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.
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!).
Congratulations! We’re half way through the week –
The Rockcrok Dutch Oven is a 4 quart ceramic pot that can do everything in your kitchen and it isn’t afraid to go into or on any of your appliances. You can use it on the stovetop, in the microwave, in the oven, under the broiler, and it can be used in the refrigerator and freezer AND cleans up in the dishwasher. You’ve been looking for this and maybe didn’t even know it existed. But it does! Watch this quick video to see it in action. Quite the multi-tasker, huh? When you purchase your Rockcrok Dutch Oven, you’ll also receive a set of ten exclusive recipe cards to start using your Rockcrok right away.
Alfredo as healthy food? Yes! The Greek yogurt gives this dish the texture and smoothness of a real Alfredo sauce but substitutes a healthy cultured yogurt for all of the cream and butter. You can totally eat this and still be making healthy food choices. And the addition of all of those vegetables instead of pasta? Fabulous! You can’t get much more economical than zucchini and sweet potatoes at the grocery store. To make this recipe grain-free, substitute Arrowroot flour for the corn starch. Enjoy!
Featured Tip: Stock up on Home Made Stock
Stock or broth from the store is loaded with salt. And you won’t believe what a difference making your own can have on all your soups and stews.
Check out what Lecia has for us today!
Day 4 Exercise: Arms & Legs!
Why it matters: Tone your arms, shoulders and legs at the same time.
How to do it:
-use no weights, soup cans, or light dumb bells
-squat to a 90-degree angle
-keep your knees behind your toes in the squat
-when you stand, raise your arms straight overhead
Form tip: Do this move slowly, it’s about muscle under tension, not speed. If you feel off balance drop all weights.
Let’s talk portion control. It’s easier to make sure you are eating the right amount of food if you have a way to measure portions. Whether you want to limit protein or control carbohydrates like pasta, Pampered Chef has many ways to help you before you put too much on your plate. Here’s a blog post from the Pampered Chef test kitchens on the importance of portioning and controlling serving sizes.
Or continue and jump to Day Five of One Week Jump Start to Health here.
Happy Healthy Cooking,