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Mediterranean Turkey Roulade

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A roulade is a dish that’s been rolled with a filling, and in this case we are rolling turkey breast and filling it with a spinach and garbanzo bean mixture. Super healthy, super tasty and super impressive!

Serve this Mediterranean Turkey Roulade up with roasted veggies and salad for a lovely meal. Enjoy!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What you need
Serves 6

For The Sauce
3 roma tomatoes, chopped
¾ cup pimento-stuffed green olives, chopped
1 fennel bulb, halved and sliced
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
1 tablespoon capers
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced
black pepper, to taste

For the Stuffing
2 cups frozen spinach, chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
sea salt and black pepper
1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed, roughly chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced

For the Turkey
5 pounds boneless turkey breast, butterflied and flattened

For the Basting Ingredients
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9”x13” casserole pan with olive oil.

2. For the Sauce: In a medium bowl, combine the sauce ingredients together. Spread over the bottom of the prepared casserole pan.

3. For the Stuffing: In a medium sized skillet, sauté the spinach, lemon zest and red pepper flakes for 3 minutes. Use a paper towel to squeeze out any remaining liquid. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the remaining stuffing ingredients.

4. For the Turkey: Lay the turkey breast flat and season with salt and pepper. Spread the stuffing in an even layer, then tightly roll the turkey. Tie the roll with kitchen twine, spaced about every 4 inches. Place the roulade in the casserole pan, on top of the sauce.

5. For the Basting Vinaigrette: In a small bowl whisk the vinaigrette ingredients together.

6. Roast the roulade in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, basting with vinaigrette every 10 minutes. The turkey is done with an instant read thermometer inserted into the center registers at 165 degrees F.

7. Let the roulade rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve with the sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals 374 calories, 12g fat, 19g carbohydrate, 976mg sodium, 5g fiber, and 51g protein.

SERIOUSLY, DON’T FALL FOR THIS

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Seriously?! Don’t fall for this

The madness has to stop.

I’m here to warn you about 5 fat loss myths that most people fall for. This might come across as a soapbox rant, and for that I apologize, but trust me when I say that this is a message that needs to be spread.

Your fat loss depends on it.

Don’t waste your time on these:

This is a Myth: Diet pills will help you lose fat.

It’s so tempting! The commercials make compelling claims about the power of diet pills, but don’t fall for it. The ‘magic pill’ has yet to be discovered (it has been discovered – exercise. It’s just not in pill form…). Diet pills are more likely to damage your health and burn your pocketbook than to slim you down.

Don’t pop a pill—instead burn calories with exercise.

This is a Myth: You should starve yourself to lose fat.

Attempting to lose weight by starving yourself is not only ineffective, it’s also dangerous. It may seem that severe calorie restriction would deliver the quickest weight loss, but your body is complex and by doing so you’ll disrupt your metabolism and slow your results.

Don’t starve yourself—instead eat healthy small meals throughout the day.

This is a Myth: Lots of crunches will flatten your abs.

We all want our midsection to look toned as we stroll down the beach, but excessive crunches aren’t the answer for tight abs. In order to achieve a lean look you’ll have to focus on burning off the layer of fat that is covering up your abs.

Don’t obsess about crunches—instead focus on fat burning.

This is a Myth: Eat packaged diet foods for speedy results.

It is amazing to see the kinds of foods that are packaged as ‘diet’ or ‘weight loss’ aids. More often than not these products are packed with refined sugar and other artificial ingredients that your body doesn’t need.

Don’t eat packaged diet foods—instead stick with nutritious whole foods.

RON L. RICHERT

DIRECTOR OF HENDRICK HEALTH CLUB

Roasted Cauliflower Steak

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Roasted Cauliflower Steak

 

This is such a simple recipe and yet it yields so much satisfaction! If you love salty foods like chips or crackers then this Cauliflower recipe may be the guilt-free snack that you’ve been searching for.

I like to slice the cauliflower into large slabs, like steaks, however be aware that not all of the pieces will stick together. That’s perfectly fine! Smaller pieces of roasted, seasoned cauliflower taste just as delicious as the larger pieces.

Enjoy these Roasted Cauliflower Steaks as a side dish for your next meal or eat it as a delicious and guilt free snack!

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

Servings: 4

Here’s what you need

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into ¼ inch thick slices
  • olive oil spray
  • salt and pepper
  • All-Purpose Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil.
  2. Slice the cauliflower into ¼ inch slices. Lightly spray each side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and all-purpose seasoning. Lay the pieces out on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven, flipping the pieces after 15 minutes, for a total of 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis

One serving equals: 18 calories, 0g fat, 3g carbohydrate, 1g sugar, 128mg sodium, 2g fiber, and 1g protein.

The single best way to achieve your goals

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The single best way to achieve your goals

We are living in a have-it-all, have-it-now world. Access to anything you desire is literally a key stroke away.

There’s one-click ordering. There’s food delivery in 30 minutes or less. There’s credit available with the swipe of a card.

More so than any time in history, we have forgotten the art of sacrifice.

Can you blame us? Mainstream marketing tells us hundreds of times each day that we should have it all, and that we should have it right now.

The problem with this have-it-all-right-now mindset is that real accomplishments require sacrifice and delayed gratification. And these real accomplishments are where true satisfaction is found.

Think about it for a moment. When was the last time that you felt proud of something that you’ve done? I doubt that it was for the shoe purchase that you just one-click ordered online 🙂 More likely it was for a big project that you tackled at work, or a meal that you cooked for your family, or an 8K (or marathon!) that you finished.

Those proud moments have one thing in common: they all required sacrifice and delayed gratification. You gave up your time, you invested your attention and efforts, you put in the miles.

And then you achieved your goal and experienced that sweet satisfaction.

Learning how to sacrifice and delay gratification, rather than getting something right now, is a skill set. This skill set can grow as you use it more often. Just like a muscle that becomes stronger under resistance, your ability to sacrifice your immediate needs in favor of a larger accomplishment will improve the more you use it.

Sacrifice and delayed gratification are the name of the game when it comes to getting into great shape. Get comfortable with sacrifice and you’ll achieve any goal.

I know that’s not what any of us want to hear. We’d prefer the one-click-to-dream-body button over months of a controlled diet plan and challenging workouts. But by embracing and enhancing your ability to sacrifice you’ll gain traction on all of your big life goals, including getting that dream body.

Ron L. Richert

Hendrick Health Club Director

FENNEL, CELERY AND GREEN APPLE SLAW

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How to make a Fennel, Celery and Green Apple Slaw

Here’s a light and refreshing salad that’s filled with healthy fiber. Getting enough fiber is an important part of being healthy and fit.

Fresh tarragon, fennel and lemon juice lend vibrant flavors, eliminating the need for fattening, store bought salad dressing.

Enjoy this Fennel, Celery and Green Apple Slaw Serve alongside a portion of lean protein for the perfect, fitness approved meal.

Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com

What You Need
Serves 2                                                                    

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon fresh tarragon, minced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
zest from 1 lemon
2 celery sticks plus the leaves
1 fennel bulb, plus the fronds
1 green apple
dash of salt and pepper

Instructions

1. In a small bowl combine the oil, vinegar, tarragon, lemon juice and zest. Set aside.

2. Using a mandoline slicer on the thinnest setting, thinly slice the celery, fennel bulb and green apple. Place in a medium bowl. Chop the celery leaves and fennel fronds and add to the bowl.

3. Toss the salad with the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals 219 calories, 14g fat, 192mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, and 3g protein

 

TRANSFORMATION TIPS

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Get Inspired! Here’s how they did it..

There’s nothing quite as inspiring as a truly jaw-dropping before and after picture. I’m talking about a 50+ pound weight loss where they look like an entirely new person.

It’s striking how much younger people look when the extra fat comes off. An attractive, happy, energetic person was inside of them all along.

Many popular magazines showcase transformation success stories like this at the beginning of a new year. Flip through the pages of before and after photos and it’s hard not to feel inspired to make healthy changes in your own life.

It’s also interesting to read how each person managed to lose all the weight. What was their exercise routine? What diet plan did they follow? The truth is that there are many routines and plans that bring success.

The key is to choose your plan and stick with it.

Of course, this is where things get tricky, during the stick with it period. This is when life tempts you to lose your focus and get lazy. This is when even the best intentions don’t help you win.

Below I have compiled a list of Best Transformation Tips that came from the mouths of those who have actually done it. Every tip below is from a fat loss champion who lost 50+ pounds and some even half of their body weight.

  • Fat loss is 80% mental and only 20% physical. Get your mind right if you want to succeed.
  • Focus on non-scale victories like how your clothes fit, how you feel, and how much healthier you are.
  • Fix what’s going on inside before you attempt to fix what’s going on outside. The mind is a powerful part of your transformation.
  • Don’t stress as much on what you are eating, but instead on how much you are eating. Keep calories under control.
  • Find a workout routine that you won’t be bored with, so that you’ll stick with it.
  • Stick to your workout plan no matter how tired you’re feeling that day. Push your body through the motions even if you’re tired.
  • Don’t be afraid to make healthy changes. You have nothing to lose and so much life to gain.
  • Use a slow cooker to have healthy meals on hand to avoid unhealthy meals. (See the recipe below!)
  • Use a fitness app to log your meals, workouts and water consumption. This helps to stay on track on those days when you aren’t feeling it.
  • Try eating leafy vegetables and protein throughout the day to increase your energy. As a bonus this also increase the speed of your results.
  • Find a plan and stick with it. Jumping from diet to diet never works in the long run.
  • Get creative with your healthy eating by trying out new recipes. This helps prevent boredom from creeping in.
  • Find and accountability partner who will keep you going strong with temptation hits.
  • Make healthy changes gradually. If you ate a whole pizza yesterday then don’t swear pizza off completely. Just eat one slice today.
  • Don’t give yourself the option of giving up. If you messed up then pick yourself back up and keep moving forward.
  • Remember that the best part of getting into shape is not the six pack. It’s about improvements to your self-confidence and overall outlook on life.
  • Be willing to ask for help. Seeking the help of a knowledgeable fitness professional is to ensure that your efforts are safe, effective and successful.

RON L. RICHERT

HENDRICK HEALTH CLUB DIRECTOR