Chicken with Ginger and Orange Stuffing

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Chicken with Ginger and Orange Stuffing


Running low on healthy recipe ideas? Or just a little tired of the old standards. Sometimes we need to spice things up a bit. I found a recipe that maybe you’ll give a try this weekend.

Recipe courtesy if :LivWise: Easy Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Life”







Serve with thin, steamed carrots and a salad.

3 to 4 servings


Chicken with Ginger & Orange Stuffing



  • 1 large navel orange
  • 1-inch piece ginger root
  • 1 scallion
  • Leaves from 4 stems cilantro
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • Sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup fresh gluten-free or whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds total)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

As you prep the following ingredients, let them fall into, or place them in, a medium bowl: Finely grate half the zest of the orange to yield about 2 1/2 teaspoons, then cut the orange in half and squeeze its juice into the bowl (1/3 to 1/2 cup). Peel the ginger, then finely grate the flesh to yield 1/2 teaspoon. Trim the scallion, then cut the white- and light-green parts crosswise into thin pieces. Finely chop the cilantro leaves. Crush the garlic with a little of the salt, using the flat side of a chef’s knife to break the garlic down.

Add the bread crumbs and the yolk of the egg, mixing to incorporate and form a stuffing that barely holds together. (Reserve the egg white for another use, if desired.)

Trim any visible fat from the chicken breast halves; if chicken tenders are attached, trim and reserve them for another use. Use paper towels to pat the chicken dry. Use a sharp knife to cut a horizontal slit into the thinner side of each breast half (at the center), to form a pocket for the stuffing. Divide the mixture evenly among the chicken breast halves, filling them so generously that each pocket does not close. If you have any filling left over, create 2 or 3 small mounds on the parchment paper.

Season the chicken breasts lightly all over with salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over high heat, until the oil shimmers. Add the chicken to the skillet; cook undisturbed for 2 to 3 minutes so that it is lightly browned, then gently turn them over and cook for 2 minutes on the second side. Transfer the skillet to the oven; roast for about 15 minutes, so the chicken is cooked through and the stuffing looks slightly set.

For 4 servings, transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting crosswise into thick slices; divide among individual plates. Otherwise, place a stuffed chicken breast on each plate and serve warm.


7 Reasons to Include Yoga as Part of Your Fitness Routine

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7 Reasons to Include Yoga as Part of Your Fitness Routine

For some reason we see a lot of people either practice Yoga or participate in cardio and weight training activities, but not necessarily combining both regimens to compliment their more healthy lifestyle. We’d like to challenge that thought process with 7 reasons to include Yoga into your fitness routine:

  1. Yoga adds flexibility

    As we age  our muscles, tendons, and ligaments lose their springiness, and become more prone to sprains and tears. Adding a consistent stretching and balance routine like Yoga keeps these parts well ‘greased,’ and will significantly cut down on injuries from your other activities.

  2. Yoga can soothe and strengthen your back

    Proper body alignment and good posture through Yoga, which helps maintain the natural curvature of the spine, is an important part of reducing or avoiding lower back pain.
  3. Yoga provides a wider range of unfamiliar movements

    Holding unfamiliar positions through several breaths strengthens and loosens areas that typically aren’t touched during normal weight and cardio routines.

  4. Yoga improves your endurance

    Because of the deep, mindful breathing that yoga involves, lung capacity often improves. This in turn can improve your endurance.

  5. Yoga increases your sense of balance

    As we get older, we tend to lose our ability to maintain our center of gravity. Yoga provides a number of movements forcing us to hold our balance for several breaths. Learning to balance while standing on one leg, or while twisting in strange positions, will teach your body to recenter itself, and this will translate to your daily routines.

  6. Yoga helps make your body more resilient

    Improvements in balance and flexibility, will make your body much more durable. Not just for your weight and cardio routines, but in most other activities as well. Thanks to your new found flexibility, you won’t spring your back the next time you bend the wrong direction to pick up something heavy.

  7. Yoga will increase your overall fitness

    By gently working the muscles and ligaments, your blood supply begins reaching areas of the body that haven’t seen much oxygen over the years. This helps flush out toxins and provides nourishment to these nooks and crannies.

With that being said we are very excited to introduce our new Yoga Instructor to the My Stronger Self family, Denise Johnson. Denise is  RYT 200 Certified (Registered Yoga Teacher) and she is delighted and excited to serve the members of My Stronger Self. As a member of the international professional organization, the Yoga Alliance, Denise honors the mission to offer yoga instruction to individuals of all ages and all fitness levels.

Yoga – Brighton MI

Having practiced all levels of yoga for over 25 years, Denise is passionate about sharing the many health and wellness benefits realized through a yoga practice. During the past 5 years, Denise infused her love of yoga into a health and wellness curriculum for her special needs students, wheelchair students, and senior citizen population. Denise’s classes emphasize the need to build and maintain the strength, length and flexibility of both the spine and thirteen main bodily joints, build and maintain upper body strength, and the maintenance of bone density and muscle mass, noting these areas as vital to maintaining general health and wellness.

Denise looks forward to seeing you at both the Wednesday 10:30 am and Saturday, 9:45 am yoga class!

“Younger Next Year” – Book Club

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“Younger Next Year” – Book Club


Thursday, April 5th, 2012 on our Facebook Fanpage we’ll be kicking off our first “Virtual” Book Club discussion. We’ll be reading “Younger Next Year” and “Younger Next Year for Women” books by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge. Starting next week we’ll take a couple of chapters at a time (from both books – guys, you can get in on this too!) and use Facebook to discuss. The books can be purchased from links below for less than $8 … we hope you’ll join us.

The best part about our virtual book club is that anyone can participate!


Turn back your biological clock. A breakthrough book for men–as much fun to read as it is persuasive–Younger Next Year draws on the very latest science of aging to show how men 50 or older can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, and continue to live like fifty-year-olds until well into their eighties. To enjoy life and be stronger, healthier, and more alert. To stave off 70% of the normal decay associated with aging (weakness, sore joints, apathy), and to eliminate over 50% of all illness and potential injuries. This is the real thing, a program that will work for anyone who decides to apply himself to “Harry’s Rules.”


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Now, a women’s edition. A New York Times bestseller with 115,000 copies in print in hardcover, Younger Next Year is the breakthrough program for women to turn back their biological clocks and live healthier, more active lives into their 80s and beyond.



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Making the Most of Your Treadmill

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Making the Most of Your Treadmill

I received a question last week about what’s the best workout if you’re using a treadmill. We get this question a lot because sometimes we can’t make it to our group exercise class but we still need to get in a great workout. Most of us know by experience, it’s hard to push yourself when you’re not in a class with others. We hop on the treadmill and maybe flip through a magazine or watch TV while doing it. It’s really easy to get complacent. While it’s great we are up and moving, it’s important to keep yourself challenged and working hard. Take a look at my video and if you’d like a copy of our 12 Week Treadmill Workout, shoot us an email and we’ll send you a free copy.

If you have a question about health and fitness that you’d like answered leave us a comment here or contact us via email at We’d love to hear from you.

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Watch Pounds and Inches Melt Away

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Watch Pounds and Inches Melt Away

Congratulations Diane Dubuc!

Diane is the latest My Stronger Self Member of the Month.   Diane took advantage of our free 2 week trial, joined and has been working

Diane - BEFORE

hard ever since. She’s lost over 25 pounds, 24 inches and 6% body fat just by trusting in Lori’s advice, working hard, and staying the course.  You’re going to see Diane not only at her 2 strength classes every week but also several of our cardio classes and boot camp.  If you read her story as well as look back at past stories from some of our successful members there is a consistent theme: hard work, commitment to making their exercise appointments, and positive energy! Diane is a “cut-up” in class but still remains focused on the exercise as well as pushing her classmates to not give up. We’re so proud of you Diane and look forward to watching you continue to melt away those pounds and inches! You absolutely deserve the title of “Member of the Month”!

Read about Diane’s story below.

“Last winter I had surgery on my rotator cuff and spent 6 weeks in physical therapy.  This derailed my independent attempt at working out and losing weight.  However, now, in addition to losing weight, I needed to work on strengthening my shoulder.  I started at My Stronger Self in May 2011 with the free 2 week trial, and I really liked it.  I joined and started by doing strength classes 2 days a week, and I now go 4 times a week plus the free bootcamp every Saturday.  I really enjoy the classes, and the

Diane - AFTER

instructors are always encouraging and push me to my full potential. When I started at My Stronger Self, I had limited mobility in my shoulder, and needed modifications for most exercises.  After less than a year, I can do push-ups, lift weights, and I can fully extend my arm!  Additionally, I have lost 24 inches and at least 30 lbs.  Although I sometimes whine about the workout during class, I am truly committed to being there, and I enjoy every minute of it!”


Thanks for sharing Diane … you look AMAZING!!!

Cross Training is Key to Consistent Weight Loss

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Lori Murphy, Personal Trainer and Fat Loss Expert, takes all your health and fitness related questions every Tuesday. Today, she answers a question from Bob in Hartland about why when he runs on a treadmill 5 days a week for 45 minutes he’s not seeing the same weight loss results. Next, Lori answers a question from Mary in Wixom about whether lifting weights for women will make them large and bulky. Email us your questions to or visit our website at



Getting Rid of Stubborn Belly Fat

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Getting Rid of Stubborn Belly Fat!

We’re getting a lot of great questions … keep them coming. Michell posted her question about how tough it’s been to lose that belly fat despite 6 days of cardio exercise a week. It’s a trouble spot for a lot of us and I have a few suggestions on how best to shake things up to get the results you’re looking for. Another question came from Amanda and she’s wondering what’s the best workout for a beginner.


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Why Won’t the Scale Budge?

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Why Won’t the Scale Budge?


Join us every Tuesday on the My Stronger Self Fitness Studio Facebook Fan Page for our “Ask the Trainer Tuesdays” segment. Leave us a comment with any health and fitness questions you may have for our Fitness Expert, Lori Murphy.

Today, Lori answers the questions about why strength training is important and the all too familiar question of why it seems that scale won’t budge some weeks!


Leave us your questions and we’ll be sure to get them answered in one of our next segments of “Ask the Trainer Tuesday”.

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