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Protein for Peak Performance >

On 08.01.2011 by Debbie Campbell, RD, LD

Whether you hit the gym a few days a week, or are a daily workout enthusiast, protein plays an integral part in helping you meet your fitness goals. We tend to think of carbohydrate being the staple of a sports diet; indeed it is the primary energy source for high intensity and endurance workouts, especially those requiring speed and/or stamina. Fueling the body for peak performance includes consuming some form of carbohydrate before exercise. This nutrient also aids in the body’s ability to recover after exercise.  Stored energy in the form of glycogen in the muscle may be exhausted or “spent�? during a workout. Therefore, carbohydrate should be consumed immediately following exercise to replenish the muscle.  If exercise lasts more than 75 minutes, then you Read More >

Smoothie Nutrition and Protein—as simple as four ingredients and a blender >

On 06.21.2011 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

When it comes to smoothies, everybody’s in. There’s nothing more refreshing and satisfying. But what’s really in your smoothies, and how do smoothies fit into a healthy nutrition routine? Yes, they’re loaded with antioxidants from fresh fruit, not to mention plenty of vitamins, like A and C. But most are low in protein. SHAPE magazine warns that not everything with the name “smoothie�? is automatically good for you. Sweeteners and whole-fat ice cream as ingredients can dilute the nutrient density with excess calories. It’s time to take a look at the breakfast research and consider making smoothies even healthier, especially if they’re your favorite breakfast. The secret is protein. Take for example a study published in the journal, Obesity, this spring, based on nutrition research from Read More >

R.D.’s Perspective: What Factors Influence Overeating? >

On 05.25.2011 by Debbie Campbell, RD, LD

Safest Choice™ is pleased to feature Debbie Campbell’s expert nutritional insights as part of the R.D.'s Perspective blog series. I have enjoyed many years of counseling individuals who were embarking on weight loss, some for the first time, but most had tried losing weight many, many times before.  Some interesting questions I heard were “what makes people overeat?�? and “I eat healthy food; why can’t I lose weight?�? Brian Wansink is a scientist with the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab.  His fascinating body of work has focused on the phenomena of “Mindless Eating.�?  Mindless eating occurs when we eat a large quantity of food, and in fact, deriving very little satisfaction from it.   He is a very interesting writer and researcher exploring the reasons Read More >

R.D.’s Perspective >

On 05.04.2011 by Debbie Campbell, RD, LD

Safest Choice™ is pleased to feature Debbie Campbell’s expert insights as part of Jay’s Two Safe Eggs a Day Weight Loss blog series. Smart Snacking One of the most difficult things to do while attempting to lose weight is dealing with late afternoon and early evening hunger.  Many people watching their portions, calories, points, etc., often need a plan to manage those hunger pangs late in the workday; halfway between lunch and dinner can be a most uncomfortable time.  So, how does one manage this without blowing the diet, and what types of foods work for this mid-afternoon snack? First, we need to look at lunch; make sure that those calories and nutrients are adequate.  If lunch consists of a simple green salad with low-calorie Read More >

Two Safe Eggs a Day: End of Week Eight >

On 03.29.2011 by Jay Berglind

So, two months down and 15 pounds gone. I have generally fallen below 2 pounds a week but this week I feel like I got away with something. And whatever that something was, it smelled like garlic. Dining out during week eight First we had a board meeting and a dinner the night before. We went to Greek Town where the meal was okay – the lamb chops were good for mutton – but I got reacquainted with my old friend skordalia, a Greek staple that is whipped potato with garlic spread, but that description doesn’t do it justice. The ratio of garlic to starch is such that it is almost hot in your mouth. As long as everyone at the table eats it, it’s Read More >