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Get-Fit Clicks

October 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm , by

* Not all fall foods are unhealthy. These seven autumnal ingredients are slimming, satisfying and pack tons of nutrients. (HuffPo)

* Trying to lose weight? Tweet about it! Senator Claire McCaskill used Twitter to hold herself accountable to her slim-down plan and now she’s 50 pounds lighter. (CNN)

* If you can’t afford a personal trainer, don’t sweat it—just steal the pros’ get-fit tricks. (FitSugar)

* Eating several mini meals a day instead of three squares is best for weight loss, right? Here’s why that may be more fiction than fact. (EatingWell)

* Oh, KFC: I’m going to withhold my commentary on your new Cheesy Bacon Bowl—a combo of cheese, bacon, fried chicken, corn and mashed potatoes with gravy—and instead quote comedian Patton Oswalt’s now-classic riff on your Famous Bowls. (The NSFWish video is here.) “Stop right there! Can you pile all of those items into a single bowl and just kinda make them into a wet mound of starch that I can eat with a spoon like I’m a death-row prisoner on suicide watch?…Is there a way that the bowl can play This Mortal Coil’s It’ll End in Tears album while I’m eating it at 2:00 in the morning in my darkened apartment, just kind of staring into the distance?…If you could put my lunch in a blender and liquefy it and put it into a caulking gun and then inject it right into my femoral artery, even better. But until you invent the lunch gun, I would like a failure pile in a sadness bowl.” (Eater)

 


Get-Fit Clicks

September 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm , by

* Coffee = happiness? A new study suggests your java habit may lower your risk of depression. If my collection of Starbucks receipts is any indication, I’m the most gleeful person alive. (HuffPo)

* How your workouts boost your brain power, concentration, memory and much more. (Fitbie)

* Fun fact from CNN: Chocolate is fruit! If only that meant we had to eat several servings of it per day. (CNN)

* We know it sounds impossible, but scientists say you can actually train yourself to crave exercise. (Time)

* Is it Sunday yet? These healthy pancake recipes are making us way too excited about brunch. (FitSugar)


Get-Fit Clicks

August 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm , by

* FitSugar explains why our excuses for not eating enough veggies are all pretty lame. (FitSugar)

* How the wildly fluctuating stock market could widen your waistline. (MSNBC)

* If you think eating healthy is always expensive, check out these nutritious meals for under $5. (Fitbie)

* Though both strength-training and cardio are key to weight loss and good health, a new study shows cardio may be the best way to melt dangerous belly fat. (Science Daily)

* I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who overate during Hurricane Irene. (I like how I deemed Brent & Sam’s Triple Chocolate Bliss cookies non-perishable essentials.) Today.com asked its staffers what they binged on, and the answers are kind of fascinating and funny. (BITES on Today)


Get-Fit Clicks

July 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm , by

ss_R143962* Ease your killer PMS with these 6 foods. (Bread making the list = a way less cranky me.) (HuffPo)

* And the best type of exercise for a healthy heart is… (Yahoo Health News)

* Hungry Girl’s new recipe for Happy Birthday Cake Shake is making me want to run home to my blender NOW. (Hungry Girl)

* Want to have the body of (the sister of) a princess? Pippa Middleton’s trainer is set to publish an exercise book in January. (NY Daily News)

* Check out Kirstie Alley’s 90-pound weight loss! (USA Today)


Get-Fit Clicks

July 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm , by

* A new study shows that using a big fork at mealtime can help you eat less. My question: How big a fork are we talking about? (Time)

* Can’t fall asleep? Can’t stay asleep? A few food tweaks may help improve your snooze. (Fitbie)

* If your butt’s not looking so buff, check out these glute-toning moves from celeb trainer David Kirsch. (HuffPo)

* Sure, you could keep on loathing every dimple and roll you see in the mirror, but you’ll be more successful at weight loss if you ditch the self-hatred. (ScienceDaily)

* Already a little tired of hot dogs and hamburgers? Fire up the grill and try these meat-free BBQ recipes. (FitSugar)


Get-Fit Clicks

July 12, 2011 at 11:07 am , by

l_37811* You want to cut back on high-calorie drinks but you don’t want to drink nothing but water either. Fitness helps you find a happy medium. (Fitness)

* Skipped a workout? Here are 10 ways to make up for slacking off. (HuffPo)

* Because LDL cholesterol wasn’t bad enough, now scientists have identified a new “ultra-bad” form of it. (Yahoo)

* Find out how many calories are lurking in your favorite snacks at the fair. Of course my favorite one is the worst. (FitSugar)

* You are getting very thiiiiin: Can hypnosis help you lose weight? (Fox News)


How to Cook Like a Masterchef

June 6, 2011 at 11:21 am , by

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Tonight is the premiere of season two of Masterchef, with chefs Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich, and Gordon Ramsay back to judge the home cooks vying for the $250,000 grand prize. This year’s cooking competition comes with some surprisingly tasty dishes from unsuspecting characters, as well as some flat out awful auditions—and the judges don’t hold back with their critiques. Since we all can’t hold the title of Masterchef, we asked Bastianich to share a few quick tips for the rest us wanting to whip up a great meal at home.

Tip #1 “One of the big things I tell people is that when you’re cooking pasta, the last 20 percent of the cook time should be done in a sauté pan with the sauce. So reserve some of the pasta boiling water and add it to your sauce with the pasta in a sauté pan.”

joe masterchefTip #2 “When you’re grilling steaks, pull them out 3-4 hours before you cook them and leave them on the counter. Season the meat while it’s cold and let it come to room temperature with the salt, pepper and seasoning on it. To get a perfect medium-rare or rare you want your steaks, or any kind of meat, to be at room temperature when it hits the grill.”

Tip #3 “All home cooks should have good olive oil and a good quality sea salt for finishing in their kitchen. And dried porcini mushrooms are like the secret recipe for everything. Put them in a coffee grinder and turn them into a powder, which you can use to marinate meats with salt and pepper and sugar. Anywhere you want to add flavor, you’ve got to use porcini mushrooms. They’re great.”