Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are a naturally sodium-free food. Every 2 tablespoon serving of hemp seeds contain about 90 calories. These seeds are a source of high quality protein containing 5 grams of total protein a serving. 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds also provide you with 3 grams of total carbohydrate including 2 grams of fiber– that’s impressive! Each serving contains 6 grams of fat (only 1 gram from saturated fat) with no cholesterol. This super food is also a good source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin E and provide potassium and calcium as well.

You can sprinkle these seeds over yogurt or oatmeal or try them baked in breads or in soups or stews! Toss them in a salad or stir-fry. Hemp seed oil is best in salad dressings or over soup or vegetable dishes!

For more information: Food and Nutrition Magazine: November/December 2014 by Jessica Cording MS, RD, CDN

Photo credit: guysandgoodhealth.com

If It’s March, It’s National Nutrition Month!

Happy National Nutrition Month! National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

This years theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices. Registered dietitians play a critical role in helping people eat right, their way, every day.

It’s important to realize that eating your way can be possible when you pay attention to portion control, smart eating, and including all food groups into your diet when possible. Anything can be incorporated into your diet– the important thing to recognize is that moderation is key. You can still indulge in your favorite foods, but pay attention to the serving sizes you eat and how often you eat a particular food item. Also, pay close attention to the beverages you consume! One 20 oz. bottle of soda is equal to one hour of walking to burn it off! Stick to water as much as possible (it’s all we need to survive!) Don’t look into diets, look into LIFESTYLE changes! Feed your body what it deserves: a balance of nutrients that make you glow and feel healthy because nothing looks as good as healthy feels!! And never forget that moving your body with some sort of physical activity is needed in order to live a healthy lifestyle as well!

Promote and support nutrition awareness starting today, for the rest of the month, and for the rest of your life! Today is the day to make a change and stick to it for a lifetime. You deserve to be happy and full of energy through nutrition and fitness!

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For more information: http://www.eatright.org/nnm/#.UTAUbze_CSo

Eating Right When Money Is Tight!

When you’re on a budget and you’re looking for healthy foods, here are some suggestions that won’t hurt your wallet!

  • Produce: variety of in-season selections
  • Bakery: whole grain bread loaf
  • Canned Food: canned (or dry) beans
  • Grain: brown rice or quinoa
  • Cereal: whole rolled oats
  • Dairy: large container low-fat Greek yogurt
  • Proteins: a dozen eggs
  • Freezer: frozen veggies of choice
  • Bulk Bins: various nuts

You can enjoy the taste of eating right … even when money’s tight!

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For more information: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442463962

 

If Your Food Goes Bad, It’s Usually A Good Thing!

Remember this the next time you get upset about food going bad! If your food goes bad, it usually means this food is good for you and it is a good thing! This means there’s little or no chemicals, pesticides, etc. to harm your body! You should be worried if food doesn’t go bad.. just think of all the ingredients they put in there to increase shelf-life that could be harming you!

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Dietitians in supermarkets

An interesting article I came across.. Is there a need for dietitians in supermarkets?

In Moline Illinois, in a local grocery store, a woman who has struggled with colitis and complicated set of instructions in changing her diet was referred to a Registered Dietitian in the grocery store Hy-Vee. The dietitian, Dawn Blockinger, spent almost an hour with this woman compiling a list of what she could and alternatives to what she couldn’t eat. Hy-Vee is the only grocery chain in the country that posts a registered dietitian in almost every one of its 235 stores. In rural areas, some of its more than 190 dietitians serve a cluster of stores.

Grocery stores are now on the rise of hiring Registered Dietitians.

“Andy McCann, senior vice president for retail health at Hy-Vee, said he got about three or four calls and e-mails each week from other grocery store operators wanting to know more about Hy-Vee’s dietitians.”

From this we can see that the dietitian role is expanding, especially in an important place (the grocery store) where people are buying their foods!

What do you think about this? Would you like help from a dietitian when buying food? Do you have a problem where you need specific food and are overwhelmed by all the choices out there? Leave comments!!

For more information: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/25/business/dietitians-pay-off-for-supermarkets.html?_r=2&hpw By