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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. read more

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It’s All About the Heart

Around the Table, Keeping It Fresh By February 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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February is a big month. Not only do we have the Super Bowl, and Valentine’s Day, but also Mardi Gras, and the start of Lent. It’s a month full of sweets and calorie-heavy events (good thing it’s a short month!). February is also dedicated to spotlighting heart health. It’s a great time to check in on your health after the New Year when motivation for your resolutions begins to fade.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women across most ethnicities in the United States. The sobering statistic is that 1 out of every 7 deaths in the US is caused by heart disease. Certain lifestyle choices put you at higher risk for developing heart disease including not being physically active, poor eating habits, smoking, and excessive alcohol intake. What’s the good news you ask? Changes you make in your life can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease. Small changes can lead to lasting results. Read on for 5 things to start doing daily to have a positive impact on your heart and your health. read more

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Recipes To Love With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers!

Around the Table, Keeping It Fresh By November 24, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

 

Thanksgiving is a fun day filled with food, friends, and family plus a lot of time and sweat spent in the kitchen. Usually all this good food results in plenty of leftovers both for guests to take home and you to get crafty using in the kitchen. Since I sometimes lack inspiration when trying to use leftovers in new ways I have compiled a list of truly inspired Thanksgiving leftovers. If you need me, I’ll be on the couch kicking my feet up and enjoying a savory waffle (can’t go wrong with waffles!). read more

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Hello Fall! The Apples Are Here!

Around the Table, Health Care Professionals, Keeping It Fresh By October 8, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

 

I love summer and all the berries, melon, and stone fruit that come with it but there is something magical about fall. The air is crisp, mornings are cool, I still get plenty of sunshine, and nature takes on a whole new display of color. Fall to me also means turning on the oven, baking exploits with apples and squash, and an almost never ending supply of canned pumpkin stocked in the pantry.

We’ll start fall off with a round up of apple recipes I have my eye on (we’ll get back to squash later, promise!). Apple picking season is upon us and that means apple butter, applesauce, apple crisps, apple doughnuts (if you are feeling indulgent), and so much more in your future. To get you in the mood for fall, apples, and all their glory check out these recipes. read more

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Let’s Talk Whole Grains

Around the Table, Foodamentals By September 4, 2015 No Comments

 

This week's blog post was written by our awesome dietetic intern Monica! 

 

Happy Whole Grains Month! To celebrate, we here at ShopWell will be answering the most burning whole grain questions that consumers have.

 

Q: So, what’s the big deal about whole grains?

A: According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Americans, Americans are not consuming enough whole grains. Most of the grain products being consumed are made of refined grains. 

 

Q: What is a whole grain, anyway? read more

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A Great Grab & Go Breakfast Idea For Kids

Around the Table, Keeping It Fresh By August 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

 

This week's recipe comes from Cynthia over on the What A Girl Eats blog. Cynthia has a great collection of healthy recipes (and indulgent ones) over on her blog that are definitely worth exploring! You can find Cynthia on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and check out her Pinterest boards! 

 

With the start of the school year, morning times can get pretty hectic trying to get everyone dressed, fed, backpacks packed, and out the door in time. This recipe developed by Cynthia is a great choice for a quick breakfast packed full of flavor and protein for the busy weekday mornings. Pair the Mexican egg cups with a piece of fruit and a glass of water or milk and you have a balanced breakfast. The little cups are a perfect way to portion out servings for kids, big or small, and adults too!  read more

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National Farmers Market Week

Around the Table, Keeping It Fresh By August 7, 2015 No Comments

 

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Summer is the perfect time to explore your local farmers market with all of summer’s bounty on display. There is something for everyone! If you aren’t sure where to start at the market or even where to find a farmers market then read on. Besides having the opportunity to explore what produce is in season and grown locally, farmers markets are great places to learn about food, gather new recipes, and introduce the whole family to a more whole food-based diet.  

 

  • Eat local and seasonal to reduce the cost of produce. Although it may seem like farmers markets are more expensive it doesn’t have to be if you shop for what’s in season. Buying seasonal produce allows you to enjoy different varieties of fruits and vegetables at their peak ripeness and freshness. Many markets and vendors accept SNAP funds and WIC coupons making it easier for everyone to enjoy local seasonal fare.  The USDA provides a great list for what produce is in season so you know what to look for to get the best deal.

 

  • Now that you have bought all this great produce don’t let it go to waste! Build a healthy plate by making sure that half your plate (or bowl) is filled with fruits and veggies. A good way to think about this is to include 2-3 vegetables or fruits in your meal. You’ll have a nutrient dense meal, a colorful plate, and be that much closer to your fiber goal for the day.

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