Recipe: Butternut Squash Pasta
A lip-smackingly good combo of winter produce and Mediterranean ingredients.
Tone Up Tuesday: Moves To Help You Improve
1. Face cable machine, balance on one leg and lift other directly beside it.
2. Hold cables with arms extended at chest level.
1. Squeeze butt muscles and perform three-quarter squat on balance leg.
2. Stand and row by squeezing shoulder blades and pulling thumbs to armpits.
3. Complete row by time leg is fully extended.
Homemade Rolo Knockoffs
Yield: 18 bites
- 200 grams pitted soft Medjool dates (about 11 large)
- 1/2 tbsp peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter)
- pinch of fine grain sea salt
- scant 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- chia seeds (optional)
Fitness Fuel: Good Eats for Fitness Peeps
Traditional pulled pork is barbecued, which gives it a smoky flavor. But the slow cooker happens to be the absolute easiest way to cook pulled pork—and you can get a hint of smoke by adding chipotle chile. Serve the pulled pork with potato salad, collard greens and grits. Or make it into a sandwich and serve it on a bun with coleslaw.
8 servings, about 1 cup each
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 5-9 hours
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 large onions, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup raw cane sugar, such as Demerara or turbinado (see Notes)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 1 cup chili sauce, such as Heinz
- 1 1/2-3 teaspoons minced chipotle chile in adobo sauce (see Notes)
- 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder or blade (butt) roast, trimmed
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 3 to 6 minutes. Add sugar and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the onions are golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes more. Add garlic, oregano, pepper and salt and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add vinegar and bring to a boil. Cook until mostly evaporated, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in chili sauce and chipotle to taste.
Four Quick Ways To “Fix” Your Squat
Ask any trainer what their biggest form pet peeve is? Almost always, it’s squats. It drives us crazy, lol. Men & women alike. Beginners & advanced alike. Squats are always high on the list for biggest fitness offenders.
Squats are all about the booty, but many people feel it in their quads more. While your quads are doing some of the work, overcompensation for improper form may put too much strain on the front of the thigh (and knees) instead of the back of the thigh (booty, hamstrings). A few quick fixes can help put the work back where it belongs. :)
YOUR FEET ROLL IN
If your feet “roll in” (knees tend to lean in for a kiss as you squat), you’re probably putting too much strain on them (hence why many people worry about their knees when they squat). If this happens, try to spread the floor apart with your feet: imagine trying to smooth out a wrinkled towel that you’re standing on. This usually rights the issue, but it will feel uncomfortable at first. It gets easier with practice.