Rehydrate with Water
June 19, 2013
Sports drinks are often marketed to athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. However, these colorful, flavorful beverages can be packed with high fructose corn syrup or other preservatives. After a light workout, water is sufficient to rehydrate your body. If you have a harder workout, replenish with a piece of fruit, like a banana, and a glass of water. Enjoy these sports drinks in moderation - just be aware of what you are putting in your body! Your Dietitians, Shannon MS, RD/LD and Michelle MS, RD/LD
Healthy Habits at a Young Age
June 12, 2013
Summer is a great time to include your children in the kitchen. Try these snack ideas for fun, healthy options to encourage healthy habits at a young age. Ants on a log - spread a modest amount of peanut butter on top of a slice of celery, and then top that with raisins! They get some healthy fats, a little vegetable, and a little bit of potassium from dried fruit. Cheese and fruit kabobs - get some sticks and pick your favorite fruits and cheeses! It makes it fun to build a snack. Or, make some fruit popsicles with a lot of fresh fruit and a little juice! Your Dietitians, Michelle, MS, RD/LD and Shannon, MS, RD/LD
Diet and Physical Activity
June 05, 2013
Weight loss is a combination of diet and physical activity. But, don't underestimate the power of sweating it out or pumping some iron! Your muscles burn calories during physical activity, and also at rest. This increases your resting metabolism and can help you lose body fat. Strength-training programs should be chosen wisely - choose a weight that allows 8-12 repetitions of that exercise (ie, bicep curls or tricep kick-backs). Weight training should include major muscle groups like arms, legs, back, chest, and shoulders. Your Dietitians, Shannon MS, RD/LD and Michelle MS, RD/LD
May 29, 2013
Turn up the heat this summer by boosting your own activity! Take advantage of a variety of outdoor activities like running, tennis, golf (without the cart), jogging, walking, cycling... you name it, you can try it! For a 140 lb person, tennis burns 207 calories in 30 minutes, jogging burns 324 calories in 30 minutes, and golf (if you are walking) burns 162 calories for just 30 minutes! If you golf, you will burn 972 calories in 3 hours! As you see, physical activity does not have to be boring or monotonous, and it can be fun for the whole family! Go be active today. Your Dietitians, Michelle, MS, RD/LD and Shannon, MS, RD/LD
Stay Healthy On the Go
May 22, 2013
Do you feel like you are always on the go? Try these tips and tricks to avoid grabbing a bag of chips and a calorie-and-sugar packed soda on your way out!
- Stock your fridge with healthy grab-and-go items like baby carrots, yogurt, string cheese, or celery with mini packs of peanut butter.
- Substitute your chip bag for almonds or snap peas.
- Have pre-made water bottles in your refrigerator to replace your soda. If you can't stand plain water, try adding lemon or lime juice, or any piece of fruit to add flavor.
Healthy Eating Made Easy
May 15, 2013
Having a well-balanced diet is often quite challenging and seems treacherous, but there are some simple guidelines to help you create a healthy plate. Start by filling half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables such as leafy greens, carrots, zucchini, squash, or broccoli. Next, fill 1/4 of your plate with lean protein, like chicken, tofu, or fish, and should be about the size of a deck of cards for 1 serving. Last, add your starchy vegetables to 1/4 of the plate, these include potatoes, sweet potatoes, or corn. Before you know it, you will have a well-balanced diet packed with nutrients! Your Dietitians, Michelle, MS, RD/LD and Shannon, MS, RD/LD
The Truth about Fat
May 08, 2013
Can fat be part of your healthy diet? Contrary to popular belief, fat is beneficial in your diet! The key is choosing the right types of fat. For example, foods such as avocados, fish, nuts, peanut butter and cooking oils are rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which aid in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL). They contain fat soluble vitamins as well, like vitamins A, D, E, and K which fight cancer-causing agents. So, next time you're in Reasor's, stop by our produce and meat departments to pick up your omega-3 fatty acids today! Your Dietitians, Michelle, MS, RD/LD and Shannon, MS, RD/LD