Simple tips

Check out this great post by John Chase, a personal trainer certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Simple tips like these are great to come across because they’re easy to implement quickly and they actually make a difference.  These are some of the tips John has:

Eat from smaller plates or bowls. The bigger the plate, the more you’ll eat.

Increase your veggie variety to decrease boredom.

Try a veggie burger. They’re pretty tasty!

Use spinach in your salad

Eat slower. Take your time and enjoy the meal. You’ll be less likely to go back for seconds when you take your time as well.

Chew your food better. It aids digestion.

Make and take your lunch to work. You’ll make better food choices, you’ll eat less, and you’ll save a ton of money.

Use olive oil when cooking.

Fill half your plate with veggies. That leaves less room for the stuff that doesn’t help you get to your goals.

Eliminate soda, sports drinks, and fancy coffee. We get 22% of our calories through drinks.

Have fruit as a snack instead of processed sugars

And my personal favorite, of course: Eat a real breakfast. A pop tart doesn’t count. Neither does the donut and/or cup of coffee.

If you’re looking for simple ways to improve your nutrition, take a good look at John’s list and pick out a couple to start implementing right away.

Remember, the choices you make determine the life you live

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Restaurant Nutrition App

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That’s mucho food!

If you’ve had a chance to try this out, let us know what you think.  Is it worth having?  Does it help you make better choices or does it just leave you feeling guilty?

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Remember, the choices you make determine the life you live

The problem with pancakes

I love pancakes.  My wife loves pancakes.  My kids love pancakes.

Pancakes are a problem.

The problem with pancakes is that they just don’t fill me up very quickly.  They become a vehicle for whatever variety of syrup we’ve got around that day.  I know it doesn’t sound like much of a problem but because I love them, I’m weak-willed, I drown them in syrup, and they don’t fill me up very quickly, I end up eating way more than I need to.

The solution?

Dee’s Cereal Whole Grain Pancakes!

Super yummy, full of all the goodness found in Dee’s Cereal, and they will actually fill you up and keep you going.  They’re not much more time consuming to make than regular pancakes either.  Alright, they’re harder than pouring water on a mix of Krusteaz but I’m talking about making pancakes the awesome way; from scratch.

Try out the recipe and let us know what you think.  You can also find this recipe along with other ways to eat better and enjoy Dee’s Cereal at deescereal.com in the recipes link.

DEE’S CEREAL WHOLE GRAIN PANCAKES

  • ½ Cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ Cup Dee’s Cereal
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar (or Sucanat)
  • ¼ tsp. salt (or sea salt)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • dash cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 Cup skim milk
  • 1 Tbsp. butter (or coconut butter)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Combine flour, cereal, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.
  2. Combine egg and brown sugar.  Beat with fork until sugar is mostly dissolved.  Add milk and vanilla. Stir.
  3. Add melted margarine as you stir the liquid mixture.  Hint: Melt the margarine in the skillet you intend to use to cook the pancakes.
  4. Add dry ingredients and stir gently until blended.  Let stand 3-5 minutes.
  5. Ladle onto a preheated non-stick skillet or griddle.  Cook until lightly browned on each side, turning only once.
  6. Top with syrup, fruit spread or fresh fruit of your choice.  Applesauce is especially good.

Servings: 3 to 6 pancakes.

Remember, the choices you make determine the life you live