Hot Body Year Round

“I want you to never have a silly reason for not staying active. It’s too easy and too much fun to move! I believe that working out should be something you look forward to – it should not be a chore. That way, it becomes part of your lifestyle. Losing weight and finding your best body will no longer be a battle; it will just be the result of living a happy and healthy life.” – Cassey Ho

Exercise can be grueling and cooking healthy meals can be exhausting, but with Cassey Ho’s Hot Body Year Round, neither of these has to be negative any more.  With beautiful photos, great in-depth information, and tantalizing recipes, this book is more than just another workout book. It is a lifestyle guide.

Cassey Ho, best known for the website Blogilates.com, has managed to celebrate every season with healthy exercises, delicious recipes, and great advice on how to manage the busy-ness of different seasons in a healthy way. No equipment is needed (other than a yoga mat if desired), and the exercises are described in detail so that even beginners can reap the benefits of these pilates moves.  The exercises are intense (if you want them to be), but offer a great way to celebrate your body, your strength, and your health. The recipes are also diverse, but focus on healthy, fresh ingredients.  While they are not all vegetarian, options like Orange Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, Lemon Cherry Quinoatmeal, Mason Jar Bean Salad with Mango-Avocado Salsa, Loaded Baked Potato, and Veggie Sloppy Joe ensure that there is something for everyone (even those craving healthy sweets).  Hot Body Year Round is a wonderful book for anyone wishing to improve their health, their outlook on life, or cook in a cleaner way – Cassey Ho hit the mark with this gem.

Mini Apple Crumble Protein Pancakes

1/2 medium banana

1/4 cup egg whites

1/2 apple, grated or cut into small matchsticks

2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

1 tablespoon finely chopped walnuts (optional)

1. In a large bowl, mash the banana with the back of a spoon or fork. Add the remaining ingredients except the walnuts, and stir until well combined.

2. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan. Once it begins to bubble, 30 seconds to 1 minutes, flip the pancake, and cook for another 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat with remaining batter.

3. Top with walnuts if desired, and serve.

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