Nutrients in a Margarita!!!!

HAPPY NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY!!! Officially celebrated every February 22nd, we here at Positive Eats believe it should be celebrated every day. Or at least every time you have a marg. Is that every day? 😉

Margaritas are possibly one of the best drinks in the world. AND full of nutrition!!!! Check out these three picture below:

Blue Agave
Blue Agave

Limes

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What do they have in common? Hint: INGREDIENTS OF A MARGARITA!! Ok that was actually more than a hint. Margaritas are simple, yet extremely delicious. The classic margarita recipe is easy to remember:

3 parts tequila
2 parts lime juice
1 part triple sec

3-2-1 BOOM. Best drink in the world. Let’s look at the nutrition in the ingredients:

1. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, which is full of plenty of carbohydrates (remember, carbs=sugar=ENERGY!!!!!!), mainly in the form of fructose. Tequila has also been shown to lower bad cholesterol, aid in digestion, alleviate headaches, and reduce stress, risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

2. Lime Juice is made from limes. Surprise!!!! Guess what nutrients limes have? Besides Vitamin C, which is great for our skin and immune system, limes are also full of calcium and folate (aka Vitamin B9). Check out a nutrition label here! Which other foods surpringly also have vitamin C, calcium, and folate? French Fries, Ice Cream, and Oreos! Check check check!!!

3. Triple sec is made from bitter orange peels, alcohol, and sugar. Hence, it is also full of plenty of carbohydrates (and a little bit of Vitamin C from the orange peels). Remember, carbohydrates are a macronutrient essential to life. Your body NEEDS carbs!

Photo taken from Pixelated Crumb.
Photo taken from Pixelated Crumb.

Like most other foods, when you break down the ingredients, margaritas are made from all natural components. Margaritas are carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals all in one refreshing sip!!! HOORAY. Now THAT is a great reason to celebrate!!!

Now for the irrelevant, but relevant question of the day: On the rocks, or frozen?

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Why Pizza is the Perfect Food

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I really don’t know why pizza gets a bad rap, because honestly, could there be a more PERFECT food?? I think not. Here is why:

We need a balance of nutrients to live a balanced life, and pizza is a DELICIOUS vehicle for nutrition!!!

1. Pizza crust is made from fortified (or enriched) white flour, giving us an essential dose of the B-vitamins and iron. The crust = Carbohydrates = ENERGY!!!!!!!!!!!

2. Pizza sauce is a full of lycopene and glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant from cooked tomatoes. Hello serving of vegetables!

3. Cheese, like most dairy products, is an excellent source of calcium and b-12. It is also full of PROTEIN! And a great source of dietary fat! Image

Add some vegetable or meat toppings, and you add even more nutrition!

Pizza is macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fats) AND essential micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals) all in one. WOW.

PIZZA IS THE PERFECT FOOD.

Don’t you agree?? 🙂

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Love, Food

Dear Person,

I really want this relationship to work, but sometimes I get the feeling you regret spending time with me. Sometimes I feel you pretend not to like me. Sometimes I feel like you lie to others about me. And sometimes I feel used–used as a prop in your Facebook photos to make your friends envious of our adventures, to prove to yourself you are happy. Our relationship shouldn’t have to be justified or judged by the others!

All I want is to bring happiness to your life. I want to help fuel your passion-driven, free-spirited, dream-chasing ways. I want to help you achieve your goals. 

Let’s share positive experiences and live honestly together. Don’t be afraid to push me aside when you’ve had too much. I want to be a part of your daily life, yet most importantly, I don’t want to consume your life. 

Our relationship should be built on trust. I hope we can move forward in a healthy way, and savor each moment we have from now on.

Love,
Food

The Nutrition in Soda

One of the core philosophies here at Positive Eats is that ALL foods contain nutrients. And this includes soda! (Or coke, or pop, or whatever you choose to call it). Screenshot 2014-02-09 16.00.52

What is nutrition anyway? << This article puts it pretty well: “Nutrition is life. If you don’t eat or drink, you will die. Period.

Nutrition is about what you eat, why you eat it and how your food will affect your body and your health.”

And with that in mind, I want to look at our friend, Soda Coke Pop.

Soda is infamous for its “lack” of nutrition in today’s health culture. In fact, according to many new articles headlining across our daily news, soda really does kill and soda is public health enemy #1.

By negatively portraying soda, health food propagandists are once again encouraging black and white, good and bad, labeling of foods. Ask anyone today if a hamburger or an apple is better for you, and more often than not, the answer will be the apple. But why? Why is an apple healthier than a hamburger? What if someone ate nothing but apples for three days straight? Wouldn’t then a hamburger be the healthier option for their next meal?

The real focus for now and future generations should not be blanket labeling, but rather objective nutrition education.

Example: Soda is a beverage made of carbonated water and lots of sugar.

Not: Soda is a drink that is bad for you, will cause cancer, obesity and ultimately kill you.

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The lesson should be focused on what nutrients we need to survive, and how much we need of each kind to maintain good health. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are the three macro-nutrients needed for survival. In general (and of course this will vary depending on personal nutritional needs), we need about

  • 45% to 65% of calories to be carbohydrates.
  • 20% to 35% of calories to be fat.
  • 10% to 35% of calories to be protein

Where does soda fit into this? Let’s look at Coca Cola nutrition!

So yes, a can of regular Coke has 39 grams of sugar, which is a lot of sugar compared to some other foods. But does that make it a bad food?? NO. Nowhere is it written in the nutritional handbook of life does it say that sugar is bad for us. In fact, sugars are pure carbohydrates, making them essential for life. Other foods that contain a lot of sugar are ice cream, cake and cookies.

In the end, it is our CHOICE on what we consume. And whatever we choose, whether it be drinking a soda, water, juice or wine… , if you choose with understanding of nutrition coupled with the goal of maximizing health and happiness for your current situation, you have made the right choice!

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Now for the irrelevant, but relevant question of the day: Do you like soda? Is so, what is your favorite kind?

Let’s talk about Hot Dogs

Hello hot dogs!
Hello hot dogs!
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a classic American frank

What are they? An ingredient list from Ball Park says this: “MECHANICALLY SEPARATED TURKEY, PORK, WATER, CORN SYRUP, BEEF, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, POTASSIUM LACTATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, FLAVORINGS, BEEF STOCK, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM ERYTHORBATE, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM NITRITE, EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA.”

A year ago I would have looked at this list and cringed. “Mechanically separated”?? CORN SYRUP?! “Flavorings”?? “Sodium Nitrite”???? “Sodium ertyhoasid;flasdmf????!!

A year ago I would have vowed never to eat another hot dog again. I would have made a point to mention that hot dogs cause cancer at every bbq event to all my friends and family. I would have thrown away the package of hot dogs in the fridge at my parents house which they had bought for the occasional quick weeknight meal. I would tell all the middle schoolers that I teach that their lunches were extremely unhealthy. I would then obsessively search on the internet all the reasons why hotdogs were bad for you. Then, through my quest for the “perfect” diet, I would cut out all foods that were like hotdogs– Bologna, ham, pepperoni, spam, deli turkey. But wait, if processed meats were so bad for me, then consuming processed anything must be killing as well! No more processed cheese then! No more packaged snacks. No more pre-sliced bread at the supermarket. If I didn’t know what the ingredients were, I wasn’t consuming it. Those were all bad foods. And anyone who consumed these “bad” foods was somehow less “good” than others…

But that mentality was SO last year. SO never should have happened.

But perhaps…it NEEDED to happen. It needed to happen for me to have learned it wasn’t the food that was killing me– it was my toxic mindset.

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Lessons come from experience, and as much as I hate to diagnose..I learned a lesson from Orthorexia Nervosa.

Now whenever I have a hot dog, the ingredient list in my mind looks more like this: ” TURKEY, PORK,  BEEF”

Because you know what a hot dog is folks?? A hot dog is a piece of meat. It is food. Food that provides us with a nice dose of protein. Proteins are the building blocks of life. And while I’m on a roll here.. 🙂 .. Hot Dogs, too,  are the building blocks of life.  Reminiscent of state fairs, summer bbqs, picnics in the park, Super Bowl parties, campfires, the Fourth of July, lazy dog pool days…

Hot dogs are a delicious reminder of allll that HAPPY.

And now for the ultimate debate: ketchup on your hot dog? Yay or nay?