Dude Food! 7 Foods Every Dude Should Be Eating

Uncategorized By June 17, 2016 No Comments

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Food is universal – whole foods and minimally processed foods are good for the everyone. Some foods however pack more punch in helping prevent men’s health issues. These seven foods have the men’s best interests at heart and can help protect them from cancer, heart health and other health issues.

Avocados

Surprise! Just one more reason to add avocados to your shopping cart. Avocados are having a moment in the food spotlight and for good reason. This fruit is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which are healthy fats for your heart. Monounsaturated fats can do great things for your cholesterol too, beating down the total cholesterol and the LDL (aka the “bad”) cholesterol. Just keep the total fat in your diet in check, aim for 25-35% of your total calories and you’re good to go.

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5 Reasons We Heart Eggs

Chew on This, Foodamentals By June 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

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Eggs have been on a roller coaster of popularity over the past few decades. We love ’em, then we drop ‘e like it’s hot, and now we can’t get enough of them (again). Thanks to the relaxed guidance in the new Dietary Guidelines on cholesterol and recent studies, eggs are back in the game! Here are the five reasons we have always loved eggs.

  1. Super nutritious. Eggs are a great of protein. They are one of the few sources of complete protein, basically they have all the essential amino acids your body needs in all the right amounts. Plus one egg boasts 6 grams of protein for about 70 calories, a good low cal option! A large egg also provides about 10% of your daily needs for Vitamin D.
  2. Don’t fear the yolks! Pretty much all egg yolks have omega-3 fats (the kind of fat you want to eat). Some eggs will have a higher omega-3 content depending on the chicken’s diet so eggs can be a great way to boost the omega-3’s in your diet too. Although there’s saturated fat in the yolk as long as you aren’t eating a dozen in a day you’re probably fine.
  3. Can you say “choline?” You might not even know what the nutrient is, but it’s super important and grouped with the B vitamins. Choline plays a role in keeping our nervous system running at top speed and is important for keeping your cells healthy.
  4. Cheap eats. Eggs are an inexpensive protein choice that provide quality nutrition without breaking the bank. They go great on everything from pizzas to avocado toast to give you a healthy boost of protein.
  5. Easy on the eyes. Eggs are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin (try saying that 10 times fast!). Both of these nutrients are important for eye health and reduce your risk of macular degeneration.

Eggs go with just about everything from hardboiled as a snack to fried egg on pizza or pasta. This quality protein is a good choice to keep stocked in the fridge. Just be sure you play it safe and avoid raw eggs. Nothing worse than food poisoning!

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3 Reasons Why You Should Care About the New Food Label

Chew on This, Keeping It Fresh By May 24, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week that for the first time in several years the food label is getting a facelift, woohoo! The food label, also known as the Nutrition Facts Panel, is there to help you make more informed choices when choosing what food to buy and eat. Food manufacturers have the next two years to change up the labels on the food they make to follow the new guidelines. Here are the top three things to get excited about!

Oh hey there Added Sugars!

Added sugars are a hot topic right now but it’s pretty tough to tell how much added sugar is in your food. Until now. The new labels (you’ll be seeing them by 2018) will have the grams of added sugar called out. Soon you’ll get to see how much sugar (and salt and fat) is in your food. In case you aren’t sure how many grams of sugar is ok to eat, the label also includes a percent daily value. Just remember, less is more with added sugars!

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The New Food Label Is Here!

Foodamentals, Health Care Professionals By May 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

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The Food and Drug Administration released the guidelines for the new Nutrition Facts Panel today, or as it’s affectionately called by health professionals, the NFP. The Nutrition Facts Panel may be a few decades old but it hasn’t changed much since it was introduced in 1993. It has become an essential  tool for people to figure out how nutritional value of the food they eat. There are some pretty awesome changes you’ll start to see on food labels over the next few years. The new NFP will:

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10 Tips To Fuel Up Right For Your Workout

Keeping It Fresh By May 18, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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Summer is just around the corner. Kudos to all of you who stuck with your exercise resolutions! A key to keeping your energy levels up before, during, and after exercising is what you eat, your pre-game and post-game strategy if you will. To help you power through your exercise routines and put your healthiest food forward check out these ten quick and simple tips!

Pre-Game

#1. Focus on high carbs and moderate protein about 90-120 minutes before your workout.

Meals should be high in complex carbs (think whole grains), have some protein, and be low in fat. Aim to eat your pre-workout meal about 2 hours before exercising so you’ve got the fuel you need without any pesky side cramps. The meal should contain about 300-500 calories. Think: chicken/ham/tuna sandwich, chicken and pasta, boiled eggs and rice, whole grain cereal, or a bowl of oatmeal.

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In Love With Spring Produce!

Keeping It Fresh By May 5, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

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April showers bring May flowers and a fresh crop of produce to the grocery store. Just when you might be getting tired of apples and winter squash the spring finds start to crop up. You’re probably seeing more fresh berries, apricots, summer squash, and spring peas in the market. There are so many colorful and healthy fruits and veggies to choose from at the market. Check out some of my favorite market finds for spring time!

rhubarb Rhubarb

Love this veggie! The red-hued stalks of this vegetable are popping up in all sorts of recipes this time of year from the classic strawberry rhubarb pie to a marinade for chicken. One cup of rhubarb is a great source of potassium, calcium, and vitamin C. Be daring this spring and try using rhubarb in a new way – a marinade or chopped on a salad perhaps. Just be sure to steer clear of the leaves, they’re poisonous!

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