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Honeydew-Kiwi Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups cubed honeydew
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut up
  • 1 kiwifruit, peeled and cut up
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice cubes

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a blender container, combine honeydew, apple, kiwifruit, and lemon juice. Cover and blend until smooth.
  2. Add ice cubes; cover and blend until cubes are crushed and mixture is slushy.
  3. Garnish with additional honeydew and/or kiwifruit slices, if desired.
  4. Enjoy!

FITNESS TIP

Did you know that almost 25% of the population is obese? There are many people around the world who are trying to lose weight so that they can develop a good body physique. Being overweight does not only compromise your appearance but it compromises your health as well. The presence of too much fat in the body makes a person unhealthy and experience ailments such as high blood pressure which might lead to strokes and heart attacks. Smoothies are low in fat and a good way to get a healthy meal without the fat.

If you are obese, you need to lose weight and the way to do this is to avoid using fad diets. Fad diets make your body go into starvation mode. When the body is in starvation it starts to burn muscles instead of fat so that it is be able to generate energy. Due to the loss in muscle a person’s metabolism decreases. When your body metabolism decreases you are unable to burn many calories and this will make you gain weight.

If you want to lose weight you should get rid of your scale. This is the best decision you will ever make as far as your quest to lose weight is concerned. The scale lacks the capability of telling you what you need to know about your body. A scale cannot determine the amount of fat you have plus it cannot tell you just how much fluid you have in your body. It cannot help you determine how much muscle your body has. You should just throw it away.

The other thing you need to do is make sure your weight training program concentrates on techniques which will increase your lean body muscle. The factor that determines your rate of metabolism is your muscles. The more muscle you have the higher the rate of your body metabolism is going to be. That is the reason why men burn faster compared to females. Men have more muscles than females. When you lift weights you are able to increase your muscles. Weight training involves the use of free weights or cable machines. The use of free weights and cable movements require a person to be very skillful compared to the use of machines. The use of free weights and cable movements also requires you to create more muscular balance than the use of machines.

Your general focus when it comes to losing weight should be weight lifting since this leads to a permanent loss in weight.

MixStirs in the Heinz History Center is Now Open

MixStirs is proud to announce the opening of its newest location in Pittsburgh, PA.

Located at:
1212 Smallman Street in the Heinz History Center

The place was mobbed as people came from all around to enjoy their favorite smoothie.

Smoothies, wraps, paninis, protein shakes, soup and more!

Rumor on the street is that another MixStirs will be opening in Sewickley in August.

Keep a look out for a special e-mail with all the details.

Stir It Up!

Convenience Can Be Healthy Too

Try these quick-grab prepared foods that pump up your health:

  1. Smoothies – Those made with whole fruits, vegetables and yogurt are full of antioxidants, fiber, and calcium.
  2. Mini Yogurt Packs – Yogurt has 100 more milligrams of calcium per serving than milk. Go for those with no added sugar.
  3. Trail Mix – Dried fruits are full of antioxidants. And nuts offer vitamin E, protein and healthy fats. Both are high in calories, so a small handful will do.
  4. Frozen Fruits and Vegetables – They’re processed at the peak of freshness.
  5. Instant Oatmeal – High in fiber and iron, this whole grain beats back heart disease. Skip the flavored, sugary packs.
  6. Whole Grain Cereals and Frozen Waffles –  Fiber-rich whole grains offer lots of nutrients like cancer-fighting selenium and heart-healthy potassium and magnesium.
  7. Low-Sodium, Low-Fat Soups – Try vegetable, bean, or chicken noodle for about 90-170 calories per cup, 2 grams of fat, and 90-470 milligrams of sodium (your daily limit should hover at 2,300 milligrams of sodium).
  8. Nut Butters – Add cashew or almond butter to your peanut butter routine. They’re full of healthy unsaturated oils and protein – but watch the calories. 

Proper Nutrition Is A Vital Aspect To Any Athlete

Most physical activity requires a lot of time and physical demand on your body, so taking in the proper nutrients is of the utmost importance. Whether you are Mr. Universe or an MMA champion consuming the proper amount of proteins, fats and carbohydrates will give your body the energy to get through those grueling workouts and, in addition, grant you a healthy lifestyle in the long run.

So what about the different nutrients that your body takes in? Why is it so important? How much and when should you be eating? When devising your daily meal plan always divide up all your nutrients that you should be taking in over the course of 5 meals. You want to feed your body every 3-4 hours. Giving it the nutrients that it needs throughout the course of the day will maximize energy levels and consumption of vitamins and minerals.

Let’s start with protein. Everyone knows the common cliché that protein is only meant for bodybuilders who want to gain muscle. This is totally untrue. The rule for protein intake can stretch across all athletes, particularly MMA fighters. Protein is the one type of calorie that your body does not store for energy. Lack of protein throughout the day will cause you to feel sluggish, weak and in the long run you will lose overall muscle on your body. General rule for protein is that it should be taken in with every meal. Great sources of protein are chicken and turkey breast, lean red meat, fish, eggs and protein shakes. All of these sources are very low in saturated fat and will help you complete your daily protein needs.

Consumption of fats in your daily meal plan is also important and essential. Fats are needed to sustain energy levels in the body and to help in muscle repair after a
grueling workout. Try and stay away from foods that are high in saturated fat such as fried or fast food, really fatty cuts of beef and corn oils. These are the fats that will make you fat and that can raise your cholesterol levels, potentially giving you heart problems. The fats that your body needs to sustain high levels of energy are low in saturated fats but higher in mono-saturated and poly-saturated fats. These fats help you get through your training and in addition will actually help your cholesterol levels. Great fats to eat are nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts or cashews), fish (salmon, tuna, tilapia and cod), eggs, lean cuts of beef (sirloin or fillet), peanut butter, and olive oil. These fats should be used moderately throughout the day with almost every meal to sustain your performance levels.

Carbohydrates are also very important to the body because it replenishes the body of the simple sugars and starches that it needs to function at optimal performance. The two best times to take in starches are in the morning and after you workout. In both cases your body is depleted: in the morning from sleeping from 6-8 hours and not eating and after a workout when your body’s blood sugar levels have been drained from intense exercise. In both instances, carbohydrates are needed to replenish the body and to get it out of a catabolic effect, when your body burns muscle. Great carbohydrates to eat during these times are oatmeal, sweet or baked potatoes and white/brown rice. All of these sources are slower to digest and your body will utilize them throughout the day.

Carbohydrates to stay away from are breads, fast foods, pasta and refined sugars such as cakes and other desserts. These sources will spike your sugar levels in the body, making you feel very lethargic and will be stored in the body as fat. Fruits and vegetables also play an important part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Vegetables such as salad, broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus give your body lots of vitamins and nutrients. Fruits such as apples, oranges, berries and bananas also provide the body with antioxidants to fight off any sicknesses.

Two of the highlights of this article above are on protein and carbohydrates. Protein is mentioned as a necessity with every meal and carbohydrates are mentioned as a necessity after a work out. For those who are familiar with a smoothie, it is all fruit and juice which is primarily carbohydrates.

A smoothie or protein shake from MixStirs is exactly what is needed after a good workout.

Healthy Snacks for Kids : Smoothies

Smoothies for KidsSend a few simple ingredients for a wild ride in a blender and you’ll have delicious, nutritious, kid-pleasing smoothies in mere seconds.

Smoothies pull double duty by quenching thirst and satisfying hunger at the same time. Quick and easy to prepare, smoothies can be an ideal between-meal snack.

What We Love About Smoothies :

  • They taste as bright and pretty as they look.
  • They’re a great way to sneak more fiber and antioxidants into your kids. (But all they’ll care about is the taste.)
  • They don’t require a lot of fussy ingredients.
  • They give new life to overripe fruit.
  • They can be easily tailored to suit individual needs.
  • Even kids with dairy allergies can enjoy fabulous fruit or vegetable smoothies.

Find a MixStirs in your neighborhood and give your kids a smoothie they will enjoy!!!

About MixStirs

MixStirs was designed for the “Active Lifestyle on the Go”. Our “Stirs” as we like to call them, are made from real fruit and juice with no sugar added. We have a wide variety that will meet all of your needs ranging from the “Classic and Fruit Stirs” to the “Vitamin Powered Stirs” to the “Create Your Own Protein Power Stirs”. We have fruits from California and fruits from Brazil like the Acai Berry which has more than twice the antioxidants of blueberries and more than 30 times that of red wine. Our locations are primarily located in Health Clubs and Fitness Centers however we do have full service locations as well.