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 below in fat. Aim to eat your pre-workout meal about 2 hours before exercising so you’ve got the fuel you need without any 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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5 Foods To Eat For Healthier Looking Skin

Keeping It Fresh By April 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Food is powerful. Eating a healthy diet and staying well hydrated keeps your energy up and you looking good. What you eat plays a role in what’s going on both inside and outside your body. These five foods can give you glowing skin, fewer wrinkles, and reduce your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Eating healthy looks good on you!

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Dark Chocolate

Not only is cocoa a sweet treat but it can also help keep your skin firm and smooth. Flavonols, the antioxidants found in cocoa, help your skin fight damage from sunlight and increase blood flow to give you a healthy glow. Look for chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa to make sure your treat does more than simply satisfy the sweet tooth. Indulge on a few squares each day for health looking skin, guilt free!

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The Skinny on GMOs

Chew on This, Health Care Professionals, Keeping It Fresh By March 2, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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Today the Senate Agriculture Committee announced that it was putting forth the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (aka SAFE Act). This bill would block states from individually tackling the issue of requiring food products to be labeled for GMO-containing ingredients (like Vermont plans to do this summer). So, the GMO debate is back front and center.

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, have been a hotly debated topic for years among consumers, nutrition experts, and the food industry. There is a lot of information out there about GMOs and a lot of passionate people involved in the debate. So much information and passion often leads to confusion (at least it does for me).

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Sweet Potato & Bean Chili

Keeping It Fresh By February 25, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

This recipe comes to you from the fabulous dietitians over on the NourishRDs blog. It’s the perfect chili to make for #NationalChiliDay. 

With winter in full swing, something about spending the night in and watching a good movie with a big, warm bowl of soup or chili sounds just so…nourishingSoups, stews, and chilis are always a great go-to meal because they’re easy to prepare, you can load them with nutrition, and they make great leftovers.

This chili recipe comes courtesy of our friend and fellowdietitian, Marcy who made this for us last year. Ever since we had our first bite, we’ve been hooked! This recipe takes a nice spin on a classic chili by using sweet potatoes, one of our favorite seasonal veggies.

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