Editor’s note: Article by Guest blogger Mandi Gelsen, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
The TRUTH on the Health Benefits of Red Wine—or Lack There of:
“One Glass of Red Wine is Equivalent to an Hour in the Gym”
“Is Red Wine Actually Good for You”
“4 Health Benefits of Red Wine”
Yes, my friends. You know you’ve seen those posts casually embedded in your Facebook newsfeeds more often than not. Your wine-o friends or acquaintances will desperately find any way possible to take the easy way out of “being healthy.” After all, I would know, I love wine. However, if that first headline is true and one glass of wine is equivalent to an hour in the gym…then why don’t I have a six pack by now? Most people are probably wondering that, actually.
The answer is simple. Those titles up there…they’re false. I KNOW, I KNOW. I’m sorry to be the downer in this situation. I love wine so much that if I didn’t have a full-time job that I love and a family on the east coast, I would literally move to Napa or Sonoma…or Italy…or wherever the wine was.
So let’s break it down real quick. What about wine isn’t actually GOOD for you? Let’s review the nutrition facts. (1) a serving of red wine is equivalent to 5 fl oz. There’s about 125 calories in (1) serving. No protein, about 4 grams of carbs (give or take), no fat, pretty low on the sugar spectrum, and no additional “beneficial” nutrients. Ever heard of “empty calories”…unfortunately that applies in this situation. Red wine does not actually provide the body with anything useful. Just look at the nutrition facts on any bottle. Most will read the same or similar.
So just drink more wine right? Well, no, not really. To fully get the benefits of the antioxidant resveratrol, you would need to supplement with it to get a higher, more concentrated dose.
Now that we’ve cracked that shell of a rumor that started many years ago, let’s just touch on how this rumor even came to be. It’s quite entertaining, really.
A hypothesis created a while back stated that since the French drink so much wine, it had to be directly correlated to their lower rates of cardiovascular disease, regardless of the fact that much of the food in France is high in fat. Sadly, there’s no scientific evidence to provide proof of such a hypothesis.
At the end of the day, the people who have the dream physiques we all lust after are not spending their days sipping on vino (but wouldn’t it be SO COOL if they were?). They’re exercising and eating in moderation. The tried and tested way for effective weight and fat loss.
But, best believe, if a wine is created that can substitute one hour in the gym…sign me up!
Recipe serves 1 person.
Recipe is for 2 servings, so eat one half and save the rest for later!
Epic Bodybuilding Meal Prep (Gran Prep de Comidas para Culturistas)
Muscle Muffin! This is better than McDonald’s and #uoeno! Start your morning off right and take 15-minutes to cook yourself breakfast. MAKE TIME. Boom.
TIP: use your #mealprep ingredients to make #breakfast.
Surf and Turf Muscle Kabobs! Swordfish steak & flank steak with cherry tomatoes and yellow bell peppers, with a spinach & cucumber salad with sesame vinaigrette.
Egg baked avocado, egg whites, skillet grilled red potatoes. Boom.
Sweet & Spicy chicken kabob with rainbow quinoa. Meal in 15-minutes.
Post-workout cardio meal: the Fit Men Cook Protein Banana Split! Feed the muscles. Boom. (traduccion abajo)
This delicious meal that features a tasty black bean recipe can be made even easier with the use of an instant pot or slow cooker. You will cut your prep time down if you make the beans beforehand, and they can easily be portioned out and frozen for weekly (or monthly) lunch and dinner plans. With brussel sprouts and tender scallops, this recipe is perfect for those after gym meals where you need to replenish your energy and protein without sacrificing your health goals.
Tasty black bean recipes can sometimes be hard to find but look no further. The secret is using pico de gallo, some cumin, and garlic to season it into a delightful mix. You can use dried black beans if you want to make black beans from scratch, but canned beans work too. However, dried beans may be cheaper in the long run if this is something you foresee making large amounts of at a time.
For sea scallops, make sure they are dry, firm, and smell like the sea. If they are shiny or wet, they are often old, and if they have a fishy smell, are way past their prime and you should skip. Make sure you don’t overcook the scallops when a quick sear will do. Scallops will shrink and be tough if you cook them for too long.
Depending on how you like them, you can steam or roast the brussel sprouts until they are tender and nutty. As a leafy green, brussel sprouts (which look like tiny cabbages) are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. With these and beans at your side, it is very easy to switch up the scallops with another protein source such as beef, chicken, or fish.
If you enjoyed this black bean recipe with brussel sprouts and seared scallops for weeknight dinners or pre-made lunches, please drop me a comment or send me a message. Would love to hear from you!
I am starting off the day with an egg white, asparagus and brown rice & quinoa frittata, with half pink grapefruit and ISO protein shake. This is a simple breakfast you can make while you get ready for the day. Boom.
Breakfast or Snack Meal Prep: Staying prepared is an important part of making sure you accomplish goals!
Move on over Paula Dean, there’s a new bad boy in town and he’s not pulling any punches when it comes to breaking out the healthy but delicious versions of your favorite southern comfort food. Southern fried green tomatoes are a staple in the lower half of our country, where a crispy crust encases juicy, meaty, and tangy green tomatoes.
Often the result of having a late bumper crop of this popular vegetable, if you find that you have a bunch of late-season unripe tomatoes that won’t make it through the first frost, this is the recipe you can wow guests with at your next dinner party. Not only does it reduce food waste, but I’m also very excited to show you all a version that keeps special diets such as keto, paleo, and gluten-free.
Before we dive in, here is some advice on making the best fried green tomatoes recipe. Make sure you choose firm green tomatoes since if they’re soft, it more than likely means they have started to go bad. Choose a large shallow bowl so that it’s easy to toss the tomatoes in the breading and make sure you lay them out on some paper towels after you fry them so they stay crispy and don’t become too soggy with grease. With these tips in mind, let’s dive in!
Instead of bread crumbs or corn meal, Almond flour is a versatile gluten-free and grain-free breading that gives just the right amount of crisp we’re looking for. While you can mix any seasoning of your choice into the flour, in this recipe I used garlic powder, sea salt, cumin, and ground black pepper. Feel free to add smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, Cajun or Italian seasonings. Even parmesan cheese would be a welcome addition to the breading. While you can pan fry them until they’re crispy, you can also throw them into the air fryer if you’re trying to watch your calorie intake.
If you’re looking for what to serve with fried green tomatoes, they are fantastic as a side dish to cubed steak, kebabs, stew and gumbo, roasted chicken, some sauteed shrimp, or other fish and seafood. In fact, they even do well as a stand-alone entree. If you want something to give it an extra kick, pairing it with a tasty dipping sauce like a spicy remoulade or cool tangy Greek tzatziki could be just the thing you’re looking for. If you have any leftovers, you can make fried green tomato sandwiches too.
I hope you enjoyed my southern fried green tomatoes recipe without cornmeal recipe and would love to hear from you. Drop a comment below to tell me how you liked it!
Delicious, light yet lean & mean – always a winning combo.
Bison seasoned with garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper. Cooked in a skillet. Since it is so lean, I used a small amount of spray olive oil so it would not stick.
Perfect way to reward the body after a grueling workout
Low-carb Tip: Instead of using croutons on your salad, use air popped popcorn! It is similar nutritional benefits to brown rice and will actually help you feel full. Two brands to consider using are Skinny Pop and Fit Pop.
Here is one of my favorite snack foods: Banana, nut butter & granola. It is only 218 calories and makes a good pre-workout snack with a Labrada ISO LeanPro protein shake. And, this is definitely something your children will love! Boom.
Breakfast for Dinner & Postworkout: Brown rice farina & egg whites mixed with greens topped with pico de gallo, 2 eggs cooked in bell peppers. Boom.
Easy, delicious meal you can prep for the week or make for dinner. I added black beans as my source of carbs, which is entirely optional.
I freeze the meals and defrost them in the refrigerator the night before I am going to eat them. ALWAYS adjust portions to meet YOUR macros and calories.
This is a great snack meal. Use a knife and fork to eat. Boom.