Category Archives: How-To’s

Yoga Pose of the Week

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This week’s pose: Core Scissor Twist

What you’re toning: Abdominals

How-to: Come onto the back. Lift your head and shoulders and place fingertips lightly behind the head. Inhale, elbows and feet lift into the sky. Exhale, lower legs slightly, pull right elbow to left knee. Inhale to center, repeat with left elbow to right knee. Repeat 3-5x each side.

Yoga Pose of the Week

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This week’s pose: One Hip Twist

What you’re toning: Abdominals

How-to: Return to Boat Pose. Plant the fingertips behind you, fingers facing the hips. Inhale, lengthen legs and roll onto the right hip only, left hip lifts. Exhale, twist the chest, shoulders and head over the lifted left hip. Inhale to center, repeat to other side. Repeat Twists 3-5x each side.

Yoga Pose of the Week

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This week’s pose: Rock the Boat

What you’re toning: Abdominals

How-to: Inhale in Boat Pose, arms forward, palms face your legs. Inhale, lift your arms overhead. Exhale, sweep fists to your outer hips and roll down your back onto the floor. Keep shoulders and head lifted. Inhale, reach overhead. Exhale, rock your body back up into Boat! Use hands on legs if needed. Repeat 5x.

Yoga Pose of the Week

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This week’s pose: High Lunge

What you’re toning: Abdominals

How-to: Come back to Downward Facing Dog and rest here five breaths. Then bring the right foor forward next to the right hand. Bring both arms up toward the ceiling coming into a High Lunge. On an inhale, straighten the right leg. Exhale and bend the right knee back over the ankle. Continue for five breaths.

Yoga Pose of the Week

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This week’s pose: Yoga Crunches

What you’re toning: Abdominals

How-to: Lie on your back and bring your knees to your chest. Rest your hands over your head on the floor behind you and raise your legs with feet flexed toward the ceiling. Use your ab muscles to slowly guide your legs downward. Stop when you feel your back arching. Hug your legs to your chest again. Repeat. Build up to 10 in a row.

Yoga Pose of the Week

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This week’s pose: Cat Pose

What you’re toning: Abdominals

How-to: Get on all fours and look straight ahead with your back as flat as a table. Exhale and arch your back upwards while tucking your chin to your chest. Inhale and arch your back downwards, swaying the low back as you look toward the ceiling. Repeat up to 5 times.

…This one’s for all my fellow cats out there! 😉

Tonight’s Dinner: Healthy Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

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Even if you’re not a vegetarian, you’re sure to love these peppers.  If you are cooking for yourself, feel free to half the recipe, or you can just make all 6 peppers like I do for an easy reheated meal later in the week.  Goes great with a fresh spring side salad, or side of green beans! If you feel like you just need to get some meat in there…you can substitute the meatless spaghetti sauce for a sauce that has meat in it. Try ’em out and let me know what you think! Happy eating!

Ingredients:

  • 6 large sweet peppers
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup canned red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup cubed Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions:

  • Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the rice, tomatoes, corn, onion and beans. Stir in the Monterey Jack cheese, olives, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spoon into peppers.
  • Combine spaghetti sauce and water; pour half into an oval 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the stuffed peppers. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Facts:

CALORIES 383.5 CAL
FAT 16.5 G
SATURATED FAT 9.4 G
SODIUM 1119.5 MG
CARBOHYDRATES 43.7 G
TOTAL SUGARS 11.3 G
DIETARY FIBER 8.2 G
PROTEIN 16.6 G
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