All You Need to Know About Sports Nutrition

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Merry Christmas!

I wanted to take a quick moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! This is truly the season of giving, and though I don’t know many of you personally, I’m so grateful for the support and suggestions I receive from so many of you. It’s been amazing to see this little blog that could grow into something so rewarding!

Hopefully you are spending your holiday among friends and family. I’m back home in Illinois for the first time since last Christmas, and though I’m reminded why I left (10 degrees is NOT habitable for my always cold body), it has served to prove once again that family truly is the most important thing. So, go sing some carols, open some presents, maybe even eat a couple cookies (you can work them off tomorrow). I’m going to head down for my dad’s not likely healthy breakfast, open some gifts, and watch “Christmas Vacation.” And no, I’m not planning on changing out of my pajamas.

Merry Christmas!

Halloween Candy Calorie Countdown

Happy Halloween (almost) everyone! Hope you are enjoying the day of tricks and treats. I came across this great graphic that shows exactly what you may be getting (calorie-wise) out of those treats – be aware that those candy calories add up fast! Some of your better options? Choose a “mini” or two – you’ll get the taste, without a huge hit to your hips (or wherever your extra pounds tend to add up).

That said … a little candy won’t hurt you. Just be aware of how much and what quality you choose – there’s a big difference between one ounce of quality dark chocolate and a king size Snickers (do they even still make those?) Enjoy your Halloween!
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Via: DegreeSearch.org

Choose Your Chocolate

 

I have a confession to make: I love chocolate. The good news is, studies have shown that small amounts of chocolate a day are good for you (YAY!) … but you do have to pick the right kind.

Here’s a quick rundown from Prevention on the benefits of chocolate … and why all types are not created equal. Luckily, I have a preference for dark chocolate!

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The Complete Guide to Calories

We all know that calories play a big part in the fitness – and not just in losing, gaining or maintaining your weight. It can be a delicate balance; both too much and too little can cause your body to hang on to extra fat (your body can only burn off so much – but at the same time, too few will send you into “starvation mode.”)

I came across this great overview, and wanted to pass it along:

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You can check out the original here.

What’s Your Best Burger Option?

Summer is here, and with the July 4 holiday coming up next week, grilling season is in full swing. But do you know what the best burger option is?

Prevention came up with this great graphic comparing both turkey burgers and veggie burgers (sorry, carnivores, no red meat here). Food manufacturers have come a long way on taste throughout the years, so don’t be afraid to venture away from the cow to get your burger fix.

So, what should you choose as you go about your weekend and upcoming holiday celebrations? Take a  look:

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The Great Yogurt Debate: Who Comes Out On Top?

Since Greek yogurt became one of the “it” foods in the nutrition world a few years back, there has been a lot of debate. Which is better? Greek or regular yogurt? Fruit or plain? Full fat or low fat or 2% or non-fat?

Here’s a graphic from Prevention that sums up the benefits of both … and shows that Greek does come out on top:

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As a general rule, regardless of if you choose Greek or regular yogurt, pick plain over flavored. The taste may be a little more bitter than you’re used to, but add some fresh fruit, and you’ll get the added benefits of real fruit – minus all the sugar (seriously, take a look at the sugar content of plain vs. flavored – especially those fruit at the bottom varieties. It’s usually at least double – sometimes triple – the sugar content of plain yogurt, regardless of if it’s regular or Greek). My personal favorite, and my breakfast during the week: plain Greek yogurt (a big tub of the non-fat from Trader Joe’s lasts me about five days), blueberries, sliced strawberries, and pomegranate seeds, mixed up with a little cinnamon. If I’m in the mood for a crunch, I’ll add 1/3 cup of Kashi Go-Lean Crunch Honey Almond and Flax. Tasty and healthy start to the day!

One last thought: I’ve heard rumor Icelandic yogurt could be the next one in the line of good-for-you dairy products (though good luck finding it outside of Whole Foods or natural grocers at this stage). Guess we’ll see!

Make Sure Your Snacks Are Healthy … Not “Healthy”

I feel like I’m constantly having the conversation with my parents about foods being actually healthy, or just appearing that way. My dad is usually the main offender – he’ll be convinced something is “healthy” because the front label is screaming “low fat” or “only XX calories.” What I always need to explain is that low fat doesn’t necessarily equal healthy … especially when there is extra sugar and empty carbs used to make up for the taste.

Keep in mind that a little fat is not bad for you – as long as it’s the good kind of fat – and that sugar (often used to replace the fat to keep taste), though naturally fat-free, is like any other calorie – if it doesn’t get used, it will be converted to fat. And let’s be honest … as a society, we eat WAY more sugar than we should (and yes, I’m guilty of that one, too … you’d be AMAZED how quickly you consume more sugar than you should eat in a day). But sugar isn’t the only culprit: there are plenty of chemicals, food dyes, and empty, stripped down carbs that contribute nothing to our diets, but potentially do contribute to our waistlines.

Here are a few things to think about as you’re doing your weekly grocery shopping. Bottom line? Make sure to actually read the entire label to see what you’re actually eating … without the flashy marketing trying to convince you that junk is actually good for you.

 

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