400 Calorie Meal On the Go

spaghetti-meatballs-600x450Restaurant: Spaghetti and Meatballs

Set aside your portion: 1 cup spaghetti (220) with tomato sauce (80)E

Eat 2 meatballs if they’re the size of golf balls, or 1 meatball if they’re larger (90)


Skip the tempting grated Parmesan cheese

Wrap up any leftovers to go

Total calories per serving: 390

TIP: Next time you make spaghetti at home, measure 1 cup cooked and put it on a plate so you’ll have a visual to remember at the restaurant.

Tip courtesy of:http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/diets/400-calorie-pasta-meals?s=3


400 Calorie Meal On the Go

meal on the go mcdonalds

Eat a burger and dessert without breaking your calorie bank. Order a McDonald’s® hamburger (250). Add one ketchup packet (15), and end the meal with a vanilla reduced-fat ice cream cone (150).

Tip: you can make your hamburger the night before (use ground turkey meat), slice pepper jack, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, with mustard on a whole wheat bun and have frozen yogurt at your favorite yogurt place (small cup of course) with fresh fruit.

Total calories: 415

Nutrition tip courtesy of: http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/diets/find-out-how-400-calorie-meals-help-you-lose-weight/400-calorie-fix-meal-fast-food-burger-fix

Everyday Eating

superfoods6 superfoods you should eat everyday….

1. Avocados

Some nutritionists recommend eating an avocado every day. High in oleic acid, avocados guard against breast and oral cancers while maintaining healthy eyesight.  According to some studies, avocados can lower cholesterol by up to 17%. Best of all, the high antioxidant levels protect against free radicals that cause aging. If 322 calories per avocado is unmanageable, try eating one-half fruit instead.

2. Broccoli

At 27 calories per half-cup serving, fiber-rich broccoli is loaded with vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium and folic acid. A cruciferous veggie, broccoli is rich in antioxidants that protect against aging, cancer and heart disease. Because it’s high in fiber, broccoli aids digestion and promotes elimination, while the calcium keeps bones healthy. For maximum benefit, broccoli should be eaten several times every week.

3. Quinoa

High in protein, quinoa is a filling and fiber-rich complex carbohydrate that cleans the intestinal tract. Taken daily, it can reduce constipation and help the liver to eliminate waste products. Because it’s gluten free, quinoa is a great option for anyone allergic to wheat . Low in fat and calories, a cup of quinoa delivers more protein than one egg. Eat quinoa for breakfast, and it will keep you going strong until lunch.

4. Salmon

Low in calories and high in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon has anti-inflammatory properties that keep joints healthy. The anti-aging omega-3 fatty acids increase collagen and elastin production, keeping skin firm and nourishing hair. A brain food, salmon sharpens cognition and reduces depression. Two servings of salmon every week may help protect against breast, colon and rectal cancers while lowering blood pressure.

5. Eggs

For years people have thought a diet high in eggs leads to unhealthy levels of cholesterol. However, recent studies show no connection between eggs and stroke or heart attack in healthy adults. At 75 calories, eggs are an excellent low-calorie source of pure protein that’s easy to absorb. Amino acids help repair muscles after a workout, while the vitamins and minerals nourish hair and nails

Nutrition Tips courtesy of: http://www.womenshealthandfitness.com.au/diet-nutrition/healthy-eating/504-super-fitness-foods-to-eat-everyday?showall=&start=4


Foods that Help Flatten Your Tummy

flat tummy tips1. Spinach

Extremely rich in the antioxidants carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which promote eye health, reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Lutein is also thought to play a role in preventing colon cancer. Also a fabulous source of the better known carotenoid, beta-carotene, which, in addition to its antioxidant potential, can be converted to vitamin A in the body. Very good source of dietary fiber, vitamins C, E, K, and B6, and thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. Good source of niacin and zinc.

2. Turkey

A great source of protein that is low in both total and saturated fat. Turkey has high iron levels and is a good source of the vitamins B, B1, B6 and zinc, which have been found to keep blood cholesterol low, boost the immune system and regulate blood pressure.

3. Yogurt

Provides a high dietary source of calcium and low GI carbohydrates. It is a good source of phosphorus and B group vitamins. Probiotic yoghurts may also help with the digestive processes.

4. Oily fish

Oily fish such as salmon, trout and tuna are the best sources of omega-3 fats, which are crucial for optimal health. Oily fish is low in saturated fats and contain essential amino acids and are a good source of iodine, iron and zinc.

5. Water

While it’s not technically a food, a lack of water in your diet could be the one thing standing in your way of a flat tummy. Bloating is something that effects many women, and the problem is often worsened, sometimes even instigated, by a lack of fluids in the system. Drinking water will also help to flush toxins out of your system, curb hunger, improve digestive health and reduce fluid retention, all which help to leave your tummy looking flatter.

Nutrition tips courtesy of: http://www.womenshealthandfitness.com.au/weight-loss/fat-loss/586-10-tummy-flattening-foods?showall=&start=9


Shaun T Words of Wisdom

1. How do I handle people that suggest exercise is selfish and that it takes time away from family?
-Well, actually exercising is selfless! I’ve said before that “You are the nucleus of your existence!” A happier you equals a happier family. If someone feels that you’re being selfish for exercising just remind them that you want to love longer and have positive energy for the family.

2. Can I have a cheat meal and still lose weight? -Absolutely!!! 1 bag of M&M’s doesn’t make you gain the weight. Its the consistency of you staying committed to eating healthy 85% of the time and 15% fun. 85/15 RULE!

3. Someone mentioned that its easy for me to have good fitness because its my job!
-WROOOONG!! I have struggles and road blocks just like everybody else. I look different in every single on of my fitness programs. Life is never easy just because that’s your career. And I wouldn’t be in this life it it were easy. I’m in it because its a challenge and my challenges help me relate to your challenges.

Foods that Flatten Your Tummy

flat tummy tips1. Cucumber

Cooling and diuretic, cucumber is good to eat when your tummy feels like a tightened drum. It can help to relieve fluid retention and its fibre-rich skin is great for digestion.

2. Eggs

Being pretty close to a complete food, eggs contain numerous vitamins and minerals (primarily in the yolk). Go for omega-3 enriched. Only 1.5 grams saturated fat per egg, so they’re unjustly labelled a ‘bad’ food. Eggs have a low glycemic index and are very filling. Mitchell-Paterson recommends having an egg for a snack to curb the 3:30-itis and chocolate cravings.

3. Berries

What do blackberries, blueberries and acai berries all have in common? They all help you squeeze your way back into your skinny jeans. Studies have shown that people wanting to lose belly fat should opt for fruit that is blue or red in color, such as cherries, red grapes and many types of berries

4. Almonds

These delicious and versatile nuts contain filling protein and fibre, not to mention vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. They’re also a good source of magnesium, a mineral your body requires to produce energy, build and maintain muscle tissue, and regulate blood sugar.

5. Avocado

Fibre-rich and provides many additional micro-nutrients including potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamin C. Avocado oil has a very high smoke point and is therefore a great choice for cooking. It is quite expensive but this is definitely a case for quality over quantity. Use it sparingly and a little will go a long way.

Tips courtesy of: http://www.womenshealthandfitness.com.au/weight-loss/fat-loss/586-10-tummy-flattening-foods?showall=&start=4

Friday Hair Tips

hair tipsFor all you ladies out there who are trying to grow your hair long  and healthy… try this hair tip given by Tania Kinder…I’ve been taking biotin & folicure shampoo & conditioner 4 the past 6 months..my hair has grown long & strong from the inside out! I recommend this 2 every woman trying 2 have healthier hair!