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PB2 Peanut Butter with 85% Less Fat Calories

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 10:56 AM Comments comments (11)
When I first heard of PB2 I was skeptical; powdered peanut butter? I figured there had to be a lot of chemicals in them, but when I read the nutritional info it is peanuts with a little sugar and salt; 45 calories for 2 tbs instead of the usual 180 and up. It has 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.They basically suck most of the oil out of it and dry it out.
 
After looking online, I decided to get it from Netrition.com because it was inexpensive and has a flat $4.99 shipping fee. There is the regular version and a version with some chocolate.
 
All you do is add one part water to two parts PB2 until it has a smooth consistency like other peanut butters. It also makes it easy for taking on trips and if you are a backpacker, this could be a staple for you. The taste is pretty good. I also have added it to oatmeal and smoothies.
 

Make Healthier Choices When Going Out for Mexican

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM Comments comments (9)
It's tough trying to make good choices in Mexican restaurants. Here are a few things to help you make it a bit healthier, but still be able to enjoy yourself.
 
  • When you sit down, order a side of grilled vegetables to eat with salsa instead of chips. You'll still get the great salsa taste and the crunch. You might even enjoy your meal more since you won't already be full when your meal arrives because you devoured half a basket of chips.
  • Margaritas have a lot of sugar in them from the mix on top of the alcohol calories. Find out if the restaurant uses fresh lime juice and ask for more of that and less of the mix. Lots of bartenders get requests for skinny margaritas and will accomodate you. An alternative is a tequilla gimlet with a salted glass and a dash of lime juice, or simply trade in the margarita for a beer and save yourself hundreds of calories.
  • If you really want a margarita, don't order it until your dinner is ready. If you order one first thing and you finish it before the dinner comes, you are more likely to order a second.
  • Fajitas usually come with a lot of high fat/high calorie sides like sour cream and cheese. Ask to replace these with some fresh pico de gallo which is all vegetables.
  • Instead of dishes that are baked in a lot of cheese and sauce like enchiladas, order fajitas that have meat, vegetables and the fixings on the side. That way if you indulge in sour cream, cheese, and guacamole you can control the amount used and get a portion. You also don't have to eat all of the tortillas that come with it.
 

Omron Pedometer: A Step in the Right Direction

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM Comments comments (44)
Now that I keep hearing that we need to get 10,000 steps in a day for abolute minimum activity, I decided to get a pedometer. After reading reviews, I chose this the Omron based on simplicity and accuracy and hoped the reviews would meet expectations. I have the Omron HJ 112 which probably has an updated version, but this one is great if you can still get it.

I've been very happy with this pedometer. Once I got the stride adjusted, I was amazed with the accuracy. I had no idea what 10,000 steps were and at my sit down job, I barely get in 4,000 steps. I've started taking a daily walk around the industrial parking lot where I work which is a mile. It really pumps up the step count. On a couple of nights when it wasn't too cold, I decided to walk to pick up my takout dinner just to get the steps in.

So, I'm sold. The only warning I have is to make sure to use the safety strap around your belt loop and not just the clip. Otherwise, you might find yourself in the situation I was in where I accidentally knocked off the pedometer as the toilet was flushing in a public restroom. The toilet had such force that it suck away my gadget which relieved me of having to decide whether or not to stick my hand in there to remove it. Given the situation, I was OK with making a re-purchase.

Have a Little Gym Etiquette, Please!

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 10:28 AM Comments comments (9)
Yes, it happened again today. I got up early and headed for a great Sunday workout at the gym thinking it would be empty and I could have a peaceful workout. When I got there it was pretty empty, but the few people there managed to annoy me. I think we need some gym legislation that requires gym goers to pass a gym etiquette test before they are allowed to work out. If I owned a gym, here would be my rules:

-If you pick up weights from the rack, step away from the rack for your workout. Otherwise, no one else can get to the weights. You have an entire gym to work out. Do you really need to be that close to the mirror? Not to mention you might clock someone in the head like the idiot who almost did that to me this morning.

-Don't use the gym equipment as your personal table for you drinks, cell phones, water bottles, etc. Otherwise, other paying members cannot use the equipment. This also goes for sitting on the equipment for 20 minutes and doing nothing, but chatting.

-Feel free to socialize with other members, but have some class. Is it really appropriate to discuss the details of your divorce in this public forum?

-If you show up late for a class, go to a spot where there is room. Don't put your yoga mat or step practically on top of mine.

-Working out makes whatever is on your body smell more. As I am working out and breathing heavily, I don't want to smell your bad BO, cigarette smoke, or perfume and cologne.

-The same goes for what is in your body. If you had too many beans for lunch, maybe you should skip the gym class where a room full of people are enclosed in a hot room being subjected to your stink bombs.

-Wipe down your equipment. I don't want to sit in my own butt sweat, so I certainly don't want to sit in yours.

-No excessive grunting that sounds like you are passing a bowling ball.

Garmin Forerunner GPS Wristwatch

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 10:24 AM Comments comments (111)
I love my Garmin Forerunner. I have the 305 which is an older version.
 It is a GPS wristwatch. I've taken it out several times now on bike rides, walks, and hikes. You just press the button when you begin and press it again when you stop. It not only logs how far you went, but you can download the information into the Garmin software and it give you a detailed map of your travels and keeps other stats such as the time it took. If you stop and go along the way, all of the data is store until you download it.

It also has a heart rate monitor. It works fine, but the number on the screen is so small, I could barely read it. I sent an email to Garmin and they gave me instructions on how to customize the screen and now I can read it even in the dimmed light of the spinning class.
 

Magic Bullet for Healthy Shakes

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 10:19 AM Comments comments (15)
I love the Magic Bullet. Well, I don't have the real one, but a knock of Bella Cuccina, but it's the same concept. It is so easy to use and is very easy clean up. Just put your ingredients into the cup, blend it up, and then you can drink right from the same cup. II always keep frozen fruit on hand so I'm always ready to go.

The Target near me now sells frozen fruit on the cheap. Bananas are also a staple of mine. If you are stuck with more ripe bananas than you know what to do with, you can slice them, put them in a ziplock and pop them in the freezer. They don't have a really long freezer life, but it gives you more time before they go bad.

I typically throw some skim milk, frozen fruit and a fresh banana and blend. I've also used yogurt in the mix. When I want to be real decadent, I'll throw in a sugar free chocolate pudding. It is my version of low fat/low cal shake.

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