Friday, February 24, 2012

A bit about chocolate

Now that Valentine’s Day has just passed and Easter is just around the corner, it means only one thing to many lovers: Time to bust out the chocolate!

With all the recent media hype about the health benefits of this sweet concoction, many chocoholics are rejoicing.

But can that solid chocolate heart from your sweetheart really be good for your ticker?

Health Benefits

Chocolate is made from cacao beans, which contain flavonoids, the same kind of beneficial plant compounds found in fruits, veggies, red wine and green tea.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Partner Exercises

In today’s society, people struggle to find enough time to complete work-related projects, enjoy their loved ones and also take good care of themselves.

Tubing Partner Exercises

Try these fun, effective partner exercises to build strength.

Mid-Row. Stand facing your partner. Intertwine the tubes, holding one handle each in your right and left hands. Back away from each other, arms fully extended, until there is some resistance on the tube. Begin in a squat stance with feet between hip and shoulder width apart. Slowly pull the tube, leading with your elbows, driving them backward. As you’re rowing backward, pinch your shoulder blades together and toward the ground. As you release your arms forward, squat toward the ground. Complete 1 set of 8–20 reps. This partner exercise helps improve posture.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Corn Refiners Association Asks FDA To Consider Name Change For High-Fructose Corn Syrup

In mid-September, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA)—the national trade association representing the corn-refining industry of the United States—petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow manufacturers the option of using “corn sugar” as an alternative name for high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Proposing the change, they say, is “an effort to help clarify the labeling of food products for consumers.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Healthier Fast Food Breakfasts Options

Next time you're in a hurry, fuel up with these quick yet healthy fast food breakfast options. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

Breakfast On-the-Go 
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it's also the one we have the least time for. But before you go without-or grab an oversized bagel or donut-check out the latest fast food offerings. Many are actually good for you and slimming too.

Starbucks: Protein Plate 
When it comes to breakfast on the run, it can be hard to find one with plenty of protein that's not also oozing with saturated fat. Enter Starbucks' Protein Plate, an energizing combo of fruit, peanut butter, a hard cooked egg, and a mini bagel. Together these deliver the perfect balance of protein, complex carbs and healthy fats to help you power through your morning. One serving provides 370 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 17 grams each of protein and fat, and 5 grams of saturated fat. Pair it with a cup of green tea for an added antioxidant boost.