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Savory Oats

By now you likely know how we feel about veggies—we’re obsessed!  As girls who also have a wicked sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check ;), these twin sister, registered dietitians and personal trainers, and authors of The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure are constantly working to help you to get more of these magical fat-loss and health-promoting pups. So, when it comes to breakfast—who’s got your booty, baby? Us! 🙂

And while we adore eggs packed with veggies like these faves:

Mexican Eggs in a Mug

Pesto Veggie Omelet

Skinny Eggs Benedict 

Mini Frittata Muffins

Sunny Side Eggs on a Portobello “Bagel” 

We, along with countless others, are exploring ways to make veggies at breakfast a little different. For those days when hectic mornings call for something a little savory and a little hearty we thought we’d jump on the oat-lover train and make some savory oats!

 

Not only did we make our oats savory with a pinch of garlic and onion powders, we got you those magical veggies with mashed up riced cauliflower, an antioxidant rich, vitamin C powerhouse of a vegetable to give our oats a little more texture and a lot more nutrients.

Haven’t tried riced cauliflower?

Say hello to one of your new besties!  Riced cauliflower has become an “it” food over the last year or so, you can find it in the frozen section or the produce section of many supermarkets now. It’s super versatile, so while in our book we have a pizza crust made with it, you’ll also find countless recipes nowadays that use it—and we’ll be sharing more on this site soon!  And now you can simply purchase it ready-to-use! Woohoo!

The fat-loss promoting, magical veggies don’t end there:

We also added:

  • mushrooms, phytonutrient rock stars that support our immune system in so many ways.
  • kale, (um, because how could we ever forget this baby? 😉 ) –the best friend to many of our meals, it’s quick and easy to sauté up and it helps the liver in its detoxification process and adds vitamin K and A and lutein which is great for eye health, not a bad thing to start the morning with!

Savory Oats

Guess what?!  You can customize this yumster based on the veggies you have in your fridge that are begging to be cooked before they go bad. And as an added bonus—consuming a variety of veggies throughout the week fulfills an assortment of nutrients our bodies need. Oh yeah!!

Makes 2 servings

Top this savory dish with an egg cooked to your favorite style for protein.

Ingredients:

Oats or any hot whole or multi grain cereal

1/3 cup mashed cauliflower rice*

pinch of garlic powder

pinch of onion powder

1 cup finely shredded kale

5 mushrooms, sliced

1 TBSP Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon of your favorite vegetable seasoning (we used Weber Veggie Grill)

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Prepare ½ cup serving of oats according to package directions.
  2. As the oats cook, follow the directions on the packaging to heat the cauliflower rice. Once warm, mash the cauliflower further to get rid of any large chunks. (We found fresh cauliflower, riced, in our produce section and Trader Joes has a cauliflower rice in their frozen section. Either kind will do.)
  3. Saute the kale and mushrooms in 1 tsp of olive oil, seasoned with your go to vegetable seasoning, we like to try a variety. This time we used one called Veggie Grill by Weber. Remove from heat.
  4. Mix mashed cauliflower into the cooked oats with a pinch of garlic powder and onion powder.
  5. Top with sautéed mushrooms and kale.
  6. Finish with a topping of parmesan cheese for a savory and satisfying breakfast.

*The cauliflower rice will keep for a few days, so if you cook the whole bag per the instructions, you can use the leftovers in other meals or have another version of savory oats the next morning! Stay tuned, we also will be coming up with a sweet version for those mornings we want a little sweet but still need a hearty breakfast.

 

Nutrition Facts for 1 serving

152 Calories, 21 g carbs, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 8 g protein, 88 mg sodium, 4 g fiber

Savory Oats
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Oats or any hot whole or multi grain cereal
  • ⅓ cup mashed cauliflower rice*
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of onion powder
  • 1 cup finely shredded kale
  • 5 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 TBSP Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite vegetable seasoning (we used Weber Veggie Grill)
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Prepare ½ cup serving of oats according to package directions.
  2. As the oats cook, follow the directions on the packaging to heat the cauliflower rice. Once warm, mash the cauliflower further to get rid of any large chunks. (We found fresh cauliflower, riced, in our produce section and Trader Joes has a cauliflower rice in their frozen section. Either kind will do.)
  3. Saute the kale and mushrooms in a tsp of olive oil, seasoned with your go to vegetable seasoning, we like to try a variety. This time we used one called Veggie Grill by Weber. Remove from heat.
  4. Mix mashed cauliflower into the cooked oats with a pinch of garlic powder and onion powder.
  5. Top with sautéed mushrooms and kale.
  6. Finish with a topping of parmesan cheese for a savory and satisfying breakfast.
Notes
The cauliflower rice will keep for a few days, so if you cook the whole bag per the instructions, you can use the leftovers in other meals or have another version of savory oats the next morning! Stay tuned, we also will be coming up with a sweet version for those mornings we want a little sweet but still need a hearty breakfast.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 152 Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 21g Sodium: 88mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 8g

 

Eat More to Weigh Less, Really!

If you’re like most of our clients, you’re looking for something you can eat when you’re hungry that won’t cause you to gain weight.  The answer, surprisingly, is something that you can and should eat all of the time.  It’s true; there actually is something that if you eat more of it, it can assist in your weight loss efforts!

 

Veggies!  You may realize that you need more veggies but tend to leave them out of your meals; you’re not alone!  This is one of the most common struggles of health-minded people!  You simply need a little help or encouragement to actually get them!  Once we show our clients how easily vegetables can be deliciously incorporated into their lives, they start to bump up their intake!

 

Check out our 3 Top Reasons you’ll wanna get your veggies:

 

Veggie Bonus #1: Fill up on veggies and you’ll have less room in your stomach for the heavy stuff and you’ll lose weight!

 

Veggie Bonus #2 (a.k.a. our constipation & flat-belly cure): The high water and fiber content of the veggies flushes bloat and waste and brings on a flat belly—oh yeah!

 

Veggie Bonus #3 (a.k.a. our bloat-be-gone cure!): The high water and potassium combination in veggies helps to flush out salt and the extra water and bloat that it holds with it for a flatter belly!

 

The key is to keep the non-starchy veggies (nearly all veggies with the exception of peas, potatoes and corn) low in calories (by avoiding adding sauces or oil) and then you can simply mix steamed veggies into your meal and eat less of the waist-puffing stuff!  This means your plate will be just as full, but there will be less room for the higher-calorie fare and you’ll fill up on lower calorie, veggies! And when you’re hungry, fill up on veggies.  You’ll get more nutrients that keep you healthy and prevent disease and constipation while helping you to eat less of the heavy stuff and lose weight!

 

Check out our top ways to do it below:

Easy Peasy Brussel Sprouts

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  • Before any meal or cocktail party, have a Veggie Pre-Meal™ with a cup of tea. The Veggie Pre-Meal™ is one-and-a-half to two cups of steamed veggies. (See below for ideas and keep foods such as these Easy Peasy Brussel Sprouts on hand). You’ll be in better control around high calorie foods and won’t be overly hungry. It will be easier to resist eating too many of the foods that pack on the pounds because you’ll already be satisfied.
  • At lunch and dinner order (or microwave from frozen at home, if short on time) a side of steamed veggies without added butter or oil. Simply mix them right into whatever dish you’re eating and you’ll add great texture, flavor and color to your meal and the veggies will pick up the flavor from the sauce in the meal.
  • Use our Red, Green and Orange rule to include one red, green or orange vegetable or fruit in every meal. When you concentrate on getting one of these colors at each meal, you won’t forget. Vegetables are an excellent source of disease-fighting nutrients and are high in fiber and low in calories, and great for helping maintain a healthy weight and fighting aging.

 

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  • Make/ order omelets, sandwiches, pizzas, wraps and burritos with veggies added
  • Chinese chicken and rice? Pasta and chicken? Mac ‘n cheese? You end up eating less of the heavy stuff and fill your stomach with the lower calorie, fiber-and nutrient packed veggies. Added bonus: If you’re a fan of large helpings you can bag a third of the meal for later and mix the veggies right in the portion you have; you’ll fill your stomach with nutrients and fiber but with fewer calories. This way you won’t feel cheated or deprived because your meal won’t appear smaller, only your waistline will!
  • Use nori or lettuce for traditional sandwiches or wraps rather than carb-rich bread.
  • Eat your rice and other grain-based meals/ snacks by putting them in cups made with veggies-like scooped out tomatoes and bell peppers, zucchini and cucumber boats—these are delicious shells for the dish and help to keep the carb portion in check.
  • Make dips, spreads and salsas with veggies—veggie based dips like these below can double as sauces for grains and meats and are perfect for dipping veggies in.

 

  • If you still feel hungry after eating –or like munching–eat non-starchy vegetables (all vegetables with the exception of peas, potatoes and corn).
    • Go for them raw or steamed with spices, lemon, or flavored vinegars. You can even try our ultra low-calorie recipes like our Easy Crunchy Braised Cabbage, Colorful Detox Salad, Caramelized Cauliflower with Olive Oil & Lemon Juice, Spicy “Fried” Broccoli, and more! As an alternative, try the Kale Recharge Smoothie.
    • Be sure to avoid options that are cooked in butter or any other calorie-loaded item (like many sauces are)—and even in oil (100 calories per little tablespoon!), as they may thwart your weight-loss efforts and defeat the purpose of low-calorie veggies.
    • For dressing options, consider trying this Raspberry Vinaigrette or this Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing (stick to the suggested serving sizes) or consider putting your salad dressing in a spray bottle to spritz your dressing on your veggies and disperse the flavor with minimal calories.
    • Try to eat some raw veggies, as current research has shown that a special protein, glutathione, is found in raw veggies and clings to toxins, helping drag them out of the body. For example, enjoy some fresh carrots and sliced bell pepper with hummus!
    • Try these Roasted Detoxifying Veggies!
    • Defrost frozen veggies in the fridge during the day. When you get home, make a quick cold salad by mixing the veggies with one of the dressing options mentioned above or toss them right into a hot meal, as they’ll already be “cooked” and you’ll simply warm them up!

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Spicy “Fried” Broccoli

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5 Steps to A Bulletproof Immune System

A cold?  The flu?!  No way–not us– and not you! 🙂

As registered dietitians and certified personal trainers, we’re fortunate in that we know what it takes to bolster our immune systems– and those things are part of our daily routines.  However, we’ll admit, we struggle with number 5 as getting our zzz’s is the toughest for us. And if we ever start to feel a bit run down, the first thing we say to one another is, “Ah! I just need a good night’s sleep and I’ll be back to normal!”  😉

Here are our top five steps for a Bulletproof Immune System:

Do these to prevent that achoooo! from coming from you! 😉

1. Follow our Red, Orange & Green Rule include one red, green or orange vegetable or fruit in every meal. If you’ve read our articles or our book The Veggie Cure, you know how we feel about veggies–eating more of them is single-handedly the best thing you can do for your health.  When you concentrate on getting one of these colors at each meal, you won’t forget them. Vegetables and fruits are packed with disease-fighting nutrients (antioxidants, phytonutrients and anti-inflammatories) that bolster your body’s immunity, fend off inflammation and protect the body against disease.   Getting them regularly (at every  meal) means you’re constantly flooding your body with the protection it needs to fight illness and to stay strong.

  • And fruits and veggies keep the body healthy, are helpful in achieving a healthy weight, fend off damage from toxins and help to prevent premature aging— so it’s no wonder why we’re constantly getting requests for delicious veggie recipes without high-calorie dressings (that’s why we created our Colorful Detox Salad, our Roasted Detoxifying Veggies, and our Kale Recharge Smoothie)!

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Try these easy ways to get more veggies at your meals:

    • use nori, collards or lettuce for traditional sandwiches or wraps rather than carb-rich bread
    • top baked potatoes with steamed vegetables
    • mix pureed canned pumpkin into oatmeal and add cinnamon
    • make/ order omelets, sandwiches, pizzas, wraps and burritos with veggies added

Make this immune-boosting lunch to take to work

2. Get Probiotics–these are the friendly bacteria that your body needs in order to crowd out the harmful bacteria that naturally exist in your digestive tract.  Our health begins in our gut so whether you take a probiotic supplement, drink kefir or kombucha, eat yogurt, sauerkraut or kimchi, these food are a great way to add to the good bacteria in your gut. (Seventy to eighty- percent of the cells that make up the immune system are located in your gut, which contains both helpful and harmful microorganisms.)

  • When the harmful bacteria outweigh the beneficial ones, your body suffers, causing systemic inflammation, disease, and making you sick (colds, flu, etc.).
  • Bolstering your gut with beneficial microorganisms is key to maintaining gut health, stabilizing immune function, and reducing inflammation.
  • As you likely know if you’ve read our other posts, we’re big yogurt fans.  If you don’t like it straight up…
  • You can get more yogurt in our recipes like our:

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3. Hydrate!  Your body needs water to function at it’s best, and your immune system is no exception. Staying adequately hydrated can help your body flush out toxins and wastes, helping your immune system to better fight infection. Dehydration can also affect your energy levels, as well as your ability to sleep, which can make you less likely to exercise, which is another trigger for a weakened immune system.  If you have trouble hydrating, try these easy water infusions that taste great to encourage drinking and that have restorative nutrients:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar Mint “Detox” Drink: Among many great ingredients that help to flush bloat, it’s got mint–we like to think of it as a peace maker in the body 😉 It eases indigestion and calms the stomach, likely by improving the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and ease digestion. Thanks in part to it’s anti-inflammatory antioxidant rosmarinic acid, it “calms your insides” to ease the havoc inside your body!
  • Lemon Mint “Detox” Drink: Lemon, mint and ginger flood your body with nutrients that help your body to fight of damage from foreign invaders and free radicals.
  • Mixed Citrus Ginger Flush: Packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components to neutralize free radicals including chemicals that can travel through the body and cause damage to healthy cells.

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4. Don’t skip mealsForcing your body to run on empty will ultimately leave you run down and lower your immunity, leaving you susceptible to illnesses.

  • If you can’t have an actual meal and it’s been hours since you’ve last eaten, simply provide your body with a healthy snack to keep it fueled and not tax your system when it’s already dealing with stress.
    • Try a Greek Yogurt (probiotics–double your immunity boost here–woohoo!) and some berries (our Red, Orange, Green Rule, oh yeah!)
    • On-the-go? A handful of nuts or an apple with a tablespoon of nut butter.

5. Get a good night’s rest.  The body repairs itself when you sleep.  When your body is building its’ strength, it’s bolstering your immune system–you’re ready to fight off colds and flus! Aim for 7-8 hours a night.   Pssst…if you know us, call us in the late evening and make sure we’re getting ready to hit the sack, we need a little help with this one! Thanks! 🙂

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Marathon Countdown, Nutrition for 24 Hours before the Race

granola_yogurt_apple_KINDAs registered dietitians and as New York City dwellers, New York City Marathon day is one of our favorites. There’s excitement in the air— and it’s truly inspiring to watch all of those who have set out to run the 26.2 mile course and who have trained hard for months, and practiced their nutrition protocol, especially during their long runs.  Just watching people at the finish line gives us a high–as if we ran the marathon ourselves–it’s that inspiring! For months leading up to the ING NYC Marathon many marathon runner hopefuls come through our office doors in search of the best way to maximize their nutrition for an amazing run.  If you are preparing for the race, here are some of our tips:

 

Check out our post on what to eat 4-6 months before the marathon here.

 

Check out our post on what to eat 48 hours before the marathon here.

 

The day before the marathon is an exciting one! Now’s the time to continue doing all that you  have practiced in terms of your nutrition.

 

One day before the marathon:  More than likely, you’ve been working hard to eat nutritious foods to fuel your training, so now is the time to eat similarly .

  • Make sure you are getting plenty of carbs (Yes, your friends will be very envious that you have to eat plenty of ’em 🙂 ) to maximize your muscle energy stores (glycogen) by including carbohydrates at each meal (yay!).  Good options are brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, oatmeal and pasta.and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day and eat your typical meals that are familiar to you.

 

  • Focus on getting plenty of fluids. Today is a very important day to hydrate so sip on a water bottle throughout the day and drink at least 10 ounces of water with your meals.

 

  • Avoid large meals, they’ll weigh you down and leave you feeling lethargic and heavy. (Bloat isn’t a good look anyway 😉 )

 

  • A MISTAKE MANY RUNNERS MAKE: They eat a large meal the night before the run.  This can backfire when you wake up feeling lethargic and bloated–imagine trying to run the morning after eating Thanksgiving Dinner. No fun!  Dinner: Keep the portion size modest, do not gorge yourself! An all-time favorite for many of our clients, is Pasta with Grilled chicken and vegetables, providing enough carbohydrates to top off your body’s energy stores, so you’ll be fully fueled to run 26.2 miles in the morning.

 

  • Avoid fatty foods, dairy, fried foods, meats, roughage and nuts, as they all can slow digestion and cause extra stomach strain in your stomach which may already be a bit jittery and hampering normal digestion.  (Being doubled over in pain or having indigestion is exhausting and can wear you out before the big run!)

 

A few things to consider:

 

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T TELL YOU: As exciting as the marathon is, you’re also nervous and anxious and want to do your best. This all stresses the immune system right before you run a race that majorly stresses your immune system. So you’ll want to make your body and immune system as strong and well-equipped as possible for your run. The key is to flood your body with stress-fighting, damage-preventing nutrients that also fight inflammation so that your body is strong and in good working order when you head out on race day.

  • Use our Red, Orange or Green rule– choose one fruit or veggie that is any of these colors at each meal to ensure you are ingesting antioxidants to fight free-radical damage as well as anti-inflammatories (to keep your insides more calm) Think oranges, berries, spinach– go for your favorites!

If you have been drinking beet juice, now is the time to get it back in your system, but only if you’ve had it before—it’s not the time to test anything new. Beets are packed with dietary nitrates, which help blood vessels dilate, increasing blood flow to muscles during exercise and decreasing the amount of oxygen muscles need. Studies show that muscles are able to work more efficiently and move faster. Nitrate levels benefit from a loading phase so 6-8 ounces today and yesterday (hopefully you read our guide for 48 hours before the race! **see below if not) will help before you drink it on race day. (If you don’t love the taste, mix it with apple juice).

  • Take deep breaths, try to relax and sleep well, the stronger your immune system is when you set out to run the race and the healthier you are, the easier it will be for you to run your A-game race.

 

  • We can’t wait to watch you!  Go get ’em tiger!  Good luck! You rock!! 🙂 🙂

 

**We recommend testing using beet juice before some of your runs. Beet juice is packed with dietary nitrates, which help blood vessels dilate, increasing blood flow to muscles during exercise and decreasing the amount of oxygen muscles need. So muscles are able to work more efficiently and move faster.  Nitrate levels benefit from a loading dose, so you can start to build up your levels a few days before a race or competition.  Generally during the loading phase, aim to consume atout 6-8 ounces of beet juice daily. Studies have shown that drinking half a liter (about 17 ounces) of beet juice two to three hours before running can enhance performance.  Pssst… if you don’t like the taste you can mix it with a little apple juice. 🙂

 

3 Weight Loss Mistakes Fit People Make

 

 

 

 

Marathon Countdown, Nutrition for 24 Hours before the Race
 
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  • And here are some important reminders:
  • • Focus on getting plenty of fluids.
  • • Maximize your muscle energy stores (glycogen) by including carbohydrates at each meal.  Now's the time to have really enjoy it!  Good options are brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, oatmeal and pasta.
  • • WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T TELL YOU: Most people feel both excited and a little anxious—even good stress/ excitement taxes the body, so you’ll want to make your body and immune system are as strong and well-equipped as possible for your run. And running a marathon puts a huge stress on the immune system. It’s easy to get nervous and feel tempted to try something new that a friend mentions helped them. But don’t stray too far from your typical diet since your body can tolerate it and is accustomed to it. Be careful not to get so focused on manipulating carbohydrates that you forget about bolstering your immune system. Pack your diet with stress-fighting, damage-preventing nutrients that also fight inflammation so that your body is strong and in good working order when you head out on race day.
  • • Use our
  • Red, Orange or Green rule
  • to choose one produce item that is any of these colors at each meal to ensure you are ingesting antioxidants to fight free-radical damage as well as anti-inflammatories (to keep your insides more calm) and fiber to keep any possible toxins moving out of your digestive tract.
  • • Steer clear of foods that don’t pack nutrients and that add stress to your system like alcohol, refined grains and sweet and fried foods.
  • •  If you've been practicing with beet juice before your runs, continue on with your loading phase and continue to drink about 6-8 ounces today.  If you don't like the way it tastes, add some apple juice to it.
  • • Limit refined grains, fatty meats, sweets and fried foods. They’ll weigh you down and make you feel sluggish and crowd out healthy foods that may provide nutrients and long-lasting energy.
  • • A MISTAKE MANY RUNNERS MAKE: They eat a large meal the night before the run.  This can backfire when you wake up feeling lethargic and bloated.  Think of the way you feel the morning after Thanksgiving.  Now imagine running 26.2 miles.  It seems nearly impossible!  So have a carbohydrate-rich meal that will top off your glycogen stores.  A favorite among are runners is pasta with some chicken and vegetables.  Keep the portion moderate in size so you don't feel sick, bloated or heavy in the morning.

An Easy Exercise for Great Glutes

Reverse Lunge with Knee Lift

Beautify and Gluti-fy your Rear-view!

I admit it; I (Lyssie) have become a bit obsessed with bettering my rear-view. It all happened after I had to work on a writing project virtually 24/7 at my desk. I literally felt like my rear end took a hit and was sagging! If you’ve felt this way, I have great news, I quickly turned it around– and you can also with two simple moves! One you can even do anywhere without anyone even knowing!

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First, here’s the move you can do even in the grocery store line (I sure have been! 😉 ) :

  1. Simply squeeze your butt cheeks together, hold for three seconds and release for a moment.
  2. Complete 10 Repetitions to wake the glutes up.
  3. Then squeeze one butt cheek at a time holding each just for one second, just to activate the muscles, each on their own.

Now your glutes are warmed up (and you’ll notice they’ll start to be a bit firmer too (woohoo! 🙂 ) and you can try this move below (and above) that Tammy is demonstrating, it’s the ultimate Butt Blaster! 🙂

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Reverse Lunge with Knee Lift

Ultimate Booty Blast
Lunge Back Left Leg
Knee Up Left Leg
Repeat 10 times
Switch legs
Complete 3 Sets
Here’s how:

  1. Standing straight with your abs tight and engaged, lunge back with your right leg. Keeping your chest up, allow your left leg to bend until it is 90 degrees (the top of your leg should be parallel with the floor).
  2. Keeping your core engaged, push the ball of your foot into the floor to press yourself back towards standing position as you lift your right knee up to hip-level. Allow your arms to come up as you lift your leg.
  3. Pause for a moment with your right knee bent at 90 degrees and then step back into a lunge with your right leg, again allowing your left knee to bend to 90 degrees.
  4. Repeat this movement for ten repetitions with the right leg lunging. Then switch legs so that your left leg lunges back and the left knee lifts.
  5. Complete 3 sets with each leg.

Do this every other day and kiss buh-bye to a lazy-looking behind!

Reverse Plank with Kick For Sexy, Toned Abs

This is the Reverse Plank with A Kick.  It’s an awesome way to get your abs toned and flat.  You can even do it at home, while you’re watching TV. Oh yeah! Hello Sexy Abs! 😉

 

 

Here is the basic position which is still a great ab toner if you decide not to include the kick.  Just be sure to keep your abs tight and pulled in and keep your body in a straight line without letting your butt sag or your hips go too high.

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Doing this move regularly makes you look like you’re sucking in your tummy even when you’re not! Oh yeah!  🙂

Oh–and most of you likely know what we do to feel our best and for those of you who asked for more of the smoothies, this is for you! 🙂 In addition to starting our day by exercising and drinking a large glass of water, on days when we want an extra lift, we also have one of our refreshers like our Kale Recharge Smoothie, Sparkling Cucumber and Refresh Detoxer, or we go for one of our smoothies that use the Easiest Way To Get our Greens — or when we feel like we want a fresh start after eating foods that we don’t typically eat, we go for this Apple Cider Vinegar Mint “Detox” Drink, that we just added to our list!

Psst….

If crunches or sit-ups aren’t working for you and seem to be making your abs pooch out, you may wonder why. (And you’ll especially appreciate this move above!).
 

Why? Two reasons–1) you may rely on hip flexors more than your abs when you do crunches; this tightens & shortens them, forcing the hips to tilt forward, so your stomach pouches out.  With planks, you focus on your abs, pulling them in and assisting in the flat belly your after.  2) Crunches and sit-ups can build muscle under a layer of fat, making your pants look and feel even tighter.   (sip this throughout

For tips to reduce body fat, read our blog, try our recipes and drink our “detox” drinks like this hot number Slimming Raspberry Mint Detox Spritzer throughout the day and before meals to busts cravings, fight belly bloat and constipation and to  helps you to eat less and lose fat.