Lose Money … I Mean Weight … FAST! By Brian Brijbag

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These days everyone wants to lose weight and lose it fast. Maybe it is the upcoming wedding or you are thinking about next summer’s bikini season, the desire to lose weight consumes us … until we are faced with that piece of cake. Yet there are plenty of healthy options that can help soothe those cravings. Check out the recipes posted here!

But diet is one part (the MAIN part) and a good exercise program is needed as well. I recommend the 21 Day fix as it offers a great program for both diet and exercise. Check out my fitness website here: Brian Brijbag

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Sweet Potato and Bacon Turkey Burgers posted by Brian Brijbag

Sweet Potato and Bacon Turkey Burgers posted by Brian Brijbag
Sweet Potato and Bacon Turkey Burgers posted by Brian Brijbag
Everything is better with bacon and these Sweet Potato and Bacon Turkey Burgers are no exception! Posted by Brian Brijbag.

Sweet Potato and Bacon Turkey Burgers posted by Brian Brijbag

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ground, lean turkey
  • 1 cup finely shredded sweet potato
  • 6 strips turkey bacon
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

Precook the turkey bacon and microwave the shredded sweet potato until slightly tender, but not mushy.

Combine the ground turkey, cooked and chopped bacon, sweet potato, and seasonings into six patties.

Cook on the grill, frying pan, or griddle until cooked through. You can also bake these in a muffin tin in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, making sure the bottoms do not burn.

To serve, place on a bun and top with your favorite condiments. I suggest a drizzle of maple syrup or a chipotle mayo.

Makes 6 turkey burgers

If you are following the 21 Day Fix program, per patty, serving: 1 Red, 1/4 Yellow

(Tip for 21 Day Fixers: I like to cut off 1/4 of my Sandwich Thin bun (I cut around the edges since it’s bigger than my patty, anyway.) that I’m using so that my total yellow count for my assembled burgers equals one yellow for easy tracking purposes.)

Nutritional Stats for Sweet Potato and Bacon Turkey Burgers

Per Patty: 121 Calories, 6g Fat, 9g Carbs, 1g Fiber, 2g Sugar, 9g Protein

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Fudgy Pumpkin Blondies (Paleo, gluten, grain, dairy free) posted by Brian Brijbag

Fudgy Pumpkin Blondies (gluten, grain, dairy free, paleo) posted by Brian Brijbag
Fudgy Pumpkin Blondies (gluten, grain, dairy free, paleo) posted by Brian Brijbag
This is a very simple and fast recipe to make and an awesome treat for you to serve for Halloween this year that everyone will love.
Fudgy Pumpkin Blondies (Paleo, gluten, grain, dairy free) posted by Brian Brijbag
Ingredients
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ cup flaxseed meal
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ cup raw coconut palm sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup (or more) chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. mix together the almond flour, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, coconut palm sugar, chocolate chunks and salt
  2. in a separate bowl, whisk the egg, pumpkin and vanilla extract
  3. using a rubber spatula, gently mix dry and wet ingredients to form a batter being careful not to over mix or the batter will get oily and dense
  4. spoon the batter onto a 9-inch pan lined with parchment paper (I used this awesome silicone pan because nothing sticks to it and I don’t need to use paper or grease the pan)
  5. bake at 350°F until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 25 minutes

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Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers posted by Brian Brijbag

Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers posted by Brian Brijbag
Here is a 21 Day Fix version posted by Brian Brijbag of a Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Pepper!

Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers posted by Brian Brijbag

In a house with picky eaters you always trying to find ways to take favorite recipes and revamp them in a healthy way. One of the most popular meals is a yummy, gooey, meat filled Philly Steak and Cheese! Here is a 21 Day Fix version posted by Brian Brijbag!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
2 Green Peppers
1 Sweet Onion
1 Lbs Minute/Shaved Steak
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese / any cheese of your liking
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Directions:
1. Cut onions into long strings and sauté, on high, in olive oil until they’re translucent
2. Add steak to cooked onions and cook until it’s no longer pink
3. Preheat oven to 375º
4. Cut green peppers length wise. Remove seeds and ribs
4. Fill bottom of the peppers with a layer of shredded cheese
5. Layer on the onion and meat mixture
6. Add a final layer of cheese
7. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Until cheese is melted. If you want a softer pepper, add some water to the bottom of the pan and cover with tin foil.
21 Day Fix
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1B

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Is Morning Really the Best Time to Work Out?

Is Morning Really the Best Time to Work Out?

“While some people are up at the crack of dawn to lace up their running shoes, others can’t fathom a workout before noon. Finding the perfect time to exercise is as much about personal preference as it is physiology. Exercise is supposed to feel good—but if muscles are tight in the morning or working out too late disrupts sleep, it can feel counterproductive.”

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Carrot Cake Breakfast Bites posted by Brian Brijbag

Carrot Cake Breakfast Bites

Carrot Cake Breakfast Bites posted by Brian Brijbag
Carrot Cake Breakfast Bites posted by Brian Brijbag

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (90 grams) white whole-wheat flour or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (55 grams) mild-flavored cooking oil (like canola or melted coconut oil)
  • 1/3 cup (75 grams) dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg (50 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (110 grams) shredded carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups (122 grams) rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (40 grams) raisins

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease with cooking oil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In a separate large bowl, mix together cooking oil, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until well combined. Fold in shredded carrots, flour mixture, oats and raisins and stir gently until just combined.

Using a 1 tablespoon scoop, drop batter by the tablespoonful on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

Cool bites for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 6 |  Serving Size: 4 breakfast bites

Per serving: Calories: 296; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 31mg; Sodium: 239mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 16g; Protein: 6g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 209mg; Iron: 11%; Vitamin A: 72%; Vitamin C: 3%; Calcium: 4%

Energizing Tips (optional)

  • Add in 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes into the batter to increase calories and flavor. (Per serving: Calories: 313; Total Fat: 13g; Carbohydrate: 45g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 15g; Protein: 6g)
  • Add in 1/4 cup chopped pecans into the batter to increase calories and healthy fats. (Per serving: Calories: 330; Total Fat: 15g; Carbohydrate: 45g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 16g; Protein: 7g) 

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Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies posted by Brian Brijbag

Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies posted by Brian Brijbag

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free
Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies posted by Brian Brijbag
Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies posted by Brian Brijbag
YIELD
8 COOKIES
PREP TIME
10 MINUTES
COOK TIME
12 MINUTES

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 large)
  • 2 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 8 teaspoons jam
  • Peanut butter (or almond or sunflower seed butter), for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, add the oats and pulse until a coarse meal forms (see picture in blog post).
  3. In a large bowl, mash the banana. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the jam and nut butter. The mixture will be very wet and dense.
  4. With a retractable ice cream scoop or a spoon, scoop the dough into 8 mounds. The cookies do not need to be spaced far apart on the baking sheet as they don’t spread out. Press your thumb (or small spoon) into the centre of each cookie to create a well. Fill each well with 1 heaping teaspoon of jam.
  5. Bake cookies at 350F for 11-13 minutes, until the cookies are slightly firm, but soft and doughy in the middle. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack for 10 minutes or so.
  6. If desired, serve cookies with your favourite nut or seed butter. They also taste great with a pat of coconut oil or vegan butter!

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3 Stupid Things You Do at the Gym (Brian Brijbag Reposting)

“I usually reserve the word “stupid” for things like wrestling an adult grizzly bear or sticking your finger in an electrical socket. But, unfortunately, there are lots of stupid things happening at gyms across America, too.

Now, I don’t like to pass judgment on gym goers. They’re doing something other than sitting on their butts and watching television—and being active should be commended. But I also want you to have a safe and effective workout, so I’m here to help foolproof your workout. Keep reading for three “stupid” things you might be doing at the gym, and the best ways to fix them.”

… full post here:

http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/muscle-mistakes?cid=soc_pinterest_content-health_sept14_stupidthingsatgym

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15 Healthier Fast-Food Meals Under 500 Calories (Posted by Brian Brijbag)

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“If you are working on your fitness and nutrition, it can be a challenge to eat healthy when dining out at a fast-food restaurant. To help, we’ve taken out the guesswork for you and put together this list of the 15 healthiest picks at 5 common fast-food chains.

Restaurant: McDonald’s

1. Healthiest pick: Premium Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken

Why it made the cut: This salad is stacked with real grilled chicken breast that boasts of no preservatives. We love the variety of greens in this salad—baby kale, spinach and romaine—along with a veggie blend of snow peas, bell peppers and edamame. Hello veggies!

Stats (without dressing): 270 calories, 9g fat, 18g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 32g protein

Dietitian’s tips: The salad comes with a packet of low-fat sesame ginger dressing that clocks up an additional 80 calories and 14 grams of sugar! Slash your added sugar intake by choosing the low-fat balsamic vinaigrette for 35 calories and 5 grams of sugar per packet.

Close contenders:

2. Egg White Delight
If you’re in a hurry and need a quick breakfast, the Egg White Delight is an egg-cellent stand-in for your traditional egg breakfast. It packs a decent amount of protein from the egg whites, Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese. Order a small nonfat latte to go with it for an additional 100 calories and a whopping 10 grams of protein!

Stats: 250 calories, 8g fat, 30g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 18g protein

3. Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich
While the buns are not 100% whole-grain, if you’re craving something carbo-licious, this sandwich will surely satisfy for under 400 calories. Just skip the fries and soda, of course.

Stats: 360 calories, 6g fat, 43g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 33g protein

Restaurant: Burger King

1. Healthiest pick: Chicken Caesar Garden Fresh Salad with Grilled Chicken and Citrus Caesar Vinaigrette

Why it made the cut: Caesar salad can make a satisfying meal, especially with a generous serving of grilled chicken like in this one at BK. BK’s version sticks to the basics—chicken, tomatoes, croutons and Parmesan cheese, all served on a bed of romaine lettuce.

Stats: 450 calories, 27g fat, 20g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 35g protein

Dietitian’s tips: If you need a bit less to meet your goals, skip the croutons or go halfsies on the dressing to slash the calories.

Close contenders:

2. BK Veggie Burger (Without Mayo)
Vegetarians, rejoice: This sandwich makes it easy to meet your protein needs when fast food is the ticket. This burger serves up a MorningStar Farms veggie patty with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles on a toasted sesame seed bun. Ditch the mayo to shave 80 calories and 9 grams of fat from the original.

Stats (without mayo): 310 calories, 7g fat, 42g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 22g protein

3. Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Without Mayo)
While a brioche-style bun isn’t the most wholesome choice, this grilled chicken sandwich is a healthier alternative to your typical greasy burger and fries.

Stats (without mayonnaise): 350 calories, 9g fat, 40g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 26g protein

Restaurant: Chick-fil-A

1. Healthiest pick: Grilled Market Salad

Why it made the cut: When you need a fast-food fix and you’re trying to eat healthy, a salad is an easy standby because at least you’re getting your veggies and minimizing processed grains. With Chick-fil-A’s Grilled Market Salad, you get 2 servings of veggies and 1 serving of fruit in addition to lean grilled chicken breast.

Stats: 200 calories, 5g fat, 17g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 23g protein

Dietitian’s tips: Holy toppings! This salad comes with granola, nuts and apple cider vinaigrette on the side. To shave over 100 additional calories, choose the reduced-fat berry balsamic vinaigrette instead and the whole meal will dial in at 310 calories!

Close contenders:

2. Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap (Without Dressing)
This high-fiber wrap is a great source of protein but contains a sneaky calorie bomb if you add the avocado lime dressing that it’s served with. If you’re feeling saucy, choose the light Italian dressing instead to save nearly 300 calories and 30g of fat!

Stats (without dressing): 340 calories, 13g fat, 30g carbohydrates, 15g fiber, 36g protein

3. Grilled Chicken Sandwich: This pick is low-calorie and high-protein, and we love the juicy tomato slices, green-leaf lettuce and multi-grain bun. Just be sure to pass on the Honey-Roasted BBQ Sauce that’s served with it to slash unnecessary calories and added sugar.

Stats: 320 calories, 5g fat, 40g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 30g protein

Restaurant: Taco Bell

1. Healthiest pick: Chicken Cantina Power Bowl

Why it made the cut: The Chicken (or Steak) Cantina Power Bowl is a great option for lunch or dinner on the go. The downside is that it is served over a bed of white rice (boo …). Luckily, it has some satisfying and nutritious layers, such as the black beans, chicken, lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheddar cheese and avocado ranch dressing.

Stats: 490 calories, 20g fat, 49g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 29g protein

Dietitian’s tips: Clocking in at 490 calories and 20g of fat, this meal is on the higher side for calories and fat from our top picks. Ask that they hold the cheese and sour cream and serve the avocado ranch dressing on the side to cut back on calories and fat.

Close contenders:

2. Chicken Fresco Burrito Supreme
If you’re craving a burrito, try this Fresco option that doesn’t add cheese. One drawback is that it’s made with enriched rather than whole grains.

Stats: 310 calories, 7g fat, 42g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 22g protein

3. 2 Steak Fresco Soft Tacos with a Side of Black Beans
By ordering these soft tacos with a side of black beans, you can up the protein and fiber without adding a lot of extra fat.

Stats: 380 calories, 9.5g fat, 44g carbohydrates, 9g fiber, 28g protein

Restaurant: Steak ’n Shake

1. Healthiest pick: Grilled Chicken Salad with Zesty Italian Dressing

Why it made the cut: We’re impressed by the variety of toppings on this salad because simply placing lettuce and tomato into a bowl does not a salad make! Steak ’n Shake’s version tops off with a colorful array of chicken, carrots, red cabbage, shredded cheese and croutons.

Stats: 350 calories, 18g fat, 32g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 26g protein

Dietitian’s tips: You’ve got your choice of dressings, and we recommend the Zesty Italian. It’s got the right amount of calories and fat to keep you on target toward reaching your fitness goals, as long as you’re not tempted by the milk shakes, of course.

Close contenders:

2. Turkey Club
Oven-roasted turkey breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo are served between two slices of Texas toast. Go topless to save calories by ditching one slice of toast. Pass on the side of fries and sub in a side salad instead.

Stats (original sandwich): 420 calories, 16g fat, 45g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 24g protein

3. Cup of Chili
It’s a great option for the colder months. Skip the mountain of cheese that comes with the Deluxe Chili to avoid tacking on an additional 170 calories and 13g of fat.

Stats: 440 calories, 24g fat, 38g carbohydrates, 10g fiber, 20g protein”

Originally posted at https://blog.myfitnesspal.com

Posted here by Brian Brijbag