Carbohydrates are one of our macronutrients, and it's very important to get the right amount and from the right sources. For some time carbs were viewed as bad for our bodies, and"no or low carb diets" were all the craze.
There's always a lot of speculation on what foods are the best to eat before or after a workout. It's important to pick a pre workout food that will keep you full and helps keep your energy levels high! Whole grains are a great source of energy and are rich in soluble fiber so you feel fuller longer!
We're used to being pumped full of information about what the next health craze is going to be. It seems like everyday there's some new diet or fad that's guranteed to lead to a better, healthier you! There are the ones we're probbly all familar with, the low fat diet, the low carb diet, but there are staples that, for as long as we can remember, everyone has agreed are healthy. Vegetables like kale, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, and fruits like apples, grapes, and oranges.
We've seen all sorts of different descriptions on bread packages. Whole grain, seven grain, refined grain, white. What is the difference? Why are "whole grains" better for us? We'll tell you.
Has it been a while since you have been in a convenience store? 7-Eleven or Speedway may not seem quite so convenient if you are trying to find a healthy snack, but you might be surprised what is likely available just around the corner.
A recent study from Harvard School of Public Health, funded by The National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute found that eating whole grains may decrease the risk of overall mortality by up to 9%. The study also concluded that cardiovascular disease risk of death drops by 15% through replacing one serving of refined grains with a serving of whole grains.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act establishes strong nutrition policies for child nutrition programs. Many of these policies foster healthier school environments for kids, provide a variety of nutritious foods to children nationwide, and help prepare them to be productive students*.
Today is Whole Grain Sampling Day! But how do you incorporate whole grains into your diet? Whole grain breads and pastas are a great option, but there's an even easier way to incorporate more whole grains into your diet today.
To snack or not to snack? You can surely find an unlimited number of diets in favor of a broad spectrum of options when it comes to snacking. Some suggest several small meals, essentially all snacks, throughout the day. But, even the most stringent plans that suggest three meals and no snacking, often leave caveats for snacks like a pre or post workout "small meal" or the option to have a piece of fruit or vegetables.
From holiday parties, family gatherings, shopping, cookie exchanges, school vacation to work … getting to the gym is probably the last thing on a lot of our priority lists! I know we all want to fight the holiday bulge but think to ourselves "After the new year I’ll start." Fortunately, you can enjoy all of the holiday activities, get in a workout and still be in the holiday spirit!