High Protein White Smoothie

July 27, 2012



Sometime in life in order to move forward you have to take a leap of faith. Depending on the choices you’re facing it can be either a big one or a small one.

When it comes to food it’s rarely a big one. Even if it might take some courage to try a snake meat shred soup or monkey brains (yuk!) the worst that can happen is that you’ll spit it out or just get nauseated. No biggies.
So what I’m asking you today is to take a leap of faith and try this smoothie. It’s made with an unconventional ingredient: cannellini beans. But you’ll have to trust me when I say that you won’t taste them, and that this is an awesome smoothie.
A smoothie with the highest protein content ever. But that’s not all. The proteins come from all different sources: legumes, dairy, nuts, and protein powder. Also, since we’re not using fruits or juices it’s pretty low in sugars hence it can make a great alternative if you have friends and/or relatives that need to keep their blood sugar low.

How Often Should I Replace My Running Shoes?

July 26, 2012

I was talking to my friend Sam last week and he told me that lately he’s been experiencing some knee pain after his morning runs. I know from experience that knee pain should be taken very seriously and it's not something you wanna mess up with so I sat him down and started asking him all kind of questions. Turns out he’s been running on a pair of shoes that are at least 2 years old and that he’s also been using for walking, working out, shooting hoops and a number of other activities.
So I told him that before having his knee checked, he should try buy a brand new pair of running shoes and give it shot. He called me last night saying that he did as I told him and that he no longer experienced knees pain after running.
His story gives me the opportunity to talk about one of the most important things in running: replacing running shoes.

 

 

Popcorn: The Healthiest Snack

July 23, 2012

It is said that Native Americans discovered popcorn by chance when they threw some of the whole ears of the corn in the fire, and it suddenly started popping like crazy. Since then popcorn has become one of the favorite snacks all around the world.
Popcorn is easy to make, cheap and gets delightfully stuck in your teeth.  
And today we have one more reason to enjoy popcorn, as scientists have discovered that it’s packed with polyphenols the famous antioxidant.




Wanna Lose Weight? Keep A Food Journal, Don't Skip Meals And Eat Out Less Frequently

July 14, 2012

Losing weight is not a simple task. Even the most fit people may struggle when it comes to shed a couple of pounds. For instance, my target weight is 175 pounds, but in the last two weeks for some reason I have reached 178. It’s no big deal but in a triathlon race, when I push myself to the extreme those 3 extra pounds might make a difference. Thus I need to lose them. Now, I might be able to do it in just a couple of days but even I will need to stay focus and not indulge if I want to do it properly.
And that’s precisely what a recently published study claims: losing weight is no joke, and does not happen overnight. It takes focus, dedication and perfect planning.
In particular, researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have discovered that the recipe for success is faithfully keeping a food journal, avoid skipping meals and eat less out, especially at lunch time.



The above food journal can be downloaded from www.theprojectgirl.com


Have You Had Your Blueberries Today?

July 12, 2012

Let’s make a bet. If I win you’ll promise to eat only healthy foods for the remainder of the month. If I lose, I’ll do the same. But also if I win I’ll do the same. And also if you win you should do the same. It’s basically a win-win-win-win situation.
Anyway, I’ll bet that if you look around on the internet (or on magazines) for articles on the healthiest foods around (so-called “powerfoods”), blueberries will make the cut 9 times out of 10.
There’s a reason for that: blueberries are a health wonder; packed with vitamins, antioxidants and other precious nutrients.




Some Savvy Rules We Should Bring Back

July 9, 2012

Mondays are great days to think, ponder and, why not, even meditate about things that we’re doing wrong.
When I found this U.S. Food Administration manifesto, I was pretty excited because it does bring some relevant food for thought.
It’s simple, yet delivers savvy advice.



I wonder: where did we lose such great advice along the way? If we had just sticked to those 6 simple rules, today we would not be this nation of overweight/obese people, facing an health collapse.
Don’t you think?

The Iron You

An Ode To Greek Yogurt (The Perfect IronYou Food!)

July 8, 2012

Sometimes I wonder: “What my life would be without Greek yogurt?
I’m one of the biggest consumer of Greek yogurt in the whole world. My fridge is constantly stacked with huge amounts of Greek yogurt: 0%, 2%, plain, you name it.
When I feel like having a snack there’s nothing else I’d rather have than Greek yogurt.
Funny thing is that I don’t like regular yogurt but I’m totally hooked on Greek yogurt.
With Greek yogurt the combination are endless: blueberries, raspberries, nuts, honey, etc..everything goes well with it. Plus, it is a great substitute for mayo in all the recipes that call for the latter ingredient (such as chicken salad).
Last, but not least, the fact that it’s low in fat and carbs and super high in protein makes it a perfect IronYou food. Are you convinced? If not keep reading...




Pick The Right Dressing With Your Salad To Get All Health Benefits

July 6, 2012

The vegetables in salads are chock-full of important vitamins and nutrients, but you won't get much of their benefits if you’re not pairing them with the right type and amount of salad dressing, a Purdue University study shows.
And not surprisingly researchers have found out that olive oil works the magic when it comes to boosting health benefits and control calories.




Watermelon: A Perfect Weight Loss Food!

July 4, 2012

First question: who doesn’t love diving into a juicy, crisp, slice of watermelon when it’s toasty outside?
It’s probably the most refreshing fruit one can think of and a great friend when it comes to fight the heat. But watermelon does much more than that as it is one of the most recommended fruits when it comes to weight loss. To the point that some dietitians have created a “watermelon diet”.