1 bunch asparagus (20 stalks)
10 pieces center cut bacon
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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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!
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
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.
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.