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!).
Here’s our Day Three information.
The Pampered Chef Veggie Spiralizer makes eating healthier fun! Quickly create flavorful fruit and veggie “noodles” for your meals. A few examples of what you can use this tool to do: cucumber ribbons for a salad; sweet potato spaghetti; butternut squash fettuccine, and more. Get a free ebook with purchase full of tips, tricks, recipes and more. If you’ve been looking for a way to add more vegetables to your diet, this is the solution you’ve been waiting for.
Not sure what to do with those noodles once you have spiralized them? Here’s a great healthy start! This recipe turns rutabagas into noodles and then adds a spicy homemade pesto and slices of grilled flank steak. Chimichurri is a fresh, garlicky, South American sauce often seasoned with chili flakes. Our version is mild on the heat unless you add the chili flakes. This beautiful presentation is pretty enough to serve to company (and so delicious they won’t know it’s healthy unless you tell them).
Lighten up on the carbs with the Veggie Strip Maker
Use your favorite veggies to replace high carbohydrate items. The rutabagas in the recipe above are a great substitute for pasta. In Hawaiian Fried Cauliflower ‘Rice’, we substitute cauliflower for rice and you’ll never know the difference. Easily create cauliflower rice with our Veggie Strip Maker. You can shred an entire head of cauliflower in just minutes. This tool also makes quick strips of zucchini, carrots, and other firm vegetables.
Day 3 Exercise: Slow Side Lunge
Why it matters: This move is great for your core, thighs and butt!
How to do it:
-Slowly lunge to one side
-Bring one knee behind the other
-Drop to about 90 degrees
-Place hands on opposite side for balance
-Do one minute on each side, rest for 10 seconds, repeat 6 times on each side!
Form tip: Keep chest lifted. If your balance feels off, slow down and don’t lunge quite as deep.
My friend 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.
When you order the Veggie Spiralizer, you’ll receive a fantastic ebook containing suggested veggies, helpful tips on using your new “noodle maker” and recipes using all kinds of different veggie noodles.
(Jump to Day Four of One Week Jump Start to Health here)
If you jumped in on our Jump Start in the middle of the week, click here to start at the beginning and see Day One. Stop by and Like my Facebook page for even more recipes, tips and ideas to help you in the kitchen
Happy Healthy Cooking,