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Healthy Living Tips I Learned at FitBloggin

Posted Sep 21 2012 6:53pm

I’m spending my weekend in charming Baltimore, learning about and from one awesome healthy living/fitness brands and bloggers at FitBloggin.  Our schedule is jam packed and I’m getting ready to head out the door to dinner with my sponsor, Applegate .  But before I do, I wanted to share some helpful tips and resources I learned about today.  And a few fun pics of the weekend in action.

Top 3 Healthy Living Resources I learned about at FitBloggin Today:

1.  Florida Grapefruits – Did you guys know the peak season for Florida grapefruit is December-January? I was kind of excited about that because I love grapefruit and it can be hard to find really good fruit in the middle of winter.  Grapefruits are one of the super foods I write about in my new eBook, The ABCs of Super Foods and I have a really easy and delicious recipe for baked grapefruit.  They offer a tangy sweetness that pairs well with a lot of flavors and makes them pretty versatile in the kitchen.  You can add grapefruit to cereal, waffles, pancakes, Greek yogurt, smoothies and salsas for fish and chicken.  You can also eat it all by itself and punch up the flavor with a little honey, maple syrup or cinnamon.  For more information on the health benefits of grapefruit check out The ABCs of Super Foods .  You can also visit for recipes and ideas on adding it to your diet.

2.  As a busy mom, I have a huge appreciation for online workouts I can do in 30 minutes or less.  I consider exercise a critical component to my health (and my sanity).  Without it, I lack energy and internalize my stresses.  Erin Shirey, owner of Power Fitness PDX , has some challenging, but realistic, online workouts that can be done at home with little to no equipment. She’s motivating, energetic, and the kind of person you just want to give a big hug.  I think you guys will love her.  Check out her workouts and give them a try.  I’d love to hear what you think.

3.  I talked about the power of spices to add flavor and replace salt, sugar and fat in recipes last week.  They’re loaded with antioxidants and an easy way to make healthy foods more palatable to your family.  I tried this recipe for Roasted Citrus Chicken with Ginger Orange Relish at the McCormick’s headquarters yesterday and it’s definitely going on my menu rotation.  The thing I learned from watching the chef’s prepare it is the value of layering flavors.  Read the recipe and you’ll see what I mean.  They start out with a simple marinade that can be done in just a few minutes.  Then they add more flavors (spices) during the cooking process and the top it off with a 3 min orange relish that adds an additional layer of flavors.  It really didn’t add a lot of time to the overall prep, but it adding amazing flavor sandlots of extra health benefits.  I truly loved this meal and I think you guys might to.  Just a tip (you can leave the brown sugar out if you’re watching your sugar or try replacing it with a tablespoon of real maple syrup).


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