Battling the Holiday Bulge: Tips from the Pinnacle Fitness Team

Staying on track with your nutrition plan and exercise is easier said than done when champagne, cheese plates and bacon wrapped-everything are staring you down everywhere you go. Have no fear, the Pinnacle Fitness team is here to keep you motivated with words of inspirations, tips, a recipe from Erin, and more to keep you on track…

Eric -Skip the All Day Snacking and Save it for the Main Event
“The holiday meals themselves really aren’t that bad and can be easily balanced out with a regular, healthy nutrition plan and some exercise. It’s the all day snacking and binging that will catch up with you. If you stick with your normal eating habits throughout the day, and then indulge in the meal, you’re not only bypassing thousands (yes, thousands) of calories, but you’ll appreciate the main event even more.”

Erin -Recipe: Delicious, Fudgy, Healthy Brownies!

Delicious fudgy and healthy brownies made with black beans and avocados. Sounds weird, tastes awesome! These can be made gluten free and vegan (sub chicken egg for a flaxseed egg and use vegan chocolate chips).

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 – 15oz can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 medium to large ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips plus 2-3 TBS for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8×8 inch baking pan.
  2. Place egg, black bean, avocado, vanilla, and brown sugar and process in a food processor until smooth. Add in cocoa powder, coconut oil, baking soda, and baking powder and process again until smooth. Batter will be thick. If batter is way too thick and won’t process, you can add in a tablespoon or two of milk (any kind). This batter needs to be very thick in order to produce fudgy brownies. Fold in chocolate chip or sprinkle onto batter then transfer to prepared pan and use a spatula to spread evenly to sides. Sprinkle top of batter with 2 tablespoons of remaining chocolate chips.
  3. Bake for 22-30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out somewhat clean. We don’t want these to dry out, but we also don’t want them completely raw either! The top of the batter should be completely set and no longer jiggle. Cool pan completely on wire rack then cut into 12 bars.

Notes

You may be able to sub the brown sugar for honey, agave or maple syrup. I would reduce to 1/3 cup though.

The brownies are best went made in a food processor so that beans can blend together better.

The brownies are best when served at room temperature or cold. They should be stored in the fridge. I love eating mine chilled.

You can also freeze these and thaw out for an easy treat.

Tracy -Words to Eat By

Shaula -Get Off the Couch and Inspire Your Family to Get Active

“Don’t let everyone slip into a carb coma after big meals. Instead, bring a football to throw around, take the kids around the block with Pokemon Go, or ask the whole family to come with you to walk the dog. Better yet, arrange a surprise scavenger hunt! Activity after a large meal will fend off the lethargy and help stimulate your metabolism.”

Allison -Go for a “Thinner Dinner”

“The holidays are a time to indulge, and there’s nothing wrong with that from time to time, but the holidays are also a time to take it a little too far. Here are a few choices you can make to still enjoy your feast and not need stretchy pants after…

  • Stay hydrated! You feel less hungry and fill up faster when you’re well hydrated.
  • Go for lighter, less marbled poultry and meats and ditch the skin.
  • Double up on the veggies.
  • Eating slowly allows your body to trigger your “full” feeling before you go overboard.
  • Have your pie, but go for a half slice first. Then if you still want the other half, go for it.”

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