The Rehabilitationist: Sprouts in the Style of Brussels

Even without bacon, Brussels sprouts are totes tasty, and pretty damn healthy. But even if you do cook your sprouts with a bit o’ pig, the Rehabilitationist has provided a gut-busting workout to counter the calories and get you ready for a fit and healthy holiday season. brussels sprouts

by ERIN HEIDE, EH Fitness

Food: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I didn’t grow up eating Brussels sprouts, but a few years ago someone made them for Thanksgiving, and since then I’ve been hooked. Though it may have a bad reputation, when prepared correctly, this in-season leafy vegetable is delicious and simple to prepare. Even better, Brussels sprouts are packed with fiber, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting properties.

What you need:

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts

  • cooking spray

  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Trim the stems of the Brussels sprouts and cut in half.

  • Spray a heated skillet with cooking spray and sauté the sprouts for about 5 minutes. (Don’t worry about some of their leaves falling off; those will be especially tasty later.)

  • Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange the Brussels sprouts (and their fallen leaves) in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every once in a while. Those little fallen leaves will crisp up, and they are DELICIOUS! 

You can eat the entire batch for about 165 calories, or you can share with a friend for 83 calories, 4 grams of fat, 11 carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.

Feel free to add your own spices and additions (cranberries/almonds and bacon/maple syrup are two of my favorite combos). Just know that when you add ingredients, you need to add them to your calorie intake as well.

Fitness: Hardcore Pre-Holiday Workout

Work off some of that Halloween candy and help keep your body lean and strong during the holidays with this do-anywhere, calorie-crushing workout.

Do it Tabata-style (20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest). Do each of the 8 exercises once for one set, repeating it 8 times (or as many as you can and then work up from there). Need a little extra to counter your candy-binging — or because you’re just a badass? — do a bonus set of 30-second jumping jacks between sets.

  1. Push ups
  2. Jump Squats
  3. Dips
  4. Jump Lunges
  5. Wall Sit
  6. Butt Kicks
  7. Dive Bomb Push-ups
  8. Double Leg High Jump (or High Knees)

Enjoy!

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One Response to “The Rehabilitationist: Sprouts in the Style of Brussels”

  1. Amber
    November 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    I love finding new food blogs and my girl friend told me about yours and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook. I just checked him out and “Liked” his page and cam to your site. It gives me ideas for the holidays. Amber

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