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Tomato Basil Bisque with Meatballs

01/21/2018

Heat things up with this delicious Tomato Basil Bisque and Meatball recipe! Make it even healthier by adding in your favorite vegetables and swapping traditional meatballs for turkey meatballs. Bon Appétit! 

 

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup full-fat coconut milk

1 12-ounce bag frozen meatballs (or 12-15 homemade)

Freshly grated parmesan cheese

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1) Cook meatballs according to package instructions.

2) Pour crushed tomatoes, basil, garlic powder and coconut milk into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in meatballs and continuing stirring until soup is heated throughout.

3) Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

 

8 Wellness Trends Not to Miss in 2018

01/17/2018

Now that the new year is in full swing, why not kick your fitness into high gear? We’ve got some great wellness ideas for you. Try them and live your best life in 2018.

 

Ditch Fried Foods Forever

There’s really no need to keep them in your diet. And what’s great about nutrition in 2018 is that it’s easier than ever to substitute healthy foods. Example: instead of a bag of potato chips, grab a handful of almonds. Easy. French fries? Uh, no. Snap peas? Now you’re talking.

 

Cardio is Good. Cardio + Strength Training is Better.

If your workouts only focus on cardio and don’t include strength training, you’re missing out on a lot of health benefits. Gaining muscle mass is about more than looking great in the mirror. (Although looking great in the mirror is awesome.) It’s about adding lean muscle mass, which helps your body burn calories efficiently. Make 2018 the year you try high-intensity interval training. Check in with a Snap Fitness trainer to get started.

 

Clear the Air

Taking good care of your body is important. But so is protecting the air you breathe. This may mean adding an air purifier or air-purifying plant to your home. A plant such a Garden Mum can do wonders to keep allergens out of your lungs.

 

Make Coffee a Super Food

These days it’s entirely possible to transform your morning coffee into something healthy and nutritious. One thought is to add in a little coconut oil. This will increase your intake of medium-chain fat, which has been shown to have a positive effect on blood lipids, lower triglycerides and raising HDLs. Another idea is to sprinkle in some maca powder, which will provide a generous dose of vitamins and minerals.

 

Get Serious About Recovery Time

Pushing yourself hard during a workout is great. But just as important as dialing it up while in the gym is dialing it down when you’re not. This means staying hydrated, stretching, getting enough sleep. Let rest be your secret weapon.

 

Vitamins Can Be Game-Changers

There are so many vitamins on the market that it can be confusing figuring out what to take. The solution? Check in with us. We have our own line of Clean Vitamins, which are made of the best natural ingredients, and super knowledgeable trainers. We can figure out what is best for you.

 

Self-Care is Job One

Wellness is about more than goals. It’s also about emotional needs. Make sure you strive to obtain inner calm. That can mean taking a long bath, going on a nature hike, luxuriating in a long nap, anything that helps you unwind and decompress. Protect your you-time. You deserve it. 

 

Success Spotlight : Jason Barlow

01/07/2018

My fitness adventure started with a FitBit and a single footstep. I was determined to lose weight. My goal was to take 15,000 to 20,000 steps a day, no matter what was going on in my life. That’s where it began. And it led me to Snap Fitness.

 

I never used to be a gym person. I didn’t know how to use most of the equipment and didn’t want people watching me. But I wanted to take my fitness to the next level so I started a Snap Fitness membership.

 

I was nervous. At first, I would only use one machine, the treadmill. I would jump on it and walk for up to two hours a day. People must have thought I was crazy! But I dropped 30 pounds and it felt great. Suddenly I wanted to do more.

 

I knew I needed to add strength to my life. I had tried a few supplements and was eating protein but I wasn’t seeing results. I was curious about resistance training. I was still nervous about training in front of people. But I quickly realized that people are kind and supportive when you are doing that improves your life.

                                                       
I was able to find a program that suits my capabilities. I learned the joy that comes with committing to a routine. It’s not the amount of exercise that you do but that you keep doing it. I caught the bug! I went from being an ambivalent gym person to someone who never missed a day. The gym is just such a great atmosphere. I’ve made many new friends and I’m living a much healthier lifestyle.

 

I’m coming up on my one-year fitness anniversary. I’m still doing my cardio — I usually do a five-kilometer run every day — and staying on my program to build muscle and definition. It’s all given me such a new lease on life. I’m excited to see what happens next. I’m so grateful to Snap Fitness.

Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie

01/01/2018

INGREDIENTS

2 cups slightly thawed frozen strawberries
2 bananas
1 cup coconut Greek yogurt
1 ½ cups lite coconut milk

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and liquefy until smooth. For a thicker smoothie, add more yogurt. For a thinner smoothie, add more coconut milk. 

 

 

Make a Resolution To Live Your Best Life in 2018

12/30/2017

We know that now is the time to make New Year’s resolutions. Here are ours.

 

  1. Help our members become fit, healthy and happy.
  2. Help our members become fit, healthy and happy.
  3. Help our members become fit, healthy and happy.
  4. Help our members become fit, healthy and happy.
  5. Help our members become fit, healthy and happy.

 

When you think of it, what else is there? If you can achieve fitness, healthiness and happiness in your life, you will have everything. We can help you get there.

 

Sign up for our Commit To Your Fit 90-Day Challenge and we’ll show you how. Everything about the Challenge is awesome. When you sign up, we will send you exercises, nutrition ideas, motivational quotes, tips and videos from music superstar and fitness enthusiast Tim McGraw. You will have everything you need to take you through three months of profound transformation. After you complete the Challenge, it gets even better. We will offer you a chance to enter a contest to meet McGraw and hang out with him before a show. Epic, right? Enroll today and we will get you started. You can track your progress using our goal sheet. You will be amazed with the results.

 

Make January 1 a pivotal date in your life. Make it the time when you decide to put your health and fitness first. Make it your time when you choose to live your best life. Make it your time. We can’t wait to work with you in 2018. 

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

12/29/2017

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch asparagus (20 stalks)

10 pieces center cut bacon

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1)    Rinse asparagus and pat dry with a paper towel. Cut off the bottom inch or two and set aside.

2)    Slice bacon strips down the center and wrap each thin, long piece around the asparagus. Place on a baking sheet.

3)    Put baking sheet in the oven and turn oven on to 400° F. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until bacon is crisp.

4)    Optional: Drizzle with a honey balsamic glaze if desired.

 

 

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