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Protein Shake Recipes: 21 Quick and Easy Protein Shake Recipes

Tired of sipping on the same smoothies every week? If you’re in a liquid meal rut, we’ve got just the protein shake recipes you need to wake up your taste buds and deliver some variety to your glass. From mango to mocha to key lime, delicious and unique flavors infuse all of these inventive creations. Each protein shake recipe will give your body the energy it craves to take on the day or recover from a tough workout. So go ahead, teach an old blender new tricks.

21 Protein Shake Recipes You'll Love

[caption id="attachment_64981" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Key Lime Protein Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

1. Key Lime Pie Protein Shake (27.5 g protein)

Take a tropical escape — no plane required — with a pie-flavored smoothie. This sweet yet tart treat has 14 grams of fiber, so it'll will keep you fuller, longer.

[caption id="attachment_64982" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Mocha Coffee Shake Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

2. Mocha Protein Shake (28 g protein)

Get your caffeine and protein all in one delicious sip! Since a moderate amount of the stimulant can boost stamina, increase endurance and delay fatigue, this recipe is a perfect pre-gym shake.

[caption id="attachment_64983" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Gingersnap Protein Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

3. Gingersnap Protein Shake (26 g protein)

Even though it’s a cold drink, the ginger heats up the body and helps boost the immune system. Furthermore, the therapeutic root aids in digestion and soothes gastrointestinal distress.

RELATED: 9 Quick and Easy Smoothie Hacks

[caption id="attachment_64571" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Apple-Kale Protein Green Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

4. Apple-Kale Green Protein Shake (28 g protein)

This low-carb shake uses only one Granny Smith apple, which contains less sugar than other varieties, while detoxifying cucumber and fibrous kale round it out into a fully nutritious drink.

[caption id="attachment_64984" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Black Forest Protein Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

5. Black Forest Protein Shake (29 g protein)

Satisfy your sweet tooth and reduce post-workout inflammation with this decadent drink named after delicious German Black Forest Cake. While nothing beats fresh cherries, feel free to use frozen if they're not available.

[caption id="attachment_64985" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Mango Blueberry Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

6. Mango-Blueberry Protein Shake (29 g protein)

A summertime favorite that also happens to be a superfood, blueberries will give your post-workout fuel just the right amount of sweetness, plus a mega dose of vitamin C. In addition, this blend's got a spoonful of chia seeds for extra omega-3 and fiber.

[caption id="attachment_64986" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Mango Lassi Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

7. Mango Lassi Protein Shake (18 g protein)

No protein powder? No problem. This Indian-inspired drink packs plenty due to nonfat Greek yogurt. Plus, the probiotics in yogurt combined with enzymes from mango will aid digestion.

[caption id="attachment_37504" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Raspberry Chia Cocoa Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

8. Raspberry-Chia Protein Shake (33 g protein)

This shake uses raspberries and chia seeds instead of bananas to thicken the mixture into a creamy consistency. Plus, the protein-packed seeds have the added benefit of fiber without any added sugar.

[caption id="attachment_64987" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Peachy Green Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

9. Peachy Green Protein Shake (33 g protein)

Begin your day with two whole servings of fruits and vegetables with this powerhouse smoothie. Peaches, pineapple, banana and kale will carry you through any tough morning WOD!

RELATED: 9 Delicious Green Smoothie Recipes

[caption id="attachment_64988" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Toasted Coconut Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

10. Toasted Coconut Macaroon Protein Shake (25 g protein)

Fiber-rich coconut aids in digestion and provides essential minerals, including iron, to your diet. It's the perfect low-carb addition to any vanilla protein shake.

[caption id="attachment_64989" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Frosty Shake Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

11. Protein Frosty Shake (26 g protein)

This dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free version of the classic Frosty is fortified with the power of protein! While ice does most of the heavy lifting here, make sure you have Xantham gum on hand to achieve that thick, delicious consistency.

[caption id="attachment_64990" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Banana Oat Smoothie Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote[/caption]

12. Banana-Oat Protein Shake (30 g protein)

Get ready to go bananas for this smoothie that’s got staying power. Its serious dose of potassium will sustain your blood sugar and also prevent muscle cramps. Plus, the nutrient protects the heart and aids in calcium absorption.

[caption id="attachment_39172" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Matcha Pear Green Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

13. Matcha Pear Green Protein Shake (22 g protein)

The matcha green tea in this recipe delivers a hit of caffeine, while spinach provides almost every vitamin and mineral under the sun. Pear not only sweetens the deal, but adds plenty of vitamin C and fiber (especially with the skin left on).

[caption id="attachment_64991" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Grape Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

14. Grape-Berry Protein Shake (25 g protein)

Plump, juicy grapes make a delicious addition to your smoothie. And blending them actually helps your body absorb the vitamin C, manganese and potassium that’s found within the skin. Also, it’ll keep your stomach from rumbling thanks to a fiber count of 13 grams.

[caption id="attachment_33659" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

15. Oatmeal Raisin “Cookie” Protein Shake (27 g protein)

Strip an oatmeal cookie of all that added sugar and unnecessary butter and you're left with wholesome ingredients, including heart-healthy oats and fiber-rich raisins, which blend up beautifully into a shake that even Cookie Monster would devour.

RELATED: How to Choose the Best Protein Powder for You

[caption id="attachment_64992" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: PB&J Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

16. Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Shake (29 g protein)

This refreshing re-mix of the PB&J is a great post-workout treat. First of all, the peanut butter adds a blast of flavor, healthy fat and extra protein. Furthermore, raspberries provide fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and bone-strengthening manganese.

[caption id="attachment_64993" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

17. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake (32 g protein)

Peanut butter lovers, rejoice! Chocolate protein powder gets reunited with its nut butter soul mate in this recipe. Since the cold libation gets its creaminess from a banana, it can be dairy-free if you opt for soy or almond milk.

[caption id="attachment_64994" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

18. Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake (27 g protein)

Get that sweet pumpkin pie taste without the sugar rush by whipping together protein powder, spices and lots of pumpkin. In addition to its high fiber content, the squash is also full of antioxidants and immunity-boosting nutrients like iron and vitamins A and E.

[caption id="attachment_64995" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

19. Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake (29 g protein)

Throw your taste buds back to the old fashioned Creamsicle — but in a healthier way! Rather than adding sugar, this shake uses orange juice and fruit to sweeten the deal.

[caption id="attachment_64996" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: White Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

20. White Chocolate Raspberry Protein Shake (28 g protein)

Packed with vitamin C, fiber and phytonutrients, raspberries are a great addition to any smoothie. Pair the frozen variety with vanilla protein powder and a scarce amount of white chocolate and… voilà! It’s a dessert in a glass!

[caption id="attachment_64997" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Vietnamese Coffee Protein Shake Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

21. Vietnamese Coffee Protein Shake (26 g protein)

Caffeine has been shown to enhance athletic performance when taken an hour ahead of time, so kill two birds with one stone by downing your cup of Joe with your protein shake.

Originally posted June 2014. Updated January 2018.

Additional writing by Perry Santanachote. 

Read More
5 Signs You’re Not Eating Enough Protein
The Beginner’s Guide to Using Protein Powder
Your Cheat Sheet to Vegan Protein Powders

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21 Quick and Easy Protein Shake Recipes

Protein Shake Recipes: 21 Quick and Easy Protein Shake Recipes Tired of sipping on the same smoothies every week? If you’re in a liquid meal rut, we’ve got just the protein shake recipes you need to wake up your taste buds and deliver some variety to your glass. From mango to mocha to key lime, delicious and unique flavors infuse all of these inventive creations. Each protein shake recipe will give your body the energy it craves to take on the day or recover from a tough workout. So go ahead, teach an old blender new tricks.

21 Protein Shake Recipes You'll Love

[caption id="attachment_64981" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Key Lime Protein Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

1. Key Lime Pie Protein Shake (27.5 g protein)

Take a tropical escape — no plane required — with a pie-flavored smoothie. This sweet yet tart treat has 14 grams of fiber, so it'll will keep you fuller, longer. [caption id="attachment_64982" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Mocha Coffee Shake Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

2. Mocha Protein Shake (28 g protein)

Get your caffeine and protein all in one delicious sip! Since a moderate amount of the stimulant can boost stamina, increase endurance and delay fatigue, this recipe is a perfect pre-gym shake. [caption id="attachment_64983" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Gingersnap Protein Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

3. Gingersnap Protein Shake (26 g protein)

Even though it’s a cold drink, the ginger heats up the body and helps boost the immune system. Furthermore, the therapeutic root aids in digestion and soothes gastrointestinal distress. RELATED: 9 Quick and Easy Smoothie Hacks [caption id="attachment_64571" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Apple-Kale Protein Green Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

4. Apple-Kale Green Protein Shake (28 g protein)

This low-carb shake uses only one Granny Smith apple, which contains less sugar than other varieties, while detoxifying cucumber and fibrous kale round it out into a fully nutritious drink. [caption id="attachment_64984" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Black Forest Protein Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

5. Black Forest Protein Shake (29 g protein)

Satisfy your sweet tooth and reduce post-workout inflammation with this decadent drink named after delicious German Black Forest Cake. While nothing beats fresh cherries, feel free to use frozen if they're not available. [caption id="attachment_64985" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Mango Blueberry Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

6. Mango-Blueberry Protein Shake (29 g protein)

A summertime favorite that also happens to be a superfood, blueberries will give your post-workout fuel just the right amount of sweetness, plus a mega dose of vitamin C. In addition, this blend's got a spoonful of chia seeds for extra omega-3 and fiber. [caption id="attachment_64986" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Mango Lassi Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

7. Mango Lassi Protein Shake (18 g protein)

No protein powder? No problem. This Indian-inspired drink packs plenty due to nonfat Greek yogurt. Plus, the probiotics in yogurt combined with enzymes from mango will aid digestion. [caption id="attachment_37504" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Raspberry Chia Cocoa Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

8. Raspberry-Chia Protein Shake (33 g protein)

This shake uses raspberries and chia seeds instead of bananas to thicken the mixture into a creamy consistency. Plus, the protein-packed seeds have the added benefit of fiber without any added sugar. [caption id="attachment_64987" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Peachy Green Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

9. Peachy Green Protein Shake (33 g protein)

Begin your day with two whole servings of fruits and vegetables with this powerhouse smoothie. Peaches, pineapple, banana and kale will carry you through any tough morning WOD! RELATED: 9 Delicious Green Smoothie Recipes [caption id="attachment_64988" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Toasted Coconut Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

10. Toasted Coconut Macaroon Protein Shake (25 g protein)

Fiber-rich coconut aids in digestion and provides essential minerals, including iron, to your diet. It's the perfect low-carb addition to any vanilla protein shake. [caption id="attachment_64989" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Frosty Shake Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

11. Protein Frosty Shake (26 g protein)

This dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free version of the classic Frosty is fortified with the power of protein! While ice does most of the heavy lifting here, make sure you have Xantham gum on hand to achieve that thick, delicious consistency. [caption id="attachment_64990" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Banana Oat Smoothie Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote[/caption]

12. Banana-Oat Protein Shake (30 g protein)

Get ready to go bananas for this smoothie that’s got staying power. Its serious dose of potassium will sustain your blood sugar and also prevent muscle cramps. Plus, the nutrient protects the heart and aids in calcium absorption. [caption id="attachment_39172" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Matcha Pear Green Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

13. Matcha Pear Green Protein Shake (22 g protein)

The matcha green tea in this recipe delivers a hit of caffeine, while spinach provides almost every vitamin and mineral under the sun. Pear not only sweetens the deal, but adds plenty of vitamin C and fiber (especially with the skin left on). [caption id="attachment_64991" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Grape Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

14. Grape-Berry Protein Shake (25 g protein)

Plump, juicy grapes make a delicious addition to your smoothie. And blending them actually helps your body absorb the vitamin C, manganese and potassium that’s found within the skin. Also, it’ll keep your stomach from rumbling thanks to a fiber count of 13 grams. [caption id="attachment_33659" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

15. Oatmeal Raisin “Cookie” Protein Shake (27 g protein)

Strip an oatmeal cookie of all that added sugar and unnecessary butter and you're left with wholesome ingredients, including heart-healthy oats and fiber-rich raisins, which blend up beautifully into a shake that even Cookie Monster would devour. RELATED: How to Choose the Best Protein Powder for You [caption id="attachment_64992" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: PB&J Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

16. Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Shake (29 g protein)

This refreshing re-mix of the PB&J is a great post-workout treat. First of all, the peanut butter adds a blast of flavor, healthy fat and extra protein. Furthermore, raspberries provide fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and bone-strengthening manganese. [caption id="attachment_64993" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

17. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake (32 g protein)

Peanut butter lovers, rejoice! Chocolate protein powder gets reunited with its nut butter soul mate in this recipe. Since the cold libation gets its creaminess from a banana, it can be dairy-free if you opt for soy or almond milk. [caption id="attachment_64994" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

18. Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake (27 g protein)

Get that sweet pumpkin pie taste without the sugar rush by whipping together protein powder, spices and lots of pumpkin. In addition to its high fiber content, the squash is also full of antioxidants and immunity-boosting nutrients like iron and vitamins A and E. [caption id="attachment_64995" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Orange Creamsicle Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

19. Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake (29 g protein)

Throw your taste buds back to the old fashioned Creamsicle — but in a healthier way! Rather than adding sugar, this shake uses orange juice and fruit to sweeten the deal. [caption id="attachment_64996" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: White Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

20. White Chocolate Raspberry Protein Shake (28 g protein)

Packed with vitamin C, fiber and phytonutrients, raspberries are a great addition to any smoothie. Pair the frozen variety with vanilla protein powder and a scarce amount of white chocolate and… voilà! It’s a dessert in a glass! [caption id="attachment_64997" align="alignnone" width="620"]Protein Shake Recipes: Vietnamese Coffee Protein Shake Photo by Perry Santanachote[/caption]

21. Vietnamese Coffee Protein Shake (26 g protein)

Caffeine has been shown to enhance athletic performance when taken an hour ahead of time, so kill two birds with one stone by downing your cup of Joe with your protein shake. Originally posted June 2014. Updated January 2018. Additional writing by Perry Santanachote.  Read More 5 Signs You’re Not Eating Enough Protein The Beginner’s Guide to Using Protein Powder Your Cheat Sheet to Vegan Protein Powders

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14 Deliciously Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes

Admit it: Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to eat your vegetables. If you’re bored of the same old salads, let us introduce you to our favorite green smoothie recipes. But just because a drink is labeled a smoothie does not mean it’s healthy. Some smoothies are loaded with fruit, juices and sweeteners — far from weight loss-friendly! So we sipped around to find the best green smoothies. These creamy concoctions pack leafy greens, protein powder and fruits to deliver fiber, potassium and iron. You'll curb hunger and feel satisfied, while nourishing your body with anti-inflammatory ingredients. All you need to get started is a blender, so get mixing and raise a glass to good health!

RELATED: 7 Delicious Protein Smoothie Recipes

14 Protein-Rich Green Smoothie Recipes

Green Smoothie Recipes: Pear Green Protein Smoothie

1. Matcha Pear Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

Move over, kale — matcha is the hot new green in town. The finely ground green tea powder delivers caffeine, while pears provide a boost of vitamin C and fiber. Protein powder ensures you’ll stay full long, so you won't load up on empty calories that lead to weight gain. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Spinach-Orange Smoothie

2. Spinach Orange Smoothie

Like to start your day with orange juice? This creamy and thick green smoothie recipe uses fresh juice right from the fruit. Citrus flavors can also give you a boost of energy sans caffeine, so try blending this recipe up before you head out the door. Pro tip: Cut up the banana and freeze it the night before, and you won’t have to use ice. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Savvy Sassy Moms

RELATED: 13 Quick and Easy Smoothie Hacks

Green Smoothie Recipes: Orange Kale Green Smoothie

3. Orange Kale Protein Juice Recipe

Life is hard. Why should you have to choose between a protein shake and a juice? With 30 grams of protein, plus pulverized kale and fresh orange, you can have it all with every smooth sip. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Ginger Orange Green Smoothie

4. Ginger-Orange Green Smoothie

Five ingredients are all you need for this sunshine-in-a-glass smoothie. Make sure to blend the spinach and romaine first, then add the banana, oranges and ginger. You'll fill up on fiber-rich ingredients to keep you full and energized. Photo and recipe: Bridgid / Bridgid Gallagher

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Blueberry-Mint Green Smoothie

5. Blueberry Mint Green Smoothie

Don’t be fooled by the purple hue! This violet blend is chock-full of delicious nutrients that’ll make other smoothies green with envy. The extra kick of color — and flavor — comes from a full cup of antioxidant-rich blueberries, nutrient powerhouses that are a significant source of vitamins K and C, fiber and manganese. Photo and recipe: Caitlin / The Merrythought

Green Smoothie Recipes: Spring Detox Green Smoothie

6. Spring Detox Green Smoothie

Give ‘em kale! This veg-tastic smoothie has a mix of savory and sweet flavors, thanks to cilantro, honey, ginger and pineapple. Plus, you’ll get just the slightest boost of caffeine from green tea, a natural way to boost your metabolism and lose weight. Photo and recipe: Henry Happened

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Flax-Smoothie-Duo

7. Flax and Oats Smoothie

If it’s too hot for oatmeal but you still want some whole grains, try this emerald shake that’s got a hearty amount of raw rolled oats. Sprinkle on some homemade granola if you like some extra crunch. Photo and recipe: Kath / Kath Eats

RELATED: 9 Smoothie Bowl Recipes You'll Want to Eat Every Morning

Green Smoothie Recipes: Honeydew-Mint-Smoothie

8. Honeydew Mint Smoothie

Refresh yourself while indulging your sweet tooth with this light and fruity green smoothie. For an extra-cold drink, chill your melon and coconut milk in the fridge before making. Photo and recipe: Willow / Will Cook For Friends

Green Smoothie Recipes: Peachy Green Smoothie

9. Peachy Green Protein Smoothie

With 31 grams of protein, this smoothie works well for breakfast or as a post-workout snack. Sweeten the deal with some peaches and pineapple and you’ve got one satisfying sip! Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 11 Superfood Breakfast Bowls to Jumpstart Your Day

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Kale-Avocado-Smoothie

10. Kale Pina-Covado Smoothie

Taste the tropics and get some veggies, too. This kale blend gets its sweetness from pineapple and its creaminess from half an avocado. Healthy fats, like avocados, can keep you satiated and are essential for weight loss. Share the second serving with a friend, or keep it in the fridge for up to two days. Photo and recipe: Dre / Delicious By Dre

RELATED: 10 Creative Recipes with Kale

 Green Smoothie Recipes: Happy Green Monster Smoothie

11. Happy Green Monster

Put some pep in your step with this pear-based shake. Pear and coconut water pack enough of potassium to keep your muscles working efficiently, plus spinach and kale are chock-full of fiber to keep your digestion as happy as your taste buds. Photo and recipe: Maryanne / the little epicurean

12. Joe Wicks' Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach and “Lean in 15” creator, is all about quick and dirty meals and snacks. In this recovery smoothie recipe, he adds spinach for replenishing vitamin K, protein powder to help rebuild muscles and honey for a touch of natural sweetness. Photo and recipe: Joe Wicks

Green Smoothie Recipes: Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Protein Smoothie

13. Vanilla Matcha Protein Smoothie

Matcha powder is more concentrated than regular green tea, so it packs ten times more antioxidants. Although it's less bitter than green tea, a little goes a long way when incorporating it into a recipe. In this delicious smoothie, it takes well to the creamy sweetness of banana, vanilla and almond milk. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Green Smoothie Recipes: Apple-Kale Protein Smoothie

14. Apple-Kale Green Smoothie

The truth about belly fat? Abs are made in the kitchen. If you want to curb your sweet cravings, this green smoothie features one Granny Smith apple, which is lower in sugar than the red varieties. Along with lemon juice, it balances the bitterness of the cucumber and kale. A scoop of protein powder will help you stay full all morning long and won't be tempted to indulge. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Originally published April 2014. Updated January 2018. 

Read More
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14 Deliciously Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes
Admit it: Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to eat your vegetables. If you’re bored of the same old salads, let us introduce you to our favorite green smoothie recipes. But just because a drink is labeled a smoothie does not mean it’s healthy. Some smoothies are loaded with fruit, juices and sweeteners — far from weight loss-friendly! So we sipped around to find the best green smoothies. These creamy concoctions pack leafy greens, protein powder and fruits to deliver fiber, potassium and iron. You'll curb hunger and feel satisfied, while nourishing your body with anti-inflammatory ingredients. All you need to get started is a blender, so get mixing and raise a glass to good health! RELATED: 7 Delicious Protein Smoothie Recipes

14 Protein-Rich Green Smoothie Recipes

Green Smoothie Recipes: Pear Green Protein Smoothie

1. Matcha Pear Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

Move over, kale — matcha is the hot new green in town. The finely ground green tea powder delivers caffeine, while pears provide a boost of vitamin C and fiber. Protein powder ensures you’ll stay full long, so you won't load up on empty calories that lead to weight gain. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  Green Smoothie Recipes: Spinach-Orange Smoothie

2. Spinach Orange Smoothie

Like to start your day with orange juice? This creamy and thick green smoothie recipe uses fresh juice right from the fruit. Citrus flavors can also give you a boost of energy sans caffeine, so try blending this recipe up before you head out the door. Pro tip: Cut up the banana and freeze it the night before, and you won’t have to use ice. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Savvy Sassy Moms RELATED: 13 Quick and Easy Smoothie Hacks Green Smoothie Recipes: Orange Kale Green Smoothie

3. Orange Kale Protein Juice Recipe

Life is hard. Why should you have to choose between a protein shake and a juice? With 30 grams of protein, plus pulverized kale and fresh orange, you can have it all with every smooth sip. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  Green Smoothie Recipes: Ginger Orange Green Smoothie

4. Ginger-Orange Green Smoothie

Five ingredients are all you need for this sunshine-in-a-glass smoothie. Make sure to blend the spinach and romaine first, then add the banana, oranges and ginger. You'll fill up on fiber-rich ingredients to keep you full and energized. Photo and recipe: Bridgid / Bridgid Gallagher  Green Smoothie Recipes: Blueberry-Mint Green Smoothie

5. Blueberry Mint Green Smoothie

Don’t be fooled by the purple hue! This violet blend is chock-full of delicious nutrients that’ll make other smoothies green with envy. The extra kick of color — and flavor — comes from a full cup of antioxidant-rich blueberries, nutrient powerhouses that are a significant source of vitamins K and C, fiber and manganese. Photo and recipe: Caitlin / The Merrythought Green Smoothie Recipes: Spring Detox Green Smoothie

6. Spring Detox Green Smoothie

Give ‘em kale! This veg-tastic smoothie has a mix of savory and sweet flavors, thanks to cilantro, honey, ginger and pineapple. Plus, you’ll get just the slightest boost of caffeine from green tea, a natural way to boost your metabolism and lose weight. Photo and recipe: Henry Happened  Green Smoothie Recipes: Flax-Smoothie-Duo

7. Flax and Oats Smoothie

If it’s too hot for oatmeal but you still want some whole grains, try this emerald shake that’s got a hearty amount of raw rolled oats. Sprinkle on some homemade granola if you like some extra crunch. Photo and recipe: Kath / Kath Eats RELATED: 9 Smoothie Bowl Recipes You'll Want to Eat Every Morning Green Smoothie Recipes: Honeydew-Mint-Smoothie

8. Honeydew Mint Smoothie

Refresh yourself while indulging your sweet tooth with this light and fruity green smoothie. For an extra-cold drink, chill your melon and coconut milk in the fridge before making. Photo and recipe: Willow / Will Cook For Friends Green Smoothie Recipes: Peachy Green Smoothie

9. Peachy Green Protein Smoothie

With 31 grams of protein, this smoothie works well for breakfast or as a post-workout snack. Sweeten the deal with some peaches and pineapple and you’ve got one satisfying sip! Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 11 Superfood Breakfast Bowls to Jumpstart Your Day  Green Smoothie Recipes: Kale-Avocado-Smoothie

10. Kale Pina-Covado Smoothie

Taste the tropics and get some veggies, too. This kale blend gets its sweetness from pineapple and its creaminess from half an avocado. Healthy fats, like avocados, can keep you satiated and are essential for weight loss. Share the second serving with a friend, or keep it in the fridge for up to two days. Photo and recipe: Dre / Delicious By Dre RELATED: 10 Creative Recipes with Kale  Green Smoothie Recipes: Happy Green Monster Smoothie

11. Happy Green Monster

Put some pep in your step with this pear-based shake. Pear and coconut water pack enough of potassium to keep your muscles working efficiently, plus spinach and kale are chock-full of fiber to keep your digestion as happy as your taste buds. Photo and recipe: Maryanne / the little epicurean

12. Joe Wicks' Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach and “Lean in 15” creator, is all about quick and dirty meals and snacks. In this recovery smoothie recipe, he adds spinach for replenishing vitamin K, protein powder to help rebuild muscles and honey for a touch of natural sweetness. Photo and recipe: Joe Wicks Green Smoothie Recipes: Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Protein Smoothie

13. Vanilla Matcha Protein Smoothie

Matcha powder is more concentrated than regular green tea, so it packs ten times more antioxidants. Although it's less bitter than green tea, a little goes a long way when incorporating it into a recipe. In this delicious smoothie, it takes well to the creamy sweetness of banana, vanilla and almond milk. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Green Smoothie Recipes: Apple-Kale Protein Smoothie

14. Apple-Kale Green Smoothie

The truth about belly fat? Abs are made in the kitchen. If you want to curb your sweet cravings, this green smoothie features one Granny Smith apple, which is lower in sugar than the red varieties. Along with lemon juice, it balances the bitterness of the cucumber and kale. A scoop of protein powder will help you stay full all morning long and won't be tempted to indulge. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn Originally published April 2014. Updated January 2018.  Read More The 7 Best Post-Workout Smoothies for Every Exercise 8 Ombre Smoothie Recipes You'll Want to 'Gram Stat 8 Low-Sugar Smoothies to Get a Veggie Boost

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5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many http://dailyburn.com/life/health/hangover-cure-holiday-season/ http://dailyburn.com/life/health/hangover-cure-holiday-season/#comments Sat, 30 Dec 2017 14:15:40 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=35266 Hangover Cures to Save You

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The pounding headache, bloodshot eyes, achy muscles, heartburn… There’s no ignoring it: You’ve got a hangover. All of those tips to “stay away from sugary drinks,” “eat a substantial dinner” and “drink water after every cocktail” were for naught. Boozing crimes have been committed and you #wokeuplikethis. Now what? You’ve probably got to tackle a to-do list longer than Santa’s…or perhaps you have to dash to the office through North Pole-like weather.

Never fear! You don’t need to let one night of revelry derail the rest of your week. In anticipation of this booze-filled season, we present expert hangover cures for alleviating those pesky symptoms, especially if you forgot to take preventative measures the night before.

RELATED: The Ultimate Way to Cure Your Hangover

5 Horrific Hangover Scenarios, and How to Power Through

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1. You've got six hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic ahead of you.

That happy hour with friends was a little too happy. You meant to chase every glass of wine with a pitcher of H2O, but the jolly sprit somehow steered you off course. Now you’ve got to hop in the car to spend the holidays with your family.

Hangover Rx: “When you wake up in the morning, have 16 ounces of water,” recommends Jim White, RDN, ACSM-HFS, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson. Sports drinks and coconut water, which is lower in sugar, can also redeem electrolytes lost while drinking, says White. He suggests downing an additional eight to 16 ounces every hour throughout the day. (So, bank on some bathroom breaks!) Portable snacks are good to have on hand, too, says Jessica Crandall, RDN, Denver Wellness & Nutrition Director. Pack a banana, protein bar or some nutty granola, since they’re rich in potassium and sodium, two nutrients that get depleted from the body when you urinate while drinking.

RELATED: 11 Healthy Homemade Protein Bar Recipes

“The old ‘hair of the dog’ is pretty much just a myth.”

2. You’re attending yet another get-together later today.

It’s hangover o’clock, and also time for you to meet friends for brunch. You figure that some mimosas or Bloody Marys will help blunt your headache and curb last night’s damage.

Hangover Rx: “The old ‘hair of the dog’ is pretty much just a myth,” says White. “You’re drinking and you’re numbing but as soon as that wears off, you’re going to feel worse.” Instead, he recommends ordering a full breakfast. Eggs, he says, are a good source of cysteine, an amino acid that helps the liver break down alcohol faster. Save pancakes for another time and head straight for the menu’s omelet section. Bonus points for adding non-starchy greens like kale, spinach or peppers, which is a great way to sneak in a serving of vegetables at the beginning of the day.

RELATED: How to Avoid a Hangover: Your 24-Hour Timeline

3. You tried to self-medicate, and nothing’s quite cutting it.

Your alarm clock goes off and you’re desperate for some energy. On your commute to work, you buy all of the over-the-counter “hangover pills” in sight at the pharmacy and a large coffee to jumpstart your brain.

Hangover Rx: “I have personally tried [over-the-counter hangover pills] and there’s not a lot of science behind them,” says Crandall. She notes that lots of brands have excessive amounts of vitamins that won’t be helpful. Instead, Crandall advises seeking out protein, complex carbohydrates (a rich source of B vitamins) and potassium-rich foods like banana or melon. Since coffee can irritate the gut, she suggests opting for herbal tea instead. If you can’t function without a jolt of liquid energy, go for black teas over green or fruit teas since the latter doesn't have any natural caffeine.

4. You’ve committed to fitness (and don’t want to eat a class cancellation fee).

 

“Sometimes elevating the heart rate will cause additional pounding in your head.”

 

There’s no way you’d let a hangover get in the way of your workout. But as soon as you lace up your sneakers, your forehead starts to sweat with fear just thinking about AMRAP burpees or the eight-mile run you had planned.

Hangover Rx: While exercise sounds like the ultimate hangover cure with the endorphin rush, Crandall and White say it’s smarter to avoid strenuous, high-intensity programs if you’re feeling out of sorts after a night out. “Sometimes elevating the heart rate will cause additional pounding in your head,” says Crandall. But she says that getting some fresh air may help you feel better. White and Crandall agree that low-intensity workouts are ideal. “I would go with yoga, light weight training or some elliptical,” he says. And don’t forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

RELATED: Have a Hangover? Here's How to Survive Your Workout

5. You’ve got to hit the shops.

You knocked back some eggnog and everything else in sight — and that’s why you’re feeling like a Santa-sized sack of coal is weighing you down this morning. Your stomach is churning yet you’ve got holiday errands to run, gifts to wrap and cookies to bake! What’s a modern-day elf to do?

Hangover Rx: Skip the ginger ale in favor of a sip with fewer empty calories — and real ginger, which has been shown to settle gastrointestinal distress, says White. “I would recommend ginger tea first thing in the morning as a great way to ward off an upset stomach,” says White. Since most ginger ales have high-fructose corn syrup and not a substantial amount of actual ginger. What's a better hangover cure? It’s best to stick with tea if you’re trying to cope with feelings of nausea.

Originally published December 2014. Updated December 2017. 

Read More
Beer Before Liquor and Other Booze Myths, Busted
6 Sommelier Tips for Spotting Low-Calorie Wine
12 Easy Low-Calorie Cocktails with Seltzer Water

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Hangover Cures to Save You

[caption id="attachment_54874" align="alignnone" width="620"]5 Hangover Cures Photo: Pond5[/caption] The pounding headache, bloodshot eyes, achy muscles, heartburn… There’s no ignoring it: You’ve got a hangover. All of those tips to “stay away from sugary drinks,” “eat a substantial dinner” and “drink water after every cocktail” were for naught. Boozing crimes have been committed and you #wokeuplikethis. Now what? You’ve probably got to tackle a to-do list longer than Santa’s…or perhaps you have to dash to the office through North Pole-like weather. Never fear! You don’t need to let one night of revelry derail the rest of your week. In anticipation of this booze-filled season, we present expert hangover cures for alleviating those pesky symptoms, especially if you forgot to take preventative measures the night before. RELATED: The Ultimate Way to Cure Your Hangover

5 Horrific Hangover Scenarios, and How to Power Through

[caption id="attachment_35276" align="alignnone" width="620"]Hangover Cures to Save You After A Few Too Many Photo: Pond5[/caption]

1. You've got six hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic ahead of you.

That happy hour with friends was a little too happy. You meant to chase every glass of wine with a pitcher of H2O, but the jolly sprit somehow steered you off course. Now you’ve got to hop in the car to spend the holidays with your family. Hangover Rx: “When you wake up in the morning, have 16 ounces of water,” recommends Jim White, RDN, ACSM-HFS, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson. Sports drinks and coconut water, which is lower in sugar, can also redeem electrolytes lost while drinking, says White. He suggests downing an additional eight to 16 ounces every hour throughout the day. (So, bank on some bathroom breaks!) Portable snacks are good to have on hand, too, says Jessica Crandall, RDN, Denver Wellness & Nutrition Director. Pack a banana, protein bar or some nutty granola, since they’re rich in potassium and sodium, two nutrients that get depleted from the body when you urinate while drinking. RELATED: 11 Healthy Homemade Protein Bar Recipes
“The old ‘hair of the dog’ is pretty much just a myth.”

2. You’re attending yet another get-together later today.

It’s hangover o’clock, and also time for you to meet friends for brunch. You figure that some mimosas or Bloody Marys will help blunt your headache and curb last night’s damage. Hangover Rx: “The old ‘hair of the dog’ is pretty much just a myth,” says White. “You’re drinking and you’re numbing but as soon as that wears off, you’re going to feel worse.” Instead, he recommends ordering a full breakfast. Eggs, he says, are a good source of cysteine, an amino acid that helps the liver break down alcohol faster. Save pancakes for another time and head straight for the menu’s omelet section. Bonus points for adding non-starchy greens like kale, spinach or peppers, which is a great way to sneak in a serving of vegetables at the beginning of the day. RELATED: How to Avoid a Hangover: Your 24-Hour Timeline

3. You tried to self-medicate, and nothing’s quite cutting it.

Your alarm clock goes off and you’re desperate for some energy. On your commute to work, you buy all of the over-the-counter “hangover pills” in sight at the pharmacy and a large coffee to jumpstart your brain. Hangover Rx: “I have personally tried [over-the-counter hangover pills] and there’s not a lot of science behind them,” says Crandall. She notes that lots of brands have excessive amounts of vitamins that won’t be helpful. Instead, Crandall advises seeking out protein, complex carbohydrates (a rich source of B vitamins) and potassium-rich foods like banana or melon. Since coffee can irritate the gut, she suggests opting for herbal tea instead. If you can’t function without a jolt of liquid energy, go for black teas over green or fruit teas since the latter doesn't have any natural caffeine.

4. You’ve committed to fitness (and don’t want to eat a class cancellation fee).

  “Sometimes elevating the heart rate will cause additional pounding in your head.”  
There’s no way you’d let a hangover get in the way of your workout. But as soon as you lace up your sneakers, your forehead starts to sweat with fear just thinking about AMRAP burpees or the eight-mile run you had planned. Hangover Rx: While exercise sounds like the ultimate hangover cure with the endorphin rush, Crandall and White say it’s smarter to avoid strenuous, high-intensity programs if you’re feeling out of sorts after a night out. “Sometimes elevating the heart rate will cause additional pounding in your head,” says Crandall. But she says that getting some fresh air may help you feel better. White and Crandall agree that low-intensity workouts are ideal. “I would go with yoga, light weight training or some elliptical,” he says. And don’t forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! RELATED: Have a Hangover? Here's How to Survive Your Workout

5. You’ve got to hit the shops.

You knocked back some eggnog and everything else in sight — and that’s why you’re feeling like a Santa-sized sack of coal is weighing you down this morning. Your stomach is churning yet you’ve got holiday errands to run, gifts to wrap and cookies to bake! What’s a modern-day elf to do? Hangover Rx: Skip the ginger ale in favor of a sip with fewer empty calories — and real ginger, which has been shown to settle gastrointestinal distress, says White. “I would recommend ginger tea first thing in the morning as a great way to ward off an upset stomach,” says White. Since most ginger ales have high-fructose corn syrup and not a substantial amount of actual ginger. What's a better hangover cure? It’s best to stick with tea if you’re trying to cope with feelings of nausea. Originally published December 2014. Updated December 2017.  Read More Beer Before Liquor and Other Booze Myths, Busted 6 Sommelier Tips for Spotting Low-Calorie Wine 12 Easy Low-Calorie Cocktails with Seltzer Water

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13 Healthier Takes on Your Favorite Holiday Cocktails http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/holiday-drinks-recipes/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/holiday-drinks-recipes/#comments Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:05:46 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=22124

13 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes

When it’s time to celebrate the holidays, there’s nothing like getting together with friends and family and toasting to a great year. But be smart about what’s in that glass you’re raising! Do you really know what’s in that cocktail? Most of us assume holiday weight gain comes from festive cookies and treats, but sugar-laden booze can pack on a significant amount of calories. If you’re being mindful of your food and drink this holiday season, there are still plenty of cocktails — sangria, mojitos, cosmos and more — that are just as festive. You can have your booze and drink it, too! For a happy and healthy new year, try making these lighter holiday cocktails from some of our favorite food bloggers.

RELATED: How Many Calories Are in Your Cocktail? [INFOGRAPHIC]

13 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Healthy Moscow Mule Recipe

1. 100-Calorie Moscow Mule

Always a party pleaser, this seemingly light drink typically packs more than 180 calories and 20 grams of sugar per glass. That's why we've lightened it up with our own quick 10-minute ginger beer using pureed ginger and sparkling water. We also use stevia, an all-natural sweetener, which cuts the sugar per glass down to just half a gram and under 100 calories! Photo and Recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

13 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Dark and Stormy Recipe

2. Dark and Stormy Cocktail

Lighten up a cozy, wintertime favorite by using homemade ginger syrup instead of sugary ginger beer. At just 185 calories, this drink won't weigh you down like a creamy eggnog. Grab your favorite dark rum and some friends! Photo and Recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

13 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Eggnog Recipe

3. Low-Fat Eggnog

Ditch the cream and use skim milk to make a lighter version of this holiday favorite. Spike your ‘nog by adding white rum or bourbon after the eggnog has chilled for a few hours in a fridge. Dress up your creamy treat with a sprinkle of fresh ground nutmeg! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Passion Fruit Cocktail

4. Passion Fruit Cocktail

Tropical passion fruit is rich in iron, folate and protein, and its fruity flavor perfectly complements dry champagne. Garnish your cocktail with a few raspberries for extra style points! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

Winter-Sea-Breeze

5. Winter Sea Breeze

The sea breeze gets a cold weather makeover with this cheery cocktail! Mix vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup and soda water together and garnish with mint leaves and pomegranate. The festive presentation will wow guests, and the flavor won't disappoint either. Photo and Recipe: Jillian / Catch My Party

Winter-Sun-Cocktail

6. Winter Sun Cocktail

Sip on this citrus concoction to brighten dreary winter days! A colorful way to add flavor, clementine and lemon juice provide immunity-boosting vitamin C. For those keeping a close watch on their sugar intake, skip the sugary rim or opt for stevia instead. Photo and Recipe: Dulcie and Sarah / Two-Tarts

RELATED: How to Avoid a Hangover: Your 24-Hour Timeline

Apple-Cider-Sangria

7. Apple Cider Sangria

White wine and gluten-free vodka get all dressed up in this truly delightful drink. It has all of the seasonal flavor you crave — cinnamon sticks, honey, apple cider and orange — but none of the simple syrup you’d find in your local bar’s cocktails. Double (or triple!) the recipe easily depending on how many guests you’re expecting. Photo and Recipe: Alexis / Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

RELATED: 8 Drool-Worthy Holiday Cookbooks for Healthy Holiday Recipes

Hot-Toddy

8. Gingered Cider Hot Toddy

This drink delivers a one-two punch when it comes to warming you up! Warm cider infused with tea (go with decaf if it’s close to bedtime) gets can extra kick from a shot of rum or bourbon. Ginger and honey can help you recover from a cold and a bit of alcohol helps with restless sleep, so try making one the next time you’re feeling under the weather. Photo and Recipe: Gina / Kleinworth & Co.

pomegrante-mojito

9. Pomegranate Mojito

Champagne adds festive fizz to this pom-tastic holiday drink. Save some calories by opting for white rum instead of dark rum, but don’t skimp on the vitamin C-packed lime juice! Serve the drink after garnishing with some fresh pomegranate arils. Photo and Recipe: Jennifer / Peanut Butter and Peppers

RELATED: 12 Holiday Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories

White-Wine-Sangria

10. White Wine Sangria

This fruity wine “punch” is incredibly easy to make for a large crowd. Plus, adding nutritious fruit is a great way to liven up cheaper wines. Just add pears, apple, mango, grapes and clementines to your carafe the night before serving. The soaked fruit and sangria will taste even better the next day! Photo and Recipe: Alissa / Girl Makes Food

Rosemary-Gin-Fizz

11. Rosemary Gin Fizz

Cheers to a refreshing drink that only takes a few minutes to make! Muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice and honey to release the flavor and help it bind to the gin. Bonus: Rosemary can aid digestion, which may come in handy if you’ve eaten too many appetizers. Photo and Recipe: Kate / Cookie and Kate

Ginger-Cosmopolitan

12. Ginger Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Give the classic cosmo an upgrade this holiday season. A zing of ginger spices things up and delivers numerous antioxidants while white cranberry juice packs healthy vitamin C. If you’re comfortable with muddling and using a cocktail shaker, impress your guests with this festive treat! Photo and Recipe: Adam / Inspired Taste

Cinder-Rum-Punch

13. Cider Rum Punch

Perfect for winter get-togethers, this cocktail brings together the season’s best flavors. Lemon and apple cider enhance the flavor of dark rum, which has a naturally sweet caramel flavor. Since darker alcohols are denser, heavier and more caloric than other alcohols, add club soda to lighten the punch. Photo and Recipe: Mike / Verses From My Kitchen

Originally posted December 6, 2013. Updated December 2017. 

Read More
14 Holiday Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories
9 Healthier Starbucks Swaps for the Holidays
30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners

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13 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes
When it’s time to celebrate the holidays, there’s nothing like getting together with friends and family and toasting to a great year. But be smart about what’s in that glass you’re raising! Do you really know what’s in that cocktail? Most of us assume holiday weight gain comes from festive cookies and treats, but sugar-laden booze can pack on a significant amount of calories. If you’re being mindful of your food and drink this holiday season, there are still plenty of cocktails — sangria, mojitos, cosmos and more — that are just as festive. You can have your booze and drink it, too! For a happy and healthy new year, try making these lighter holiday cocktails from some of our favorite food bloggers. RELATED: How Many Calories Are in Your Cocktail? [INFOGRAPHIC]

13 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Healthy Moscow Mule Recipe

1. 100-Calorie Moscow Mule

Always a party pleaser, this seemingly light drink typically packs more than 180 calories and 20 grams of sugar per glass. That's why we've lightened it up with our own quick 10-minute ginger beer using pureed ginger and sparkling water. We also use stevia, an all-natural sweetener, which cuts the sugar per glass down to just half a gram and under 100 calories! Photo and Recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn 13 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Dark and Stormy Recipe

2. Dark and Stormy Cocktail

Lighten up a cozy, wintertime favorite by using homemade ginger syrup instead of sugary ginger beer. At just 185 calories, this drink won't weigh you down like a creamy eggnog. Grab your favorite dark rum and some friends! Photo and Recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn 13 Healthier Holiday Cocktail Recipes: Eggnog Recipe

3. Low-Fat Eggnog

Ditch the cream and use skim milk to make a lighter version of this holiday favorite. Spike your ‘nog by adding white rum or bourbon after the eggnog has chilled for a few hours in a fridge. Dress up your creamy treat with a sprinkle of fresh ground nutmeg! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn Passion Fruit Cocktail

4. Passion Fruit Cocktail

Tropical passion fruit is rich in iron, folate and protein, and its fruity flavor perfectly complements dry champagne. Garnish your cocktail with a few raspberries for extra style points! Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  Winter-Sea-Breeze

5. Winter Sea Breeze

The sea breeze gets a cold weather makeover with this cheery cocktail! Mix vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup and soda water together and garnish with mint leaves and pomegranate. The festive presentation will wow guests, and the flavor won't disappoint either. Photo and Recipe: Jillian / Catch My Party Winter-Sun-Cocktail

6. Winter Sun Cocktail

Sip on this citrus concoction to brighten dreary winter days! A colorful way to add flavor, clementine and lemon juice provide immunity-boosting vitamin C. For those keeping a close watch on their sugar intake, skip the sugary rim or opt for stevia instead. Photo and Recipe: Dulcie and Sarah / Two-Tarts RELATED: How to Avoid a Hangover: Your 24-Hour Timeline Apple-Cider-Sangria

7. Apple Cider Sangria

White wine and gluten-free vodka get all dressed up in this truly delightful drink. It has all of the seasonal flavor you crave — cinnamon sticks, honey, apple cider and orange — but none of the simple syrup you’d find in your local bar’s cocktails. Double (or triple!) the recipe easily depending on how many guests you’re expecting. Photo and Recipe: Alexis / Lexi’s Clean Kitchen RELATED: 8 Drool-Worthy Holiday Cookbooks for Healthy Holiday Recipes Hot-Toddy

8. Gingered Cider Hot Toddy

This drink delivers a one-two punch when it comes to warming you up! Warm cider infused with tea (go with decaf if it’s close to bedtime) gets can extra kick from a shot of rum or bourbon. Ginger and honey can help you recover from a cold and a bit of alcohol helps with restless sleep, so try making one the next time you’re feeling under the weather. Photo and Recipe: Gina / Kleinworth & Co. pomegrante-mojito

9. Pomegranate Mojito

Champagne adds festive fizz to this pom-tastic holiday drink. Save some calories by opting for white rum instead of dark rum, but don’t skimp on the vitamin C-packed lime juice! Serve the drink after garnishing with some fresh pomegranate arils. Photo and Recipe: Jennifer / Peanut Butter and Peppers RELATED: 12 Holiday Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories White-Wine-Sangria

10. White Wine Sangria

This fruity wine “punch” is incredibly easy to make for a large crowd. Plus, adding nutritious fruit is a great way to liven up cheaper wines. Just add pears, apple, mango, grapes and clementines to your carafe the night before serving. The soaked fruit and sangria will taste even better the next day! Photo and Recipe: Alissa / Girl Makes Food Rosemary-Gin-Fizz

11. Rosemary Gin Fizz

Cheers to a refreshing drink that only takes a few minutes to make! Muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice and honey to release the flavor and help it bind to the gin. Bonus: Rosemary can aid digestion, which may come in handy if you’ve eaten too many appetizers. Photo and Recipe: Kate / Cookie and Kate Ginger-Cosmopolitan

12. Ginger Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Give the classic cosmo an upgrade this holiday season. A zing of ginger spices things up and delivers numerous antioxidants while white cranberry juice packs healthy vitamin C. If you’re comfortable with muddling and using a cocktail shaker, impress your guests with this festive treat! Photo and Recipe: Adam / Inspired Taste Cinder-Rum-Punch

13. Cider Rum Punch

Perfect for winter get-togethers, this cocktail brings together the season’s best flavors. Lemon and apple cider enhance the flavor of dark rum, which has a naturally sweet caramel flavor. Since darker alcohols are denser, heavier and more caloric than other alcohols, add club soda to lighten the punch. Photo and Recipe: Mike / Verses From My Kitchen Originally posted December 6, 2013. Updated December 2017.  Read More 14 Holiday Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories 9 Healthier Starbucks Swaps for the Holidays 30-Minute Meals for Quick, Healthy Dinners

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5 Stability Ball Exercises for a Crazy Strong Core http://dailyburn.com/life/db/stability-ball-exercises-ab-workout/ http://dailyburn.com/life/db/stability-ball-exercises-ab-workout/#comments Sat, 28 Oct 2017 13:15:38 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=42756

[caption id="attachment_62972" align="alignleft" width="620"]5 Stability Ball Exercises for a Crazy Strong Core Photo: Pond5[/caption]

When was the last time you used a stability ball at the gym? Sure, shiny new gadgets and machinery might look fun, but some machines can be more trouble than they’re worth. (We’re looking at you, seated crunch machine!)

The 90s called, and reminded us that humble stability ball exercises are actually an incredibly effective way to sculpt your way to a stronger core. Research shows that by performing basic moves like crunches on an unstable surface, you’ll increase muscle activity when compared to standard crunches. Talk about more bang for your buck!

RELATED: 50 Ab Exercises to Score a Stronger Core

But there’s plenty more where that came from — the Swiss ball is incredibly versatile. From planks to squats to glute bridges performed on the ball, you can work your midsection while challenging other important muscle groups.

Before going balls-to-the-wall, though, you’ll want to pick out the right size for you, says former Daily Burn coach Angela Rubin, ISSA personal trainer and USAT Level 1 triathlon coach. Your legs should make a 90-degree angle when you sit on the ball with your feet flat on the ground. (So, go bigger or smaller as necessary.)

RELATED: 5 Planks, 10 Minutes: Your Ultimate Ab Workout

5 Stability Ball Exercises to Target Your Core

It’s no bouncy castle, but we guarantee you’ll come around to these five core-focused stability ball exercises from Rubin. Warm up your body with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging in place, then follow the GIFs below for a low-impact, beginner-friendly workout that will still challenge you in all the right ways.

Stability Ball Exercises: Crunches

1. Stability Ball Crunches

How does the ball up the ante on the old standard? Doing a controlled crunch on this unstable surface boosts activation of the abdominals more than regular crunches, says Rubin.

How to: Sit on the stability ball and walk your feet forward so your shoulders, neck and thighs are parallel to the floor. With your neck relaxed, place your hands behind your head (a). Engage your core and lift your shoulder blades off the ball, pausing once your body reaches a 45-degree angle. Keep your gaze towards the sky or ceiling so you don’t put too much pressure on your neck (b). Pause, then gently lower your upper body back down. This movement isn’t about speed so the slower, the better (c). Repeat 10 times.

RELATED: Ab Challenge: 5 Planks to Sculpt Your Core

Stability Ball Y-T Extensions

2. Stability Ball Y-T Extensions

Tone your shoulders and core in one fell swoop by taking a cue from the alphabet and making a Y and T with your arms. By performing this move on a stability ball, you’ll work on range of motion more so than if you performed these laying on the floor, says Rubin.

How to: Lay your chest on a stability ball, with your legs extended straight behind you. Tuck your toes under your feet. Your body should be in a plank position and your head, a neutral position (a). Keep your core, glutes and back engaged, and have your arms hanging down from your shoulders but not touching the ground or the ball. Now raise your arms up and extend straight overhead, so your body makes a “Y.” Lower your arms (b). Next, raise your arms so they are extending straight out from your sides, so your body makes a “T.” Lower your arms (c). Repeat each letter 10 times.

Stability Ball Roll-Out

3. Stability Ball Roll-Outs

Using an exercise ball for roll-outs can help engage smaller core muscles than traditional forms of exercise, says Rubin. Plus, we’d be lying if we said this wasn’t super challenging for those hamstrings, too.

How to: Start by kneeling on the ground with your toes tucked underneath your feet. The stability ball should be in front of you. Place your forearms on the ball so your arm makes a 90-degree angle (a). Push off from your toes and roll yourself forward, so you balanced on the ball in a plank position. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your heels (b). Hold for one second, then bend your knees and slowly roll back to the original position (c). Repeat 10 times.

RELATED: Quick Lower Ab Exercises for a Stronger Core

Stability Ball Glute Bridge

4. Stability Ball Glute Bridges

With your lower back balanced on the ball, you’ll need a stable core to perform this move, says Rubin. It packs a one-two punch by targeting your glutes and your core.

How to: Sit on the stability ball with your feet flat on the floor. Walk your feet forward and roll your back onto the ball so your shoulders and upper back are supported by the ball (a). Squeeze and lift your glutes off the floor. Your shoulders and back should still be resting on the ball while you hold for two seconds (b). Drop your hips to the floor, then squeeze and lift your glutes again (c). Repeat 10 times.

Stability Ball Squat

5. Stability Ball Squats

Drop it like a squat and you’ll work your quads, glutes and core. Rubin says that using the stability ball can help maintain proper form while also supporting your lower back.

How to: Stand with a stability ball in between a wall and your lower back. You should be facing away from the wall, standing tall with your shoulder blades pulled back. Lean against the ball and make sure your weight is in your heels (a). With your hands placed on your hips, slowly lower into a squat position until your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle and thighs are parallel to the ground (b). Next, squeeze your glutes, and engage your quads, hamstrings and core as you drive through your heels to standing (c). Repeat 10 times.

Want more beginner-friendly workouts? Try True Beginner free by heading to DailyBurn.com/truebeginner.

Note to reader: The content in this article relates to the core service offered by DailyBurn. In the interest of editorial disclosure and integrity, the reader should know that this site is owned and operated by DailyBurn.

Originally published August 2015. Updated October 2017. 

Read More
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3 Sculpting Ab Exercises You Can Do with a Towel
5 Stability Ball Exercises That Work More Than Your Abs

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[caption id="attachment_62972" align="alignleft" width="620"]5 Stability Ball Exercises for a Crazy Strong Core Photo: Pond5[/caption] When was the last time you used a stability ball at the gym? Sure, shiny new gadgets and machinery might look fun, but some machines can be more trouble than they’re worth. (We’re looking at you, seated crunch machine!) The 90s called, and reminded us that humble stability ball exercises are actually an incredibly effective way to sculpt your way to a stronger core. Research shows that by performing basic moves like crunches on an unstable surface, you’ll increase muscle activity when compared to standard crunches. Talk about more bang for your buck! RELATED: 50 Ab Exercises to Score a Stronger Core But there’s plenty more where that came from — the Swiss ball is incredibly versatile. From planks to squats to glute bridges performed on the ball, you can work your midsection while challenging other important muscle groups. Before going balls-to-the-wall, though, you’ll want to pick out the right size for you, says former Daily Burn coach Angela Rubin, ISSA personal trainer and USAT Level 1 triathlon coach. Your legs should make a 90-degree angle when you sit on the ball with your feet flat on the ground. (So, go bigger or smaller as necessary.) RELATED: 5 Planks, 10 Minutes: Your Ultimate Ab Workout

5 Stability Ball Exercises to Target Your Core

It’s no bouncy castle, but we guarantee you’ll come around to these five core-focused stability ball exercises from Rubin. Warm up your body with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging in place, then follow the GIFs below for a low-impact, beginner-friendly workout that will still challenge you in all the right ways. Stability Ball Exercises: Crunches

1. Stability Ball Crunches

How does the ball up the ante on the old standard? Doing a controlled crunch on this unstable surface boosts activation of the abdominals more than regular crunches, says Rubin. How to: Sit on the stability ball and walk your feet forward so your shoulders, neck and thighs are parallel to the floor. With your neck relaxed, place your hands behind your head (a). Engage your core and lift your shoulder blades off the ball, pausing once your body reaches a 45-degree angle. Keep your gaze towards the sky or ceiling so you don’t put too much pressure on your neck (b). Pause, then gently lower your upper body back down. This movement isn’t about speed so the slower, the better (c). Repeat 10 times. RELATED: Ab Challenge: 5 Planks to Sculpt Your Core Stability Ball Y-T Extensions

2. Stability Ball Y-T Extensions

Tone your shoulders and core in one fell swoop by taking a cue from the alphabet and making a Y and T with your arms. By performing this move on a stability ball, you’ll work on range of motion more so than if you performed these laying on the floor, says Rubin. How to: Lay your chest on a stability ball, with your legs extended straight behind you. Tuck your toes under your feet. Your body should be in a plank position and your head, a neutral position (a). Keep your core, glutes and back engaged, and have your arms hanging down from your shoulders but not touching the ground or the ball. Now raise your arms up and extend straight overhead, so your body makes a “Y.” Lower your arms (b). Next, raise your arms so they are extending straight out from your sides, so your body makes a “T.” Lower your arms (c). Repeat each letter 10 times. Stability Ball Roll-Out

3. Stability Ball Roll-Outs

Using an exercise ball for roll-outs can help engage smaller core muscles than traditional forms of exercise, says Rubin. Plus, we’d be lying if we said this wasn’t super challenging for those hamstrings, too. How to: Start by kneeling on the ground with your toes tucked underneath your feet. The stability ball should be in front of you. Place your forearms on the ball so your arm makes a 90-degree angle (a). Push off from your toes and roll yourself forward, so you balanced on the ball in a plank position. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your heels (b). Hold for one second, then bend your knees and slowly roll back to the original position (c). Repeat 10 times. RELATED: Quick Lower Ab Exercises for a Stronger Core Stability Ball Glute Bridge

4. Stability Ball Glute Bridges

With your lower back balanced on the ball, you’ll need a stable core to perform this move, says Rubin. It packs a one-two punch by targeting your glutes and your core. How to: Sit on the stability ball with your feet flat on the floor. Walk your feet forward and roll your back onto the ball so your shoulders and upper back are supported by the ball (a). Squeeze and lift your glutes off the floor. Your shoulders and back should still be resting on the ball while you hold for two seconds (b). Drop your hips to the floor, then squeeze and lift your glutes again (c). Repeat 10 times. Stability Ball Squat

5. Stability Ball Squats

Drop it like a squat and you’ll work your quads, glutes and core. Rubin says that using the stability ball can help maintain proper form while also supporting your lower back. How to: Stand with a stability ball in between a wall and your lower back. You should be facing away from the wall, standing tall with your shoulder blades pulled back. Lean against the ball and make sure your weight is in your heels (a). With your hands placed on your hips, slowly lower into a squat position until your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle and thighs are parallel to the ground (b). Next, squeeze your glutes, and engage your quads, hamstrings and core as you drive through your heels to standing (c). Repeat 10 times. Want more beginner-friendly workouts? Try True Beginner free by heading to DailyBurn.com/truebeginner. Note to reader: The content in this article relates to the core service offered by DailyBurn. In the interest of editorial disclosure and integrity, the reader should know that this site is owned and operated by DailyBurn. Originally published August 2015. Updated October 2017.  Read More 7 Easy Pilates Moves for a Quick Core Workout 3 Sculpting Ab Exercises You Can Do with a Towel 5 Stability Ball Exercises That Work More Than Your Abs

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8 DIY Pinterest Projects to Get You Motivated http://dailyburn.com/life/lifestyle/diy-pinterest-projects-for-motivation/ http://dailyburn.com/life/lifestyle/diy-pinterest-projects-for-motivation/#respond Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:15:56 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=21138 9 Pinterest DIY Projects to Get You Motivated

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We’ve all been there: Some days we spend hours checking out pretty and inspirational quotes on Pinterest and no time actually doing anything. Following through on the goals we’ve set is 100 percent easier said than done, especially when life gets busy and our to-do lists get out of control. Whether you want to drink more water, work out regularly, or lose a few pounds, staying motivated is key. If you need some extra inspiration to make progress, check out these crafty projects we’ve rounded up from Pinterest. The first step to getting something done is to begin!

RELATED: Just Not Feeling It Today? 33 Sources of Workout Motivation

8 Pinterest DIY Projects to Inspire You to Move

Pinterest DIY Projects: Post-It Calender

1. Count It Down

Post-It Note Calendar
Whether it takes three weeks — or three months — to start a healthy new habit, put those goals into visual mode with this clever Post-It plan. For every day you want to practice a new habit, put up a little flag on a visible wall. Then, rip a flag off for each successful day! Photo: Shauna Reid / The Amazing Adventures of DietGirl

Pinterest DIY Projects: Morning Mantras (on a Banana)

2. Make a Morning Motto

Banana Messages
Now here’s an a-peeling idea: Write inspirational quotes on your bananas! Each time you reach for a potassium-packed workout snack, you’ll be motivated to keep on keepin’ on. Hate bananas? Pop your a.m. motto on a carton of oatmeal or almond milk. Photo: Jenny Lawson / The Bloggess

RELATED: 19 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Becoming a Morning Person

Pinterest DIY Projects: Vision Boards 

3. Pin Your Passions

Vision Boards
Collages aren’t just for middle schoolers anymore. Enter the vision board, a combination of pictures, quotes and words that inspire you to think positively and put your goals center stage. We recommend making a physical vision board (though Pinterest boards can be a good starting point!) and placing it wherever you’re bound to see it every day, like near your bedroom mirror. Or, because we look at the fridge on the regular, hang your favorite motivational mantra to the door with this Scientific Magnetic Space Putty. Bonus benefit: It serves as a fidget toy when you need a little mental distraction to take your mind off a stressful day. Photo: @simply_girly_blog

Score This Deal: Scientific Magnetic Space Putty (60% off!)

Pinterest DIY Projects: Money Jar

4. Save Cents

Motivational Money Jar
With a motivational money jar, you’ll get double the payoff when you stick to your goals. Each time you exercise or eat healthfully, put a dollar in a glass jar. Soon enough you’ll have enough saved up to trade those bucks for some new workout kicks, a sports massage or another treat of your choosing! Photo: Thea / Time with Thea

RELATED: 4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout

Pinterest DIY Projects: Workout Popsicle Sticks

5. Stick to It

Popsicle Stick Workouts
When you usually work out but want to mix things up, try making a motivation jar with fun exercise ideas written on wooden popsicle sticks. Color-code them based on workout type and stick them in a clear jar. Or, if your taste buds are tired of the same old grilled chicken and broccoli dinner, put healthy recipe ideas on the popsicle sticks. Photo: Christine / I Dig Pinterest

Pinterest DIY Projects: Paint Calendar

6. Be Schedule Savvy

Paint Chip Calendar
If you’ve set a deadline-driven goal like losing weight before that class reunion, brainstorm ways to consistently work towards it each week. Set a schedule and write out what you want to accomplish each day on this vibrant calendar that’s made of colorful paint chips! Photo: Leila / Chicisms

RELATED: 9 Ways to Find Workout Motivation (Every Damn Day)

Pinterest DIY Projects: Homemade Tea Bag Quotes

7. Sip to Success

Homemade Tea Bag Quotes
Have your caffeine and get inspired, too! Start your day with a positive message on your tea bags. Print and cut up this tea bag quote template, or design your own tags. Photo: Camille / Be What We Love

Pinterest DIY Projects: Bullet Journal

8. Doodle It

Bullet Journals
Look forward to the future, learn from the past and keep a pretty handy schedule — all with the help of a bullet journal. It's the perfect way to organize all your thoughts and to-do lists. Use your creativity to add colors, write out gratitude remarks and solidify your goals. Photo: @journalphine

Originally published November 2013. Updated October 2017. 

Read More
10 Simple Strategies for Sticking to Your Goals
19 Reasons to Work Out (Beyond the Perfect Body)
10 Ways to Wear Your Motivations on Your Sleeve

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9 Pinterest DIY Projects to Get You Motivated

[caption id="attachment_62274" align="alignnone" width="620"]8 Pinterest DIY Projects to Get You Motivated Photo: Twenty20[/caption] We’ve all been there: Some days we spend hours checking out pretty and inspirational quotes on Pinterest and no time actually doing anything. Following through on the goals we’ve set is 100 percent easier said than done, especially when life gets busy and our to-do lists get out of control. Whether you want to drink more water, work out regularly, or lose a few pounds, staying motivated is key. If you need some extra inspiration to make progress, check out these crafty projects we’ve rounded up from Pinterest. The first step to getting something done is to begin! RELATED: Just Not Feeling It Today? 33 Sources of Workout Motivation

8 Pinterest DIY Projects to Inspire You to Move

Pinterest DIY Projects: Post-It Calender

1. Count It Down

Post-It Note Calendar Whether it takes three weeks — or three months — to start a healthy new habit, put those goals into visual mode with this clever Post-It plan. For every day you want to practice a new habit, put up a little flag on a visible wall. Then, rip a flag off for each successful day! Photo: Shauna Reid / The Amazing Adventures of DietGirl Pinterest DIY Projects: Morning Mantras (on a Banana)

2. Make a Morning Motto

Banana Messages Now here’s an a-peeling idea: Write inspirational quotes on your bananas! Each time you reach for a potassium-packed workout snack, you’ll be motivated to keep on keepin’ on. Hate bananas? Pop your a.m. motto on a carton of oatmeal or almond milk. Photo: Jenny Lawson / The Bloggess RELATED: 19 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Becoming a Morning Person Pinterest DIY Projects: Vision Boards 

3. Pin Your Passions

Vision Boards Collages aren’t just for middle schoolers anymore. Enter the vision board, a combination of pictures, quotes and words that inspire you to think positively and put your goals center stage. We recommend making a physical vision board (though Pinterest boards can be a good starting point!) and placing it wherever you’re bound to see it every day, like near your bedroom mirror. Or, because we look at the fridge on the regular, hang your favorite motivational mantra to the door with this Scientific Magnetic Space Putty. Bonus benefit: It serves as a fidget toy when you need a little mental distraction to take your mind off a stressful day. Photo: @simply_girly_blog Score This Deal: Scientific Magnetic Space Putty (60% off!) Pinterest DIY Projects: Money Jar

4. Save Cents

Motivational Money Jar With a motivational money jar, you’ll get double the payoff when you stick to your goals. Each time you exercise or eat healthfully, put a dollar in a glass jar. Soon enough you’ll have enough saved up to trade those bucks for some new workout kicks, a sports massage or another treat of your choosing! Photo: Thea / Time with Thea RELATED: 4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout Pinterest DIY Projects: Workout Popsicle Sticks

5. Stick to It

Popsicle Stick Workouts When you usually work out but want to mix things up, try making a motivation jar with fun exercise ideas written on wooden popsicle sticks. Color-code them based on workout type and stick them in a clear jar. Or, if your taste buds are tired of the same old grilled chicken and broccoli dinner, put healthy recipe ideas on the popsicle sticks. Photo: Christine / I Dig Pinterest Pinterest DIY Projects: Paint Calendar

6. Be Schedule Savvy

Paint Chip Calendar If you’ve set a deadline-driven goal like losing weight before that class reunion, brainstorm ways to consistently work towards it each week. Set a schedule and write out what you want to accomplish each day on this vibrant calendar that’s made of colorful paint chips! Photo: Leila / Chicisms RELATED: 9 Ways to Find Workout Motivation (Every Damn Day) Pinterest DIY Projects: Homemade Tea Bag Quotes

7. Sip to Success

Homemade Tea Bag Quotes Have your caffeine and get inspired, too! Start your day with a positive message on your tea bags. Print and cut up this tea bag quote template, or design your own tags. Photo: Camille / Be What We Love Pinterest DIY Projects: Bullet Journal

8. Doodle It

Bullet Journals Look forward to the future, learn from the past and keep a pretty handy schedule — all with the help of a bullet journal. It's the perfect way to organize all your thoughts and to-do lists. Use your creativity to add colors, write out gratitude remarks and solidify your goals. Photo: @journalphine Originally published November 2013. Updated October 2017.  Read More 10 Simple Strategies for Sticking to Your Goals 19 Reasons to Work Out (Beyond the Perfect Body) 10 Ways to Wear Your Motivations on Your Sleeve

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How to Calculate Your BMR (And Why It Matters) http://dailyburn.com/life/health/how-to-calculate-bmr/ http://dailyburn.com/life/health/how-to-calculate-bmr/#comments Sat, 30 Sep 2017 13:15:26 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=26717 How to Calculate BMR

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Think you need to run a marathon just to burn off breakfast, lunch and dinner? Think again. The human body requires a significant amount of energy (i.e. calories) just to function regularly. Each day, your body must breathe, blink, circulate blood, control body temperature, grow new cells, support brain and nerve activity and contract muscles. Staying alive is hard work, people! The amount of energy (in the form of calories) that the body needs to function while resting for 24 hours is known as the basal metabolic rate, or BMR. This number of calories reflects how much energy your body requires to support vital body functions if, hypothetically, you were resting in bed for an entire day. In fact, your BMR is the single largest component (upwards of 60 percent) of your total energy burned each day.

RELATED: 5 Intermittent Fasting Methods: Which One Is Right for You?

While you can’t magically change your BMR right away, knowing your personal number, how it’s calculated, and which factors most influence your metabolism, can help you use this data point to create a smarter strategy for weight loss (or maintenance).

BMR: Your Basic Burn

To most accurately calculate BMR, an expert takes measurements of carbon dioxide and oxygen analysis after a subject has fasted for 12 hours and has had eight hours of sleep. However, a rough estimation of this data is possible using the Mifflin-St. Jeor equation, a formula introduced in 1990. Since it’s proven to be more accurate than previous BMR formulas, the Mifflin-St. Jeor equation is now considered the standard when it comes to calculating BMR.

Mifflin St. Jeor Equation

For men: BMR = 10 x weight (kg) + 6.25 x height (cm) - 5 x age (years) + 5
For women: BMR = 10 x weight (kg) + 6.25 x height (cm) - 5 x age (years) - 161

“You’ll want to use a BMR as a rough estimate to set your basic needs,” says Dr. Jennifer Sacheck, Ph.D, an associate professor of nutrition at Tufts University and co-author of Thinner This Year. She notes that this won’t vary too much for a male or female of the same age and body weight. Why the emphasis on weight, height, age and gender?

Weight and height: “The more mass you have, the more fuel you need to sustain larger organs,” notes Dr. Sacheck, explaining why heavier and taller individuals have a higher BMR. When you lose weight, your BMR decreases and you require fewer calories per day. In contrast, when you gain dense, heavier muscle, your BMR will increase.

Age: According to Dr. Sacheck, metabolic rate decreases as you age because muscle mass declines by five to 10 percent each decade after the age of 30. Luckily, it’s not a certain fate for the over-30 crowd. “We can mitigate that when we’re engaged in strength training,” says Dr. Sacheck. She recommends circuit training that incorporates full-body resistance exercises (think lunges, squats, core work on a balance ball). “Strength training individual muscle groups in isolation won’t be as effective in strengthening your body for daily movement that always incorporates a mix of muscle groups,” she says.

Gender: Since body composition (ratios of lean muscle, bone and fat) differ between men and women, research shows a woman’s BMR is typically around five to 10 percent lower than a man’s.

Calculate Your BMR

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Keep in mind, unless you have sophisticated tools to analyze your breathing or you’re closely monitoring your heart rate, you can’t calculate exactly how many calories you’re burning with exercise and digestion alone. Plus, Dr. Sacheck notes that stress levels and illness can also slightly or moderately change your BMR. Nevertheless, a formula-based estimate is a good place to start if you want to keep your diet in check.

RELATED: The 6 Best Ways to Measure Body Fat Percentage

[caption id="attachment_42790" align="alignnone" width="620"]How to Calculate Your BMR (And Why It Matters) Photo: Pond5[/caption]

TDEE: Energy, Explained

Once you know your BMR, you can make a more realistic guess of your total daily energy expenditure, or TDEE. This reflects the entire amount of calories, or energy, your body burns during a given day when you’re sleeping, ingesting and digesting food, working and exercising. To truly reflect the energy you’re burning, TDEE takes into account two additional aspects.

1. Thermic Effect of Activity (TEA): This is the amount of calories burned while exercising. The more intensely your muscles are working — sprinting during intervals or flexing while lifting weights — the more calories you’ll burn. And if you’ve completed a higher intensity workout, your body will have to work even harder to replenish its oxygen stores, resulting in an afterburn effect known as EPOC.

2. Thermic Effect of Feeding (TEF): When you digest food and absorb its nutrients, your body uses energy in the form of calories. “It’s only roughly three to five percent of your daily calorie needs,” Dr. Sacheck says, noting that proteins and fiber have the highest thermic effect, meaning they require the most amount of calories to digest per calorie consumed.

So how do we put a number on our TDEE? Taking into account your activity level and BMR, the calculators below can give an approximation of how much fuel your body requires. Note: If weight loss is your goal, you'll want to create a calorie deficit. Aim to consume 90% of your TDEE.

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RELATED: 6 Reasons Why You Can't Out-Exercise A Bad Diet

The Takeaway

Knowing your BMR is important no matter if your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, run harder or even taper from a training plan. It’s the first step to getting an idea of how much fuel you need to keep your engine roaring all day long. The next step is determining which healthy meals match up with your TDEE and leave you satisfied and energized. But it doesn’t stop there! When your body fluctuates or you change your exercise routine, revisit the BMR calculator to know if you should be eating more or less. When in doubt, consult with your doctor or nutritionist to make sure you’re on the right track.

Originally published April 17, 2014. Updated September 2017. 

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How to Calculate BMR

[caption id="attachment_26828" align="alignnone" width="620"]How to Calculate Your BMR (And Why It Matters) Photo: Pond5[/caption] Think you need to run a marathon just to burn off breakfast, lunch and dinner? Think again. The human body requires a significant amount of energy (i.e. calories) just to function regularly. Each day, your body must breathe, blink, circulate blood, control body temperature, grow new cells, support brain and nerve activity and contract muscles. Staying alive is hard work, people! The amount of energy (in the form of calories) that the body needs to function while resting for 24 hours is known as the basal metabolic rate, or BMR. This number of calories reflects how much energy your body requires to support vital body functions if, hypothetically, you were resting in bed for an entire day. In fact, your BMR is the single largest component (upwards of 60 percent) of your total energy burned each day. RELATED: 5 Intermittent Fasting Methods: Which One Is Right for You? While you can’t magically change your BMR right away, knowing your personal number, how it’s calculated, and which factors most influence your metabolism, can help you use this data point to create a smarter strategy for weight loss (or maintenance).

BMR: Your Basic Burn

To most accurately calculate BMR, an expert takes measurements of carbon dioxide and oxygen analysis after a subject has fasted for 12 hours and has had eight hours of sleep. However, a rough estimation of this data is possible using the Mifflin-St. Jeor equation, a formula introduced in 1990. Since it’s proven to be more accurate than previous BMR formulas, the Mifflin-St. Jeor equation is now considered the standard when it comes to calculating BMR.

Mifflin St. Jeor Equation

For men: BMR = 10 x weight (kg) + 6.25 x height (cm) - 5 x age (years) + 5 For women: BMR = 10 x weight (kg) + 6.25 x height (cm) - 5 x age (years) - 161 “You’ll want to use a BMR as a rough estimate to set your basic needs,” says Dr. Jennifer Sacheck, Ph.D, an associate professor of nutrition at Tufts University and co-author of Thinner This Year. She notes that this won’t vary too much for a male or female of the same age and body weight. Why the emphasis on weight, height, age and gender?

Weight and height: “The more mass you have, the more fuel you need to sustain larger organs,” notes Dr. Sacheck, explaining why heavier and taller individuals have a higher BMR. When you lose weight, your BMR decreases and you require fewer calories per day. In contrast, when you gain dense, heavier muscle, your BMR will increase.

Age: According to Dr. Sacheck, metabolic rate decreases as you age because muscle mass declines by five to 10 percent each decade after the age of 30. Luckily, it’s not a certain fate for the over-30 crowd. “We can mitigate that when we’re engaged in strength training,” says Dr. Sacheck. She recommends circuit training that incorporates full-body resistance exercises (think lunges, squats, core work on a balance ball). “Strength training individual muscle groups in isolation won’t be as effective in strengthening your body for daily movement that always incorporates a mix of muscle groups,” she says.

Gender: Since body composition (ratios of lean muscle, bone and fat) differ between men and women, research shows a woman’s BMR is typically around five to 10 percent lower than a man’s.

Calculate Your BMR

[CP_CALCULATED_FIELDS id="6"] [CP_CALCULATED_FIELDS id ="7"] Keep in mind, unless you have sophisticated tools to analyze your breathing or you’re closely monitoring your heart rate, you can’t calculate exactly how many calories you’re burning with exercise and digestion alone. Plus, Dr. Sacheck notes that stress levels and illness can also slightly or moderately change your BMR. Nevertheless, a formula-based estimate is a good place to start if you want to keep your diet in check. RELATED: The 6 Best Ways to Measure Body Fat Percentage [caption id="attachment_42790" align="alignnone" width="620"]How to Calculate Your BMR (And Why It Matters) Photo: Pond5[/caption]

TDEE: Energy, Explained

Once you know your BMR, you can make a more realistic guess of your total daily energy expenditure, or TDEE. This reflects the entire amount of calories, or energy, your body burns during a given day when you’re sleeping, ingesting and digesting food, working and exercising. To truly reflect the energy you’re burning, TDEE takes into account two additional aspects.

1. Thermic Effect of Activity (TEA): This is the amount of calories burned while exercising. The more intensely your muscles are working — sprinting during intervals or flexing while lifting weights — the more calories you’ll burn. And if you’ve completed a higher intensity workout, your body will have to work even harder to replenish its oxygen stores, resulting in an afterburn effect known as EPOC.

2. Thermic Effect of Feeding (TEF): When you digest food and absorb its nutrients, your body uses energy in the form of calories. “It’s only roughly three to five percent of your daily calorie needs,” Dr. Sacheck says, noting that proteins and fiber have the highest thermic effect, meaning they require the most amount of calories to digest per calorie consumed.

So how do we put a number on our TDEE? Taking into account your activity level and BMR, the calculators below can give an approximation of how much fuel your body requires. Note: If weight loss is your goal, you'll want to create a calorie deficit. Aim to consume 90% of your TDEE. [CP_CALCULATED_FIELDS id ="8"] [CP_CALCULATED_FIELDS id ="10"] RELATED: 6 Reasons Why You Can't Out-Exercise A Bad Diet

The Takeaway

Knowing your BMR is important no matter if your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, run harder or even taper from a training plan. It’s the first step to getting an idea of how much fuel you need to keep your engine roaring all day long. The next step is determining which healthy meals match up with your TDEE and leave you satisfied and energized. But it doesn’t stop there! When your body fluctuates or you change your exercise routine, revisit the BMR calculator to know if you should be eating more or less. When in doubt, consult with your doctor or nutritionist to make sure you’re on the right track. Originally published April 17, 2014. Updated September 2017.  Read More The Truth About How to Lose Belly Fat Carb Cycling: A Daily Meal Plan to Get Started 12 Brilliant Meal Prep Ideas to Free Up Your Time

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Hate Crunches? 6 Better Core Exercises for Beginners http://dailyburn.com/life/db/beginner-core-exercises-for-ab-workouts/ http://dailyburn.com/life/db/beginner-core-exercises-for-ab-workouts/#comments Sat, 09 Sep 2017 13:15:58 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=37698 Hate Crunches? 6 Better Core Exercises for Beginners

[caption id="attachment_37699" align="alignnone" width="620"]Hate Crunches? 6 Better Core Exercises for Beginners Photo: Pond5[/caption]

So maybe you aren’t in good enough shape to get down and give us 50 crunches. But we know you’re not looking to ignore your core either. Well here’s no small truth: A strong midsection isn’t all about six-pack abs. Every time you carry groceries, laundry, or even your kids, you’re relying on your core as a foundation of strength, explains Justin Rubin, Daily Burn’s True Beginner trainer.

“Lots of beginners have upper back tension or lower back issues,” says Rubin. “Your core is located in your posterior chain and strengthening it will help keep your chest up and your spine strong,” which can correlate to some back pain relief.

Whether you’re getting back into fitness after a lapse or you’re an exercise newbie, developing a solid core will increase your stability and balance. Translation: You’ll be able to perform more advanced moves with confidence as you regain your strength.

RELATED: Daily Burn True Beginner: Starting Over With Fitness

Ab Workout: 6 Beginner Core Exercises

If you think you need to use a fancy machine to target those inner belly muscles, think again. We asked Rubin to demonstrate six easy-to-follow core exercises for beginners, which don’t require any equipment. Follow along with the GIFs below to bring variety to your next core workout. And for more beginner-friendly workouts you can do anytime, anyplace, head to Daily Burn to try the complete True Beginner program.

Core Exercises for Beginners: Bird-Dog-Exercise

1. Bird-Dog Crunch

Targets: Abs, hamstrings, glutes and shoulders
Stronger abs don't develop overnight — you'll have to first learn how to activate your core. For this essential True Beginner core exercise, start on the floor on all fours, hands placed directly underneath your shoulders, hips in line with your knees. This is your starting position. Lift your right hand and extend your arm straight out in on you, keeping it shoulder height, while simultaneously lifting your left leg and extending it straight back (a). Your whole body should be in a straight line from right fingertips to left toes. Bring your left leg to touch your right elbow under your stomach. Extend your leg and arm out again. Return to starting position (b). Repeat on the other side (c). Do five reps on each side.

Modification: If you’re unable to maintain form, simplify this movement by forgoing the crunch. Instead, extend your arm and opposite leg out and hold for three seconds, then switch sides.

RELATED: The Truth About How to Lose Belly Fat

Core Exercises for Beginners: Standing Bicycle Crunches

2. Standing Bicycle Crunches

Targets: Obliques, rotational muscles
Do traditional crunches cause discomfort? Rubin suggests this True Beginner variation instead. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands placed behind your head. With a tight core, straight back and relaxed shoulders lift your right leg and simultaneously raise your right knee and lower your left elbow towards each other (a). Return to the starting position (b). Repeat on the opposite side. Do five reps on each side.

Modification: If rotating your upper body downwards is too difficult, simply lift your knee to your chest while keeping your upper body still, alternating legs.

RELATED: 5 Standing Ab Exercises for People Who Hate Crunches

Core Exercises for Beginners: Seated Leg Lifts

3. Seated Leg Lifts

Targets: Abs, hamstrings
Don't be fooled by this basic-looking leg lift: Beginners to even more advanced folks will start feeling the burn after a few reps. Sit on the floor, legs extended straight out in front of you. Keeping your core engaged, lean back slightly, so you’re able to place your hands on either side of your glutes. Take a deep breath and lift one leg six inches off the ground (a). Hold for five seconds, and then put it down. Repeat with the other leg (b). Continue alternating for one-minute straight, then take a 20 second break. Repeat for five rounds.

Modification: To make this exercise easier, lift one leg at a time without stopping to hold each one extended for five seconds. Need more of a challenge? After lifting a heel, bring your knee into your chest, then extend your heel back out and lower down. Repeat on the opposite side.

RELATED: 5 Planks, 10 Minutes: Your Ultimate Ab Workout

Core Exercises for Beginners: Sit-Ups

4. Sit-Ups

Targets: Abs, possibly hip flexors depending on range of motion
If performed incorrectly, sit-ups can cause more pain than they're worth. Rubin breaks down how to safely and effectively perform the move. To start, sit on the floor with your knees bent, heels touching the floor, hands on either side of your head, shoulders dropped and relaxed to avoid tension in the neck. Keeping your feet on the ground, lay back until your back is flat on the floor, or as far as you’re able (a). Rise back up (b). Continue for one-minute straight, then take a 20 second break. Repeat for five rounds.

Modification: Having trouble keeping your core and back engaged? Slowly lower yourself as far as you can, and work up to lowering completely down to the floor. There’s no need to go all the way back until you can maintain perfect form, says Rubin.

RELATED: The Kickboxing Workout That's All About Abs

 Core Exercises for Beginners: Modified Bicycle Crunch

5. Modified Bicycle Crunch

Targets: Obliques, rotational muscles
Start in the same neutral position as the sit-up, sitting with knees bent, heels flat on the floor, hands on either side of your head (a). Bring the right knee and left elbow towards one another, with a simple and gentle twist (b). Return to the start position (c). Complete the movement with the left knee and right elbow. Continue for one-minute straight, then take a 20 second break. Repeat for five rounds.

Modification: This is a major progression from the sit-up, so if this movement is tough for you, keep practicing sit-ups (above).

RELATED: 3 Quick HIIT Workouts for Beginners

Core Exercises for Beginners: Spider Plank Crunch

6. Spider Plank Crunch

Targets: Lower abs, glutes
Still have fuel left in the tank? Rubin challenges True Beginners to tap into their Spidey sense. Start in a push-up position, hands on the ground directly underneath your shoulders, legs extended backwards with your toes on the ground, so your body is in a straight line. Lift your right leg and bring your knee towards the outside of your right elbow (a). Return to plank position (b). Repeat the movement with the other leg. Do five reps with each leg.

Modification: If this is too challenging, simply hold a plank on your elbows or hands for 30 seconds at a time, for three rounds. (If you have a wrist issue, Rubin recommends doing this movement on your elbows.)

To try True Beginner free for 30 days, head to dailyburn.com/truebeginner.

Note to reader: The content in this article relates to the core service offered by Daily Burn. In the interest of editorial disclosure and integrity, the reader should know that this site is owned and operated by Daily Burn. Originally published March 2015. Updated September 2017. 

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[caption id="attachment_37699" align="alignnone" width="620"]Hate Crunches? 6 Better Core Exercises for Beginners Photo: Pond5[/caption] So maybe you aren’t in good enough shape to get down and give us 50 crunches. But we know you’re not looking to ignore your core either. Well here’s no small truth: A strong midsection isn’t all about six-pack abs. Every time you carry groceries, laundry, or even your kids, you’re relying on your core as a foundation of strength, explains Justin Rubin, Daily Burn’s True Beginner trainer. “Lots of beginners have upper back tension or lower back issues,” says Rubin. “Your core is located in your posterior chain and strengthening it will help keep your chest up and your spine strong,” which can correlate to some back pain relief. Whether you’re getting back into fitness after a lapse or you’re an exercise newbie, developing a solid core will increase your stability and balance. Translation: You’ll be able to perform more advanced moves with confidence as you regain your strength. RELATED: Daily Burn True Beginner: Starting Over With Fitness

Ab Workout: 6 Beginner Core Exercises

If you think you need to use a fancy machine to target those inner belly muscles, think again. We asked Rubin to demonstrate six easy-to-follow core exercises for beginners, which don’t require any equipment. Follow along with the GIFs below to bring variety to your next core workout. And for more beginner-friendly workouts you can do anytime, anyplace, head to Daily Burn to try the complete True Beginner program. Core Exercises for Beginners: Bird-Dog-Exercise

1. Bird-Dog Crunch

Targets: Abs, hamstrings, glutes and shoulders Stronger abs don't develop overnight — you'll have to first learn how to activate your core. For this essential True Beginner core exercise, start on the floor on all fours, hands placed directly underneath your shoulders, hips in line with your knees. This is your starting position. Lift your right hand and extend your arm straight out in on you, keeping it shoulder height, while simultaneously lifting your left leg and extending it straight back (a). Your whole body should be in a straight line from right fingertips to left toes. Bring your left leg to touch your right elbow under your stomach. Extend your leg and arm out again. Return to starting position (b). Repeat on the other side (c). Do five reps on each side. Modification: If you’re unable to maintain form, simplify this movement by forgoing the crunch. Instead, extend your arm and opposite leg out and hold for three seconds, then switch sides. RELATED: The Truth About How to Lose Belly Fat Core Exercises for Beginners: Standing Bicycle Crunches

2. Standing Bicycle Crunches

Targets: Obliques, rotational muscles Do traditional crunches cause discomfort? Rubin suggests this True Beginner variation instead. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands placed behind your head. With a tight core, straight back and relaxed shoulders lift your right leg and simultaneously raise your right knee and lower your left elbow towards each other (a). Return to the starting position (b). Repeat on the opposite side. Do five reps on each side. Modification: If rotating your upper body downwards is too difficult, simply lift your knee to your chest while keeping your upper body still, alternating legs. RELATED: 5 Standing Ab Exercises for People Who Hate Crunches Core Exercises for Beginners: Seated Leg Lifts

3. Seated Leg Lifts

Targets: Abs, hamstrings Don't be fooled by this basic-looking leg lift: Beginners to even more advanced folks will start feeling the burn after a few reps. Sit on the floor, legs extended straight out in front of you. Keeping your core engaged, lean back slightly, so you’re able to place your hands on either side of your glutes. Take a deep breath and lift one leg six inches off the ground (a). Hold for five seconds, and then put it down. Repeat with the other leg (b). Continue alternating for one-minute straight, then take a 20 second break. Repeat for five rounds. Modification: To make this exercise easier, lift one leg at a time without stopping to hold each one extended for five seconds. Need more of a challenge? After lifting a heel, bring your knee into your chest, then extend your heel back out and lower down. Repeat on the opposite side. RELATED: 5 Planks, 10 Minutes: Your Ultimate Ab Workout Core Exercises for Beginners: Sit-Ups

4. Sit-Ups

Targets: Abs, possibly hip flexors depending on range of motion If performed incorrectly, sit-ups can cause more pain than they're worth. Rubin breaks down how to safely and effectively perform the move. To start, sit on the floor with your knees bent, heels touching the floor, hands on either side of your head, shoulders dropped and relaxed to avoid tension in the neck. Keeping your feet on the ground, lay back until your back is flat on the floor, or as far as you’re able (a). Rise back up (b). Continue for one-minute straight, then take a 20 second break. Repeat for five rounds. Modification: Having trouble keeping your core and back engaged? Slowly lower yourself as far as you can, and work up to lowering completely down to the floor. There’s no need to go all the way back until you can maintain perfect form, says Rubin. RELATED: The Kickboxing Workout That's All About Abs  Core Exercises for Beginners: Modified Bicycle Crunch

5. Modified Bicycle Crunch

Targets: Obliques, rotational muscles Start in the same neutral position as the sit-up, sitting with knees bent, heels flat on the floor, hands on either side of your head (a). Bring the right knee and left elbow towards one another, with a simple and gentle twist (b). Return to the start position (c). Complete the movement with the left knee and right elbow. Continue for one-minute straight, then take a 20 second break. Repeat for five rounds. Modification: This is a major progression from the sit-up, so if this movement is tough for you, keep practicing sit-ups (above). RELATED: 3 Quick HIIT Workouts for Beginners Core Exercises for Beginners: Spider Plank Crunch

6. Spider Plank Crunch

Targets: Lower abs, glutes Still have fuel left in the tank? Rubin challenges True Beginners to tap into their Spidey sense. Start in a push-up position, hands on the ground directly underneath your shoulders, legs extended backwards with your toes on the ground, so your body is in a straight line. Lift your right leg and bring your knee towards the outside of your right elbow (a). Return to plank position (b). Repeat the movement with the other leg. Do five reps with each leg. Modification: If this is too challenging, simply hold a plank on your elbows or hands for 30 seconds at a time, for three rounds. (If you have a wrist issue, Rubin recommends doing this movement on your elbows.) To try True Beginner free for 30 days, head to dailyburn.com/truebeginner. Note to reader: The content in this article relates to the core service offered by Daily Burn. In the interest of editorial disclosure and integrity, the reader should know that this site is owned and operated by Daily Burn. Originally published March 2015. Updated September 2017.  Read More 4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out 275 Exercises to Shake Up Your Fitness Routine 50 Resources That Make Meal Prep a Snap

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7 Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipes We’re Obsessed With http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-fruit-pizza-recipes/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-fruit-pizza-recipes/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:15:59 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=41353 7 Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipes We’re Obsessed With

[caption id="attachment_61512" align="alignnone" width="619"]7 Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipes We’re Obsessed With Photo courtesy of Carrian / Oh Sweet Basil[/caption]

Taste the rainbow, no Skittles required. Starting with a sugar cookie crust, fruit pizza recipes typically call for a thick schmear of cream cheese frosting and tons of colorful fruit piled on top. But hold the cheese — these vibrant treats are nothing like your typical takeout ‘za. Creamy, crunchy and juicy, each bite is a texture triple-threat. While the sweet pizzas are not nearly as virtuous as your neighbor’s fruit salad, we scoured the web to find seven lightened-up variations you can feel good about whipping up. Made with everything from oat crusts to Greek yogurt “frosting” — these fruit pizza recipes will not disappoint. Any way you slice it, your pretty pie will be a feast for the eyes — and the tastebuds.

RELATED: 9 Quick, Delicious No-Bake Cake Recipes

7 Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipes

Fruit Pizza Recipes: 3-Ingredient Crust Fruit Pizza

1. 3-Ingredient Crust Fruit Pizza

No need to add sugar to this tempting pie. Honey and ripe bananas provide just the right amount of sweetness to the crust. For a smooth frosting, make sure you wait for the Cool Whip to reach room temperature before mixing with other ingredients. Photo and recipe: Jen and Emily / Layers of Happiness

Fruit Pizza Recipes: No-Bake Chocolate Fruit Pizza Recipe

2. No-Bake Chocolate Fruit Pizza

Chocolate can be surprisingly healthy. Case in point: this inventive recipe that has fiber-rich almonds and dates in the crust. Adding orange juice and zest to your frosting will add an extra zip that will make your creation next-level delicious. Photo and recipe: Amy / Super Healthy Kids

Fruit Pizza Recipes: Granola Crust Fruit Pizza Recipe

3. Granola Crust Fruit Pizza

Following a Paleo diet? Try out this raw and vegan treat that has a granola, dried fruit and coconut oil crust. Top it with grapes and pomegranate seeds, which are a good source of heart-healthy antioxidants. Photo and recipe: Rachel / Grok Grub 

RELATED: 12 Healthy Breakfast Burrito Recipes You Can Grab and Go

Fruit Pizza Recipes: Brownie Fruit Pizza Recipe

4. Brownie Fruit Pizza

Your chocoholic friends will never notice that this moist, dense brownie has a smidge less fat than normal, thanks to reduced fat sour cream and just one egg. Greek yogurt and low-fat cream cheese keep things on the lighter side for the frosting, but a piece of this pie is going to be decadent so savor a smaller slice. Photo and recipe: Meggan / Culinary Hill

Fruit Pizza Recipes: Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart Recipe

5. Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart

This stunning pie is so healthy you could eat it for breakfast! A simple cashew and date crust holds Greek yogurt and your choice of fruits. Soaking your dates in water will soften them, so don’t forget to prepare them 10 minutes before you begin baking. Photo and recipe: Sally / Sally’s Baking Addiction

RELATED: 10 Irresistible Stone Fruit Recipes

Fruit Pizza Recipes: Vegan Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Pizza Recipe

6. Vegan Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Pizzas

Each slice of this gluten-free ‘za clocks in under 200 calories. And thanks to oats and pecans in the crust, it also has four grams of fiber and three grams of protein. A drizzle of cacao sauce before serving adds the perfect finishing touch. Photo and recipe: Cristina / Begin Within Nutrition

Oat Crust Fruit Pizza Recipe

7. Oat Crust Fruit Pizza

Ground walnuts and oatmeal give this cookie crust a nutritional boost in the form of fiber and omega-3s. Spread on a mix of Cool Whip and instant pudding for a pie that has flavor without the guilt. Photo and recipe: Carrian / Oh Sweet Basil

7 Healthy Fruit Pizzas We're Obsessed With

Originally published July 2015. Updated August 2017. 

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7 Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipes We’re Obsessed With

[caption id="attachment_61512" align="alignnone" width="619"]7 Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipes We’re Obsessed With Photo courtesy of Carrian / Oh Sweet Basil[/caption] Taste the rainbow, no Skittles required. Starting with a sugar cookie crust, fruit pizza recipes typically call for a thick schmear of cream cheese frosting and tons of colorful fruit piled on top. But hold the cheese — these vibrant treats are nothing like your typical takeout ‘za. Creamy, crunchy and juicy, each bite is a texture triple-threat. While the sweet pizzas are not nearly as virtuous as your neighbor’s fruit salad, we scoured the web to find seven lightened-up variations you can feel good about whipping up. Made with everything from oat crusts to Greek yogurt “frosting” — these fruit pizza recipes will not disappoint. Any way you slice it, your pretty pie will be a feast for the eyes — and the tastebuds. RELATED: 9 Quick, Delicious No-Bake Cake Recipes

7 Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipes

Fruit Pizza Recipes: 3-Ingredient Crust Fruit Pizza

1. 3-Ingredient Crust Fruit Pizza

No need to add sugar to this tempting pie. Honey and ripe bananas provide just the right amount of sweetness to the crust. For a smooth frosting, make sure you wait for the Cool Whip to reach room temperature before mixing with other ingredients. Photo and recipe: Jen and Emily / Layers of Happiness Fruit Pizza Recipes: No-Bake Chocolate Fruit Pizza Recipe

2. No-Bake Chocolate Fruit Pizza

Chocolate can be surprisingly healthy. Case in point: this inventive recipe that has fiber-rich almonds and dates in the crust. Adding orange juice and zest to your frosting will add an extra zip that will make your creation next-level delicious. Photo and recipe: Amy / Super Healthy Kids Fruit Pizza Recipes: Granola Crust Fruit Pizza Recipe

3. Granola Crust Fruit Pizza

Following a Paleo diet? Try out this raw and vegan treat that has a granola, dried fruit and coconut oil crust. Top it with grapes and pomegranate seeds, which are a good source of heart-healthy antioxidants. Photo and recipe: Rachel / Grok Grub  RELATED: 12 Healthy Breakfast Burrito Recipes You Can Grab and Go Fruit Pizza Recipes: Brownie Fruit Pizza Recipe

4. Brownie Fruit Pizza

Your chocoholic friends will never notice that this moist, dense brownie has a smidge less fat than normal, thanks to reduced fat sour cream and just one egg. Greek yogurt and low-fat cream cheese keep things on the lighter side for the frosting, but a piece of this pie is going to be decadent so savor a smaller slice. Photo and recipe: Meggan / Culinary Hill Fruit Pizza Recipes: Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart Recipe

5. Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart

This stunning pie is so healthy you could eat it for breakfast! A simple cashew and date crust holds Greek yogurt and your choice of fruits. Soaking your dates in water will soften them, so don’t forget to prepare them 10 minutes before you begin baking. Photo and recipe: Sally / Sally’s Baking Addiction RELATED: 10 Irresistible Stone Fruit Recipes Fruit Pizza Recipes: Vegan Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Pizza Recipe

6. Vegan Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Pizzas

Each slice of this gluten-free ‘za clocks in under 200 calories. And thanks to oats and pecans in the crust, it also has four grams of fiber and three grams of protein. A drizzle of cacao sauce before serving adds the perfect finishing touch. Photo and recipe: Cristina / Begin Within Nutrition Oat Crust Fruit Pizza Recipe

7. Oat Crust Fruit Pizza

Ground walnuts and oatmeal give this cookie crust a nutritional boost in the form of fiber and omega-3s. Spread on a mix of Cool Whip and instant pudding for a pie that has flavor without the guilt. Photo and recipe: Carrian / Oh Sweet Basil 7 Healthy Fruit Pizzas We're Obsessed With Originally published July 2015. Updated August 2017.  Read More 14 Creative Chia Seed Recipes to Try Now 11 5-Minute Breakfast Recipes for Your Busiest Mornings Cheers to Your New Favorite Dessert: Prosecco Popsicles

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50 Resources to Step Up Your Yoga Game http://dailyburn.com/life/db/best-yoga-for-beginners-tips/ http://dailyburn.com/life/db/best-yoga-for-beginners-tips/#comments Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:00:09 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=43621 Yoga for Beginners - 50 Yoga Resources

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Whether you're embracing yoga for beginners or trying to master new handstand variations, you’ll always find new ways to challenge yourself on the mat. After all, the best part about yoga is that there’s always room for improvement. So in honor of National Yoga Month (yes, it's already September), check out the resources below. We promise you'll score an extra boost of confidence next time you're ready to strike a pose.

Yoga for Beginners: Your Ultimate Guide

[caption id="attachment_52501" align="alignnone" width="620"]Yoga for Beginners: 35 Resources to Perfect Your Flow Photo: Pond5[/caption]

Master the Basics

Stepping into a yoga studio can be intimidating. And when the lingo involves Sanskrit words like tadasana and savasana, it can make going with the flow even more difficult. What can you expect during your first class? Get the insider info, plus other insights to start practicing with more self-assurance.

8 Things Experts Wish You Knew About Yoga

7 Beginner Yoga Poses to Get You Through Your First Class

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The Beginner’s Guide to Every Type of Yoga Out There

How Well Do You Know the Top 10 Yoga Styles?

[caption id="attachment_52502" align="alignnone" width="620"]Yoga for Beginners: 35 Resources to Perfect Your Flow Photo: Pond5[/caption]

Perfect Your Form

Can’t seem to master chaturunga? Too scared to pop into crow? You might be stronger than you think! If you’re not sure how to get started with more advanced moves, or need to fine-tune certain areas, these tips and tricks can help you take your yoga practice to the next level.

Are You Doing These Yoga Poses All Wrong?

How to Do the Perfect Down Dog

Beginner Yoga: How to Do a Handstand [VIDEO]

Crow Pose, Made Easy: 3 Moves to Pull It Off

Yoga 101: How to Fix Your Chaturanga Pose

[caption id="attachment_52503" align="alignnone" width="620"]Yoga for Beginners: 35 Resources to Perfect Your Flow Photo: Pond5[/caption]

Find Your Zen

When life gets crazy, there’s nothing like a little quality time on your mat to clear your head. Try these short and sweet flows at home (perfect for yoga for beginners) or on-the-go to help you reclaim some peace of mind.

5 Restorative Yoga Poses to Ease Your Muscles (and Your Mind)

10 Easy Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Stress

5 Yoga Poses to Energize Your Morning

9 Easy Yoga Poses to Help You Survive Work, Stress and Travel

5 Relaxing Yoga Poses to Do Before Bed

5 Yoga Poses to Show Gratitude

[caption id="attachment_52504" align="alignnone" width="620"]Yoga for Beginners: 35 Resources to Perfect Your Flow Photo by Robert Pettus[/caption]

Try Something New

Vinyasa might be the most well-known type of yoga, but there are plenty of other styles out there. When you're ready to get beyond the basics, sweat it out in a hot yoga class, wear headphones to tune out unwanted noise or go upside down with a class designed around aerial silks. Yoga might be hundreds of years old, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach an old practice some new tricks!

7 Unexpected Yoga Classes to Try Now

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7 Snowga Poses to Prep You for the Slopes

[caption id="attachment_52505" align="alignnone" width="620"]Yoga for Beginners: 35 Resources to Perfect Your Flow Photo: Pond5[/caption]

Savor the Benefits

Making time for some asanas can pay off in more ways than one. The body of research on the benefits of yoga is growing each year, and things are looking up for those that like to down dog. We’ve got just the tips for how to make the most of your practice, starting now.

How to Reap the Benefits of Yoga, Starting Now

How to Maximize Your Yoga Calorie Burn

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

How to Get the Benefits of Hot Yoga — Without Passing Out

Hatha Yoga: The Best Workout for Your Brain?

The 7 Body Benefits of Downward Dog

Can Yoga Help Relieve Your Asthma?

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Get Inspired

Take it from the pros — master yogis weren’t made in a day. When the going gets tough, it can be comforting to know that it wasn’t love at first downward dog for everyone. Whether you’re reading about about supermom Briohny Smyth or yogis defying size stereotypes, there’s no shortage of inspiration in the articles below.

Don’t Think You Have a Yoga Body? Here’s Why It Doesn’t Matter

The 25 Most Epic Yoga Pics on Instagram

Q&A with Yoga Supermom Briohny Smyth

Jamie Anderson: Fast on the Slopes, Zen on the Mat

How Yoga Helped This Mom Fight Stress, One Pose at a Time

[caption id="attachment_56479" align="alignnone" width="620"]Standing Yoga Pose: Warrior III Pose Photo: Tiffany Ayuda / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

Flow at Home

When you can't make it to the studio, we've got your back. And your front. And every nook and cranny in between. Get centered with balance-focused poses, or crank up the cardio with some dance-yoga fusion moves. When you're solo, there's no excuse not to do you. (Oh, and if you have company over, check out the AcroYoga poses for double the fun.)

5 Dance-Inspired Yoga Moves to Turn Up the Burn

5 Standing Yoga Poses for Better Balance

8 Yoga Poses to Help Ease Lower Back Pain

5 Yoga Inspired Shoulder Openers to Relieve Tightness

Your 10-Minute Yoga HIIT Workout (Yes, Combined!)

5 Beginner AcroYoga Poses That Are Totally Doable

[caption id="attachment_34504" align="alignnone" width="620"]SmartMat Yoga Photo: SmartMat.com[/caption]

Get the Right Gear

If you have a body, you are a yogi. Yes, it's as simple as that. But having a few key items can only enhance your practice. Start with a reliable mat, and then layer on the cute leggings and sports bras. You're going to want to check out the smart mat and souped up headphones, too.

The Perfect Yoga Mat for First-Time Yogis

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Find Out Why This Yoga Mat Costs $447

The 9 Best Sports Bras to Withstand Any Workout

These Headphones Will Transform Your Yoga Practice

[caption id="attachment_61107" align="alignnone" width="620"]The 9 Best Apps for Guided Meditation Photo: Twenty20[/caption]

Try a Yoga App

Usually phones have no place in your practice. After all, you’re trying to be “mindful” and stay in the moment, right? But new innovations — like instructional yoga and meditation apps — could help guide your yoga skills to a whole new place.

DailyBurn’s Yoga Made Simple: 30 Minutes to Zen

The 11 Best Yoga Apps to Get Fit on the Cheap

The 9 Best Apps for Guided Meditation

Beautiful Belly, DailyBurn’s Prenatal Yoga App

Want more yoga every day? Head to dailyburn.com to try Yoga Made Simple, free for 30 days! 

Originally published September 2015. Updated September 2017. 

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[caption id="attachment_61413" align="alignnone" width="620"]Yoga for Beginners-50 Resources to Perfect Your Flow Photos: Pond5 (top left, top right, bottom right); Robert Pettus (bottom left)[/caption] Whether you're embracing yoga for beginners or trying to master new handstand variations, you’ll always find new ways to challenge yourself on the mat. After all, the best part about yoga is that there’s always room for improvement. So in honor of National Yoga Month (yes, it's already September), check out the resources below. We promise you'll score an extra boost of confidence next time you're ready to strike a pose.

Yoga for Beginners: Your Ultimate Guide

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Master the Basics

Stepping into a yoga studio can be intimidating. And when the lingo involves Sanskrit words like tadasana and savasana, it can make going with the flow even more difficult. What can you expect during your first class? Get the insider info, plus other insights to start practicing with more self-assurance.

8 Things Experts Wish You Knew About Yoga

7 Beginner Yoga Poses to Get You Through Your First Class

Beginner Level Yin Yoga [VIDEO]

The Beginner’s Guide to Every Type of Yoga Out There

How Well Do You Know the Top 10 Yoga Styles?

[caption id="attachment_52502" align="alignnone" width="620"]Yoga for Beginners: 35 Resources to Perfect Your Flow Photo: Pond5[/caption]

Perfect Your Form

Can’t seem to master chaturunga? Too scared to pop into crow? You might be stronger than you think! If you’re not sure how to get started with more advanced moves, or need to fine-tune certain areas, these tips and tricks can help you take your yoga practice to the next level.

Are You Doing These Yoga Poses All Wrong?

How to Do the Perfect Down Dog

Beginner Yoga: How to Do a Handstand [VIDEO]

Crow Pose, Made Easy: 3 Moves to Pull It Off

Yoga 101: How to Fix Your Chaturanga Pose

[caption id="attachment_52503" align="alignnone" width="620"]Yoga for Beginners: 35 Resources to Perfect Your Flow Photo: Pond5[/caption]

Find Your Zen

When life gets crazy, there’s nothing like a little quality time on your mat to clear your head. Try these short and sweet flows at home (perfect for yoga for beginners) or on-the-go to help you reclaim some peace of mind.

5 Restorative Yoga Poses to Ease Your Muscles (and Your Mind)

10 Easy Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Stress

5 Yoga Poses to Energize Your Morning

9 Easy Yoga Poses to Help You Survive Work, Stress and Travel

5 Relaxing Yoga Poses to Do Before Bed

5 Yoga Poses to Show Gratitude

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Try Something New

Vinyasa might be the most well-known type of yoga, but there are plenty of other styles out there. When you're ready to get beyond the basics, sweat it out in a hot yoga class, wear headphones to tune out unwanted noise or go upside down with a class designed around aerial silks. Yoga might be hundreds of years old, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach an old practice some new tricks!

7 Unexpected Yoga Classes to Try Now

How Yoga in a Salt Room Helped Me Deal With Anxiety

Cat Yoga? 4 New Types of Yoga You've Got to Try

Cycling and Yoga: 4 New Hybrid Studios

Why You Should Try Aerial Yoga Even If It Scares You

Inside the Most Tricked Out Yoga Studio in New York

7 Snowga Poses to Prep You for the Slopes

[caption id="attachment_52505" align="alignnone" width="620"]Yoga for Beginners: 35 Resources to Perfect Your Flow Photo: Pond5[/caption]

Savor the Benefits

Making time for some asanas can pay off in more ways than one. The body of research on the benefits of yoga is growing each year, and things are looking up for those that like to down dog. We’ve got just the tips for how to make the most of your practice, starting now.

How to Reap the Benefits of Yoga, Starting Now

How to Maximize Your Yoga Calorie Burn

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

How to Get the Benefits of Hot Yoga — Without Passing Out

Hatha Yoga: The Best Workout for Your Brain?

The 7 Body Benefits of Downward Dog

Can Yoga Help Relieve Your Asthma?

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Get Inspired

Take it from the pros — master yogis weren’t made in a day. When the going gets tough, it can be comforting to know that it wasn’t love at first downward dog for everyone. Whether you’re reading about about supermom Briohny Smyth or yogis defying size stereotypes, there’s no shortage of inspiration in the articles below.

Don’t Think You Have a Yoga Body? Here’s Why It Doesn’t Matter

The 25 Most Epic Yoga Pics on Instagram

Q&A with Yoga Supermom Briohny Smyth

Jamie Anderson: Fast on the Slopes, Zen on the Mat

How Yoga Helped This Mom Fight Stress, One Pose at a Time

[caption id="attachment_56479" align="alignnone" width="620"]Standing Yoga Pose: Warrior III Pose Photo: Tiffany Ayuda / Life by Daily Burn[/caption]

Flow at Home

When you can't make it to the studio, we've got your back. And your front. And every nook and cranny in between. Get centered with balance-focused poses, or crank up the cardio with some dance-yoga fusion moves. When you're solo, there's no excuse not to do you. (Oh, and if you have company over, check out the AcroYoga poses for double the fun.)

5 Dance-Inspired Yoga Moves to Turn Up the Burn

5 Standing Yoga Poses for Better Balance

8 Yoga Poses to Help Ease Lower Back Pain

5 Yoga Inspired Shoulder Openers to Relieve Tightness

Your 10-Minute Yoga HIIT Workout (Yes, Combined!)

5 Beginner AcroYoga Poses That Are Totally Doable

[caption id="attachment_34504" align="alignnone" width="620"]SmartMat Yoga Photo: SmartMat.com[/caption]

Get the Right Gear

If you have a body, you are a yogi. Yes, it's as simple as that. But having a few key items can only enhance your practice. Start with a reliable mat, and then layer on the cute leggings and sports bras. You're going to want to check out the smart mat and souped up headphones, too.

The Perfect Yoga Mat for First-Time Yogis

11 Leggings Under $50 You'll Want to Live In

Find Out Why This Yoga Mat Costs $447

The 9 Best Sports Bras to Withstand Any Workout

These Headphones Will Transform Your Yoga Practice

[caption id="attachment_61107" align="alignnone" width="620"]The 9 Best Apps for Guided Meditation Photo: Twenty20[/caption]

Try a Yoga App

Usually phones have no place in your practice. After all, you’re trying to be “mindful” and stay in the moment, right? But new innovations — like instructional yoga and meditation apps — could help guide your yoga skills to a whole new place.

DailyBurn’s Yoga Made Simple: 30 Minutes to Zen

The 11 Best Yoga Apps to Get Fit on the Cheap

The 9 Best Apps for Guided Meditation

Beautiful Belly, DailyBurn’s Prenatal Yoga App

Want more yoga every day? Head to dailyburn.com to try Yoga Made Simple, free for 30 days! 

Originally published September 2015. Updated September 2017. 

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15 Healthy No-Bake Recipes for Hot Summer Days http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/no-bake-recipes/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/no-bake-recipes/#respond Sun, 27 Aug 2017 13:15:29 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=40763 15 Healthy No-Bake Recipes for Summer

15 Healthy No-Bake Recipes for Hot Summer Days

Feel like you've run a marathon through the desert by the time you sit down for dinner? When summer starts to really heat up, the last thing you want to do is make your home even hotter by turning on lots of kitchen appliances. Your solution: No-bake recipes that require zero fuss. From refreshing appetizers to easy lunches, we’ve got fifteen healthy options that will keep you fueled up and cool as a cucumber.

RELATED: 9 Delicious Watermelon Recipes for Summer

15 No-Bake Recipes for Hot Days

No-Bake Recipes: Avocado Toast Recipe

1. Avocado Toast

These tasty toasts come together in under 10 minutes, so they’re ideal for guilt-free snacking when hunger strikes. Avocados are a healthy source of fat, plus this green fruit has more potassium than a banana. Choose your own delicious adventure by topping your toast with smoked salmon, tomatoes or radishes. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair/ Life by Daily Burn

No-Bake Recipes: Citrus Winter Greens Salad Recipe

2. Citrus Salad

Talk about picture-perfect colors! Sweet oranges and grapefruits steal the show in this easy recipe. Plus, the citrus toppings arm you with immunity-boosting vitamin C. Your fresh lemon-Dijon dressing will cut the bitterness of the kale and fennel in your bowl. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

No-Bake Recipes: Protein Overnight Oats Recipe

3. Protein Overnight Oats

Instead of heating up oatmeal, try one of these genius no-bake recipes for breakfast. You'll get the same amount of fiber as the stovetop variety — and a whopping 13 grams of protein to kickstart your day. Free up your mornings by prepping your Greek yogurt, oats, chia seeds and protein powder the night before. Photo and recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts

No-Bake Recipes: Deconstructed Sushi Salad Recipe

4. Deconstructed Sushi Salad Recipe

Save money by making this sushi roll-inspired salad at home. You have our permission to skip the miso soup if it’s sweltering outside. Top your greens with strips of nori, a dried seaweed that’s a great source of vitamins E, K and thiamin, a B vitamin that supports brain health. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 15 Healthy Lettuce Wraps for Low-Carb Lunches

No-Bake Recipes: Mexican Cauliflower Couscous Salad Recipe

5. Mexican Cauliflower Couscous

This inventive recipe swaps cauliflower for carb-heavy couscous. Not only does the vegetable have 95 percent fewer calories than the pasta pearls, but it’s packed with vitamins C and K. Combined with the vibrant flavors of beans, corn and tomatoes, your taste buds will totally be fooled. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

No-Bake Recipes: Antioxidant Fruit Salad Recipe

6. Antioxidant Fruit Salad

Bright fruits provide a sweet ending to any BBQ or summer gathering. Drizzle vanilla-infused honey over this mix of seasonal blackberries, peaches and cherries for a salad that can’t be beat. Not sure whether organic berries are worth the investment? Check out our handy guide for when to buy organicPhoto and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 8 Crockpot Recipes You Should Totally Make This Summer

No-Bake Recipes: Arugula Salad with Tomato, Avocado, and Pita Crisps Recipe

7. Arugula Salad with Avocado and Tomato

Need a fast and easy first course? Serve this refreshing salad that’s boasts creamy avocado and juicy, seasonal tomatoes. To speed up your kitchen prep, make the pita chips ahead of time or use your favorite prepackaged brand. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

No-Bake Recipes: Melon Prosciutto Bites Recipe

8. Melon Mozzarella Prosciutto Skewers

This elegant antipasti option delivers a one-two punch of flavor, thanks to the extraordinary combination of salty prosciutto and sweet cantaloupe. At just 78 calories for two, you won’t feel guilty helping yourself to multiple servings. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 10 Irresistible Stone Fruit Recipes to Savor Summer

No-Bake Recipes: Greek Salad on a Stick Recipe

9. Greek Salad on a Stick

Here’s an inventive way to serve salad: Put the ingredients on skewers! Once you’ve threaded the vegetables and olives through, sprinkle Feta on top and serve on lettuce leaves for a fun first course. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 11 Barbeque-Friendly Snacks on a Stick

No-Bake Recipes: Watermelon Cucumber Bites Recipe

10. Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Bites

Feta, mint and a drizzle of maple glaze take these appetizers to another level of awesome — and they’ll come together in just 15 minutes. Even better: Watermelon and cucumber are hydrating fruits, ideal for hot, sweaty summer days. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

No-Bake Recipes: Corn Beans Quinoa Salad Recipe

11. Corn, Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

Got leftover quinoa? Use it up by adding fiber-rich beans, corn and bell peppers to your bowl. The result: A savory, gluten-free salad that’s got just seven grams of fat per serving. (Meaning you’ll still have room for dessert!) Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 9 Strawberry Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long

No-Bake Recipes: Collard Wraps Recipe

12. Raw Rainbow Collard Greens Wrap

Taste the rainbow with this sandwich that’s bursting with nutritious, raw veggies. Fill your collard greens with a generous smear of hummus and thinly sliced carrots, peppers, cucumbers and onions. Then roll it up and dig in. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

No-Bake Recipes: Avocado Salad Recipe

13. Avocado and Pomegranate Frise Salad

Make your avocado do double duty by using the scooped out shell as a bowl. Each serving of this hearty salad has six grams of fiber, which promotes digestive health and may also protect against heart disease. If you don’t have frisée on hand, swap in mesclun or other leafy greens. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

No-Bake Recipes: Orange Fennel Salad Recipe

14. Orange and Fennel Salad

Excellent sources of fiber and folate, fennel and oranges create an ideal balance of bitter and sweet in this salad. Be sure to let the dish stand for five minutes after you’ve seasoned it with sea salt so the flavors can deepen. Pro tip: A sharp, thin knife will help you separate the flesh from the skin of the orange. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

No-Bake Recipes: Gazpacho Shrimp Salad Recipe

15. Gazpacho Salad

The classic cold soup is great for balmy days, but can require some serious chopping (and about a million veggies) to prepare. This salad has the same light and spicy flavors but takes just 20 minutes to whip up — freeing you up to cool down by the pool. Save even more time by using precooked shrimp. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Originally published June 2015. Updated August 2017.

Read More:
8 Crockpot Recipes You Should Totally Make This Summer
10 Irresistible Stone Fruit Recipes to Savor This Summer
9 Quick, Delicious No-Bake Cake Recipes

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15 Healthy No-Bake Recipes for Summer

15 Healthy No-Bake Recipes for Hot Summer Days
Feel like you've run a marathon through the desert by the time you sit down for dinner? When summer starts to really heat up, the last thing you want to do is make your home even hotter by turning on lots of kitchen appliances. Your solution: No-bake recipes that require zero fuss. From refreshing appetizers to easy lunches, we’ve got fifteen healthy options that will keep you fueled up and cool as a cucumber. RELATED: 9 Delicious Watermelon Recipes for Summer

15 No-Bake Recipes for Hot Days

No-Bake Recipes: Avocado Toast Recipe

1. Avocado Toast

These tasty toasts come together in under 10 minutes, so they’re ideal for guilt-free snacking when hunger strikes. Avocados are a healthy source of fat, plus this green fruit has more potassium than a banana. Choose your own delicious adventure by topping your toast with smoked salmon, tomatoes or radishes. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair/ Life by Daily Burn No-Bake Recipes: Citrus Winter Greens Salad Recipe

2. Citrus Salad

Talk about picture-perfect colors! Sweet oranges and grapefruits steal the show in this easy recipe. Plus, the citrus toppings arm you with immunity-boosting vitamin C. Your fresh lemon-Dijon dressing will cut the bitterness of the kale and fennel in your bowl. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn No-Bake Recipes: Protein Overnight Oats Recipe

3. Protein Overnight Oats

Instead of heating up oatmeal, try one of these genius no-bake recipes for breakfast. You'll get the same amount of fiber as the stovetop variety — and a whopping 13 grams of protein to kickstart your day. Free up your mornings by prepping your Greek yogurt, oats, chia seeds and protein powder the night before. Photo and recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 15 Healthy Recipes for No-Bake Desserts No-Bake Recipes: Deconstructed Sushi Salad Recipe

4. Deconstructed Sushi Salad Recipe

Save money by making this sushi roll-inspired salad at home. You have our permission to skip the miso soup if it’s sweltering outside. Top your greens with strips of nori, a dried seaweed that’s a great source of vitamins E, K and thiamin, a B vitamin that supports brain health. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 15 Healthy Lettuce Wraps for Low-Carb Lunches No-Bake Recipes: Mexican Cauliflower Couscous Salad Recipe

5. Mexican Cauliflower Couscous

This inventive recipe swaps cauliflower for carb-heavy couscous. Not only does the vegetable have 95 percent fewer calories than the pasta pearls, but it’s packed with vitamins C and K. Combined with the vibrant flavors of beans, corn and tomatoes, your taste buds will totally be fooled. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn No-Bake Recipes: Antioxidant Fruit Salad Recipe

6. Antioxidant Fruit Salad

Bright fruits provide a sweet ending to any BBQ or summer gathering. Drizzle vanilla-infused honey over this mix of seasonal blackberries, peaches and cherries for a salad that can’t be beat. Not sure whether organic berries are worth the investment? Check out our handy guide for when to buy organicPhoto and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 8 Crockpot Recipes You Should Totally Make This Summer No-Bake Recipes: Arugula Salad with Tomato, Avocado, and Pita Crisps Recipe

7. Arugula Salad with Avocado and Tomato

Need a fast and easy first course? Serve this refreshing salad that’s boasts creamy avocado and juicy, seasonal tomatoes. To speed up your kitchen prep, make the pita chips ahead of time or use your favorite prepackaged brand. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn No-Bake Recipes: Melon Prosciutto Bites Recipe

8. Melon Mozzarella Prosciutto Skewers

This elegant antipasti option delivers a one-two punch of flavor, thanks to the extraordinary combination of salty prosciutto and sweet cantaloupe. At just 78 calories for two, you won’t feel guilty helping yourself to multiple servings. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 10 Irresistible Stone Fruit Recipes to Savor Summer No-Bake Recipes: Greek Salad on a Stick Recipe

9. Greek Salad on a Stick

Here’s an inventive way to serve salad: Put the ingredients on skewers! Once you’ve threaded the vegetables and olives through, sprinkle Feta on top and serve on lettuce leaves for a fun first course. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 11 Barbeque-Friendly Snacks on a Stick No-Bake Recipes: Watermelon Cucumber Bites Recipe

10. Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Bites

Feta, mint and a drizzle of maple glaze take these appetizers to another level of awesome — and they’ll come together in just 15 minutes. Even better: Watermelon and cucumber are hydrating fruits, ideal for hot, sweaty summer days. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn No-Bake Recipes: Corn Beans Quinoa Salad Recipe

11. Corn, Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

Got leftover quinoa? Use it up by adding fiber-rich beans, corn and bell peppers to your bowl. The result: A savory, gluten-free salad that’s got just seven grams of fat per serving. (Meaning you’ll still have room for dessert!) Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 9 Strawberry Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long No-Bake Recipes: Collard Wraps Recipe

12. Raw Rainbow Collard Greens Wrap

Taste the rainbow with this sandwich that’s bursting with nutritious, raw veggies. Fill your collard greens with a generous smear of hummus and thinly sliced carrots, peppers, cucumbers and onions. Then roll it up and dig in. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn No-Bake Recipes: Avocado Salad Recipe

13. Avocado and Pomegranate Frise Salad

Make your avocado do double duty by using the scooped out shell as a bowl. Each serving of this hearty salad has six grams of fiber, which promotes digestive health and may also protect against heart disease. If you don’t have frisée on hand, swap in mesclun or other leafy greens. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

No-Bake Recipes: Orange Fennel Salad Recipe

14. Orange and Fennel Salad

Excellent sources of fiber and folate, fennel and oranges create an ideal balance of bitter and sweet in this salad. Be sure to let the dish stand for five minutes after you’ve seasoned it with sea salt so the flavors can deepen. Pro tip: A sharp, thin knife will help you separate the flesh from the skin of the orange. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn No-Bake Recipes: Gazpacho Shrimp Salad Recipe

15. Gazpacho Salad

The classic cold soup is great for balmy days, but can require some serious chopping (and about a million veggies) to prepare. This salad has the same light and spicy flavors but takes just 20 minutes to whip up — freeing you up to cool down by the pool. Save even more time by using precooked shrimp. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn Originally published June 2015. Updated August 2017. Read More: 8 Crockpot Recipes You Should Totally Make This Summer 10 Irresistible Stone Fruit Recipes to Savor This Summer 9 Quick, Delicious No-Bake Cake Recipes

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Printable Meal Planning Templates to Simplify Your Life http://dailyburn.com/life/health/printable-meal-planning-templates/ http://dailyburn.com/life/health/printable-meal-planning-templates/#comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:15:00 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=47319

Printable Meal Planning Templates

Odds are good that you plan your vacations in advance. You probably plan your budget, too. You plan birthday parties, weddings and family gatherings. But do you plan your meals? Meal planning is the most effective way to start building healthy habits, says Jenny Champion, Daily Burn Nutrition and Fitness Coach. “You’re so much more likely to stick to your goals when you’re not winging it on a meal-to-meal basis,” she says.

RELATED: The One Thing That Helped Me Lose Weight

And the benefits don’t start and end with your waistline. Having a plan in place will streamline your grocery shopping and save you time and money in the long run. (You’ll waste less food, too!) Before each week starts, jot down what you want to eat and create a shopping list for all the foods you’ll need. If you really want to save time during the week, Champion recommends preparing some of your meals ahead of time on Sunday. (Meal prepping is easy with these handy tips.)

“If you’re new to meal planning, start with just one meal per day,” says Champion. “Choose the one that causes you the most stress. Once you’ve tackled that, add another meal to the plan.” And don’t be too down on your self if you stray from your plan. “There were always be times when something unexpected comes up or your schedule is thrown off. Allow for some flexibility in your plan and don’t get discouraged if a meal or a day doesn’t go perfectly.”

RELATED: The 5 Best Apps to Track Your Macros On-the-Go

Ready to fill your calendar with delicious food? While tech-savvy planners can try these five apps to get organized, for those who like to keep it old-school with pen and paper, we’ve got six meal planning templates you can print at home. From keeping track of freezer meals or feeding the whole family, these printable templates have you covered.

7 Printable Meal Planning Templates

Meal Planning Templates: Weekly Meal Planner

1. Weekly Meal Plan (download here)

Best for: Planning a well-rounded diet
With a cute and colorful daily servings checklist at the bottom, this template makes it easy to ensure you're getting all your vegetables. Photo and template: Erin / Strawberry Mommycakes

Meal-Planning-Template--Cents-and-Order

2. Weekly Meal Plan and Grocery List (download here)

Best for: Getting organized with just the basics
A two-column template keeps your weekly menu and grocery list in tip-top shape. Photo and template: Kristina / Cents and Order

Meal Planning Template: Grocery List

3. Categorized Grocery List (download here)

Best for: Streamlining your grocery list
Sort your groceries into categories so you don't miss a thing once you the the shop. Photo and template: Corey / Hey There Home

RELATED: 12 DIY Projects to Clean Up Your Eating Habits

Meal Planning Template: Family Meal Plan

4.Weekly Family Meal Plan (download here)

Best for: Feeding the whole family
Need to keep track of who will be at the dinner table on Wednesdays versus Thursdays? This template helps coordinate schedules with meal prep, taking the stress out of family time. Photo and template: Jess / Design Lass

Meal Planning Templates: Freezer Inventory

5. Freezer Food Inventory (download here)

Best for: Keeping track of freezer meals
Freezer-friendly meals are a meal prepper's best friend. For the uber-organized, these meal planning templates will help make sure you don't lose track of any frozen breakfast sandwiches or leftover chili. Photo and template: Cynthia / Organized Home

 Meal Planning Templates: Monthly Meal Plan

6. Monthly Meal Planner (download here)

Best for: Preparing for your whole month
If you've mastered the art of weekly meal prep, why not take it up a notch? Set yourself up for a month of healthy eating with this master template. Photo and template: Brittany / The Military Wife

Printable Meal Planning Templates: Nutrition Stripped Weekly Meal Planner

7. Weekly Meal and Snack Planner (download here)

Best for: Preparing well-balanced meals and snacks
This template allows you to plan for all your major meals, snacks and everything in between. The addition of the weekend planner at the end helps you carve out time to prepare salad dressings, pasta sauces and dips. You can also write out specifically what your grains, starches and proteins are for the week to ensure you're getting a balanced diet. Photo and template: McKel Hill / Nutrition Stripped

Originally published February 2016. Updated August 2017.

Read More:
20 Meal Prep Tips from the Best Preppers We Know
15 Genius Meal Prep Ideas from Top Trainers
50 Resources That Make Meal Prep a Snap

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Printable Meal Planning Templates
Odds are good that you plan your vacations in advance. You probably plan your budget, too. You plan birthday parties, weddings and family gatherings. But do you plan your meals? Meal planning is the most effective way to start building healthy habits, says Jenny Champion, Daily Burn Nutrition and Fitness Coach. “You’re so much more likely to stick to your goals when you’re not winging it on a meal-to-meal basis,” she says. RELATED: The One Thing That Helped Me Lose Weight And the benefits don’t start and end with your waistline. Having a plan in place will streamline your grocery shopping and save you time and money in the long run. (You’ll waste less food, too!) Before each week starts, jot down what you want to eat and create a shopping list for all the foods you’ll need. If you really want to save time during the week, Champion recommends preparing some of your meals ahead of time on Sunday. (Meal prepping is easy with these handy tips.) “If you’re new to meal planning, start with just one meal per day,” says Champion. “Choose the one that causes you the most stress. Once you’ve tackled that, add another meal to the plan.” And don’t be too down on your self if you stray from your plan. “There were always be times when something unexpected comes up or your schedule is thrown off. Allow for some flexibility in your plan and don’t get discouraged if a meal or a day doesn’t go perfectly.” RELATED: The 5 Best Apps to Track Your Macros On-the-Go Ready to fill your calendar with delicious food? While tech-savvy planners can try these five apps to get organized, for those who like to keep it old-school with pen and paper, we’ve got six meal planning templates you can print at home. From keeping track of freezer meals or feeding the whole family, these printable templates have you covered.

7 Printable Meal Planning Templates

Meal Planning Templates: Weekly Meal Planner

1. Weekly Meal Plan (download here)

Best for: Planning a well-rounded diet With a cute and colorful daily servings checklist at the bottom, this template makes it easy to ensure you're getting all your vegetables. Photo and template: Erin / Strawberry Mommycakes Meal-Planning-Template--Cents-and-Order

2. Weekly Meal Plan and Grocery List (download here)

Best for: Getting organized with just the basics A two-column template keeps your weekly menu and grocery list in tip-top shape. Photo and template: Kristina / Cents and Order Meal Planning Template: Grocery List

3. Categorized Grocery List (download here)

Best for: Streamlining your grocery list Sort your groceries into categories so you don't miss a thing once you the the shop. Photo and template: Corey / Hey There Home RELATED: 12 DIY Projects to Clean Up Your Eating Habits Meal Planning Template: Family Meal Plan

4.Weekly Family Meal Plan (download here)

Best for: Feeding the whole family Need to keep track of who will be at the dinner table on Wednesdays versus Thursdays? This template helps coordinate schedules with meal prep, taking the stress out of family time. Photo and template: Jess / Design Lass Meal Planning Templates: Freezer Inventory

5. Freezer Food Inventory (download here)

Best for: Keeping track of freezer meals Freezer-friendly meals are a meal prepper's best friend. For the uber-organized, these meal planning templates will help make sure you don't lose track of any frozen breakfast sandwiches or leftover chili. Photo and template: Cynthia / Organized Home  Meal Planning Templates: Monthly Meal Plan

6. Monthly Meal Planner (download here)

Best for: Preparing for your whole month If you've mastered the art of weekly meal prep, why not take it up a notch? Set yourself up for a month of healthy eating with this master template. Photo and template: Brittany / The Military Wife Printable Meal Planning Templates: Nutrition Stripped Weekly Meal Planner

7. Weekly Meal and Snack Planner (download here)

Best for: Preparing well-balanced meals and snacks This template allows you to plan for all your major meals, snacks and everything in between. The addition of the weekend planner at the end helps you carve out time to prepare salad dressings, pasta sauces and dips. You can also write out specifically what your grains, starches and proteins are for the week to ensure you're getting a balanced diet. Photo and template: McKel Hill / Nutrition Stripped Originally published February 2016. Updated August 2017. Read More: 20 Meal Prep Tips from the Best Preppers We Know 15 Genius Meal Prep Ideas from Top Trainers 50 Resources That Make Meal Prep a Snap

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3 HIIT Workouts to Take to the Beach http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/hiit-workout-routine-beach-body/ http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/hiit-workout-routine-beach-body/#comments Sat, 01 Jul 2017 13:00:58 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=28999 3 HIIT Workouts to Take to the Beach

[caption id="attachment_59882" align="alignnone" width="620"]3 HIIT Workouts to Take to the Beach Photo: Twenty20[/caption]

In honor of sunny days and warmer temperatures, now’s the perfect time to say so long to the weight room and take things outside. And why not head straight to the shore to work on your beach body? Apart from the beautiful views and mood boost from spending time in the sun, your muscles will have an extra challenge stabilizing you in the sand.

“Working out in the sand adds a ton of resistance to any exercise you’re doing,” says Daily Burn trainer Anja Garcia, who loves getting her sweat on outside when she goes on vacation. And HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is a natural choice for outdoor workouts because you can condition the whole body, without any equipment. This popular training method challenges your aerobic and anaerobic systems, meaning you’ll improve cardiovascular endurance and build strength at the same time. Plus, your muscles will work overtime blasting more calories than they would with just steady state cardio alone (also known as the afterburn effect).

RELATED: Design Your Own HIIT Workout with This Perfect Formula

3 Summer HIIT Workouts for the Sand

Ready to soak up some rays and feel the right kind of burn? Try these three HIIT workouts designed by Garcia with the surf and sand in mind. They’re short, sweet and sure to leave you sweating. Now go on and HIIT the beach!

HIIT Workout: 10-Minute Tone Up

Ten minutes is all you need for a killer burn. Set up two towels 20 yards from one another and then HIIT it! Warm up with 30 seconds of skips and 30 seconds of walking lunges. Then, complete three rounds of the exercises below with 30 seconds of rest between each round.

[caption id="attachment_59884" align="alignnone" width="620"]HIIT Workouts: 10-Minute Tone Up on the Beach Photo: Pond5[/caption]

Single-leg bounding: Drive the right knee up and leap off the left leg, pretending you are gliding through the air. Repeat on the other side. Try to get as high as possible.

Plank drag: Set up towels 20 yards apart. Start in a plank position with one towel under your toes. Drag your toes towards your hands by engaging your core, then walk your hands out again so you’re closer to the far towel.

Side shuffle: Shuffle laterally from one towel to the other, facing the same way as you go there and back.

Inchworm push-ups: Hinge at the waist, bend down and walk your hands away from your feet so you're in a plank position. Do one push-up, walk your feet towards  your hands and repeat.

Long jumps: Bend your knees and jump as far as you can toward the other towel! Keep jumping for the whole 30 seconds.

RELATED: 3 Plyometric Planks You Need to Try ASAP

HIIT Workout: Tabata Bang

Get off your towel and try some Tabata! Complete 10 alternating lunges, 10 squats and a 30-second plank hold to get warmed up. Then, alternate 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest for each exercise in the circuit. Complete eight rounds.

[caption id="attachment_59885" align="alignnone" width="620"]HIIT Workouts: Beach Tabata Bang Workout Photo: Pond5[/caption]

Surfer get-ups: Start on the ground in a low plank position with your hands under your shoulders and your belly touching the sand. Push up from the ground and jump into a squatting position with the right leg in front of the left, as if you're balancing on a surf board. Remember to squeeze your glutes and engage the core. Return to the original plank position and repeat with your left leg in front of the right for the surf stance.

Lateral plank: Assume a plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders. Take two steps to the right while maintaining a plank, and perform a push-up. Repeat the process by moving back to the left. Perform another push-up and repeat.

Lunge jumps: With the right leg in front of the left, get into a lunge position so your knees are both at 90-degree angles. Use your core and quads to ump straight up, switching your legs in mid-air. Land with your left leg forward, then repeat.

Twisting mountain climbers: In a plank position, bring one knee to the opposite elbow. Quickly switch legs and twist the opposite knee to opposite elbow. Try to have your knee touch your elbow for every rep.

RELATED: 7 Easy Ways to Get Fit in Half the Time

HIIT Workout: Perfect 10 Beach Circuit

Get strong and lean with this workout that will challenge your whole body. Use your abdominals to stabilize your core during the lunges and jump squats, and give it all you’ve got with the sprints at the end of each circuit. Complete three rounds total with 30 seconds of rest between rounds.

[caption id="attachment_59886" align="alignnone" width="620"]HIIT Workouts: Perfect 10 Beach HIIT Workout Photo: Pond5[/caption]

Lateral lunges: Step right leg out into a lateral lunge with the left leg straight. As you stand up, drag the left leg back to standing while using the sand as resistance. Repeat movement on the other side.

180-degree jump squats: Squat and touch the ground, jump 180-degrees clockwise and touch the ground again. Repeat by jumping 180-degrees counter-clockwise. Two jumps equals one rep.

Down dog push-ups: Start in a down dog position. Walk your hands out to a full plank, perform a push-up and then walk your hands back to down dog.

Shuttle sprints: Place two towels about 20 yards apart, and using them as markers, start at one and sprint to the other. That’s one! Keep your speed up, sprinting back and forth five times (10 lengths total).

Can't get enough HIIT? Check out our Power Cardio program — it's all about blending strength and cardio.

Originally posted June 2015. Updated July 2017. 

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3 HIIT Workouts to Take to the Beach

[caption id="attachment_59882" align="alignnone" width="620"]3 HIIT Workouts to Take to the Beach Photo: Twenty20[/caption] In honor of sunny days and warmer temperatures, now’s the perfect time to say so long to the weight room and take things outside. And why not head straight to the shore to work on your beach body? Apart from the beautiful views and mood boost from spending time in the sun, your muscles will have an extra challenge stabilizing you in the sand. “Working out in the sand adds a ton of resistance to any exercise you’re doing,” says Daily Burn trainer Anja Garcia, who loves getting her sweat on outside when she goes on vacation. And HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is a natural choice for outdoor workouts because you can condition the whole body, without any equipment. This popular training method challenges your aerobic and anaerobic systems, meaning you’ll improve cardiovascular endurance and build strength at the same time. Plus, your muscles will work overtime blasting more calories than they would with just steady state cardio alone (also known as the afterburn effect). RELATED: Design Your Own HIIT Workout with This Perfect Formula

3 Summer HIIT Workouts for the Sand

Ready to soak up some rays and feel the right kind of burn? Try these three HIIT workouts designed by Garcia with the surf and sand in mind. They’re short, sweet and sure to leave you sweating. Now go on and HIIT the beach!

HIIT Workout: 10-Minute Tone Up

Ten minutes is all you need for a killer burn. Set up two towels 20 yards from one another and then HIIT it! Warm up with 30 seconds of skips and 30 seconds of walking lunges. Then, complete three rounds of the exercises below with 30 seconds of rest between each round. [caption id="attachment_59884" align="alignnone" width="620"]HIIT Workouts: 10-Minute Tone Up on the Beach Photo: Pond5[/caption] Single-leg bounding: Drive the right knee up and leap off the left leg, pretending you are gliding through the air. Repeat on the other side. Try to get as high as possible. Plank drag: Set up towels 20 yards apart. Start in a plank position with one towel under your toes. Drag your toes towards your hands by engaging your core, then walk your hands out again so you’re closer to the far towel. Side shuffle: Shuffle laterally from one towel to the other, facing the same way as you go there and back. Inchworm push-ups: Hinge at the waist, bend down and walk your hands away from your feet so you're in a plank position. Do one push-up, walk your feet towards  your hands and repeat. Long jumps: Bend your knees and jump as far as you can toward the other towel! Keep jumping for the whole 30 seconds. RELATED: 3 Plyometric Planks You Need to Try ASAP

HIIT Workout: Tabata Bang

Get off your towel and try some Tabata! Complete 10 alternating lunges, 10 squats and a 30-second plank hold to get warmed up. Then, alternate 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest for each exercise in the circuit. Complete eight rounds. [caption id="attachment_59885" align="alignnone" width="620"]HIIT Workouts: Beach Tabata Bang Workout Photo: Pond5[/caption] Surfer get-ups: Start on the ground in a low plank position with your hands under your shoulders and your belly touching the sand. Push up from the ground and jump into a squatting position with the right leg in front of the left, as if you're balancing on a surf board. Remember to squeeze your glutes and engage the core. Return to the original plank position and repeat with your left leg in front of the right for the surf stance. Lateral plank: Assume a plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders. Take two steps to the right while maintaining a plank, and perform a push-up. Repeat the process by moving back to the left. Perform another push-up and repeat. Lunge jumps: With the right leg in front of the left, get into a lunge position so your knees are both at 90-degree angles. Use your core and quads to ump straight up, switching your legs in mid-air. Land with your left leg forward, then repeat. Twisting mountain climbers: In a plank position, bring one knee to the opposite elbow. Quickly switch legs and twist the opposite knee to opposite elbow. Try to have your knee touch your elbow for every rep. RELATED: 7 Easy Ways to Get Fit in Half the Time

HIIT Workout: Perfect 10 Beach Circuit

Get strong and lean with this workout that will challenge your whole body. Use your abdominals to stabilize your core during the lunges and jump squats, and give it all you’ve got with the sprints at the end of each circuit. Complete three rounds total with 30 seconds of rest between rounds. [caption id="attachment_59886" align="alignnone" width="620"]HIIT Workouts: Perfect 10 Beach HIIT Workout Photo: Pond5[/caption] Lateral lunges: Step right leg out into a lateral lunge with the left leg straight. As you stand up, drag the left leg back to standing while using the sand as resistance. Repeat movement on the other side. 180-degree jump squats: Squat and touch the ground, jump 180-degrees clockwise and touch the ground again. Repeat by jumping 180-degrees counter-clockwise. Two jumps equals one rep. Down dog push-ups: Start in a down dog position. Walk your hands out to a full plank, perform a push-up and then walk your hands back to down dog. Shuttle sprints: Place two towels about 20 yards apart, and using them as markers, start at one and sprint to the other. That’s one! Keep your speed up, sprinting back and forth five times (10 lengths total). Can't get enough HIIT? Check out our Power Cardio program — it's all about blending strength and cardio. Originally posted June 2015. Updated July 2017. 

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Fire Up the Grill: 12 Insanely Easy Skewer Recipes http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-skewer-recipes/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-skewer-recipes/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:15:30 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=29395 Foods-on-a-Stick-Trio

12 Insanely Easy Skewer Recipes

With barbeques and grilling aplenty, ‘tis the season for skewered foods. Ditch the fork and knife, pile on the fun, and invite some friends to join! We’ve rounded up 12 guilt-free skewer recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers. Nibble on dainty stacks of fruit and cheese or layers of meaty eats; either way these healthy bites stick to your diet.

RELATED: 7 Fruit Pizza Recipes We're Obsessed With

12 Easy Summer Skewer Recipes

Skewer Recipes: Melon Prosciutto Bites Recipe

1. Melon Mozzarella Prosciutto Bites

Elegant antipasto gets infused with delectable saltiness thanks to prosciutto. Wrap the meat around balls of mozzarella and cantaloupe, and drizzle on pesto right as you plate. Two skewers clock in at just 78 calories, so go ahead, have a few. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 15 No-Bake Recipes for Hot Summer Days

Skewer Recipes: Miso Grilled Vegetable Skewers Recipe

2. Miso Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Expecting vegetarian guests? These Asian-inspired zucchini and tempeh skewers provide potassium, magnesium and protein. As a side, cook up some quinoa and toss with lime juice and toasted sesame seeds. Photo and recipe: Jodi / Happy Hearted Kitchen

Skewer Recipes: Greek Salad on a Stick Recipe

3. Greek Salad on a Stick

You might not think of salad as an hors d’oeuvre, but this twist on the nutrient-dense Greek variety is 100 percent finger-friendly. It’s got all the fixins, including tomatoes, feta, olives and cucumbers. For a heartier dish, add chicken breast or salmon. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: Detoxing for Beach Season? Here's Your 5-Day Plan

Skewer Recipes: Key Lime Taco Chicken Skewer Recipe 

4. Key Lime Grilled Chicken Taco Skewers

Throwing a fiesta has never been so easy. Generously soak cubed chicken in freshly squeezed lime juice and taco seasoning, then throw them on the grill until they’re cooked through. Whip up some guacamole as a side to keep with the Tex-Mex theme. Photo and recipe: Whitney / Little Leopard Book

RELATED: 7 Grilling Tips for a Healthier Summer BBQ

Skewer Recipes: Tequila-Lime Shrimp Skewer Recipe

5. Tequila Glazed Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients from south of the border put a boozy spin on these seafood skewers. Be sure to refrigerate the marinade for at least 20 minutes before you start grilling so the shrimp soaks up the lime flavor. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote/ Life by Daily Burn

 Skewer Recipes: Balsamic Caprese Mozzarella Bites Recipe

6. Balsamic Caprese Bites

Salty mozzarella and sour tomato are a summertime power duo. Make these easy apps when you don’t feel like turning on the oven. Pro tip: Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top just before serving so the basil leaves don’t wilt. Photo and recipe: Kelly / Eat Yourself Skinny

Skewer Recipes: Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe

7. Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Satisfy party guests and picky kids with this healthier take on a popular Indonesian dish. A coconut milk marinade will add complex aromas that complement the peanut dip sauce. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote/ Life by Daily Burn 

RELATED: 9 Refreshing Fruit Salad Recipes

Skewer Recipes: Grilled Pesto Salmon Skewer Recipe

8. Grilled Pesto Salmon Kebabs

There’s nothing fishy about getting a hearty dose of omega-3s, protein and amino acids! Simple seasoning is just enough when paired with a homemade four-ingredient pesto sauce. Grill the skewered cubes up for one minute per side, and they're ready to eat in no time. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

Skewer Recipes: Chimichurri Beef Kebabs Recipe

9. Chimichurri Beef Kebabs

You'll be pleasantly satisfied after a bite of these Whole 30-approved kebabs. Made with chunks of meat, bell peppers, onion and zucchini, it's a dinner that's truly filling. Fresh parsley and cilantro are the base of the deliciously flavorful chimichurri sauce that serves as a marinade for the steak.  Photo and recipe: Melissa and Dallas Hartwig / The Whole 30

Skewer Recipes: Dark Chocolate Banana Pops Recipe

10. Dark Chocolate Banana Pops

In the mood for a decadent treat? The sweetness of bananas make them a perfect alternative to heavy ice cream. Grab some popsicle sticks, and top your ‘naners with chocolate, nuts and coconut for an added crunch. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Fab Fit Mommy

RELATED: Frozen Chocolate Banana "Sushi" Recipe

 Skewer Recipes: Strawberry Shortcake Skewers Recipe

11. Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

Stack biscuits and fruit onto sticks for an update on an old-fashioned dessert — minus all the excess calories and fat. For an even lighter bite, we recommend substituting Greek yogurt for a portion of the heavy cream. Photo and recipe: Karen / Karen in the Kitchen

Skewers Recipe: Patriotic Fruit Skewers Recipe

12. Patriotic Fruit Skewers

Plate your American pride with healthy skewers that will put a sweet touch on your gathering. They’re so easy that kids can help assemble them. Chill in the fridge or serve immediately. Photo and recipe: Ramona / Curry and Comfort

Originally published June 2014. Updated June 2017. 

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Foods-on-a-Stick-Trio

12 Insanely Easy Skewer Recipes
With barbeques and grilling aplenty, ‘tis the season for skewered foods. Ditch the fork and knife, pile on the fun, and invite some friends to join! We’ve rounded up 12 guilt-free skewer recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers. Nibble on dainty stacks of fruit and cheese or layers of meaty eats; either way these healthy bites stick to your diet. RELATED: 7 Fruit Pizza Recipes We're Obsessed With

12 Easy Summer Skewer Recipes

Skewer Recipes: Melon Prosciutto Bites Recipe

1. Melon Mozzarella Prosciutto Bites

Elegant antipasto gets infused with delectable saltiness thanks to prosciutto. Wrap the meat around balls of mozzarella and cantaloupe, and drizzle on pesto right as you plate. Two skewers clock in at just 78 calories, so go ahead, have a few. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 15 No-Bake Recipes for Hot Summer Days Skewer Recipes: Miso Grilled Vegetable Skewers Recipe

2. Miso Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Expecting vegetarian guests? These Asian-inspired zucchini and tempeh skewers provide potassium, magnesium and protein. As a side, cook up some quinoa and toss with lime juice and toasted sesame seeds. Photo and recipe: Jodi / Happy Hearted Kitchen Skewer Recipes: Greek Salad on a Stick Recipe

3. Greek Salad on a Stick

You might not think of salad as an hors d’oeuvre, but this twist on the nutrient-dense Greek variety is 100 percent finger-friendly. It’s got all the fixins, including tomatoes, feta, olives and cucumbers. For a heartier dish, add chicken breast or salmon. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: Detoxing for Beach Season? Here's Your 5-Day Plan Skewer Recipes: Key Lime Taco Chicken Skewer Recipe 

4. Key Lime Grilled Chicken Taco Skewers

Throwing a fiesta has never been so easy. Generously soak cubed chicken in freshly squeezed lime juice and taco seasoning, then throw them on the grill until they’re cooked through. Whip up some guacamole as a side to keep with the Tex-Mex theme. Photo and recipe: Whitney / Little Leopard Book RELATED: 7 Grilling Tips for a Healthier Summer BBQ Skewer Recipes: Tequila-Lime Shrimp Skewer Recipe

5. Tequila Glazed Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients from south of the border put a boozy spin on these seafood skewers. Be sure to refrigerate the marinade for at least 20 minutes before you start grilling so the shrimp soaks up the lime flavor. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote/ Life by Daily Burn  Skewer Recipes: Balsamic Caprese Mozzarella Bites Recipe

6. Balsamic Caprese Bites

Salty mozzarella and sour tomato are a summertime power duo. Make these easy apps when you don’t feel like turning on the oven. Pro tip: Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top just before serving so the basil leaves don’t wilt. Photo and recipe: Kelly / Eat Yourself Skinny Skewer Recipes: Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe

7. Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Satisfy party guests and picky kids with this healthier take on a popular Indonesian dish. A coconut milk marinade will add complex aromas that complement the peanut dip sauce. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote/ Life by Daily Burn  RELATED: 9 Refreshing Fruit Salad Recipes Skewer Recipes: Grilled Pesto Salmon Skewer Recipe

8. Grilled Pesto Salmon Kebabs

There’s nothing fishy about getting a hearty dose of omega-3s, protein and amino acids! Simple seasoning is just enough when paired with a homemade four-ingredient pesto sauce. Grill the skewered cubes up for one minute per side, and they're ready to eat in no time. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

Skewer Recipes: Chimichurri Beef Kebabs Recipe

9. Chimichurri Beef Kebabs

You'll be pleasantly satisfied after a bite of these Whole 30-approved kebabs. Made with chunks of meat, bell peppers, onion and zucchini, it's a dinner that's truly filling. Fresh parsley and cilantro are the base of the deliciously flavorful chimichurri sauce that serves as a marinade for the steak.  Photo and recipe: Melissa and Dallas Hartwig / The Whole 30 Skewer Recipes: Dark Chocolate Banana Pops Recipe

10. Dark Chocolate Banana Pops

In the mood for a decadent treat? The sweetness of bananas make them a perfect alternative to heavy ice cream. Grab some popsicle sticks, and top your ‘naners with chocolate, nuts and coconut for an added crunch. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Fab Fit Mommy RELATED: Frozen Chocolate Banana "Sushi" Recipe  Skewer Recipes: Strawberry Shortcake Skewers Recipe

11. Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

Stack biscuits and fruit onto sticks for an update on an old-fashioned dessert — minus all the excess calories and fat. For an even lighter bite, we recommend substituting Greek yogurt for a portion of the heavy cream. Photo and recipe: Karen / Karen in the Kitchen Skewers Recipe: Patriotic Fruit Skewers Recipe

12. Patriotic Fruit Skewers

Plate your American pride with healthy skewers that will put a sweet touch on your gathering. They’re so easy that kids can help assemble them. Chill in the fridge or serve immediately. Photo and recipe: Ramona / Curry and Comfort Originally published June 2014. Updated June 2017. 

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7 Protein-Packed Jerky Snacks You’ll Love http://dailyburn.com/life/health/turkey-salmon-beef-jerky-brands/ http://dailyburn.com/life/health/turkey-salmon-beef-jerky-brands/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:15:21 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=48065

7 Protein-Packed Beef Jerky Brands You'll Love

Make no mistake — these aren’t your uncle’s Slim Jims. Beef jerky has undergone a serious upgrade. These days, new brands are taking the snack aisle by storm, and for good reason. High in protein and low in carbs and sugar, these new packs stay fresh for weeks (when unopened) and offer flavor-packed ways to satisfy your meat cravings in a pinch. Translation: You can nosh on some tender bison, turkey or beef, no oven or utensils required.

Even better, the combination of protein and fat in each slice will keep you satiated without all the sugar you’d find in a standard packaged bar, so say good-bye to your protein bar addiction! And gluten-intolerant folks will be happy to know that most jerky is naturally gluten-free.

Oh, and did we mention that the flavor profiles of revamped jerky brands are going to blow you away? (No more salty, congealed leather!) From miso ginger salmon to pineapple orange beef and sesame BBQ chicken, these jerky brands are anything but basic.

RELATED: 6 Healthy Bento Boxes Better Than Starbucks

Nice to Meat You: 5 Jerky Brands to Know

Beef Jerky Brands: Krave

1. Krave

Best for: Beef jerky lovers with flavor ADD
Where’s the beef? Where isn’t the beef with Krave’s crazy catalogue of flavors. From garlic chili pepper to chili lime, there’s a unique seasoning to fit your every mood. Prefer all-natural products? You’re in luck, since there are no artificial ingredients in each Krave package.

Beef Jerky Brands: Whole Catch

2. Whole Catch Salmon Jerky

Best for: Pescetarians in need of portable protein
If beef or turkey is off the table for you, consider this salty snack. It has a potent smell when you open the package, but it will deliver just as much protein as regular beef jerky, while also supplying you with heart-healthy omega-3s.

Beef Jerky Brands: Epic

3. EPIC Hunt & Harvest Mix

Best for: Trail mix addicts
Leave the GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) to the kids. This inventive take on snack mix pairs one of EPIC’s award-winning jerky flavors with scrumptious options like roasted almonds, goji berries and toasted coconut.

 Beef Jerky Brands: Perky Jerky

4. Perky Jerky

Best for: Red meat haters
Thinly sliced turkey jerky from Perky Jerky is an A-plus snack choice for carnivores who are cutting down on beef. Plus, with no preservatives, this meat is a better-for-you protein option compared to some extremely processed deli meats you might encounter at your local grocery store.

Beef Jerky Brands: Think Jerky

5. Think Jerky

Best for: Foodies focused on sustainability
This Kickstarter-funded brand recruits famous chefs to create fantastic flavors like Sriracha-honey, sweet chipotle and more. All of the proteins are grass-fed with no added antibiotics or hormones, so you can snack assured you’re supporting reputable farms.

Beef Jerky Brands: Chef's Cut

6. Chef's Cut

Best for: Meat connoisseurs
The experts at Chef's Cut take premium cuts of meat — including steak, chicken, turkey and their newest, pork — and slow cook 'em to the perfect texture. They also offer bacon jerky (yes, as good as it sounds!), with just one gram of fat per serving in the majority of their products.

Beef Jerky Brands: The New Primal

7. The New Primal

Best for: People all about poultry
This brand of jerky checks quality-product boxes, including being gluten free, non-GMO, hormone and antibiotic-free, zero added sugars and Paleo-friendly. Better yet, it's made from free-range chicken. The new date and rosemary flavor also tops the charts in terms of taste.

Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase.

Originally published March 2016. Updated June 2017. 

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7 Protein-Packed Beef Jerky Brands You'll Love Make no mistake — these aren’t your uncle’s Slim Jims. Beef jerky has undergone a serious upgrade. These days, new brands are taking the snack aisle by storm, and for good reason. High in protein and low in carbs and sugar, these new packs stay fresh for weeks (when unopened) and offer flavor-packed ways to satisfy your meat cravings in a pinch. Translation: You can nosh on some tender bison, turkey or beef, no oven or utensils required. Even better, the combination of protein and fat in each slice will keep you satiated without all the sugar you’d find in a standard packaged bar, so say good-bye to your protein bar addiction! And gluten-intolerant folks will be happy to know that most jerky is naturally gluten-free. Oh, and did we mention that the flavor profiles of revamped jerky brands are going to blow you away? (No more salty, congealed leather!) From miso ginger salmon to pineapple orange beef and sesame BBQ chicken, these jerky brands are anything but basic. RELATED: 6 Healthy Bento Boxes Better Than Starbucks

Nice to Meat You: 5 Jerky Brands to Know

Beef Jerky Brands: Krave

1. Krave

Best for: Beef jerky lovers with flavor ADD Where’s the beef? Where isn’t the beef with Krave’s crazy catalogue of flavors. From garlic chili pepper to chili lime, there’s a unique seasoning to fit your every mood. Prefer all-natural products? You’re in luck, since there are no artificial ingredients in each Krave package. Beef Jerky Brands: Whole Catch

2. Whole Catch Salmon Jerky

Best for: Pescetarians in need of portable protein If beef or turkey is off the table for you, consider this salty snack. It has a potent smell when you open the package, but it will deliver just as much protein as regular beef jerky, while also supplying you with heart-healthy omega-3s. Beef Jerky Brands: Epic

3. EPIC Hunt & Harvest Mix

Best for: Trail mix addicts Leave the GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) to the kids. This inventive take on snack mix pairs one of EPIC’s award-winning jerky flavors with scrumptious options like roasted almonds, goji berries and toasted coconut.  Beef Jerky Brands: Perky Jerky

4. Perky Jerky

Best for: Red meat haters Thinly sliced turkey jerky from Perky Jerky is an A-plus snack choice for carnivores who are cutting down on beef. Plus, with no preservatives, this meat is a better-for-you protein option compared to some extremely processed deli meats you might encounter at your local grocery store. Beef Jerky Brands: Think Jerky

5. Think Jerky

Best for: Foodies focused on sustainability This Kickstarter-funded brand recruits famous chefs to create fantastic flavors like Sriracha-honey, sweet chipotle and more. All of the proteins are grass-fed with no added antibiotics or hormones, so you can snack assured you’re supporting reputable farms. Beef Jerky Brands: Chef's Cut

6. Chef's Cut

Best for: Meat connoisseurs The experts at Chef's Cut take premium cuts of meat — including steak, chicken, turkey and their newest, pork — and slow cook 'em to the perfect texture. They also offer bacon jerky (yes, as good as it sounds!), with just one gram of fat per serving in the majority of their products. Beef Jerky Brands: The New Primal

7. The New Primal

Best for: People all about poultry This brand of jerky checks quality-product boxes, including being gluten free, non-GMO, hormone and antibiotic-free, zero added sugars and Paleo-friendly. Better yet, it's made from free-range chicken. The new date and rosemary flavor also tops the charts in terms of taste. Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase. Originally published March 2016. Updated June 2017. 

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16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-memorial-day-recipes/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/healthy-memorial-day-recipes/#respond Sun, 28 May 2017 13:15:35 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=28237 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes

Kicking off summer with a food-filled celebration? It’s easy to give in to tradition and indulge in calorie-laden barbecue favorites like cheeseburgers, heavy pasta salads or sugary desserts. But there are plenty of ways to lighten up your menu without sacrificing flavor. Whether you’re hosting your own feast or contributing to a potluck party, we’ve got a few ideas that will slim down the festivities while still making your tummy and taste buds happy. From lean shrimp skewers to a smarter sangria, check out these 16 tasty Memorial Day recipes. Fire up that grill, it’s about to be your healthiest summer yet!

RELATED: Why You Should Never Have to Feel Hungry While Dieting

16 Healthy Memorial Day Recipes That Taste Totally Indulgent

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Vegetarian Black Bean Burger Recipe

1. Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers

No meat? No problem! These black bean patties are a tasty alternative to beef for your vegetarian (or flexitarian) guests. They’ve got only one gram of fat, but still pack 12 grams of protein apiece. Make sure to moisten your hands when creating the burgers so the mixture doesn’t become too sticky. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Roasted Asparagus Recipe

2. Roasted Asparagus

The quintessential spring vegetable, asparagus is an excellent source of fiber, folate and vitamins A, C and K. Use a spice-infused olive oil as a marinade, then roast your vegetables the oven with feta and pistachios for a decadent finish. Your dish will be ready for serving in 20 minutes. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Tequila-Lime Shrimp Recipe

3. Tequila-Glazed Grilled Shrimp

Take your BBQ south of the border with some scrumptious shrimp. Orange juice, tequila, jalapeno and garlic combine for a magnificent marinade. Serve this dish as an appetizer or grill up some veggies with your shrimp for a refreshing dinner. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 8 Healthier Finger Food Recipes

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: White Sangria With Strawberries Recipe

4. White Sangria With Strawberries

This fruit-filled booze has just five grams of sugar per serving, which is way less than the average sweet cocktail. So raise a glass of homemade sangria instead! Your immune system will thank you for the healthy dose of vitamin C. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Chimichurri Steak Recipe

5. Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Red meat can still be part of a healthy diet so long as you choose lean, high-quality cuts, and Memorial Day is the perfect time to grill up some steak! Plus, our tangy chimichurri sauce has extra arugula for extra phytochemicals. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe

6. Pork Lettuce Wraps

A crisp lettuce crunch is a wonderful replacement if bread is a no-go. You’ll be a party superhero if you serve up umami-filled pork wraps with plum sauce and fresh limes. Bonus: Pork cooks quickly so you can whip these up easily if an impromptu get-together occurs. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Pasta Primavera with Pesto Recipe

7. Pasta Primavera with Pesto

Forget the mayo-laden pasta salads that are standard at summer parties. This gluten-free and vegan entrée lightens things up while also sneaking some veggies onto everyone’s plate. Make this the day before your fiesta and serve it up cold as a side dish. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

8. Crispy Oven "Fried" Chicken

Love the texture of fried foods? This inventive recipe mimics the crunchy skin of regular fried chicken by swapping in a spicy crushed cornflake coating. You save yourself over 150 calories and 10 grams of fat per drumstick. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Mini Fro-Yo Sandwiches Recipe

9. Chocolate Chip Fro-Yo Sandwiches

Do you scream for ice cream? These 52-calorie frozen yogurt sammies opt for fat-free frozen yogurt and low-fat wafer cookies, so go ahead and have three! Let them set in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving so they can harden properly. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 7 Healthier Margarita Recipes

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Gazpacho Shrimp Salad Recipe

10. Gazpacho Shrimp Salad

Light and spicy, this bowl of greens mimics the flavors of the famous Spanish soup. But don’t be fooled: With 27 grams of protein, the dish will keep you full and satisfied for a day of summer revelry. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Matcha Cucumber Lemonade Recipe

11. Matcha-Cucumber Lemonade

Upgrade your poolside drink to a beverage with benefits. One cup of matcha packs as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea, so we added the finely milled Japanese tea to this cucumber and lemonade concoction. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Mojito Popsicles Recipe

12. Mojito Popsicles

At only 30 calories a pop, these minty treats won’t derail your diet. Freeze up the mixture at least 12 hours before your shindig. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Beetroot and Quinoa Veggie Burgers Recipe

13. Beetroot and Quinoa Veggie Burgers

There isn't any shame in enjoying a beef patty every now and then, but the average burger can run over 200 calories. These veggie burgers make a flavorful meat-free alternative. Quinoa packs plant-based protein and fiber, while beetroot provides vitamin C and other health-boosting antioxidants. Paprika and cumin add a nice, smoky taste to the patties, so you'll get that real barbecue flavor.  Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 14 Gorgeous Beet Recipes to Make at Every Meal

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Grilled Cherry Goat Cheese Pizza Recipe

14. Grilled Cherry, Goat Cheese and Arugula Pizza

Cherries are a sign that summer's on its way! These ruby gems add a subtle sweet flavor, and when grilled, their rich juices really shine through. Creamy goat cheese and peppery-flavored arugula balance out the textures and give a little kick. Add a drizzle of honey balsamic vinegar over the pizza, and you’ve got yourself a mouthwatering meal. Photo and recipe: Dannae Halliday / Recipe Runner

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Raspberry Mint Seltzer Spritzer Recipe

15. Raspberry Mint Seltzer Spritzer

At 100 calories a glass, this gorgeous spritzer is perfect for pairing with an al fresco meal. Muddling raspberries and mint with fresh lemon juice enhances the simplicity of hard sparkling water. Add a few rosé raspberry ice cubes to chill the cocktails, while adding more color and texture. Photo and recipe: Erin Fairchild / Her Heart and Soul

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Brie Sirloin Sliders Recipe

16. Brie Sirloin Sliders

Straight from The Ketogenic Bible, these tasty sliders are made with ground sirloin — a lean cut of beef — that's seasoned with flavorful basil, garlic and onion powder. The creamy avocado spread and brie give you a dose of healthy, filling fats, so you won't go binging on sugary foods.  Photo and recipe: Dr. Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery / The Ketogenic Bible

Originally published May 23, 2014. Updated May 2017. 

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16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes
Kicking off summer with a food-filled celebration? It’s easy to give in to tradition and indulge in calorie-laden barbecue favorites like cheeseburgers, heavy pasta salads or sugary desserts. But there are plenty of ways to lighten up your menu without sacrificing flavor. Whether you’re hosting your own feast or contributing to a potluck party, we’ve got a few ideas that will slim down the festivities while still making your tummy and taste buds happy. From lean shrimp skewers to a smarter sangria, check out these 16 tasty Memorial Day recipes. Fire up that grill, it’s about to be your healthiest summer yet! RELATED: Why You Should Never Have to Feel Hungry While Dieting

16 Healthy Memorial Day Recipes That Taste Totally Indulgent

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Vegetarian Black Bean Burger Recipe

1. Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers

No meat? No problem! These black bean patties are a tasty alternative to beef for your vegetarian (or flexitarian) guests. They’ve got only one gram of fat, but still pack 12 grams of protein apiece. Make sure to moisten your hands when creating the burgers so the mixture doesn’t become too sticky. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Roasted Asparagus Recipe

2. Roasted Asparagus

The quintessential spring vegetable, asparagus is an excellent source of fiber, folate and vitamins A, C and K. Use a spice-infused olive oil as a marinade, then roast your vegetables the oven with feta and pistachios for a decadent finish. Your dish will be ready for serving in 20 minutes. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Tequila-Lime Shrimp Recipe

3. Tequila-Glazed Grilled Shrimp

Take your BBQ south of the border with some scrumptious shrimp. Orange juice, tequila, jalapeno and garlic combine for a magnificent marinade. Serve this dish as an appetizer or grill up some veggies with your shrimp for a refreshing dinner. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 8 Healthier Finger Food Recipes 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: White Sangria With Strawberries Recipe

4. White Sangria With Strawberries

This fruit-filled booze has just five grams of sugar per serving, which is way less than the average sweet cocktail. So raise a glass of homemade sangria instead! Your immune system will thank you for the healthy dose of vitamin C. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Chimichurri Steak Recipe

5. Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Red meat can still be part of a healthy diet so long as you choose lean, high-quality cuts, and Memorial Day is the perfect time to grill up some steak! Plus, our tangy chimichurri sauce has extra arugula for extra phytochemicals. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe

6. Pork Lettuce Wraps

A crisp lettuce crunch is a wonderful replacement if bread is a no-go. You’ll be a party superhero if you serve up umami-filled pork wraps with plum sauce and fresh limes. Bonus: Pork cooks quickly so you can whip these up easily if an impromptu get-together occurs. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Pasta Primavera with Pesto Recipe

7. Pasta Primavera with Pesto

Forget the mayo-laden pasta salads that are standard at summer parties. This gluten-free and vegan entrée lightens things up while also sneaking some veggies onto everyone’s plate. Make this the day before your fiesta and serve it up cold as a side dish. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

8. Crispy Oven "Fried" Chicken

Love the texture of fried foods? This inventive recipe mimics the crunchy skin of regular fried chicken by swapping in a spicy crushed cornflake coating. You save yourself over 150 calories and 10 grams of fat per drumstick. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Mini Fro-Yo Sandwiches Recipe

9. Chocolate Chip Fro-Yo Sandwiches

Do you scream for ice cream? These 52-calorie frozen yogurt sammies opt for fat-free frozen yogurt and low-fat wafer cookies, so go ahead and have three! Let them set in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving so they can harden properly. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 7 Healthier Margarita Recipes 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Gazpacho Shrimp Salad Recipe

10. Gazpacho Shrimp Salad

Light and spicy, this bowl of greens mimics the flavors of the famous Spanish soup. But don’t be fooled: With 27 grams of protein, the dish will keep you full and satisfied for a day of summer revelry. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Matcha Cucumber Lemonade Recipe

11. Matcha-Cucumber Lemonade

Upgrade your poolside drink to a beverage with benefits. One cup of matcha packs as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea, so we added the finely milled Japanese tea to this cucumber and lemonade concoction. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Mojito Popsicles Recipe

12. Mojito Popsicles

At only 30 calories a pop, these minty treats won’t derail your diet. Freeze up the mixture at least 12 hours before your shindig. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Beetroot and Quinoa Veggie Burgers Recipe

13. Beetroot and Quinoa Veggie Burgers

There isn't any shame in enjoying a beef patty every now and then, but the average burger can run over 200 calories. These veggie burgers make a flavorful meat-free alternative. Quinoa packs plant-based protein and fiber, while beetroot provides vitamin C and other health-boosting antioxidants. Paprika and cumin add a nice, smoky taste to the patties, so you'll get that real barbecue flavor.  Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 14 Gorgeous Beet Recipes to Make at Every Meal

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Grilled Cherry Goat Cheese Pizza Recipe

14. Grilled Cherry, Goat Cheese and Arugula Pizza

Cherries are a sign that summer's on its way! These ruby gems add a subtle sweet flavor, and when grilled, their rich juices really shine through. Creamy goat cheese and peppery-flavored arugula balance out the textures and give a little kick. Add a drizzle of honey balsamic vinegar over the pizza, and you’ve got yourself a mouthwatering meal. Photo and recipe: Dannae Halliday / Recipe Runner

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Raspberry Mint Seltzer Spritzer Recipe

15. Raspberry Mint Seltzer Spritzer

At 100 calories a glass, this gorgeous spritzer is perfect for pairing with an al fresco meal. Muddling raspberries and mint with fresh lemon juice enhances the simplicity of hard sparkling water. Add a few rosé raspberry ice cubes to chill the cocktails, while adding more color and texture. Photo and recipe: Erin Fairchild / Her Heart and Soul

16 Secretly Healthy Memorial Day Recipes: Brie Sirloin Sliders Recipe

16. Brie Sirloin Sliders

Straight from The Ketogenic Bible, these tasty sliders are made with ground sirloin — a lean cut of beef — that's seasoned with flavorful basil, garlic and onion powder. The creamy avocado spread and brie give you a dose of healthy, filling fats, so you won't go binging on sugary foods.  Photo and recipe: Dr. Jacob Wilson and Ryan Lowery / The Ketogenic Bible Originally published May 23, 2014. Updated May 2017. 

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10 Low-Sugar Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/best-margarita-recipes-cinco-de-mayo/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/best-margarita-recipes-cinco-de-mayo/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 15:15:36 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=27491 10 Low-Sugar Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

10 Low-Sugar Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

It’s five o’clock and sunny somewhere, right? Odds are good that after this long winter, you’re more than ready to kick back and toast to warmer temperatures with a tropical-tasting drink in hand. But not all boozy beverages are created equal! Mixers, fruit juices and even tonic water have a surprising amount of sugar that adds up when you’re crafting cocktails. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the unofficial Christmas for all tequila lovers, we’ve rounded up seven better-for-you margarita recipes that feature all kinds of fruit. Once you’ve tasted these homemade recipes, you’ll never want to go back to the artificially flavored mixes again. Gather some friends, put out a few healthy appetizers and raise your glass!

RELATED: 12 Easy Low-Sugar Cocktails with Seltzer Water

10 Festive Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Healthier Margarita Recipes: Watermelon Margarita Recipe

1. Watermelon Margaritas

A rich source of vitamin A and the antioxidant lycopene, pureed watermelon gives this cocktail a summery pink hue. You’ll get the maximum amount of nutrients if you use a melon that’s fully ripe, so be sure to wait until the flesh turns from slight pink to robust red. Photo and recipe: Sydney / Crepes of Wrath

Healthier Margarita Recipes: Blackberry Margarita Recipe

2. Blackberry Margaritas

The tart flavor of orange juice, lime juice and blended blackberries complement the earthy agave of tequila. And you’re in luck because this boozy treat is only 145 calories! Photo and recipe: Erin / Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

Healthier Margarita Recipes: Avocado Margarita Recipe

3. Avocado Margarita

Think avocados are only for guac? Think again. A powerhouse of healthy fat, the nutritious green fruit adds some fiber and makes this creamier than your average libation. Mix chili powder and salt for a glass rim with a kick! Photo and recipe: Dara / Cookin’ Canuck

RELATED: 9 Must-Try Guacamole Recipes

Healthier Margarita Recipes: Tart-Lime Margarita Recipe

4. Tart Lime Margaritas

Stick to simplicity and make this classic marg that tastes beyond basic. Be sure to use fresh limes and agave in place of adding sugar. Shake it (like a polaroid picture) and enjoy! Photo and recipe: Erika / Parker Street Imagery

Healthier Margarita Recipes: Frozen Mango Margarita Recipe

5. Frozen Mango Margarita

Chill out with this frosty fiesta of a drink. To achieve the right consistency, use frozen mangos, which promote a healthy complexion since they contain loads of vitamin A and C.  The juiced limes can be used to rim your glasses, so don’t throw them away until the end. Photo and recipe: Josie / Pink Parsley

Healthier Margarita Recipes: Coconut-Lime Margarita Recipe

6. Coconut Lime Margaritas

Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up! These ingredients plus tequila make for a winning trio in this tropical creation. If your coconut cream has solidified, steep the can in hot water for a few minutes before putting into your cocktail shaker. Photo and recipe: Tina / My Life as a Mrs.

RELATED: 8 Refreshing Cocktails with Superfood Ingredients

Healthier Margarita Recipes: Blueberry-Mint Margarita Recipe

7. Blueberry Mint Margaritas

For a sweet and sour sip, blend blueberries, mint and agave, strain the juice and throw out the solids. An excellent source of antioxidants, blueberries are a healthy substitution for sugar to add sweetness. If you like bubbly drinks, add a splash of seltzer before serving. Photo and recipe: Liz / Virtually Homemade

Healthier Margaritas: Cherry Watermelon Margarita Recipe

8. Cherry Watermelon Margaritas

Watermelon and cherry add a natural sweetness to this pretty-in-pink cocktail, so you don't need to use much simple syrup or agave. Consider blending frozen watermelon chunks with the cherries to turn the margarita into a frozen slushy treat. And if you prefer a much stronger drink, adding a fresh squeeze of citrus juice helps mellow out the sweetness of the watermelon and the tartness of the cherries. Photo and recipe: Giselle Rochford / ExSloth

Healthy Margaritas: Ginger Beer Margarita Recipe

9. Ginger Beer Margaritas

If you're not familiar with ginger beer, it's got a subtle sweet taste to it, which makes it a great addition to a margarita cocktail. To prepare this drink, simply mix one and a half ounces of tequila with three ounces of ginger beer, a tablespoon of simple syrup and two tablespoons of fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker, then shake until it's fully mixed. Then, line the rim of the glasses with coarse sea salt.Photo and recipe: John and Dana / Minimalist Baker

Healthy Margaritas: Skinny Margarita Recipe

10. Skinny Margarita 

This light and refreshing cocktail is the perfect pairing for an al fresco meal. Instead of using a low-calorie margarita mix, this recipe relies on freshly squeezed orange and lime juice and other fruit purees to infuse sweetness and color. Muddling some fresh mint with fruit at the bottom of the glass helps enhance their flavors and mix better with the tequila. Photo and recipe: Ali Ebright / Gimme Some Oven

Originally posted May 2014. Updated May 2017.  

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10 Low-Sugar Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

10 Low-Sugar Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo
It’s five o’clock and sunny somewhere, right? Odds are good that after this long winter, you’re more than ready to kick back and toast to warmer temperatures with a tropical-tasting drink in hand. But not all boozy beverages are created equal! Mixers, fruit juices and even tonic water have a surprising amount of sugar that adds up when you’re crafting cocktails. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the unofficial Christmas for all tequila lovers, we’ve rounded up seven better-for-you margarita recipes that feature all kinds of fruit. Once you’ve tasted these homemade recipes, you’ll never want to go back to the artificially flavored mixes again. Gather some friends, put out a few healthy appetizers and raise your glass! RELATED: 12 Easy Low-Sugar Cocktails with Seltzer Water

10 Festive Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Healthier Margarita Recipes: Watermelon Margarita Recipe

1. Watermelon Margaritas

A rich source of vitamin A and the antioxidant lycopene, pureed watermelon gives this cocktail a summery pink hue. You’ll get the maximum amount of nutrients if you use a melon that’s fully ripe, so be sure to wait until the flesh turns from slight pink to robust red. Photo and recipe: Sydney / Crepes of Wrath Healthier Margarita Recipes: Blackberry Margarita Recipe

2. Blackberry Margaritas

The tart flavor of orange juice, lime juice and blended blackberries complement the earthy agave of tequila. And you’re in luck because this boozy treat is only 145 calories! Photo and recipe: Erin / Dinners, Dishes & Desserts Healthier Margarita Recipes: Avocado Margarita Recipe

3. Avocado Margarita

Think avocados are only for guac? Think again. A powerhouse of healthy fat, the nutritious green fruit adds some fiber and makes this creamier than your average libation. Mix chili powder and salt for a glass rim with a kick! Photo and recipe: Dara / Cookin’ Canuck RELATED: 9 Must-Try Guacamole Recipes Healthier Margarita Recipes: Tart-Lime Margarita Recipe

4. Tart Lime Margaritas

Stick to simplicity and make this classic marg that tastes beyond basic. Be sure to use fresh limes and agave in place of adding sugar. Shake it (like a polaroid picture) and enjoy! Photo and recipe: Erika / Parker Street Imagery Healthier Margarita Recipes: Frozen Mango Margarita Recipe

5. Frozen Mango Margarita

Chill out with this frosty fiesta of a drink. To achieve the right consistency, use frozen mangos, which promote a healthy complexion since they contain loads of vitamin A and C.  The juiced limes can be used to rim your glasses, so don’t throw them away until the end. Photo and recipe: Josie / Pink Parsley Healthier Margarita Recipes: Coconut-Lime Margarita Recipe

6. Coconut Lime Margaritas

Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up! These ingredients plus tequila make for a winning trio in this tropical creation. If your coconut cream has solidified, steep the can in hot water for a few minutes before putting into your cocktail shaker. Photo and recipe: Tina / My Life as a Mrs. RELATED: 8 Refreshing Cocktails with Superfood Ingredients Healthier Margarita Recipes: Blueberry-Mint Margarita Recipe

7. Blueberry Mint Margaritas

For a sweet and sour sip, blend blueberries, mint and agave, strain the juice and throw out the solids. An excellent source of antioxidants, blueberries are a healthy substitution for sugar to add sweetness. If you like bubbly drinks, add a splash of seltzer before serving. Photo and recipe: Liz / Virtually Homemade

Healthier Margaritas: Cherry Watermelon Margarita Recipe

8. Cherry Watermelon Margaritas

Watermelon and cherry add a natural sweetness to this pretty-in-pink cocktail, so you don't need to use much simple syrup or agave. Consider blending frozen watermelon chunks with the cherries to turn the margarita into a frozen slushy treat. And if you prefer a much stronger drink, adding a fresh squeeze of citrus juice helps mellow out the sweetness of the watermelon and the tartness of the cherries. Photo and recipe: Giselle Rochford / ExSloth

Healthy Margaritas: Ginger Beer Margarita Recipe

9. Ginger Beer Margaritas

If you're not familiar with ginger beer, it's got a subtle sweet taste to it, which makes it a great addition to a margarita cocktail. To prepare this drink, simply mix one and a half ounces of tequila with three ounces of ginger beer, a tablespoon of simple syrup and two tablespoons of fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker, then shake until it's fully mixed. Then, line the rim of the glasses with coarse sea salt.Photo and recipe: John and Dana / Minimalist Baker

Healthy Margaritas: Skinny Margarita Recipe

10. Skinny Margarita 

This light and refreshing cocktail is the perfect pairing for an al fresco meal. Instead of using a low-calorie margarita mix, this recipe relies on freshly squeezed orange and lime juice and other fruit purees to infuse sweetness and color. Muddling some fresh mint with fruit at the bottom of the glass helps enhance their flavors and mix better with the tequila. Photo and recipe: Ali Ebright / Gimme Some Oven Originally posted May 2014. Updated May 2017.  

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9 Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/homemade-girl-scout-cookies-recipes/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/homemade-girl-scout-cookies-recipes/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:15:37 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=27088 9 Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

9 Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

If being obsessed with Girl Scout cookies is wrong, then we don’t want to be right. Those young scouts know the way to our hearts is paved with chocolatey Thin Mints, chewy Caramel deLites and buttery Trefoils shortbread. To celebrate the start of Girl Scout cookie delivery season, we’ve rounded up some easy, better-for-you recipes that don’t compromise on flavor or have any unnatural preservatives — scout’s honor. If you’re vegan, gluten-free or simply looking for a slimmed-down version of your favorite cookie, whip up these treats from some of our favorite food bloggers.

RELATED: 12 Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories

9 DIY Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

Girl Scout Cookie: Samoa Bars Recipe

1. Samoa Bars (Caramel deLites copycat)

You wouldn't know this lighter version of the caramel classic has no dairy. A plain base made from walnuts gets dressed up with a coconut “caramel” topping that’s actually chopped dates. If you’re pressed for time, go the easy route and cut the dough into bars instead of cookie rings. We promise they’ll still taste just as scrumptious!  Photo and Recipe: Melinda / cooking ala mel

Girl Scout Cookie: Paleo Thin Mints

2. Paleo Thin Mints (Thin Mints copycat)

Get your peppermint fix with these caveman-approved treats. Make sure to let your butter soften naturally instead of melting it so your dough is the correct consistency. The cookies will take a while to make but they are oh-so worth it. Photo and Recipe: Lexi / Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

RELATED: Protein Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Girl Scout Cookie: Coconut Oil Shortbread Recipe

3. Coconut Oil Shortbread (Trefoils copycat)

Vegans, rejoice! Most shortbread recipes rely on dairy for that crispy, buttery taste, but this version has nada. Keep it classic with a dusting of powdered sugar or go decadent by sandwiching two cookies together with chocolate in the center. Photo and Recipe: River / Wing It Vegan

Girl Scout Cookie: Peanut Butter Patties Recipe

4. Peanut Butter Patties (Tagalongs copycat)

Each of these scrumptious nut butter-packed cookies is under 50 calories. If you use coconut oil for the chocolate coating, don’t forget to store your finished treats in the fridge. Oil has a low melting point and your chocolate will get soft if left on the counter. Photo and Recipe: Katie / Chocolate Covered Katie

RELATED: 9 Delicious DIY Nut Butters and Fruit Jams

Girl Scout Cookie: Peanut Butter Sandwich Recipe

5. Peanut Butter Sandwiches (Do-si-Dos copycat)

These cookies taste like the real thing but are healthier since they’ve got heart-smart oats and whole-wheat pastry flour. They’re especially good straight from the freezer. Nutty, creamy, crunchy, perfection!  Photo and Recipe: Brooke / The Flour Sack

Girl Scout Cookie: S'more Cookies Recipe

6. S'more Cookies (Girl Scouts S'mores copycat)

All that marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker goodness, made right at home and vegan-friendly. Take a bite to feel like you're sitting by a peaceful campfire — just as the Girl Scouts likely intended with the release of this new cookie flavor. Recipe and photo: Kristy / Keepin' It Kind

RELATED: 9 Single-Serve Dessert Recipes (Microwave Cake Included!)

Girl Scout Cookie: Toffee Coffee Cookie Recipe

7. Toffee Coffee Cookies (Toffee-tastic copycat)

Take your love of coffee to a whole new level. This recipe — which has just 10 ingredients — calls for instant coffee crystals that add a hint of that earthy flavor to a typical toffee cookie. And the secret to keeping a soft center: cornstarch. Recipe and photo: Amy / Amy's Healthy Baking

Girl Scout Cookie: Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

8. Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies (Cranberry Citrus Crisps copycat)

There’s no sugar, flour or butter in this easy recipe, studded with dried cranberries. Plus, you only need one bowl so clean up is quick. Whether you choose to lick the bowl clean or stick to conventional methods is your call. Photo and Recipe: Josefine / The Smoothie Lover

RELATED: Breakfast Rut? 8 Oatmeal Muffin Recipes to Fuel You

Girl Scout Cookie: Paleo Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Recipe

9. Paleo Chocolate Chunk Shortbread (Chocolate Chip Shortbread copycat)

Almond and coconut flour make these cookies Paleo-friendly and gluten-free, and a throw back to an older Girl Scout flavor. If you’re extra ambitious, learn to prepare the chocolate chunks from scratch, too, with the easy-to-follow instructions. Photo and Recipe: Sonia / The Healthy Foodie

Originally posted on April 24, 2014. Updated April 2017. 

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9 Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes If being obsessed with Girl Scout cookies is wrong, then we don’t want to be right. Those young scouts know the way to our hearts is paved with chocolatey Thin Mints, chewy Caramel deLites and buttery Trefoils shortbread. To celebrate the start of Girl Scout cookie delivery season, we’ve rounded up some easy, better-for-you recipes that don’t compromise on flavor or have any unnatural preservatives — scout’s honor. If you’re vegan, gluten-free or simply looking for a slimmed-down version of your favorite cookie, whip up these treats from some of our favorite food bloggers. RELATED: 12 Cookie Recipes Under 100 Calories

9 DIY Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

Girl Scout Cookie: Samoa Bars Recipe

1. Samoa Bars (Caramel deLites copycat)

You wouldn't know this lighter version of the caramel classic has no dairy. A plain base made from walnuts gets dressed up with a coconut “caramel” topping that’s actually chopped dates. If you’re pressed for time, go the easy route and cut the dough into bars instead of cookie rings. We promise they’ll still taste just as scrumptious!  Photo and Recipe: Melinda / cooking ala mel Girl Scout Cookie: Paleo Thin Mints

2. Paleo Thin Mints (Thin Mints copycat)

Get your peppermint fix with these caveman-approved treats. Make sure to let your butter soften naturally instead of melting it so your dough is the correct consistency. The cookies will take a while to make but they are oh-so worth it. Photo and Recipe: Lexi / Lexi’s Clean Kitchen RELATED: Protein Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe Girl Scout Cookie: Coconut Oil Shortbread Recipe

3. Coconut Oil Shortbread (Trefoils copycat)

Vegans, rejoice! Most shortbread recipes rely on dairy for that crispy, buttery taste, but this version has nada. Keep it classic with a dusting of powdered sugar or go decadent by sandwiching two cookies together with chocolate in the center. Photo and Recipe: River / Wing It Vegan Girl Scout Cookie: Peanut Butter Patties Recipe

4. Peanut Butter Patties (Tagalongs copycat)

Each of these scrumptious nut butter-packed cookies is under 50 calories. If you use coconut oil for the chocolate coating, don’t forget to store your finished treats in the fridge. Oil has a low melting point and your chocolate will get soft if left on the counter. Photo and Recipe: Katie / Chocolate Covered Katie RELATED: 9 Delicious DIY Nut Butters and Fruit Jams Girl Scout Cookie: Peanut Butter Sandwich Recipe

5. Peanut Butter Sandwiches (Do-si-Dos copycat)

These cookies taste like the real thing but are healthier since they’ve got heart-smart oats and whole-wheat pastry flour. They’re especially good straight from the freezer. Nutty, creamy, crunchy, perfection!  Photo and Recipe: Brooke / The Flour Sack

Girl Scout Cookie: S'more Cookies Recipe

6. S'more Cookies (Girl Scouts S'mores copycat)

All that marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker goodness, made right at home and vegan-friendly. Take a bite to feel like you're sitting by a peaceful campfire — just as the Girl Scouts likely intended with the release of this new cookie flavor. Recipe and photo: Kristy / Keepin' It Kind RELATED: 9 Single-Serve Dessert Recipes (Microwave Cake Included!)

Girl Scout Cookie: Toffee Coffee Cookie Recipe

7. Toffee Coffee Cookies (Toffee-tastic copycat)

Take your love of coffee to a whole new level. This recipe — which has just 10 ingredients — calls for instant coffee crystals that add a hint of that earthy flavor to a typical toffee cookie. And the secret to keeping a soft center: cornstarch. Recipe and photo: Amy / Amy's Healthy Baking Girl Scout Cookie: Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

8. Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies (Cranberry Citrus Crisps copycat)

There’s no sugar, flour or butter in this easy recipe, studded with dried cranberries. Plus, you only need one bowl so clean up is quick. Whether you choose to lick the bowl clean or stick to conventional methods is your call. Photo and Recipe: Josefine / The Smoothie Lover RELATED: Breakfast Rut? 8 Oatmeal Muffin Recipes to Fuel You Girl Scout Cookie: Paleo Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Recipe

9. Paleo Chocolate Chunk Shortbread (Chocolate Chip Shortbread copycat)

Almond and coconut flour make these cookies Paleo-friendly and gluten-free, and a throw back to an older Girl Scout flavor. If you’re extra ambitious, learn to prepare the chocolate chunks from scratch, too, with the easy-to-follow instructions. Photo and Recipe: Sonia / The Healthy Foodie Originally posted on April 24, 2014. Updated April 2017. 

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20 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes to Try Now http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/protein-powder-recipes/ http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/protein-powder-recipes/#respond Sun, 09 Apr 2017 13:15:27 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=22833 20 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes

20 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes to Try Now

If your protein shake routine is getting old fast, never fear… New, tasty protein powder recipes are here! Consuming an adequate amount of protein is essential for supporting a healthy metabolism and helping muscles recover from intense workouts. And while we love a good protein shake, these recipes incorporate protein powder in new and exciting ways. From pizza crust and breakfast muffins to lemon coffeecake and sweet potato bread, this list of inventive recipes will inspire you to think outside the shaker bottle! You can have your cake and eat protein, too!

RELATED: The Beginner's Guide to Using Protein Powder

20 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes

Protein Powder Recipes: Protein Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

1. Protein Rice Krispie Treats

You might cut down on the sugar and gluten in this yummy dessert (or snack) recipe, but you won't risk the flavor. Natural peanut butter replaces processed marshmallows and ups the protein count to eight grams per piece, along with protein powder. Make a batch, then store the rest for that sweet treat later. Photo and recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by Daily Burn

Protein Powder Recipes: Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Brownie Bars Recipe

2. Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Brownie Bars

Smooth and velvety, these bars are what chocolate dreams are made of. Generously spread the mint fudge frosting (made of spinach, avocado and bananas) on a gluten-free brownie fortified with hemp protein. Photo and Recipe: Lori and Michelle / Purely Twins

Protein Powder Recipes: Pizza Crust Recipe

3. Protein Pizza Crust

The perfect base for your next pizza creation, this dough is gluten-free and has 9.5 grams of protein per serving. Make sure the crust is baked fully before adding your toppings and broil for another five to ten minutes. Mamma mia, you’ve got a delicious meal! Photo and Recipe: Maria / Maria Mind Body Health

RELATED: 7 Delicious Low-Carb Pizza Recipes

Protein Powder Recipes: Molten Lava Chocolate Cake Recipe

4. Protein Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

Ten grams of protein in cake? Chocoholics, your dreams just came true. This slimmed down version of a classic dessert has a third less fat than the original. Plus, you don't even need an oven to whip up this quick and easy recipe. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn 

Protein Powder Recipes: Lemon Blueberry Coffeecake Recipe

5. Lemon and Blueberry Protein Coffeecake

Just as tasty as a regular breakfast pastry, this treat is gluten-free, sugar-free and packs nearly 16 grams of protein per slice! Top with Greek yogurt for an exceptional and healthy dessert or post-workout meal. Photo and Recipe: Viviane / Chocolate Chili Mango

Protein Powder Recipes: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls Recipe

6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Grain free, dairy free and vegan, these bites are perfect for anyone who's on-the-go and likes to snack. They pack a whole five grams of protein per ball so they're way better for you than anything you'd find in a vending machine. Photo and Recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 12 No-Bake Energy Bites Recipes

Protein Powder Recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars Recipe

7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar

Our favorite flavors (chocolate and peanut butter, of course) come together in this easy-to-make snack. With just eight ingredients, you can whip these up in under an hour — and have leftovers to eat all week. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 11 Healthy Homemade Protein Bar Recipes

Protein Powder Recipes: Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal Recipe

8. Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal

Start your day with “proatmeal,” oatmeal with 19 grams of protein! Molasses, dates and cinnamon come together in this festive breakfast that’s easy to make. And you can reheat it on the fly. Photo and Recipe: Christal / Nutritionist in the Kitch

 Protein Powder Recipes: Spinach Frozen Yogurt Recipe

9. Spinach Frozen Yogurt

Sneak some iron into your diet with this creamy fro-yo that tastes nothing like spinach. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, freeze the yogurt mixture in ice cube trays. Then throw the cubes in a blender. Photo and Recipe: Erika / The Pancake Princess

RELATED: 13 Deliciously Refreshing Green Smoothie Recipes

Protein Powder Recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

10. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Get your chocolate fix with better-for-you fudge cups that taste just like  your favorite store-bought brand. Use stevia, honey and coconut oil instead of butter and sugar. Share your treats with friends or store them in the fridge for up to one week. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Protein Powder Recipes: Coconut Protein Balls Recipe

11. Coconut Protein Balls

Taste the tropics with this pre- or post-workout snack. If the five grams of protein per ball isn’t enough for you, consider added a few extra scoops of protein powder into the mix. Photo and Recipe: Olena / iFood Real

Protein Powder Recipes: Banan Nutella Protein Muffins Recipe

12. Banana Nutella Protein Muffins

Don’t monkey around with unsatisfying foods! These 165-calorie muffins pack eight grams of protein each. Add chocolate chips, berries or nuts to the batter if you want to change things up. Photo and Recipe:  Perry Santantachote / Life by Daily Burn 

RELATED: 16 Brilliant New Uses for Your Muffin Tin

Protein Powder Recipes: Tiramisu Pancakes Recipe

13. Tiramisu Protein Pancakes

Get ready to flip for these caffeinated flapjacks that pack a whopping 46 grams of protein per serving! In between the pancakes, layer the healthy sweet filling that’s made from cottage cheese, banana and coffee extract. Photo and Recipe: Heather / Kiss My Broccoli

Protein Powder Recipes: Brownie Batter Overnight Oats Recipe

14. Brownie Batter Overnight Protein Oatmeal

The ultimate breakfast — ready in less than 15 minutes. You'll start your day on a healthy note thanks to this blend of almond milk, Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, oats and protein powder. Allow the mix to sit overnight for softer oats, which you can enjoy cold or warm. Photo and recipe: Katie Farrell / Dashing Dish

Protein Powder Recipes: Chocolate Banana Pancakes Recipe

15. Chocolate-Banana Protein Pancakes

Your day can’t go wrong when your morning begins with 22 grams of protein in these pancakes! Chocolate protein powder, ground flax seeds, eggs, almond milk and banana provide a nutritious breakfast. If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend drizzling a bit of honey instead of syrup. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

RELATED: 7 Quick and Easy Paleo Pancake Recipes

Protein Powder Recipes: Sweet Potato Rosemary Bread Recipe

16. Sweet Potato Rosemary Bread

For a warm and comforting meal, pair a savory slice of this gluten-free bread with a hearty soup. With no yeast or rising time, the bread will be fairly dense but packs 12.5 grams of protein per serving. Photo and Recipe: Viviane / Chocolate Chili Mango

Protein Powder Recipes: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies Recipe

17. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

These gluten-free treats are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while boosting your protein intake. If you're allergic to peanuts, swap in a different kind of nut butter. Photo and Recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by DailyBurn

Protein Powder Recipes: No Bake Cookies Recipe

18. No Bake Protein Cookies

Cookies that don't require an oven? Count us in! Nature's candy known as dates provide all the sweetness you need in these good-for-you cookies. The recipe also includes rolled oats, peanuts and peanut butter. Photo and recipe: Olena / iFOODReal

RELATED: The 9 Best Protein Sources to Build Muscle

Protein Powder Recipes: Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe

19. Healthy Carrot Cake Quinoa Protein Loaf

Introducing your guilt-free, go-to dessert. This moist loaf packs lots of flavor courtesy of the citrus zest, applesauce, apple pie spice (or cinnamon) and grated carrots. Even better: It takes less than six minutes to make when you pop it in the microwave. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Desserts with Benefits

Protein Powder Recipes: Oreo-Esque Protein Cookie Recipe

20. Oreo-Esque Protein Cookies

Less than 10 minutes, four ingredients and a love for chocolatey goodness — the only three requirements for pulling off these yummy oreo-like cookies. With whey protein powder in the cookie and the filling, you'll get 10 grams of the muscle-building macro in each piece. You also get 9 grams of fiber. Photo and recipe: Anna Sward / Protein Pow

Originally posted on December 25, 2013. Updated April 2017.

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20 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes

20 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes to Try Now
If your protein shake routine is getting old fast, never fear… New, tasty protein powder recipes are here! Consuming an adequate amount of protein is essential for supporting a healthy metabolism and helping muscles recover from intense workouts. And while we love a good protein shake, these recipes incorporate protein powder in new and exciting ways. From pizza crust and breakfast muffins to lemon coffeecake and sweet potato bread, this list of inventive recipes will inspire you to think outside the shaker bottle! You can have your cake and eat protein, too! RELATED: The Beginner's Guide to Using Protein Powder

20 Unexpected Protein Powder Recipes

Protein Powder Recipes: Protein Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

1. Protein Rice Krispie Treats

You might cut down on the sugar and gluten in this yummy dessert (or snack) recipe, but you won't risk the flavor. Natural peanut butter replaces processed marshmallows and ups the protein count to eight grams per piece, along with protein powder. Make a batch, then store the rest for that sweet treat later. Photo and recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by Daily Burn Protein Powder Recipes: Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Brownie Bars Recipe

2. Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Brownie Bars

Smooth and velvety, these bars are what chocolate dreams are made of. Generously spread the mint fudge frosting (made of spinach, avocado and bananas) on a gluten-free brownie fortified with hemp protein. Photo and Recipe: Lori and Michelle / Purely Twins Protein Powder Recipes: Pizza Crust Recipe

3. Protein Pizza Crust

The perfect base for your next pizza creation, this dough is gluten-free and has 9.5 grams of protein per serving. Make sure the crust is baked fully before adding your toppings and broil for another five to ten minutes. Mamma mia, you’ve got a delicious meal! Photo and Recipe: Maria / Maria Mind Body Health RELATED: 7 Delicious Low-Carb Pizza Recipes Protein Powder Recipes: Molten Lava Chocolate Cake Recipe

4. Protein Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

Ten grams of protein in cake? Chocoholics, your dreams just came true. This slimmed down version of a classic dessert has a third less fat than the original. Plus, you don't even need an oven to whip up this quick and easy recipe. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn  Protein Powder Recipes: Lemon Blueberry Coffeecake Recipe

5. Lemon and Blueberry Protein Coffeecake

Just as tasty as a regular breakfast pastry, this treat is gluten-free, sugar-free and packs nearly 16 grams of protein per slice! Top with Greek yogurt for an exceptional and healthy dessert or post-workout meal. Photo and Recipe: Viviane / Chocolate Chili Mango Protein Powder Recipes: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls Recipe

6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Grain free, dairy free and vegan, these bites are perfect for anyone who's on-the-go and likes to snack. They pack a whole five grams of protein per ball so they're way better for you than anything you'd find in a vending machine. Photo and Recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 12 No-Bake Energy Bites Recipes Protein Powder Recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars Recipe

7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar

Our favorite flavors (chocolate and peanut butter, of course) come together in this easy-to-make snack. With just eight ingredients, you can whip these up in under an hour — and have leftovers to eat all week. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 11 Healthy Homemade Protein Bar Recipes Protein Powder Recipes: Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal Recipe

8. Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal

Start your day with “proatmeal,” oatmeal with 19 grams of protein! Molasses, dates and cinnamon come together in this festive breakfast that’s easy to make. And you can reheat it on the fly. Photo and Recipe: Christal / Nutritionist in the Kitch  Protein Powder Recipes: Spinach Frozen Yogurt Recipe

9. Spinach Frozen Yogurt

Sneak some iron into your diet with this creamy fro-yo that tastes nothing like spinach. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, freeze the yogurt mixture in ice cube trays. Then throw the cubes in a blender. Photo and Recipe: Erika / The Pancake Princess RELATED: 13 Deliciously Refreshing Green Smoothie Recipes Protein Powder Recipes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

10. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Get your chocolate fix with better-for-you fudge cups that taste just like  your favorite store-bought brand. Use stevia, honey and coconut oil instead of butter and sugar. Share your treats with friends or store them in the fridge for up to one week. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn Protein Powder Recipes: Coconut Protein Balls Recipe

11. Coconut Protein Balls

Taste the tropics with this pre- or post-workout snack. If the five grams of protein per ball isn’t enough for you, consider added a few extra scoops of protein powder into the mix. Photo and Recipe: Olena / iFood Real Protein Powder Recipes: Banan Nutella Protein Muffins Recipe

12. Banana Nutella Protein Muffins

Don’t monkey around with unsatisfying foods! These 165-calorie muffins pack eight grams of protein each. Add chocolate chips, berries or nuts to the batter if you want to change things up. Photo and Recipe:  Perry Santantachote / Life by Daily Burn  RELATED: 16 Brilliant New Uses for Your Muffin Tin Protein Powder Recipes: Tiramisu Pancakes Recipe

13. Tiramisu Protein Pancakes

Get ready to flip for these caffeinated flapjacks that pack a whopping 46 grams of protein per serving! In between the pancakes, layer the healthy sweet filling that’s made from cottage cheese, banana and coffee extract. Photo and Recipe: Heather / Kiss My Broccoli

Protein Powder Recipes: Brownie Batter Overnight Oats Recipe

14. Brownie Batter Overnight Protein Oatmeal

The ultimate breakfast — ready in less than 15 minutes. You'll start your day on a healthy note thanks to this blend of almond milk, Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, oats and protein powder. Allow the mix to sit overnight for softer oats, which you can enjoy cold or warm. Photo and recipe: Katie Farrell / Dashing Dish Protein Powder Recipes: Chocolate Banana Pancakes Recipe

15. Chocolate-Banana Protein Pancakes

Your day can’t go wrong when your morning begins with 22 grams of protein in these pancakes! Chocolate protein powder, ground flax seeds, eggs, almond milk and banana provide a nutritious breakfast. If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend drizzling a bit of honey instead of syrup. Photo and Recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn RELATED: 7 Quick and Easy Paleo Pancake Recipes Protein Powder Recipes: Sweet Potato Rosemary Bread Recipe

16. Sweet Potato Rosemary Bread

For a warm and comforting meal, pair a savory slice of this gluten-free bread with a hearty soup. With no yeast or rising time, the bread will be fairly dense but packs 12.5 grams of protein per serving. Photo and Recipe: Viviane / Chocolate Chili Mango Protein Powder Recipes: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies Recipe

17. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

These gluten-free treats are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while boosting your protein intake. If you're allergic to peanuts, swap in a different kind of nut butter. Photo and Recipe: Lee Hersh / Life by DailyBurn

Protein Powder Recipes: No Bake Cookies Recipe

18. No Bake Protein Cookies

Cookies that don't require an oven? Count us in! Nature's candy known as dates provide all the sweetness you need in these good-for-you cookies. The recipe also includes rolled oats, peanuts and peanut butter. Photo and recipe: Olena / iFOODReal RELATED: The 9 Best Protein Sources to Build Muscle

Protein Powder Recipes: Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe

19. Healthy Carrot Cake Quinoa Protein Loaf

Introducing your guilt-free, go-to dessert. This moist loaf packs lots of flavor courtesy of the citrus zest, applesauce, apple pie spice (or cinnamon) and grated carrots. Even better: It takes less than six minutes to make when you pop it in the microwave. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Desserts with Benefits

Protein Powder Recipes: Oreo-Esque Protein Cookie Recipe

20. Oreo-Esque Protein Cookies

Less than 10 minutes, four ingredients and a love for chocolatey goodness — the only three requirements for pulling off these yummy oreo-like cookies. With whey protein powder in the cookie and the filling, you'll get 10 grams of the muscle-building macro in each piece. You also get 9 grams of fiber. Photo and recipe: Anna Sward / Protein Pow Originally posted on December 25, 2013. Updated April 2017.

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Game On! The Sweet 16 HIIT Workout http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/march-madness-sweet-16-hiit-workout/ http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/march-madness-sweet-16-hiit-workout/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:15:06 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=38353 Game On! The Sweet 16 HIIT Workout

Game On - Sweet 16 HIIT Workout

Put on your game face. It’s time for March Madness! Whether you’re rooting for the top seeded teams or cheering on the underdogs, it’s hard not to get pumped for the NCAA’s top hoops stars making history with double overtimes and buzzer beater shots. (And if you're following our March Madness Workout Challenge, a buzzer beater is equal to five star jumps.)

What makes these athletes unbeatable? Exceptional agility. We’re talking fast feet, quick reflexes, flawless footwork and straight-up explosiveness. Agility is an incredibly important factor for every athlete because it allows the body to move quickly and easily while adapting to constantly changing circumstances, says Anja Garcia, former NCAA Division I athlete and DailyBurn 365 trainer.

RELATED: 20 Minute HIIT Workout to Get Fit, Fast

And luckily, you don’t need to be All-Conference material to reap the benefits of training like an athlete. We asked Garcia to design a workout to help anyone jump higher, run faster and move more efficiently. She’s bringing the burn, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) style.

By alternating between high-intensity, all-out efforts and brief rest periods, “the body’s demand for oxygen rises, creating a deficit and making the body ask for more during recovery,” says Garcia. Translation: Your body will continue to burn calories even after your sweat session in order to help regain its store of oxygen.

The March Madness Sweet 16 HIIT Workout

Ready to play? Just because this workout is only 16 minutes doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Before you begin, warm up by alternating between jump rope, jumping jacks and lateral lunges for five minutes. Then grab a basketball (or any lightweight ball) and follow along with the GIFs below. Perform each exercise for one minute, then take a 30-second rest after you’ve done all five. Repeat for two more rounds (that’s three rounds total). Ball’s in your court — so go bust a move!

Sweet 16 HIIT Workout: Squat, Shoot and Press Exercise

1. Squat, Shoot and Press

Targets: Quads, glutes, rotational movement and core
How to: Stand in a neutral position with your feet hip-width apart, holding a basketball in front of your stomach. Lower into a squat position, making sure your core is engaged and your chest remains upright. Send your hips and bottom back (a). Explode through your heels, jumping straight up and bringing your arms and the basketball directly overhead (b). Land on the balls of your feet and bring the basketball back in front of your chest (c). Step your right foot out to the side, then rotate your upper and lower body so you are in a forward lunge with your right foot in front. Make sure both legs are at 90-degree angles, and quickly press the basketball out in front of you (c). Return to the starting position and repeat movement on the other side.

RELATED: The 5-Minute Ab Workout to Strengthen Your Core

Sweet 16 HIIT Workout: Basketball Push-Ups Exercise

2. Basketball Push-Ups

Targets: Chest, shoulders and core
How to: Start in a basic plank position with the ball under your left hand. Make sure your wrists are under your shoulders and your body is in a straight line from head to toe (a). Bend your elbows so your upper body descends to the ground. Then, press upwards back to the plank position (b). After completing the first push-up, roll the basketball under your body to your right hand (c). Perform another push-up with your right hand on the ball (d).

Sweet 16 HIIT Workout: Lunge Layup Exercise

3. Lunge Layup

Targets: Quads, glutes and core
How to: Begin standing with your feet hip-width apart while holding the basketball in front of your stomach. Lunge back with your left leg, keeping your right shin perpendicular to the ground. At the same time, tap the basketball to the ground next to the inside of your front foot (a). Then, spring off your right foot while driving your left knee up. Pretend to do a layup with the ball as you jump up (b). Repeat as fast as you can for 30 seconds, then switch sides.

RELATED: 5 Power Lunges for Killer Glutes

Sweet 16 HIIT Workout: Lateral Shuffle and Shot Exercise

4. Lateral Shuffle Shot

Targets: Quads, glutes, outer thigh, calves, shoulders and core
How to: Balanced on the balls of your feet, start in a half-squat position. Hold the ball in front of your upper body (a). Quickly shuffle four steps to the right, keeping your upper body facing front, with the back straight and core engaged (b). Jump up and raise your arms and the basketball above your head (c). Shuffle to the left and take a shot (d). Repeat as fast as you can.

Sweet 16 HIIT Workout: Plyometric Lunges with Figure 8s Exercise

5. Plyometric Lunges with Figure 8s

Targets: Quads, glutes, core and endurance
How to: Start with your right leg forward in a lunge position, with both knees at 90-degree angles. Your shoulders should be pulled back with your chest up, and hips facing forward. Hold the ball in front of your chest (a). With your left hand, pass the ball under your right thigh and transfer it to your right hand (b). Next, explode off the balls of your feet and launch yourself upwards. Midair, bring your right leg back and your left leg forward. Transfer the ball to your left hand, and keep your upper body relatively stable (c). Land in a lunge, with your left foot forward. Weave the ball under your left thigh and transfer it to your left hand (d). Repeat as fast as you can.

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Originally published March 2015. Updated March 2017. 

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Game On! The Sweet 16 HIIT Workout

Game On - Sweet 16 HIIT Workout
Put on your game face. It’s time for March Madness! Whether you’re rooting for the top seeded teams or cheering on the underdogs, it’s hard not to get pumped for the NCAA’s top hoops stars making history with double overtimes and buzzer beater shots. (And if you're following our March Madness Workout Challenge, a buzzer beater is equal to five star jumps.) What makes these athletes unbeatable? Exceptional agility. We’re talking fast feet, quick reflexes, flawless footwork and straight-up explosiveness. Agility is an incredibly important factor for every athlete because it allows the body to move quickly and easily while adapting to constantly changing circumstances, says Anja Garcia, former NCAA Division I athlete and DailyBurn 365 trainer. RELATED: 20 Minute HIIT Workout to Get Fit, Fast And luckily, you don’t need to be All-Conference material to reap the benefits of training like an athlete. We asked Garcia to design a workout to help anyone jump higher, run faster and move more efficiently. She’s bringing the burn, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) style. By alternating between high-intensity, all-out efforts and brief rest periods, “the body’s demand for oxygen rises, creating a deficit and making the body ask for more during recovery,” says Garcia. Translation: Your body will continue to burn calories even after your sweat session in order to help regain its store of oxygen.

The March Madness Sweet 16 HIIT Workout

Ready to play? Just because this workout is only 16 minutes doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Before you begin, warm up by alternating between jump rope, jumping jacks and lateral lunges for five minutes. Then grab a basketball (or any lightweight ball) and follow along with the GIFs below. Perform each exercise for one minute, then take a 30-second rest after you’ve done all five. Repeat for two more rounds (that’s three rounds total). Ball’s in your court — so go bust a move! Sweet 16 HIIT Workout: Squat, Shoot and Press Exercise

1. Squat, Shoot and Press

Targets: Quads, glutes, rotational movement and core How to: Stand in a neutral position with your feet hip-width apart, holding a basketball in front of your stomach. Lower into a squat position, making sure your core is engaged and your chest remains upright. Send your hips and bottom back (a). Explode through your heels, jumping straight up and bringing your arms and the basketball directly overhead (b). Land on the balls of your feet and bring the basketball back in front of your chest (c). Step your right foot out to the side, then rotate your upper and lower body so you are in a forward lunge with your right foot in front. Make sure both legs are at 90-degree angles, and quickly press the basketball out in front of you (c). Return to the starting position and repeat movement on the other side. RELATED: The 5-Minute Ab Workout to Strengthen Your Core Sweet 16 HIIT Workout: Basketball Push-Ups Exercise

2. Basketball Push-Ups

Targets: Chest, shoulders and core How to: Start in a basic plank position with the ball under your left hand. Make sure your wrists are under your shoulders and your body is in a straight line from head to toe (a). Bend your elbows so your upper body descends to the ground. Then, press upwards back to the plank position (b). After completing the first push-up, roll the basketball under your body to your right hand (c). Perform another push-up with your right hand on the ball (d). Sweet 16 HIIT Workout: Lunge Layup Exercise

3. Lunge Layup

Targets: Quads, glutes and core How to: Begin standing with your feet hip-width apart while holding the basketball in front of your stomach. Lunge back with your left leg, keeping your right shin perpendicular to the ground. At the same time, tap the basketball to the ground next to the inside of your front foot (a). Then, spring off your right foot while driving your left knee up. Pretend to do a layup with the ball as you jump up (b). Repeat as fast as you can for 30 seconds, then switch sides. RELATED: 5 Power Lunges for Killer Glutes Sweet 16 HIIT Workout: Lateral Shuffle and Shot Exercise

4. Lateral Shuffle Shot

Targets: Quads, glutes, outer thigh, calves, shoulders and core How to: Balanced on the balls of your feet, start in a half-squat position. Hold the ball in front of your upper body (a). Quickly shuffle four steps to the right, keeping your upper body facing front, with the back straight and core engaged (b). Jump up and raise your arms and the basketball above your head (c). Shuffle to the left and take a shot (d). Repeat as fast as you can. Sweet 16 HIIT Workout: Plyometric Lunges with Figure 8s Exercise

5. Plyometric Lunges with Figure 8s

Targets: Quads, glutes, core and endurance How to: Start with your right leg forward in a lunge position, with both knees at 90-degree angles. Your shoulders should be pulled back with your chest up, and hips facing forward. Hold the ball in front of your chest (a). With your left hand, pass the ball under your right thigh and transfer it to your right hand (b). Next, explode off the balls of your feet and launch yourself upwards. Midair, bring your right leg back and your left leg forward. Transfer the ball to your left hand, and keep your upper body relatively stable (c). Land in a lunge, with your left foot forward. Weave the ball under your left thigh and transfer it to your left hand (d). Repeat as fast as you can. Want a new workout every day? Head to DailyBurn.com/365 and sign up free for 30 days. Originally published March 2015. Updated March 2017. 

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