As a health coach, I tell my clients, and friends and just about anyone who will listen, to eat green foods: leafy greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, avocados…the list of delicious, healthy green foods goes on and on! But on St. Patrick’s Day, we tend to go for the higher-calorie green treats, like McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. This much looked forward to seasonal treat clocks in at 530 calories and 15 grams of fat. For a 12oz serving- the small size. If you opt for the 16oz version, you’re looking at 660 calories and 19 grams of fat; and for the 22oz, it’s 820 calories and 23 grams of fat. For comparison, a six-ounce filet mignon steak has 350 calories and 16 grams of fat (which would probably leave you more satisfied, especially with the added protein, than the short-lived sugar rush you’d get from the shake). If you just can’t let St. Patty’s go by without indulging in this signature treat, opt for a small and forgo the whipped cream and cherry to save 80 calories. Hey, it’s something.
If you’d rather snack on something a little less caloric, check out the recipe below for edamame hummus. I recently made it for friends at my Oscar’s viewing get together and it was a big hit! I served it with endive spears, but you can serve it with crackers, pita bread, or any other veggie you like! Soybeans are loaded with hunger-satiating protein and fiber, making it a filling and heart-healthy snack.
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 Tbsp tahini
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp water
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
*I added 1/2 tsp siracha for a zesty kick!
Boil frozen edamame 4-6 minutes (or buy the steam-in-bag kind, like I did!); drain.
Combine edamame in a food processor with garlic, tahini, lemon juice, water, and salt; blend well.
Drizzle in olive oil. (If the texture is too thick, add another tablespoon of water)
Makes 4 servings.
Per serving: 101 calories; 7 grams fat (<1 gram is saturated); 5 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 5 grams protein
I am holding a new workshop series next month called Pilates for Yogis, read below for more info!
Pilates OR Yoga? Why not Pilates AND Yoga?! These two movement modalities are often offered separately, but, like wine and cheese, they compliment each other beautifully. This workshop is intended for avid yogis who are interested in enhancing their practice using principles and exercises within the Pilates repertoire.
In the introductory workshop, we will discover:
- Which specific muscle groups, like those in the shoulder girdle and pelvis, require more strength and stability for a stronger, injury-free Yoga practice and how to access them
- What “neutral pelvis” actually means and why it’s important for your practice
- Common misalignments and corrections you often hear in class and what they mean for your individual alignment
- The difference between active and passive stretching and when each is appropriate
- How to address and eventually alleviate common ailments, like lower back pain, weak wrists and ankles, or pain in the neck and shoulders, that prevent you from having the practice you want
There will be three separate workshops following the intro, each addressing a different group of poses that are often challenging. We will determine what your specific difficulties with these poses are and what Pilates exercises will be most beneficial for you:
- Pilates for inversions
- Pilates for arm and standing balances
- Pilates for backbends
Discover how Pilates can enhance your strength, balance, coordination and flexibility and deepen your Yoga practice!
First workshop held on Friday April 11th, 6:30-8pm
BENT Pilates, 754 9th Ave
$30 in advance, $35 the day of
Visit www.bentmovement.com to register, or for more information. Dates of preceding workshops to come 🙂