Foods Fit for Summer (Part 2): Chicken

August 8, 2017

We’re headed into the dog days of summer—maybe you’ve been enjoying hot, sunny weather that supports fun times outdoors, plus many good foods from the garden and the grill.

We love summer for the chance to eat a variety of healthy foods that are fast and easy to cook. In our last newsletter, we focused on tomatoes. This edition, we feature chicken.

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Foods Fit for Summer (Part 1): Tomatoes

July 27, 2017

Classic summer foods include everything from ballpark hot dogs to ice cream cones, but one seasonal item not to be overlooked is the juicy garden tomato—and that season is here.

Don’t miss the chance to eat and cook with a variety of fresh tomatoes from a farm stand near you. They’re filled with health benefits and fit for feasting. Try our easy breakfast recipe, too!

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Annual Clean Eating Summer Party Guide

July 12, 2017

It’s that time of year again: the weather heats up and your calendar fills up with family picnics, graduations, celebrations and outdoor parties. Yet, you have dietary goals—so what do you do?

Just like summertime fun, you can keep things fresh and healthy without much trouble. Clean eating is a great guide for the BBQ menu or whatever you fill your plate with this season.

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Top Tips for the Times You’re Stuck Eating Fast Food

June 21, 2017

So the gang is running out to pick up some lunch for the work meeting and you need to eat…or you’re on a road trip and the only solution is to drive through and order to eat in the car.

Even when you are stuck eating fast food, you want a healthy choice—it’s not always easy, but we’ve learned it can be done! Just take a look at our list of contenders for healthiest fast foods.

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Simple, Healthy Snacks for Busy Weekdays at Work

June 13, 2017

While a few snacks throughout your day can be a great idea, the quality of your selections makes all the difference—and the typical coffee and muffin can do more harm than good.

When your energy is falling, coffee (stimulant) with a sweet treat (sugar) is a quick and easy boost, but not the best fuel. Instead, try these simple, healthy snacks for your busy workdays.

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What to Look for in a Protein Bar

May 24, 2017

You’re on the go, you’re looking for protein, and something to chew on, too. When you need a nourishing snack that supports your strength training goals, a protein bar can make total sense.

Then again, not all bars are the same. Are you getting the right ratio of nutrients, not too much sugar, and what about the taste? Let’s review some key qualities to consider in protein bars.

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Did You Take Your Vitamin Today?

May 10, 2017

Many people have a tough time consuming the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables each day. Even when striving for a healthy diet, getting in 5 – 8 servings takes some dedication.

While natural dietary choices are the ideal, one simple practice that can serve as a failsafe is a daily multivitamin—not as a substitute, but a supplement, to support your fitness goals.

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How to Have Your Treats and Lose Weight, Too

April 19, 2017

You’re working on weight loss, and that means eating the right amounts, at the right times, of the right foods—and usually, it means cleaning up your diet act by avoiding junk food and treats.

Happily, you really don’t need to eat “perfectly” to be successful with your weight loss goals. Here are some strategies for indulging in your favorites while staying healthy and losing weight.

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Getting More Protein into Your Diet

April 5, 2017

While there are variables when it comes to the amount of protein we should include in our diet for optimal health, many of us active folks focused on fitness could benefit from a little more.

vBecause your protein can come from whole foods from both animals and plants, supplements like powders and food products like bars, we compare a few easy sources you can count on.

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Caffeine: Pros, Cons and Effects on Your Body

March 21, 2017

Caffeine occurs naturally in some foods, but is it good for you? When it comes to fitness and physical performance, it goes beyond what’s inside the morning cup o’ joe for many athletes.

There have been numerous research studies that have produced a lot of different conclusions about caffeine. Let’s take a look at what it is, how it affects your body, and if you should indulge.

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Cast Iron Cooking - Easy, Fast & Healthy

March 8, 2017

If you’re focused on food intake to help with nutrition and weight, there’s one key aspect of keeping things lean and healthy that you might not think as much about: how you cook.

Sure, what you eat – and how much – is important. But the cooking method makes a big difference too. A cast iron pan is a fantastic choice for many of us. Here are some of the benefits.

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Quick & Easy Portion Size Guide

February 21, 2017

If you’re serious about maintaining a balanced diet with the right ratios of nutrients to help you meet your goals, you’ve probably heard the notion that you should practice portion control.

That’s because when it comes to weight management and healthy nutrition, the amounts of foods you eat can and do matter. Here’s a simple way to judge serving sizes just by looks alone.

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Two Top Fats to Support Fitness -- Olive and Coconut Oil

February 9, 2017

Fats and fitness—it can be confusing. After all, it doesn’t sound like fat should be in the diet of someone who wants to be lean. And yet we know fat is essential…so, which fats are best?

Clean fats like avocado and raw nuts are a good starting point, and, cooking fats are likely to account for a lot of your daily fat intake. Let’s take a look at two top choices for oils in general.

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