What’s the Best Oil For Cooking? #AskTheTwins

We answer questions about great oils to use when cooking as well as when to stop with the fruit. Have questions? Ask us twins using #AskTheTwins and you may get a shoutout 🙂

You can learn more about this from our amazing friend and dietitian Marie Spano

Here are a few delicious recipes cooked with healthy oils for cooking:

Salmon Cakes with Chia and Lemon Zest

Tomato, Spinach, Egg ‘n Feta Never Tasted Beta’ Wrap

Broccoli Peanut Stir-fry

 Chickpea Burgers

What do you think?  We’re you surprised by this?  Do you cook with olive oil? Please leave a comment below to let us know!

4 Surefire Ways To Get to The Event Bloat-Free

Here are our favorite tricks that we ALWAYS use before heading to a BBQ, a pool, the beach, or an event where we need to wear a LBD (i.e. the “Lil’ Black Dress”). Of course, as registered dietitians and personal trainers, these are based on science, but keep in mind that these are the tricks that don’t just look good on paper– they really work!  So we just have to share them! You’re welcome! 😉

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1. Wake up and immediately drink 16 ounces (or more!) of water

  • This will wake up your digestive tract—and get things movin’on out 😉 Buh, bye leftovers from last night that that are lingering in the colon. (This works like magic for us 😉)
  • It will help to flush bloating salt and water along with it.
  • It will prevent dehydration and give your body what it needs for its’ chemical reactions to make energy to start your day.

 

2. Get your sweat on! Do some form of cardio for at least 15 minutes.

  • This really gets your intestinal tract going to get things moving out of your colon. Ah-hem, yes, we mean, you’re preventing constipation and the gut bulges that come with it! (If you run, like we often do, you probably know how well this works!)
  • You’ll get rid of the little layer of “puff” right beneath your skin as you sweat out a little salt.
  • You’ll activate your muscles so they look toned and tight at the event.

 

3. Watch this move below. It’s the hook, line and sinker for your bloat-free belly. Your stomach will look so much tighter! It’s crazy cool! 🙂

Tammy learned this move after she first gave birth to her twins. This activates your stomach muscles and it trains them to stay right and tight—rather than just hanging out like most of us (yep, us too– so this is a good reminder for us!) let our stomachs do when we are just standing around.

 

What to do:
Step 1. Activate the muscles in your stomach by simply standing with your back against the wall and placing your hand on your stomach.  Squeeze your abs, pulling your belly button back to your spine.  Breathe out as  you do it.  Think of your stomach muscles acting as a zipper and zipping the stomach in nice and tight from the bottom up. Your hand should feel your abs move back towards your spine.

Step 2. Remember, as you squeeze your abs towards your spine breathe out. Hold your abs tight for several counts and then release. Do this at least 15-20 times. You may feel this in your back too, that’s OK, and it’s part of the strengthening and toning process and actually is a sign you’re doing it correctly.

Step 3. Now that you’ve activated the muscles, do this on your way to the event—and even at the event! What we love is that no one will even see what you’re doing, but they will see tight abs and a flat stomach, oh yeah! 🙂

 

4. Eat a breakfast that is high in fiber and protein. The fiber will help you to feel satisfied by filling up your stomach and assisting your digestive tract in making sure everything keeps moving along to prevent constipation and bloat while the protein will keep you satiated.  Stay away from super heavy breakfasts that will weigh you down and make you feel heavy.

Try these:
Mini Frittata Muffins or Veggie Frittata Bites with a piece of fruit
3 Ingredient Blueberry Pancakes

For Smoothie Ideas that fit the bill, check out this and remember if you don’t add a protein source to your smoothie, you’ll want to add one, like nonfat Greek yogurt or eggs.
Orange Muesli

Cherry Muesli
And consider drinking this Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush (or something similar) during the day and at the event!
We’re dying to hear how our favorite bloat-free tricks worked for you! Please leave a comment below and let us know! Also, for bonus tips to stay bloat free at the event, check out these!

Spring “Detoxing” For a Flatter Stomach -#AskTheTwins

In this video we share some of our favorite tips for lightening up for spring for a flatter stomach, make a detox smoothie–answer callers questions… oh, and we playfully tease someone Tammy once dated ;).

What’s your favorite tip that we share to help you to get a flatter tummy in time for summer?

Looking for ways to get flavor without belly-bloating sodium? Check out these Scrumptious Salt Substitutes and these.

The Sushi Deception – #AskTheTwins Video

Yup, we’re sushi fans, just like you! 🙂 So if you’re like most of our clients (and like us too!) you probably feel like you could eat a lot of sushi rolls while socializing over the course of the meal and not even notice.  But, of course, like all good things in life ;), those innocent looking rolls can really add up!

How much sushi is enough? And what can you do to prevent overdoing it?  We tell you all you need to know about when to cut back on the number of rolls you order–and how to fill up without filling out!  Check out our short video below (we filmed it as we were answering callers questions live for Qinetic.com.

For more calorie saving tips, what to order, why nagori rolls are the way to go, and how to take Sushi by the fins (woops, we mean horns!) check out Slim Your Sushi

And to make your own sushi right at home, try these yummy recipes:

Spicy Tuna Seaweed Wraps

Using Sushi Grade Tuna:

Cat Cora’s Almond Crusted Tuna Tataki Salad With Avocado Tzatziki

 

Another tip? When you add cream cheese or spicy mayo, or “crunchy” (aka fried) you are getting extra calories and fat. Your typical California roll or the standard Shrimp and Avocado roll ranges from 250-300 calories, while a Cream Cheese Roll with Tuna or a Crunchy Shrimp roll suddenly may cost you 570-700 calories per roll.

If you love the spicy rolls, just be aware you’ll add about 100 calories per roll to the regular versions. We are California and Tuna roll fans- and occasionally, if the spicy is done just right (not much mayo) we go for that!

TELL US: What do you order at a sushi restaurant?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sushi Deception - #AskTheTwins Video
 
Spicy Tuna Seaweed Wraps
Author:
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 nori seaweed sheets
  • ½ medium cucumber, cut into spears
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup canned tuna (the photo above uses sashimi, but canned works well and is easier for most people to get)
  • Chili Pepper
  • Mrs Dash or Trader Joe’s 21-Salute Seasoning
  • Dash of wasabi powder
Instructions
  1. Lay the seaweed sheet flat.
  2. Drain the can of tuna and mixed together with avocado as you mash the avocado into the tuna.
  3. Mix Chili Pepper and other seasonings in. Depending on how spicy you like it, you may want to add more chili and wasabi powder.
  4. Dampen both ends of the nori wrap and add a few cucumber spears to one end of the nori wrap and add half of the tuna mixture. Do the same to the other wrap, ¼ cup of tuna.
  5. Roll seaweed sheet up like you would with a yoga mat. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 wrap Calories: 147 Fat: 8 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 6 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 31 Fiber: 4 g Protein: 14 g

 

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The Fun Way to Make Kale Salad – The Nutrition Twins Show You How & Answer Questions LIVE

This recipe is so easy to make–and it ain’t yo rabbit’s salad! That’s right, it super satiating! 🙂  Watch the video for the jar, woops we mean- for the scoop!

 

 

Now you know why this salad rocks, and why we are obsessed with mason jars (buh bye soggy salad greens! Hello healthy lunch in minutes!).  If you missed some of this recipe specifics, grab them here  Sweet & Savory Kale Salad with Creamy Avocado and Crunchy Almonds

 

Want another delish mason jar salad? Get our Superfood Mason Jar Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

 

Don’t forget to leave us a comment below letting us know what you make with your mason jar and how it turns out!

 

 

A huge thank you to Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® brand home canning products, for sending us samples of their awesome jars, including the new Ball Purple Heritage Collection Jars (you saw these in our video above!), celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Ball Brothers’ “Improved” mason jar.

A staple item in kitchens across the country, the new Heritage Collection Jars are available in pint and quart sizes, featuring a vintage-inspired purple color and embossed logos on front and back paying tribute to the classic sun-changed amethyst jars, a collectors’ favorite due to the jars’ unique color. These limited-edition jars are the final release in Jarden’s Heritage Collection series.

 

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