Friday, February 25, 2011

Now you'll wish you DID eat GLUTEN FREE!

Yesterday I went through some recipes I had and tweaked them "The Audrey Ross Way". I concocted about 20 new recipes that I'll be trying in the next few weeks.  After all the hard work I put into all my "recipe crunching" I was totally ready to go and try one of them.  So I decided to work with ingredients I already had in the house and I made a Gluten Free Banana Coffee Cake.  Let me just tell you now.  I was the most delicious dessert I've made to date since going Gluten Free.  I raved about it all evening and even some this morning. So now that I've built it all up here's the recipe in all it's glory. 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Socially Acceptable Addiction

If you’ve ever tried a diet, or read a diet book or even stood in line at the grocery store and read the covers of magazines you’ve seen the focus on the importance of WHAT TO EAT! It is the focus of almost every diet. Is there a magic food? Are there bad foods? WHAT? WHAT? WHAT? As a personal trainer I often deal with the what to eat question, and honestly it’s a very important question to ask. However I think there is an equally important question that often gets overlooked, and that question is WHY DO I EAT?
Have you ever asked yourself that? If you haven’t, ask it now. Why do you eat? The quick easy answer that sounds right is, because I’m hungry. If that’s your answer, then I applaud you but I think most people have a slew of other answers to the why question.

It’s been a long week, you’re exhausted and a large meat lover’s pizza sounds like just the thing you need. You’re sad or lonely and a bowl of ice cream with a sappy movie is sure to fix things. Maybe you got a raise, a celebration feast should follow. Any of those ring a bell?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cheesy Potato Soup & Beet Chips

I just finished reading the book "Power Foods" from the editors of "Whole Living Magazine".  I was inspired to try some new things.  I've never been a fan of beets.  As a kid, my only use for them was smearing the juice from them on my lips so I looked like I was wearing lipstick.  I certainly didn't want to eat them.  But after reading about what a healthy food they are I decided to give them another shot.  To quote the book, "Beets are low in calories, high in fiber and rich in iron - plus they are full of cancer-fighting beta carotene and folic acid."  Worth trying right? 

I also concocted a cheesy potato soup recipe that packs a lot more nutrition than most potato soups and is low fat and low calorie.  It was delicious!  So here are the recipes. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Brownies, Brownies, The Magical Fruit

...the more you eat, the more brownies....and POSSIBLY, the more you toot.  That's for you to decide.  I don't plan on being there to find out. 

Here is the recipe for these Magical Fruit Brownies - they are healthy, fiber packed, protein packed, sugar free, fat free, low calorie and DELICIOUS. Brace yourself, this is complete insanity

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Exercise: Fun or Pointless Torture?

* another article from my newspaper column: The Audrey Ross Way: A Balanced Perspective on Health and Nutrition: 2/10/11

I recently overheard a conversation between two friends. One person was lamenting the seemingly pointless torture of having to workout to lose weight. Lots of boring hours spent at the gym and no results. Their friend, attempting to console them said, “Stop thinking of your workouts as work, think of them as fun, and then you’ll start to like it and want to do it.”

Inside I did a half-cringe. It was the same feeling I get when I eat a bite of sauerkraut – “Do I like this, or is this the most repulsive thing I’ve ever put in my mouth?” My tongue can’t quite make up its mind. Likewise, something about that person’s comment just didn’t seem right, but at the same time, it wasn’t all bad. It got me to thinking. How would I have responded to friend #1’s tales of woe?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I'm always looking for circuit workouts that are high intensity, and kick my butt. I read about a circuit called "Power of Five" - I liked the concept, but knew I was going to have to do a little tweaking to get it to the level I wanted it to be at. So... here is my new favorite circuit workout. We'll call it "Power of Five Remix" - in honor or my passion for hip-hop remixes. Try it out! Sweat & love every minute of it.