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Recipes: Low Carb Mac and Cheese

Carbs: we know them, we love them, we crave them.

Unfortunately, carbs don’t love us the way we love them!

Over time, indulging in carbs too often starts to rapidly pack on the pounds – leaving you with a tight waistband and a sluggish stride in your step.

However, there’s good news for you pasta lovers! What if we told you there was a way you could enjoy your favorite pasta dishes, without the pasta?

They say not all heroes wear capes – in this case, the hero is spaghetti squash!

This yummy mac and cheese recipe replaces the noodles with low carb (and calorie) spaghetti squash.

Interested in learning how to make one of the most decadent dishes healthy? Let’s get cooking!

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How to Get the Washboard Abs of Your Dreams

Let’s do a simple exercise.

I want you to picture yourself with a six-pack. I want you to see your beautiful, bold self as lean and ripped, like one of those Greek god statues they carved out hundreds of years ago.

Maybe you’ve never even pictured yourself with a six-pack. Or, perhaps you feel you COULD get a six-pack but you don’t have the time or discipline for it.

Washboard abs aren’t only for the people you see on TV or in magazines. You can get some, too!

You heard me right.

There’s no better time than the summer to tone your abs and get in shape. After all, wouldn’t it be awesome to rock that bikini bod at the beach, the water park, or poolside?

While most people WANT abs, they don’t know how to get them. It’s not as simple as doing sit-ups until your stomach caves in on itself…

…but it’s definitely not that complicated, either.

We’re going to give you a few pointers on how to chisel that core of yours down to abs and muscles. This is stuff you can do today, so don’t be afraid to jump right in and start your ab routine ASAP!

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Recipes: Honey Grilled Chicken

Who loves honey??

Unless you don’t like sweets (or Winnie the Pooh), you can’t deny that honey is nature’s heavenly syrup.

Think about pairing that with some juicy grilled chicken. Mmmmm…..

Well, I’ve got some *sweet* news for ya (I promise, that’s the only pun I’ve got!)…

Today’s recipe is honey grilled chicken. They’re getting married on the grill!

Get ready for a meal that will take your taste buds for a ride and back. Not only will you add honey in this recipe, but you’ll also be mixing in some spicy mustard, lemon peel, soy sauce, and minced garlic.

Your protein intake will soar with this recipe, AND you won’t have to stress over that extra fat and grease that comes with fried chicken!

Let’s take a closer look at this unique blend of sweet and savory. This might just be the chicken for all palates!

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Recipes: Summertime BBQ Meatballs

One of the best things about Summer is the mouthwatering smell of BBQ swirling throughout the neighborhood.

And what activity is Summer’s right hand man? Backyard pool parties!

Swimming under the sun’s rays works up quite an appetite that can only be satisfied by something delicious and full of protein!

This bite size BBQ meatball recipe is the perfect, fun appetizer to bring and share with all your friends and family!

Because of their small size, you can get creative with how you want to serve them up – like over a bed of greens or just simply stick some colorful toothpicks in them and enjoy!

Without further adieu, let’s get to cooking!

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Recipes: Roasted & Stuffed Eggplant

What in the world is an eggplant?!?

You know the eggplant as that purple veggie emoji on your keyboard. But did you know that, when roasted, it’s actually a really great source of fiber for your body?

‘Tis true!

We want to share our scrumptious eggplant recipe with you today! These things are LOADED with goodness: onions, cinnamon, cherry tomatoes, and reduced fat feta cheese, all packed inside the shell of an eggplant!

How much better can healthy eating get?

Check it out, and make sure to keep up with our blog for more great recipes!

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Why Eating Breakfast Helps You Lose Weight

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”

How many of you heard your parents’ voices when you read that phrase?

We may have rolled our eyes at the time, but the funny thing about growing up is you start to understand what the adults were talking about back then.

Breakfast really IS the most important meal of the day!

We’ve heard some pretty common excuses for skipping breakfast – such as not having time in the morning or wanting to sleep in longer.

But the most silly of them all, quite frankly, is skipping breakfast in hopes of losing more weight because it’s “less calories” to consume in the day.

Say what!?

The reality is quite the opposite, eating breakfast actually helps you lose weight! And here’s how:

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Recipes: Skinny Orange Creamsicles

What do you get when you mix Greek yogurt, oranges, pineapples, agave nectar, and a stick?

You get yourself the perfect summer cooldown treat…orange creamsicles!

When it’s hot and sweaty outside, there’s nothing more refreshing than something nice, sweet, and cool dessert, though you usually have to turn to some sugary ice cream or a dense milkshake to feel refreshed.

Those days are now long gone!

Our creamsicle recipe loses the sugar, the preservatives, and the guilt that your run-of-the-mill popsicle would give you. You’ll be in love with these creamsicles from the first lick!

Here’s how you make them:

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Recipes: Baked Avocado and Egg

Oh the avocado, the famous green fruit often mistaken for a vegetable.

The avocado may get a bad rep for being full of fat (the GOOD kind, by the way), however, it’s such a diverse meal staple! You can let your imagination run wild when it comes to this nutritionally packed fruit, which is where this baked avocado and egg recipe comes in.

That’s right, your two favorite breakfast foods combined into one. And what’s great about this dish is not only is it perfect for on the go, but it’s low in calories and filling!

Ready to dive into this savory goodness? Let’s dig in!

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Your Guide to a Healthy Vacation…Seriously!

Cruise ships. Road trips.

Swimming. Fishing.

Lot’s of food (and good company, too).

Nothing beats summer vacation!

Summer vacation—a chance to unwind and escape the stresses of the world!

But for the health-conscious man or woman, vacation can be scary—especially after making lots of progress in the gym. I mean, what do you think will happen to someone’s diet when they’re around unhealthy food 24/7?

That’s IF you don’t have the tools to fight those vacation temptations…

Don’t fret. We’ve got all the tools you’ll need (and more) to keep your fitness goals in sight, even when you’re out of town. Check out our secrets to a guilt-free vacation—because vacation dieting isn’t THAT scary when you leave prepared!

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Why You Need Rest Days Between Workouts

You know that exciting burst of inspiration you get when you’ve been working out for a couple of weeks and finally see results? You feel so pumped and ready to keep pushing forward that you forget to take a breather. Then suddenly, you’re so sore that you can’t even sit up in bed.

When we first start working out, we typically get so caught up in the great results that we want to keep working out day, after day, after day with no rest.

Like most things in life, too much of a good thing can be damaging. Like when you eat a lot of chocolate in one sitting and end up feeling like you’re going to hurl.

Exercising consistently is great, and extremely important to your overall health. Some of the many benefits of working out includes raising your endorphins, boosting your energy, reducing your risk of heart disease, increased strength, and improved self-confidence.

With all these amazing benefits, it seems crazy to not want to go hard in the gym every day, right?

While regular exercise will keep your body in tip top shape, it’s also important to remember that your muscles need time to recuperate after intense workouts.

Here’s some reasons why you should take rest days between stretches of workout days to maximize the results of your fitness journey:

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