30-Day Healthy Blood Pressure Challenge

Health Care Professionals, Keeping It Fresh By September 2, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

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Are you ready to shake things up? Join us for our Healthy Blood Pressure 30-Day Challenge and get ready to shake up the way you shop and think about food.

In this fast-paced daily challenge you’ll learn how to jumpstart your grocery shopping and your diet to help keep your heart healthy. We’ll show you how to reduce salt and sugar both at the grocery store and at home.
  • Receive daily recipes to inspire you (don’t miss our personal favorite, the  Morning Glory muffins) from our friends at EatingWell.
  • Enjoy our fun quick quizzes and earn $1 for every answer!
  • Read customized tips and videos for following a lower sodium diet
  • Participate in our twice-weekly LIVE chat with Lara, our ShopWell dietitian.
  • Get personalized food recommendations based on your previous grocery store purchases.
  • Scan each grocery receipt to find hidden sodium and sugar in the foods you buy — you could even win a FitBit!

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That was fun… let’s do it again!

Keeping It Fresh By August 31, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

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Congrats to those of you who participated in our first Healthy Blood Pressure Challenge. We loved all of your feedback and participation. Now that you’ve learned the basics on managing a healthy heart, we’re ready to offer you our next challenge: LEAN & GREEN!

In this next challenge, we’ll be showing you how to shop smarter at the grocery store with our Lean & Green 30-day challenge.

We’ve got lots in store for you! We’ll show you how to trim the fat and boost the veg both at the grocery store and at home.

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Healthy Burger Hacks

Keeping It Fresh By August 26, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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Summer might be ending soon, but grilling never goes out of season! Take part in an American pastime by grilling up some burgers this weekend. We’ve got you covered with these hacks to make your burger even more healthy and delicious!

The Patty

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Burgers are an American staple- however that doesn’t mean that the high cholesterol and processed beef is great for you. These protein choices are typically loaded with saturated fat and sodium. However, meat is full of heme iron, which is absorbed better in your body than non-heme (found mostly in plant sources). All in all, grilling meat is also a pretty healthy cooking method. So, to make it a little healthier, you can make your own patties or even change it up and use a lean protein like chicken or fish (they also are high in heme iron!).9269139981_890c2db20c_z

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Eating for When You’re Expecting

Chew on This, Health Care Professionals By August 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Are you pregnant, thinking about having a kid, or even just curious about staying healthy during pregnancy? Well, we took a look at the major nutrition-related concerns here and what you can do to have a healthy and complication-free pregnancy!

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Folic Acid

One could argue that folic acid is the most important nutrient to pay attention to before or during pregnancy, so let’s start with it! Folic acid deficiency in the mother is associated with neural tube defects (NTD) in babies. This is where the neural tube in the spine doesn’t properly close up while forming and growing in the uterus and can cause numerous problems.  To prevent this, whether you’re trying to get pregnant, expecting, or even a woman of childbearing age, make sure your diet has lots of foods that are rich in folic acid. This includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, and many fortified cereals. You want to aim for at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day whether or not you’re expecting since many pregnancies are unplanned (over half in the US!). If you’re already expecting, boosting your intake to 600 micrograms (which can be done by taking a prenatal supplement daily plus a healthy diet) starting as early in the pregnancy as possible is best to prevent NTD. 1

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Fueling Up for your Sport

Around the Table, Keeping It Fresh By August 9, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

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With the Summer 2016 Olympics about to start, we all might be feeling a little extra motivation to get extra involved and active. But are you making the right choices nutritionally to fuel your workouts? Let’s break it down here.

First, an important thing to note about eating for exercise is that it depends on what you’re doing. This may seem obvious, but if you’re participating in endurance, high calorie-burning activities such as swimming, long distance running, or rowing, you need a lot more energy than lower calorie intensive exercises like yoga, walking, or leisurely biking. Both types of exercise are great, but you need to fuel differently for them.

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