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Vegetarian for a Week Challenge

Shrimp Vegetarian for a Week Challenge

This past week, our senior editor Brandi Koskie went vegetarian. She gave up chicken and turkey for red lentils, black beans and tofu. The week was a success, and she chronicled the experience with a daily video in which she shared her menus.
Watch Now, and consider a vegetarian challenge of your own.

Welcome Chief Mom, Carmen Staicer

Shrimp Vegetarian for a Week Challenge

We are pleased to announce the addition of Carmen Staicer to our staff. Carmen will be fulfilling a new position as Chief Mom, contributing insight for helping you maintain your own health, and that of your family. You may already know Carmen as the “Mom to the Screaming Masses,” a personal blog where she chronicles life with her six children, as well as her tremendous 80-pound weight loss success story. Join us in welcoming Carmen, as we know you'll find value in her insightful tips and tricks for helping families live healthier, more active lives!

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Southwestern Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Shrimp Jambalaya

This is one of Brandi's personal favorites, that was modified to fit her vegetarian diet. It's bursting with the fresh flavor of a homemade vinaigrette made of lime and cilantro, and includes crisp greens, corn, tomatoes, peppers and hearty black beans.

Black Bean Mushroom Quesadillas

Black Bean Mushroom Quesadillas

This recipe comes from Brandi's kitchen, and is another modification for vegetarian week. This is a quick and economical meal to prepare, as you can use any leftover vegetables from throughout the week.


Nutrient Rich Foods

Nutrient dense/rich foods are foods that provide tons of vitamins and minerals with a low amount of calories. The opposite to nutrient dense are empty calories. Empty calories provide tons of calories with little to no nutritional value/nutrients. These foods are the key to healthy eating, weight loss, and maintenance. Incorporate nutrient rich foods into your diet by eating whole grains, plenty of fruits and veggies, and choose lower-fat dairy products.

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Featured Video

Vegetarian for a Week - Final Thoughts
Brandi reflects on life as a vegetarian in her final day of the week-long challenge.

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Matt’s Fitness Tip


Bikini Belly for Summer
Many people often have the misconception that doing hundreds of crunches will get that flat, sexy stomach. Not true, crunches do however work the core endurance and will obviously help. Fat tissue and muscle tissue are two different types of tissue and you need to burn the fat tissue in order to achieve the so called “Bikini Belly.” To achieve that beach-toned tummy, you should do:

  1. Regular cardio exercise (step it up a little bit though)
  2. Strength training for entire body (not just abs)
  3. Healthy, Low Calorie Diet
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