Tip Tuesday – Burning Fat

I try to remember this when my workouts go long (my current program sometimes goes to 63 minutes on doubles days – whew!), that it’s all for a reason!

Exercising for longer than 30 minutes shifts the primary macromolecules that are metabolized from glucose to fatty acids. Just keep going!

30-minutes-fat-burning-zone

Food Swap Friday – Mashed Avocado for Butter

With the holidays quickly approaching, plans are being made to minimize the damage! Food swaps, fitness plans, all sorts of stuff…

Because the holiday months are some of the most challenging times for many of us, I am always looking for other ways to keep myself in check.

And this is one of them! I try to limit butter – I know it’s not the devil like its made out to be, but it’s not the healthiest choice if you can make a healthier one!

Baked goods for the holidays tend to use large amounts of added butter, which is a source of saturated fat and excess calories. Replacing just two tablespoons of butter with mashed avocado using a 1:1 ratio saves 154 calories and 14 grams of saturated fat. If you aren’t completely sold on this swap, try replacing just half of the butter in the recipe with equal parts mashed avocado. This gives your baked goods a nutritional boost!

mashed-avocado-for-butter

Food Swap Friday – Balsamic Vinegar for Creamy Salad Dressings

What do you like on your salad? Do you opt for the cleaner vinaigrettes, or balsamic vinegar? Or do you prefer those creamy salad dressings? I know they taste good, but they are loaded with all sorts of stuff you don’t need!

A healthy food swap you can make is to substitute balsamic for creamy dressings, cutting your fat, carbs and calories way down.

I used to go nuts for the creamy stuff but I now find I prefer balsamic, or my all time favorite, raspberry walnut vinaigrette. So tasty.

Balsamic for Creamy Salad Dressing

Tip Tuesday – Burning More Calories

Even just walking burns calories, which is why its so common to go for a walk after a holiday meal, or just even after any meal – exercise is good and so isn’t burning calories!

But what you may not know is that walking on softer surfaces burns more calories! I know, kind of weird, but it actually makes sense!

Based on a 1 mile walk at a 3-3.5 mph pace,  walking on sand burns 158 calories, walking in snow burns 130 calories, walking on wet sand burns 102 calories, walking on grass burns 67 calories.

Another bonus to those lovely walks on the beach! 🙂