Friday, August 27, 2010

Quinoa Salad Recipe

I just made this salad the other day for a barbeque. Quinoa is a great grain (it is actually a seed, but used like a grain) to make a summer salad with. It is high in protein, calcium iron, and fiber.

Salad:
1 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber or zucchini, diced
1 yellow pepper, chopped
½ bunch cilantro, chopped
1 head broccoli, chopped
½ head cauliflower, chopped

Dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
pepper to taste

Toss and enjoy!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Exercise: Sprints

Have you hit a plateau with your cardio training? Are you getting bored with your workout, and not getting the fat burning results you want? Add some sprints to your workout.

Sprint intervals (also known as fartlek’s) are a great way to increase your fitness level, boost your muscle strength and kick up your fat burning!

All readers who do not run – fear not!

I want you to speed up your routine, whether it is walking, running, skipping, hiking or biking.

Start with a ten second pick up. If that feels OK, try another one. Work up to three sprints of ten seconds, and then increase the time, working up to three sets of 30 seconds.

Sprints are effective, and super fun! Get a friend and race each other. Make it a game and enjoy!