Cronus Caprese Chicken

Using the famous hasselback technique (cutting crosswise slits every half-inch along the chicken breast) cooks the chicken faster and ensures you get a burst of flavorful gooey filling with each bite. This quick one-pan high-protein and veggie-packed slimmer dinner is easy to make and the whole family will love it. With only 355 calories it makes a perfect 400-600 calorie meal.

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Cronus Inside-Out Lasagna

Here we take basic lasagna ingredients—ricotta cheese, pasta and tomatoes—and skip the layering and long baking time to make a super-quick and satisfying slimmer dinner meal for the whole family. To cut down on prep time, look for pre-sliced mushrooms. For meat lovers, brown some crumbled turkey sausage along with the onions and garlic. Prep time only 25 minutes and ready to eat in 25 minutes!!!!! Serve with: Steamed broccoli and whole-grain baguette for a perfect 400-600 calorie meal!

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Easy Baked Scalloped Potatoes

In this easy version of scalloped potatoes recipe, sliced potatoes are roasted in the oven giving them the baked potato flavor before being mixed with a simple, creamy stovetop sauce and sprinkled with extra sharp Cheddar cheese. Finish with a few minutes under the broiler turns the dish golden and crispy. A perfect savory side for our 400-600 calorie meals!

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Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

Okay the old standby side dish for the holiday season we have just made healthier! Thanks to fresh green beans, an easy homemade cream sauce and crispy onion topping, this green bean casserole recipe is lower fat, lower calorie, and more delicious than traditional recipes that use canned soup, beans and onions. Plus, the slow cooker saves you time cooking at the stove. Make sure to use fresh green beans, as frozen green beans will become mushy.

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Mediterranean Chicken Wrap

This wrap is stuffed with chicken tenders and couscous with a hit of lemon and a healthy dose of fresh herbs and is a simple and quick lean lunch. Save any leftovers to wrap up for an easy lunch. Serve with: Mixed green salad and a glass of crisp white wine. This one is a favorite!

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Diet Alert: Sugar Is Everywhere 6 Easy Steps To Avoid It

Yes even personal trainers can have diabetes and I am one of them so I know a little about this subject because I live it each and every day! With my in home personal training and gym clients alike I stress the importance of watching their sugar intake. If you’re following a type 2 diabetes diet, avoiding sugar may be tougher than you think.

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Cheat Meals Backfire Here Is 3 Reasons Why

As a personal trainer my in home personal training and gym clients often discuss cheat meals. Are they okay, should I do them, and if so how often am I allowed to have one. The answers I get are ranged from none to several, and included many examples of cheat foods such as cake, ice cream, steak, and more.

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Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

This rustic cake is a delicious sweet nothings alternative to pie and uses one of the tastiest fruits of the fall harvest—cranberries. The basic recipe is very versatile and can be made with apples, pears, peaches, plums or any full-flavored, slightly acidic fruit. Just arrange the fruit in the skillet before you pour the batter over it. The cake is best served warm; if you can, put it in the oven just before you sit down to dinner.

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Chicken Tetrazzini

This chicken tetrazzini is a comforting creamy low fat version of lusciousness! A cheesy pasta bake loaded with juicy chicken and plump mushrooms. When you bake this pasta casserole, some of the sauce bakes into the pasta, the flavors marry and something wonderful happens. You’ll know what I mean when you try it. Ridiculously good, easy to prepare, kid friendly, reheats well and freezer safe.  P.S. you can further simplify this by using rotisserie chicken – You’re welcome ‘ma friends in advance!

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3 Muscle Building Facts Every Woman Should Know

With the larger percentage of my in home personal training being women I can tell you that you ladies don’t have it easy when it comes to burning fat and building muscle—your bodies are not exactly designed for the cause. Instead, you tend to hold on to fat and are limited in your muscle building abilities due to your hormonal make up. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t overcome your disadvantage and still have a lean and trim body! The first step is to understand why you are designed the way we are. Read on to find out the three things you need to know about burning fat and building muscle for women.

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