If you’re experiencing higher than average temperatures, then tonight’s dinner probably doesn’t include having to stay in a hot stuffy kitchen. Now a days a fast food meal for two costs just as much as half a tank of gas so let’s cut the calories, save some money, and stay cool with a quick and awesome recipe.
Awesome Spinach Salad!
Here’s what you need:
8 cups cleaned spinach leaves
3 oranges, peeled, sliced and quartered
2 cucumbers, peeled sliced and quartered
1/8 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
1/8 cup sunflower seeds
2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
1 cup strawberries, sliced or whole raspberries
1/2 cup white balsamic raspberry blush vinegar
Combined the spinach, oranges, cucumbers, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds and strawberries in a bowl.
Add the vinegar and toss well.
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 99 calories, 3g fat, 14g carbohydrate, 2.6g fiber, and 3.5g protein.
Spinach is an extremely nutrient-dense food, so you’ll be fueling up on important vitamins and minerals as well as healthy fiber. The recipe calls for raspberry vinegar, which is a flavorful and refreshing alternative to traditional, oily dressing. The fruit and nuts add flavor, fiber and healthy fat.
Frolicking frolicking through the waves… I’m sure you would rather do that than sit in your office and stare at a screen for hours. In fact, now that March is FINALLY over, and the weather is FINALLY starting to warm (in Northern New Jersey anyway) many minds are drifting to the warmth of summer. The backyard barbecues, the smell of the freshly mowed grass, the rolling waves on the beach… ahh.
Before you can even consider getting out there and hitting the surf, you instantly remember the winter insulation you’ve packed on. Many of us were going through cabin fever with the record breaking amounts of snow this winter and sure, shoveling a foot of snow every hour kept us active, but afterwards, we ran inside, got warm and bummed out on the couch.
Generally speaking when the sun comes out and the temperatures ranges from “oh-my-God” to “what-the-french-toast”, your first thought will not be “quick, where are my baggy sweats!?” Unless sweating profusely is your way to cool down, you’ll look for the short shorts you purchased at a pre-season sale, or those awesome khakis you saw pinned to some life-sized Ken that had its arm around a life-sized Barbie. For the most part, the vision you have of yourself soaking up sun doesn’t include the extra pounds packed on watching a Walking Dead marathon. So what to do? We’ve scoured the internet (clicked like… ten links, tops) and chose some of our favorite bikini bottom, glute tightening workouts that will help you raise the bar on your sagging tush.
Check them out here (<–right there) then come back and let us know how you feel.