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Our Favorite Food and Fitness Trends of 2016

Keeping It Fresh By December 24, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

2016 has taken a few interesting turns, but we’re not about to get all political on you. We’re here to talk about food, as usual. This year has also seen a rise in some awesome health trends that we really hope stick around. Read more to find out our favorites food and fitness trends of 2016!

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Um, yes please! Smashed avo on whole wheat toasties with a poached egg? Or how about a crispy toastini with avocado and sliced tomatoes and basil? We like all things avocado and this is a trend we’re hoping will stick around. Smear a heart healthy fat on whole grains and top with raw veggies and herbs and we are sold! read more

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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 read more

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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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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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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. 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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