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Blueberry Muffins with Healthy Substitutes

August 29th, 2014 by | No Comments

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Sometimes the morning gets away from you, so you need something easy and quick, but also healthier than a handful of cereal. These Blueberry Bangarang Muffins are stuffed with all the right kinds of ingredients to keep you energized through your morning, plus you won’t have to feel guilty for eating two! We like to make them Sunday night to grab-and-go throughout the week. We added chia seeds, but you can get creative and include other little extras like ground flaxseed for even more bang-to-your-rang. 

Blueberry Bangarang Muffins -Makes 24 muffins

Ingredients: 

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 cup oats–quick or regular oats

2/3 cup turbinado sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

12 ounces greek yogurt (plain or honey adds a little sweeter kick)

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/4 cup chia seeds

Directions: 

Pre-heat oven to 350°

Line your muffin tin with liners

Combine flour, sugar, oats, chia seeds, salt, baking powder, baking soda in a bowl

Combine yogurt, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla in a second bowl

Fold yogurt mixture into dry mixture; stir to combine completely

Gently fold in blueberries and spoon into muffin tin, filling each cup about halfway full

Bake until top is golden and springs back when you gently touch it, 20-25 minutes

These muffins are a perfect and easy way to add a bang to your morning. For more healthy choices and recipes go here!

 

Top Ten Reasons to Run: #1

August 27th, 2014 by | 1 Comment

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Sure sweating hard has some societal downsides, but there is no denying the benefits of a good sweat session. If you’re still not convinced, check out below why getting your sweat on can benefit you in so many ways:

Keeps Your Face Nice and Clean 

When you sweat your pores will open up, all that grime and grit built up will be released. To keep that skin glistening and glowing, make sure you wash that face directly after working out, don’t want to sweat and sit!

Toxin Free Body 

Not up for a weekend of juice detoxing? Hit the running track for a super sweat session. Experts say sweating can help the body flush out all those body clogging toxins.

Prevent Colds and Other Infections 

Think of sweating as hand sanitizer for your body. Studies suggest that sweat contains a naturally occurring antimicrobial peptide call dermcidin, which has proven to fight tuberculosis germs along with others!

Lowers the Risk of Kidney Stones 

Anyone who has ever had a kidney stone will do anything to avoid that pain! ANYTHING!! Studies found that regular exercisers sweat out salt, rather than having it go to the kidneys and form stones. 

If you’re ready to sweat out the bad and leave with some RAD, register now!

Out With The Old, In With The Healthier

August 25th, 2014 by | 5 Comments

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Making healthier food choices can sometimes sound overwhelming or boring (or both!), but a better diet is key to weight loss, to fueling your best workouts and to making permanent healthy lifestyle changes for you and your family.

So where do you start?  There are plenty of healthy recipes to try but we’ve listed our favorite basic updates you can make to your kitchen and existing cooking routines that will help get you on the right path.

For instance, switching from cows milk to almond milk in cooking and baking doesn’t require any change in measurements but saves you calories.

Coconut oil is a good source of saturated fat and stays solid at room temperature so it’s an easy replacement for butter.

If you bake a spaghetti squash for about an hour, the inside can be scraped out and used as noodles; an excellent way to add vegetables and lighten up pasta dishes that can feel heavy.

What healthy food choices have you started making?  Leave a comment below and we’ll feature our favorites!