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Energy-Boosting Super Foods

November 28, 2012
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Shopping, working, playing….whatever is zapping your energy, rev up your levels with these three surprising foods:

1. Apricots: Dried or fresh, this super fruit is rich in natural sugars and carbs for energy but also has some good-for-you vitamins like potassium and Vitamin A. You’ll notice that some dried fruits say they are ‘sulphered’ (which is actually used to keep the food fresher, longer) but we know a few people with a sulphur allergy — which is why we like this all-natural brand: Made in Nature.

2. Walnuts: A great source of omega-3 fatty acids and energy producing carbs, you need about an ounce of walnuts a day to get health benefits – that’s about seven shelled walnuts. If you’re adding these into your daily diet, we suggest you stick with the organic version, which is why we really like Good Sense Organic Walnuts.

3. Chia: Remember those Chia pets from the 90s? Well, this is a little different – Chia is actually the Mayan word for strength. This Dr. Oz super food is healthier than coffee and is a great addition to your morning smoothie. There are a lot of great options but we’ve tried Navitas Natural Chia Seeds.

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The Saltiest Foods in America Will Shock You

November 8, 2012
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You know that moment — when you wake up in the middle of the night feeling like you’ve spent the last four hours in the Sahara only to guzzle down glass after glass of water? Or when your fingers are so bloated you can hardly get your wedding ring on? The culprit could be these sneaky salty foods the American Heart Association has singled out. Plus, salt overload isn’t just bad for your appearance, it can also increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

 

“Excess sodium in our diets has less to do with what we’re adding to our food and more to do with what’s already in the food,” Linda Van Horn, a research nutritionist at Northwestern University and an AHA volunteer, said in a press release. “The average individual is getting more than double the amount of sodium that they need.” The average American actually gets 3,400 milligrams of salt per day, about twice the 1,500 milligrams that is recommended.

1. Bread: One piece can contain about 15 percent of the daily recommended amount. Eat a sandwich and you’re up to 30 percent.

2. Cold cuts and cured meats: Deli or pre-packaged turkey can contain as much as 1,050 milligrams of sodium.

3. Pizza: One slice can contain up to 760 milligrams of sodium, so two can send you over the top.

4. Poultry: Chicken nuggets are the worst — only 3 ounces of nuggets contain nearly 600 milligrams of sodium.

5. Soup: One cup of canned chicken noodle soup can have up to 940 milligrams of sodium.

 

Photo via Flickr: by SoraZG

Nourish, Nutrition Advice

Average Kid Consumes Up to 7,000 Calories on Halloween Night

October 30, 2012
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With obesity statistics sky-rocketing and the rate of cavities the highest in 40 years Halloween needs a brand overhaul. According to Time Magazine and Donna Arnett, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s School of Public Health, “Based on the nutrition labels on popular candies, the average child accumulates 3,500 to 7,000 calories worth of treats on Halloween night. According to a recent report, a 100-pound child who consumed all of those treats, or 7,000 calories, would have to walk for nearly 44 hours to burn those calories.” And kids have fast metabolisms…think about us adults! Even if you don’t have kids, you may be tempted to over-indulge with all that extra candy at the office or left over treats from the stash you were giving to trick-or-treaters.

To survive Halloween’s massive calorie consumption, try these 4 tips:

1. Sell Your Candy to a Good Cause

More than 1,000 dentists nationwide are buying candy from kids at $1 per pound and then shipping it to U.S. troops overseas via Operation Gratitude as part of a Halloween Candy Buy-Back program, started by Wisconsin dentist Dr. Chris Kammer.

2. Purchase Candy You Don’t Like

Don’t use Halloween as an excuse to buy your favorite candy for lucky trick-or-treaters as you’ll be tempted to indulge…one for you, one for me…instead, buy your least favorite candy (we can already think of a few) and forget about the risk of racking up extra pounds.

3. Freeze It

Take out enough candy for the week – and literally put the rest in the freezer. It will be such a pain to unfreeze your chocolate bars (and a bit desperate) that you’ll pass your craving before it can defrost.

4. Eat Dinner

Before taking your kids trick or treating, or before handing out candy to kids, eat a full dinner. If you’re full, you’re less likely to fill up on sweets.

 

Photo via Flickr: by JefferyTurner

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Citrus Punch – Party Favorite!

October 10, 2012
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Looking for the perfect party punch?  Check out this tested and approved Winter Citrus Punch, a spinoff of classic sangria, which can be made up to three or four days in advance in big batches. While the official name is Winter Citrus Punch, it can be enjoyed anytime of the year. We found the recipe from chef Bradley Odgen’s cookbook, Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden.

Winter Citrus Punch With Spiced Pomegranate Ice

Serves 8

Ingredients

3 star anise, crushed

2 cups pomegranate juice, freshly squeezed
2 cups tangerine juice, freshly squeezed
8–10 peppermint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
2 cups pineapple juice, freshly pressed
2 cups blood orange juice, freshly squeezed
2 cups orange juice, freshly squeezed
½ cup Meyer lemon juice, freshly squeezed
8 shots of rum or Cointreau (one per person) or sparkling wine or champagne to taste, optional

To Make
1 In a small noncorrosive pan, combine the pomegranate juice, star anise and peppermint leaves and heat to a high simmer. 2 Turn down the heat and steep for 15 minutes, then strain. 3 Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. 4 Combine the remaining juices and refrigerate until needed. 5 Place juice and frozen cubes in a large punch bowl with slices of fruit on top or serve in individual glasses over the frozen cubes of pomegranate ice. 6 Garnish with peppermint sprigs. 7 For holiday cheer, add desired spirit.