The folks at Exercise Is Medicine, a branch of the American College of Sports Medicine would like you to consider exercise as medicine in an active form. You’ll be hearing more about them as the program grows. Expect to be asked about exercise at your yearly physicals. Kaiser already has this built into their interview forms so doctors & nurses don’t forget to ask.
From the good folks at the American Institute For Cancer Research comes this hearty soup packed with flavor and the healthy antioxidant lycopene. Each serving has only 71 calories and 64mg of sodium. Serve in mugs, and perhaps with some whole wheat crackers or croutons.
Super Bowl Bonus - A Guacamole Makeover
With the Super Bowl coming up, I was looking for a lower calorie guacamole recipe. With only 76.4 calories per serving (recipe makes 8 servings), this is the skinniest guacamole recipe my research unearthed. Yes, it still has 6.7 g of fat, but it’s mostly mono & polyunsaturated fat. The recipe works by diluting the avocado with the cucumber.
Coach Nicole's Fresh & Skinny Guacamole
2 ripe avacadoes, peeled & chopped
1/3 medium organic (if available) cucumber, chopped
1/3 medium onion, chopped (author used red)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin powder
1 squeeze lemon (about 1-2 Tbsp)
Salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp)
Add all ingredients to blender or food processor & process till desired consistency. Add salt to taste. Serve chilled. Enjoy with your favorite chips or tortillas.
Makes 8 servings. Per serving: 77.4 calories, 6.7g fat (0.9gm sat fat), 4.7g carbohydrates, 1 g protein, sodium - 143.8mg. Original recipe.
TrainerMom's Notes: Its the added vegetables that reduce the calories in the recipe. Try adding some chopped tomato after ingredients are blended. Reduce amount of salt by using less than indicated. While chips may never be totally healthy, you might try finding a baked chip. Or even better, serve with veggies.
Coming Soon - answers to the top two questions a trainer gets – “how do I start” and “what should I eat”. Hints – slowly, following good advice. And eat real food, following the Dietary Guidelines. More detail to follow.