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.
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
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.
- Push ups
- Jump Squats
- Jump Lunges
- Wall Sit
- Butt Kicks
- Dive Bomb Push-ups
- Double Leg High Jump (or High Knees)