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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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A New You Before New Years

Keeping It Fresh By December 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Keep up with your health goals this holiday season and beyond. You don’t have to wait until New Years to start working on a new you!

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  • Create a new habit: instead of making resolutions once a year, try making them once a month or every week. This will help you stay on track and keep progressing. It’s like a to-do list for your own personal growth!
  • A commitment to health is a commitment to yourself! Whatever your goals are, take the time to create strong commitments in your mind so it will be easier to overcome challenges that arise. Creating a plan and sticking to it will help you navigate through the holidays and beyond to keep up with your health goals.
  • Make your goals visible. Post your goals somewhere that you see often, keep your athletic shoes by the front door, keep motivational quotes hanging around your house, and try joining a group to keep you accountable.
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  • Get motivated to get moving. Taking the first step is always the hardest one. Excuses are easy to make and hard to break, but once you get moving, momentum will carry you through. Let that feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction be motivation for the next steps!
  • Keep it up! Start with small goals that are easy to accomplish. Instead of saying “I want to lose 50 pounds” try “I will add one more serving of fresh vegetables to my dinner every night.” Let your success with small goals be motivation to keep going!
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    What to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

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

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    Halloween candy is a tempting treat, but snacking on the fun size bars quickly adds up calories and sugar. Here are 5 tips to help you put away the candy bowl.

    Freeze it
    Out of sight, out of mind. Putting treats in the freezer will limit mindless snacking but will be a nice surprise when a sugar craving strikes.

    Unwind with wine
    Pair a piece of dark chocolate, a fun size Twix, or a bite size Snickers bar with a glass of wine. Take little nibbles in between sips and savor the moments of relaxation. 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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    My Super Bowl Food Game Plan

    Keeping It Fresh By February 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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    Let’s be honest, the Super Bowl is mostly about commercials, friends, and good food, right? There are definitely some hardcore football fans who want to watch the game but most people are interested in everything else. By some estimates the average person eats almost 2400 calories over the course of the game. (Check out the infographic for how long you would have to exercise to burn to work off all those calories). That doesn’t even include the other meals you ate that day … that is a lot of calories! Be a mindful eater during the game to calories eaten in check and surround yourself with tasty lower calorie choices to limit the chances of overeating. Here is a my game plan, menu if you will, of Super Bowl foods. It’s full of classics and new favorites so you have something for everyone. read more

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    If at First You Don’t Succeed … Talking Veggies to the Kids

    Keeping It Fresh By August 11, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

     

    August is Kids Eat Right month and we think of it as a time to share ideas and tips to help kids learn about balanced healthy eating. They don’t need to learn to be perfect eaters who love vegetables (who is really?) but instead to teach them how to enjoy all types of food and learn about balance and moderation. The Kids Eat Right logo and campaign went through a very public debate earlier in the year with the announcement and subsequent withdrawal of a Kids Eat Right seal being printed on foods, initially starting with Kraft cheese. I’m not going to decry the action here but rather point out that the mission of Kids Eat Right is a good one, one that we can all get behind. read more

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