Boiled Verses Scrambled…May The Best Egg Win!

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Q: Are there the same amount of calories in a boiled egg as a scrambled egg.

eggOH! GREAT QUESTION! So, the boiled egg will have the lowest calories. Scrambled eggs increase in calories only because of the type of oil or butter we use when scrambling. There is no real way around not doing so as the eggs would stick to the skillet, right? AND a boiled egg, no matter the size, is under 100 calories. Whereas a scrambled egg will depend again what you prepared them in and what you added, like cheese or meat. A boiled egg is still an egg and once an egg is boiled, it will spoil more quickly than your raw eggs.  Please use the same food safety you would for cooked meat…let the eggs cool to room temperature for at least 2 hours and store them in the fridge.

Q: What are my healthiest choices for store bought salad dressing?
Right, because who doesn’t like to give their lettuce a little love? BUT we all know that tantalizing our taste buds CAN cut into our results. Although the option is always there to whip up a homemade, healthy dressing….there ARE some healthy store-bought versions that can save TIME….MONEY…and RESULTS. So always begin with the nutritional label! Look for on dressings that are 80 calories or less per serving AND have less than 5 grams of sugar WITH no more that 150 mg sodium. Here are some suggestions that can create a shortcut to salad freedom! Light Raspberry Vinaigrette, Italian Vinaigrette Salad Spritzers, or Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan are a few of my favorites. And let me further encourage you with this! Promising research has found that WOMEN who used oil-and-vinegar salad dressings, at least 5 times a week, have a 50% lower risk of fatal coronary artery disease compared to those who didn’t. SO go ahead and add some POWER to your plate!

Q: I am trying to set up my new heart rate monitor, can you help me with figuring out my heart rate max?
I love it! AND GOOD FOR YOU! The part I LOVE is that heart-rate training is specific to YOUR body’s threshold & YOUR fitness goals. If you are pro with it…or trying to lose weight…just getting started…just turned 50…or want to improve your cardio fitness level…heart rate is where its at. Pull out the pencil and the paper, its time for some fitness math…it would be really cool right now if one of those Harry Potter owls would swoop in and land on my shoulder. But, I digress! To calculate your max heart rate, subtracting your age from 220. For example, if you are 50, 220 minus 50 is 170. Okay now HOLD the number you got for your max heart rate and let me show you how to calculate your heart range for fat burning. What you want to do is subtract your resting heart rate from 170. Let’s say your resting heart rate is 60… 60 minus 170 (your max heart rate) equals 110. Okay now hold that number and subtract 50 percent. For my example 50 per cent of 110 which is 55; now subtract 75 percent from 110 is 83. AND THIS IS YOUR FINAL STEP! Add your resting heart rate, to both numbers: 60 (resting heart rate) + 55 (50 per cent of 110)=115 and 60 + 83 = 143. For your body efficiently burn fat, the range is 115-143 beats per minute. Now I know you probably got that Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) eyebrow thing going on and thinking, ‘I’m just going to keep it simple and do 220 minus my age‘; know that this simple math can move you beyond the no-pain, no-gain type training traps. (Go ahead and wipe that sweat off your forehead)


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