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Summer Flaherty

Body, Health Prevention, Nourish, Nutrition Advice, Nutrition Bits

Iodine: The EZ Way!

June 12, 2012
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Somehow iodine, iodine, iodine has become the topic du jour around the lunch table at work. No big mystery as one of our friends is having a thyroid issue, which then created a sudden interest eating foods rich in iodine – the trace mineral essential in thyroid function. (And of course it’s touted as the first line of defense against the nuclear radiation fall out) Since, we don’t want to accidentally OD by taking tablets, like some people do. We set out to find the best dietary sources.

Duh! turns out iodized salt is a pretty easy thing to do… thanks Joseph A. Case for your detail-rich article.

And as it turns out seafood is naturally rich in iodine, including; cod, sea bass, haddock and perch. Kelp (one serving of kelp offers 4 times more than a daily minimum requirement) is the most common iodine-rich green source, while dairy products and plants grown in iodine-rich soil can provide a bit of this nutrient  … we digress.

Keep it simple by snacking on it! While those Trader Joe’s seaweed snacks are pretty good – if you can find Seasnax dried seaweed (Whole Foods, some health food stores, online) … these seem to score a bit higher w/ the online health brigade because they use olive oil -not canola oil in the process. And according to their website, on average, 15 micrograms of iodine can be found in a full sheet of nori.

Just not into food from the sea? Here is a chart from The World’s Healthiest Foods on what they consider to be great sources of iodine.

Did we miss your favorite iodine-rich snack or meal? Please share in our comments.

Nourish, Nutrition Advice

Small Food Changes for a Big Healthy Impact

June 1, 2012
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cupcakeflickrkatharinaaYou don’t have to spend hours at the gym or sweat every morning in your Bikram class to make a dramatic healthy lifestyle shift.  We’ve got three healthy eating tips you can include in your routine to make a big impact — this weekend!

Don’t Skip Breakfast

Yes, this isn’t revolutionary news — we all know it’s important to eat breakfast but why? If you diet first thing in the morning chances are you will overeat later in the day, says fitness guru and fitness author Jim Karas. Also, your ability to burn calories is kickstarted with that first meal.

Eat Right

We’ve all been there — you’ve eaten a huge sushi dinner and just an hour later you’re starving. Instead of reaching for dessert reach for a low-calorie, high-water-content snack like sliced veggies or a whole wheat wrap with hummus, peppers and turkey.

Keep it Clean

Avoid mystery foods like the all you can eat buffet or a chain restaurant’s pasta dinner — unless you’re making the food at home. It’s impossible to know just how much oil or even lard (shocking, yes — we have a summer restaurant job to thank for that info) is used in the recipes. If you are eating out choose plain proteins like a 6 ounce petite filet (about 11.2 grams of fat) or salad with no cheese, packed with veggies and dressing on the side.

 

Photo via Flickr: by Katharinaa

Body, Nourish, Nutrition Advice, Nutrition Bits

Take Your Share of the Crop – Locavore on the Cheap

June 13, 2011
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Low on funds but still want to eat like a locavore? Try a CSA approach. According to the Green Schoolhouse Series, a group that builds LEED-Platinum designed schoolhouses on low-income school grounds, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way for consumers to get their weekly produce fix with locally grown vegetables directly from a farmer in their community.

For about the price of a large pizza you can buy a “share” of a farmers’ crop. In most cases the share comes in the form of vegetables, but fruit and dairy are sometimes included. The consumer can set up a plan to receive the crop once a week or even once a month during the farming season. For example, one crop share company charges about $25 for a box of 3 organic fruits and 7 organic vegetables — plus recipes and delivery.


The best part?  Both the consumer and the farmer benefit.
According to Local Harvest and the Green Schoolhouse Series, farmers are able to market their produce before the busy harvest time and receive their payment early in the season.  Meanwhile, consumers usually visit the farm where the produce is grown at least once per season and are able to develop a relationship with the local farmer who actually grows their food.

Ready for your own share of the crop? Check out these programs:

Click here to visit the USDA Community Supported Agriculture website and find other CSA farms near you.

Body, Faves, Faves, Nourish, Nutrition Advice

We Love Bible Bread

May 23, 2011
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We want to give props to the Food for Life line of organic whole grain sprouted breads, tortillas, pastas and muffins. Perhaps best known by their Ezekiel 4:9 and Genisis 1:29 

Ezekiel 4:9 “Take also unto thee Wheat, and Barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and Spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it…”

  • Flourless,
  • Organic,
  • Complete Protein,
  • and Sprouted Whole Grain

(from their website) We discovered when these six grains and legumes are sprouted and combined, an amazing thing happens. A complete protein is created that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs. In fact, the protein quality is so high, that it is 84.3% as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. There are 18 amino acids present in this unique bread – from all vegetable sources – naturally balanced in nature.

And Genesis 1:29 ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yeilding seed; to you it shall be for meat.'”

Why sprouted grains?

Sprouting is the only way to release all the vital nutrients stored in whole grains. The sprouting process activates beneficial enzymes which cause the grains to sprout and become living and nutrient-rich. Stores of vitamins and minerals dramatically increase over the amount available in flour. Sprouting also converts the carbohydrates in grains into maltose, which is ordinarily done by the body during digestion, thereby predigesting nutrients for you. The enzymatic action enables the body to assimilate the vitamins and minerals more efficiently. Plus, the sprouting process naturally increases the protein content and decreases the calories and carbohydrates found in the original grain.

Oh and about that supermodel secret.  According to this Dr. Oz article these bible breads are a supermodels secret to Anti-Aging.