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Apr 01

March Madness Workout

Posted by Beaver Hollow on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

MARCH MADNESS BRACKET WORKOUT

PYRAMID STYLE

Perform each exercise for the designated repetitions as you work your way down the list and then back up.  This is a great full body strength and cardio workout that you can enjoy throughout the tournament.  You need little to no space and no equipment!

64 – Jumping Jacks

32 – Squat to calf raise

16 – Pushups

8 – Hip Bridge Raises

4 – Plank Position Up – Downs

2 – Compass Jumps

1 - Burpee

SLAM DUNK!

Jan 31

Game Day Fitness Challenge

Posted by Beaver Hollow on Saturday, January 31, 2015

Burpee

            Tricep Dips                           Squats                             Push-ups

  

              Leg Lifts                     Mountain Climbers               Side Steps        

  

        Don't forget WATER                             DANCE!

                     

 

 

Jan 30

Game Day Mini Veggie Tacos

Posted by Beaver Hollow on Friday, January 30, 2015

Do you need a healthy Game Day Snack for Super Bowl Sunday?

These Mini Black Bean and Corn Tacos will have your friends fighting for the last one. They're delicious, healthy, VEGAN, and Gluten-Free.  Can you say SCORE!?

Pico de Gallo:

  • Chopped Tomatoes, ripe
  • Chopped Onion
  • Chopped Cilantro, fresh
  • Chopped Jalapeño, fresh (optional)
  • Minced Peeled Garlic
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Black Bean, canned
  • Sweet Corn, frozen

Add all together in mixing bowl, best if made an hour in advance.  Can use chipotle pepper in place of jalapeño for a smoky flavor.  Can use Vidalia onions for a milder onion flavor. 

Cut out 24 3-1/2-inch rounds from six whole-wheat flour or gluten-free tortillas, a peanut butter lid works well. Option 1) Simmer the Pico de Gallo mixture, until thick, or Option 2) serve fresh. Scoop mixture (hot or cold) into each tortilla. Serve with guacamole, Greek yogurt, sliced scallions and chopped cilantro.  Makes: 24 mini tacos.

Enjoy!
 

 

Jan 27

The Biggest Loser Resort Niagara has a Healthy Game Plan so You Score BIG!

Posted by Beaver Hollow on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Are you excited for Super Bowl Sunday, but nervous about the Super-sized snacks?  Don't let Game time treats beat you at your healthy game.  These delicious and nutritious recipes will leave you satisfied and ready to score big on game day.

Paprika-Parmesan Popcorn

Pop 1/2 cup popcorn kernels in a large glass bowl covered with a ceramic dinner plate in the microwave until all kernels are popped. Mix 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, 1-2 teaspoons paprika, 1-2 teaspoons sugar, a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper. Toss into bowl of popped kernels. Serve immediately.  Makes: two-3 cup servings.

Mini Black-Bean-and-Corn Soft Tacos

Cut out 24 3-1/2-inch rounds from six whole-wheat flour or gluten-free tortillas, a peanut butter lid works well. Simmer a 16-ounce jar of salsa with 1 cup drained and rinsed black beans and 1 cup frozen corn, until thick. Serve warm tortillas and salsa mixture with guacamole, Greek yogurt, sliced scallions and chopped cilantro.  Makes: 24 mini tacos.

 Turkey Sausages with Pots of Mustard

Steam 1 pound chicken Italian sausage in 1/2 cup water and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large covered skillet over high heat until water evaporates, for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove lid, sauté until sausage is well-browned, about five minutes longer. Cut into bite-size chunks and serve with a variety of mustards.

Peel-and-Eat Old Bay Shrimp

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Quickly add and mix in 2 large garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning. Add 1 pound of peel-on uncooked shrimp and cook until spotty brown and pink. Serve with lemon wedges.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish Dip

Roast 1 pound of Brussels sprouts. First, cut off the ends, peel off outside leaves and cut in half lengthwise. Then toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt spread out on a baking tray. Roast in a 375 degree oven, for about 30 minutes. Mix 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup light mayonnaise, 4 teaspoons prepared horseradish, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Serve.

Sep 05

The Biggest Loser Run/Walk comes to Buffalo!

Posted by Beaver Hollow on Friday, September 05, 2014

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make the Biggest Loser Run/Walk race in Buffalo such an amazing day!

 So many amazing accomplishments happened at this race last weekend.  For many of our runners this was their first time ever crossing a race finish line. Whether it was the 5k or the 1/2 marathon, that sense of accomplishment was huge!  We are so proud of everyone that came out and challenged themselves.  You are amazing!

 The Biggest Loser Resort had a huge team of past and present guests.  We are so happy that so many of our BLRN Alumni came out to join us!

  

And how could we forget the beautifully inspiring TEAM ELIJAH! Sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports.  Elijah was given a free week to stay at the Biggest Loser Resort Niagara by the one and only Dolvett Quince, celebrity trainer from the Biggest Loser NBC. Elijah and this incredible group of kids trained together and completed the 5K Run/Walk.  We couldn't be more proud!

 

 

 

Feb 13

February is Heart Healthy Month

Posted by Beaver Hollow on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate covered strawberries are a Heart Healthy dessert that is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Try making the tuxedo variation to make it extra special. Dark chocolate is heart healthy because it is packed with antioxidants which combat damage to cells and help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy. Dark chocolate can also be an appetite suppressant and mood booster. When purchasing dark chocolate look for a high percentage (≥ 50%) of cocoa/cacao and little or no added sugar. Check ingredient lists and keep it simple and preferably organic or fair traded cocoa beans. Moderate intake is key so stick to 1 ounce of dark chocolate a day, eat it slowly and mindfully to increase enjoyment.

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Serves 4 (serving size 2 strawberries)

8      each       strawberries, large with stem

2      oz           dark chocolate (>50% cacao)

Note: Wash all strawberries thoroughly! The strawberries will need to be dried prior to dipping in chocolate or else the chocolate won’t stick to the strawberry. Cover a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Next melt the chocolate. In a dry metal bowl add chocolate, and place over a pot of boiling water. Stir chocolate occasionally. Once the chocolate is melted remove pot with bowl from the stove top. Begin dipping strawberries into the chocolate and placing on the sheet pan. Serve 2 strawberries per person. Each strawberry is dipped in about 1 Tbsp of melted chocolate. Strawberries are chilled in a fridge for approximately 8 hours.

Variations: To make the tuxedo strawberries, use white chocolate as well as dark chocolate. Dip the strawberries in the white chocolate first. Let it dry and then dip the strawberry in the dark chocolate at a 45 degree angle from both sides to make the "jacket". Place some melted dark chocolate into a piping bag with a very small tip or in a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off and pipe on buttons and bow tie.

Nutrient info per 2 berry serving:  89 calories, 5g fat, 10g carbohydrate, 1g protein, 2g fiber, 0mg sodium

 

Heart Healthy Tips

 Keep it simple – Eat more fresh whole foods and less processed foods.

MORE:

  • Vegetables – Strive for a variety of colors. The richer the color the more the heart healthy nutrients. Try making a big salad with different green lettuces, red tomatoes, yellow and orange peppers and red onions.
  •  Fruits – Enjoy more fresh fruits. Berries are loaded with antioxidants which are heart healthy!
  • Whole Grains – Try out different whole grains like quinoa, brown rice or steel cut oatmeal. The fiber in whole grains not only helps to fill you up but can help to lower cholesterol!
  • Lean Proteins – Choose heart healthy proteins like organic chicken breast or wild caught salmon or try using plain Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise or creamy salad dressings.
  • Healthy Fats – Heart healthy fats like those found in oils, nuts, seeds and avocados help improve cholesterol levels and keep blood vessels healthy. Fish especially the oily fish like wild caught salmon or Ahi tuna contain omega-3 fats which studies have shown help prevent high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Include healthy fats daily and oily fish often, at least twice a week.

LESS:

  • Added sugars – Avoid sugar laden drinks and sugary snacks. Check labels and look for less than 8 grams of sugar per serving.
  • Trans fats – Look for partially hydrogenated oils on labels and avoid completely.
  • Saturated fats – Eat less whole fat dairy or high fat cuts of meat.
  • Excess sodium – Check labels for sodium content, choose foods with a lower % Daily Value 5% or less is low.

 

 

 

Jan 31

Super Bowl Snack Ideas That Score!

Posted by Beaver Hollow on Friday, January 31, 2014

Got your team picked for Super Bowl Sunday?  Then it’s time to pick your line-up for your Super Bowl snacks…

Chef Mark's Super Bowl Bruschetta

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  Ingredients:

  • 1 gluten-free baguette/loaf thinly sliced
  • 4 roma tomatoes diced (aka pear or plum tomatoes)
  • 1 red onion diced 
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • fresh basil chopped - 4 tbsp
  • extra virgin olive oil - 2 tbsp
  • sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix together (do not over mix). Pour into muffin tins coated with cooking spray or lined with paper liners until 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Enjoy! 

- See more at: http://www.biggestloserresort.com/blog/entry/recipes-and-cooking-demos/blr-featured-recipe-whole-wheat-banana-muffins#sthash.uJn8dwCn.dpuf

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix together (do not over mix). Pour into muffin tins coated with cooking spray or lined with paper liners until 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Enjoy! 

- See more at: http://www.biggestloserresort.com/blog/entry/recipes-and-cooking-demos/blr-featured-recipe-whole-wheat-banana-muffins#sthash.uJn8dwCn.dpuf

  Directions:

Rub the slices of bread with pieces of roasted garlic or garlic olive oil.  Place slices on a sheet tray and back at 275 degrees for approximately 15 minutes until crispy and golden brown.  Mix the tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, olive oil, and salt & pepper well and let sit for at least 1 hour at room temperature.  Scoop the topping over the toasted bread and ENJOY!

 

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   Chef Mark's Game Winning Tips:

 

First of all stay away from the many traditional Super Bowl fare like chip dip, pizza, chicken wings, pulled pork, cheese dip, etc…

Instead, I suggest a dip of hummus or fresh tomato salsa.

Gluten free pizza crusts with your own fresh toppings like grilled vegetables, fresh tomatoes, basil pesto, fresh herbs, grilled shredded chicken any combination of these will make a great tasting pie.

Fresh vegetables for dipping, but instead of Ranch or blue cheese dressing, use non fat plain Greek yogurt and mix in fresh dill, lemon, chopped scallion, granulated garlic.

Instead of chicken wings deep fried, try baked or grilled organic chicken tenders with some frank's hot sauce to dip.

Sandwiches using gluten free whole grain bread and organic deli meats.

Snack mixes like sprouted seeds and make your own granola.

Fresh fruit with Greek yogurt, air popped popcorn, or pretzels with spicy mustard.

Come join us! And experience this healthy lifestyle for yourself! 888-945-6737

Book the Biggest Loser Resort Niagara 

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Available for a limited time only.

 

 

Oct 25

Join us FREE! Conversations for a Healthier You with Dolvett

Posted by Beaver Hollow on Friday, October 25, 2013

 

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Join us for a FREE health & wellness event to get inspired and stay Well informed about your health!
  • Fitness Sampler Zone - watch local fitness instructors demonstrate exercises you can do at the gym or in the comfort of your own home.
  • Healthy Food Stations - get ideas and sample healthy snacks you can incorporate into your healthy lifestyle.
  • "Ask an Independent Health Registered Dietitian" - get your nutrition questions answered by an Independent Health dietitian.
  • Dolvett Quince - hear from "The Biggest Loser" trainer about how his approach to lifestyle change goes beyond physical appearance.

Pre-Register for Your Chance to Meet Dolvett!
When you pre-register by Wednesday, October 23, 2013 you'll be entered to win a door prize of 2 tickets to an exclusive VIP reception with Dolvett.

Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited. Reserve your spot here.

Fitness and Nutrition Sampler: 5 – 6:30 p.m.

    • Check out the Fitness Sampler Zone to see local fitness instructors from the YMCA and Catalyst Fitness demonstrating exercises you’ve always wanted to learn more about – try them at your gym or at home! 
    • Get ideas for healthy recipes and sample some tasty, good-for-you snacks. Courtesy of TOPS Friendly Markets.
    • Stop by and “Ask the Dietitian” to get answers to your nutrition questions from an Independent Health dietitian.
    • Enter to win a one-week stay at the Biggest Loser Resort Niagara from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Dolvett will pick the winner live at the event! (courtesy of The Biggest Loser Resort Niagara)

Speaker, Dolvett Quince: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    • Hear from Dolvett Quince, The Biggest Loser trainer, about his approach to lifestyle change that goes beyond physical appearance. Learn more about Dolvett.

Event Parking
The Hyatt is located at Two Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, New York, 14202.

Guests may park at the Augspurger Parking Ramp, located adjacent to the hotel across the street, or the open lot located directly across the street if they prefer. Parking rates vary at both locations.

Please Note: If you do not pre-register, you can still attend; however, due to capacity limitations, available space may be full the day of the event.

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Oct 22

"Biggest Loser" Dolvett Surprises BLR Niagara guests

Posted by Beaver Hollow on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

 

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Earlier today our Biggest Loser Resort Niagara guests got the surprise of their lives during their morning stretch class.

This video is classic! Watch to see how Dolvett Quince, trainer from NBC's "The Biggest Loser" surprised them and how they responded.

 

 

 

 

Who wouldn't want to open their eyes to Dolvett's beautiful smile?! It just goes to show, you never know what could happen at The Biggest Loser Resorts!