A Smoothie A Day Keeps the Doctor …

A Smoothie A Day Keeps the Doctor …

Have you ever been browsing around Pinterest and saw a handy graphic or chart guiding you on your next project? Of course you have. Otherwise you have never been on Pinterest before. I have done PLENTY of these charts with wild success. However, I have been curious about the smoothie charts that suggest you can wildly pick any combination of ingredients and make something delicious. I can’t help but be cynical. If that was true about cooking then why have I made so many unpleasant dishes by experimenting with the contents of my refrigerator? Now that you know I am skeptical. Let me tell you want I did. With a stroke of genius I rounded up two trust taste tester, Annie & Jane, to come on this journey with me. I was not feeling brave enough to go alone. We took the below chart from Pinterest and set out to test the ability to make a delicious smoothie. Spoiler Alert – we were not successful. Green Smoothie Chart Apple Peach Kale Kiwi Banana Kale Orange Pineapple Spinach Cucumber Celery Spinach Peach Papaya Kale What We Made After a brief discussion of how this chart was a trap – how can any two items make a good green smoothie? We decided on the recipes we would follow. Jane picked the first smoothie as an 🍏 apple, peach, & kale mixed with half water and half orange juice. I think she picked apple because she brought it 🙂 I picked a 🥝 kiwi, banana, kale smoothie mixed with half water and orange juice. There was zero doubt in my mind that...
4 Ingredient Dessert

4 Ingredient Dessert

Hi!! For those of you who don’t know me my name is Jane Krueger. I just moved into my first apartment, and I have limited experience with baking and cooking. That leaves me with a belly to feed and a small budget to make it happen. So I have decided to take you along on my journey of finding healthy, easy and affordable recipes! If you found our blog I am going to assume that you figured out we are a boutique fitness gym in Mequon, Wisconsin. And I am a personal trainer here at Pure Fitness! With crazy hours between school (one semester left!), work and life in general I need snacks and meals that I can grab on the go. With the help of my taste testers, Chellie, Annie, and Mike (maybe Bella), we are going to find you quick and tasty recipes to fit into your busy life! One of my favorite snack recipes so far has been the Fruit Roll-Ups. Summer is the perfect time of the year with all the fresh fruit in-season. HEALTHY “BROWNIES” Disclaimer: You have to go into this not expecting a brownie. You will understand when you see the ingredients. I am using the word brownies to describe how these look. Not how they taste or the texture.  Now if I haven’t scared you away, these are a great option if you just need a little something sweet but are trying to limit your sugar & fats intake. Or if you want to have a lot of something sweet without that heavy, maybe even bloated feeling you get from over...
3 Ingredient Fruit Roll Up

3 Ingredient Fruit Roll Up

Hi!! For those of you who don’t know me my name is Jane Krueger. I just moved into my first apartment, and I have limited experience with baking and cooking. That leaves me with a belly to feed and a small budget to make it happen. So I have decided to take you along on my journey of finding healthy, easy and affordable recipes! If you found our blog I am going to assume that you figured out we are a boutique fitness gym in Mequon, Wisconsin. And I am a personal trainer here at Pure Fitness! With crazy hours between school (one semester left!), work and life in general I need snacks and meals that I can grab on the go. With the help of my taste testers, Chellie, Annie, and Mike (maybe Bella), we are going to find you quick and tasty recipes to fit into your busy life! Home Made Fruit Roll ups 🍍 Who hasn’t walked by fruit roll ups in the grocery store and contemplated buying them, even as an adult? With this recipe you will spend less time in the process food aisle, and more time looking at the fresh fruit! I found this where all great recipes come from, pinterest. I don’t have the best luck in the kitchen, so my comfort zone is definitely with simple recipes. A huge thank you to Sarah from Live Eat Learn for putting this recipe online. Another 3 ingredient miracle. Go check out her blog and show her some love. ❤️ If you like simple too, check out my last 3 ingredient recipe – Banana...
Fad Diets, Quick Fixes and Body Image

Fad Diets, Quick Fixes and Body Image

It is no secret we are in the age of information. Any question we have on any topic can be searched and within seconds we have thousands of articles with answers. However, we are faced with a challenge. Which information is credible and which is coming from unqualified sources? This is where fad diets come in. I started typing in Google “what diet” and the top answers were “works best for me”, “is best for losing weight”, and “pill was on Shark Tank”. The world is looking for quick fixes and from sources that know nothing about them or their body type. It is easy to find information that supports your ideas about weight loss. But we must determine what is fact and what is fiction. ASSESS YOUR ENDGAME To ensure that my information is reliable, I looked to registered dietician Elizabeth Kasparek for some insight. She has seen where diet and restrictions were held on unhealthy foods. It has been shown that although it works for the time being, eventually people return to their bad habits and gain the weight back. Yes, some diets work. They get you to lose the weight in the time you want to lose it. But Elizabeth begs you to answer the question, “Why is that number your ‘ideal’ weight?”. For some this is a weight they had in high school or when they were under a lot of stress and fueling their body was not a priority. Their bodies may be weak, but they hit that magic number on the scale! This is not the case for everyone, but it is something...
Banana and Oats Breakfast Bar Easy & Cheap Recipe

Banana and Oats Breakfast Bar Easy & Cheap Recipe

Hi!! For those of you who don’t know me my name is Jane Krueger. I just moved into my first apartment, and I have limited experience with baking and cooking. That leaves me with a belly to feed and a small budget to make it happen. So I have decided to take you along on my journey of finding healthy, easy and affordable recipes! If you found our blog I am going to assume that you figured out we are a boutique fitness gym in Mequon, Wisconsin. And I am a personal trainer here at Pure Fitness! With crazy hours between school (one semester left!), work and life in general I need snacks and meals that I can grab on the go. With the help of my taste testers, Chellie, Annie, and Mike (maybe Bella), we are going to find you quick and tasty recipes to fit into your busy life! Breakfast Bars Today we have a super easy breakfast bar. I was hunting around on pinterest, trying to sort through the MILLIONS of bar recipes when I stumbled across this one. 3 Ingredient Flourless Breakfast Bars. I was instantly grabbed by the fact that it only had 3 ingredients. I thought how hard can that be to mess up? Bonus is that they are flourless for anyone with a gluten sensitivity or concern.   These might be called breakfast bars, but they can really be eaten at any time! After making these I was so excited with how easy they were I told everyone the recipe. And I told them the recipe from memory because they are really that...
3 Beginner Nutrition Tips from a Registered Dietician

3 Beginner Nutrition Tips from a Registered Dietician

by: Annie Rasmussen, BS Changing Your Nutritional Habits As creatures of habit and routine, the thought of changing up our lifestyle can seem overwhelming and sometimes scary. Especially when it comes to nutrition. We all have our reasons for wanting to change our diet for the better. This often comes with a drastic change in completely eliminating foods we enjoy or extreme cuts in calories. I sat down and interviewed Elizabeth Kasparek, a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics with Sanford Power at the Sanford Sports Science Institute in Sioux Falls, SD to talk about beginning. Although Elizabeth is a Sports Dietician, she works with every person from middle school to college athletes, or from general population to marathon runners. She has seen a multitude of different people coming through her door asking for the same advice you are seeking here. Where do I Start? When it comes to basic nutritional guidelines Elizabeth likes to share with those who ask her where to start. She gave three basic actions to take: Drink more water! This is just one example of a small change, but a common one everyone can follow. She emphasized that pretty much everyone could use more water in their day not only to help your body feel better, but to help you think sharper. If you are someone who struggles with drinking more, she suggests always having a water bottle in your hand. You can flavor it with a zero-calorie sweetener if need be. Find ways to add a fruit or vegetable at every meal (emphasis on the vegetables)! Elizabeth said that this is a great...