Research shows that working out triggers the release of endorphins, which are like opioids that relieve the agony of period pain. 
  10. Allows for Smoother Work Day – According to a study published last year by the journal, “Population Health Management, exercise increases productivity at the job.

In this section, I will be posting different facts, exercising tips, summaries of interesting articles, interviews with personal trainers (sometime in the future), and loads of motivation. So be sure to stop in regularly. 

Lois

52 Cardio Exercises to Try!

It’s Workout Wednesday, and of course, I’ve come fully prepared with, “52 Cardio Exercises,”  courtesy of Women’s Health Magazine facebook page. There are some really great exercises here, in which one can pick and choose from for their own daily regiment.

I’m sure there are quite a few of you who would agree that mixing up your regiment is quite beneficial because it allows you to do more challenging exercises and keeps you from falling from a regiment that has become so routine.  Have you ever noticed that the more you do one routine over and over, that you seem to get through your routine quicker?  And that burn that you used to feel (that incidentally placed a smile on your face—that sense of accomplishment) you no longer feel?  

Well not to worry, all you need to do now is grab a pen and pad, sit back and watch this wonderful video provided by Women’s Health Magazine.  Choose the exercises that you want to add to your daily workout, and get that feeling of accomplishment back!  I’m rooting for you.  LP