The Trouble With “Cheat Meals”
May 6, 2015
The Trouble With “Cheat Meals”
by Minsun Park

In the fitness world, the “cheat meal” is the ultimate happy meal. Cheat days are more anticipated than Christmas, Hanukkah, your birthday and any other national holiday combined. If you’re in a committed, long-term relationship with a healthy, clean-eating lifestyle, what’s the harm in “cheating” once or twice a week? Actually, nothing at all. Food is meant to be pleasurable, as well as provide sustenance. That’s why we have taste buds. But here are some reasons you might want to reconsider being a cheater. PSYCHOLOGICAL BAGGAGE The problem isn’t the fact that you’re indulging in fun foods, the problem is that the word “cheat” is loaded with all kinds of psychological baggage, when it’s just, you know, food. Delicious food Read More

10 Sneaky Ways to Eat More Vegetables
March 27, 2015
10 Sneaky Ways to Eat More Vegetables
by Marissa Vicario

  The average American eats just three servings of fruit and vegetables a day, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Regardless of whether that includes you, the one thing almost everyone can do to improve their diet is eat more vegetables. Why not? Veggies are filling, loaded with antioxidants and the source of most of the nutrients your body needs to thrive. They’re also delicious. If you struggle with eating enough vegetables or would like to sneak in more, here are 10 easy ways to make that happen starting with your next trip to the supermarket. Green Your Smoothie:Toss a handful (or two) of greens into your morning or post-workout smoothie. Spinach and kale work best because they won’t overpower Read More

Persimmon 101: The Nutritional Powerhouse You’re Not Eating
November 20, 2014
Persimmon 101: The Nutritional Powerhouse You’re Not Eating
by Jennifer Krohn, MS RD

  As summer has come to a close, we find ourselves missing the delicious fruit and vegetables we have been accustomed to over the past few months. However, we welcome a fall harvest that brings a bounty of new and familiar flavors. We can start enjoying winter squashes like pumpkin and butternut squash, hardy greens, and of course all different types of apples and pears. One of my favorite, and less common fall fruits that is in season for a short window, is the persimmon. The two most well-known varieties are the Hachiya and Fuyu persimmons. HACHIYA PERSIMMON The Hachiya persimmon has a soft and sweet flesh when ripe that can be used in place of jam and is often Read More

Our Favorite Healthy Food Blogs
October 28, 2014
Our Favorite Healthy Food Blogs
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by Emma Inkester We Bootcampers love our healthy foods, but we also love a pretty plate, and we especially enjoy subscribing to all the great bloggers out there who give us reams of wonderful recipes and ideas to give inspiration and motivation. Happily, we’ve moved beyond the days when healthy eating meant just a chicken breast and some steamed broccoli. You can even keep up your clean eating routine and enjoy healthy versions of the kinds of treats that are normally pumped full of refined sugar and rubbish (in moderation of course – dried fruit may not contain refined sugar but it still packs a major sugary punch). So here’s a run down of some of our favourite healthy food Read More

Dining Out the Healthy Way
August 7, 2014
Dining Out the Healthy Way
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Barry’s Bootcamp and Taste Savant started partnering and collaborating earlier this year on a city level. Here we bring you the first joint blog post which we hope readers in all cities and fans of both companies will enjoy, written by Taste Savant’s COO, Shelby Beierle and Barry’s Instructor, Noah Neiman. From Shelby, Taste Savant: I love eating out and I work for a company that is all about eating out. Ding, ding, ding – a lethal combination! Which means (sigh), many nights out I have to stay on track even in front of some fabulous food. I don’t think I’m alone when I say it’s oh so very, very hard and even when I think I’ve done a decent Read More

Healthy 5 Minute Breakfasts!
June 19, 2014
Healthy 5 Minute Breakfasts!

By Anna Dickens Do you regularly rush out the door in the morning without grabbing a bite to eat? If so, consider this your wake-up call: Skipping breakfast is the ultimate nutrition no-no, a rookie mistake that could hinder your fitness and weight loss goals. Eating a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning turbo-charges your metabolism and keeps hunger at bay, helping you stay on track with your diet. In some studies, individuals who failed to fuel up in the a.m. were almost 450 percent more likely to be obese or overweight. We repeat: 450 percent. There’s no fighting numbers like that. But before you hop aboard the breakfast train, a word of caution: What you consume in the Read More

Have a Negative (Food) Attitude!
June 12, 2014
Have a Negative (Food) Attitude!

by Baz Hawkins Negative calorie foods – they exist? It’s like discovering unicorns are real, right? But they do exist – negative calorie foods that is… and hopefully unicorns. But how’s that possible and where can I find them, you ask? Well, there’s a list of some negative calorie foods at the end of this article, but keep reading if you want to find out how they work. Calories in & calories out Calories fuel your body. (Duh, you say.) One calorie is the energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. (Huh, you say.) Just keep reading. Hopefully, you know that if you eat more calories than you need (for normal metabolic Read More

Best Foods for a Six-Pack
June 4, 2014
Best Foods for a Six-Pack

By Anna Dickens You’ve probably heard it a million times before, and it’s true: abs are made in the kitchen. Or, as put a different way, abs are made in the gym but revealed in the kitchen. It’s that old 80/20 rule: results are 80 percent nutrition, 20 percent exercise. In other words, if you aren’t seeing progress, stop blaming your trainer and start cutting out the crap from your diet (that’s your cue to put down that cupcake!) To get some flat-belly pointers, we spoke to the abdominal king himself, Barry’s Bootcamp Nashville trainer Josh Gamble (who, if you don’t know already, was rated one of Shape magazine’s 50 hottest trainers in America!) According to Josh, in order to Read More

Instagrammies for Best Healthy Food Porn: 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow
May 6, 2014
Instagrammies for Best Healthy Food Porn: 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow

If the internet is for porn and funny cats, then Instagram is definitely for food porn. There’s just something about Instagram that brings out the inner food photographer in every foodie. But drool-worthy, food porn that’s clean and healthy is also out there in the insta-verse. We found the best clean food porn you can gawk at without feeling self-loathing and guilt and inspire healthy cravings and longings. So go ahead and tap that mouse. We know you like to watch.   1. @feltbyheart Created by Joana Nobre Silva from Lisbon, Portugal, her clean eating photography pops with vibrant color and visual appeal. She makes fruit and vegetables look sinfully appealing.         2. @leesamantha Samantha Lee is Read More

Best Post-Workout Meals Near Barry’s Boston
April 4, 2014
Best Post-Workout Meals Near Barry’s Boston

For our 3rd round-up of great eats around a Barry’s Bootcamp location, we’ve enlisted our friends at Taste Savant to help us curate the best around Boston. They compile all the best critic, chef and industry expert reviews for only the very best restaurants. Taste Savant does all the work for you – providing menus, reservations through OpenTable, delivery by GrubHub Seamless. You name it. Aside from this list, Dustin Martin and Brian Weller from our Boston location have their Boston picks on the Taste Savant site here. So here are Taste Savant’s picks for great restaurants with some healthy options around one of our newest studios, Barry’s Bootcamp Boston. 1. JM Curley Last year, JM Curley was on both Read More