June 30, 2013 | 11:27 am
Posted by Sima Cohen
Q: Chia seeds or Flax seeds?
A: Both are fabulous, but chia is just a little better. Chia packs more fiber, protein, and omega 3′s tan flaxseed. Chia also makes a great thickening agent for soups, sauces and marinades. Use it in place of flour or cornstarch. It’s also great in smoothies and for baking.
Q: How can I burn more calories from strength training?
A: If you’re looking for a shortcut, you’re out of luck. The only surefire way to get more out of your strength training is to increase the weight, increase the number of reps, or increase the number of sets you perform. You can also rest less in between sets. The real way to torch calories is cardio. The point of lifting weights is for the after burn, and building lean muscle, which will in turn increase the number of calories you burn.
Q: Is it safe to eat fish while pregnant?
A: This is a common myth. Not only is it safe to eat fish, but it’s essential to consume 12 ounces of cooked seafood every week… even while pregnant. But you should be aware of what kind of fish you’re consuming, since certain types of fish contain more mercury than others, and can harm you and your baby. Fish contains DHA (docosahexaenoic) acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that is essential for a developing fetus’ brain and may even prevent premature labor. Omega-3′s can also help fight depression during and after pregnancy. The best sources are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollack, and catfish. Stay away from shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tile fish.
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