Nutritious Life

Brining Nutrition to Daily Life

Easy Energy Article February 27, 2009

I found this article and really liked it and wanted to share (espeically to those who run long distance):

http://www.active.com/nutrition/Articles/Easy_Energy.htm?act=EMC-Active&Vehicle=Running&Date=2_25_09&Edition=2&Sections=Articles&Creative=Easy_Energy&TextName=More&ArtText=Txt&Placement=3&Dy=Thu

 

Here are a few key points that I thought were important:

– re-fueled with orange slices, LifeSavers, and Fig Newtons (I recommend whole wheat fig newtons)

-recommends snacks that are as close to whole foods as possible

– avoid ingredients such as partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial dyes

– “Sucking on hard candy during a long run or marathon can be a nice alternative to energy gels”

– suggests adding one half cup of orange juice (which contains the electrolyte potassium) and a pinch of salt (sodium) to four cups of water

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Pistachios January 27, 2009

pistachioThis blog post was requested by a very good friend of mine. Her new favorite nut is the pistachio nut.

A lot of people don’t eat enough nuts in their diet. Many think they are high in calories and fat, but don’t let that stop you from eating them. They are a great source of healthy fat (mono and poly saturated fat) and a great source of protein.  They are also known to be high in magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.  Potassium is known to regulate muscle contractions, transmission of nerve impulses and assist in maintaining healthy blood presume levels. Potassium can also be found in bananas and oranges.  Pistachios are also a fairly good source for vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is important because it helps brain function and is known to help the body to convert protein into energy. Recommendation for vitamin B6 is 1.6 mg for women and 2 mg for men a day.

The down side to pistachios is that they are super high in sodium. The right amount of sodium can be  healthy especially for those of us who exercise and need to replace the salt that is lost through sweating.  If you don’t work out often or are watching your sodium intake try looking for the pistachios that are unsalted. They still offer all the great health benefits.

I found this website that has some more interesting facts and health benefits about pistachios. I encourage you to check it out:  http://www.pistachiohealth.com

 

Nutrition Facts Panel January 22, 2009

How many of you look at the nutrition facts panel before you buy something? Maybe you check out the fat content or the sugar content? Do you really know what you are reading? Maybe you know what you are looking for, but do you understand it?

 

I found this diagram below and wanted to share it with you (courtesy of Trader Joes)! I constantly read the ingredients of a product and the nutrition facts panel. I think it is important to read the ingredients label and the nutrition facts panel before you buy anything, but most of all it is important to understand what you are reading. Reading this article below gave me a refresher course on what I am reading.

 

If you are not already reading labels, I encourage you to read the ingredients and nutrition facts panel before you purchase anything. Most likely if you don’t know what an ingredient is then it probably isn’t good for you.

 

Happy Shopping!!

 

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