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Cheeseburger Lettuce Wraps

By now you probably know that as registered dietitians and gals who love to whip up new dishes in the kitchen, one of the things we love most is sharing our healthy creations with you. Although most of our creations are veggie-centered, meatless, or contain poultry or seafood, many of you have requested healthy meals made with ground beef.  So when our awesome gal-pal, Brooke Griffin, Founder and CEO of SkinnyMom.com,  sent us a copy of her awesome new book, Skinny Suppers Cookbook– -and we spotted this delish-sounding meat dish (yep, it even sounds good to us non- red-meat eating girls!), we just had to share it with YOU! You’re welcome! 😉  Brooke graciously provided us with the recipe and photo!  And check out this recipe and the description of it– straight from Brooke herself!

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These lettuce wraps have all the yummy cheeseburger flavor, but the guilt is left at the door! By eliminating one of the highest-carb and -calorie features—the bun— and replacing it with vegetables, you can get this new and improved all-American tradition on your monthly meal calendar many times a month!

 

Cheeseburger Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 12 minutes

Serves: 6 | Serving Size: 2 stuffed lettuce leaves

 

Beef Filling:

1 1⁄2 pounds lean ground beef

1 large onion, diced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 (10.5-ounce) can Campbell’s Healthy Request condensed cheddar cheese soup

1⁄2 tablespoon McCormick Grill Mates hamburger seasoning

Sauce:

2 tablespoons light mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Heinz reduced-sugar ketchup

1⁄2 tablespoon yellow mustard

For Serving:

12 large romaine lettuce leaves

3⁄4 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese (I like Sargento)

4 dill pickle spears, chopped 1 cup diced tomato

  1. To make the beef filling: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, 1 cup of the diced onion, and the garlic until the beef is no longer pink, 7 to 8 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to break the beef up as it cooks. Drain any excess fat and return the skillet to the stovetop, turning the heat down to low.
  2. Add the cheddar soup and hamburger seasoning to the ground beef, mix well to combine, and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard.
  4. To assemble the lettuce wraps: Spoon a heaping 1/4 cup of the ground beef mixture into the bottom of a lettuce leaf. Top with 1 tablespoon cheddar, 1 heaping tablespoon each chopped pickles and diced tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon of the remaining diced onion. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon of the sauce. Repeat for a total of 12 wraps.

 quick and easy: Make this dish even more fun for your family by setting it up as a “serve yourself bar.” Once cooked, set out the hamburger mixture along with a platter of lettuce leaves, cheese, pickles, tomatoes, onions, etc., and let everyone dress their wrap to their liking!

Calories 268 Fat 14g Carbohydrate 12g Fiber 2g Sugar 4g Protein 26g

 

For more delicious, lightened-up recipes like this one, check out Brooke Griffin’s new best-selling cookbook, Skinny Suppers: 125 Lightened-Up, Healthier Meals for Your Family! Stay up to date with Brooke and SkinnyMom.com on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Pineapple Lemon Ginger “Detox” Drink

It’s all thanks to you!  We too, just like you, have become a bit obsessed with these flat tummy helpers!  So thank you for your requests for more! You keep us drumming up some new concoctions and falling taste bud over flat belly for ‘em!  As registered dietitians and personal trainers, we’re lucky that we love our veggies, but our strong sweet tooth?  We’re each not so lucky to have to keep ours down!  But this, not only satisfies the sweet tooth, squashes hungers and fights cravings, it fights bloat too!

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Psst… looking for more great drinks to save calories and flush bloat?  Please feel free to search this site!  And here are a couple to try:

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Detox drink

Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

If you want to immediately get your mind and body back on the healthy track, this water infusion is your ticket.  It helps to flush bloat, restore your body and mop up the toxins and damage.  And although your body is equipped to detox and cleanse itself naturally, certain health-promoting foods and drinks, like this one, can be monumental when it comes to assisting in its process. This refreshing “detox” drink packs in some great nutrients that are especially helpful when you want to look and feel your best and quickly get your body feeling lighter.  Plus, as you sip this, you’ll set the tone for a healthy day, knowing that you’re doing something great for yourself.  And this “flusher” will fill your stomach and help to prevent you from feeling hungry and from overeating and from diving in to junk food or the first unhealthy food you see simply because you’re ravenous.

 

Here’s how this drink works it magic (and we all certainly can use a little magic every now and then):

The water: Water flushes bloating sodium and waste from of your body and keeps your kidneys and intestines in tip top shape. And water helps the body to run optimally as every process in the body relies on water.

The pineapple: For starters, for us, it adds that delicious sweetness to the 13 calorie drink (Yes, you read that right! ) so that we get the sweet flavor our sugar tooth is after but without the calories and sugar bloat!  Plus, having something sweet helps to dodge sugar cravings, woohoo! Pineapple is an excellent source of bromelain, an enzyme that aids in digestion and can help prevent indigestion and bloating.  Plus, pineapples provide antioxidants and vitamin C, which both help repair muscles and tissues and aid in recovery. They help your cells to heal themselves and fend off damage from toxins or irritants.  By protecting your cells, they keep your body in better working order and help to fight some of the damage done from overindulging in unhealthy foods and drinks so that your insides can settle, avoiding inflammation and added puffiness.

The lemon: Lemon helps to promote the activity of a liver enzyme that converts harmful, toxic substances to less harsh chemicals (via the liver through a compound called d-limonene.). Lemon, like the pineapple is packed with vitamin C, which is a potent antioxidant which mops up free radicals from environmental toxins, stress, alcohol, fatty foods and other toxins and helps to prevent them from damaging your body.  Vitamin C also keeps the skin radiant and youthful by helping to boost levels of collagen, which helps to keep the skin elastic. And lemons add a refreshing perk to any drink! 😉

The ginger: (Yes, I, Lyssie, admittedly am obsessed with ginger and add it to most of my home-cooked dinners—buh bye bloat, buh bye damage from toxins!). Ginger contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components. As an antioxidant it is able to neutralize free radicals, chemicals that can travel through the body and cause damage to healthy cells. When you overindulge on food and drink and your intestinal tract is acting out in response, i.e.–you’re feeling bloated and your tummy is full of discomfort, ginger is great! You simply need to settle your insides so they can start calming down, repairing, de-puffing, rebooting and rinsing the bloat. Your body responds to poor food choices and toxins with inflammation. So preventing that inflammation means not only will you have a less inflamed inside and less stomach distress, but also that you’ll be healthier in the long haul! Chronic inflammation causes damage to tissues in the body and it speeds the aging process. It also wreaks havoc on your insides so preventing it means less bloating and puffiness so that you can feel your best!  Ginger also fights bloat by helping to ease stomach and intestinal discomfort and it is  even used in anti-gas medications .

Pineapple Lemon Ginger  “Detox” Drink

 You can keep this refreshing elixir chilled in the refrigerator for up to 2 days with the fruit left in the water. Just be sure to remove the citrus rinds to avoid bitterness, (if this included melons or berries, you’d remove them too, since they don’t hold up well when left in the water) after the initial overnight infusion. After removing all of the fruit in the morning, the water can be kept chilled and enjoyed for up to 3 days. .(Note: If you take this awesome “de-bloater” on- the- go with the fruit in it, and it’s unrefrigerated, discard the fruit at the end of the day.

 

Psst…If you have a fruit infuser water bottle, now is an ideal time to whip it out! 😉

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Makes 8 cups

Ingredients

2 cups pineapple, fresh or frozen, cubed, (outer rind removed, if fresh)

8 cups water (64oz)

1 lemon, sliced (rinds removed for overnight infusion)

2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, peeled then chopped or shaved

Muddle the pineapple in a large pitcher. Add remaining ingredients and let sit for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. If leaving overnight, remove rinds of lemons to avoid bitter taste. When ready to drink strain to remove the ginger, pineapple and leave the lemons in the water.

*Although we recommend muddling, especially if you are drinking without letting it sit overnight, when we used frozen pineapple tidbits and allowed it to sit overnight, no muddling was necessary!

 One Serving Option

Ingredients

6 cubes pineapple, fresh or frozen, cubed, (outer rind removed, if fresh)

1 cup water (8oz)

2 slices lemon

1/4 teaspoons fresh ginger root, peeled then chopped or shaved

Ice to chill

Muddle pineapple in a large glass, add water, ice, , lemon slices and ginger. No waiting, you can drink right away.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 serving is 1 cup): 13 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 5 mg Sodium, 4 g Carbohydrate, 0 g Fiber, 2 g Sugar, 0 g Protein  

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Recipe type: Drinks
Ingredients
  • 6 cubes pineapple, fresh or frozen, cubed, (outer rind removed, if fresh)
  • 1 cup water (8oz)
  • 2 slices lemon
  • ¼ teaspoons fresh ginger root, peeled then chopped or shaved
  • Ice to chill
Instructions
  1. Muddle pineapple in a large glass, add water, ice, lemon slices and ginger.
  2. No waiting, you can drink right away.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8oz Calories: 13 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 4 g Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 5 mg Fiber: 0 g Protein: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg
 

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Easy Burrito Bowl

We were introduced to this recipe from our former fantastic intern Alexandra Dusenberry, and as registered dietitians, who as picky little girls, ate pretty much nothing but PB & J sandwiches–you may be surprised to know that we also made an exception for Mexican Taco salads, which we loved! But it’s true-and it’s probably a reason why this is one of our favorite go-to recipes: a version of a popular Mexican fast-food chain’s burrito bowl. It is an easy weeknight meal to throw together, and it’s so flavorful, that we, like Alexandra crave it more than the real thing. (Yep, it’s that good.) Plus this “knock off” is so much lower in bloating sodium than the restaurant version (buh bye puffiness that you’d get at the restaurant!). That means the recipe is oh-so heart healthy. Keep all the ingredients separate when storing leftovers, and throw them together for a quick healthy lunch the next day!

 

Psst…if you want more comfort foods done right and light ;), we’ve tried to pack this site with them! Give one of these a whirl:
Skinny Mash
Creamy Guiltless Tomato Rigatoni 
Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

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Easy Burrito Bowl

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast

2 cups romaine lettuce, roughly chopped

2/3 cup quinoa, cooked

1/2 avocado, sliced

1 lime

dash of chili powder

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

4 TBS low-fat shredded cheddar cheese

hot sauce (optional)

Instructions:

Sprinkle chili powder on both sides of chicken breast. Bake chicken breast in oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until chicken is cooked all the way through. When the chicken is done, slice it up into bite-sized chunks. To assemble each bowl, lay down ½ cup of quinoa, 1 cup of lettuce, and ¼ cup of tomatoes. Add chicken to the bowls, top with avocado slices, and squeeze the juice of half a lime over each bowl. Finally, sprinkle 2 TBS of cheese over each bowl, and add hot sauce, if desired.

Nutrition Facts per serving:

319 Calories            18.3 g fat       23.8 g protein   18.6 g carbs 6.1 g fiber

308 mg sodium        1.8 g sugar

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Easy Burrito Bowl!
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
  • ⅔ cup quinoa, cooked
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 lime
  • dash of chili powder
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 4 TBS low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • hot sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle chili powder on both sides of chicken breast.
  2. Bake chicken breast in oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until chicken is cooked all the way through.
  3. When the chicken is done, slice it up into bite-sized chunks.
  4. To assemble each bowl, lay down ½ cup of quinoa, 1 cup of lettuce, and ¼ cup of tomatoes.
  5. Add chicken to the bowls, top with avocado slices, and squeeze the juice of half a lime over each bowl.
  6. Finally, sprinkle 2 TBS of cheese over each bowl, and add hot sauce, if desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ recipe Calories: 319 Fat: 18.3 g Carbohydrates: 18.6 g Sugar: 1.8 g Sodium: 308 mg Fiber: 6.1 g Protein: 23.8 g
 

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Skinny 3-Ingredient Pancakes

Don’t get us wrong… this pair of twin sister registered dietitians, personal trainers and veggie lovers do love our carbs!  In fact we rely on wholesome quality carbs for our energy, to fight constipation 😉 and bloat–and to help fight off our sweet cravings by giving us brain fuel and preventing us from needing a quick pick-me up (ie–sugar!)!  But there’s something pretty cool about an awesome pancake that’s not super carb-heavy and that’s got a decent amount of protein compared to the amount of carbs.  And this hot number we’re excited to share with you is easy to make, super yummy, has only 3-ingredients!! –and the wholesome carb is from fiber and potassium-packed bananas (let’s hear it for this bloat-busting combo, woohoo! 🙂)– and these yumsters will tide you over for hours.  You’re welcome! 😉

 

Skinny Banana 3 ingredient pancakes ingredients

We know–we can hardly believe it either–that’s all ya need! Oh and we used coconut oil which we spritzed in the pan with a spray container–kept the calories very low and added a yummy sweetness!

Pssst….You may also like these other breakfast ideas!

3-Ingredient Weight Loss Pancakes

Wake-up Sunnyside Pineapple Berry Oatmeal ,

Veggie Frittata Bites

Balsamic Egg White Capped Portobello Burger)

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Skinny 3-Ingredient Pancakes

If you have two of these yummy jacks, you’ll get 16 grams of protein.  If you have just one, top it with a 6 ounce nonfat Greek yogurt and berries and you’ll get about 20 grams of protein.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you–these are Goooood! 🙂

Makes 4 Large Pancakes
Ingredients
4 large eggs (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than other eggs)
2 large (about 4.25 ounces each)) ripe bananas
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Coconut oil in a spray container (Optional, we love the sweetness this adds)

Directions
1. Using a fork mash bananas in a medium size bowl. Keep mashing until no more lumps are present.
2. Whisk in the eggs and cinnamon until the eggs are beaten.
3. Heat a large pan over low- medium heat. Spritz pan with coconut oil. You could use another oil but we used coconut and loved it.
4. Once the pan is thoroughly heated, add ½ cup batter to the pan. We made two pancakes at a time and cooked each for about 3-4 minutes on both sides until the bottom was golden and when we flipped it the pancake was cooked through.
Note: Between the two batches we spritzed the pan with oil again.
4. Serve and enjoy! You can top with berries and honey but it’s not even necessary, these are so yummy on their own!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Serving Size 1 Pancake
Per serving: 132 Calories; 16 g Carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 8 gram protein, 2g fiber, 1 g saturated fat, 8 g Sugar

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Skinny 3-Ingredient Pancakes
 
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Serves: 4 Pancakes
Ingredients
  • Skinny 3-Ingredient Pancakes
  • Makes 4 Large Pancakes
  • Ingredients
  • 4 large eggs (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than other eggs)
  • 2 large (about 4.25 ounces each)) ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Coconut oil in a spray container (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Using a fork mash bananas in a medium size bowl. Keep mashing until no more lumps are present.
  3. Whisk in the eggs and cinnamon until the eggs are beaten.
  4. Heat a large pan over low- medium heat. Spritz pan with coconut oil. You could use another oil but we used coconut and loved it.
  5. Once the pan is thoroughly heated, add ½ cup batter to the pan. We made two pancakes at a time and cooked each for about 3-4 minutes on both sides until the bottom was golden and when we flipped it the pancake was cooked through.
  6. Note: Between the two batches we spritzed tha pan with oil again.
  7. Serve and enjoy! You can top with berries and honey but it’s not even necessary, these are so yummy on their own!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Pancake Calories: 132 Calories Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 16 g Sugar: 8 g Fiber: 2 g Protein: 8 g
 

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25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin– Book Giveaway!

By now you know that we’re girls who love a delicious smoothie!  There’s just something so satisfying about tossing some healthy ingredients in a blender and walking away with what feels like a delicious and refreshing treat! And the registered dietitians and moms in us simply love having an easy and healthy way to help our clients, friends and family, to feel amazing and to keep ’em looking great, too.  So when our all-around awesome friend and savvy colleague, Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN sent us her incredible newly released book 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin, we couldn’t keep it to ourselves! And Sarah has so generously offered to give her amazing book to 5 of YOU!!Anti_Aging_Book_Cover_Photo_Koszyk_smSo if tax season is causing wrinkles from extra stress– this book is for you! (Yep, it’s for us for sure! Tax season has us by the jugular and amen to Sarah’s smoothies as they are helping us!)

 

It’s time to reverse the aging process by eating foods that are chock-full of nourishing nutrients which support radiating skin. This book breaks it down for you and provides a detailed list of foods and smoothie recipes which contain these age-defying nutrients!

Every smoothie recipe has less than 300 calories for your sexy waistline, heart-healthy fats to keep you satisfied, high amounts of fiber for fabulous digestion, and a good source of protein for a complete, well-balanced meal in one drink. The smoothies are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan. In addition, the recipes are divided into five different anti-aging categories including vitamin E, vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Omega-3s, and Polyphenols which all optimize your skin’s health. Whether your goal is to improve your skin or find an easy-to-make recipe to stay nourished and satiated, this book is for you. We hope you enjoy 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin as much as we do! It’s a delicious way to maintain a youthful lifestyle while enjoying a plethora of health benefits.

Check out one of the tasty smoothie recipes below.

AND – yes, because we love this book so much, we’re giving away 5 FREE Books to 5 LUCKY Readers– thanks to Sarah’s generosity!  All you have to do is leave a comment here or on our Facebook page telling us your favorite smoothie ingredient and you’ll be entered to win!  As you know, Lyssie is obsessed with kale and ginger and those are her fave smoothie ingredients.  Tammy isn’t so picky– as long as it’s a fruit or veggie she’s game.  But since we’re making you pick, Lyssie’s forcing Tammy to pick too– and she’s choosing… strawberries!

Good luck our friends!

Recipe:

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This is a delectable sweet treat with no added sugar. The dates are natures’ sugary fruit – perfect for a sweet-tooth craving.

Ingredients:
5 dates (pitted) (Polyphenols)

4 halves walnuts (Omega-3)

1 Tablespoon cacao powder (Polyphenols)

¼ teaspoon vanilla

½ cup unsweetened almond milk (Vitamin E)

Pinch of cinnamon

*Get even more protein by adding 1 scoop of your favorite non-flavored protein powder

Directions:
Put everything in a blender. Blend and pour.

Nutrient Facts: 232 calories; 38 grams of carbohydrates; 8 grams of fat; 8 grams of protein; 7 grams of fiber

 

 

25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin Book Giveaway!
 
Nutrient Facts: 232 calories; 38 grams of carbohydrates; 8 grams of fat; 8 grams of protein; 7 grams of fiber
Author:
Ingredients
  • 5 dates (pitted) (Polyphenols)
  • 4 halves walnuts (Omega-3)
  • 1 Tablespoon cacao powder (Polyphenols)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (Vitamin E)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • *Get even more protein by adding 1 scoop of your favorite non-flavored protein powder
Instructions
  1. Put everything in a blender. Blend and pour.
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Why You Should Love Stress –from an expert

We gotta admit that as girls who likely, just like you, feel a bit overwhelmed by stress at times, we would love nothing more than to give it a firm kick in the butt so that it gets launched into the air, spirals into the atmosphere and crashes into the ocean miles away from us, never to be seen again. …aaaaah 🙂  If only!  So as you can imagine, we’ve been intrigued by the words “Why You Should Love Stress” and welcome a chance to see it in a whole new, less stressful light.

If the thought intrigues you as well, read this below from Linda Formichelli. the author of the new book How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life — While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie.

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By Linda Formichelli

 

My life is full to bursting. Last year, for example, I hosted three exchange students, traveled to five countries with my husband and 6-year-old, wrote a full-length book (plus 40 blog posts and a few magazine articles), ran two businesses, remodeled much of our house, entertained large groups weekly, and read 32 books.

 

Women often ask me how I get it all done without stressing out. So here’s my big secret:

 

I don’t.

 

Stress is a frequent companion of mine, and I’ve come to learn that that’s okay.

 

What’s wrong with stress?

 

According to the women’s media, stress makes us miserable, causes us to pound down gallons of cookies-and-cream ice cream, and can cause everything from heart attacks to cancer.

 

Every women’s magazine, talk show, and blog offers up tips on how to simplify our lives, avoid taking on too many projects, and turn down challenging opportunities in favor of soaking in lavender-infused baths.

 

The common refrain is that stress is something to be avoided at all costs — but just because everyone says it doesn’t mean it’s true. In fact, steering clear of stress at all costs can keep us small, and prevent us from living fulfilling, memorable lives.

 

Instead of blindly believing the party line, let’s talk about some of the surprising reasons stress is good for you:

 

  1. Stress can boost your performance.

 

It’s true that oppressive, chronic stress — like if you’re caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s or living in a refugee camp — can make you ill. But there’s also a form of stress called acute stress, and the media tend to lump these two types together, causing us to fear both.

 

Acute stress — the kind you feel when, say, prepping for a certification exam, giving a presentation, interviewing for the job of your dreams, or standing at the starting line of a triathlon — ramps up in response to those events, and it can actually help you perform better. Then, it ramps back down during and after the anxiety-provoking event.

 

So when you ace a job interview, slay the audience with your stand-up comedy, or put on a burst of speed as you blast across a finish line, you can thank acute stress for your success.

 

  1. Stress can make you healthier.

 

A study published in the Psychological Bulletin concluded that acute, fight-or-flight-type stress actually boosts the immune system. It’s when the stress becomes chronic, the research said, that the immune system is harmed. What this means:  A temporary bump in stress caused by planning a trip, writing a novel, or starting a side business won’t kill you — and will, in fact, make you stronger.

 

  1. Stress is a sign of a full life.

 

The only way to feel zero stress is to never try, do, learn, experience, see, or create anything in your life.

 

If you’re traveling, entertaining friends in your home, performing on stage, taking a class, developing a new hobby, or doing anything else memorable and worthwhile, you will experience stress. Living a full life requires making an effort, taking risks, and accepting challenges. It’s only natural that as you do these things, your stress levels will increase at times — sometimes by a lot. That means you’re being challenged, in a good way.

 

But stress feels terrible!

 

I can’t deny that even if acute stress can help us perform better, be healthier, and live fuller lives, it often feels like…well, crap. On the upswing, acute stress boosts our energy and focus, but then we often experience a crash that leaves us wanting to sleep for three days straight.

 

The secret is to accept that acute stress can be a positive part of a fulfilling life, and then take steps to levels out the highs and lows to keep our energy and positivity flowing steadily.

 

Some things to try:

 

  • Meditate your The standard advice to sit and watch the breath is difficult for many of us. Try a free guided meditation podcast like those on TheMeditationPodcast.com or the Pzizz app.
  • Soak it out. Take a hot bath as soon as you feel that telltale tension in your shoulders, instead of waiting until you’re in full-tilt freak-out mode.
  • Write it down. Every night before bed, journal about your worries, to-dos, and fears to get them out of your brain so you can score a good night’s rest.
  • Head off illness. Down an immune-booster vitamin powder drink and go to bed early the day you sense the first signs of a cold.
  • Act early. Get a massage, even if you don’t need one to destress…yet.
  • Flip through a chapter of an inspirational book every morning.

 

Any other stress-busting tip you find in magazines or online can help, as long as you use it to level out the peaks and valleys in your anxiety levels, and not as an attempt to put the kibosh on stress altogether.

 

Bring on the stress — and live your best life.

 

Linda Formichelli is the author of the new book How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life — While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie. Go to the book website to learn more, buy your copy, and score an invite to the secret Facebook Group.