Fun Side of Fitness

August 12, 2013 // Category: Fun Side of Fitness

FitnessAppstoBoostYourWorkout.jpgFitness apps are to today what diet fads were to the 80’s: there are a million choices, and very few will give you results. To aide in the search, we waded through the sea of software to pick out some of our favorites that will keep you motivated and burning through those extra calories.

Kate O'Leary

May 14, 2013 // Category: Fun Side of Fitness

Ever since I trained for and ran my first half-marathon last February, I have been extremely interested in experimenting with healthy recipes. One ingredient keeps appearing over and over in the recipes I’m finding – quinoa. While it looks similar to rice, quinoa isn’t actually a grain at all; it’s a seed. And this little seed packs lots of protein and fiber, so it’s a great replacement in rice or pasta dishes. You may have seen LFA Master Trainer Deb’s post last week about a quinoa salad. If you haven’t, I would recommend checking that out as well.

But quinoa is not only for savory dishes; it has a sweet side too.  

Kate O'Leary

May 09, 2013 // Category: Fun Side of Fitness

I recently had the pleasure of participating and attending Eaton Corporation’s Health Fair in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the local Cleveland vendors, Joe’s, handed out a  great Northwest Quinoa Salad recipe that I’ve tested in today’s blog post. It’s a very fresh and light salad with robust flavors and healthy too.

Quinoa is a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. This recipe is served cold and pairs well with flank steak or grilled chicken.

Northwest Quinoa Salad


  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of dry quinoa        
  • .5 lemon
  • .25 cup fresh chopped basil
  • .25 cup fresh chopped shallots
  • .25 cup dried Bing cherries
  • .25 cup dry, roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • .25 tsp. salt
  • .25 black pepper
Deborah McConnell

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