Candy, Cookies & Pies OH MY!

009 (27)Is your sweet tooth still raging from all that Halloween candy? Well guys as you all know this is a challenging time of year especially with those parties, events and sometimes the main culprit: sweets. It’s the season of sweets and treats ranging from candy, cookies, pies, and even sugar topped or coated veggies. So how can one aid in only gaining a few pounds or even prevent weight gain? Here are some tips:

  • Stay on your workout regimen (if you aren’t on one, start one, or at least start walking!)
  • Drink water or tea before your meals
  • Eat on smaller plates
  • Wait 15 minutes before going back to get seconds
  • Make half your plate veggies
  • Indulge in conversation and activity
  • Choose a candy that has a non-solid center (instead of normal M&M’s try the pretzel M&M’s (calories: 240 v 150;fat: 10 v 4.5;carbs: 34 v 24;sugar: 30 v 17 – respectively….see what I mean? Pay attention to labels!)
  • Pay attention to your drink choices. If you’re choosing sugar-sweetened beverages, alcohol, etc, alternate with water.078 (6)

Keepin’ it short and sweet on this one guys! Since it’s the holidays, I’ll be recipe testing a lot and posting my favs to keep your stomach happy this holiday season!

In health,

Taylor M

Falling for Fall Foods & Flavors

034 (13)Fall is finally here (in Texas that is)! Yep, I’m your typical girl: I instagrammed the first day of fall, have enjoyed pumpkin spice lattes from numerous coffee shops, started pinning numerous pumpkin recipes on my Pinterest (confession time: I can’t stand the flavor of pumpkin, in most things. However, I have like 2 recipes and 1 beer where this is not the case), changed up my makeup and nail color for the season, went to an Oktoberfest, broke out the plaid/stripes/vests/jeans/boots just waiting for that right temperature here in Texas, and of course have started burning my fall scented candles. In other words I am a walking Buzzfeed article.

So here is a small list of what is seasonal for September, October and November: acorn squash, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, grapes, guava, kale, mushrooms, pears, pomegranates, pumpkin, apples, sunflower kernels, sweet potatoes, and so much more. For the full list click here. Continue reading