Health-a-bet: D is for Dumbbells

There’s a definite time and place for all different types of weight training, but dumbbells are one of my favorites. They’re relatively cheap, and it doesn’t take more than a few different weights to get the job done. Dumbbell exercises don’t require a lot of time or space, and the injury risk is relatively low. In fact, because you work each side of your body individually, dumbbells can help decrease injury risk by fixing muscle imbalances.

Here is a link to a dumbbell workout by Men’s Health. A message to the ladies: exercises designed for men work the same for you, just use less weight! Physiologically you WILL NOT get bulked up and manly from lifting weights. Just toned and healthy. So go crazy ladies and gentlemen, and be the first smartie that picks up a dumbbell!

http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/dumbbell-exercises-3

 

D is also for… Doughnuts!?
Yes, I said you CAN have doughnuts. By making your own baked doughnuts using this low-fat recipe you can enjoy one of the world’s cruelest inventions without making your waistline pay the price.

Makes 12-14 mini doughnuts, only 70 calories each!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour*
1/2 cup all purpose flourdoughnut*
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
dash of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon honey
splash of vanilla
1 tablespoon melted butter

*To make this gluten free, I use buckwheat flour and rice flour instead.

Simply mix the dry ingredients, then whisk in the wet. Pour into doughnut pan or doughnut maker, depending on what you have. (I love my BabyCakes doughnut maker- about $15) Bake.

Deliciously simple ideas:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar, coat over warm doughnuts.
  • Whisk 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 2/3 cups powdered sugar, glaze doughnuts when cooled.
  • Melt 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips in microwave until smooth, drizzle melted chocolate over cooled doughnuts.
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