- 1 jicama, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
Place the jicama piece on a platter. Sprinkle them with lime juice and chili powder. Serve immediately.
Place the jicama piece on a platter. Sprinkle them with lime juice and chili powder. Serve immediately.
Planning to spend quality time with your better half this valentine’s day? Why not try out activities that not only bring out the love but also promotes good health for both of you. Check out our top 5 suggestions of activities that promotes good health and love this Valentines Day.
1. Take a Hike.
Spend quality time with your sweetheart by taking a morning hike. Communing with nature is always a great way to rid yourself of stress. Plus walking regularly can help you lower blood pressure, improve your moods, and boost your energy. Good company, great conversation, and breathtaking views definitely sounds like the perfect valentines day escapade.
2. Dance your heart out.
Planning to go out for a Valentines day dinner? Why not include dancing in your agenda. Whether it’ll be in a club, garden, beach, or rooftop, twirling around with a hot date on your arm is a fun way to exercise, plus its a classic and nothing beats classic!
3. Go for a tandem bike ride.
A fun way to practice teamwork, you’ll surely get a good laugh out of it. Head out to the local park or to some scenic view outside the city. You can opt to bring a picnic basket with you and just talk the rest of the day away, enjoying the good food and each other’s company.
4. Go Kayaking.
Are you into water activities? Why not go out kayaking this valentines. Hop on to a love boat and start paddling. This is also a good way to practice teamwork.
5. Get a massage.
Not in the mood for any outdoor activity? Why don’t you treat yourself and your partner to a massage. Massages helps reduce stress and anxiety. It is also a good excuse to get some hands-on time with your valentine. Who knows, you might even get a kiss or two.
Whatever activity you may have planned out, the FMD community wishes you a Happy and Healthy Valentines Day. Share the love!
Blend all the ingredients and the ice cubes in a blender until smooth.
Too much of anything is not good for our health. Especially consuming too much food and drinks that are high in sugar; this can lead to diseases like diabetes. A lot of us are carefully watching our consumption, but there are some food and drinks we wouldn’t expect to contain lots of sugar. We only expect that it needs to be sweet for the food to be considered as high in sugar. Some products that are labeled as “low-fat” and “light” actually contains more sugar than the regular one’s. So here are food and drinks you didn’t know that contains too much sugar:
Although yogurt is rich in nutrients, not all of them are good for you. There are a lot of so called low-fat yogurts that has too much sugar in them to enhance their flavor. A single cup can contain as much as 47 grams of sugar. Its better to have full-fat or Greek yogurt since it has more nutrients compared to low-fat and yogurt that has been sweetened with sugar.
This is unexpected for most of us, but this popular condiment is actually rich in sugar. Keep your portions smaller when using ketchup. A tablespoon of ketchup contains 1 teaspoon of sugar.
These may seem to be a healthy option for most of us who are into an active lifestyle and sports. Although they are designed to hydrate and fuel the body, sport drinks actually has added sugars in them that are absorbed and used for energy. They are categorized as “sugary drinks” like soda and fruit juice, and are linked to obesity and metabolic disease. A 20-oz bottle can have 32 grams of sugar and 159 calories. It’s better to stick with water when you exercise, unless you’re an elite athlete or running a marathon.
Even though it is high in calories and sugar granola is often marketed as a low-fat health food. It contains oats as the main ingredient which has protein, fiber, carbs and fat. Despite that granola also contains honey and other sweeteners that add up to the amount of sugar and calories. 100 grams of granola can have as much as 6 teaspoons of sugar. Choose granola that has less sugar or try making your own. Mix it with fruits or yogurt, rather than consuming the whole bowl.
These are really popular with fitness and health buffs. Protein rich food can make you feel fuller and help in weight loss. There are many healthier protein bars we can find, many still has up to 30 grams of sugar in them, also like to a candy bar. Choose a protein bar with less sugar or opt for high protein food instead.
Fruits have natural sugars in them. Canned fruits are sometimes peeled and added with sugary syrups to preserve them. Despite being a healthy snack, the process actually lessens the fiber in the fruit and increase the amount of unnecessary sugar in them. Canning also destroys Vitamin C since its heat-sensitive. Having a whole, fresh fruit is better than eating canned one’s. Opt for canned fruit preserved in juice rather than syrup, since it has lower sugar content.
Popularly used as a marinade and even as a dip, barbecue sauce contains sugar as well. 2 tablespoons of it can have 14 grams of sugar. Also as much as 40% of the weight of a barbecue sauce maybe pure sugar. Use it in moderation so that you won’t consume too much sugar. Check the labels and choose the sauce with lesser amounts of sugar in them.
Cereals are an easy option for a fast and easy breakfast meal. Eating it every day can increase your sugar consumption. Cereals that are made for children have high amounts of sugar in them, as much as 12 grams for a small 1 ounce box. Choose a cereal that is high in fiber and doesn’t contain added sugar.
There is added sugar in unassuming food like spaghetti sauce. Since they’re mostly made from tomatoes, they contain natural sugar in them, but most sauces have extra sugar in their ingredients. Always check the label and choose the one that doesn’t have sugar in the ingredients.
It is usually chilled tea sweetened with sugar or flavored with syrup. Commercially prepared iced teas will contain around 33 grams of sugar per 12 oz serving, which is equivalent to a can of Coke.
Some of us skip cardio workout, since it tends to be time consuming. But, did you know you can achieve faster results from short cardio exercises. Going for a fast and energetic cardio workout can burn more calories and speeds up your metabolism better than slow and steady running. These short and intense exercises can improve you cardiovascular health as much as running. So here are the quick cardio workouts you can do at home:
You should do 1 set of each workout without any rest and take note of the time it took you to complete the circuit. Then you can rest twice that time and repeat the circuit. If you can finish the first circuit in 90 seconds, skip your rest period.
1. Body-Weight Squat: 36 reps
2. Body-Weight Alternating Lunge: 18 reps for each leg
3. Boy-Weight Split Jump: 18 reps for each leg
4. Body Weight Jump Squat: 36 reps
You can repeat the series twice without resting. Do this for 3 rounds.
1. Body-Weight Jump Squat: To do this, lower your body until you thighs parallel the flow. After that jump as high as you can. Repeat this for 20 seconds.
2. Body-Weight squat: Do as many reps as you can within 20 seconds.
3. Isometric Squat: Lower your body until your thighs is parallel to the floor and pause. Hold the position for 30 seconds.
For this part you can choose between option 1 or 2. You need to alternate the two exercises without resting. For the first round, do 10 reps each. For the second do 9 reps, after that, do 8 reps for the third round and so on. Go as low as you can until you reach zero. If you reached zero, you will start with 11 reps for the second week.
1. Single-arm Dumbbell Swing
In an overhand grip, hold a dumbbell at arm’s length in front of you waist. Bend at your hips and knees, and then lower your torso until it’s at a 45-degrees angle to the floor. Swing the dumbbell between your legs and then thrust your hips forward and swing the dumbbell up to the chest level as you stand. Then reverse the move, and repeat.
2. Squat Thrust
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides. Push your hips back, bend your knees, and then lower your body as low as you can into a squat. Now kick your legs backward so that you’re in a push up position. Then quickly bring your legs back to a squat. Stand up quickly and repeat the entire move.
1. Body-Weight Jump Squat
2. Explosive Push-Up
Assume a push up position; your hands should be slightly beyond shoulder width. Your body should form a straight line from your ankles to your head. Bend your elbows and lower body until your chest nearly touches the floor. Press yourself up with enough force that your hands leave the floor.
Craving for something spicy and clamoring for an exciting meal? Try out this Chipotle Grilled Chicken recipe and enjoy a hot and spicy dinner, a-la-mexican style.
Chipotle Grilled Chicken
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Green Beans
For the Chicken
For the Sweet Potatoes
For the Green Beans
Have a spicy, hearty, healthy meal!
Enjoying a glass of this green miracle of a smoothie is a great way to jump-start your morning. Mixed with honey-dew melon, you will sure love this sweet drink of good health. Read on, have a go, and enjoy this Sweet Melon Kale Elixir – Phase 1 recipe.
Makes: 2 Servings
Are you gadget savvy? Are you always on the look-out for the latest fitness or workout apps? If you’re not, then now is definitely the best time to start. There are lots of gadgets and downloadable apps available today that are handy in monitoring your heart rate, distance progress, and other vital signs, when you’re exercising. Check out these fitness gadgets that you could use to help you achieve your fitness goals.
This tiny activity tracker can be worn as a watch, pendant, or bracelet. It tracks your movements and activities so you can set your goals and monitor your progress with its corresponding app in your phone. The best part is, it’s also waterproof so you can use it when you’re into water-based workout routines.
Are you monitoring your eating portions and habits? If yes, then HAPIfork is for you. It has a built-in sensor that notifies the user through small vibrations when they’re eating too fast. This amazing fork gadget helps you reduce your eating pace, duration and even amount of food intake. It can also measure intervals in between fork servings per minute. The data can be tracked with the app that goes with it. HAPIfork is also dishwasher-friendly.
Finis Neptune uses bone conduction audio to let you hear music without the need for ear buds. It makes clearer ad louder music even if you’re submerged underwater. Finis Neptune has 4GB built-in storage, rechargeable battery that last for 8 hours and an OLED screen. Perfect for fitness junkies who are also music addicts.
This app is definitely for cycling enthusiasts. Sportiiiis can be mounted on your sunglasses and you can track your speed, heart rate, etc. via voice prompt with its Heads-Up display.
This is no ordinary weighing scale. Fitbit Aria also weighs your Body Mass Index (BMI) and body fat percentage. It allows up to 8 users, and stored data can be transferred to your computer with its wire-less connectivity. Fitbit Aria can also be sync with your smartphone to notify you whenever you reach a fitness goal.
This high-tech bottle can release up to 1.5 scoops of whey-protein mix or other powders with just a push of a button. You won’t need to carry multiple bottles with Umoro One. With its built-in ‘ball’ you are assured that your powder is mixed well especially hard-to-dissolve ones. Perfect storage for your workout drinks.
Sensoria Smart Sock
This gadget gives feedback to the smart sock which then relays pressure signals in your ankle area. It also comes with an app that helps you track your movement and a virtual coach for tips on pacing and landing your feet correctly. Sensoria Smart Sock is washable and very comfortable.
Amigo Fitness Bracelet
This band comes in two, one to be worn on your wrist, the other, strapped to your shoe, to capture both lower and upper body movements. Amigo Fitness bracelet can differentiate movements from swimming, hiking, football and even with cardio and weight equipment. It can sync via Bluetooth and works with other apps as well.
The perfect gadget for action sports enthusiast, Trace can be used for surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. The device can be mounted your board where it can track the tricks you landed, speed, and height. The data goes to the smartphone app.
ISpO2 Pulse Oximeter
ISpO2 Pulse Oximeter tracks and trends blood oxygenation levels, pulse rate and Perfusion Index. It can be plugged to any iOS device, an ideal gadget for health buffs.
There you have it, lots of gadget options you can use to help you stay on track in your journey to a healthy life. Matched with commitment and perseverance, achieving those fitness goals you have set for yourself will surely become a reality in the very near future.
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