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Blast Your Lower Body With This Trainer’s Effective and Strengthening 3-Move Workout

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Blast Your Lower Body With This Trainer’s Effective and Strengthening 3-Move Workout

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Strength machines may be confusing or even intimidating to use, but fortunately, NASM-certified trainer Kelsey Wells utilizes her Instagram to help us feel more comfortable and confident at the gym.

Kelsey’s three-move workout will help you increase your lower-body strength and build lean muscle. The workout only uses two machines – the leg press and hamstring curl machine – and is done in a pyramid style, "increasing weight as you decrease reps," Kelsey said. If you’re ready for a lower-body blast, check out her workout ahead.

The Leg Workout

Before getting started, be sure to make sure you’re warmed up (we suggest something like this dynamic warmup). "Be sure to rest between every set" in order for your muscles to recover, Kelsey advised. Don’t forget to cool down once you’re done.

Watch how Kelsey performs each move in the video above.

December 11, 2018 at 07:20PM

Red Meat Is Still Bad For Heart Health, Study Finds – but Not Just Because of Saturated Fat

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Red Meat Is Still Bad For Heart Health, Study Finds – but Not Just Because of Saturated Fat

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Two pieces of raw steak on parchment paper

Doctors and experts have long warned against eating too much red meat for heart health. In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends only eating lean meat such as chicken or fish without the skin because they are lower in saturated fat and saturated fat raises cholesterol and could lead to heart disease. (Although these are the AHA’s guidelines, more recent studies haven’t found a direct link between saturated fat and coronary heart disease).

But now, a new study has found it’s not just saturated fat from read meat that can impact your heart – a chemical called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) has been linked to heart disease when consumed in high levels. Researchers found that people who eat a lot of red meat have three times the amount of TMAO compared to those who eat white meat or a plant-based diet. In the study, the red meat participants ate the equivalent of eight ounces of steak or two quarter-pound beef patties a day, compared to participants who were just given white meat or just given plant-based protein sources. However, those who stopped eating red meat lowered their levels of TMAO.

TMAO is formed by gut bacteria when red meat is digested. TMAO can be measured using a simple blood test, which may be another strategy in helping prevent heart disease.

"These findings reinforce current dietary recommendations that encourage all ages to follow a heart-healthy eating plan that limits red meat," said Charlotte Pratt, PhD, the NHLBI project officer for the study, according to Science Daily. "This means eating a variety of foods, including more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy foods, and plant-based protein sources such as beans and peas."

If you’re looking to cut back on your meat consumption and eat a more plant-based diet, check out these 10 tips.

December 11, 2018 at 07:39PM

I’m a CrossFitter, and These Are the 20 Core-Carving Exercises I’m Obsessed With

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I’m a CrossFitter, and These Are the 20 Core-Carving Exercises I’m Obsessed With

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As a CrossFitter, having a strong core is essential because it makes everything easier: burpees, squats, box jumps, and pull-ups, to name a few. Aside from AbMat sit-ups, we actually rarely do strict ab exercises. Most of the elements of a CrossFit workout are total-body, so you end up getting an intense ab workout without a single crunch. These are the core-strengthening exercises I swear by.

It’s important to note that doing these exercises won’t automatically make your six-pack appear overnight. "There are really no exercises to reduce belly fat; unfortunately, this is the age-old myth," Jade Jenny, head CrossFit coach and owner of Champlain Valley CrossFit, told POPSUGAR. "People think they can get abs, and just abs." It may surprise you to hear a CrossFit coach say that "reducing belly fat ultimately comes down to how you eat," but it’s true.

In order to lose belly fat, you need to reduce your overall body fat percentage by dialing in your diet, eating whole foods, ditching the junk, and creating a calorie deficit. You can do these exercises to stay strong, and once you get leaner, get ready for your abs to pop!

November 29, 2018 at 02:18AM

Eggnog Hummus Shakes Are Here For the Holidays, and Santa’s Very Confused

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Eggnog Hummus Shakes Are Here For the Holidays, and Santa’s Very Confused

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Every year, healthy seasonal drinks pop up and replace our beloved Christmas classics. Around this time last year, we nearly drowned ourselves in Trader Joe’s non-dairy Almond Nog, and this year, we’re taking it up a notch with an Eggnog Hummus Shake from The Hummus & Pita Co. Intrigued? Us, too. The Mediterranean food chain recently rolled out hummus-based shakes in five different gluten- and dairy-free flavors, but original, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, and butter pecan are going to have to take a back seat to the new eggnog spin.

The Eggnog Hummus Shake is made with chickpeas, tahini, banana, dates, and almond milk. Vegan eggnog is blended within the hummus-based mix and then topped with nutmeg. We know what you’re thinking and nope, according to many Instagram users, the original flavors don’t taste like hummus. In fact, they taste like bananas! Somewhere up at the North Pole, Santa is going through his files and determining which vegans were naughty or nice, and which will be able to get their hands on the shake. The Eggnog Hummus Shake is now available at all Hummus & Pita Co. locations.

December 13, 2018 at 12:19AM

Review: MaryRuth’s Vegan Omega Gummies

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Review: MaryRuth’s Vegan Omega Gummies

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Over the holiday break, I received a mysterious package on my doorstep. It wasn’t anything I’d ordered, so I ripped it open to find this big bottle of MaryRuth’s Vegan Omega 3-6-7-9 Gummies!

I don’t remember being contacted by this company to review their products. But it happens sometimes that a company will have my mailing address and just send me review products with no warning. And lucky me — I was fresh out of vegan omega supplements.

I had been taking omega supplements a few months back, but when they ran out, I didn’t get more. And I keep meaning to! Isn’t that always the case with vitamins??

Anyway, these are awesome. They’re orange flavored and they have the same gummy texture that SurfSweets vegan gummies have. So basically, they’re candy but they’re vitamins. Win-win. They’re also non-gmo and gluten-free.

The omegas come from sea berry omega-3 powder and flaxseed oil. Good stuff! I will definitely pay for more when I run out!

January 17, 2019 at 06:00AM

Some Bowls I Ate

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Some Bowls I Ate

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Now that the Health Made Simple meal plan is over, I’m finding the healthiest way for me to eat day to day is BOWLS! All you need is a bean, a grain, and a green (and a sauce!), and you’ve got yourself the quickest, healthiest, and IMO, tastiest meal.

Here are a few bowls I’ve eaten over the past week. This super-fancy bowl is a recipe from the original No Meat Athlete book (not the cookbook, but the health book with a few recipes — it was recently updated and re-released btw). It’s Hawaiian Luau Beans & Rice, and it was so great! A mix of black beans, red cabbage, yellow pepper, and spinach is served over brown rice mixed with toasted coconut. And it’s topped off with grilled pineapple rings. Such a treat!

But most of my bowls aren’t that fancy. Here’s one I made over the weekend with buffalo chickpeas (just chickpeas tossed with hot sauce and garlic powder), sauteed broccoli and squash, quinoa, and cashew ranch. 
And here’s another with the same sauteed broccoli and squash over quinoa, but this time, I used Great Northern Beans, tahini sauce (just tahini mixed with nooch, soy sauce, and water), and sriracha. Topped with sesame seeds and Everything But the Bagel seasoning.
Yesterday for lunch, I had a bowl with quinoa, steamed kale, white beans, and tahini sauce, but I forgot to take a pic.
I’m even eating bowls when I dine out! Last night, my parents came over and we picked up takeout in Crosstown Concourse. They were craving Impossible Burgers so they got food to-go from Farm Burger, and I got the Curry Chickpea Bowl from the cafe at Crosstown Arts. This mouth-watering Indian-style curry was made with coconut milk and served atop red rice with a side of grilled pita. By the way, my takeout was served in a takeout box, but here’s a pic I snapped earlier in the day of the dish coming out of the kitchen (I manage the social media for the cafe, so I take lots of food pics for work now!).

December 13, 2018 at 06:00AM

Stuff I Ate: Tacos, Banh Mis, & So Much Soup!

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Stuff I Ate: Tacos, Banh Mis, & So Much Soup!

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I mentioned here last week that one of my favorite vegan-friendly restaurants,

Fuel Cafe

, is closing on December 22. Super bummed about it. I’m trying to eat there as often as possible before it’s too late. Since they’ve re-did the menu earlier this year, I still hadn’t gotten a chance to try the famed vegan

Oyster Mushroom Banh Mi

, so I fixed that today at lunch with my friend Susan.

This hearty sourdough loaf (baked by my friend Don of Lulu’s Baked) is stuffed with pan-fried oyster mushrooms, walnut pate, cilantro, and carrot pickles. AMAZING. Sad that I’ll probably never get to eat this again (unless Don serves a version of it at a future pop-up!). Don will continue doing vegan pop-ups in the Fuel space after they close, so that’s good news.

Last night, I made the

BBQ Tempeh Tacos

from Health Made Simple. This super-easy recipe was one of my faves on the plan, and I’ll definitely be making it often. You just sautee tempeh in a skillet with BBQ sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold) and top with pineapple, cilantro, jalapeno, scallion, and red cabbage. I added some Tofutti sour cream since I had some on-hand.

As part of my job at Crosstown Arts, I manage the social media for our plant-based cafe,

Today & Always

. That means I sometimes get to try the things I photograph! Today, cafe manager Nicole made this lovely cup of the drink special —

Salted Caramel Apple Cider

— for a social media photo. And then she let me drink it afterward. This has a vegan salted caramel syrup and coconut whip. SO GOOD.

Yesterday, I had a work meeting at

French Truck Coffee

, the coffee shop downstairs from my office. I ordered their drink of the month,

Masala Cappuccino

(made with toasted coconut-almond milk). It had hints of cardamom, vanilla, and black pepper. Very good!

And now for all the soup! On Monday, I didn’t have an easy lunch prepared, so I grabbed a box of Pacific Black Bean & Kale Soup to take to the office. This soup is super whole foods-y with only ingredients I recognize!

I had one last serving of

Lisa’s Tempeh & Rice Gumbo

in the freezer from Health Made Simple. Had that for lunch yesterday.

And finally, here’s a bowl of RAMEN!!! I finally had my Sunday morning ramen after weeks of not eating ramen on Health Made Simple. But I made this as healthy as possible with

Lotus Foods Brown Rice Ramen

, tofu, peas, carrots, corn, and spinach. The flavor was miso, so it also had bits of seaweed.

December 7, 2018 at 06:00AM

You Can Absolutely Speed Up Weight Loss! A Beachbody Trainer Shares 3 Fitness Tips

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You Can Absolutely Speed Up Weight Loss! A Beachbody Trainer Shares 3 Fitness Tips

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You’re eating a healthy diet, watching your calorie intake, and focusing on whole, unprocessed foods. That’s the key to weight loss, but you can speed up your efforts by incorporating exercise. Beachbody supertrainer Autumn Calabrese, creator of 80 Day Obsession, shared these three fitness tips to help you find weight-loss success.

December 14, 2018 at 05:52AM

We’ve Got Your Friday Night Plans, and They Involve These Low-Carb Dishes at Ruby Tuesday

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We’ve Got Your Friday Night Plans, and They Involve These Low-Carb Dishes at Ruby Tuesday

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Eating out can be difficult when you’re trying to stick to a low-carb plan like the keto diet – that is, until you know where to go and how to navigate the menu. As far as low-carb picks go, Ruby Tuesday is a pretty sweet stop. You’ll need to skip the loaded potato chips and breaded shrimp (sorry), but in their place, you can find solid choices for appetizers, your pick of proteins, and even a burger (stay with us). Grab your keys and wallet – or that unused gift card – and dig into these tasty dishes:

  • Appetizer: Order the Bacon Deviled Eggs. The sriracha sauce gives this dish a nice kick while still keeping it at two grams of carbs. Plus, starting your meal with some protein is always a smart move.
  • Chicken: Choose from the Chicken Bella, Asiago Bacon Chicken, or Chicken Fresco. They’re super low-carb, then all you have to do is choose your sides. The Fresh Grilled Zucchini, Fresh Steamed Broccoli, and Garden Salad are solid options.
  • Steak: Most of this section of the menu is keto-approved, so simply order the cut you prefer (rib-eye, sirloin) and the size (six, eight, or 12 ounces). Then pair your steak with the sides above.
  • Seafood: The Grilled Salmon is your safest bet at zero grams of carbs and 53 grams of protein. For something a little more indulgent, try the New Orleans Seafood – it doesn’t get better than cajun seasoning and a parmesan cream sauce for only four grams of carbs.
  • Burgers: If you can do without the brioche bun and french fries, order the Avocado Turkey Burger or the Mushroom and Swiss Burger. The higher fat content of these dishes, along with the rich flavor profiles, is a pretty delicious substitute.

December 15, 2018 at 01:39AM

11 Cool Running Shoes We’re Buying Just in Time For the New Year

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11 Cool Running Shoes We’re Buying Just in Time For the New Year

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On the hunt for a pair of new running sneakers? You’ve come to the right place. We looked to Nordstrom because the department store carries all our favorite brands in one place, and it just dropped a ton of new choices, just in time for the new year. We uncovered 11 cool picks worth owning right now, from pink Nikes to two-toned APLs. Keep scrolling to shop our favorites, but beware: it will be hard to leave empty-handed.

Related: Nordstrom’s Most Popular Fitness Brand Has More Than Just Amazing Leggings

December 5, 2018 at 01:59AM

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