Rest, Relax, and Eat

Spring Break is finally here! No classes, just fun in the sun and some much need R&R. But just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you have to lose sight of all your fitness progress that you’ve made this year.

When on vacation, people have the tendency to overindulge with food and drinks because they’re “on vacation.” Which is totally fine, you work hard you deserve to spoil yourself, but don’t let your spoils ruin your fitness progress.

An easy way to avoid overeating is to bring snacks to munch on while you soak up the sun in between meals. This way you won’t be so hungry afterwards that you turn to a fast food option, ruining all of your progress.

Here are some healthy snack options that you can pack to take with you.

      Baked Zucchini Chips

      Microwaved Apple Chips

      Edamame

      Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberry Bites 

      Frozen Grapes 

      Trail Mix 

These are just a handful of ideas that you could take with you on your vacation that are fairly easy to make with minimal prep time.

So remember, wherever your Spring Break adventure might take you doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your progress or your health.

Enjoy and Relax!

A Healthy Spin to Your Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up! It’s a Sunday filled with viewing parties, tasty treats, and football.  It can’t get better than that!

According to MTV’s Clutch Blog, the average person will consume approximately 2,769 calories on Super Bowl Sunday. Americans will consume approximately 100 million pounds of chicken wings, 30 million slices of pizza and 11 million pounds of potato chips that day among other food items.

 Anne Collins and Online-Ambulance were the sources used for this chart.

Don’t get me wrong. This usually consists of my diet on Super Bowl Sunday, but I think I may make some changes this time around. I have a New Year’s Resolution that I have to accomplish!

Some basic tips:

  • Provide reduced-fat potato chips, baked tortilla chips or pita crisps.
  • Make fresh dips like salsa.
  • Use reduced-fat cheese, sour cream and other items.

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Do you like to cook? Here are a couple recipes from Eating Well that have a healthy spin, so you can continue to live a healthy lifestyle.

Chicken Wings with a fraction of the fat and sodium

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons nonfat buttermilk, (see Tip)
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot, divided
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, divided
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 6 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 6 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

Preparation

  1. Whisk buttermilk, 2 tablespoons hot sauce and 2 tablespoons vinegar in a large bowl until combined. Add chicken; toss to coat. Transfer to the refrigerator and let marinate for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk flour and cornmeal in a shallow dish. Whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon hot sauce and 1 tablespoon vinegar in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and roll in the flour mixture until evenly coated. (Discard remaining marinade and flour mixture.) Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon cayenne.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken, placing each piece in a little oil. Cook until golden brown and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and chicken, reducing the heat if necessary to prevent burning. Transfer to the platter. Drizzle the chicken with the reserved hot sauce mixture.

Per serving: 256 calories; 10 g fat ( 4 g sat , 4 g mono ); 83 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 2 g fiber; 353 mg sodium; 248 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (120% daily value).

Reduced fat Southwestern Layered Bean Dip with a healthy amount of dietary fiber.

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce can nonfat refried beans, preferably “spicy”
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack, or Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup canned sliced black olives, (optional)

Preparation

  1. Combine refried beans, black beans, scallions, salsa, cumin, chili powder and jalapeños in a medium bowl. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart microwave-safe dish; sprinkle with cheese.
  2. Microwave on High until the cheese is melted and the beans are hot, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Spread sour cream evenly over the hot bean mixture, then scatter with lettuce, tomato, avocado and olives (if using).

Per serving: 146 calories; 7 g fat ( 3 g sat , 3 g mono ); 12 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 5 g fiber; 288 mg sodium; 164 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (20% daily value), Vitamin A & Vitamin C (15% dv).

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I hope these facts, tips, and recipes help you out this Sunday. It is a day of fun that can be healthy! For those of you with New Year’s Resolutions good luck! And those of you that are New England Patriots fans better expect defeat because the NY Giants are going to stomp on them this Sunday!

For more recipes and tips…

Enjoy the festivities!
Victoria