Transitioning from Ms. Bikini Olympia to New Mom

Transitioning from Ms. Bikini Olympia to New Mom

Athlete Spotlight, Healthy Breakfast Recipes, Healthy Recipes for Women, Life, Nutrition for Women, Recipes By Meal, Women's Fitness Personalities
Nathalia MeloNathalia Melo fell in love with fitness early and was spending her allowance on a gym membership at age 14. Her love for all things exercise rocketed forward from there: In 2004, Melo moved from Brazil to Florida; in 2009, she was an IFBB Bikini pro; and in 2012, she was crowned Ms. Bikini Olympia. In 2014, however, Melo hung up her competition heels, moved to Ireland and got married. Though happy, Melo was left without a definitive career. “I did a lot of soul-searching to find that one thing in the fitness industry that gave me butterflies — but I kept coming up blank,” she says.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteA Pregnant PauseIn 2016, Melo became pregnant and watched helplessly as the body she had so meticulously trained, toned and…
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The True Power of Protein

The True Power of Protein

Healthy Eating for Women, Healthy High-Protein Recipes, Healthy Recipes for Women, Nutrition for Women
For Jen Widerstrom, clean eating feeds both her body and soul.It’s not enough for former American Gladiators athlete and NBC’s The Biggest Loser trainer Jen Widerstrom to simply eat “healthy.” For this Oxygen Challenge 4 coach, the real difference comes from committing to a clean-eating nutrition plan — for life. “You work so hard to be healthy and vital, and when you put fuel in your body that’s been altered, it diminishes the return on that investment,” she explains. “When it comes to eating animal-based protein, we have to remember that we ultimately ingest whatever was given to that animal.”Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteIn other words, any hormones and antibiotics these animals consume through their feed are transported into your body, which Widerstrom says can adversely affect your physical development and…
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5 New Foods to Try in 2019

5 New Foods to Try in 2019

Healthy Clean-Eating Recipes, Healthy Recipes for Women, Nutrition for Women
Sometimes it’s tricky to divine which foods are fads and which are fab. Here are five fab finds for 2019 curated by certified trainer and nutritionist Alexa Uhurek.Lupini BeansLupini BeansThis Mediterranean superfood was used by Roman warriors for fuel thousands of years ago. It’s high in protein and is a great low-carb alternative instead of lentils or chickpeas. Buy lupini beans dried, pickled or as a packaged product that is cooked and spiced. Mushroom CoffeeMushroom CoffeeMove over bulletproof coffee — there’s a new fungi in town. Mushrooms are adaptogenic, meaning they help your body naturally adapt to stressors by supporting your adrenal function. You can buy coffee already combined with mushrooms or buy the ‘shroom powder separate and blend yourself. MoringaMoringaMoringa contains a diverse range of bioavailable nutrients, and the…
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Five Ways to Enjoy Hempseeds

Five Ways to Enjoy Hempseeds

Healthy Eating for Women, Healthy High-Protein Recipes, Healthy Recipes for Women, Nutrition for Women
Hemp seeds.First things first: Yes, hemp seeds (or hemp hearts) do come from a particular variety of Cannabis sativa (aka marijuana), but they only contain trace amounts of THC and therefore will not get you high. Whether or not this is bad news for you, these seeds are still nutritional powerhouses. Here are five ways to enjoy this versatile food.1. As a protein-packed puddingHemp is a complete protein, containing all 20 amino acids needed to build and repair the tissues in the body. Just 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of hemp hearts provides 9.2 grams of protein. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsitePower Pudding: In a Mason jar, layer ¼ cup cooked quinoa, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 2 tablespoons hemp hearts, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Cover with ½ cup…
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Gobble Up This Guilt-Free Thanksgiving Feast

Gobble Up This Guilt-Free Thanksgiving Feast

Healthy Dinner Recipes, Healthy Holiday Recipes, Healthy Recipes for Women, Nutrition for Women, Recipes By Meal, Thanksgiving
These lighter Thanksgiving recipes are so darn tasty, even your pickiest family members won’t complain.Thanksgiving is a day when you’re practically encouraged to break out some elastic waistband pants, gorge yourself on high-calorie foods, and then lounge on the couch until it’s time to dig into leftovers. And while some embrace this as the perfect excuse for a massive cheat meal, others find these temptations nearly as stressful as their in-laws. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. With some simple tricks for cutting calorie corners, you can still serve versions of the traditional menu items you and your loved ones crave — and these lighter recipes are so darn tasty, even your pickiest family members won’t complain.“There’s no doubt that the scents and tastes of certain foods can…
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Why You Should Be Eating Cranberries

Why You Should Be Eating Cranberries

Healthy Holiday Recipes, Healthy Recipes for Women, Nutrition for Women, Thanksgiving
Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers AssociationWith Thanksgiving right around the corner, you’re probably already getting excited for a massive cheat day feast of turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie and, of course, cranberry sauce. But wait! Why are cranberries mainly associated with this time of year?Giving Thanks for Cranberries“Cranberry use by Native Americans dates to before the first European visitors came to North America in the early 1500s,” says , senior vice president and director of food and wellness at Pollock Communications. She is also the co-author of Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Food and Nutrition Guide to Fuel Your Active Lifestyle (Wiley, 2009). Thanks for watching!Visit Website“Native Americans used cranberries in cooking and as medicine, a food preservative and dye,” she says. “They passed their knowledge about…
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Get Fit Through Stand-up Paddleboarding

Get Fit Through Stand-up Paddleboarding

Athlete Spotlight, Healthy Breakfast Recipes, Healthy Recipes for Women, Life, Nutrition for Women, Recipes By Meal, Women's Fitness Personalities
Candice ApplebyGrowing up in San Clemente, California, Candice Appleby spent her weekends riding the waves and became captain of her high-school surf team. She moved to Hawaii for college and began winning surfing competitions all over the world. By all accounts, she was well on her way to a career in surfing — until she discovered stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Appleby taught herself the sport by watching others and was soon competing against men in SUP racing and surfing — and winning. “My goal growing up was to be a professional surfer, but then stand-up paddling came along,” Appleby says. “Now I get to compete as a professional athlete in a sport that is not subjective and can surf for the pure joy of it without worrying about my next heat…
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Must-Try Reduced Guilt Recipes – Oxygen Magazine

Must-Try Reduced Guilt Recipes – Oxygen Magazine

Healthy Guilt-Free Desserts, Healthy Recipes for Women, Nutrition for Women, Recipes By Meal
So go on — have your cake, then have some more cake!The holiday season sneaks up fast, and before you know it, we’ve gone from fruity smoothies to pumpkin spice everything to green-and-red goodies galore. But don’t resign yourself to the inevitable holiday weight gain — instead, use these recipes to stay mostly within your healthy eating program (it is the holidays after all!) and enjoy some reduced-guilt holiday cheer.Though some recipes contain some less-healthy ingredients (e.g., butter), the quantities are minimal and are overshadowed by benefits from items like nuts, seeds, berries and omegas. What’s more, the grams of sugar per serving is in the single digits, the carbs are less than 16 grams and each recipe is 270 calories or less per serving. So go on — have…
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Simple Batch-Cooking Strategies For the Holidays

Simple Batch-Cooking Strategies For the Holidays

Healthy Recipes for Women, Nutrition for Women
It's not easy to stick to a healthy program during the holidays, especially with the never-ending social commitments that detract from your food prep time and threaten your nutritional resolve. Batch cooking is your timesaving secret weapon to protect you from seasonal temptations and feed you all week long without waistline regret. These recipes can be portioned out in and of themselves to be reused throughout the week, or you can use the Repast Replay suggestions to breathe new life into leftovers.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteBig Batch Roasted Chicken + Quinoa Roasted Chicken + Quinoa Makes 6 ServingsHands-On Time: 20 MinutesCook Time: 60 to 90 MinutesYes, you could revert to supermarket rotisserie chicken for a quick hit of lean protein, but what’s the fun in that? Cooking a whole chicken is much easier…
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