How to Bring Mindfulness to Every Workout

How to Bring Mindfulness to Every Workout Fit & Fresh Blog

Guest post by Jessica Thiefels Mindfulness just might be the key to greater mental health, reducing anxiety, improving cognition, and boosting self-esteem, sense of calm and overall confidence, as several recent studies have found, including those by Massachusetts General Hospital and the American Psychological Association. Mindfulness doesn’t just happen on a yoga mat or during meditation. There are many benefits to practicing it in many areas of your life, especially your fitness routine. Using mindfulness during Continue reading How to Bring Mindfulness to Every Workout

3 Quick Workouts For Busy Moms

The kids made it to school, you led a fabulous meeting at work and dinner was so tasty, no one guessed it was healthy. Now you want nothing more than your bed. Adding a trip to the gym to your busy schedule seems utterly impossible. Maybe, but staying fit isn’t. A study published in PLOS ONE found short, 10-minute routines including just one minute of high-intensity activity can be just as beneficial as longer workouts. Continue reading 3 Quick Workouts For Busy Moms

A Guide To Smart Snacking

Don’t forget about snacks when you’re planning your meals for the week! These small bites will hold you over between larger servings, but can easily tempt overeating. If you choose your snacks wisely and plan when to consume them, you’ll have more control over how much you’re eating. Here’s our advice for mastering a savvy snacking routine: Don’t trust your hungry self Even for those with the strongest willpower, the struggle is real when you’re Continue reading A Guide To Smart Snacking

5 Ways To Boost Your Kids’ Healthy Eating Habits

Who’s the superhero your kids look up to every day? You! An important part of parenting is setting positive examples for your kids to follow. When it comes to eating, the foods and routines you expose them to will lead to long lasting habits. A healthy diet improves concentration, alertness and physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, according to researchers at Kansas State University. However, “even the best intentioned parents can expect food fights with their Continue reading 5 Ways To Boost Your Kids’ Healthy Eating Habits

An Introduction To The Healthy And Vibrant World Of Purple Foods

What kinds of fruits and vegetables have purple cousins? The purple foods family goes well beyond eggplant and grapes. From fruits and vegetables to grains, you can indulge in purple berries, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, asparagus, artichokes, bell peppers, carrots, turnips, daikon, celery, kale, onion, cabbage, corn, rice and cereal. Why are they healthy? Purple foods are rich in the same antioxidants that give all fruits and vegetables their natural color. They also contain flavonoids and Continue reading An Introduction To The Healthy And Vibrant World Of Purple Foods

7 Fun Fitness Trends To Try

Exercise is an essential habit to a healthy lifestyle, but let’s face it – the same old routine can get pretty boring. If you’re tired of going to the gym and jogging on the treadmill, it’s time to try one of these fun new fitness trends. You’ll fall back in love with working out in no time. Exercise shouldn’t be a snore. Switch things up and try one of these routines: Switch Playground According to Self Continue reading 7 Fun Fitness Trends To Try

Tasty Meat-Free Recipes

Whether you’ve found a new appreciation for a vegetarian lifestyle or you’re simply encouraging the family to eat more vegetables, you’ve come to the right place! Here are a few delicious and healthy meat-free dinner recipes to try this week: Broccoli and Sweet Potato Stir Fry A colorful, vibrant meal is a healthy one! Try this delicious vegetable stir-fry from the Meat Free Monday Foundation. Ingredients: For the stir-fry: 1 red bell pepper – de-seeded Continue reading Tasty Meat-Free Recipes

5 Tips For Healthy Eating On A Budget

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to settle for inexpensive, processed junk food. Healthy, fresh produce, meat and dairy can be bought without causing your grocery bill to skyrocket, if you know some secrets. Here are five tips for healthy eating on a budget: Use frozen produce  Buying fresh produce is great when it’s affordable, but depending on the season certain staples can boast hefty price tags. Generally it’s more cost-effective Continue reading 5 Tips For Healthy Eating On A Budget

3 Ways To Live Healthier This Fall

Fall – the season of brisk, chilly days and turning leaves. Why not let the changes of the season inspire you to make some changes in your own life? If you’ve been thinking about having a healthier lifestyle, now’s a great time to to make some adjustments. The development of better habits now also likely means you’ll be better able to resist unhealthy temptations later this year during the winter holidays. Don’t wait to get Continue reading 3 Ways To Live Healthier This Fall

5 Tips For Making Healthy Stews This Fall

Stews are a wonderful meal staple for the fall, with their rich, flavorful bases, enticing seasonings and delectable ingredients, and they warm you right up on a brisk day. Here are five tips for making healthy and delicious stews this season: Trim meats  The cuts of beef, chicken, pork or lamb that are cubed and prepackaged for making stews are typically have higher levels of fat. Be sure to trim the meat before adding it Continue reading 5 Tips For Making Healthy Stews This Fall

3 Healthier Versions Of Your Favorite Fall Drink

Autumn has a strong connection to delicious drinks – there’s nothing like a warm, steaming mug of coffee or cider on a brisk fall day! However, many of your favorite fall drinks are loaded with sugar, syrups and other unhealthy ingredients. Not to worry – you can still make your favorite autumn drinks at home while having them fit your diet. Here are three healthier takes on fall beverages: Pumpkin Spice Latte Let’s be honest – Continue reading 3 Healthier Versions Of Your Favorite Fall Drink

5 Game-Changing Running Tips for Beginners

Guest post by Emily Brathen You all must have seen them on TV or in person: all perspiring with their dangling bottles of water yet overjoyed with fulfillment as they just finished a 5k run or those who are simply clad in their best running shoes heading to their respective terrain, determined to finish their goal for the day. But as you try to watch them, you still ask yourself: when do I ever begin Continue reading 5 Game-Changing Running Tips for Beginners

3 Delicious Pumpkin-Flavored Drinks to Try This October

3 Delicious Pumpkin-Flavored Drinks to Try This October Fit & Fresh blog

Guest post by Cory Yeakel Although summer has come to an end, that doesn’t mean the fun is over. October might mean colder weather, but there are so many things to enjoy and look forward to – the holidays, friends and family, and of course, pumpkin-inspired everything! From pumpkin spice candles to Starbucks’ famous latte, there is no shortage of creative ways that people have found to incorporate October’s favorite fruit into their lives (yes, Continue reading 3 Delicious Pumpkin-Flavored Drinks to Try This October