Baked Egg in Avocado

Baked Egg in Avocado

What you’ll need:

2 eggs
1 avocado
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper

What to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. I used my toaster oven, but a large oven is fine.
  2. Carefully slice an avocado in half lengthwise and discard the pit.
  3. Using a spoon, scoop out some of the avocado from the center hole to make room for the egg to sit and not overflow. Use your best judgment here. You can also discard some of the membrane if it overflows.
  4. I recommend placing the avocados on a cutting board, and setting an object on the ends of the cutting board for the avocados to rest against. You don’t want them wobbling about while you’re adding the egg, because they will spill.
  5. Carefully crack an egg into each hole. Sprinkle salt and pepper atop.
  6. Grab a loaf pan, and place the avocados inside. Nestle each of them against a side of the loaf pan. Again, this is to prevent them from tipping over.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the membrane is white and egg is cooked.

How to eat:

You can eat these right away to take advantage of a runny yolk. But, if you’re someone who isn’t a fan of hot avocado, you can place in the refrigerator to eat later (yolk will not be runny), or simply set aside until the avocado cools down. Again, the only time you’ll experience the yolk of a poached egg is if you eat right away. Letting it sit will allow the egg to keep cooking, so your yolk will be harder later on (more like hard-boiled). All up to what you prefer!

 

Source: http://theblissfulbalance.com/baked-egg-in-avocado-tutorial/

These Workouts Will Challenge Your Body and Your Mind

They push you both physically and mentally, so you get even more mileage from your sweat sesh.

You know how important it is to move your body. And you’ve probably heard that mental stimulation is good for the brain. So why not kill two birds with one stone, and exercise your noggin while you’re breaking a sweat? Here, five workouts that will help you do just that.

Boxing

This workout has been growing rapidly in popularity, and for good reason. Jabbing and kicking isn’t just a great way to burn calories and build strength; complex boxing sequences give your mind a solid workout, too. If boxing gloves aren’t your thing, many gyms offer classes that use light dumbbells instead.

 

Rock climbing

Conquering a climbing workout requires both mental and physical strength because your brain is responsible for mapping your route, while your body gets you from point A to B. Some people shy away from climbing because they worry it’s too challenging for beginners. But climbing gyms typicall have walls with varying levels of difficulty, which makes it a great workout for all fit levels.

Batting practice

Hitting a batting cage is a fun activity to do with friends. The hand-eye coordination required to connect with the ball stimulates your mind and body at the same time. Just be sure to start out with a pitching machine set at a slower speed. Once you get the hang of it, you can move up to faster speeds.

Yoga boot camp

One of the hottest new fitness trends, this high-octane hybrid class not only tones your body, it also forces your brain to keep up with fact-paced circuits that incorporate cardio, strength-training, and stretching.

 

Hip-hop dance

No matter how experienced a dancer you are, hip-hop is a super fun way to work your bod and brain. In any class, you’ll be memorizing sequences and likely learning new moves, so your brain will be firing the entire time.

 

Source: http://www.health.com/fitness/mind-body-workout

Tighten Your Core in 21 Days With This Plank Challenge

Take the classic strength move from short and static to minutes-long and dynamic with this three-week plan.

 

The plank is the ultimate full-body pose for toning your abs, back, legs, arms, and butt, all while improving your posture and stability. Another reason it eclipses other strength exercises? It’s super versatile—you can modify it to add extra movement and get your heart rate up faster.

Your action plan: Each week, start with the first challenge and repeat it until you have it down pat. Then proceed to the next one. Practice at your own pace and skill level, but be sure to put in some work each day so you can complete the progression by the end of the week.

 

Week 1

Fix your form: “With planks, your form either makes or breaks the exercise,” says New York City celebrity trainer David Kirsch. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels.

Begin by standing: Stand up straight, feet hip-width apart. Now have someone try to gently knock you off balance. Pay attention to the muscles you need to engage to stay centered: “That’s exactly how you should feel when you’re in plank,” says trainer Jonathan Ross, a senior adviser to the American Council on Exercise.

Perfect your position: Lying on your belly, plant your forearms (or hands, if you prefer) directly under your shoulders. Come onto your toes and squeeze your glutes. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds.

Start the timer: Hold your plank for 20 to 30 seconds or longer. If you need to rest, lower your knees to the floor for a few seconds.

 

Week 2

Boost endurance: If you feel any shoulder or lower back pain as you start to hold your static plank for longer, or if your butt creeps toward the ceiling, stop and reset.

Master 30: Hold your plank for half a minute without resting.

Add 15: Hold your 30-second plank, then rest in a Downward Dog position for five seconds, suggests Kirsch. Return to plank and hold for another 15 seconds or more.

Hit the minute mark: Hold a 45-second plank, followed by a Downward Dog and another 15- to 30-second plank.

Go for 90: Hold your plank for at least one minute. Rest in Downward Dog if you need to, then hold another 30-second plank.

 

Week 3

Switch it up: Get the hang of the following variations individually (do each for a minute). Then tack them onto each other, aiming to eventually finish all three back to back.

Move the center of mass: From a forearm plank, drop your right hip so your right thigh grazes the floor. Return to the starting position and drop your left hip. Repeat. (If you’re on your hands, your thighs may not reach the floor.)

Test your balance: Extend your right arm straight out in front of you, parallel to the floor, without disturbing your form. Return to center, then extend your left arm. Repeat with your right and left legs.

Change levels: Start in a plank on your forearms. Press up onto your right hand, then your left, so you come into a high plank. Return to your right forearm, then your left. Repeat the pattern, alternating the starting arm.

Source: http://www.health.com/fitness/plank-challenge

5 Signs Your Workout Is Too Easy for You

Breezing through your routine without breaking a sweat? It may be time to take it up a notch.

You’ve been a regular at the gym, local running path, or super popular boutique fitness class for some time now. At first each workout presented a huge challenge: You struggled to complete reps. You prayed to the fitness gods to speed up time so you wouldn’t have to trot on the treadmill for another second. And you thought burpee was code for baby burps. These days, though, you can bang out those bicep curls (and burpees!), or climb for hours on the stairmaster without even breaking a sweat. What gives? It’s called adaptation. And now that your body is accustomed to your workout, chances are your sweat sesh is a little too easy for you. You know what that means—you’ve got to push even harder to make those gains (but that’s a good thing). Here, five cues that confirm your exercise routine needs an overhaul.

You do multiple workouts a day

If you have the energy to run 10 miles, spin, hit the weights, and then attend Bikram yoga, you might want to re-evaluate the effort and exertion levels you’re putting into each workout. Plus, multiple daily sweat sessions without proper recovery can put you at risk for injury. Now, if for some reason a single workout just isn’t enough, double up on ones that complement each other. For example, pair high-intensity interval training (like this 10-minute HIIT workout) with a yoga sequence (such as this routine for flexibility).

You can’t recall the last time you were out of breath

Granted, everyone’s endurance levels are different, but heavy breathing or being out of breath for a short period of time is a good indicator that you’re really putting in some work. Another: the talk (or sing) test. If you are training at a high enough intensity, you shouldn’t be able to carry on a comfortable convo (or belt out the lyrics to your favorite Bey song).

 

You always work out at the same intensity level

Because your body is constantly adapting to your routine, it won’t be challenged enough if you do the same thing over and over (and over) again. This could also explain why you’ve stopped noticing physical changes. Try venturing into the anaerobic/maximum effort zone. Workouts that can get you there (such as this HITT treadmill routine and these fat-burning plyometric moves) don’t last as long, but you fatigue faster because your cardiovascular system can’t supply enough oxygen to your muscles to create the energy you need. I have nothing against steady-steady cardio. But you can also meet your “cardio” levels in this way too.

Your environment has become a distraction

If you spend more time selecting a playlist, finding the perfect angle for that sweaty selfie, or channel surfing on your machine’s TV than getting your heart rate up, something’s got to give. Now there’s nothing wrong with changing the playlist to suit your mood, or capturing a memory of the moment you hit a squat PR, but if you’re more focused on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, it’s time to refocus ASAP.

You no longer feel accomplished after working out

No matter the style of training, when you call time on your session, you should feel a sense of accomplishment, whether it’s because you were able to hold every pose in yoga class or because you finally bench-pressed 40 pounds. When that feeling disappears, try pushing harder.

Source: http://www.health.com/fitness/signs-your-workout-is-too-easy

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa

I’m in tender, juicy, light and buttery seafood heaven. Because —> THIS. Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa.

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But also because I’m in Washington, D.C., and after spending a weekend eating some reallyreallyreally awesome seafood, for example, shrimp (with pineapple salsa and guac), lobster (mac and cheese), and crab (cakes with caramelized brussels sprouts), I am more than ready to sign my life away and move to a more coastal location permanently. I can’t blame my nice state for its sometimes unfresh seafood, but purely based on location, Minnesota just cannot keep up with a place like this. LOBSTER FOR DAYS.

Which leads to me say this: splurge on good shrimp for this dish. Good shrimp meaning the freshest you can get your paws on in whatever area you live. For me, it means going to a really nice grocery store that’s a bit out of the way and buying it directly from the seafood counter, not frozen (although a commenter brought up a great point that sometimes frozen is best in terms of quality – it depends on the ingredient list, so check your labels – the fewer the better). I am a big believer in convenience, but this dish is really all about the shrimp so it is completely worth a little extra drive to a store with great seafood to have mouthwateringly juicy, fresh shrimp to work with here.

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What you just witnessed in that photo was the important step of the drenching of the butter. Oops. I think I meant drizzling. But you know that I really meant drenching.

The shrimp in this dish (and all shrimp ever) just begs for garlic butter, and garlic butter has always been one of my favorite was to prepare seafood. And just food in general, actually. So let’s give those little shrimpies what they’re asking for and make our mouths sing for joy.

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You know that I’ve always been a person with mixed feelings on quinoa. Being a food blogger, the peer pressure is crushing. BUT THIS TIME. It’s actually good. Like, I took one bite and said, yum, I want another bite. Now. And another. And soon it was me, a fork, and a very large pot of quinoa making ourselves cozy in the corner. So simple and so good. Onion, garlic, chili powder, and broth. Who’d’ve known?

Yep, that was just a double contraction. Be impressed.

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This shrimp and quinoa is made on the stovetop but you can serve it as if it were a casserole because casserole dishes say something special about food, like I LOVE YOU.

Optional add ins include fresh parsley, lemon juice, and extra sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper. The simpler and fresher the flavors and ingredients, the better.

Serve with a green salad or some kinda vegetables. Roasted or caramelized. And welcome to my happy place.

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Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, divided
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 1 pound raw tail-on shrimp
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley for serving
  • fresh lemon juice for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick pot over medium high heat. Add the onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add 2 teaspoons of the garlic and saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Add the uncooked quinoa and ½ teaspoon chili powder. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute for another 1 minute to add flavor to the quinoa. Add the broth, bring to a boil, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes. When the quinoa is done, it will be soft throughout. Fluff with a fork and toss with fresh minced parsley.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot and the butter is melted, add the shrimp and sprinkle with the remaining ½ teaspoon chili powder directly in the pan. Season with salt and pepper and saute until no longer translucent and golden brown on the outside. Just at the end of the saute, add 1 teaspoon garlic and swirl around in the pan until the garlic is very fragrant.
  3. Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter with the 2 teaspoons garlic to make a sauce for drizzling (for this, crushed garlic or garlic paste would work really well but minced is also fine).
  4. Serve the quinoa and shrimp together in one dish, topping with fresh chopped parsley and lemon juice if desired. When the butter is melted and cooled slightly, drizzle over the shrimp and quinoa. Serve immediately, while still hot.

Nutrition Shrimp

 

Source: http://pinchofyum.com/garlic-butter-shrimp-quinoa

Raw Juice: Immune Booster

    Ward off colds with this vitamin bomb! The kiwis alone pack nearly twice your daily vitamin C–and the citrus delivers even more of the cold-busting vitamin.
  • Yield: Makes 2 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 156
Fat per serving: 1g
Saturated fat per serving: 0.2g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.1g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.3g
Protein per serving: 3g
Carbohydrate per serving: 38g
Fiber per serving: 6g
Cholesterol per serving: 0.0mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 5mg
Calcium per serving: 79mg

Good to Know

Ward off colds with this vitamin bomb! The kiwis alone pack nearly twice your daily vitamin C requirement—and the citrus delivers even more of the cold-busting vitamin.

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce) grapefruit, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 medium oranges (10 ounces total), peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 kiwis (preferably golden, about 12 ounces total), peeled and cut into chunks

Preparation

In a blender, combine grapefruit, oranges, and kiwis; blend, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Strain juice and, if desired, thin with water. Refrigerate up to 2 days (shake before serving).

Source: http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,50400000118662,00.html

Zucchini Noodle Chicken Soup

 

 

Zucchini Noodle Chicken Soup

Yield:2 to 3 servings

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, halved lengthwise and chopped
  • 1/2 medium white onion, chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and spiralized
  • 1 large zucchini, spiralized

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the garlic, celery and onion. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and the vegetables begin to soften.
  2. Add the broth, thyme, oregano and parsley. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil, then reduce it to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and carrot noodles. Cook for about 5 minutes then add the zucchini noodles and cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes until all of the noodles have softened. Serve immediately.

 

Source: http://www.justataste.com/zucchini-noodle-chicken-soup-recipe/

These 8 Bug Sprays Are Useless Against Zika

By now you know to be a little concerned about mosquitos carrying the Zika virus, which means it’s more important than ever to protect yourself from bug bites. We know: Most sprays leave you smelling worse than a citronella candle, but the CDC says insect repellent truly is the best defense against Zika.

However you can’t just pick up any bug spray and expect it to protect you. ConsumerReports tested dozens of sprays against mosquitos that spread Zika and West Nile viruses, as well as ticks carrying lime disease, for its annual insect repellent ratings. The brands that topped the list (Sawyer Picaridin and Ben’s 30 Percent Deet Wilderness Formula) protected for up to seven hours, while the loser, EcoSmart Organic, worked for only 30 minutes! In general, you want to look for repellents with deet, lemon eucalyptus oil, or picaridin.

As for brands to avoid? Check out our handy graphic of the bug sprays that failed ConsumerReport’s tests:

 

Source: http://greatist.com/live/bug-spray-these-brands-are-useless-against-zika

Do Probiotics Actually Work?

We’ll be the first to admit we’ve gone a little cuckoo for kombucha. But as much as we love the fermented drink, we may need to rein in our enthusiasm for it—and similar gut-friendly goodies. As this video from The Atlantic points out, there’s not enough scientific evidence to actually support the probiotic craze. What we do know is this: A high-fiber, minimally processed diet is your best bet for a healthy gut. Bacteria thrive on the fiber found in whole foods, and fiber transforms into short-chain fatty acids, which help regulate the immune and digestive systems.

So go ahead and keep sippin’ small-batch kombucha if you like the taste, but you may want to hold off on probiotic pills until researchers find a kind that improves gut health in scientific studies.

Source: http://greatist.com/live/probiotics-do-they-actually-work

These 12 Sunscreens Are Lying About Their SPF

It takes only one long day at the beach to realize the importance of sunscreen. Sunscreen protects against two types of rays: UVA and UVB. The latter causes sunburns, but any product with an SPF above 15 should protect you. Anything higher gives you marginally better protection against burns but does a better job of reflecting the UVA rays that are associated with skin cancer.

But don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. ConsumerReports’s annual sunscreen ratings found many sunblocks have a significantly lower SPF than advertised. We took the worst offenders (products whose actual SPF was less than half of what they claimed) and made this handy graphic, so you know which brands to steer clear of the next time you’re shopping for sunblock.

Source: http://greatist.com/live/sunscreens-that-are-lying-about-their-spf