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Running Tips - Cereal Makes A Great Food For Runners

Runners need to be aware of what they are eating to make sure that they are getting the right foods. This is important for several reasons. Two important reasons are having enough energy to get through your runs and for muscle recovery afterwards. Cereal is one of the foods that you can eat that will meet these needs. Read on to find out more about the wonderful things about cereal and why it is so good for runners.

One of the best cereals that runners can eat is oatmeal. Oatmeal is made up almost exclusively of oats - which are natural grains which are very good for you. It is a super source of carbohydrates - which runners need for energy. In addition to carbs, oatmeal also has protein and fiber. Protein is needed by runners for muscle recovery after those harder runs. One of the fiber nutrients found in oatmeal is one that has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol.

Also, as a side note to oatmeal - oatmeal is a food that will fill you up and keep you feeling full. That's why so many runners eat oatmeal as their meal before a long run or race. It stays with you.

Cold cereal is also good for you. Many cold cereals have been fortified with many vitamins and minerals. But, make sure that you are choosing a cereal that is not full of sugar - the exception of this is if the cereal has dried fruit in it. This will show up as sugar content. Also, cold cereal is good because as you add milk to it - you are also getting calcium needed for strong and healthy bones.

Granola is also another cereal food that is good for you - if you watch the fat content. It is full of many healthy whole grains. Granola makes a perfect afternoon snack when you need a little extra something to get through the day.

As you can see, cereal is a food that is good for runners - and very quick and easy to prepare. It's not just for breakfast - many friends of mine will have a bowl of cereal as their noontime meal or in the evening when they may be short on time or don't want a heavy meal before turning in. However and whenever you choose to eat it, cereal is a great choice as a meal to get needed nutrients.


Adding a Little Crunch to Your Brunch with Egg Muffins

The summer is the perfect time to have a brunch party. It is earlier in the day so the heat will not be unbearable and easy finger foods are a great way to keep things light and simple. For your next brunch party try this delicious recipe for Egg Muffins. Egg muffins combined with Cheese Crisps is the perfect gourmet snack for an afternoon with friends and mimosas.

These delicious and easy finger foods take about 45 minutes to prepare and bake. Another great thing about them is that they are low in fat and calories, but high in protein. This recipe makes enough for about six muffins, but the recipe can be doubled to accommodate more guests.

4 Eggs
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup Mushrooms
1/4 cup yellow peppers
1/4 cup onions
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup John Wm. Macy's Melting Romano CheeseCrips

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2.Line a muffin tin with muffin cups and spray with olive oil.
3.In a separate bowl mix together eggs, cheese, mushrooms, yellow peppers, onions, salt and pepper.
4.Pour mixture to the halfway mark in the muffin cups.
5.Bake for 25 to 35 minutes.
6.Remove muffins from the oven. Wait to cool for about five minutes and sprinkle crushed cheese crisps on the top of each muffin.
7.Serve and enjoy!

The best thing about this easy finger food recipe is its ability to adapt to a variety of tastes and textures. To make this gourmet snack heartier try adding pieces of bacon or turkey sausage. You can also add a variety of spices such as garlic, red pepper flakes or basil. Anything that pairs nicely with eggs will go great in this simple finger food recipe.

Easy Party Food Recipe: Chickenless Buffalo Wings

As the summer months approach so does the need to find recipes that are lighter and healthier. For many people this means quick, easy appetizers with some modifications to their traditional recipes. One of our personal favorites is "Chickenless" Buffalo wings. This recipe is a great idea for a summer cookout and makes a wonderful and easy party food.

Tempeh, an Indonesian fermented soybean food that is low in fat and calories, is used to replace the chicken. It is more solid than Tofu and has a stronger texture, which gives off a more chicken like feel. This quick and easy appetizer takes only about 40 minutes to prepare and to cook. It is the perfect option for a lighter and unique alternative to mundane and easy party foods.

8 oz package of Tempeh
1/3 cup soy or skim milk
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp basil leaves
1 tsp paprika
1 clove garlic
Pepper to taste
1 cup crushed Romano Garlic CheeseSticks
Wing Sauce:
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce of choice
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon ketchup

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to boil.
2.Cut tempeh into individual slices. If this is your first time eating tempeh, I would recommend cutting it into thin strips to reduce any texture issues. After the tempeh has been sliced, add to the boiling water and let cook for 15 minutes.
3.Set out three medium sized bowls. In the first bowl add the milk. In the second bowl add the flour, salt, basil, paprika, garlic, pepper and CheeseSticks. In the third bowl combine the Buffalo wing sauce, butter, and ketchup.
4.When the tempeh has been boiled, rinse in strainer with cold water. Then dip the cooked tempeh in the three bowls starting with the milk, followed by the dry mixture and ending with the wing sauce.
5.Place the tempeh on a greased baking pan and cook each side for 10 minutes.

This easy party food can be served in several ways. Chop the wings into individual chunks and serve it in a salad for a lighter appetizer. If you would like to serve this as a meal, simply pair the wings with lettuce, tomatoes, and a blue cheese sauce for great buffalo wraps. This easy party food recipe is sure to be a big hit in the summer months!


How Getting Diet Meals Delivered Can Save You Money

Thinking about getting your diet meals delivered to kick-start your weight loss? Diet delivery services are perfect for busy people wanting to lose weight - pretty much everything is done for you.

The portions are pre-calculated so you naturally slim down. The food is prepared to taste delicious so you don't feel deprived. You don't have to shop, wash or prepare the food - you just heat and eat (and of course lose weight.)

While getting diet meals delivered is simple and easy - did you know it can also save you money?

Sure, it's going to save you money on your health bills since a slimmer body is generally a healthier body. But it can actually save you money right now.

How? Here are several ways diet meal delivery can save you money:

#1 It Costs Less Than What Most People Spend on Food Every Day

Some experts say that people spend from $20 - $30 on food a day (and maybe more when you include eating out, getting your daily latte, coffee break snacks etc.) But a lot of diet food delivery services will send you breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack for around $20 a day - and some even less than that.

In fact, there's one of the simpler diet delivery services that costs around $11 a day. Over a month, this adds up to a lot of money saved.

These services can do this because they buy food in bulk so some of these savings get passed on to you - in the form of cheaper food prices.

#2 You Save By Skipping the Grocery Store

How many times have you gone into the grocery store for just "a couple of things" and come out with an entire cart full of food? I know I have.

No you're not weak-willed. Grocery stores are masters of manipulation. They'll put the flashy fun deals at the ends of aisles so you have to look at them as you pass.

They set up the "essentials" like milk, bread, meat and fruit on the perimeter of the store - so you have to walk through the whole store (and past all those candy aisles) just to get your basics.

Why do they do this?

Because it's actually a proven fact that the longer a customer stays in the store, the more they spend. They want you go stay in there for as long as possible so you spend more (casinos also use this trick by the way).

But when you're getting your meals delivered to you, there's not as much need to go to the grocery store - so you save money on all those little extras you would have purchase if you had gone.

#3 You Save On Gas

Since you're not travelling to the grocery store a few times a week, you also save on gas. This may not seem like a lot, but with gas prices climbing, it can actually add up.

Another way you save with getting your diet meals delivered is in your time.

Since you're not spending hours in the kitchen you actually have more time. Time to do things you enjoy like relax and unwind from your day, time to spend with your kids or your significant other - even time to work and make even more money.

So those are a few ways diet meal delivery services can save you money.

Here's another tip: Some of these services offer you free food when you first try their services. I've seen services offer 1 day of free meals up to 2 weeks of free meals with your first sign-up. This is another great way to save!

So if you're looking for a great way to save money and lose weight - while eating delicious food that's already prepared for you, you may want to consider getting your diet meals delivered by one of the high quality diet food delivery services.


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