New Giveaway: Quest Cravings

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We just launched a giveaway on our sister site, BestSelfHelp.com, which brings you all the latest coupons, freebies, deals and discounts on health & fitness, beauty, wellness, self help, seminars, and more. And we wanted to share it here, as well!

quest-cravingsQuest Nutrition recently sent us a box of Quest Cravings Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Cups to try, and we want to give you a box, too!

Quest Cravings are as healthy as a protein bar. With 20 grams of protein, 4 grams of active carbs and no added sugar, you can eat Cravings every single day. These are high protein products that are actually good for you.

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Disclosure: Quest Nutrition sent us Quest Cravings free of charge for promotional purposes. 

Things We Love – Shred: The Revolutionary Diet

Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes
Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes

From the bestselling author of The Fat Smash Diet comes this helpful new diet book promising big results for people who are struggling to lose that last 20 pounds.

Many of us know firsthand how it gets more difficult to lose weight as we get closer to our goal. This book is designed to help you push through the plateaus when your previous weight loss efforts have stopped working.

Dr. Ian K. Smith has created this program, which combines a low Glycemic Index diet with meal spacing and meal replacements. (Dieters on the Shred Diet plan will be eating every three and a half hours, so it helps you keep your blood sugar – and moods – in check). The diet is composed of 6 week cycles, which you can repeat as often as you need to get the results you want. Dr. Ian puts the average weight loss for a cycle between 18 and 25 pounds.

What we love about the Shred diet is its inherent flexibility. Dr. Ian offers solid education about what works to push through frustrating plateaus and he provides specific guidelines to follow, but he emphasizes that, once you get an understanding of the Shred philosophy, you’ll be able to eat anywhere and know that you have the ability to both enjoy yourself (and food) while staying lean.

We also love that the focus is on eating a variety of healthy foods and on paying attention to meal spacing. As Dr. Ian says “the timing of your meals and snacks can be a reason why you are or aren’t losing weight.”

Dr. Ian has launched “Shredder Nation,” which you can get a taste of online. Get free tips by following Dr. Ian on facebook (facebook.com/shreddernation), Twitter (@doctoriansmith) and via his website: doctoriansmith.com. The book is available at amazon for preorder (with a release date of January 10).

Disclosure: An advanced reading copy of Shred: The Revolutionary Diet was provided to Momscape free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed are our own.

Things We Love – Weight Loss Gadgets and Goodies

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Sometimes, it’s a whole lot easier – and more fun – to make a change in our lives – if we have some kind of fun and shiny new gadget to help us along. Here are some weight loss gadgets and goodies we think you’ll love:

Smart Portion™ Prep Center by Fit & Fresh™
Smart Portion™ Prep Center by Fit & Fresh™
Save time when you chop, weigh and measure your food all at once. This prep center offers an easy way to stay on track. Whether dieting or just maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the food scale will help you control your portions every meal. The scale is compact and easy to use and measures up to 17.65 ounces (or 1.1 pounds) of food. The scale holder slides into the cutting board for easy storage. The side measuring cup measures food portions from 1/2 cup to 2 cups and the removable divider included makes measuring easy. The cup clips onto the side of the cutting board for easy access and space saving storage. The textured, cutting board has eight non-skid feet to keep the board in place while cutting. The legs fold into the board for easy, space saving storage. Food scale and side measuring cup clip into the bottom of the cutting board for compact storage.
Available online from Organize.com

Portion Control Plate
Portion Control Plate
This inexpensive portion-control plate helps you your manage weight and promote portion-specific eating habits. The easy-to-use divider fits most dinner plates and features labeled compartments for fruits and vegetables, starch and protein. Great for dieters and people who want to watch their weight. Follows the USDA My Pyramid serving sizes.
Available online from Taylor Gifts
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T-Fal 35-oz. Nutritious & Delicious ActiFry Low Fat Multi Cooker, White
The ActiFry, by T-Fal
The T-Fal ActiFry is a low fat cooker that enables you to cook tasty dishes while reducing the amount of fat you are having. T-Fal ActiFry is engineered to minimize the use of oil while cooking. This revolutionary appliance allows you to enjoy a wide array of great tasting dishes but stay healthy and feel good about what you are eating at the same time. With ActiFry you can enjoy crispy, great tasting fries that are low in fat! By using just one tablespoon of oil you can make 2lbs of fresh French fries, which is enough to feed a family of four. That one spoonful is over 200 times less than a traditional 3 liter deep fat fryer, which not only means that your food is substantially more healthy, but it is also more economical. The French fries have only 3 fat per serving!

Moreover, ActiFry is a versatile cooking appliance that can be used to create a variety of healthy, low-fat dishes with minimal effort. ActiFry is not just for French fries, it enables you to cook full meals such as chili, risotto, gumbos, vegetable or meat stir frys, seafood and even yummy desserts. ActiFry enables you to create your favorite dishes that are not only delicious but nutritious. Each recipe requires from 0 to 2 tablespoons of oil for four servings.

How does it work? ActiFry is the result of 10 years of research & development. It has a unique stirring paddle and pulse heat system which cooks foods to perfection. The food is evenly cooked thanks to the stirring paddle and the pulse heat system will ensure an even distribution of the oil on each piece of food.

The T-Fal ActiFry heating system and stirring paddle combine to cook your food to perfection, hands free! No pre-heating is required; it’s ready when you are!

Available online from Cooking.com (Current Cooking.com Coupons are here.)

Here are more Momscape Features we think you’ll love:
Weight Loss Articles & Tips
Weight Watchers Coupons

Things We Love – Pop Physique

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I DIG a good workout – one that really makes my muscles burn, so when the folks at Pop Physique asked me if I would like to try something called Cardio Butt School – along with another two DVDs in the Pop Physique family, I really couldn’t resist.

With a name like that, you start to get curious about what it would be like to take your butt to school. You start to get curious about how it will do.

In case you’re not familiar, Pop Physique combines barre-inspired exercises with elements of Pilates, ballet and light weights. The workouts feature a variety of effective and challenging moves, including isometrics, strengthening, core shaping, and stretching.

I liked each of the Pop Physique workout DVDs straight away. The leaders are likeable, and the pacing and the music are both really nice. Each of the DVDs offers a great workout and features strength moves that I might be intimidated to try in a class setting.

As I’ve written about before, I love to exercise outside – either running or hiking or cross country skiing – and this is how I do my every day workout because I can take my dogs and I get outside to suck in some Vitamin D, fresh air and sunshine. But I find that, if I do one of these DVDs three times a week, it strikes a nice balance of cardio and strength training.

The folks at Pop Physique says you’ll be burning 500 or more calories with each workout, and I believe it. You will be using all your muscles in moves that will make you feel strong and long and lean.

In case you’re wondering, I found that my butt did pretty well in school, actually. Cardio Butt School wasn’t the most intense workout I’ve ever done in terms of cardio, but my muscles were BURNING.

You can buy these DVDs separately, but they are each good for different days. One day you’ll want more cardio. Another, you may want to focus on energizing and strengthening. So do yourself a favor and buy the full 3 DVD collection, which is available online here.

Here’s more details of each of the DVDs in the set:

PopPhysique Hardcore
This workout focuses on shaping each muscle group with isometric muscle work.
Run time: 65 minutes.

PopPhysique Original Butt
Tone and sculpt in a low impact workout featuring strengthening and stretching. Promises quick results: “lifted rounded butt, sleek arms, flat abdominals, and slimmed legs.”
Run time: 55 minutes.

PopPhysique Cardio Butt School
Here, the Pop Physique team has taken the hardcore workout to a cardio level, flowing from one muscle group to the next, so you can get all the toning done in a short period of time.
Run time: 39 minutes.

For more information about Pop Physique, please visit www.popphysique.com.

Disclosure: Pop Physique provided these workout tapes free of charge for review, and this post contains affiliate links. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Things We Love – Joy Bauer’s Food Cures

Joy Bauer's Food Cures

Joy Bauer’s Food Cures
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
Review by: ACMMom

Joy Bauer’s Food Cures is an inexpensive little book that’s packed with information. In essence, it tells you how to eat in order to fight off certain conditions, ranging from diabetes to arthritis to migraines to foul moods.

A well known nutrition consultant, Joy Bauer has spent time working with gold-medal winning Olympic athletes, as well as celebrities and actors. In this book, Joy Bauer teaches us how the food we eat, day in and day out, is affecting our health – and how the right food choices can be used to lower  cholesterol, enhance memory, improve skin, treat arthritis, manage diabetes, and lose weight – as well as in the managment of other health conditions.

The individual chapters in her book provide information on a particular health condition, such as PMS, migraines, cholesterol, etc. The author then recommends which foods to eat and which to avoid. Each chapter also includes grocery lists, meal plans, recipes and supplement recommendations.

Joy Bauer’s Food Cures is a book that you’ll enjoy having in your reference library. You can use it again and again to make sound nutritional choices and achieve optimum health.

For more information on this fantastic must-have book, go to www.amazon.com.

You might also enjoy:

The Organic Living Channel at Momscape
Health and Fitness Articles at Momscape
Weight Watchers Coupons

Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program

You may have already read this Weight Watchers review, but I wanted to call your attention to something new that has become very popular. It’s called the Weight Watchers PointsPlus program, and it is the weight loss giant’s biggest change in 13 years.

The PointsPlus program combines the latest nutritional science with the tried-and-true Weight Watchers approach. This new Points Plus program works by emphasizing simple ways that you can make healthier, more satisfying choices. There are no required foods – just an easy-to-follow plan (and you’ll have room for the occasional indulgence, too.)

On this program, you’ll learn about Weight Watchers Power Foods, healthy and satisfying foods that can really help you keep hunger in check. Focusing on these foods helps you to maintain your focus on healthy weight loss, and helps you fight temptation when it strikes.

As soon as you get started, you’ll be given a daily “PointsPlus Target”, which you use along with the PointsPlus values of foods so you can make sure you’re eating the proper amount for effective, healthy weight loss. Your PointsPlus Target is personalized for you, and you’ll receive this target after you sign up for Weight Watchers Online or join Weight Watchers at a meeting.

Weight Watchers Online is currently offering two generous money-saving coupons.

One coupon for Weight Watchers Online:

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And another coupon for Weight Watchers Monthly Pass (which includes unlimited meetings):

Weight Watchers Monthly Pass
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Check it out and share it with your friends. Springtime is a great season to lose weight!

We are committed to bringing you honest reviews and recommendations of programs we love, and we’d like to disclose that Momscape is a Compensated Affiliate of Weight Watchers.

Things We Love – Moleskine Wellness Journal

Moleskine Wellness Journal

Moleskine Wellness Journal

Moleskine notebooks have such a romantic connotations. I think of famous artists and writers tucking the tiny notebooks into their satchels. I think of soft covers and pages, recording the thoughts and ideas of people from all walks of life.

Just in time to record your new resolutions, the 5″ x 8.25″ Moleskine® Passions Wellness Journal features 240 pages of acid-free paper, complete with 6 themed sections (Personal Goals, Exercise Log, Diet, General Health, Games/Sports, and Inspirations). The journal includes 6 blank tabs to customize as you choose, 16 blank pages for notes and thoughts and a double expandable inner pocket for storage.

Also features special pages for seasonal food calendars, food facts, measures and conversions, and plenty of space for ideas and thoughts, it’s a great gift for yourself or for someone who cares about being fit and staying well. Plus, the three ribbon place markers help you create shortcuts to your favorite journal sections.

Includes set of adhesive labels to customize your journal, embossed and thread-bound black cardboard cover with rounded corners, and an elastic closure.

From Barnes and Noble. Find it here.

bodybuggSP – The new smartphone compatible bodybugg is here

BODYBUGGSP personal calorie management system: GREY

If you watch The Biggest Loser, you’ve seen the bodybugg personal calorie management system in action, and now there’s a new version available that makes it even easier to use.

The bodybuggSP is smartphone compatible with Android and iPhone, which makes it a snap to  manage the calories you consume and burn in real time!

Right now, you can get the bodybuggSP system for just $249 plus get FREE shipping and $10 off with promo code: AFPSPBUG4.

bodybuggSP Features

  • Smartphone compatible with Android and iPhone – upload your calorie burn, steps and activity from your armband straight to your smartphone. No more need for the digital display.
  • Food logging available on Android and iPhone – no need to wait until you are in front of a computer. (also available with bodybugg version 3)
  • 6-month free online subscription (also available with bodybugg)
  • Free phone coaching session (also available with bodybugg)

Here’s the bodybuggSP coupon:  NEW bodybuggSP system $249 plus get FREE shipping and $10 off with promo code: AFPSPBUG4. Expires 11/30/2010

Diet Coupons: New offers to help with weight loss resolutions

If weight loss is on your list of New Year’s Resolutions this year, here are a few money-saving coupon-codes and promotions to help you get started!

Weight Watchers Coupon
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Avoid Holiday Weight Gain: 10 Quick Tips plus 4 Festive Low-Fat Recipes

From the time the first mini-Snickers hits the kids’ plastic halloween pumpkins to the very last sip of bubbly on New Year’s Eve, it feels like the holidays are one long lesson in avoiding overindulgence.

And while it might not be super duper easy, here are a few strategies to help you avoid holiday weight gain. (Plus some lowfat recipes to help you celebrate the season.)

1. Think bite size. When you find something you must treat yourself to, give yourself a wee bit. Imagine the amount you’d be given at the grocery store on free sample day. Take that little bit and savor each and every morsel. Yum.

Instead of taking an entire slice of pie, split a portion with your kids and/or your spouse. Just try not to label any food as completely off limits. That’s sort of a recipe for disaster.

2. Remember that you won’t forever miss your chance to eat this food. Sometimes, we tend to think that this holiday food is “special food” and so we rationalize eating it because it is food that we won’t be able to eat at any other time of the year. And so we are more likely to not want to cheat ourselves out of this special food. We must partake so as not to feel sad about it the whole year through. It helps me when I can remind myself that I am an adult with my own kitchen and access to ingredients at the grocery store, which means that I can actually make that food anytime you want. The whole year through!

3. Plan ahead. Before you arrive at the party, fill up on foods that are low in calorie but protein-rich and high-fiber. Some ideas: lowfat cottage cheese and fruit, a few slices of turkey, or a garden salad sprinkled with nuts. You can even slam a Slim-Fast shake. Do whatever you have to do such that, when you arrive at the party, your ravenousness isn’t instantly faced with creme puffs and egg nog.

Again, when filling your plate at a party, make sure that most of your choices are lean protein or high fiber. You’ll fill up and won’t have as much room for other stuff.

4. Ditch the calorie-rich alcohol drinks (or have one and sip on it for awhile.) Drink sparkling water instead. We all know that alcohol is high in calories, but it can also make you want to eat more and it might make you less able to resist the allure of aforementioned crème puffs and egg nog.

5. Stay busy. Engage yourself in conversation, join or start a game, or go help the hostess. Try not to position yourself near the food.

6. Make a supreme effort to eat healthfully at home during this season. Make sure your grocery basket includes fresh fruits and veggies, including some of the amazing fall and winter bounty: pumpkins, an amazing array of apples, and squash, pomegranates.

7. Exercise. Keep your normal exercise routine. Even if you don’t normally exercise, make a point this season to at least get out and walk a little each day. You’ll feel better and less stressed. (Make sure to talk to your doctor before you start a new exercise program if you don’t currently have one.)

8. If you overindulge one day, don’t go and beat yourself up.
Just jump back on the wagon. Eat a healthy breakfast. Drink water. Take your daily walk. Know you’ll do better.

9. See your weight loss as part of a big picture.
You are treating your body well so that it serves you well for years to come – so that it has the energy it needs to do the things it needs to do and so that it feels good doing them. Part of treating your body well involves eating things you love – but not in quantities so large that it’s not good for your body.

10. Experiment with low-fat holiday recipes. Find some good, healthy appetizer or dessert dishes to bring to those potluck parties. That way, you know there will be at least one healthy item on the table.

Here are a few holiday recipes to enjoy:

Christmas Biscotti

Ingredients:
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 eggs
1 cup white sugar
¼ cup molasses
1 tbsp baking powder
1 ½ tbsp ground ginger
¾ tbsp ground cinnamon
½ tbsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375degrees F and lightly grease a cookie sheet.

In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, molasses, sugar and oil. In a separate bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and combine, then mix into the egg mixture until the dough has a stiff consistency.

Divide the dough into two halves and roll each half into a roll the length of the biscotti. Place the two rolls onto the cookie sheets and pat down to ½ inch thickness. Place into the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, then set aside to cool enough to touch.

When the rolls have cooled, cut them into ½ inch thick diagonal slices. Then place the biscotti back onto the cookie sheet and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes on each side, until they are nice and crispy.


Cooked Pears with Spiced Syrup

Low Fat Low Sodium Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
12 peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
3 pears, peeled

Instructions:

Pour the water into a large saucepan and place over low heat.  Stir in the sugar until dissolved.  Add the peppercorns, cinnamon stick and cloves.  Place the pears in the pan.  Place a piece of parchment paper over the pears and lay a plat on top of the pan.  This will keep the pears under the water so they will tender.  Cook over low heat 25 minutes or until the pears are fork tender.  Remove the pears and place on a plate.  Continue cooking the liquid another 20 minutes or until it becomes a syrup.  Strain the liquid to remove the peppercorns, cinnamon stick and cloves.  Cut the pears half lengthwise and remove the seeds and core.  Slice the pear halves in quarter.  Spoon the syrup over the cut pears.

Nutritional Information (Approximate Values)

Number of Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1/2 pear with syrup

Per Serving
Calories 281
Carbohydrate 72 g
Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Fiber 2 g
Protein 0 g
Sodium 1 mg

Orange Laced Apple Cider
Low Fat Recipe

Ingredients:

6 cups apple cider
3 whole allspice berries
3 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 navel orange, peeled and quartered
1 navel orange, unpeeled, sliced

Instructions:

Place the cider in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add the berries, cloves and cinnamon sticks.  Stir to combine the ingredients.  Add the quartered orange.  Bring the mixture to a quick boil.  Once boiling reduce the heat to low.  Cook 7 minutes.  Pour the cider through a strainer being sure the berries, cloves, cinnamon sticks and oranges are removed.  Place the mugs in the microwave 30 seconds to warm. Pour the cider into the warm mugs and garnish with orange slices.

Nutritional Information (Approximate Values)

Number of Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 mug

Per Serving
Calories 151
Carbohydrate 38 g
Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Fiber 2 g
Protein 1 g
Sodium 8 mg


Vegetable Medley with Vinegar Salsa

Low Fat and Low Carb Recipe

Ingredients:

3/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped very fine
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and chopped coarsely
3 tablespoons white onions, chopped very fine
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons low carb breadcrumbs, toasted
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 pound small green beans, blanched
3/4 pound small new potatoes, boiled and cut into wedges
3/4 pound small beets, cooked and cut into wedges

Instructions:

Place the parsley, capers, onions and garlic into a large mixing bowl.  Pour in the vinegar and olive oil.  Mix together well to combine all the ingredients.  Add the bread crumbs and mix until completely moist.  Sprinkle in the black pepper and stir to incorporate.  Place the bean, potatoes and beets on a plate.  Cover the vegetables with the sauce completely before serving.

Nutritional Information (Approximate Value)

Number of Servings: 6

Per Serving
Calories 170
Carbohydrate 19 g
Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Fiber 4 g
Protein 4 g
Sodium 232 mg