The turkey may pretend to be the star of the show, but everyone knows that the sides are the real draw to the Thanksgiving table. However, many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes tend to be loaded with sugar, calories and processed ingredients. Read on for three healthy alternatives to classic Thanksgiving sides that are just as delicious as their predecessors sans their fat-packing downsides.
Between preparing for visitors, shopping for gifts, food and décor and spending time with family and friends, the holiday season can feel hectic and overwhelming at times—so much so that finding time to work out seems impossible. Even so, the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas can be some of the most crucial when it comes to meeting your fitness goals, not to mention enjoying the holiday season to the fullest. Here are three strategies that can help you stay motivated and committed to fitness during this busy and joyful season.
There’s always one day in early October when you go to a grocery store or convenience store and notice something different. Gone are the snacks and trappings of late summer barbecues and beach trips. And in their place, candy! Candy! And more candy! The days and weeks leading up to Halloween can force even the strictest, most motivated healthy eater to waver, and maybe even give into temptation. And of course, you can enjoy a sweet here and there in honor of the holiday without compromising your goals. But if you’re worried you can’t stop at just one, we’ve rounded up the best sweet treats to savor this month without a risk of sugar overload.
Football is finally back! The passion, the drama, the exhilarating highs of wins, the devastating lows of losses…and the watch parties, which often come with piles of finger foods that aren’t the kindest to your waistline. So most football Sundays yield a contentious inner monologue: I’m trying to eat healthy and stay fit, but chicken wings and nachos are my favorites! Maybe I’ll have just one. To the rescue: A solution that will allow you to sate your inner nacho fiend while also making gains in your fitness regimen. Read on for the fun, metabolism-revving way you can work out while watching football.
You may not be heading back to school this month, but even years after graduation, September still brings with it a feeling of something beginning. With one third of the year to go, it’s an opportunity for a fresh start. And that makes it the perfect time to evaluate your habits and commit to new ones that will help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals.
When we were kids, we would giddily dig snacks out of our lunch bags or belly up to the kitchen table after school for an afternoon munch. Snacks were a sweet treat and a fun respite from the activities of the day. But now that we’re grown, snacks have transformed to a few hurried swallows en route to our next to-do, usually of something meant to give us energy, not please our taste buds. If you’ve ever searched for a happy medium, look no further! Here, three tasty, easy-to-make snacks guaranteed to power you up and put a nostalgic smile on your face.
With the arrival of the dog days of summer, it can be tough to convince yourself it’s worth going outside, much less heading to the gym. When stepping out the door can cause a cascade of sweat, why would you purposely engage in an activity meant to induce sweating? It’s natural for your commitment to fitness to waver. Fortunately, there are ways to keep up your motivation and stay on track towards hitting your goals. Read on for three easy tricks!
There’s nothing worse than waking up sweating on a humid summer morning, then continuing to sweat throughout the day, no matter how much we crank the air conditioning. Fortunately, there’s a quick and delicious fix: Start your day with a smoothie. The chilly sip will cool you down instantly, plus deliver a delicious breakfast guaranteed to power you through any sweat-inducing activities or challenges you face throughout the day.
When summer arrives, your entire routine changes. Suddenly, family members are home at odd hours and schedules change as new sessions of classes, camps and activities begin. Coupled with the rising temperatures, these changes can be enough to have you wishing you could curl up in a dark corner until fall. To the rescue: Completing these three calming yoga poses every morning will help you quiet your mind, ease anxiety and prepare you to attack every day of this busy season.
As the days get warmer, do you gloomily reminisce about summer nights spent gobbling up juicy hamburgers and tender ribs fresh off the grill? No more! It’s easy to replicate the flavors and textures of grilled and smoked meats in your apartment—all you need are a few key ingredients and tricks that will turn your kitchen into an authentic backyard barbecue.