Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup
November 17, 2015
Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup
by Minsun Park

Get your stretchy pants ready, it’s time for the season’s eatings. Although this holiday is more about counting your blessings and not your calories, there’s no greater blessing than continued good health. And to that end, here’s a quick recipe roundup of healthier versions of some Thanksgiving dishes to check out, with a couple of recipes direct from superstar trainer Rebecca Kennedy. Chestnut Hummus with Pita Chips Since most Hanukkah recipes are deep-fried in oil, this healthy recipe by Busy in Brooklyn puts a Thanksgiving spin on the classic Israeli hummus dish by using roasted chestnuts instead. RECIPE HERE: Busy in Brooklyn                             Walnut Oil-Basted Parmesan Turkey Read More

Abs Are Made In The Kitchen: Chef Jon Rollo Gives Us His Recipe
November 5, 2015
Abs Are Made In The Kitchen: Chef Jon Rollo Gives Us His Recipe

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop owner, Chef Jon Rollo, may be immersed in the food industry, but he still maintains an ultra fit physique. (Seriously, if it weren’t a total health code violation, he could probably scrub potatoes on those washboard abs over the kitchen sink).  Barry’s tapped his unique expertise in fitness and years of culinary experience in designing healthy gourmet recipes to create the original menu and shake recipes for the Fuel Bar. He sat down with us for a quickie Q & A to give us the skinny on what he eats pre and post workout to maximize his gains and stay lean with his hectic schedule, running five different restaurant locations spread throughout LA and Orange County.  [Editor’s note: we Read More

Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
October 21, 2015
Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
by Minsun Park

We get it America,  you really really love pumpkin flavored stuff (i.e. that spice symphony of nutmeg, ginger and cloves). But most pumpkin-flavored snacks don’t have any actual pumpkin inside and taste like a pumpkin-scented Yankee candle. Real pumpkins have a mellow, squash-like flavor and they’re nutritional powerhouses that are high in fiber, low in calories and packed with iron and nutrients like Vitamin A. Pure pumpkin puree in a can is a genius way of adding a healthy, seasonal food to your fall favorites without extra sugar and additives. In this recipe, we simply substituted a can of organic pumpkin puree to a box of yellow cake to make pumpkin muffins – no butter, oil and eggs necessary. You can look Read More

Three Healthy Breakfast Bowls
September 25, 2015
Three Healthy Breakfast Bowls
by Amina AlTai

To say that I love smoothies is the understatement of the millennium! What’s not to love?! They are delicious glasses of blended goodness usually packed with all the macronutrients a guy/gal needs to take on the world! #amiright?! But dare I say it; sometimes I need a break from drinking my breakfast. Enter the smoothie bowl; the only way a smoothie could possibly get any better. Anything I can pile healthy toppings onto is excellent by me. Here are three super-quick recipes for kick-a$$ smoothie bowls that will have you saying “I pitaya the fool who doesn’t have one.” Dragon Bowl If you’re equally delighted by the look as well as the taste of your food, this bad boy is Read More

Healthy Fast Food Hacks
September 1, 2015
Healthy Fast Food Hacks

We all have those days. You’re rushing between meetings and don’t have time to stop or shop for a real meal. You’re at the airport, you can’t bear the thought of those miserable airline “snack plates,” but all the terminal has is a collection of fast food joints. Your kids are clamoring for McDonald’s and you just don’t have the energy say “no” again. How do you eat healthily when faced with the prospect of deep fried golden arches or a Flaming Hot Sour Cream ‘n Onion Doritos Locos Nachito Supreme (we didn’t make that up. Okay, we kinda did). This doesn’t just happen to mere mortals, it happens to our trainers as well. And many of them have figured Read More

Healthy Watermelon Popsicles
August 13, 2015
Healthy Watermelon Popsicles
by Minsun Park

It’s back to school time, but the stickiest days of summer are still upon us, and nothing is as refreshing as a juicy, sweet popsicle. But who needs the added sugar or artificial coloring when you can DIY these ridiculously easy watermelon ice pops that require only one ingredient (duh, watermelon). If you want to replenish much needed electrolytes post-workout, here’s a sweet and frosty alternative that’s tastier than coconut water and any other sports drink on the market. Watermelon is the ultimate juicy fruit: it’s 92% water and vitamins A, B6, C, lycopenes, antioxidants, amino acids and even potassium. Studies have shown that watermelon juice can also reduce muscle soreness after a grueling workout, so you can replace much Read More

Rehydrate Right: Homemade Sports Drinks
August 6, 2015
Rehydrate Right: Homemade Sports Drinks
By Amina AlTai

Nothing says accomplishment like the beads of sweat pouring off your body after a workout. Most of us wear our gym sweat as a badge of honor, showcasing to the rest of the world how much we’ve accomplished before they’ve even brushed their teeth. The more sweat, the more badass. However, it’s not just hard-burned calories and sweat we’ve left on the treadmill, it’s electrolytes too. Our bodies are made up of about 70% water and the fluid in our bodies is full of electrolytes. Not enough water or electrolytes can lead to headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps, dry mouth and lips and other un-sexy symptoms. So, to make sure we keep that pout perfect, and that hard-earned body free from Read More

The Best Supplements For Inside and Out
July 22, 2015
The Best Supplements For Inside and Out
by Casey Sharbaugh

  We know that certain supplements, such as protein, are crucial for fitness enthusiasts.  However, what about supplements that make us look good as well? Although the fitfam certainly favors physical attributes including defined abs and strong arms as signs of beauty, we also don’t mind glowing skin, healthy hair and strong nails. To figure out how to enhance our naturally-given attributes, we caught up with registered dietician Amanda Foti from Selvera for the scoop on what we should be adding to our diets so that we can look just as good on the outside as we feel on the inside.   Q: Are supplements always necessary, or can we get our nutrients through eating certain foods? Is one option Read More

9 Ways to Save Time & Money with Meal Prep
July 3, 2015
9 Ways to Save Time & Money with Meal Prep
by Amina AlTai

Meal prep is an essential part of many busy fitness fanatics’ lives. However, the usual grilled chicken and broccoli made on a Sunday and eaten five days in a row can get hideously boring and uninspiring. Here are 9 meal-prep hacks to take your meals from blah to brilliant. When you’re trying to save time and money, it’s important to focus on a few key ingredients that you can prepare several different ways, or different ingredients that you can prepare the same way. You’ll get what I’m saying… just read on. Buy your favorite source of protein, and cook 3 versions of it in the same pan: If you love chicken or turkey, buy lots of it. First, use aluminum Read More

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Summer Sips: Healthy Summer Cocktails
June 24, 2015
Summer Sips: Healthy Summer Cocktails
By Amina AlTai

Summer is finally here! At last, we get to show off those toned gams and bulging biceps we’ve been working so hard on all winter. With the summer season also comes summer soirees filled with calorific dips, desserts and drinks. If you want to keep looking fit and fierce, but still enjoy your adult beverages, try these healthier summers sips we’ve put together just for you. They’ll definitely get you buzzed but keep you looking buff. What more could you ask for from a cocktail? The Pro-jito This one is a favorite of mine and is a healthy take on the mojito. It tastes just like the real thing, but has significantly less sugar and calories plus it’s filled with Read More