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Healthy Alternatives to Sugar


Craving some sweetness? Don't go for the low-nutrient white sugar, or chemically-based fake sugar. Give one of these natural and healthier options a try!



A sugar alternative made from the herb stevia which is found in Central and South America. It is up to 40 times sweeter than sugar, but contains zero calories and won’t cause the spike in blood sugar.


Whey low

Made of three naturally-occurring sugars: fructose, sucrose, and lactose, blended together. The way that the sugars are combined makes it so that the caloric amount is not fully absorbed by the body, meaning there are only 4 calories per teaspoon. You can get whey low in varieties that are similar to granular sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar.



Xylitol is a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol that’s found in berries, beets, and corn. It is only partially absorbed by the body, resulting in 9 calories per teaspoon. Its sweetness is similar to sugar, but it has a lower glycemic index.


Agave Nectar

Agave Nectar is created with several types of agave plants to form a liquid sweetener.  It is much sweeter than sugar or honey, so you only need about a third as much, although it has more calories than sugar (about 20 per teaspoon).



A concentratred dose of antioxidants, honey is a sweet and natural alternative to sugar. Plus, there are more than 300 different varieties, from blueberry-flavored to buckwheat. 



Apple BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos



For the BBQ Sauce:

2 cups tomato sauce

1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple cider

6 tablespoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

4 tablespoons honey

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons paprika


1 1/2 lb. pork loin

1/2 cup chicken broth

11 ounces tortilla chips

1 green pepper, chopped

3/4 cup cheddar cheese

3/4 cup Monterey jack cheese



  1. Add all of the BBQ sauce ingredients to a small pot and whisk until smooth.
  2. Turn the heat to medium-high and once bubbling, whisk, turn the heat to low and cover. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until desired thickness is achieved.
  3. Place pork loin and chicken broth in a slow cooker. Drizzle BBQ sauce on top and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5 hours. Shred with a fork.
  4. Preheat oven broiler. Line nachos on a cookie sheet and top with pork, green peppers and cheese. Broil until cheese is melted, about 3-5 minutes. Top with additional BBQ sauce. (You can reserve leftover sauce in the fridge for a few weeks.)





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The Skinny on Chia Seeds


You’ve probably been hearing a lot about chia seeds lately, and for good reason! We love them not only for their superfood qualities, but they can also help with weight loss! Check out some of the ways they can help you slim down below and add in some chia seeds to your weight loss program! 


Chia seeds are packed with fiber, which aids in digestion. You’ll feel less bloated thanks to your body being more regular.

Low Carb

An ounce of chia seeds has only 12 grams of carbohydrates, so your body will store very little fat in comparison to the amount that you eat.


Chia seeds are loaded with serotonin-releasing tryptophan and magnesium, as well as depression-fighting omega 3s. Less stress means that your body produces less cortisol, which is a win-win. Cortisol is not good because is causes fat to cling to your mid-section.


Just one ounce of chia seeds are loaded with 179 mg of calcium, making these a great option for those who don’t eat dairy.

Healthy Fats:

Good fats can burn body fat, as well as help you feel full! This means that you will be less likely to overeat.


Best ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet

  • Mix with coconut milk and honey and let sit overnight. In the morning, add fruit and nuts and you’ve got a delicious and healthy coconut chia pudding for breakfast.
  •  Add 2 tablespoons chia seeds to 4 ounces of coconut water and a teaspoon of super greens for a nutritious Chia Green Smoothie that’s ready to enjoy right away.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of chia seeds on top of your yogurt to add in some healthy omega 3s.
  •  Chia seeds can also be baked into muffins or cakes to add in some nutrition.


How to Train for a Marathon


Completing a marathon is an amazing accomplishment that takes determination and discipline. If you are new to running, here are the primary elements to training that will help you cross the finish line.

Start slow and build a base

Building weekly mileage too soon can lead to injuries. This is due to the fact that your body isn’t ready to run for long periods of time. Before you begin training for a marathon, it’s highly recommended that you’re able to run at least 20 miles a week. Building your base gradually means you are increasing mileage by no more than 10 percent from the previous week. Also, these runs should be done at an easy pace. If you’re running and can’t carry a conversation, you’re running too hard.

The long run

Once you’ve established a strong base, the most important part of your training is weekly long runs. Spending this extra time on your feet gets your body and brain ready for those 26.2 miles. They also build strength and endurance. Long runs increase by a mile or two each week. About every three weeks, your training plan will scale back on the number of miles so you’re not overtaxing your body.

Speed Work

These workouts increase your cardio capacity and help you run faster. Intervals and tempo runs are the most popular types of speed workouts. Intervals are a set of short runs at a fast pace. Tempos are longer where you run at a challenging, but sustainable pace. Speed workouts are optional elements to a training program.

 Rest and Recovery

Rest days help muscles recover and prevent injuries. If you have a training run scheduled, but are sore, take the day off and give your body the recovery it’s asking for.

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5 Ways to Fit Exercise into your Busy Day


Are you stuck inside the office all day, running the kids to their activities and feel like there isn’t enough time for a workout? Here are five ways to fit a workout into your day.


Calm before the storm

Make becoming a morning exerciser easier by preparing lunch and breakfast the night before. Then set your alarm a half hour early to get a quick workout in. The energy boost you get from a morning workout will help you move faster and with better clarity throughout the day.


Kids are exercises and you can too

If their activities take place at a park, utilize the available resources to get a good workout in. You can also use this time for a run or walk. Talk to other parents, encourage each other to bring clothes to exercise in and plan each workout. Exercising with others can help keep everyone motivated.


Lunch time escape

The 60 minutes you have for lunch is an excellent opportunity to sneak in a good workout. If there is one close to your office, hit the gym or use the time to go on a run or walk. Stepping away from work will help you feel better and be more productive for the rest of the day.


Turn your commute into a workout

Running and biking to and/or from work is a great workout and way to start the day.  Do you take a bus or train? Get off a few stops early and walk the rest of the way. If you drive, park further away to get extra steps in.


Bring the kids with you

Do you have a young child? Invest in a jogging stroller. This saves on paying for a sitter and allows you to get your miles in.


What are some ways that you sneak in exercise during your day? Let us know below!


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