It’s week one of the Wimbledon Championships, and already those verdant courts have claimed their first surprise victim: Rafael Nadal lost in the first round to a little known Belgian. Who will we watch pick his wedgies now? We’ll leave all the tennis talk to the experts, though. Here, we’ll keep it shallow as we present to you the 20 hottest men and women who donned their cutest whites for the tournament.
Sure, we know that Rafa, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray and Roger Federer are hot on and off the court — but we also decided to include in this list the up and comers,like American Sloane Stephens, and those others that are well-known by tennis fans but don’t make celebrity pages that often (Juan Martin Del Potro, que delicioso!). Is it OK that we think their toned muscles are worth more than just a powerful backhand? Don’t judge!
A couple years ago, I stumbled across an interesting study that found that blending your meals allowed your body to access more nutrients than any other form of food prep (raw or any cooking method).
Apparently, the blades of the blender slice up the food so efficiently, that the vitamins and minerals are more bioavailable to our bodies. Needless to say, I started to incorporate one smoothie to my diet each day.
As I developed a closer relationship with my blender, I started to truly appreciate how quick and easy it was make a delicious, healthy meal that I could literally grab and go. Moreover, I found blending left me with no excuse for not eating well, or even worse, skipping a meal!
Fast-forward to today: my new book, The Body Reset Diet comes out Wednesday, and it focuses on blending your way to a better body. Next week’s blog will full breakdown my new eating plan. In the meantime, here are the six reasons why you should blend!
1. SPEED & CONVENIENCE Blending is one of the quickest, most convenient ways to prepare food. Anyone can do it, on any schedule. You can create an entire meal in under 90 seconds! Just drop the ingredients into a blender and press the button. While I love smoothies, you can also use your blender to make delicious soups and dips.
Harley Pasternak’s The Body Reset Diet
2. HELPS US EAT HEALTHY Not only is blending quick and easy, it’s also a fast track to super nutrition. Blending makes the intimidating easy: With the help of a good blender, it’s zero effort to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet than you ever thought you could.
We all know that eating fruits and veggies benefits our health and can reduce our chance of getting heart disease and cancer, but did you know it helps improve our appearance as well? If you’re among the 85% of people that suffer (or have suffered) from acne, you’ll be interested to know that a recent study suggested that consuming raw veggies might reduce breakouts by as much as 30%! Concerned with the signs of aging? Women who eat a lot of vitamin C-packed foods like oranges and strawberries have fewer wrinkles than women who don’t, according to another recent study.
As a child, I hated eating my greens. Well, now I’m an adult, and I still hate eating my greens. Luckily, blending meals allows you to “hide” superfoods that you may have avoided in the past because of taste or texture. For example, I have never been a fan of spinach in any form, but I have always tried to choke it down because it’s one of the best foods for you on the planet. But if I stick a cup of spinach leaves in the blender with some frozen strawberries and kiwi, it’s like it disappears! I can now get spinach in my diet almost every single day … without gagging.
3. HELPS US INCREASE OUR FIBER INTAKE Fruits and vegetables have the most fiber when they’re in their whole, natural form. When we peel them, juice them, and process them, they lose their most valuable nutrients. The fact is, we don’t eat nearly enough produce, and our diets are deficient in quality fiber. The American Dietetic Association recommends women consume a minimum of 25 grams of fiber a day and men consume at least 30 grams, but most Americans get only about 10 grams a day – roughly a third of the recommendation.
The simple truth is that more fiber can help is lose more weight. The vast majority of studies have concluded that more dietary fiber yields greater satiety and lower incidences of hunger: In fact, adding 14 grams of fiber a day has been shown to lead to a 10 percent decrease in caloric intake and an increased weight loss of about 4.2 pounds over a little under 4 months. Another study found that when people increased their intake of soluble fiber by 10 grams a day, their belly fat decreased by 3.7 percent in 5 years, while still another showed that soluble fiber can boost the immune system. So when we blend whole ingredients in to a smoothie or soup, we’re helping ourselves in more ways than one!
4. BIOAVAILABILITY As I mentioned in the introduction of this blog, several studies have established blending as the most efficient way to get nutrients into our bodies. A 2008 study at the University of Toronto found that certain high-powered blenders are capable of disrupting the cell wall structure of plants and significantly reducing food particle size, which may enhance the bioavailability of essential nutrients in fruits and vegetables. Because blenders break down food into molecules that are efficiently digested, metabolized and readily bioavailable, i.e., absorbed into your body in a manner it can use. It’s like the blender is doing the chewing for you, but doing a much better job!
5. REDUCES BELLY BLOAT AND DIGESTIVE DISTRESS When you eat rapidly, don’t chew food thoroughly, or swallow big mouthfuls of food, you’re not breaking down your food enough before it enters your esophagus. Not only does this diminish your ability to absorb nutrients from our food, but it can also cause intestinal distress in the form of bloating, indigestion, heartburn, gas, cramping and constipation. When you use the blender, it breaks the solid ingredients down for you, so your digestive tract isn’t overwhelmed.
6. COST EFFECTIVE When you calculate the cost of ingredients, my Body Reset Diet smoothies cost as little as $2.20 each. That’s for a nutritionally complete meal (protein, fiber, healthy fat, etc.). You may pay a little more for organic ingredients if you like, but even then, you won’t break the bank. Choosing seasonal ingredients and buying frozen fruit and vegetables in bulk can save you even more.
NOTE: A WORD ABOUT JUICING So, you’re asking, if blending is so great, isn’t juicing better?
Contrary to popular opinion, juicing is far inferior to blending in almost every way. Juicing is more expensive, time consuming, a nightmare to clean up, and most importantly has only a fraction of the nutrition of a blended beverage.
By extracting the juice and tossing the bulk of the fruit or vegetable all those nutrients – including the all-important fiber – are going straight in to the garbage. Once all the fiber has been removed, juice is merely water, sugar, and some vitamins and minerals.
I’m not saying juice is bad for you. I’m just saying juice is a treat … a delicious treat to enjoy for a Sunday brunch with a crunchy Belgian waffle!
“NBC senior figures will bill this job to Pippa as a special correspondent in 2013. They see her appeal as huge as she is linked to the Royal Family and because of her popularity following the wedding when pictures of her went worldwide,” a source said.
“A couple of offers are on the table, but they would like her to make as many as 20 appearances reporting on Royal-themed events like the Chelsea Flower Show, the opening of Buckingham Palace and Opera House nights.
“She will not focus on intimate Royal matters like Wills and Kate’s move to London, Harry’s return from war and the family Christmas.
“The offer gives Pippa the chance to have editorial input on what she says, and as most of this work would be pre-recorded she would not be caught out.”
NICKI Minaj‘s tour rider includes three buckets of spicy fried chicken and contact lense solution.
The ‘Check It Out’ rapper’s backstage demands have been revealed and it seems the musician is happy to live up to her diva reputation.
As well as the chicken — which she specifies must have “no thighs” and “lots of wings” — Nicki also asks for 2 dozen pink or white roses, two Space Heaters, one gallon of Simply Lemonade, 12 cans of Red Bull and scented candles.
Food is apparently very important to the 29-year-old star and her crew as she requests different items for throughout the day, including scrambled egg whites, turkey bacon, toast, Belgian waffles, strawberries, assorted juices and a large fruit platter for breakfast and a deli tray with turkey breast meat, grilled chicken breast, whole Wheat bread or rolls, yellow mustard and other condiments (seasoned salt, hot sauce) and a large fruit platter with side of mango and one large cheese platter for after the concert.
Her extravagant demands are revealed in the new issue of Wonderland magazine.
Despite her excessive requirements, Nicki says she isn’t a diva off stage and insists she takes on a persona when she performs.
She told the publication: “They’re definitely two completely different people.
“Obviously what I would wear at home is not what I would wear up on stage and I think, when I’m at home it’s a way more introspective character and I think the person people see on stage is anything but. I watch a lot of ‘Judge Judy’. And I watch a lot of ‘Forensic Files. And I cook – I cook spaghetti really, really good; I cook macaroni and cheese really, really good; I cook chicken really, really good.”