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HealthBuzz July 20: Qsymia Approved, Beige Fat Discovered, and Summer Breakfast Ideas

It’s that time of the week again, the end of it! There is nothing we look forward to more than the weekend. But before we dive in to weekend mode take some time for a dose of healthy news from DIR and our friends. We also have yummy recipes for you to try this weekend!

Eat Like an Olympian With These 3 Olympic-Inspired Smoothies

The Olympic Kitchen shared a few smoothies recipes exclusively with Diets in Review. The smoothies are a healthy balance of proteins, carbs, and fat and can be sweetened to your liking! Hurry and try the smoothies before the 2012 London Games begin! 

Qsymia Approval Delivers Most Potent Weight Loss Drug on the Market

The FDA approved a new weight loss drug this week, the second this summer. The diet pill is the most potent weight loss drug on the market. The creators of Qsymia claim that just one pill a day will help obese individuals lose 10% of their body weight.

The Ultimate Pushups Guide

We created this guide featuring 8 different push-up styles featuring instructions and pictures to help form the perfect pushup no matter how beginner or advanced you are.
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Eat Like an Olympian With These 3 Olympic-Inspired Smoothies

You study the Olympics, watch the Olympics, and even aspire to train like an Olympic athlete. So why not eat like an Olympian, too?

Shared exclusively with Diets in Review is this exciting sneak peek into what smoothies this year’s Olympic athletes are fueling up on between workouts. We’ve recreated three delicious and easy-to-make smoothies that come right from the 2012 U.S. Olympic kitchen. Think banana cashew, espresso shiver and mango blitz – getting excited yet? We sure are.

The basic guidelines for Olympic-approved smoothies are as follows: A balance of protein and carbs, healthy fat and a sweet- the sweet being optional. Simply combine a carbohydrate, such as fruit, almond milk, oats or veggies; a protein source such as milk, whey protein or cottage cheese; a healthy fat such as wheat germ, nuts and seeds or nut butter; and a sweet source, such as honey, maple syrup or vanilla exact. This basic recipe lends itself to hundreds if not thousands of creative concoctions that will not only taste delicious, but also fuel your body for all your Olympic-inspired activities.

Now go forth and train like an Olympian, and eat like one, too!

 



Kami Craig’s Olympic Training and Diet Make Her “Feel Explosive” in the Water

There’s no doubt that Kami Craig was a born water baby. Swimming by age 4 and playing water polo by age 12, she’s now headed to London to compete on a global stage as part of the USA Water Polo Olympic Team. The California native joined the team in 2011 after graduating as a leader on the USC Trojans water polo team in 2010.

It’s no doubt Kami plays on a team with 13 girls, not only was she born to swim but she was born to be a team player. Her USA Water Polo biography explains that she loves water polo because it’s a team sport, where she “loves being apart of a team and getting to hangout with 13 of her friends everyday.”

Kami and her 12 friends/teammates are headed to 2012 London Olympic Games to score more medal. She was part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games that won silver. With her healthy diet focused on fresh produce and lean protein, rigorous training schedule for six days a week, and team-focused attitude, we have to believe she’ll help bring home a gold for the U.S.

Learn more about this star of the USA Water Polo Olympic Team in our interview!
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5 “Health” Foods That May be Making You Fat

By Janis Jibrin, M.S., R.D., Best Life lead nutritionist

Wondering why the scale is stuck even though you’re eating healthfully? It may be that you’re being duped by diet deceivers—foods that may seem (or even be) nutritious but actually pack a lot of fat and calories. Beware of these five seemingly slimming bites.

Hummus

It seems low calorie, with just 50 to 80 calories per two-tablespoon serving, but hummus is so delicious that it’s easy to scoop up a 3/4 cup. For an appetizer, stick to about 3 tablespoons with half a small whole-wheat pita. Or make a hummus sandwich your main course, using about 1/3 cup hummus in a medium whole-wheat pita stuffed with tomatoes and lettuce.

Smoothies

Most smoothies, including those made with frozen yogurt, fruit juice and fresh fruit, can be more like large desserts than a healthy boost. You can easily slurp down 800 calories depending on what you toss in your blender. Take a cue from the way we treat smoothies at Best Life; they serve as either a complete, balanced breakfast (like this Berry Smoothie) or as a 120- to 175-calorie snack (made with 1 cup of soy milk and a banana, for example).
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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie Recipe and Other Healthy Summer Snacks

By Stephanie Mansour

Whether you’re hitting the beach or trying to stay cool inside this summer, there are many healthy, easy foods and snacks to prepare in advance or even on the fly. In the warm summer months, ice cream sounds more appealing than usual. But instead of indulging, try this five-ingredient smoothie that tastes just like strawberry shortcake. This delicious smoothie is quick to make, travels well, and is far more healthy and nutritious than ice cream.

  • Place a whole banana and a cup of frozen strawberries into a blender.
  • Then add two tablespoons of ground flaxseed.
  • Add a serving of protein powder for extra energy.
  • Next, add a cup of coconut milk. Blend for 60 seconds, and you’ll have a strawberry shortcake treat!
  • If you’d like to make it taste like chocolate, add some chocolate flavored protein powder.
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