GymKitchen: Honey Grilled Chicken Recipe

Flat abs are made in the kitchen, just as much as in the gym. In order to flatten your stomach, enjoy lean meals like this Honey Grilled Chicken. Lean, high protein chicken breast is best paired with a steamed veggie side for phenomenal results. This recipe is saved in MyFitnessPal.com. Just search Honey Grilled Chicken by Oh! Fitness. Servings: 6

Here’s what you need…

Honey Grilled Chicken

Honey Grilled Chicken

  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Splenda/Stevia
  • 3 Tablespoons spicy mustard
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (24oz total)
  1. Pre-heat your grill. If using coals, heat until the coals turn gray and there are no longer strong flames, 35-45 minutes.
  2. Combine honey, sweetener, mustard, lemon peel, olive oil and garlic. Mix well. Reserve a few tablespoons of the sauce. Add chicken and marinate in the refrigerator for 40 minutes.
  3. Cook the chicken 5 to 6 minutes per side. Brush with the reserved sauce, and continue cooking for an additional 3 to 4 minutes per side, until chicken registers 170 degrees F on a meat thermometer. Happy #gymkitchen eating!

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals:  319 calories, 14g carbohydrate, 11g fat, 28g protein, 413mg sodium, 0g fiber.

Honey Grilled Chicken Nutrition

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GymKitchen: Homemade Chicken Curry Coconut Soup

This chicken soup recipe is made without added carbs like noodles or potatoes. It’s filled with fiber, protein and lots of delicious flavor. Enjoy! Servings: 4

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Homemade Chicken Curry Coconut Soup

Homemade Chicken Curry Coconut Soup

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium organic yellow onion, chopped (110g)
  • 3 medium carrots, grated (184g)
  • 2 medium celery stalks, finely chopped (80g)
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2tsp minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 2 quarts low sodium chicken broth
  • 1lb cubed raw chicken breast
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 cups unsweetened light coconut milk
  1. In a large pot, over medium heat, melt the coconut oil and add the chicken cubes, onions, carrots and celery. After 5 minutes add the garlic and curry powder.
  2. Next add the chicken broth, chicken, bay leaf, apple, pepper, thyme, and lemon zest. Stir well. Bring to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes.
  3. Remove bay leaf. Stir in the coconut milk, and extra above seasoning/spices to taste and serve. Happy #GymKitchen eating!

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 326 calories, 16g fat, 419mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, and 30g protein

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Your Sweet Tooth Should Know: 7 ways to crave less sugar

If I were to award a single food item with the title of ‘Fastest Way To Pack On The Pounds’, hands down the winner would be added sugar. 

We have been eating more and more sugar over the past 200 years, which has led to rising obesity numbers. Back in 1822 the average person ate only 6.3 lbs of sugar per year, compared to 130 lbs of sugar in 2012. That’s more than 20 times as much sugar in our modern diet! No wonder we are bigger than ever… 

One of the reasons that your diet is filled with so much sugar is that some form of added sugar is included in virtually every single processed food. This is yet another reason that it’s important to cut down on processed and packaged convenience foods. 

Cutting sugar from your diet is easier said than done. Once it is a part of your daily diet, cravings strike, causing you to eat it even more frequently. But there is hope. 

Here are 7 Ways To Crave Less of that Sugar that you’re eating that’s killing your results and keeping you from attaining your goal weight: 

1) Eat More Protein
A diet rich in protein keeps you full, satisfied and less likely to crave sweets. A great way to make sure that you are getting enough is to plan each meal and snack around a protein. Plan breakfast around eggs, lunch and dinner around baked chicken breast, and make snacks hard boiled eggs or baked meatballs. 

2) Use Artificial Sweeteners Sparingly
One of the biggest fitness myths out there is the idea that calorie-free, artificially sweetened beverages don’t impact your fat loss results. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is that the diet soda you’re sipping is making it harder for you to reach your goal weight. While the diet soda itself doesn’t contain calories, artificial sweeteners have been proven to cause cravings for sugary foods, when eaten alone. Decrease the diet sodas and instead pick up a refreshing bottle of spring water with a wedge of fresh squeezed lemon. 

3) Steer Clear Of Saboteurs
The sad truth is that people in your life will try to sabotage your low sugar diet. You’ll run into that pushy person at the office who insists that you eat a donut, the well-meaning family member who dishes you up a bowl of ice cream, and the friend who comes over with a plate of her home-baked cookies. The best avoidance strategy is to sincerely thank the sugar-pusher for their gift, tell them you wish you could eat it, and then BLAME ME – your trainer – as the bad guy who says that you need to cut back on sugar. 

4) Try Dark Chocolate
For those moments when your sweet tooth is relentlessly badgering you for something sweet, ditch the super-sugary candies and stick with a small square of very dark chocolate. Chocolate that is 70% or higher in cocoa content should be the only candy that you keep on hand. The antioxidant rich benefit of the cocoa, in addition to the lowered sugar content, makes dark chocolate an occasionally justifiable treat. 

5) Stick With Fruit
What’s sweet, colorful and comes in many flavors? Seasonal, fresh fruit, of course! As you remove refined sugar from your life, feel free to add in some natural sugar by way of fresh, local fruit. It’s amazing how satisfyingly sweet fruit is – it’s truly nature’s candy. 

6) Change Your Palate
As you begin to limit your intake of refined sugars, you’ll find that your tolerance for sugar decreases. This means that something that didn’t taste sweet before – say a green apple – now has an uncanny depths of sweetness. What’s happening is that your sweet receptors are becoming more finely tuned, now that you’re not overwhelming your palate with the sweet added sugar. 

7) Workout Like You Mean It
A regular, challenging exercise routine will not only get you into amazing shape, it also reduces your cravings for sugar. The endorphin rush brought on by vigorous exercise is an even more powerful feel-good-feeling than the pleasure gotten by indulging in sugary foods. 

GymKitchen: Healthy Low Sodium Hot Dogs…a Labor Day Staple!

Did you know the average hot dogs contains over 500mg of sodium? I challenge you to search for one that’s lower than what’s usually on your grill. Applegate makes a really good low sodiium hot dog…at only 330mg!

Here’s how my old favs stack up…Applegate Hot dog

  • Nathan’s  …648mg
  • Hebrew National…520mg
  • Ball Park…520mg

Applegate Analysis: One serving equals: 110 calories, 8 fat, 0g carbohydrate, 7g protien, 330mg sodium, 0g sugar, 0g fiber, 2.5g fiber

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GymKitchen: Spinach & Egg White Basil Pesto Wrap

This wrap is delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s ready in a flash, tastes amazing, and is filled with lean protein, veggies and whole sprouted grains. Try it today, but don’t be surprised if you get hooked! It’s already saved in MyFitnessPal just for you. Servings: 1

Here’s what you need:

Spinach Egg White Basil Pesto Wrap Recipe

Spinach Egg White Basil Pesto Wrap Recipe

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato, finely chopped, no seeds
  • 1 cup spinach, roughly chopped
  • 3 egg whites
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 sprouted grain tortilla
  • 1 Tablespoon Cibo Naturals pesto (or combine 1 cups basil leaves, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 fresh parmesan cheese, and 2 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil in a food processor and blend until it becomes a paste.)
  1. Spread a tablespoon of pesto over the tortilla and set aside.
  2. In medium sized skillet warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until golden. Add the tomato and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until it is soft and wilted. Remove the veggies from skillet, set aside in a bowl.
  3. Pour the egg whites into the skillet, season with pepper. Cook until the egg is no longer runny.
  4. Arrange egg whites in a line down the center of the tortilla. Top with veggies and then fold the ends up and wrap like a burrito.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 322 calories, 30g carbohydrate, 17g fat, 19g protein, 6g fiber, 254mg sodium, and 1g sugar.
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GymKitchen: Fruity Tuna Salad

Here’s a simple and light version of tuna salad. It cuts out high-calorie mayonnaise and adds some chopped fruit and vegetables to really liven it up. Interesting right?  Servings: 3 

Here’s what you need…

  • Fruity Tuna Salad Recipe

    Fruity Tuna Salad Recipe

    1 green apple, chopped

  • 2 green onions, tops only, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cans albacore tuna, in water, drained
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup red grapes, halved
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl and serve immediately. I like to serve this salad in large butter lettuce leaves. Happy #gymkitchen eating!

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 336 calories, 17g carbohydrate, 16g fat, 33g protein, 486mg sodium, 4g fiber, and 14g sugar.

Fruity Tuna Salad Nutrition

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3 Food Tricks for Faster Results

A challenging workout is an essential part of any fat loss plan. It sculpts your muscles, raises your resting metabolism, whittles down your waist and gives you functional strength and endurance.

The only catch is that you can seriously slow, or even reverse, your results by eating poorly. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as when you are working out like a champ only to face the same belly rolls each morning!

To keep you from giving up in frustration, I’ve put together the following 3 Easy Food Tricks to amp up your results.

Why am I calling these tricks? A trick usually implies that someone is getting fooled, and, well, in this scenario you’re that someone. These tricks will fool your taste-buds and your mouth into thinking that you’re eating your regular favorites, when, in fact, you’ll actually be eating a meal with fewer calories, fewer carbs and more fiber.

This means quicker fat loss and smaller belly rolls.

That sounds fantastic, right? So let’s dig right in…

Easy Food Trick #1: RICE
Rice is a big part of many a meal. There’s white rice, brown rice, stir fried rice, sticky rice, wild rice and the list goes on. All of these kinds of rice (yes, even brown rice) are packed with carb and calories. This is great, if you are a growing child or an athlete, but not so great for someone with a fat loss goal.

Rather than give up rice completely, because that would make your veggies and meat look really lonely on a half-empty plate, let’s turn to Easy Food Trick #1.

CAULIFLOWER RICE: Now, don’t get skeptical on me until you give this food trick a try. To make rice from cauliflower first wash it and trim the leaves and stems. Chop into small pieces and then run those pieces through a food processor with the grating attachment. This will result in a rice-like consistency. Place the cauliflower rice in a large skillet with a Tablespoon of olive oil and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Season and you are good to go. Serve your normal vegetable and meat dishes over a bed of cauliflower rice just as you would traditional rice. To much prep work? Then at least eat half the rice you usually do.

Easy Food Trick #2: NOODLES
Have you ever noticed that when you crave your favorite pasta dish, you’re actually just craving the sauce? Noodles alone are bland and unspectacular. The magic, as well as the protein, is in the sauce.

Noodles, like traditional rice, are packed with calories and carbs that get in the way of your fat loss results. So, rather than just eating a bowl of sauce, try Easy Food Trick #2.

ZUCCHINI NOODLES: Again, try this trick before you knock it, I’m guessing that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Wash a zucchini, and then run a vegetable peeler down its sides, creating long, wide noodles. Stop when you reach the inner, seedy part of the zucchini. These raw, zucchini noodles do not require any cooking, simply throw them onto your plate and top with your favorite pasta sauce. (Of course, I’m assuming that you’re not going to use a white, cream-based sauce, but that’s another article for another day.). Too much work for you? Then try zero calorie Shirataki Noodles instead.

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Easy Food Trick #3: BREAD, BUNS, TORTILLAS
Cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles are all find and dandy for those meals that you prepare at home, but what about your meals eaten out? Many restaurant meals revolve around bread, buns or tortillas. These things are tasty, yet filled with calories and carbs that add to those annoying belly rolls.

That’s when you turn to Easy Food Trick #3.

THE LETTUCE WRAP: This trick is more popular than the first two, so you may already be familiar with it. How does it work? When ordering your meal, be it a sandwich, burger or tacos, ask that it be wrapped in lettuce in place of the bread, bun or tortilla. Most places are really cool about it, and you end up getting to eat the good part of the meal – the meat and flavors—without the carb-filled extras. If for some reason the restaurant is unable to wrap it in lettuce for you, then ask for the filling to be placed on a pile of greens and eat it with a fork. I get the bunless burger at Red Robin every time I go! That way, I can eat my fries and not feel like I had a carb overload!

Try these 3 Easy Food Tricks out for the next 30 days, and see how quickly your fat loss results ramp up. The improved results will motivate you to workout harder and more consistently, which will then add to an even greater desire to eat better. Win win!

GymKitchen: Flax Meal Rustic Protein Pancakes Cakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Here’s a carb lovers recipe (saved in MyFitnessPal database  by Oh Fitness LLC) that’s also very nutrient dense. These pancakes are packed with protein and contain omega-3 fatty acid from the flax meal. Omega-3 fatty acids are not manufactured naturally in your body, and thus must come from your diet as they are essential for growth and development. Servings: 2

Here’s what you need…

Flax Meal Rustic Protein Cakes

Flax Meal Rustic Protein Cakes

  • 1 egg and 2 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup lowfat, no added salt Hood cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole grain cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon In The Raw Monk Fruit
  • 1/3 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Sliced banana *optional*
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Bake on a 350-degree griddle lightly greased with cooking spray.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 274 calories, 7g fat, 34g carbohydrate, 22g protein, 308mg sodium, 3g fiber, and 5g sugar.

Flaxmeal Rustic Protein Pancakes Cakes

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GymKitchen: White Bean Ratatouille Recipe

Ratatouille is a dish of cooked vegetables that originated in southern France. It is hearty and satisfying, like comfort food, with none of the guilt. This version contains white beans which add a slight protein kick with a wonderful texture. Serve it hot or cold, either way this dish is sure to please. This recipe is stored in MyFitnessPal.com for you by OhFitness!

Yield: 8 servings

White Bean Ratatouille

White Bean Ratatouille

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 large-size globe eggplant, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon water, for sautéing
  • 2 medium-size red onions, sliced
  • 3 medium-size zucchini, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch squares
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 5 plum tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup dry white beans (quick fix: 2 (15oz) cans white beans, drained and rinsed)
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  1. Cook white beans per instructions, except do not add salt. OR Use canned beans (Cannellini or Great Northern work best).
  2. Steam eggplant cubes for 10 minutes. Heat the water in a large-size saute pan, add olive oil, onions and cook, for 5 minutes.
  3. Add zucchini and bell peppers and cook, stirring often, for another 5 minutes. Add steamed eggplant and cook another 5 minutes, then add garlic.
  4. Add wine and stock. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-high and stir in tomatoes, parsley, thyme, oregano, and bay leaves. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add beans to skillet, stirring well to combine. Cook, uncovered, until vegetables are tender but not mushy and liquids have thickened, stirring occasionally for another 5 minutes. Season with Mrs. Dash or No-Salt to taste if needed.
  6. Remove skillet from heat, remove the bay leaves, and stir in chopped basil.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 219 calories, 9g fat, 28g carbohydrate, 8g protein, 83mg sodium, 8g sugar, and 11.5g fiber.

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GymKitchen: Smoked Salmon Omelet Recipe

It’s healthy, tastes great and is ready in just a few minutes—what more could you ask for in a breakfast? To make this scrumptious omelet into a bigger meal, serve it up with a piece of wheat toast and fresh fruit. All #GymKitchen recipes are saved in MyFitnessPal.com for you to easily track meals. Yield: 2 Servings 

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Smoked Salmon Omelet

Smoked Salmon Omelet

  • 3/4 cup egg whites (6 egg whites)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat cream cheese
  • 2 oz smoked salmon
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped chives
  • Garlic and pepper to taste
  1. Whisk together the egg whites, cream cheese, garlic and pepper. Coat a nonstick skillet with fresh olive oil spray and place over medium heat. Gently push the egg whites toward the center as they cook.
  2. When the eggs are almost set, place the salmon and chives on top. Cover the pan and cook for 30 additional seconds. Remove the lid and fold omelet in half. Cut in half and serve.
QUICK FIX: Cut ingredients in half (single serve). Place egg whites & seasoning in a microwave omelet maker and cook two minutes. Then place salmon, cream cheese and choves on top, and eat!

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals 177 calories, 3g carbohydrate, 10g fat, and 19g protein, 595mg sodium, 3g sugar.

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