Healthy Helpings: Nutritional yeast flakes pack dietary punch

Nutritional yeast flakes lend a savory, cheesy flavor to this winter-friendly pumpkin and white bean soup with sourdough croutons. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Nutritional yeast flakes lend a savory, cheesy flavor to this winter-friendly pumpkin and white bean soup with sourdough croutons. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Nutritional yeast flakes have been around for a very long time but many of us aren’t aware they exist.

Nutritional yeast is a sugar-eating fungus known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae that grows on sugar cane and beet molasses.

Although it might not have the most appealing name, those who eat nutritional yeast flakes report tasting a nutty, cheesy flavor.
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Friends, lend me your tunes

DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – KATE PENN

I’m starting to hit my peak mileage in fall marathon training. This means hours pounding the pavement listening to my favorite podcasts and songs. Over, and over, and over. I need to shake things up because I swear I’m starting to run through my playlist in my sleep.

Give me something, anything!

What are some songs you’re loving right now?
What do you work out too?
What podcasts should I absolutely be listening to?

PLEASE SEND HELP!

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So, you want to be a yoga teacher?

Hey there!  I heard through the grapevine that you want to be a yoga teacher!  Well, good for you!  That is pretty awesome.  I bet you have already looked into all the types of yoga you can get certified in.  You have the dreams of what your instagram is going to look like. You prepared your blog, and are scouting where you will teach.  You have experienced yoga and love it!  Also, let’s face it, you hate your job…working for the man…little pay, no appreciation.  Yoga has changed your life!  Your teacher is amazing and she/he looks like they totally have it all together.  Yup, the life of a teacher is the way to go.

Teaching yoga is awesome.  I will be the first to tell you that.  200 hour certifications are great, not just for teaching but also to deepen your practice.  Everyone who is called to teach should do it.  Truly.  But, before you make that jump from your job to giving it all up to teach, you might want to consider a few things. Continue reading “So, you want to be a yoga teacher?” »

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Join us for our second Wednesday Walks session at John Rudy County Park

wednesdaywalksLast week we walked two miles along the Rail Trail in downtown York and this week we’ll be trekking another two miles at John Rudy County Park as part of our Wednesday Walks series.

Join us at noon tomorrow. Meet us in the parking lot near the playground field and we’ll walk the 2-mile paved path. See the map for details on where to find us:  https://yorkcountypa.gov/images/pdf/2012%20Rudy%20bro.pdf

I’ll be sporting my No Sweat, York t-shirt and handing out No Sweat, York water bottles to those who participate.

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Time Magazine: Olive Garden’s Pasta Pass could cost you 100,000 calories

Did you buy today's special offer from Olive Garden? FILE -  DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS

Did you buy today’s special offer from Olive Garden? FILE – DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS

Olive Garden launched Monday it’s Never Ending Pasta Pass and within a matter of hours, it sold out of its get out of glutton guilt card.

For $100, participants get seven weeks of unlimited pasta, salad, bread and Coca-Cola soft drinks. While you might have missed the deal this time around, consider yourself lucky when it comes to your waistline. You might have saved yourself more than 100,000 calories, according to a Time Magazine analysis. 

“No matter how much we talk about epidemic obesity and diabetes, we have not yet caught up with the times,” Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and editor of a journal on childhood obesity, said in the Time article. “The last thing we need is more refined pasta at no extra charge. It seems like a great deal until the money you saved goes to the endocrinologist.”

Take a quick look at Olive Garden’s nutritional values and you’ll find most dishes range from 500 to a whopping 1,200 calories. Add anywhere from 18 to 56 grams of fat and you might as well eat four Snickers bars and call it a day. Continue reading “Time Magazine: Olive Garden’s Pasta Pass could cost you 100,000 calories” »

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Girls on the Run accepting fall participants

Girls participate in the spring Race Against Racism. SUBMITTED

Girls participate in the spring Race Against Racism. SUBMITTED

By the YWCA York

A program of YWCA York since 2008, Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  During the season, girls train to complete a final Celebratory 5K race. The Fall season runs from September 15th to the Celebratory run on December 6th.

Girls do not have to be experienced runners to participate. They can walk, skip, or roll their wheelchair over the finish line.  Crossing the finish line, each girl receives a medal, a certificate, and well earned cheers from family and friends.  Most importantly, each girl receives the satisfaction that she accomplished a goal. Continue reading “Girls on the Run accepting fall participants” »

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Meatout Mondays: Taco noodle casserole

Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

Noodles before baking; photo by Bethany Fehlinger

With my diet on hold and a slight scent of fall in the air, having three boxes of macaroni in my pantry is a huge temptation.

I will need noodles every day for lunch until they are gone, and my jeans will end up being a little tighter for it.

So, I decided to put these noodles to good use, and participate in my church’s monthly casserole donation.

I’ve been wanting to get involved in the community more as I set down roots with my new husband, but with the wedding craziness, that was not possible. Now that we are mostly settled — moving to a new apartment and the holidays are clearly not on my mind –  I have been looking for ways to do charity work aside from giving donations to the Salvation Army and the local food pantries. Continue reading “Meatout Mondays: Taco noodle casserole” »

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CSA Autumn: Garlicky green beans, blueberry corn muffins

Sweet peppers, watermelon, sweet corn, green beans, pears and broccoli: Our first week’s half-share from Miller Plant Farm’s fall CSA program was still pretty summery. But that’s to be expected, since it’s just barely September.

For the corn, I at first attempted a corn spoon bread recipe I found online. There are apparently two general variations of spoon bread: Cornbread-like baked corn with no leavening, and soufflé-esque. I wasn’t in the mood to try making soufflé, so I opted for the baked corn. Suffice it to say, that recipe was a bitter disappointment and an unfortunate use of two ears of corn. So if anyone has a tried-and-true spoon bread recipe, I’d love to try it out.

So, instead, we present blueberry corn muffins:

Blueberry corn muffins. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Blueberry corn muffins. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

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Lifestyles fitness instructor inspires clients with weight loss success

Instructor Alysia Dickens helps Brandy Meyers of Mount Wolf, right, with her glove as Abby Walker of Springettsbury Township, left, and Samm Holste of Manchester Township work on their own during a kickboxing class at Lifestyles Fitness and Weight Loss Studio in Springettsbury Township. Dickens decided to become a trainer after undergoing her own weight-loss journey at Lifestyles. (Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Instructor Alysia Dickens helps Brandy Meyers of Mount Wolf, right, with her glove as Abby Walker of Springettsbury Township, left, and Samm Holste of Manchester Township work on their own during a kickboxing class at Lifestyles Fitness and Weight Loss Studio in Springettsbury Township. Dickens decided to become a trainer after undergoing her own weight-loss journey at Lifestyles. (Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Face down in the dirt, Alysia Dickens’ students struggled to do one more push-up.

The 31-year-old West York fitness instructor yells over them, “I love this stuff.”

It isn’t grunting, tired voices that respond, but a chorus of excited, sweaty people who echo her chant.

The Lifestyles Fitness and Weight Loss Studio instructor knows what they’re going through. The struggle for Dickens to lose weight started after high school when the Lancaster County native had knee surgery.

After years as a cheerleader, Dickens would become inactive. She was told by her doctors that she’d never run again, and she believed them. Continue reading “Lifestyles fitness instructor inspires clients with weight loss success” »

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Video: Tacfit 717 Workout Level 2


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Jason Cavanaugh is head coach and owner of Tacfit 717 in Dallastown. Tacfit works on a four-level system, with one being the easiest, four the most challenging. This week’s video is level two. Every two weeks we’ll post the next level.

When performing these exercises, do 20 seconds on, 10 off. Do all four exercises then repeat them. Then give yourself a whole minute off. You should do the circuit for a total of 8 times, equaling a 20-minute, high intensity workout.

Need help timing yourself? There’s an app for that. Tacfit Timer is available at the app store for $.99.

Cavanaugh says it can take months, or even years to progress up a level, especially as the workouts get tougher. If this workout is too intense for you, drop back to level one.

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