Avocados aren't that attractive. Their dark greenish/brown skin that is waxy in appearance would make you think that it may not be as tasty or healthy as it's neighbors found in the produce section (grapefruit, oranges, apples, etc.). Avocados despite their lackluster appearance on the outside are quite different on the inside! They are a healthy treat that can be eaten individually, used in a chip dip or sliced atop of a perfectly cooked burger! There are many great recipes for avocados- particularly Hass avocados which are the most common found in local stores.
Avocados contain healthy fats to meet your daily nutritional needs, are cholesterol free, contain vitamins, electrolytes and great source for fiber. Dont take my word for it- below is a great PDF that has all you need to know about avocados. Start incorporating it into your diet today!
Trying to eat healthy and on the go? This is often times a difficult task. Many people like to prep their meals in the beginning of the day or week and bring them with them. Especially if they are trying to bulk, cut and even maintain weight. However, eating food that requires a fork, spoon and microwave is not always possible. Not to mention the cooler and ice that is needed to keep the food edible!
When choosing quick foods, don't settle for anything that is around you! Often times when you are tired, stressed or super hungry, your body will want to feed itself with quick sugar...(chips, cookies, or most of what you can see in vending machines). This leads to not only adding fat but causing you to be hungry again in 30 minutes. Constant junk food intake creates overeating habits and fills your body up with nothing but garbage!
Here is a list of recommended foods that you can snack on any time:
Foods that may need a little bit of cooling:
Make your snack choices healthy and lean, your body will thank you for it!
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Carb control has been around for decades, albeit it was made particularly popular by the Atkins diet that was re-introduced in 2002. So many people that went on the Atkins diet lost so much weight that the diet program began to get national notoriety. People lost all the weight- until they ate carbs again. Once they ate carbs, their bodies not only held on to every calorie but often caused them to gain more weight than they once carried around!
Why is this?
Carbohydrates or "carbs" are the primary source of energy for the body. When this source is depleted, the body begins to burn fat in its place. Hence the reason for massive weight loss in little to no time. When your body is re-introduced to that energy source, it gets addicted. Higher protein diets are known to increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, nutrient deficiencies and constipation (lack of fiber).
Not only is fat less effective of a fuel source, but it changes your blood chemistry (state of ketosis).
4 Basic Function of Carbs:
So what kind of carbs are good?
There are two types of carbohydrates:
Complex carbs are your 100% whole wheat breads, green veggies, beans, lentils, etc.
We will get into the glycemic index later- but in summary:
Carbs are good for you! They should be roughly about 50% of your daily intake and should primarily consist of complex carbs that are low on the glycemic index.
Any diet that tells you to restrict an entire food group is something you should be extremely cautious about!
And as always - Consult a dietician or nutritionist if you have any special dietary considerations!
Iceburg lettuce is everywhere. Almost anywhere you might need toppings for a sandwich it gets chopped or picked and put in a bowl. Its terrible. Before you get your feelings hurt, let's talk about what sets it apart from its primary opposition: Spinach. Iceburg lettuce is very cheap, commonly accepted by the general American public, but never really considered much for its nutritional value. When you are eating iceburg lettuce, it has little to no flavor and is essentially made of nothing but water. Even its name, "iceburg" is a strong indication of its water properties. Due to the great amount of water, it contains fewer nutrients and is really just more of something to cram on your favorite sandwich.
Lets look at the competition: Spinach. Spinach is a deeper green and that should be one of the key things to consider when determining nutrition content. Spinach is full of magnesium, iron, calcium, vitamin K, folates, thiamine, potassium and many vitamins! Each of these vitamins help to combat particular illnesses and aid in an overall healthier lifestyle. It even contains protein, with little to no calories. Fresh, frozen and canned make it easy to incorporate into any lifestyle.
Adding spinach to your salads or sandwiches will not only keep your meals tasty and healthy, but they will be packed with vitamins and other nutrients. Enjoy!
Quality Nutrition = Quality Training
Eating smart not only makes your feel better and exercise more efficiently but aids in a lifestyle that is less prone to disease and other health complications.