Holiday Food Ideas

Yummy & Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

It’s fall and the smell of pumpkin everything is in the air. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin donuts and pumpkin pie are just a few of the delicious fall inspired treats you will see at every turn. If you yearn to enjoy the taste of fall but don’t want to ruin your healthy eating regiment, don’t stress. Below are some fantastic and creative ways to have the best of both worlds.

Transform your regular breakfast smoothie, yogurt, or oatmeal with a little touch of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg or unsweetened pumpkin puree. This way you will have the added fall flavor without all of the unwanted calories. And if you feel the need for a little extra sweetness, just add some stevia into the mix.

Pumpkin can also be deliciously incorporated into a meal. On a chilly and rainy fall day, the flavorful taste of fresh pumpkin soup will surely warm your soul. It can also be used as a side dish, paired with your main course. Or, if you are craving a salty snack, baked pumpkin seeds are a perfect option.

At the end of a long week when you need that sweet reward, there some great healthy pumpkin dessert recipes out there to satisfy your craving. Skinny pumpkin mousse, dairy-free pumpkin ice cream, and clean pumpkin pie are just a few of our favorites. See below for some delicious recipes to try this season and remember, homemade is always the healthier choice!

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Spice Dip: http://www.natashalh.com/greek-yogurt-pumpkin-pie-spice-fruit-dip/

Clean Eating Pumpkin Smoothie : http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-pumpkin-smoothie/

Pumpkin Soup : http://www.recipetineats.com/classic-pumpkin-soup/

Pumpkin Seeds: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13839/spiced-pumpkin-seeds/

Skinny Pumpkin Mousse : http://simple-nourished-living.com/2011/11/skinny-healthy-pumpkin-dessert-recipes/

Dairy-free Pumpkin Ice Cream : http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-pumpkin-ice-cream/#_a5y_p=2396727

Clean Pumpkin Pie : http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-pumpkin-pie/

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Back to the Basics

“5 Foods to Never Eat”, “Six Weeks to a New You”, “6 Tips to Improve Your Posture”, “21 Day Fix”, “South Beach Diet”, “Insanity” all sound fantastic however, being bombarded with so many options can send your mind into overdrive. To make things more confusing, many of the diet and exercise regiments out there consist of conflicting information. Getting back to the basics will help you regain focus on your ultimate goal.

Ultimate Goal: To maintain a healthy balanced life.

No matter what style of exercise routine you prefer make sure you are challenging yourself. For example, if 30 minutes on the elliptical is a breeze, you may want to consider increasing the level of difficulty and speed or try a high intensity interval cardio session instead. If you are only doing cardio then add weights. Without a challenge there is minimal effort and with minimal effort you will not achieve results. Also, consistency is vital so don’t go more than 3 days without working out.        Myrtle Beach weight loss

Eating healthy is not a diet it’s a lifestyle. The sooner you come to terms with this the better. If you have been eating healthy for a few months and aren’t seeing results, there is a logical reason. Ask yourself what are you doing or not doing that could be causing the problem. Are you:
• “Tasting” your kid’s meals in between yours
• Having that beloved glass of wine every night
• Consuming too many calories from healthy food or possibly not enough

Write down everything you consume and re-access your nutrition. From there you should be able to determine where the issues lie and make the necessary changes. If this is too challenging for you then consult a nutritionist, your health is worth it!

Set goals and stick to them. Dig deep and discover what motivates you. If your ultimate goal is to have more energy to play with your kids, to fit in your favorite pair of jeans, or to finish your first official race then use that motivation to fuel your fire. If you happen to have an off day where you don’t eat as well as you should or don’t make it to the gym, don’t beat yourself up. Let it go, move on, and make twice the effort the following day. Living a healthy lifestyle is a choice and if you remain positive and determined you can do anything you set your mind to.

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New Years Resolution

Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions focus on a healthier more active lifestyle. In theory, these resolutions are great but staying on track and following through with them is a different story. Everybody starts off strong when it comes to a resolution for the New Year, however, when February and March roll around they tend to become lax and lose sight of their goals. Here are some tips to help you stay on track this year and achieve fitness success.

First, prepare your food on the weekend for the upcoming week. Making Fitness, Wicked Fitness, Christmas, Holiday Season, New Years, New Years Eve,Memorial Day, Fitness, Healthy Food, Healthy Snacks, Burn Caloriesenough food for two meals a day for five days might seem tedious but the convenience and comfort of knowing you will not have to stress about what you are eating or how much makes prepping worth it. Also, plan your cheat meals. If you know you are going out with a friend on the weekend then choose that as your cheat meal. However, do not overindulge and be sure to get back on schedule the next day.

Next, log your calorie intake. Whether you prefer to keep a food journal or to use a more modern version like an application on your smartphone such as My Fitness Pal , either method will help hold you accountable. By documenting all of your intake it is forcing you to acknowledge everything you put in your mouth, even the few bites of pasta you snack on while cooking.

Lastly, stay true to your workout plan. Make sure you set an attainable goal of how many times you will workout in a week. Once that is established, stick to your regiment. The only exceptions for not going to your gym session should be illness or an emergency.

The best motivation to keep going with your fitness plan is to see that all of your hard work is actually paying off. Give your body at least four weeks to adjust and you will start to see results and for some they may even come sooner. Start devising a fitness plan now and make 2015 your best and healthiest year yet!

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Staying Fit During The Holidays

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The holidays are a time of gathering with family and friends. Unfortunately, the majority of family functions are centered around eating and drinking, and most are not health conscious. If you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle things can get tricky as temptation is lurking around every corner. Here are some tips on how to avoid gaining those extra pounds during these next few months.

1. Make it a point to be extra health conscious for all of the surrounding days. For example, if you love your cocktails and typically you allow yourself to have some drinks a few nights a week, try to abstain until your holiday party. The same goes with food. Plan your “cheat meals” so they coordinate with your celebrations and you won’t feel nearly as guilty!

2. Get your morning workout in. If you know you’re going to be indulging at evening holiday parties, then burn calories prior to your gathering and get your metabolism revved up for the day. Those extra 500 calories you burned in the gym could make a difference of not gaining that extra pound.

3. Eat. Make sure you are eating throughout the day and not “saving” your calories for later. Starving yourself during the day will only cause your body to want to store the fat it consumes when you do eat. Also, by eating it will cause you to be less hungry later on in the day.

4. Drink lots of water. As we all know drinking enough water is essential for several reasons. One, if you’re dehydrated then your body will not function properly. It can cause false hunger pains causing you to eat unnecessarily when your body just needs hydration. Also, when we are consuming a significant amount of sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages water is essential to replenish and rehydrate not to mention help you avoid the dreaded hangover!

If you remember to follow these four easy steps, you will breeze through the holidays successfully. You should be able to maintain your current weight without depriving yourself of any of the festivities. Remember to stay on track with your fitness routine and follow the rule of thumb “everything in moderation” your New Year’s resolution won’t have to be starting from square one.

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Ready to Pole Dance, Incorporate Eating Lean

Pole Dancing, Pole Fitness, Body Sculpting, Protein, Lean MeatsSleeveless tops, sun dresses, and bikinis, OH MY! Don’t let your summer wardrobe stress you out, sign up for one of our $10.00 Pole Fitness classes today! Not only are they fun and entertaining but you will begin toning and seeing results in no time. Sculpting sleek and sexy arms, building a strong core, and tightening up those glutes will have you feeling fantastic this summer. Remember, when you’re having a blast and seeing results it is much easier to stay on track.

Summer Body Diet Tip: Whether it is in the form of eggs, whey powder, chicken, or fish, incorporate lean protein into your daily diet. Eating lean protein will not only help you feel full longer but it will also help maintain lean muscle mass which is imperative to a healthy weight loss regiment.    Eggs, Healthy Foods, Protein, Pole DancingPole Fitness, Whey, Protein, Suppliment

 

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Memorial Day Fitness Tips

Well it’s Memorial Day, and you will have a lot of temptations to not workout and eat healthily. Wicked Fitness cares about your holiday fitness behavior and decided to give you a few handy tips to survive your Memorial Weekend.   Memorial Day, Fitness, Healthy Food, Healthy Snacks, Burn Calories

1. Stay Active: Plan outings with friends that include cardio activities that will burn calories like skating, kickball, cycling, canoeing, etc.
2. Wingman: You are more likely to avoid temptation and unwanted calories if you hang with another fitness nut. Best of all…you can motivate each other!
3. Smart Grilling: Preparing healthy menu options are a must. Instead of hotdogs and ribs, grill chicken breasts and veggies (corn on the cob, squash, zucchini, and peppers).
4. Limit Alcohol: Don’t drink the entire weekend. Select one day to enjoy an adult beverage.
5. BYOM (Bring Your Own Meat): Don’t rely on your host meat selection to be the best choice for your diet. Bring your own lean burger, veggie burger or chicken breast.
6. Drink Water: This weekend will be hot. Remember to drink plenty water to stay hydrated.

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