Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ten Minute Trainer

From the creators of P90x, Tony Horton has created a new workout DVD that will whip you into shape in a less amount of time. It is called The Ten Minute Trainer. It pretty much says it in the name, but this workout only takes ten minutes out of your day. If you cannot find ten minutes in a day, then you might want to think about loosening your schedule a little bit. The crazy technique that they use for the ten minute trainer is called "super stacking." You will use resistance bands and a combination of moves that will challenge you and get your heart rate up in ten minutes. So try it out, they just came out with different resistances so you can choice which ten minute trainer is best for you.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Weight Loss - Guacamole

4 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tomato, seeded, diced
1/2 cup sweet white onion, minced
2 chilies, seeded, minced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
4 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
Hot pepper sauce, sea salt, white pepper to taste

Cut avocado in large chunks and mash coarsely in large bowl with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and blend gently—leaving some small chunks is fine. Taste and adjust seasoning with more pepper sauce, salt, and pepper if desired. This is a great dip for party that is low in calories and will work great with your P90x and Weight Loss Plan.

Makes 8 servings.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Nutritional Information: (per serving)
Calories: 180
Protein: 3 g
Fiber: 7 g
Carbs: 13 g
Fat Total: 15 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Weight loss - Flank Steak

Ginger Soy Flank Steak
Recommended by Chalene Johnson

2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. red chili flakes
Lime juice from one lime
1 Tbsp. brown sugar (or Splenda brown sugar alternative)
4 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp.
1 (1-1/2 pound) flank steak or tenderized round steak

Beef isn't the best, but it's not necessarily bad either. In moderation, it can be a great source of protein. This steak has loads of extra flavor, without much fat and just a little sugar added. So splurge on some steak once in a while. Just make sure to keep your portion size small, and add some vegetables and brown rice on the side.
In a small bowl, combine ginger, garlic, chili flakes, lime juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and sesame seed oil. Pour mixture over steak and let marinate for 1 hour. Either grill, broil, or pan fry steak over high heat to medium rare or until the internal temperature reaches desired temperature on your meat thermometer (see below). NOTE: This steak is best cooked rare to medium rare.
Rare – 120°F
Medium Rare – 125°F
Medium – 130°F
Remove from heat and let steak rest 5 minutes before slicing. With a sharp knife, slice steak thinly against (diagonal) the grain. Place on a platter or individual dinner plates. Makes 6 servings. Incredible source of Protein for your P90x and weight loss program
Preparation Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Nutritional Information: (per serving)
Calories: 254
Protein: 33 g
Fiber: 0 g
Carbs: 5 g
Fat Total: 11 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Weight Loss - Pickles

Low-Sodium Mixed Pickles
1 cup cucumber, cubed
1 onion, sliced
1/2 cup carrot, sliced
1/2 cup bell pepper, cubed
1 cup cauliflower, cut up
1/2 cup asparagus, chopped
1/2 cup broccoli, cut up
1-1/4 cups cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. mustard seed
1/2 tsp. celery seed

In a saucepan combine vinegar, sugar, and spices. Boil. Add veggies. Heat for 3 minutes. Chill and serve.
Note: Can be stored in the refrigerator for one month. For longer storage, sterilize two pint jars. Pack hot pickles to within 1/2 inch of top. Wipe off rim, screw on top, and place in Dutch oven or other deep pan. Cover with water, bring to a boil, and cook 10 minutes. Great pickles for your diet for P90x or any other weight loss program

Makes 16 servings.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 3 minutes
Nutritional Information: (per serving)
Calories: 26
Protein: 1 g
Fiber: 1 g
Carbs: 6 g
Fat Total: 0 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g

Monday, May 05, 2008

Weight Loss - Pasta

Veggie Pasta Salad
8 oz. fusilli pasta (whole wheat if you can find it)
3/4 cup broccoli florets
3/4 cup cauliflower florets
1 red onion, sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup white sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Place pasta in a large serving bowl, add all the vegetables, and toss to combine. Whisk the mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar, and sugar together until smooth. Pour over pasta and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve. Makes 6 servings
This is a low calorie meal, so enjoy it in small portions for your P90x routine or your weight loss workout

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Nutritional Information: (per serving)
Calories: 254 Protein: 6 g Fiber: 3 g Carbs: 48 g Fat Total: 4 g Saturated Fat: 1 g

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Weight Loss - egg nog?

Low-Fat Holiday Eggnog
Recommended by Carrie Wiatt

4 cups skim milk
12 oz. evaporated skim milk, divided
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Ground nutmeg

Chill half the evaporated milk in the freezer for 30 minutes so it will whip better. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together skim milk, remaining evaporated milk, eggs, and sugar. Rinse your whisk in hot water to ensure that no bacteria from the egg remain. Once the mixture is combined, use a wooden spoon to stir constantly for 10 minutes until slightly thickened. Do NOT boil. Remove from heat, transfer to a large bowl, and let the mixture cool off for several minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved chilled evaporated milk and vanilla until slightly thickened. Transfer this to the egg mixture and whisk for a few minutes more, until frothy. Refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours. If the eggs begin to coagulate, you can strain the mixture to remove the solids. Top with ground nutmeg before serving. You may substitute 1/2 cup of rum or brandy for vanilla. This is a great substitute for your weight loss plan or P90x workout when your at a holiday party.

Makes 12 servings.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Nutritional Information: (per serving)
Calories: 73
Protein: 6 g
Fiber: 0 g
Carbs: 7 g
Fat Total: 2 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g

Saturday, May 03, 2008

weight loss - blueberry blend

Spiced Blueberry Blend
3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup onion, minced
1 Tbsp. ginger root, grated
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup apple juice concentrate, unsweetened
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 stick cinnamon
1 dash salt

Perk up your plate with this savory spread that's as healthy as it is tasty—after all, blueberries have more antioxidants than almost any food. This chutney recipe gives a surprising twist to this fantastic fruit.
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil for 2 minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently. Cool completely for at least one hour. Remove cinnamon stick. Will keep for 2 weeks if refrigerated in sealed containers. Serve with chicken or pork or use as a fruit spread. Goes right along with your weight loss program and p90x routine.

Makes 10 servings.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 1 hour
Nutritional Information: (per serving)
Calories: 54
Protein: 0 g
Fiber: 1 g
Carbs: 13 g
Fat Total: 0 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g

Friday, May 02, 2008

Weight Loss - yams

Yummy Yams
3 cups yams, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. Italian parsley, freshly chopped
Black pepper, freshly ground

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place yams in a covered baking dish with just enough water to coat the bottom of the pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes (until tender), and then add the lemon juice and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve. Makes 4 servings. These are great for your P90x and weight loss program.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 to 50 minutes
Nutritional Information: (per serving)
Calories: 134
Protein: 2 g
Fiber: 5 g
Carbs: 32 g
Fat Total: 0 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Weight loss - trout

Baked Trout Olé!
Recommended by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

2 lbs. trout fillet, cut into 6 pieces (any kind of fish)
3 Tbsp. lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
3 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse fish and pat dry. Place in baking dish. In a separate dish, mix remaining ingredients together and pour over fish. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender. Fish has a great source of protein, low in fat, this is great for your weight loss plan and p90x.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Nutritional Information: (per serving)
Calories: 200
Protein: 31 g
Fiber: 1 g
Carbs: 3 g
Fat Total: 7 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g