Protein Brownies, Benefits of Green Tea, and More!

Here’s a mix of some great articles I’ve read lately around the web about everything and anything health and fitness related – including a recipe for some tasty protein brownies!

Prison Workout – Mark’s Daily Apple

What if you were in prison and still wanted to workout?  You’d have to use your own body weight, you’d be limited in the amount of space you could use, and your options would be somewhat limited.  But that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t get a great workout!  This article also gives some great ideas for those of you who travel a lot, need to work out at home for whatever reason, etc.

Green Tea Health Benefits

I’m currently making the switch from Coffee to Green Tea for a variety of reasons.  There are tons of proven health benefits of consuming green tea on a regular basis – just a few include:

Several studies that link regular consumption of green tea to reduced risk of several types of cancer.

There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

It’s also supposed to help with reumatoid arthritis, weak immune system, and more.

Ethical Meat vs. Meat Hype: A Look at “All Natural”, “Grass-Fed” and Other Half-Truths

There seems to be a lot of ambiguity in labeling these days – lots of it is even misleading.  Post goes into detail about what you’re eating and what those labels really mean.

The Garage Gym

Do you ever feel a little out of place in the gym?  Need somewhere more convenient, easier to work out at?  How about your own garage!

Eat, Drink, and Be Skinny

Article by Melanie for some great healthy brownies!  Reprinted with permission:

“I would like to post this recipe for everyone to enjoy…without feeling guilty! :)

Upon my recent “health-kick”, I found what is more a wonderful new way of life. In my quest to fitness I found myself questioning some decisions regarding my daily calorie intake. I realized just how many “empty” calories I was consuming, becoming aware of the consequences or setbacks rather that the low calorie boasting goodies really offered. With that said, here is a recipe for yummy protein brownies that will satisfy your craving (especially with the approaching holidays) and provide a snack with meaning. Don’t forget to pair it with a piece of fruit!

Protein Brownies:

1 box of No Pudge Fudge Brownie Mix

1 cup of applesauce

6 scoops of chocolate protein powder

Preheat oven to 350

Spray muffin pans with non-stick spray

In a large mixing bowl combine brownie mix, applesauce and protein powder.

The batter will be very thick! Original recipe calls for 2/3 cup of applesauce, you will need to add a bit more to create a workable consistency.

Evenly scoop batter into 12 individual portions using muffin/ cupcake pans.

Bake approximately 20-22 minutes

Keep a few out and freeze the rest for a later date to keep temptations at bay!

Fat 6 g/ Protein 16 g/ Carbs 36 (carbs a little high, ok in moderation. I have seen worse protein bars out there!)

Enjoy!”


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