My day started out with the usual 2 mile walk with the dogs. It’s the first thing I do as soon as I wake up. They are always ready to go and get so excited to hit the pavement. It’s become such a habit to just roll outta bed, get dressed, and go! I really love doing something active first thing in the morning. It wakes me up!
After our walk, I cooked up the same breakfast I had yesterday. It was equally as delicious!
Workin’ it Out
For my workout today I had to sub a group exercise class since one of my instructors is on vacation. The class is called “Cardio n’ Sculpt”, so it’s a mixture of both weights and cardio.
Today I did a mix of step aerobics and total body weight training. I actually really dislike step, but the lunch time regulars love their step, so that is what I taught!
I taught step all through college and off an on in grad school for a solid 5 years and so I am pretty burned out on it. Plus, I find it very outdated and boring. Ahh well. Some people still love it!
I did a few step combos for the cardio portion and did sets of squats, lunges, chest presses, over head presses, barbell rows, stiff legged deadlifts, and ab work for the weight training portion.
I am going to be sore- I have not done lunges in a long time due to spraining my ankle back in December (it’s much better these days). My booty is going to be screaming tomorrow!
After teaching I drove home for lunch, which is only a half mile away. I cooked up a veggie meatball sub topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese and had leftover roasted red potatoes on the side. It was delicious!
The veggie meatballs are pretty tasty! There are 6 in a serving for 130 calories and 15g of protein.
I nuked the meatballs for 2 minutes in the microwave while toasting the roll in oven. I then topped the roll with mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce and the veggie meatballs (and ate two while I waited!). I cooked the sub in the oven for an additional 2-3 minutes until the cheese melted.
On the side I had some ketchup for my potatoes and some extra sauce for my sub. It was an excellent lunch! Very satisfying and filling!
Today on the CBS Early Show, DR. Jennifer Ashton discussed the health benefits of every day condiments we use on our food.
KETCHUP AND SALSA
The main ingredient of both is tomatoes. Lycopene — a powerful antioxidant — is found in tomatoes and give them their red color. The American Cancer Society says people who have diets rich in tomatoes, which contain lycopene, appear to have a lower risk of certain types of cancer, especially cancers of the prostate, lung, and stomach. It has also been said to slow the process that leads to heart disease. Lycopene is an antioxidant–a compound that keeps cells from dying.]
While all ketchup contains some lycopene, a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that organic versions contain up to 60 percent more lycopene than conventional brands. Use the darkest-hued organic ketchup you can find and the freshest salsa.
Good thing I ate some ketcup today in my lunch…gettin’ that lycopene! 🙂
Sauerkraut is actually full of probiotic bacteria that is created in the cabbage fermenting process. The probiotics can aid digestion and produce enzymes that promote the growth of healthy flora throughout the digestive tract.
From a nutritional point of view, sauerkraut is fat free, low in calorie and full of Vitamin C. The downside is a lot of salt, so people with high blood pressure should probably avoid. To maximize the healthy benefits eat it on a low fat chicken hot dog on a whole wheat bun.
Yes, the chiles in the hot sauce contain capsaicin. Some studies have shown that chiles can improve blood flow and possibly speed up the metabolism.
New research in the European Journal of Nutrition says that capsaicin may reduce levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin and work as an appetite suppressant.
Shake some on tacos or some people even eat it on their morning eggs.
The root and the leaves of horseradish is one of nature’s best sources of something called glucosinolates — a substance that helps detoxify the body.
It has up to 10 times more than broccoli, the next-best source. Recent studies have found glucosinolates increase the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and they may actually suppress the growth of existing cancerous tumors.
Mix it into a tangy dip.
Research has linked this aromatic spice with helping lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with Type II diabetes, and a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adding a little more than a teaspoon to rice pudding even helped tame blood sugar in people without diabetes
You can watch the video of this report here
Is your favorite condiment listed above? I enjoy ALL of them!
Do you eat Veggie/Meat-Free products? If so, what is your favorite product?