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You've probably heard that you should strength train on the reg. After all, it builds lean muscles, burns fat, and shapes your body in ~magical~ ways. (And, really, you won't bulk up. We promise.) But putting together a strength training program that hits all the important muscles—but doesn't have you working out the sore ones—can be tricky.
Honey Roasted Rhubarb Power Greens Salad
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Honey roasted rhubarb is a pretty imaginative way to add texture to a salad. It's guaranteed to be one of the first toppings you take a fork to in this rainbow-colored dish. (Love colorful food? Us too! Try this rainbow superfood smoothie next.)
Get the recipe: Honey Roasted Rhubarb Power Greens Salad
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Clumpy Granola Bowl with Stewed Rhubarb and Yogurt
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Breakfast bowls are a comforting start to the day. This recipe uses one part granola, one part rhubarb, one part coconut yogurt for the perfect combination of savory and sweet. If you love rhubarb pie filling, you'll definitely appreciate the stewed veggie version.
Get the recipe: Clumpy Granola Bowl with Stewed Rhubarb and Yogurt
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Strawberry Rhubarb Chicken Stir-Fry with Orange Sauce and Zucchini Noodles
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This is definitely not your average stir-fry recipe (and at 355 calories per serving, it's a lot lighter than anything you'd ever get delivered). Rhubarb is cooked down into an orange sauce that flavors the entire dish. (If you like zoodle stir-fries, try these zoodles with chicken and spicy almond butter sauce.)
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Honey Roasted Rhubarb Smoothie Bowl
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If you want a veggie-based smoothie bowl but greens turn you off, rhubarb is another genius option. For this recipe, rhubarb is roasted then blended with yogurt to add some natural sweetness. Toppings like chia seeds and walnuts will keep you fueled and ready to take on the day.
Get the recipe: Honey Roasted Rhubarb Smoothie Bowls
Salmon with Rhubarb Sweet Chili Sauce
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The buttery taste of salmon complements the sweet and spicy chili-rhubarb glaze. Bonus: Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Get the Recipe: Salmon with Rhubarb Sweet Chili Sauce
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Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Jam
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Strawberry and rhubarb are a classic pair, and this jam has both—along with chia seeds, which add protein and fiber. It'd be perfect in a yogurt parfait, on a grainy piece of toast, or even as a condiment for a piece of grilled chicken or pork. (Related: These indulgent strawberry desserts still count as healthy.)
Get the recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Jam
Roasted Aubergine with Rhubarb Salsa
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Aubergines (a fancy name for eggplants) are high in antioxidants and low in calories—the right kind of mix for a healthy meal. Eggplant parmesan is a favorite for obvious reasons, but for a lighter, springtime dish, try this eggplant with rhubarb salsa. Halved roasted eggplants are simply topped with a sweet, chunky salsa.
Get the recipe: Roasted Aubergine with Rhubarb Salsa
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Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce + Grilled Veggie Sandwiches
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Adding rhubarb to barbecue sauce keeps it from being overly sweet like some store-bought condiments. For this recipe, the sauce is drizzled on grilled veggies for a sandwich that's anything but basic.
Get the recipe: Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce and Grilled Veggie Sandwiches
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Chickpea and Avocado Pita Tostadas with Rhubarb-Radish Slaw
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Though it's usually roasted or stewed, raw rhubarb can be just as appetizing, like in this recipe which incorporates the veggie into a slaw for tacos. The crunch of the slaw and roasted chickpeas is offset by a creamy guacamole.
Get the recipe: Chickpea and Avocado Pita Tostadas with Rhubarb-Radish Slaw
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Beet, Apple, and Rhubarb Soup
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This creamy vegan soup has an earthy flavor thanks to its three main ingredients—beets, rhubarb, and apples—all of which are rich in antioxidants and fiber. The soup is topped with a horseradish cashew cream, which gives it a little kick. (Want more vegan soup ideas? Try this cumin sweet potato soup that you can make in a blender.)
Get the recipe: Beet, Apple, and Rhubarb Soup
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Fromage Blanc, Roasted Strawberries, and Herbs
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There's a whole world of unique sandwich flavors that we bet you've yet to try. Samin Nosrat, chef and author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, created a toast that mixes the sweetness of strawberry with the creamy texture of fromage blanc and the brightness of fresh, healthy herbs—a perfect comb for warm summer days. (Up Next: Creative New Ways to Cook with Fresh Herbs)
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Fava Bean and Shishito Peppers
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Want to kick your toast up a notch? The secret to this sandwich—created by executive chef Bryan Lee Weaver of Butcher & Bee in Nashville—is the shishito peppers, which offer a sweet, yet mild flavor that melds perfectly with the creamy ricotta cheese, fava beans, sumac, and lemon juice.
Photo: Ted Cavanaugh
Chicken Pad Thai
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In case you haven't heard of the legendary Megaformer, it's part of the Lagree Fitness Method, a patented one-of-a-kind workout with meticulously slowly performed exercises done on either Lagree's Supra or Megaformer machines. (They look a little like medieval torture devices, but they burn-oh-so-good. You may have tried out a Pilates Reformer class, which is kind of similar.)
This all-encompassing workout qualifies as HIIT, cardio, strength, endurance, and flexibility training—all while being low-impact for your spine and joints.
"By holding exercises and positions for 90 to 120 seconds before transitioning, we're increasing your heart rate to give you cardio and also stimulating your slow-twitch muscle fibers, which are responsible for creating long, lean, toned muscles," says Sebastien Lagree, creator of the Lagree Fitness Method and the Megaformer and Supra machines, and owner of Lagree Fitness Studio in L.A.
If you're used to banging out burpees as fast as humanly possible, know that this is essentially the opposite. The Lagree Fitness Method isn't based on the number of reps, but on the amount of time you're contracting your muscles in a position. Therefore, all movements should be performed on a "four-count in" and "four-count out" timing. Ready to try the Supra IRL? There are more than 300 Lagree Fitness licensees worldwide and you can find one here. (But first, you need to watch @Girlwithnojob ad @Boywithnojob try a Megaformer class.)
How it works: Try each of these Supra moves below—all you need is a towel and a chair. For some added resistance during certain moves, you can use ankle weights and a resistance band. You'll do each move for a 4-count in, and a 4-count out for a total of 2 minutes.
Total Time: up to 15 minutes
On a solid, bare floor (e.g., tile or hardwood) start in a high plank position with shoulders over wrists and feet on a towel. Pull the knees into your chest without arching hips, keeping back as flat as possible. Continue this movement with a slow 4-count in and 4-count out for 2 minutes without pausing.
To mimic the resistance and pull of the Supra machine, add a pair of 2.5-pound ankle weights.
Start by selecting a sturdy piece of furniture, and a smooth floor surface (e.g., tile or hardwood). Facing the chair, place hands on the sides of the seat with straight arms. With a 90-degree angle between your hips and the floor, place your feet on a towel, balancing on the balls of feet with a slight bend in the knees. Pull your knees in toward elbows on a 4-count-in. Then, staying on the balls of feet, sliding your feet out on a 4-count to return to start.
To mimic the Supra's different incline levels, use a set of stairs to place your hands and different heights, keeping feet on a towel on the ground.
3. Carriage Kicks
On a smooth surface, start in a lunge position with the right leg in front and left leg behind, foot on a towel. Squat down and hold this position with the front leg, making sure the knee does not go forward beyond the toes. Slide the left foot back until the leg is almost straight (but not locked), then slide the left foot back in until the left knee is directly below the left hip. Keep this movement going on a 4-count-in, 4-count-out basis. Do one 2-minute set, then repeat on the opposite side.
To mimic pulling the weight of the Supra carriage, add 2.5-pound ankle weights and slip a resistance band around your legs. Place the band right below the front knee, and above the back of your rear knee.
4. Donkey Kicks
Start in tabletop position on all fours with knees directly under hips and hands under shoulders, keeping the spine straight. Keeping a 90-degree angle between your hips and the floor, lift one knee off the ground and out to the side, then kick straight back, keeping the kicking leg parallel with the spine, the foot flexed, and the toes pointed out. Perform the kick out and kick in on a 4-count each. Do one 2-minute set, then repeat on the opposite side.
To mimic the resistance of the Supra, use two ankle weights on one leg.
Start sitting in a chair on a smooth surface, heels on a towel. Grip hands around the seat and lift off the chair, butt elevated and spine straight. Keeping arms straight, lean forward so torso and legs form a 90-degree. In a slow, controlled movement for 4 counts, flex feet and pull the hips up toward the ceiling. On the 4-count-out, push the hips down and feet forward.
For an added challenge, add a triceps dip in between reps.