Nutrition Tips from the Pinnacle Fitness Team -Bonus Recipe from Erin!

Hey Pinnacle members! March is National Nutrition Month, so we wanted to tell you about some simple nutrition tips we gathered from the team. Nutrition is a huge part of a healthy lifestyle and it doesn’t have to be restrictive. We like to focus on the benefits of delicious, healthy choices that fuel our bodies.

Water, Water, Water!

One of the simplest things you can do each and every day is to drink plenty of water. Fewer than 1% of participants in a recent study drank the recommended eight glasses per day. Not drinking enough water can cause headaches, fatigue, and even kidney issues. Our bodies are about 60% water, and that water needs constant replenishment. Drinking the recommended daily amount of water can curb your appetite and positively affect energy levels and brain function. So next time we see you in the club, please let it be with a water bottle!

Be Prepared for the ‘Hanger’

As instructors or personal trainers, we get to know the folks in our classes and it’s easy to see that for the most part, we have some pretty health conscious members. However, life happens. When your back to back meetings run long and that day-old donut is the only thing keeping you from getting ‘hangry,’ you’re probably going to reach for it. Instead, be prepared. Have healthy, high-protein snacks squirreled away in the car, the office and your gym bag. We suggest nuts, jerky, instant oatmeal packets, or protein bars.

Don’t “Diet”

We’re really not fond of that word around here. We prefer that our club members invest in a healthy lifestyle in which common sense and good judgement take the place of counting points and focusing on rapid weight loss. In fact, if it comes off quickly, it will likely go right back on just as quickly. Instead, make a commitment every day to choose what you know is best for your body. When the choice is between an energy drink and tea, when you get to pick where to meet for lunch, when “you can add a cookie for just $.99,” make better decisions.

Invest in Eating Well

While a salmon filet is going to cost you a bit more than say a Big Mac, that isn’t exactly what we’re talking about, although it’s part of it. We’re talking about diving in! Learning how to cook with healthy ingredients that you may not be familiar with. Playing with flavor combinations that you’re not used to. Taking the time to prepare a delicious, healthy meal with friends and family instead of opening another bag of chips and dip. Food is fun, it’s delicious, and it brings people together! The same happens to be true for healthy food.

Keep It Simple Sweetheart

There are about a bajillion weight loss plans out there. Am I still low-carb? Are we giving up sugar this week? What kind of fats are bad again? Do I eat the yolk? Keep it simple and go with what you do know. Fruits and veggies are good and proteins fuel us. Take it easy on the sugars, excess fat, and preservatives. There is plenty more to it, but you’ve got time.

We hope you have a great Nutrition Month! Be sure to share your favorite recipes, health substitutes and tips on any of our social outlets. See you around the club!

Bonus Recipe from Erin

Here is an EASY cookie recipe to try out–most people will have all of the ingredients in their kitchen already. -Erin

6 Ingredient Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies–
24 servings
1 cookie has 150 calories, 10.3 g fat, 10.7 g carbs, 7.4 g sugar, 1.4 g fiber, and 5.3 g protein

They’re gluten free and free of butter/oil other than the peanut butter oil and free of added sugar–just honey and then whatever might be in the chocolate. 
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 C all-natural creamy or chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 3.5 oz. of your favorite chocolate bar, coarsely chopped
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Oven 350 degrees
  2. Mix peanut butter, honey, vanilla, eggs and baking soda until smooth and well combined. Then fold in chopped chocolate.
  3. Roll cookies into 2-inch dough balls and place onto cookie sheet. Lightly flatten the top of each cookie with your spatula. 
  4. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes and remove when edge turn a light golden brown. The cookies may look a little underdone, but they will continue to cook once you remove them from the oven. Cool on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes