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Recipes: Asian-Inspired Dishes

Today’s recipes are all Asian-inspired and all delicious!

Whether you’re craving some vitamin-rich bok choy or want a nice chicken recipe for date night, these meals are perfect for a variety of occasions.

The best part? Each recipe calls for healthy ingredients and healthy preparation. You won’t have to worry about counting calories or watching your diet when you cook these meals!

Let’s check out these ways you can bring some creative Asian flare to your cooking repertoire.

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7 Dieting Mistakes Everyone Makes

When I say the word “diet”, what’s the first thing that pops into your head?

Perhaps you think of that friend that chows down on nothing more than salad and fish. Maybe you know someone that swears to ditch sweets, only to be back on a bender a week later.

Diets have always been known as the “magical elixirs” that cut body fat and get you in shape. Yet there are still plenty of diets that fail to deliver results, even though they are “scientifically proven” or tout case study success stories.

Why?

Well, it’s simple. Health studies often produces conflicting results, which confuse the public about what to eat and what to avoid. Only recently has research narrowed down core health guidelines to follow with any diet.

We thought it would be a great idea to fill you in on dieting missteps people often make. Maybe you’ll spot a few you make, and can change your eating habits for the better!

One thing to note: there are different diets that target different fitness goals. These are simple tips that relate to any healthy diet you choose. If possible, consult with a trained medical professional to determine the diet that is right for you.

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How Group Fitness Can Increase Your Self-Confidence

This is a guest post by David Dewar, a clinical hypnotherapist who specializes in unlocking human potential.

Exercise is one of the biggest self-confidence boosters out there. It helps you feel and look better through losing weight, strengthening and toning your body, reducing stress, and giving you a sense of achievement.

However, getting started on an exercise program and sticking with it can be quite the uphill task.

Group fitness classes have become more popular, leading to the creation of new workout programs and communities. They provide the support system, motivation, and camaraderie that make exercising fun and structured, which keeps you accountable.

Other than the physical results you can expect from group fitness classes, such as boot camp training, there are also several benefits of group fitness for self-confidence. Improving self-esteem will help you achieve success in all aspects of your life.

Here are some of the ways group fitness improves your self-confidence.

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Recipes: Healthy Tacos

Oh man, today’s recipe is a doozy.

TACOS.

How can you not love tacos? These crescents of savory goodness are among the most popular foods in the world.

Unfortunately, tacos are often greasy and lack any serious nutritional benefits. They fall squarely into the late night, guilty pleasure category.

But with a little tweaking, tacos can transform into a healthy meal that won’t leave your stomach with any regrets. Just mix in some fresh ingredients, add protein – maybe some fish or some chicken – or swap out the tortilla for lettuce, if you really want to try something different.

Check out these four bona fide recipes that will make you rethink tacos entirely (for the better).

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Protein-Packed Meals

It’s time to pack on the protein in this week’s recipes!

Along with being essential for the body’s daily processes, proteins help build muscle, especially when you work out. They’re also awesome sources of energy throughout your day.

Here are a few dishes you can piece together to increase your daily protein intake right away.

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Recipes: Cajun Salmon with Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

Today’s dish adds a new spin to a traditional meal.

Cajun salmon is a great way to add a kick to your flavorful slab of salmon. You’ll still get your healthy serving of protein and omega-3.

You can try roasting some veggies on the side to elevate the flavor profile of this dish. Broccoli and cauliflower add a plethora of vitamins and minerals to round out your meal.

Add some lemons for some zest, and you’ve got yourself a healthy meal so good, you won’t believe it’s real. Check it out!

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Lowering Your Risk of Injury

What most commonly derails people’s progress in getting fit and staying healthy?

Injuries.

For people who lead active lifestyles, suffering a debilitating injury – such as tearing a knee or breaking a finger – can be demotivating.

While no one can avoid all risk to injury, there are certainly steps you can take to limit your exposure to getting hurt. While many of these steps take extra effort, they’ll pay off in the long run when your body is still strong heading into your older years.

So let’s talk shop on reducing the chance of those pesky injuries and freeing yourself of any worries about your health.

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Recipes: Soups for Wintertime

Picture someone in the middle of a frosty snowstorm. They can’t feel their toes, their teeth are chattering non-stop, and their face is as pale as the underside of your tongue.

Trekking through deep snow, they finally stumble upon a warm cabin. On a table, there’s a hot bowl of soup steaming to the nicks in the wooden ceiling.

One spoonful of that soup instantly warms up our friend, giving new life to each of his thawing extremities. Soup also can provide an abundance of nutritional benefits to your diet, including vitamins, fiber, and protein.

There aren’t many more gratifying food experiences than having hot soup on a chilly day. So today’s recipes are all about concocting your very own soup specialties!

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Recipes: Omelettes

Today’s recipe is all about breakfast’s favorite little pocket of deliciousness: the omelette.

The awesome thing about omelettes is that they’re very customizable. You can make them healthier by substituting egg whites for regular eggs or by stuffing the inside with veggies.  Or, pack your omelette with some healthy meats or fishes to get a rich serving of protein.

Add some salsa or avocado on the side to jazz up the flavor without ratcheting up the calories. You can even pair this meal with some sweeter breakfast options such as yogurt and fruit to get a balanced meal.

One thing to keep in mind with omelettes is that they usually have a lot of calories. Try not going overboard with your fillings for a healthier omelette experience.

Below are three unique takes on the traditional omelette. Happy eating!

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Recipes: Savory Broccoli Dishes

I know, I know. Broccoli?

Believe it or not, broccoli can actually make a killer entrée, whether it’s the star of the plate or a nice complement.

Before you rule out the little trees of the vegetable family, take into account that broccoli is vitamin-rich. It’s also a terrific source of fiber and can even guard against cancer. Mixed with meats or other vegetables, broccoli can contribute to a very balanced meal.

Check out these three unique spins on broccoli. Once you start adding these meals to your diet, you’re never going to remember a life without broccoli!

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