Low-fat Creamy Summer Salad Dressing

cup cottage cheese
cup natural yoghurt
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
A few fresh chives, chopped

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend well for about 30 seconds.

Pour the dressing into a jug and season with salt and pepper.

Toss with your choice of salad (this is ideal for coleslaw, but can also be used for other salads) and sprinkle with freshly chopped chives.

This dressing can also be served as a dip with raw fresh vegetables.

Recipe: Grilled Caribbean Chicken

This yummy recipe is low fat, low calorie, and low carb!!

Minutes to Prepare: 30

Minutes to Cook: 30

Number of Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 chicken breasts halves (3-ounce each), boneless and skinles


In a large shallow bowl or a resealable plastic bag, combine orange juice, orange zest, lime juice, olive oil, ginger, garlic, hot pepper sauce, and oregano; add chicken. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator 3 hours or overnight.

When ready to cook, remove chicken from marinade. Sprinkle chicken with coarse salt and pepper. Place chicken on prepared grill and for 30 minutes. For grilling with charcoal, light coals. When coals are ready, spread them around the edge of the firebox and place chicken on center of grill.

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Is choice a good thing?

Guest Post Courtesy of the FitDeck Blog

Mental Edge Monday Topic #44: Is choice a good thing? It seems obvious that more choice is almost always better than less choice . Who wouldn’t want more choice ? When it comes to careers, partners, places to live, et cetera, who wouldn’t want the ability to see and do it all? Well, I’ve definitely fed at the trough of choices over the last 40 years. From Investment Banker, to Navy SEAL, to Money Manager, to firefighter, to entrepreneur – I’ve never hesitated to explore different career choices. Sometimes I wonder whether this freedom of choice is a blessing or a curse in today’s society. An ability to choose a career, for instance, was not always so easy, accepted, or celebrated.

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Talk to Yourself

Guest Post Courtesy of the FitDeck Blog

Mental Edge Monday Topic #28: Talk to Yourself In many ways, our brains are like computers. They are given input, which they process, and then provide a certain output. I have always been fascinated by this concept and the idea that we can program our own brains. By programming, I’m not talking about studying or learning a foreign language (although these can be considered forms of programming too). I’m talking about the programming that we do every day to ourselves through our own self-talk. Self-talk is the language that we use, both out loud and in the privacy of our own minds. It’s the way we talk to ourselves. Do we encourage ourselves, doubt ourselves, question ourselves, ridicule ourselves, denigrate ourselves, or praise ourselves? What is your self-talk like? Behavioral researchers estimate that 77% of everything we think is negative, counterproductive, and works against us.

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The Importance of Stretching

Guest post courtesy of SmoothFitness

How many times have you seen someone not stretch before they work out? Maybe you’ve jumped on the treadmill yourself once or twice without loosening your muscles first. There are many benefits of stretching you might want to consider before skipping and hopping directly in to your exercise routine.

The first and most important benefit to gain from stretching is relieving of pain! Most of the stiffness and tightness you feel in your muscles after a workout can be prevented by stretching. Another important benefit of stretching is that it releases a lubricating substance from the cartilage within your joints; which allows your joints to move more smoothly, preserving the cartilage in your joints and keeping your bones from scraping. Stretching is also known to improve the circulation of water and nutrients through your body, which slows the aging process. Studies have also shown that stretching can lengthen muscles and, by doing so, can improve your posture.

Here’s the kicker. All these benefits are achievable, even if you don’t regularly work out. You can experience a healthier, more comfortable day, just by stretching.

In order for stretching to be effective, you’ll need to warm up your muscles first. A simple ten minute walk or jog will make a huge difference. Remember, cold muscles are tighter, and will make you have a harder and more uncomfortable time stretching.

However, there are times when stretching should be avoided. Don’t stretch before intense workout sessions like sprinting or other high-intensity cardio training. Also, some chronic health issues can be exacerbated by stretching. Consult a Doctor if you have an injury or other health issues that may cause problems.

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Lose Weight Naturally: No Drugs, No Surgery… Just Common Sense

Guest post courtesy of DietToGo

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Lose Weight Naturally: No Drugs, No Surgery… Just Common Sense