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8 Ideas to Help Your Child Eat Healthy Foods

Posted on 2016-11-04

Encouraging children to develop healthy habits begins with their eating habits. When you start encouraging healthy eating habits and proper nutrition at a young age, your children naturally develop a preference for healthy food choices. As a parent, you want to make a balanced diet a part of your lifestyle. By taking steps to improve the dietary habits of your entire family and focusing on getting your children to eat healthier food choices, you limit the risks related to nutrient deficiencies and poor diet. (read more)


Preworkout drink or post workout meal

Posted on 2016-08-31

When it comes to drinking a daily workout shake everyone seems to have a different opinion. Before asking when, your first question should be what. Depending on your answer, you’ll know the scientifically based best times to supplement. PreWorkout Nutrition Amino Acid Intake If you want to drink pre-workout, think essential amino acids. One study suggests that consuming an essential amino acid-carbohydrate supplement immediately before resistance training improves protein synthesis for up to two hours post exercise. (read more)


Sustaining Snacks for Long Distance Training On Your Treadmill

Posted on 2016-06-03

Running is an art. Orchestrating the perfect run requires you to put the right nutrients in your body. When doing a long run on a treadmill, consider this list of snacks that will keep you going strong. Energy Bars Energy Bars are a seeming no-brainer. Something with "energy" in the name is perfect for your run, right? Not so fast. Before you grab just any energy bar, make sure you [check the nutrition label](https://www.nordictrack.com/learn/how-to-read-a-nutrition-label/). (read more)


Top Superfoods for Runners

Posted on 2016-04-27

Most runners will say that what they decide to eat while training can be just as important as the training itself. Making proper food choices is an essential component of any type of athletic training. Recent studies have shown that certain foods that have a wider range of nutrients, called “superfoods,” can aid in faster muscle recovery, contain anti-inflammatory properties, and help improve strength. Many who hear the word superfood think of exotic ingredients only found in remote locations around the world. (read more)


Nutrition - Oil: Coconut vs Olive

Posted on 2016-03-22

If you’re cooking for health (and who isn’t these days?), you’ve probably read a great deal about extra-virgin olive oil for cooking healthy over the years. More recently, though, you may have heard of coconut oil for adding nutritional value to food and cooking light and healthy. But, how do the two really compare when cooking for full flavor and for health? Nutritional Breakdowns of Coconut Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Before moving forward, it’s a good idea to breakdown the basic nutritional components of each oil. (read more)


Nutrition: White Vs. Brown Rice

Posted on 2016-03-03

Rice is rice, right? Wrong. Just like other foods within the food pyramid, there are a number of nutritional differences between white rice and brown rice. Nutritional Breakdown To begin to understand the differences between brown rice and white rice, it’s important to learn about the nutrition facts of both. The table below illustrates the nutritional value highlights of both brown and white rice. 1 Cup Serving Brown Rice (long-grain, cooked) White Rice (long-grain, regular, cooked) Calories 216 205 Manganese 1.8 mg 0.7 mg Selenium 19.1 mcg 11.9 mcg Magnesium 83.9 mg 19.0 mg Potassium 83.9 mg 55.3 mg Carbohydrates 45 grams 45 grams Fiber 4 grams 1 gram Protein 5 grams 4 grams A line-by-line look at this table clearly shows a significantly higher nutritional value of brown rice over white rice. (read more)


Amazing Post Workout Benefits of Chocolate Milk

Posted on 2016-03-02

You’ve just got done with your workout and you’re feeling great, but now that you’re home you notice that dreaded sweet-tooth is starting to act up again. You just had an amazing workout and you don’t want it to go to waste by eating that chocolate bar you have saved in the cupboard, so you reach dubiously for that sports drink. Believe it or not, there is a way to curve that sweet-tooth craving as well as replenish some needed nutrients and it is as simple as making up a nice cold glass of chocolate milk. (read more)


Skip the juice, eat the whole fruit

Posted on 2016-02-26

Americans are eating more fruit than ever. In 1970, American’s consumed 34.7 pounds of fresh fruit per person. In 2010, that number had jumped to 46.5 pounds per person, an increase of over 30 percent. This is proof that many of us are taking healthy eating seriously. When it comes to fresh fruit, bananas and apples are at the top of America’s most popular fresh fruit list. On average, we each consumed 10.4 pounds of bananas in 2010 and we each ate 9.5 pounds of fresh apples. (read more)


How to Track your Eating

Posted on 2016-02-25

Weight loss is a process that requires careful management of your dietary habits as well as regular exercise. While it seems simple in theory, counting calories and tracking the foods you eat with a calorie calculator is often more complicated and annoying than you might think when starting a weight loss plan. Fortunately, tools and options are available that make it easy to track your caloric intake without wasting time writing in a journal, using a calculator to tally up your total, or following a complicated and stressfully strict diet plan. (read more)


How to Read a Nutrition Label

Posted on 2016-02-18

Nutrition labels are a part of the packaging of every prepared food product purchased in the United States. These “Nutrition Facts” can be found of the sides of boxed foods, on jar labels, and on the sides of cans. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that over 50 percent of us read nutrition labels, at least before the first time we purchase a product. A Brief History The history of the nutrition label can be traced back to 1862 when President Lincoln appointed Charles M. (read more)


Foods for Before and After Your Workout

Posted on 2016-01-27

Foods for Before and After Your Workout Exercise plays an important role in establishing and maintaining good physical, mental and emotional health. Most experts and health professionals agree that eating before exercising is necessary. Our bodies need energy to power through workouts to obtain the maximum benefits. Fueling up our blood sugar helps us work harder, giving us the energy and endurance that we need. In addition, we can improve muscle tone and burn more calories by consuming the right foods. (read more)


Top Running Bloggers Feedback On The Impact Of Food On Running

Posted on 2015-11-18

Top Running Bloggers Feedback On The Impact Of Food On Running We caught up with four running bloggers: Erika Howder, Jennifer Boudreau, Jason Saltmarsh and Beth Risdon to discuss good pre-race health. Having the perfect pre-race health means something a little bit different for each blogger. But, the overall idea is to take precautions to keep your body healthy and strong. That means eating right, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated and keeping a positive attitude. (read more)