How Much Protein Do You Actually Need?

Do you ever wonder what the deal is with protein? In recent years, the amount of protein marketing has skyrocketed. At grocery stores there are aisles dedicated to protein powders, protein bars and high-protein snacks. Protein supplement sales amounted to over $14 billion dollars last year and are expected to keep growing. 

How do you navigate through the plethora of protein and how much of it do you actually need? 

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Natalie Oboodiyat
3 Foolproof Nutrition Habits to Keep You Fit for Life

Have you ever gone to bed after having a huge, late-night meal and woken up feeling tired, bloated and nauseous? Why is that? After your last meal, it takes your body 8 hours to fully digest it (longer if you overeat). Only after 8 hours can your body go to work on detoxifying and recovery. That gross feeling when you wake up is partly due to the fact that your body has not had a chance to completely digest all of the food you ate the night before

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Natalie Oboodiyat
Zesty Cilantro Lime Chicken

When trying to eat clean, it’s easy to get bored with the constant rotation of chicken dinners. I love finding new, easy-to-make chicken dishes that are packed with flavor. This tropical, slightly-barbecued chicken dish is a perfect addition to your recipe box. Looking for a way to meal-prep? Make a big batch of this recipe and use throughout the week on top of salads or in sandwich wraps!

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Natalie Oboodiyat
Vegan Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Smothering vegetables in cheese is always going to win your taste buds over, but it isn’t necessarily the best option when trying to stay fit. When looking for a recipe that was both healthy and full of flavor, I stumbled across this vegan “cheesy” broccoli rice casserole. This dish is so tasty that you’ll want to go for seconds and lick the bowl for the last bit of “cheese” sauce.

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Natalie Oboodiyat
4 Ways To Stay Committed To Your Goals

At the beginning of the year, it’s easy to see what changes would make this year better than the last, right? It’s clear what you need to do differently, what you need to quit, and what you need to start. If you’re like me, you jump right into making lists, buying books, downloading new apps and hopefully anticipating your brand new year. And then, life happens. The same challenges, stumbling blocks, interruptions and frustrations that have held you back in the past rear their ugly heads.

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Leanne Pedante
10k Training Plan for Beginners

For many, the 10k is the perfect race - long enough to provide a challenge, but short enough to be attainable for beginning runners. If you’re on the fence about signing up for your first 10k, consider this: finishing times for the average recreational runner range between 50 - 70 minutes to finish this 6.2-mile race. That’s just a little longer than a STRIDE Signature Sweat class! You’ve got this.

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Get Super-Bowl-Ready with STRIDE's Healthy Tips

One of the biggest global television events is coming up this weekend The Super Bowl! Whether you have a favorite team, love football or have no interest somehow, we end up at a festivity with friends, family, clubs and groups! It can be a great day of socializing and celebration. There is one down side that we wanted to shed light on and help bring some different options to you. If you are reading this, you my may be interested in making some different choices this year. Read on to find out more!

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Natalie Oboodiyat
Savory Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Seeds

I am a HUGE fan of pumpkin and love to eat it all year round (not just the holiday’s). This bread is so scrumptious and delicious to eat during the colder mornings or over the weekend. Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene which is the precursor for Vitamin A –which is important for eye health

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Natalie OboodiyatStride
Heavenly Peanut Banana Bread Loaf

The cooler weather has finally started (well, at least in the mornings and evenings here in LA) and I am so excited to start baking and making deliciously healthy options that can be made in a hot oven or stove top. This is my favorite recipe to kick off that cooler weather cooking season with.

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Natalie Oboodiyat
Find Your Fitness Tribe

It is challenging finding a balance in our busy lives and fitting in a consistent exercise + fitness routine.  Some weeks we get to squeeze in 3 or 4 times a week and some weeks nothing. I understand that everyone’s situation is unique, but there is one amazingly helpful life-hack that is proven to help increase your chances of creating that balanced fitness plan.

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Natalie Oboodiyat
FITNESS 101 : Understanding the Terminology

So, you’ve been going to fitness studios for a while. Maybe you are a regular at the gym. Perhaps you’re just getting started. Regardless of where you are in your fitness journey you have most likely heard some new terms, acronyms or jargon that sound cool but you still don’t understand what they mean. (AMRAP, HIIT or TABATA to name a few). It’s easy enough, you follow the instruction of the trainer or coach, but aren’t you a little curious? Have you been afraid to ask?

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Natalie Oboodiyat
Crispy Baked Chicken Parmesan with Zoodles

Can you tell how much we are loving zoodles at the moment?! This dish is no joke. It is the perfect dinner meal to your table in 20-25 minutes. Juicy, crispy chicken that is packed full of flavor with that zoodle flare. And remember, there is NO deep frying involved here. We are talking about pan-searing and baking the chicken, so it remains moist and oh-so healthy.

Let’s get cookin’!

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Natalie Oboodiyat
Summer Citrus Grilled Chicken

Summer is here, and for most of us this is the season that brings the heat. I don’t know about you, but when those hot summer days come rolling in I get a craving for those beautiful citrus flavors in my food. Something about citrus makes me feel refreshed and perhaps a couple of degrees cooler

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Natalie Oboodiyat
The Best Banana Oat Muffins you will ever try!

When someone made these for me I was super skeptical I would ever like them. Advertised as having no processed sugar, no flour and almost no fat.. I was thinking it wouldn’t be something I would enjoy... Boy was I wrong. This recipe is so easy and healthy and is truly a perfect snack or light breakfast option.

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Natalie Oboodiyat
Recipe: Avocado, Lemon & Dill Zoodles

As a resident of Los Angeles, I have an automatic need to eat avocados every way I possibly can. I’ve mastered the avocado toast (and it is offered in every café worth visiting) so now it’s time to get creative and make some dishes with an avocado flair!

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Natalie Oboodiyat
3 Quick & Healthy Snack-Hacks

We’ve all been there...Running out the door with no time to spare (or better yet, about 10 minutes late) and we realize too late that we have packed nothing to eat. With nothing prepared, we often resort to poor choices. Snacks should only be a stepping stone between meals, helping you get over the hunger hurdle while smoothing out your blood sugar levels. Keep what you eat under 200 calories and avoid adding more sugar into your system.

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Natalie Oboodiyat