Welcome to the One Week Jump Start to Health challenge. This series is one week of products, recipes, tips and exercises to help you start off the new year with a healthy week. You can start this challenge any time though so if you aren’t here on January 1st, by all means, any day can be your first day!
Each post features a product to help you cook, portion or prepare foods in a more healthy way; a health conscious recipe with simple ingredients and directions; a tip to help you in the kitchen; and a quick and easy exercise you can do at home without equipment.
At the end of the challenge, you will have more than a week’s worth of recipes, a great start to a kitchen full of tools that will help you be a better cook (and cook healthier meals) and 7 exercises that, when combined, give you a quick and easy workout to do at home (no gym membership!).
Joining me for this series is my friend Lecia Sczepanski. Lecia is a health coach and is sharing an exercise for each day.
Let’s get started with Day One!
The Make & Take Lunch Pack is a BPA free plastic jar with a two part lid which can store your salad dressing separately from your salad ingredients. The set comes with a snap together spoon and fork, the Snack Jar (which fits conveniently inside the Mason Jar to separate crunchy ingredients such as croutons), the Carrier and the Infusion Water Bottle. The jar, water bottle, and snack jar are break resistant. All items except the Carrier are dishwasher safe.
Your co-workers will be jealous when you pull out this Asian Crunch Salad for lunch. Help them learn how to make their own with a Mason Jar Salad cooking class. What a great reason to gather your friends and earn some free products at the same time. I’d love to help you schedule your own class. Comment below for details.
Use our Herb Freezing Tray Set to freeze chopped fresh herbs to add extra flavor to your recipes.
You can also make delicious treats to help you stay healthy when snacking. These trays have so many uses – check them out here.
Day 1 Exercise: Side step squat!
Why it matters: This move is great for cardio and an awesome move to strengthen your legs & butt.
How to do it: Quickly side step, squat, lightly tough the ground
-1 minute, back & forth
-10 second break
-repeat for 8 rounds
Form tip: Keep your eyes forward, don’t look down. This will help with your posture. If you feel off-balance, slow down and step rather than hopping side to side.
Lecia is an online health & fitness coach who helps men and women make the transition from occasional exercise and diet trends to a long term healthy lifestyle.
Lecia is married with two college kids and two rescue mutts. She also works as a program manager for a healthcare IT company in Raleigh, NC. She started her online coaching business more than 2 years ago after getting her own health on track and lowering her blood pressure and cholesterol to normal using nutrition and exercise. Today, Lecia uses her experience to connect people to the right exercise routine and provides daily coaching to help her clients make healthy choices. Fitness and nutrition should be about health and well-being, never about restriction or pain!
Check out this blog post from Pampered Chef to learn short cuts and how to build a week of make ahead salads.
(Jump to Day Two of One Week Jump Start to Health here)
Happy Healthy Cooking,