Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Great Protein of Eggs without all the Cholesterol!

The Incredible, Edible, Egg! Try saying that ten times fast! 

I am a huge fan of eggs! Nutritionally they are the best source of a complete protein! However, it is recommended to only consume 3-4 eggs per week. What!? I know, heart breaking, or should I say yolk breaking!? hehe ok bad joke! 

Moving on, I have recently started using Quick Whites as a great, easy source of protein in my diet. Unfortunately the egg yolk is what contributes to it being a complete protein, but the whites are great for a lower cholesterol version. 

I picked these up at Trader Joe's, but they are available elsewhere too! 

These are awesome because they are 100% egg whites! NO ADDED INGREDIENTS!! 

Also, there is NO FAT! 

Does it get any better!? No added garbage, no fat, no sugars, no cholesterol, SWEET! 

These Quick Whites are great for omelets, scrambles, egg sandwiches, you can even use them in smoothies and for baking (read the label for specific baking instructions)!

Personally, I am a fan of the omelet: 

This was a simple and quick after workout breaky! 1/3 cup of Quick Whites (equivalent to two large eggs), fresh cut tomatoes, and some cheddar cheese! Yum! 

No splitting the yolk from the white or anything! Easy peasy and a super time saver!

I just used an 8 inch non-stick pan, got the egg whites fully cooked on one side and ready to flip. Once flipped, I added the cheese so it would start melting and then the tomatoes! 

Sometimes I like to add some fresh ground pepper as a nice way to add flavor with no extra calories or sodium! 

Try these Quick Whites and see what yummy items you come up with!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Re-vamp Your Run!

Running is an amazing workout and one of the best ways to stay in shape! I have been trying to integrate a run  at least once or twice into my weekly workout routine :)

Today I ran about 4 miles, at about the 2 mile marker I stopped and used a bench to spice up my regular running regimen!

I used the bench for push-ups, box jumps, and kneed ups! I would do reps of about 10 - 20 for each movement 2 or 3 times to really get the blood pumping!

Of course, it does help that I could do so with that spectacular view ;) But! No matter where you live, it's possible to find these fun (and free!) extras to let you push yourself within your regular workout.

For example, I've mentioned running a flight of stairs, stairs jumps, or side jumps up the stairs are great too!

Live near a park? Jungle gyms are FULL of cool things to use and make you feel like you're not even working out! Monkey bars anyone!?

Keep your eyes peeled on your next work out to see what fun things you could add!

P.S. We are having quite a heat wave here in Santa Cruz, so I just want to remind everyone to HYDRATE! Even if you are not exercising today, water is essential, so keep chugging it down! It does wonders from the inside, out :)