SECRET SOCIETY – The workouts no one knows you’re doing : Secret Workouts |

In an ideal world, you’d hit the gym four times a week and ride your bike to work the other three days. But since you’re a human being living on planet Earth, that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon.

Luckily, we’ve found a few sneaky exercises you can do in secret as you go about your day. Watch this video to see the moves in action, or read on below.

The park-bench press Blast your tris (yes, we just said that) with this do-anywhere arms routine. Stand with your back facing a park bench, then squat and place your palms on the edge of the seat. Bend your elbows to dip yourself down as many times as you can without getting weird looks. (This can also be done on an office chair while you’re on speakerphone.)

The step-it-up Once you’ve finished your presses, use that same bench as an aerobics step. A few up-and-downs and we guarantee your heart will be pounding.

The coffee-line calf raise Got a three-minute wait for your iced vanilla latte? Hold on to the counter and slowly lift and lower your heels for a quick calf and glute workout.

The broken elevator We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Take the damn stairs!

Fabulous Foodie Friday – April 11.2014

Chew On This
Easy homemade granola bars
 
Cherry-Almond Granola Bars
Erin McDowell
Granola bars–fast, convenient, purse-sized. Just do yourself a favor and don’t read the nutrition info. Lucky for us gals on the go, a healthy version is achingly easy to make at home. Toast up some oats, add a drizzle of honey, a spoonful of almond butter and a handful of your favorite mix-ins, and you’ve got your own granola bars in less than 30 minutes. And they’re good for you too, but that won’t stop us from drizzling a little chocolate on top next time…
Cherry-Almond Granola Bars
A PureWow Original Recipe
Makes 12 bars
Start to Finish: 25 minutes
Ingredients
1 tablespoon unsalted butter3 cups quick oats1½ cups almonds, coarsely chopped1 cup dried cherries

3 tablespoons brown sugar

⅓ cup honey

1½ cups almond butter

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS
1. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on both sides.2. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the oats and toast until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.3. In a large bowl, combine the oats with the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine. (This can be done by hand, but it’s especially quick in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.)4. Press the oat mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Pop the pan into the refrigerator or freezer to let the mixture set for 5 to 10 minutes. Cut into 12 evenly sized bars and serve. The bars will keep in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic for up to five days.

Weekend Recipe Deliciousness! Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

1 large onion; diced
10-12 large carrots; about 6 cups, large dice
4 cloves garlic; chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
2 bell peppers; diced
2 ½ tsp. ground cumin
2 ½ tsp. coriander
2 ½ tsp. dried thyme
2 ½ tsp. black pepper
3 medium starchy potatoes ; diced
2 Tbsp. Tamari sauce
2 quarts homemade vegetable stock
2 Tbsp. coconut milk
Vegetable Oil; as needed
Kosher Salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper; to taste

In a large soup pot, heat a small amount of vegetable oil over medium heat. Sweat the onions and carrots until almost tender, before adding the garlic, ginger, and bell peppers. Once the vegetables are softened, add the spices and cook until well toasted and very aromatic. Add potatoes, tamari, and cover with vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook uncovered for 20 minutes, or until the flavors are well developed. Add the coconut milk and puree to the consistency of your liking with an immersion blender. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed with salt and pepper.

Recipe courtesy of: Healthy Living Market and Cafe

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