Want A Healthier Alternative To Fries? Give Oven Baked Zucchini Fries A Try!

Hey guys!

Its been a long time since I posted a recipe and I just have to share this recipe I have absolutely fell in love with recently! If you have read my previous posts in the recipe section, you would realize that I am a zucchini fanatic (lol) and this recipe stole my heart.

Zucchini fries are an excellent alterative to French fries with fewer calories. It containing high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin B6, which in zucchini make it a good source of antioxidants. In fact, Zucchini fries also contain high levels of selenium, riboflavin and phosphorus.

Baking zucchini fries instead of deep-frying also lowers the cholesterol level significantly but be mindful that it still has considerable amounts of cholesterol (63mg in 100g). 3.5 oz (100g) of zucchini fries has 81 calories (27 calories from fat). It contains 5.5 g of protein and 1.1g of dietary fiber.

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Ingredients:

  1. 3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  2. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  3. 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  4. 1 (9 inch) zucchini, peeled
  5. 1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil lightly greased with cooking spray.
  1. Cut the peeled zucchini in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Slice the zucchini into 1/2 x 1/2 x 4 inch pieces.
  1. Combine the breadcrumbs, cheese, and seasoned salt in a pie plate. Dip the zucchini fries into the melted margarine, then press into breadcrumbs. Gently toss between your hands so any breadcrumbs that haven’t stuck can fall away. Place the breaded zucchini onto the prepared baking sheet.
  1. Bake the zucchini in the preheated oven until the fries are golden and tender, about 15 minutes.

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Death By Fitness!

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Just when I thought having a boyfriend that’s a personal trainer was cool…boy was I wrong lol!

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were having an interesting conversation about fitness and the current workout regimens he’s using and the ones he has his clients on.  I congratulated him on his hard work and the achievements he’s made at his job Planet Fitness. The before and after pictures of his clients are absolutely AMAZING! While in the midst of that he asks “hey did you get my emails yet?” So I went to my computer, logged in to my gmail account and found 3 emails with 1 file attached to each. Files were titled, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Tuesday and Thursday, and Diet and Nutritional Form. Then it hit me. This man just sent me a workout regimen 😥 .

100% my fault for venting to him a few months back about how I want to have tighter abs, develop more muscle strength, etc. People ask me, “Why don’t you workout with your boyfriend, he’s a personal trainer, blah blah blah.” The answer is simple. Although he is quite lovable he is tough when it comes to fitness. I would ask him for advice here or there but his workout are WAY more advanced than my little 30 minute jog, 15 minute weights, 15 min mountain climbers and some random squats thrown in the mix.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Workout

Warm up: overhead shoulder stretch, arms stretch across chest, shoulder flex, overhead shoulder.

Cardio: fifteen minute jog and 70% of your top speed, either on a treadmill or out in the open.

Abs: 100 crunches, 200 bicycles, 50 toe touches.

Muscle focus: push Ups , arm curls, 4 x 20.

Abs: mountain climbers 1 minutes, 30 seconds rest ((repeat four times))

Cardio: jumping jacks for two minutes with one minute rest. ((repeat five times ))

Stretch: spinal twist, knee to chest, back extension, spinal trunk, calf stretch, cat stretch, forward lunge, side lunge

Tuesday & Thursday Workout

Warm up: stretch your legs in every way that you can. Also remember to stretch your torso and abdominal

Cardio: Jog in place 1 minute,high knees in place ,1 minute jumpin jack,1 minute Run in place, 1 minute rest(( repeat 3 times))

Abs: 1 minute crunches,1 minute bicycles ,1 minute crunch ,1 minute bicycles 1 minute rest repeat 3 times

Muscle Focus: 50 Squats,15 jump squats, 20 Lunges, all at fast pace. ((repeat 4 times))

Abs: Mountain climbers, v-UPS,Mountain climbers, v-UPS,rest ((each is one minue a piece))> (( repeat twice))

Cardio: jumping Jacks fast pace 1 minute , rest 30 seconds. ((repeat 4 times))

Stretch: legs!!!!

After viewing and comprehending the workout, the first thing I asked “I’m not going to lose too much weight with this workout AM I?!?! I am 5’4, weighting at 120 lb. You KNOW That I Am Already Teased For Being So Tiny!” lol. He laughed and said “no and that it should just tone you up.”

Now have I done these all five days of the week, no. (I hope he doesn’t see this post EVER LOL) Simply because I’m out of shape for one (have not worked out for about 3-4 months), in consistent work schedule as of late plus I’m honestly not used to doing so much.

I’ve used this regimen for the past 3 weeks and I will say that I am feeling and sleeping a lot better. I am still a beginner so I use this regimen twice a week and then I will gradually increase my days. One day this workout won’t be so tough once I stay consistent. And once I’m used to this regimen, he will send me a harder one :/

~Charice


Advantages of Using Olive Oil (Health and Fitness)

Check Out The Health Benefits Of Olive Oli Here!!

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In order to have a healthier lifestyle “olive oil” is a must and have numerous benefits. It does not only add great flavour to salads, pastas, sauces and vegetables but has health advantages over other oils. Here’s list of 6 good reasons to use olive oil.

1. Protection against heart diseases: Olive oil is a rich source of Omega-3 and omega-6 types of fatty acids which are very good for heart and help in prevention of heart diseases. Consumption of olive oil helps in decreasing the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing the level of good cholesterol (HDL).

2. Anti-oxidants in olive oil help in delaying ageing: Olive oil contains about 1.5% of unsaponifiable portion, which contains anti-oxidants. Virgin oil contains the highest proportion of anti-oxidants, which protect the body from the damaging activity of free radicals. Olive oil is the only oil, which is extracted from a fruit…

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What Are Relaxers REALLY Doing To Your Hair & Health?!

As I was surfing through my favorite pastime YouTube, I stumbled upon this video entitled “What A Relaxer Is Really Doing To Your Hair” by The Green Beauty Channel. Even though I (I’m sure you all have as well) seen shows, discussions, Chris Rock’s “Good Hair,” etc.. on the topic, I was quite intrigued and impressed by the way she presented this topic and explained scientifically how the creamy crack can cause damaging effects to the hair and scalp.

Random Disclaimer: Just like the creator of this video, I am not discouraging anyone from using Perms, at the end of the day it is Your Hair and do what you please to it because it is so. This video is just to inform and educate. The Beauty Green Channel has more great videos here https://www.youtube.com/user/GreenBeautyChannel