Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

12/29/12
Holiday stress

12/15/12
Holiday season isn't all just about food

12/01/12
Plan ahead to stay on the right track

11/17/12
Prioritize this Thanksgiving

11/03/12
Choose treats wisely during the holidays

10/20/12
Starting a weightlifting routine

10/06/12
Healthy body has right signs

09/22/12
You need a livable food plan

09/08/12
Tailor your food according to needs

08/25/12
Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

08/11/12
Traveling can challenge eating habits

07/28/12
Parenting your own inner spoiled child

07/14/12
Long-term motives create long-lasting results

06/30/12
Interval training works for anyone

06/16/12
Check ingredients when eating out

06/02/12
Get out of the house for your workout

05/19/12
Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

05/05/12
Cooking extra saves time and calories

04/21/12
Even small changes can make an impact

04/07/12
Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

03/24/12
Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

03/10/12
Make your lifestyle and health compatible

02/25/12
A little exercise can yield big results

02/11/12
Food plans can help you eat right

01/28/12
Moderation is weight-loss key

01/14/12
Give your weight-loss plan time

12/31/11
Combat post-holiday blues with activity

12/17/11
Choose holiday calories carefully

12/03/11
Good kitchen tools make life easier

11/19/11
Enjoy feast in moderation

11/05/11
Start planning holiday meals now

10/22/11
Don't buy Halloween candy too early

10/08/11
Theaters offer healthy snacks

09/24/11:
Try to avoid evening snacking

09/10/11:
Tips to stave off hunger pangs

08/27/11:
Stuck?  Reassess your routine

08/13/11:
Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

07/30/11:
Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

07/16/11:
Learn to love being thin

07/02/11:
Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

06/18/11:
Fruity thoughts to keep fit

06/04/11:
Water can ease cravings

05/21/11:
Working a pool into your exercise routine

05/07/11:
Stay focused, move forward

04/23/11:
Delay caving to craving

04/09/11:
Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

03/26/11:
Holidays are never-ending

03/12/11:
Measuring food is key to weight loss

02/26/11:
Food-logging can help in weight loss

02/12/11:
Find ways to make exercise fun

01/29/11:
Reserve time for your exercise program

01/15/11:
Substitutions for your holiday treats

01/01/11:
Moderation is key to good diet

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Fruity thoughts to keep fit

I am a big fan of seasonal produce, and summertime is fruit season.  In the store where I shop, the first fruits displayed in the produce section are the peaches and nectarines.  I think they do this intentionally because of the wonderful smell.  Every year it gets me in the mood for summer fruit treats.

A friend of mine recently joined Weight Watchers, and its current program includes unlimited fresh, whole fruit.  So, with all of that in mind, I'd like to share some fruity thoughts with you.

There are a lot of fruits available that take very little preparation.  These are simple to have on hand for a quick snack to grab.

Apples and bananas travel well.  They don't need refrigeration and create very little mess. 

Cherries, my personal favorite, are available for a very short time each year, so it's hard to get tired of them.  They are even easier to prepare than grapes; you don't have to pull them off the stems, just rinse and chill.  Since it takes longer to eat them, you get more taste satisfaction than other foods.  They make a perfect evening snack.

Grapes are fantastic frozen, great for our hot summers.  You can freeze peeled bananas too.

Melons take a bit more preparation.  But once they're done, you'll have a lot of food.  Cantaloupe is so sweet, who needs ice cream?  Watermelon is a perfect low-calorie sweet treat for little swimmers.  Kids love digging their faces into a big slice.

Add fruit instead of sugar to your oatmeal.  It makes for a much bigger portion, will give you more chewing satisfaction and you'll get a lot more nutrition.

So take advantage of what's fresh and treat yourself to some summer fruits.