Month: May 2017

Nut Butters

Nut Butters

What are nut butters? Nuts ground into a paste. The most common ones I buy are peanut butter and almond butter. Which is healthier, peanut butter or almond butter? Well, both are better than eating, let’s say…a snickers bar. However overall, almond butter is healthier […]

Pecans

Pecans

What are pecans? The edible seeds of the pecan tree which grows in the southern United States and Mexico. Why are pecans good for me? The pecans claim to fame is its high levels of antioxidants, where it places among the top 15 in the […]

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

What are pumpkin seeds?

The edible, dried and roasted seeds of pumpkins.

Why are pumpkin seeds good for me?

Pumpkin seeds are high in:

Vitamin E – an antioxidant to help protect your cells from damage.

Manganese – helps the body form connective tissues and bone and plays a role in fat and carb metabolism and blood sugar regulation.

Magnesium – important for bone formation.

How can I use pumpkin seeds?

You can add them to sauteed veggies for extra crunch, sprinkle over or bake right into breads and muffins, and put them in your granola, oatmeal or yogurt.

What kind of pumpkin seeds should I buy?

A brand with the only ingredient being ‘shelled pumpkin seeds’. I always buy Sincerely Nuts Pumpkin Seeds- Pepitas (Raw) (No Shell) 1LB Bag

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

What are sunflower seeds? The seeds of the edible fruit of sunflowers. Striped sunflower seeds are the ones used primarily for food purposes. Why are sunflower seeds good for me? Not only are sunflower seeds a great plant-based protein source for helping build and repair […]

Walnuts

Walnuts

What are walnuts? The seeds of the walnut tree. Why are walnuts good for me? I know some people who don’t eat walnuts because they’re “too fattening”. That’s funny because they actually help lower the amount of triglycerides, or fat levels, in our blood due […]

Brown Rice

Brown Rice

What is brown rice?

It’s a whole grain rice, meaning it contains the bran, germ and endosperm layers.

Why brown rice over white rice?

Since it’s a whole grain, it’s a lot higher than white rice in:

Fiber – to keep full for longer and “regular”

Vitamins and Minerals – such as magnesium, thiamine and niacin.

What kind of brown rice should I buy?

A brand that has the only ingredient being brown rice.

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Brown Rice Pasta

Brown Rice Pasta

What is brown rice pasta? Noodles made from ground up brown rice rather than wheat. Why brown rice pasta over whole wheat pasta? Gluten-free – a great option for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. Lower calories – for those looking to lose weight. […]

Quinoa

Quinoa

What is quinoa? KEEN-wah is an edible seed that comes in hundred of varieties with white, red and black being the most cultivated. Why is quinoa good for me? Quinoa is a serious super grain because it’s a complete protein. This means it contains all […]

Whole Wheat Pasta

Whole Wheat Pasta

What is whole wheat pasta?

Noodles made from whole wheat flour. It contains the entire grain kernel; the bran, germ and endosperm.

Why whole wheat pasta over regular pasta?

Since whole wheat pasta contains the entire grain, it’s high in dietary fiber, something that white pasta is not since it only contains the starchy endosperm. Fiber fills you up, helping prevent you from overeating and keeps you full for longer…not to mention encourages those bowel movements.

How is whole wheat pasta made?

The whole wheat flour, water and sometimes salt or eggs are mixed into a dough, left to rise and made into noodles.

What kind of whole wheat pasta should I buy?

A brand that has minimal ingredients, ideally only one being whole durum wheat flour or whole wheat flour.

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