Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010

Here is a great resource compiled by the US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services, written by scientific experts after reviewing the most current scientific evidence/information on health and nutrition.  Ultimately, the departments believe that following the recommendations below will assist many Americans in living LONGER, HEALTHIER, and MORE ACTIVE lives!

Monday, November 15, 2010


On Thanksgiving we’ll be celebrating with loving company and delicious food. Why not add to the fun with an after-dinner family stroll? The combination of exercise and fresh, crisp autumn air will be just what you need! Say goodbye to the overwhelming sleepiness, heartburn, and fullness from a big meal! Then warm up inside with a savory, nutritious piece of pumpkin pie! Next week, learn about just what makes pumpkin such a super-food!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fiber for Fitness!

A fit intestine that is! Fiber is not digested, so it cleans up your insides and aids elimination. It can also help you look fit by helping you lose weight. Fiber promotes weight loss in lots of ways! It makes you feel full longer, slows down your intake because you have to chew it, and replaces other foods higher in fat and calories. Fiber is in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Check your bread label today: look for “whole wheat” or “whole grain” as the FIRST ingredient and avoid the word “enriched”.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Magical Fruit!

Beans, peas, and legumes are some of the most nutritious, inexpensive, and versatile foods you can find! Substitute these savory little nuggets for meat in a meal this week to lower fat, cholesterol, and calories. One cup of beans provides half of the fiber that we should each consume daily, as well as plenty of vitamins, minerals, and protein. So it’s no surprise that beans may even prevent colon cancer, heart disease, and type II diabetes!

Plus, here are three more ways to eat your magical fruit!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Non-Meat Protein Sources

Protein has many benefits, ranging from making you feel full and satisfied longer, providing an energy source for endurance athletes, and increasing your metabolism. Proteins are also the building blocks of our bodies and help with repair and immunity.

However, the most widely known and consumed sources, beef and chicken, introduce the risk of getting too much saturated fat, cholesterol, hormones, antibiotics, and cancer-causing nitrites. All fish contains mercury. So why not opt for more non-meat protein sources to add to your diet?

Higher-Protein Plant Sources – generally high in fiber

• Vegetables: peas, spinach, mushrooms, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, potatoes (white and sweet)

• Beans and lentils, all varieties, add to muffins, casseroles, etc
• Tofu and unsweetened soy milk (organic is best for both)
• Nuts and seeds, natural nut/seed butters, all varieties
• Whole grains (bread, cereal, pasta, etc) generally have more protein than enriched varieties
• Whole wheat pasta, brown rice, farro, oats, barley, spelt, quinoa, wheat germ (add to baking, cereal, yogurt, etc)

If you must have fish, treat it as a treat, and here are a few notes...

  • Wild and smaller fish are better because they have more omega-3, less Mercury

    • Salmon and black cod are better than others
    • Non-albacore tuna is lower in Mercury than other tuna


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