A healthy day should always include a good-for-you breakfast. It boosts metabolism, fuels you through the morning, and inspires an all-around healthy lifestyle. This year we cooked up a lot of healthy breakfast recipes — both sweet and savoury for long brunches and those times we found ourselves rushing out the door. Take a look at some of our favourites that will keep you full well beyond the New Year.
— Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia
Fact: Summer is party season. And with all the Christmas and New Year celebrations going on (and lots of eating out) it can be nice to stay at home and entertain. But if you're looking to stay true to your 2014 resolutions and remain healthy, the foods and drinks you eat and serve need to be healthy, too. We've rounded up 10 of the healthiest cookbooks for this party season. Whether you're a veg eater, smoothie extraordinaire, paleo-snacker or just an all-round health nut, there's something in here for everyone. These could also make pretty cute gift ideas.
Breakouts are the worst, and if it seems like a constant battle between you and your face, it's time to feed your skin from the inside out.
This creamy smoothie recipe is made from Vitamin E-rich spinach and avocado and sweetened with grapes that contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants. You'll love the taste of the strawberries that also help fight free-radical damage, giving skin a more radiant glow. Almond butter offers the minerals zinc and selenium, both essential for healthy skin, and a sprinkle of flaxmeal contains omega 3s that help reduce inflammation.
Keep reading for this simple 309-calorie smoothie recipe.
"Like turkey?" I joked to my sister-in-law at Thanksgiving dinner, as I noticed her plate piled high with white meat and a little bit of what looked like cooked veggies she brought from home. "I'm on the Ideal Protein Diet. I've lost 20 pounds, and I've got my eye on the prize," she said. The diet she went on to explain intrigued me, because I saw the results right before my eyes.
What Is It?
The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method was medically developed two decades ago by Dr. Tran Tien Chanh to help people lose fat without losing muscle mass. It's a high-protein, low-carb diet, but unlike other low-carb programs, it's not just about eating high protein, it's about eating the right protein. This diet also severely restricts sugar intake (simple and complex) until your weight-loss goal is reached. This ensures that your glycogen (carbohydrate) reserves are completely depleted, which forces your body to dip into your fat reserves to lose weight. What's also different about this diet, and what makes it so successful, is that it teaches followers to read labels, make healthy choices, and shows what to do to maintain weight once the goal is reached. To learn about what to eat, what to expect and how to exercise keep reading.
Getting through our workouts is usually pretty uneventful, but every once in a while, something truly cringe-worthy happens that makes us wish we exercised solo. Click through to read about the top most embarrassing things that can happen while exercising and share whether or not these have happened to you.
If you're trying to cut back on sugar this Christmas (because let's face it, it's tough) this recipe from one of our favourite sugar-free cook's, Sarah Wilson, is one to try. It's hard to steer clear of heavy puddings and the over-flowing Santa stockings, but this easy snack that can be served as a side or as a dessert promises to cure that sweet craving guilt-free. Christmas can still be healthy and delicious, so add this one to your party menu for December 25.
A nutritious diet and regular exercise have helped you reach your weight-loss goal, but you're still trying to get rid of that little extra pooch around your mid-section. Here are three things you can do every week to help you achieve a trimmer belly.
Take an honest look at your diet and your bathroom schedule. Your belly might not be caused by fat, but by air trapped in your digestive system. If you're not getting enough fibre (you need 25 to 30 grams a day), constipation can cause bloating. On the other hand, overdoing it on fibre or eating too many gas-producing foods like broccoli, apples, or beans can also make your belly pooch a bit. Thankfully, there are also foods you can eat, like blueberries, that are proven to diminish belly fat, so sip on this flat-belly smoothie made with pineapple and kale.
When Doing Cardio
Studies show that including interval training in your cardio sessions is proven to diminish belly fat. If you find that you normally stick to a consistent pace when running, biking, or swimming, mix it up by adding 10- to 60-second fast-paced or sprinting intervals. High Intensity Interval Training (aka HIIT) works on the same principle as intervals, where you push to your maximum training for a period of time and follow up with a shorter rest period. Give this type of workout a try with our full-body 10-Minute HIIT Workout.
When Strength Training
Basic crunches can help tone your abs, but they only target certain abdominal muscles. Incorporate full-body exercises like variations of plank or core moves using a ball. Simply balancing on one leg on a Bosu will target your core too.
If you regularly tune in to the local surf report, you'll know exactly who Stephanie Gilmore is. She's the Aussie surfer babe that has taken the big waves by storm. Five time World Champion on the Women's ASP world tour, winner of the prestigious ESPY Award as Female Action Sports Person of the Year, and was awarded the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year in 2010. Did we mention she's only 25? She eats super healthy and has the body to boot, with some of her favourite daily eats being smoothies, coconut oil, super greens and dark chocolate. We've got all her staples inside, just click through.
Want more? Read our other Day on a Plate interviews here.
Pudding made in a blender? You better believe it. Here's a milk-chocolate pudding recipe from chef Matthew Kenny that is raw, easy to make, and full of healthy fats. And it is so very tasty! How does he make this dish so flavourful without dairy, eggs, or cooking? Watch this video to learn his secrets, and then whip up your own batch at home.