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Avocados - The Superfood Your Body Is Craving

Posted by Terra's Kitchen

Nov 8, 2016

This blog post originally appeared on TerrasKitchen.com

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Topics: Healthy Recipes

Protein Donuts…If You're Wrong I Don't Wanna Be Right!

Posted by Juan De Cruz

Mar 27, 2015

 

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Topics: Merritt Athletics, biggest loser club, Healthy Recipes, good protein, Fitness Tips, High protein foods, cooking healthy, healthy dessert, eating healthy, nutrition

Protein Donuts…If You're Wrong I Don't Wanna Be Right!

Posted by Juan De Cruz

Mar 27, 2015

 

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Topics: Merritt Athletics, biggest loser club, Healthy Recipes, Fitness Tips, nutrition

Broccoli Parmesan Fritters

Posted by Joanna Meade

Feb 12, 2015

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Topics: recipes to get more vegetables, Healthy Recipes, Personal Training, health fitness tips, Merritt blog, Weight Loss, healthy lifestyle, Fitness Tips, best way to lose weight, recipes for healthy snacks, Broccoli, Personal trainer, Baltimore fitness, diet lifestyle change, healthy weight loss, healthy diets

Best Health Clubs’ Dietitians Dish on Why Turkey is More Than Just Delish

Posted by RaySa

Oct 31, 2014

With a particular pilgrim laden holiday on the horizon, our best health clubs' registered dietitians couldn't help but feel compelled to dish on why turkey is more than just delish. So what is it, besides taste, that makes turkeys one of America’s most beloved Thanksgiving staples? Momentarily stop the clock on your treadmill and check out our forkful of facts:

Every time you reach across the Thanksgiving table for a slice of turkey, you’re adding to your day’s protein intake. And we all know that our bodies need plenty of protein. The Center for Disease Control recommends that we eat anywhere between 13 and 56 grams per day, depending on our total body weight, age and lifestyle. It should also be noted that each 33 gram serving of breast meat alone is likely to net a person 6 grams of the invaluable stuff.

In addition to body enriching protein, that helping of mom’s roast turkey is also apt to be reach in potassium, B vitamins, iron, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. They’re all essential to maintaining health too, especially the selenium. Known as an immune system boosting antioxidant, it could help stave off that winter cold as well. And who wants to spend the holidays sneezing and miserable? Certainly not our best health clubs’ members and staff.

Do you desire beautiful skin, a persistent smile and a well rested state of mind? Well, a healthy serving of holiday bird can do that for you too, thanks to those B vitamins that we mentioned earlier and tryptophan. They play a critical role in melatonin and serotonin production, which are two other things that our bodies crave.

Lastly, holiday turkey tends to be very low in fat, unless of course your family loves to dunk a bird or two into oversized fryers. In that case, the low fat benefit will end up out the window. Plus, you’ll have the extra stress of having to make sure that the fryer doesn’t catch fire. To learn more from our best health clubs’ registered dietitians in time for Thanksgiving and other holiday meals, please contact us today.

 

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Topics: Healthy Recipes, best health tips, Merritt blog, health holiday recipes, healthly eating, Fitness Tips, best health club, Baltimore fitness, nutrition

Best Health Clubs’ Dietitians Dish on Why Turkey is More Than Just Delish

Posted by RaySa

Oct 31, 2014

With a particular pilgrim laden holiday on the horizon, our best health clubs' registered dietitians couldn't help but feel compelled to dish on why turkey is more than just delish. So what is it, besides taste, that makes turkeys one of America’s most beloved Thanksgiving staples? Momentarily stop the clock on your treadmill and check out our forkful of facts:

Every time you reach across the Thanksgiving table for a slice of turkey, you’re adding to your day’s protein intake. And we all know that our bodies need plenty of protein. The Center for Disease Control recommends that we eat anywhere between 13 and 56 grams per day, depending on our total body weight, age and lifestyle. It should also be noted that each 33 gram serving of breast meat alone is likely to net a person 6 grams of the invaluable stuff.

In addition to body enriching protein, that helping of mom’s roast turkey is also apt to be reach in potassium, B vitamins, iron, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. They’re all essential to maintaining health too, especially the selenium. Known as an immune system boosting antioxidant, it could help stave off that winter cold as well. And who wants to spend the holidays sneezing and miserable? Certainly not our best health clubs’ members and staff.

Do you desire beautiful skin, a persistent smile and a well rested state of mind? Well, a healthy serving of holiday bird can do that for you too, thanks to those B vitamins that we mentioned earlier and tryptophan. They play a critical role in melatonin and serotonin production, which are two other things that our bodies crave.

Lastly, holiday turkey tends to be very low in fat, unless of course your family loves to dunk a bird or two into oversized fryers. In that case, the low fat benefit will end up out the window. Plus, you’ll have the extra stress of having to make sure that the fryer doesn’t catch fire. To learn more from our best health clubs’ registered dietitians in time for Thanksgiving and other holiday meals, please contact us today.

 

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Topics: Healthy Recipes, Fitness Tips, nutrition

Why Not Exercise Your Options with Delicious, Healthy Pumpkins?

Posted by RaySa

Oct 29, 2014

Now that autumn is here, why not exercise your options with delicious, healthy pumpkins? They are rich in everything from vitamin A, phytosterols, carotenoids and fiber to tryptophan, potassium and vitamin C. So they’ll definitely help put a boost in your step and perhaps help improve your vision. Need ideas on what to make?

Pumpkin Spread with Rice Cakes

Try whipping up a batch of creamy, spicy pumpkin spread to enjoy with rice cakes, seasonal fruit or graham crackers. It may be made in advance and safely stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend
  • 2 cups Fresh Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 8 oz. Greek Yogurt

 

Toss the SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend, pumpkin pie spice and ground cinnamon together first. Then mix it into the fresh pumpkin puree. When you’re done, fold in the Greek yogurt until the ingredients are well blended and serve as desired.

Baked Pumpkin Croquettes

If you have at least ¾ cup of the spicy pumpkin puree leftover, consider making baked croquettes. Combine the spicy puree, minus the Greek yogurt, with the following ingredients and form the mixture into whole grain bread crumb coated croquettes:

  • ¼ cup Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • ¼ cup Steel-Cut Oatmeal
  • 8 oz. Chickpea Puree
  • 1 tbsp. Chia Seeds

 

Once you have the croquettes formed, pop them into the freezer for two hours. Then preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. After it reaches temperature, bake the croquettes on a non-stick or greased cookie sheet until they are cooked through and brown. They may be eaten plain or with a sauce of your choosing.

To uncover more ways to exercise your options with pumpkins and other fall garden delights, please contact us. Our nutritionists are always willing to share information with Merritt Athletic Club members seeking to better manage their health.

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Topics: Merritt Athletics, best gym in baltimore, Healthy Recipes, exercise, Merritt blog, fall healthy food, Fitness Tips, fitness, pumpkin recipes, healthly recipes, nutrition, merritt clubs, healthy eating

Why Not Exercise Your Options with Delicious, Healthy Pumpkins?

Posted by RaySa

Oct 29, 2014

Now that autumn is here, why not exercise your options with delicious, healthy pumpkins? They are rich in everything from vitamin A, phytosterols, carotenoids and fiber to tryptophan, potassium and vitamin C. So they’ll definitely help put a boost in your step and perhaps help improve your vision. Need ideas on what to make?

Pumpkin Spread with Rice Cakes

Try whipping up a batch of creamy, spicy pumpkin spread to enjoy with rice cakes, seasonal fruit or graham crackers. It may be made in advance and safely stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend
  • 2 cups Fresh Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 8 oz. Greek Yogurt

 

Toss the SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend, pumpkin pie spice and ground cinnamon together first. Then mix it into the fresh pumpkin puree. When you’re done, fold in the Greek yogurt until the ingredients are well blended and serve as desired.

Baked Pumpkin Croquettes

If you have at least ¾ cup of the spicy pumpkin puree leftover, consider making baked croquettes. Combine the spicy puree, minus the Greek yogurt, with the following ingredients and form the mixture into whole grain bread crumb coated croquettes:

  • ¼ cup Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • ¼ cup Steel-Cut Oatmeal
  • 8 oz. Chickpea Puree
  • 1 tbsp. Chia Seeds

 

Once you have the croquettes formed, pop them into the freezer for two hours. Then preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. After it reaches temperature, bake the croquettes on a non-stick or greased cookie sheet until they are cooked through and brown. They may be eaten plain or with a sauce of your choosing.

To uncover more ways to exercise your options with pumpkins and other fall garden delights, please contact us. Our nutritionists are always willing to share information with Merritt Athletic Club members seeking to better manage their health.

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Topics: Merritt Athletics, Healthy Recipes, Fitness Tips, nutrition

Coconut Whipped Cream

Posted by Heather Blake

Feb 20, 2014

1 can regular coconut milk

Sprinkling of cinnamon

Pure Vanilla essence to your tasting

Honey (optional for some sweetness)

 

Directions:

Refrigerate can of coconut milk overnight.

Scoop out chilled coconut milk into a bowl, leaving the water behind (save the water for a smoothie or just to drink if you like!)

Add in the cinnamon, vanilla and honey, if desired.

Tip: Add a little at a time and taste until you get it to where you like it.

Whip it together with a fork or electric mixer!

Tastes great over chilled pineapple!

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Topics: quick and healthy, healthy topping, Healthy Recipes, easy desert, pineapple, sweet treat, dairy free, coconut, healthy desert, desert, nutrition, whipped cream, cream

Coconut Whipped Cream

Posted by Heather Blake

Feb 20, 2014

1 can regular coconut milk

Sprinkling of cinnamon

Pure Vanilla essence to your tasting

Honey (optional for some sweetness)

 

Directions:

Refrigerate can of coconut milk overnight.

Scoop out chilled coconut milk into a bowl, leaving the water behind (save the water for a smoothie or just to drink if you like!)

Add in the cinnamon, vanilla and honey, if desired.

Tip: Add a little at a time and taste until you get it to where you like it.

Whip it together with a fork or electric mixer!

Tastes great over chilled pineapple!

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Topics: Healthy Recipes, nutrition