Archive for October 18, 2010

BodyBugg- The Calorie Counters Dream

First of all, let me clarify, I’m NOT advocating that everyone start tracking every calorie. I think that loses the spirit of a healthy lifestyle. It’s not realistic, and it’s sometimes impossible. It can take the fun out of eating, and turn it into a chore. That said, let me introduce my friend, the BodyBugg.

If you’ve never heard of it, let me give a quick explaination of what it is. It’s a little band that you wear on your upper arm. It sort of looks like a pedometer. It tracks the calories you burn throughout the day. That’s right, not steps, not heart rate, but calories! It’s over 90% accurate, and let me tell you, it’s kind of fun! 🙂

I got it because I was curious! I usually have at least a general idea of how many calories I take in on average, but I had no clue what I was burning. I’m also really skeptical about the “calories burned” on cardio machines… So why not find out exactly what I’m burning? Plus, when you’re wearing it, you’re much more motivated to take the stairs!!

The BodyBugg comes with software, and when you plug it into your computer and upload your info, it will give you a little chart, detailing your calorie burn for the day. How cool is that? Let me tell you, it’s a little addicting!! My goal is to burn at least 2,000 calories a day! Even just a walk to the library becomes more fun when you’ve got goals in mind!

 

 

Ok, now on to some food!! I’ve seen so many amazing recipes for baked apples (Check out these great ones from  Angela, & Holly!!)  I was so inspired, that I had to try my own… but I was feeling a little lazy, so here you have it:

“Fake-Baked” Apples

  • 1 medium apple
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 2 tbs granola (I like Galaxy Granola)

Slice the apple into really thin slices and coat thinly with brown sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg. Top with granola and pop it in the microwave for about 45 seconds. (I do it for 30, stir, and then do 15 more). It’s that simple, and it’s such a delicious way to get in a serving of fruit! This has been my new favorite breakfast/snack/dessert.

So what do you guys think about calorie counting? Are you for it or against it?

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