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Exercise 4 Weight Loss Monthly Ezine
February 11, 2013
February 2013 Tips and Recipes
Sweets Gone Healthy
This month's ezine is dedicated to Valentine's Day and making your sweet treats healthier. With this romantic holiday just around the corner, your sweet tooth is starting to ache.
Calm it down with some sweet, yet healthier treats for this special day.
Sweet Treats Gone Healthy
Satisfying your sweet tooth once in a while is not always a bad thing when trying to lose weight. When you start to crave sweets like candies, chocolate or pastries, the cravings can build up to the point of explosion.
When this happens people are at risk for binging on all the wrong foods. So instead of letting these cravings build, go ahead and sneak a tiny piece of something sweet and tasty.
Try to limit the quantity (just enough to satisfy the craving) and then back to the healthier items. You can also make your sweets healthier with these tips;
For all you chocolate lovers, go for the dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Not only is it lower in calories but has antioxidants which are good for you. Limit the portion to just 1 or 2 squares to satisfy your craving.
Have Your Cake and Eat it Too
If cake is what you are craving, opt angel food cake with some fresh frozen fruit on top and skip the sugary frosting. This will reduce the amount of calories you consume for the same portion size while giving you something sweet.
I Scream for Ice Cream
For those of you screaming for Ice Cream, try low calorie frozen yogurts or low fat sherbet instead. Both these alternatives will lower your calories and fat helping you stay within your daily allowance.
There's Always Room for Jell-O
Of course my favorite stand by sweet treat is sugar free Jell-o or puddings. Add just a teaspoon of cool whip to make it even creamier to satisfy your craving.
So if your loved ones give you something sweet for Valentine’s Day, go ahead and splurge just a little. You can also give subtle (or not so subtle) hints for gifts that won’t add the bulge.
If you are planning a romantic dinner out for this special day, be sure to check out the restaurant nutrition and points on the website.
Sweating for Sweets
The thought of exercise rarely goes hand in hand with the thought of a sweet treat. Using the reward of a sweet to motivate you to sweat, may be just what you need to get you moving and get a little treat for Valentines.
If you are hoping for some yummy chocolates from your loved one or even a nice romantic dinner out, then plan ahead for those extra points and calories by working it off ahead of time. Add just 5 or 10 minutes a day to your typical workout routine and you can have that extra special something come the big day.
By adding more minutes to your normal weekly routine, you can burn off enough calories to account for your special treat. Who knows, once you are used to these extra minutes it may become your normal routine. This means you will be burning more fat and calories each week and losing more weight.
Check out these weight loss workouts to help you reach your goals
In keeping with the sweet treats theme, this fruity dessert is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you want to add a romantic flare to this recipe, try drizzling on some melted dark chocolate just before you serve it. Don’t forget to add in the extra points and calories of the chocolate.
Strawberry Pineapple Trifle
You can mix up this yummy recipe by using different types of fresh or canned fruits.
What You Need:
How to Make It:
Note: If you are using individual sized dishes, just spread the fruit and pudding evenly across the dishes to make 2 or 3 layers per dish.
Number of Servings: 10
Nutrition Information Per Serving
144 calories, 3g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 1g fiber, 2g protein, 28g carbohydrates, 208mg sodium, sugar 22g.
Org Pts 3; Pts Plus 3
Note: The above points plus value does not include the nutrition for the fruits (strawberries and pineapples). With the nutrition for these items included, the points plus value is 4 pts per serving.
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Until next month, remember to eat healthy and keep exercising. These are the 2 keys to losing weight and feeling great.
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