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Fueling Up for your Sport

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

An unidentified Australian swimmer at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games

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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4 Ways To Love Watermelon

Keeping It Fresh By August 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Today is National Watermelon Day, so celebrate by eating some watermelon! Watermelon is full of nutrients like vitamins A and C, B vitamins and potassium as well as lycopene, the antioxidant that gives fruits and veggies a distinctive red hue (like tomatoes). Lycopene is also known to reduce your blood pressure and risk of stroke. Plus it’s hydrating and low in sugar (per gram) compared to other fruits. So … now that you know how great it is, let’s get to eating it!watermelon

Slices or Cubes It

Watermelon cubes are one the easiest and most common ways to eat watermelon! Watch this video on an easy way to cut up watermelon. read more

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Fun in the Sun! Let’s Talk Hydration

Chew on This, Keeping It Fresh, Uncategorized By July 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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Something great about the summer is the number of things you can do outside when it’s nice out. Whether you’re at the beach, hiking in a park, or any other fun activity your town might have, proper hydration is still key. The average American drinks around 4 cups of water a day. While recommendations have changed over time and the once-standard 8 cups a day may longer apply, staying hydrated is vital to your overall health and needs, especially in the hot sunny summer months. Fun fact – adults are composed of around 60% water, while children can be up to 78% water. When you’re dehydrated your whole body is affected, leading to a whole range of uncomfortable and possibly dangerous symptoms. read more

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Dude Food! 7 Foods Every Dude Should Be Eating

Keeping It Fresh By June 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 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. read more

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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! read more

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