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Gazpacho- Our Family Recipe

  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 large tomatoes, peeled and seeded
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 small onion (Vidalia or sweet onion preferred)- cut up
  • 1 small green pepper, cut up
  • 1 ear fresh corn- cut off the stalk, strings removed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 natural sea or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/3 cup ground whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

In a covered blender at high speed, blend all the ingredients (minus the bread crumbs) in batches, so not to overfill your blender vessel (I personally like a bit of chunk in my gazpacho so I pull out 1/2 cup medium chunked cucumber, green pepper, corn and add after it has been blended. If you like your soup smooth, skip this step) until blended. Put into a large bowl. Fold bread crumbs into the soup, cover and chill.

Because this is a homemade recipe I don’t have a calorie breakdown, but I think a 1 cup serving is probably around 140 calories, its mostly vegetables and is a seasonal part of healthy eating!

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How To Invest Wisely in Home Gym Equipment!

There is a cycle that happens every year in the home-gym equipment industry. People slow their exercise practices in fall and early winter because schedules become busier, there are more parties and snacking while watching games, and the chill in the air dissuades the fair hearted from continuing their outdoor fitness plans. Continue reading

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How Does An Apple or Pear Shape Affect Your Health?

Everyone has a different shape, metabolism and energy level. It’s one reason that I believe that mainstream, regimented diets don’t work. These variables can affect your success with weight loss. So are your trouble-zones your thighs or your belly & back?  The shape you resemble will help you understand where your body stores fat and can help you strategize your plan to reduce it. Continue reading

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Start a Food Diary in the New Year!

Using a workout and food diary and a food scale are two tools that can help you achieve your body-shape goals. The start of the New Year is the perfect time to pick up good, healthy living habits.  Start your food diary and track what you’re taking into your body and your exercise routines.

A workout and food diary helps you honestly understand how consistently you are working out, and with what level of effort.  Using a heart rate monitor will help you gauge and record your calorie burn during whatever exercise program you choose.  I often use it to challenge myself during a particular class to measure when I burn more calories.  I then mark what the type of exercise I performed and how I was feeling if that applies.  I can also use my diary for seeing my strength progress over a period of months. Continue reading

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Eating Whole Healthy Foods Helps In More Ways Than One!

At Paula’s Healthy Living we often discuss the health and weight benefits to cooking and eating whole foods versus processed foods. Processed foods are loaded with fillers, salt, sugar and hydrogenated fats to add flavor and extend shelf life. Continue reading

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How to Survive a Food Court

If you find yourself in a food court while on vacation or shopping, how can you find foods that won’t sabotage your fitness goals?

-If you’re ordering Chinese food, stick to one entrée and one side. Try and add steamed vegetables to that entrée, or brown rice (small portion) to reduce the salt and total calories of the dish.   Continue reading

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Food & Activity Hacks That Save You Calories

Kids are back in school, the ‘free-pass’ for summer food choices is sadly gone, so what hacks can you utilize to shave calories here and there?  Here are a few of my favorite food hacks and activity hacks.  If you have some of your own, please share in the comment section below. Continue reading

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Why is Strength Training Different Zones Important?

Strength training muscles provides multiple benefits for many age groups and addresses health issues for men and women.  It provides metabolism burning opportunities while toning  and strengthening muscles.  It builds bone density and also helps retain balance and reduce injury as we age.  To achieve the most opportunities for these benefits, make sure your training targets all the different muscle zones, even those you don’t love, or understand their importance. Continue reading

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Weight Loss Study Shows Importance of Portion Control

For many years, sports science studies have stressed that varying amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrates are the key to weight loss. A January, 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal challenges those long standing beliefs. Continue reading

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Successful Weight Loss Requires A Plan of Action

Weight loss is a challenge no matter what time of year it is, but there are tips to use that will help you stay on track. Make a plan of action following these tips and you’ll see success!

Use a diary (free printout in this link) to track your food and exercise output.  You can use nutrition books or apps to help you track calories if you feel that doing so will help keep you accountable.  I use a digital food scale to help me store pre-weighted bags of protein and complex carbs such as quinoa, farrow, sweet potatoes and brown rice.  This helps me put together a quick lunch or dinner. Continue reading

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