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5 Things to do on National Family Fitness Day
By Marta Staniszewski
9/24/2013 4:34:00 PM  
10 Things to do on National Family Fitness Day

Take the opportunity to show your kids and family how to do something healthy and positive. On Saturday September, 28th comes the 17th annual National Family Health & Fitness Day!

Get your family excited about fitness and show them how it's done! Family-related health and fitness events will be held all over the country, whether in local parks, YMCA's, malls, health clubs and/or community centers, you can find an activity near you.

If you're looking for something more adventurous, here's our list of ideas for a fun-filled National Family Health & Fitness Day:

  1. Get some good, clean fun in a mud run! Mud runs for families and kids are becoming increasingly popular. Sign up for a muddy obstacle race that will get your whole family excited about running, climbing, and crawling on and through muddy obstacles. Check out our list of the top 3 family fun mud runs:

    1. Spartan Race or Spartan Kids
    2. The Dirty Dash or Piglet Run for kids
    3. Great Amazing Race
  2. Enjoy a fall day of fun, laugh as a family and learn about agriculture, all in a full day's worth of corn maze adventures — with over 2000 corn mazes across the country, you'll be sure to get your fill of family fitness fun.

  3. Kite racing — race your own homemade "bird in flight" by building your own Benjamin Franklin kite!

  4. How about some healthy eating and yummy good-for-you food education at your local farmers market? Go for a walk through your local market and talk to the local farmers who harvest and grow all the amazing, organic & delicious foods in season. The farmers will have lots of insight on how to pick the best tomatoes and how to check if an avocado is ripe.

  5. How about a good ol' bike ride? Grab the kids and go on a cycling adventure! If you or anyone in your family doesn't have a bike, you can rent one for the day at a reasonable price. If you have little ones who can't pedal just yet, use a bike trailer. Ask your local bike shop to help you pick (or rent) the right bicycle trailer for your ride. For the kids who can pedal but may have a hard time keeping up, consider a lift trailer that attaches to the back of your bike but allows your little one to pedal behind you as if he/she was cycling all on their own. For more bike trail ideas in your state check out 'the 50 best trails in America'.

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Citrus Chicken Bowl
By Jenna
12/20/2012 9:46:00 PM  

Delicious, affordable, high-protein, low-fat and simple to prepare -- with all this going for it, it's easy to understand why fitness-minded people make chicken their go-to meal of choice. Problem is, you can get in a rut with the same ol' one or two recipes that can make mealtime a snooze. Fortunately, jazzing up chicken -- without junking it up with empty calories -- is easier than you think. Try this fast, simple and zesty recipe that takes about 5 minutes of prep time, and 15 minutes to cook -- complete with side dish!

Nutrient Information

Makes 4 servings
Calories 370
Protein 35 g
Carb 35 g
Fat 10 g


  • 1 pound of chicken boneless breast
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • The juice from one lemon (or the juice from 1/2 orange)
  • The zest from one lemon (or the zest from 1/2 orange)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pepper
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • Your choice of two items from the following list:
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 small bag of frozen peas & carrots
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup couscous
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  1. Spray a large frying pan with non-stick cooking spray and heat to medium-high.
  2. Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes and toss in a bowl with flour, salt and pepper until all pieces are lightly coated.
  3. Add chicken to hot skillet and stir to brown all sides (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add soy sauce and zest of lemon or orange.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring continuously, then add the lemon (or orange) juice, 1 cup stock and cook for 1 minute once the mixture has reached a boil.
  6. While the chicken is cooking, bring the remaining stock to a boil in a separate pot. Add olive oil, stir in peas & carrots and couscous, cover pot and remove from heat. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  7. Using a fork, fluff up the couscous, tossing in your choice of fresh herbs from the list.
  8. Place a bed of the couscous in a bowl, spooning chicken over the top.

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Country Blueberry Smoothie
By Inbox Fitness
12/20/2012 9:20:00 PM  
Country Blueberry Smoothie

This high-protein treat will remind you of Grandma’s blueberry cobbler!

You can make a smoothie out of almost anything that fits in a blender, but making it truly nutritious takes a bit more than "Load 'er up," and "Liquify." To take the guesswork out of the process, here is a delicious recipe that’s jam-packed with nutrient value -- and as a bonus, the cinnamon will help you stay lean by maintaining healthy blood sugar levels!

Nutrient Information

Makes 4 servings
Calories 353
Protein 36 g
Carb 50 g
Fat 1 g
Fiber 4 g


  • ½ cup of cold water
  • ½ cup apple juice (choose the no-sugar-added variety)
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup non-fat vanilla greek yogurt
  • 10 grams of unflavored whey protein isolate (You can also use vanilla flavored protein, just replace the vanilla yogurt with unflavored)
  • ¼ teaspoon (a few good dashes) of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)


  1. Place the first four ingredients in the blender and blend for 30 seconds on a medium setting. Add the remaining ingredients and blend for 30 seconds more. Enjoy!

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