Make these 3 simple changes to get fit for summer

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3 Essential Tips for Staying Healthy This Summer

by Lisa Lozano

Biggest Loser Australia trainer Michelle Bridges visits the States and show Rach three easy lifestyle changes that will help you get bikini-ready for the summer months.


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Change 1: King, Prince, Pauper.

Michelle advises eating breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. This way, you get all the energy you need to start the day with a bang, and eat less as you need less energy as the day wears on.

Change 2: Use Your Body Weight to Determine How Much Water You Should Drink

Everyone knows how important staying hydrated is, but Michelle says that water needs vary based on body size. She advises dividing your body weight in half – that will be the number of ounces you should drink for the day.

Tip: If you exercise, add a little more water into your daily regimen.

Change 3: For Every 20 Seconds of Exercise, Take 10 Seconds to Rest

Michelle recommends the Tabata method of high intensity training – 10 seconds of rest for every 20 seconds of high intensity exercise over a period of four minutes.

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Kelsey Nixon's Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

This twist on chicken noodle soup is another way to boost your protein. Plus, swapping noodles for quinoa allows you to eliminate gluten. To make this dish taste extra good: Dish about half a cup of quinoa into your bowl and pour the soup right over the top, rather than mixing it together, to maintain that delicious flavor.

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Kelsey Nixon's Banana Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Our culinary team couldn't stop raving about these cookies -- and for good reason. This recipe calls for a number of items you can feel good about serving to your family -- everything from coconut, to oats and peanut butter. For an even healthier option: Try swapping the chocolate chips for raisins. Either way, this will be a recipe you'll be making for years to come.

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Kelsey Nixon's Pork and Apple Meatballs with Quinoa

Want to up your amount of protein intake? This recipe will allow you to do just that, as it combines pork with quinoa to make even the pickiest of eaters happy. Kelsey recommends serving the meatballs with egg noodles, parsley and parmesan cheese -- a combination that is as winning as it is affordable.

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Kelsey Nixon’s Roasted Vegetable Panini with Herbed Feta Spread

A roasted vegetable sandwich?! Talk about a great way to save money at lunchtime! If you don't have a panini press at home, you can make this in a cast-iron skillet and just put another heavy pan on top and weigh it down with a couple of tin cans.
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This is a perfect hearty, comfort food-type dish that is still jam-packed with nutritional value. It looks as good as it taste, plus it allows for the roasted vegetables to be the shining star. Your kids will love this dish, and so will anyone else who takes a bite.
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