Nutrition Education

August 29, 2016

Do you ever wonder the benefits that your body is actually getting while eating the foods you love?

Avocado is one (of many) foods I absolutely love.  Like bananas, I can’t live my day without avocado.  One, because of the variety of ways you can utilize avocados into your diet but two, because they are considered a superfood because they are incredibly nutrient dense.

In your daily diet you want to focus on consuming foods that are very nutrient dense. Meaning, foods that you are getting “more bang for your buck”.  Avocados are one of those foods!

So, why are avocados part of the superfood category?   The list of reasons why is massive!  For today, let’s focus on my favorite Top 5.

1. AVOCADOS ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR HEALTHY FAT CONTENT (will get to that later) BUT THEY ALSO CONTAIN 16 DIFFERENT VITAMINS AND MINERALS.

  • Vitamin K: Needed for prevention of blood clotting but is also essential to building strong bones and prevention of heart disease.  

  • Folate: Also known a...

August 9, 2016

Have you ever wondered what all those long character ingredients in your protein bar (or powder) mean?  Marketing is a very powerful tool and even though it’s marketed as being a “healthy” snack option, is it really?  Often times when people talk to me about protein bars, they always say shortly after consumption their stomachs expand like a balloon.  Remember that your gut controls your immune system, so listen to your gut always.  Nothing that is good for you will give you side effects like that (unless there’s a unknown food allergy).

Let’s review the Quest Bar, for example. Quest Bars are promoted to be one of the healthiest protein bars in the mass market.  But, how healthy are they?  The ingredients in a Coconut Quest Bar are as follows: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate), Isomalto-Oligosaccarides (100% Natural Prebiotic Fiber), Almonds, Water, Erythritol, Coconut, Cashews, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Lo Han Guo and Stevia.

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