Monday, March 9, 2015

Nutrition+Snacks For Athletes=Spring Shape-Up Part 2


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For those that drink their nutrition-as a meal or snack…

Appethyl® -which tastes like most 'green'-powders we've tried-is made from spinach that is "carefully processed in a proprietary and patent pending method.." to make the vegetable's powerful  thylakoids-purported to slow down digestion and absorption of fats- bioactive…releasing "satiety hormones that signal to the brain…" one ate enough. As a food supplement-adding one 5g package of Appethyl® to a smoothie or soup is a palatable way to ingest-though it's also been suggested the appetite curbing effectiveness is enhanced when taken with a tbsp of healthy oil (e.g.olive oil). We tried it with orange juice as a mid-afternoon snack and def. satisfied without over filling us-before a workout.   

Crunchy snacks like delicious potato chips are crave worthy…and fortunately-there are a slew of healthier options that satisfy the need for something crispy.


Coconut oil has become a must have for inner and outer beauty+health. First we've seen---a "kettle cooked" potato chip  made crunchy with  no cholesterol, no trans-fat coconut oil…by Boulder Canyon---that's also non-GMO, low sodium and gluten-free…and tastes great!  SO if you have a tendency to devour an entire bag -has about the same calorie count as regular baked chip options -but Boulder Canyon chips-and there are a bunch of flavors- actually have some nutrition on board (vitamin C, iron, 2 grams protein)

Lucky us-Lundberg proffered a  sample of the new to the market- delish-sweet -salty crunchy Sweet Organic Dreams= a satisfying layer of dark chocolate icing atop a crispy whole grain rice cake-that's USDA certified organic, gluten-free and Fair Trade Certified ingredients- a big WIN WIN.


Sweet Organic Dreams USDA certified organic, non GMO, Fair trade certified ingredients-with 120 calories/2 cakes-def hits the spot as a snack, desert or imo a worthy post workout treat-with carbs, some dietary fiber+ iron (6%) + 2 gm protein per serving…and with a smear of peanut butter-even more of a complete treat. In Dark chocolate-(pictured) and Milk chocolate.

Lundberg also has a few Thin Stackers crunchy treats-including Brown Rice crispy rice cakes…also USDA certified organic, non GMO, Kosher ...
new flavor Chocolate Cupcake

Clif Bar the company- serves up bunches of energy bar products we rely on for our post workout sustenance-especially their protein packed Builder's Bars. Similar- mostly natural ingredients and vitamin-mineral packed nutrition bonus points- are found in their gluten-free Luna bars…which are slightly smaller in size (48grams) than the regular sized Clif bars (68grams)…kinda equal= calorie wise-accordingly.


The upside to using organic ingredients-and natural sweeteners like Brown Rice syrup-and not crash/burn corn syrup like competitors---is that all the flavors we tried…the Chocolate Cupcake, Lemon Zest (fav) and the Honey Salted Peanut-are authentic tasting and are better  for you---plus the 8-9 grams protein (from soy, flaxseed) in each bar make Luna bars handy meal or snack options.

Widely available...
LUNA bars…easy portable way to get a sweet tasty crunchy chewy treat-on the go---packed with vitamins and minerals…including 100% folate-something gals need. 
kid's sizes and adult-these treats by Honey Stinger never last long in our house. Gingersnap waffles are as good (better) than the reg. ginger snaps-with lighter crunchier texture-fresh zingy ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and bit of molasses. Love these...







Another good for you snack kind of company that gets it all right-HONEY STINGERS…which as one might guess…uses  honey as a basis for crunchy 100% USDA certified organic waffle snacks and energy bars.

recipes provided…coconut flour serves as basis for many baked goods…adding a nice subtle flavor to yummy blueberry muffins-we tried. Note-not an exact substitute for the wheat version -measure for measure…but for those wanting gluten free treats-def cheaper to make your own ----

Flour---can come from many gluten sources sources---so we learned-not just wheat- which has gotten a bad rap in some circles and is certainly not gluten-free…

KING ARTHUR-a purveyor of all different types of flour- is based in Vermont and still family owned…and has introduced finely ground, gluten free coconuts and almond varieties---nifty!

Not sure how to use…no problem-as the website has many recipes for entrees, and snacks- including the crispy great tasting almond flour pizza crust that uses some of the coconut flour too. Top off as one usually would for pizza---including dairy free options- to make healthy eats fresh from the oven and tastier than any store bought option.

crispy crackers form this almond flour-practically idiot proof to make…even if not on a gluten free diet-the mouth watering recipes from King Arthur…of savory treats are all  easy to make gluten free options... 
still family owned-Vermont based King Arthur Flour---even has a Norwich, VT. campus store, café+ state-of-the-art Education Center for visitors


WHAT ELSE:

We never bought the whole eggs are bad for you bit…could be our French side of the equation. Well now the USA HHS guidelines acknowledge this versatile protein source (about 7 grams-75 calories) can be a-okay to eat- consequently eggs are now off the vilified lists of no-gos...
food coloring used to get the green for green eggs and ham


The types of eggs one can buy are varied…and as pictured-so are the options of how to serve…

We thought these 3 recipe takes on the classic Deviled Eggs…from the Incredible Egg.Org very fun.
(Egg Nutrition Center also a handy website for the 411 on eggs).
add spices-diff crumbled toppings----


Fruit is a not complicated eat-when it comes to the vitamin C packed and fiber (filling) benefits of eating the real thing-real food.
A revelation---seriously a YEEHAW-SWEET SCARLETT grapefruits are naturally sweeter---grown in southern Texas (who knew????) and available November-May. No sugar needed….half a grapefruit clocks in at 60 satisfying calories, non GMO, 100%Vitamin C (daily needs)-and really great. Widely available-though we wish our local groceries in Manhattan carried them….yup, that good!
we inhale HALOs-about 3 a day---as they are sold everywhere, are sweet and slightly tangy…and easy to peel/eat seedless, without juice squirting all over. The mandarins… easily pack in a tote-for a snack on the go.




APPLES ----come in a variety of options---that actually do differ in taste/texture. Bonus: loaded with anti-oxidants and pectin-soluble fiber that can lower cholesterol.

New to us Ambrosia™ apples (which are licensed!)---are right up there on the sweetness scale…and was a giftable in that Oscar basket of goodies- given out to the anointed.

Apples are rated sweet-to tart. Ambrosia™ right under Fuji-is a naturally sweet apple-with crisp texture-creamy white interior inside the blush colored  skin= great eaten on its own…PLUS:  low in acid…and takes longer to brown so good for salads and slicing up to snack on later too.
PART ONE