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BIGGEST WINNER: You got your Chocolate (milk) in my peanut butter (powder)

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on March 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
March 25, 2011 1:58 pm

In Sunday’s Fitness Column I’ll be exploring the benefits of splurging to spend some time with a personal trainer and a dietitian.

Both typically offer a free consultation, then, typically, your rate will depend on how much service you purchased – usually $45-60 per session. The benefits of tapping into the knowledge of an expert, however, can lead to breakthroughs in the pursuit of your goals.

While participating in the Fitness Challenge at Innovative Fitness in Fircrest I met with registered dietitian Lisa Lovejoy.  Lovejoy specializes in nutrition for those looking to lose weight and improve performance.

While we discussed how many calories I should eat, how to read food labels and other aspects of nutrition, what I particularly appreciated were ideas on healthy foods to eat.

When she analyzed my diet she told me diet was actually pretty solid. Although it lacked variety. I admit that I don’t get real creative with my food.  I usually  grab whatever we have in the fridge.

Here are three ideas Lovejoy gave me that I’ve really enjoyed. Quick, easy and tasty:

1. Peanut Butter Powder: Two tablespoons of peanut butter powder has 155 fewer calories, 14.5 fewer grams of fat, 56 fewer grams of sodium a third the sugar as the same amount of peanut butter. It also has on 2 fewer grams of protein. It’s great blended into smoothie or mix it with a little water and use it like peanut butter. Check out bellplantation.com for more info.

2. Waffles with almond butter: Steer clear of those cheap Eggo waffles, but the more nutritious Kashi waffles smeared with a little almond butter makes a super easy breakfast.

3. Chocolate milk: I’ve actually talked to a number of runners who drink chocolate milk as a recovery drink after long runs, but I’d never tried it. Not only does it taste good and supply your body with the nutrients it needs to recover, I feel like a kid.

This is the sixth part in a series on weight loss running March 14-April 10. We will post profiles on South Sound residents having success losing weight the right way.  And Fitness Columnist Craig Hill will blog about his attempt to slash his body fat to below 10 percent.

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