Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Hello All! I came across this interesting fact about beer the other day. Since, I've been known to consume a few pints of the good stuff I wanted to share this with you all. The old notion that "beer is all empty calories" isn't true. It's also a rich source of silicon, a bone-building nutrient that can help ward off osteoporosis. A study conducted by Charles Bamforth, Ph. D. at the University of California at Davis and his team revealed not all brews yield the same level of silicon content. At the top of the list was Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA. I can tell you from experience one of these beers will do you! It's an extreme bitter and high alcohol content of almost 9%. At the bottom of the list was the light beer category. So whether you like a darker beer with flavor or your old friend light beer remember that you are building bone density with every delicious sip. CHEERS, Trainer Todd
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Grilled Swordfish with Tomato and Cucumber Salsa
1 1/4 pounds plum tomatoes, halved crosswise
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
4 (8 ounce) swordfish steaks about 1 inch thick
Heat the broiler or light the grill. Coat the tomato halves with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Broil the tomatoes cut side down, until the skins start to blacken, about 10 minutes. Slip off the skins and put the tomatoes in a medium glass bowl. Add the cucumber, lemon juice, dill, and stir to break up the tomatoes to combining all ingredients thoroughly. Coat the swordfish with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Grill or broil the fish for 4 minutes. Turn and cook until golden brown and just done, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Serve with salsa.
calories 339 kcal, carbs 8g, dietary fiber 2g, fat 12g, protein 46g, sugars 5g
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Watermelon and Feta Salad
2 pounds of watermelon, rind removed cut into squares
1 cup Greek feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup fresh mint leaves, cut into thin strips, or left whole
1 cup mixed baby greens
Lemon Olive Oil Dressing
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup extra- virgin olive oil
Cut the watermelon into large chunks. Place melon onto plate. Sprinkle the cheese, mint, and greens on the watermelon. Then make the dressing: Place sea salt and lemon juice in a jar with a lid and shake to blend. Add the oil and shake once more. Taste for seasoning, then add the dressing to the salad. The dressing will keep up to three days in the refrigerator. Serves four.
Calories per serving: 270 Carbs: 21g Protein: 7g Fat: 20g
Watermelon is a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant that may lower risk of developing certain types of cancer, cadiovascular disease, and macular degeneration. Pair the salad with a few slices of toasted French bread for lunch.
Recipe provided by Patricia Wells
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer
Paige Waehner, About.comWe all need a little help with exercise sometimes, whether we're just starting out or we've been at it for a long time. Still, there are people who shy away from training, unsure of what they'll get out of the experience or whether it's worth the money. Take a look at just a few reasons people typically hire personal trainers and see if it's the right decision for you.
Knowing how to set up a balanced schedule that includes all the activities you need to do can be confusing. The great thing about a trainer is that he can help you maximize your time while helping you stay within your own limits so you don't overdo it. He can also help you set goals and map out a specific schedule so you know when, how and where you'll fit in your workouts.