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Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Nutrition, Nutrition Tips, Recipes | 0 comments

How to Choose Sustainable Seafood

How to Choose Sustainable Seafood

Omega-3s boost immunity and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer and build cell membranes in the brain.  They also may help with depression, irritable bowel disease, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.  To get all of our omega-3 fatty acids, we should aim for fish 2x/week.  Which fish contain the most omega-3s that are good for you and the environment? Fortunately, Seafood Watch, a program run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium was developed to help consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans.  Seafood Watch created a “Super Green” list containing seafood that is excellent for human health and is caught or farmed responsibly.  The list includes seafood that meets the following three criteria: Has low levels of mercury (below 216 parts per billion [ppb]) Provides at least 250 milligrams per day (mg/d) of omega-3s Is classified as a Seafood Watch “Best Choice” (green) The Winners that made it on the most recent list include: Atlantic Mackerel (purse seine from Canada and the U.S.) Freshwater Coho Salmon...

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Nutrition | 0 comments

I Love Brownies.

I Love Brownies.

I was craving a brownie recently and stumbled upon Anja’s Food 4 Thought’s awesome recipe.  I’d love to share it here with a few updates, so you can enjoy all of the chocolatey goodness.  Keep in mind, this is indeed a very healthy brownie, so don’t expect cake.  The banana flavor is also pretty strong, so if you aren’t a fan of bananas, modify the recipe. Necessities: Food processor 8×8 pan 1 cup almonds 1/4 cup ground flax seed 1/3 cup shredded coconut pinch of salt 1/3 cup dates, chopped 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1/2 banana, ripened 2 T. honey 1 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped Finely chop the almonds in the food processor then add the flax, coconut, salt and dates. Pulse until well combined. Add the banana, honey and coconut oil and pulse until mixture sticks together.  Lastly, add the chocolate. Pulse again until the chocolate is mixed in.Place parchment paper into the pan, and press the mixture in as evenly as possible. Keep in the freezer...

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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Nutrition, Nutrition Tips, Recipes | 0 comments

Mango, Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Mango, Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

We can thank Tracy Beeman, Pure Austin’s newest Registered Dietitian, for this awesome summer recipe.  Enjoy for a light lunch or dinner or as a side dish to any meal. Mango, Quinoa and Black Bean Salad 1 cup quinoa, dry 1 can black beans, rinsed 1 cup fresh corn 1/2 large or 1 small cucumber 1 red pepper diced 1 small mango diced 1 small red onion 1 TBS fresh cilantro (to taste) 1 cup canned and rinsed black beans 2 scallions thinly sliced 2 TBS EVOO 2 Limes juiced Prepare the quinoa first. I rinse then soak my quinoa overnight before I cook it. It makes it a bit easier to digest and it comes out nice and fluffy every time. * 1 cup quinoa * 1 1/2 cups cold water * Optional: 1/2 tsp salt 1. Rinse: Stir the quinoa with your hand, and carefully pour off the rinsing water using a fine mesh strainer. 2. Drain quinoa well in the strainer, transfer to the cooking pot,...

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Nutrition | 0 comments

Say what? We can now print “food”?!

A German food company has figured how to print “food” from a 3D printer.  As a nutritionist (and really as a human i I’m fascinated to see where this goes though.  Will this be a solution used to end world hunger?n general), this terrifies me.   I will be the first to admit I do not begin to understand 3D printing; I do, however, understand the power of food and how it can affect our health.  I believe that in order to thrive, humans need to eat primarily unprocessed food that comes from nature.  I’m confident that anything that comes out of a printer is not meant to go into our...

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Nutrition, Nutrition Success, Nutrition Tips | 0 comments

6 Tips for Healthy Eating While Traveling

Travel is not always ideal for maintaining healthy eating behaviors.  See below for 6 easy tips to avoid coming home and feeling like you need a cleanse! 1. Pack your first meal.  Whether on the road or in the air, pack your first meal so you don’t have to eat the junk on the highway or in the airport.  Yes, you can take food through security! 2. Bring a reusable water bottle.  Refill it when you get through security or at the gas station.  Preventing dehydration helps your energy level and prevents you from thinking you are hungry when it’s actually thirst. 3. Pack non-perishable snacks.  Apples, nuts, beef jerky and some bars travel very well.  I like Probars as a convenient meal replacement when on the run. 4. Workout.  I know this isn’t eating-related, but we always eat better when we maintain regular exercise!  Stay consistent. 5. Eat protein with every meal.  Protein helps us feel more satisfied and less hungry; it also contributes to balanced and sustained...

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