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Quick. Fast. Easy!

December 12, 2012

If you’re like me, then you have a crazy hectic life. You get up, rush to work. Work. Work. Work. Rush home. Deal with home stuff. And then pass out in your bed. Repeat ad infinitum.

So it’s no wonder convenience is so popular with the hustle and bustle of every day life. And the most popular convenience of all is: fast food. It’s easy. In 5 minutes you can have a full dinner for an entire family for less than $20.00.  But it’s not a hidden secret that a typical fast food meal can run well over 1,000 calories.

Take these statistics for example:

Carl’s Jr. Double Six-dollar Burger
Calories: 1520

Dairy Queen Large Choc. Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard
Calories: 1320

Del Taco Macho Beef Burrito
Calories: 1170

These calories add up, and they add up fast. But what do you do? How do you prepare a meal for you and you family with zero time?  Well, I can’t tell you how to prepare every single meal, but I can offer one suggestion, that you could possibly build on.

This is a meal I discovered back-in-the-day, when it wasn’t so much time that was affecting my nutritional intake, it was money.  I did some research, and a little creative shopping and came up with the following super healthy meal that I still use today. It only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and about 45 minutes to cook. But don’t worry! While it’s cooking you can go on about your business!

6:00pm – You arrive home

6 :05pm – You grab 4 sweet potatoes, poke them with a bunch of holes, rub them in olive oil, wrap them in aluminum foil and stick them in the oven at 450 Degrees Fahrenheit

6:10pm – You go about your business

6:45pm – Boil a pot of water, cut up some asparagus, and throw it into a steamer carriage placed on top of the boiling water.  If you don’t have a steamer, you can use a metal pasta strainer or any metal container with holes. (One time, I used a metal oil splash screen.)

6:50pm – Grab 4 pieces of frozen tilapia (found in the frozen food section at your local grocery store). Put them on a cooking sheet, drizzle them with a little bit of olive oil, sprinkle with your favorite seasonings and stick them into the oven right next to the sweet potatoes.

7:00pm – Pull everything out of the oven and take the asparagus off the stove. The asparagus should be firm and crispy, the fish flakey, and the sweet potatoes soft enough to push a fork through.

Viola! You have an entire, delicious, healthy meal for you and your family.

And the best part? The whole thing costs less than $10. Try it today!

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Wanna go for a run?

December 11, 2012

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You have those that swear by the treadmill and those that swear by the road. I used to swear by the treadmill. It was there, it was easy, I didn’t have to deal with the rain, and I could get off whenever I wanted. But one day, in a land far away, a good friend of mine introduced me to running outdoors. She also informed me (snidely, I might add) that treadmills where actually created as torture mechanisms for prisoners back in the 1800s. It’s easy to see why.

So there I was. Outdoors. Running. My phone wasn’t ringing. I wasn’t fiddling with the TV remote, and I wasn’t bored out of my mind. I was just, running. And it was amazing. I could feel every movement in my body, smell the air, feel the sun on my face and at the end of the run, I literally said out loud: I can’t believe I’ve been on the treadmill all this time.

What about you? Do you prefer to run on a treadmill or outdoors?

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