Friday, April 29, 2011

Perfect Guilt-Free Dessert

by:  Tara Fuller
The 17-day diet has become the rage with many of my friends trying to adapt a healthier lifestyle.  And although everyone seems to be pleased with their increased energy, clearer skin and weight loss, sugar cravings continues to be a battle.

Here is a healthy, no guilt treat that is chalk full of probiotics, fiber and protein, all of which are all allowed during cycle one of the plan. It is so delicious I've been making it for years with the exception of Truvia in place of sugar.

1c Greek Yogurt
1 Apple
1 Packet of Truvia

Place yogurt in a bowl and sprinkle with Truvia.  In a separate bowl, wash and chop 1 small apple into bite size pieces and sprinkle with cinnamon, which is one ingredient that has been linked to boost metabolism. Microwave a minute or so until soft.  Pour onto cold yogurt, stir and ENJOY. If you sprinkle a little granola (just a little, it's very high in calories) on top, it tastes just like apple pie without the guilt.

Please let me know what you think?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

How Many Calories Does Jumping Rope Burn

by:  Tara Fuller

How many calories does jump roping burn? On average, skipping rope burns about 11 calories per minute. If you crank up the intensity of your jumps, you can burn in the neighborhood of 20 calories per minute.
It’s easy to see why this exercise is easily one of the best cardio activities you can try.
You can jump rope anywhere – indoors, outdoors, on a side of a road – all you need is a jump rope. Jumping rope builds cardiovascular endurance and works almost every muscle in your body.

Unlike walking, which incidentally is another great calorie-burning exercise, jumping rope is not considered a low-impact activity, but it nicely complements walking.
Whether you need to lose some weight or just want to maintain or even improve your fitness level, try this exercise routine: walk at your top speed for 5 minutes, then jump rope for 1 minute, keep switching between walking and jumping rope for a total of 30 minutes.
Aim for three walking/jumping sessions three times a week for two weeks.