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Workout Wednesday- Keepin’ It Simple

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For this Workout Wednesday, I want to focus on keeping boosting your level of physical activity as simply as possible (plus my camera is being weird so I haven’t been able to upload new exercise videos this week). As a busy mom, or dad, it can be hard to find the time to fit in exercise. But, before you get too wrapped up in devoting a full hour at the gym, think about it this way: if you increase your overall level of movement during the day, you will boost the amount of calories you burn. This increased movement, however you fit in in, can help you to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

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Quick Breadless Quiche

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If you need to get back on track after a holiday full of eating rich, and possibly less-than-healthy meals and snacks, start fresh today with this easy recipe.

Eggs are a delicious meal option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. But sometimes, finding the time to prepare them can be a challenge. These easy breadless quiche is not only a whiz to prepare, but it’s great for reheating for a quick meal anytime during the week. You can also vary it by selecting any vegetable, meat, cheese, or seasoning you would like to toss in for a different taste each time you make it. Here’s a simple ham, egg, and cheese recipe that you can alter depending on your taste:

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Celebrate the Last Days of Fall with Baked Apples

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Because there’s still a few days of Fall left, why not celebrate it with some delicious, and healthy, baked apples? These are so simple to make and a huge hit! Joey is a big apple fan, but at times tends to gag on the texture of fresh apples. Baking them softens them just enough so that he can enjoy them more easily. I love them because they feel like dessert, yet are packed full of fiber and low in calories.

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No Time for Dinner- No Problem! Easy Low Calorie Crockpot Chicken Parm

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Whether you were busy watching the kids all day, working all day, or a bit of both, finding the time to make a tasty and healthy dinner can often feel overwhelming. But before you reach for the phone to call for takeout, consider this easy-to-make recipe that’s low calorie, packed full of lean proteins and whole grains, and way more affordable than takeout.

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Low Calorie Crockpot Chicken Parm Recipe
Ingredients
  • cooking spray
  • 2 cups whole grain pasta dry
  • 1 lb chicken breast thin sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup whole grain bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Coat the bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Add in the dry pasta, water, and ½ of the tomato sauce.

  2. Place chicken breasts on top of pasta. Next, sprinkle bread crumbs over top of chicken. Pour on remaining tomato sauce and top with garlic, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese.

  3. Place the top on the slow cooker and set the cook setting to high. Allow to cook for 4 hours, then serve warm with your favorite vegetables on the side. 

  4. This whole recipe takes about 5 minutes to assemble and then cooks itself- it doesn’t get much easier than that! And it takes great as well! 

Recipe Notes

Note: You can also choose to add the noodles and ½ tomato sauce during the last 30-40 minutes of the recipe cooking. The above recipe allows for faster assembly and “set-it-and-forget-it cooking,” but if you prefer your noodles a bit more al dente or will be home while this meal is cooking, try waiting to add them instead. 

 

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