Mac and Cheese, Please!

Mmmmmmm Mac and Cheese. Who doesn’t love it?

Taken from http://www.youknowyouloveit.com/
Taken from http://www.youknowyouloveit.com/

The beauty of this dish is that it is such a cinch to put together, and such a crowd-pleaser.

Examine this Kraft Macaroni & Cheese nutrition label to get an idea of the nutrients in this delicious concoction.

But even if you don’t look at a nutrition label, knowing the main ingredients of any recipe can help you estimate nutritional content.

Mac and Cheese is pretty much exactly what is sounds like. Macaroni and, Cheese! However, usually some Milk and Butter are added as well to get just that right consistency.

So let’s look at these four ingredients: Macaroni, Cheese, Milk, and Butter. What nutrients do they offer?

Well…..

1) Macaroni (aka an elbow shaped pasta) is usually made of enriched flour. This means it is made from fortified wheat flour that contains many B vitamins and iron. And since it is made from flour, this means it is a carb! Our body loves and NEEDS carbohydrates.

2) Cheese is a processed dairy product, meaning it contains protein, calcium, fat, and sodium. Oh and since it is an animal food product, it contains the essential vitamin B-12!! Remember, B-12 is mostly only found in animal food products.

3) Milk is ..milk. Usually, the kind we consume comes from cows. And even though milk is used to make cheese, there are some key nutritional differences.

4) Butter. butter butter butter. So yummy, and so nutritious! Check out why it is great to include some butter in our diets. (Hint: Butter is a Fat. And we NEED fats!)

Phew! What a wonderful list of nutrition from our friend, Mac and Cheese. Remember to learn about the proper nutrition for YOUR body, and to maintain a healthy balance of nutrients in your diet. Undernourishment, overnourishment, and malnourishment are no bueno.

Taken from http://www.youknowyouloveit.com/
Taken from http://www.youknowyouloveit.com/

Mac and Cheese can absolutely be part of a healthy diet once we understand the nutrients it offers! Look at the nutrition labels on mac and cheese ingredients to see what you’re consuming. And remember, recipes can be tweaked to fit your diet! That is why learning how to cook is essential in life. Happy Mac’ing!

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Beer and B12

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You’ve heard that vitamin B12 is only found in animal foods, but did you know that beer also contains vitamin B12?

In fact, beer is rich in many of the B vitamins!

It is often easy to overlook the vitamins and minerals in beer because most alcohol does not contain nutrition labels, which is why it is important to do research to see how beer is made and where those nutrients come from.

Let us know what you find, and please share with the Positive Eats community in the comments section below!

Waffle House of Nutrition

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All Star Breakfast at Waffle House
All Star Breakfast at Waffle House

 

 

 

Let’s face it. You will probably end up at a Waffle House this weekend. And you will probably order the All-Star breakfast. Because you’re an All Star. Because it’s the first menu item and written all patriotic-like in a red, white, and blue banner. Because it consists of a waffle AND hashbrowns AND bacon AND eggs AND coffee. Because you’re American, and it is almost your duty to order it.

Most importantly, it will be delicious. And nutritious? YES. It will be very nutritious because like we always say here at Positive Eats, ALL FOODS HAVE NUTRITION!
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Well, What kind of nutrition? Tell me more…

OK I will! (did I just have a conversation with myself?)

Whatever it’s a blog.

Anyway..  let’s look at each separate component of this feast:

THE WAFFLE (+ Syrup)

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Fluffy with just the right amount of crispness around each indented groove, the infamous Waffle from Waffle house is perfect. It is also a great vehicle for B-vitamins and iron! This is because waffles are made from enriched flour. Flour fortification with nutrients is mandatory in the US.

And who can eat waffles without syrup? Maple syrup is full of antioxidants, calcium, iron, zinc, and potassium!

Together, waffles + syrup are a sweet carbohydrate powerhouse–meaning you will have ENERGY!!!! for hours!!!

EGGS and BACON
Eggs and Bacon–The perfect salty/savory compliment to the waffle. Both are FULL of the macro-nutrient, PROTEIN! We need protein for virtually everything in life, including growth and repair and metabolic functions. And since both eggs and bacon are animal products, they contain the essential vitamin B-12, which is ONLY found in animal products, along with a slew of other nutrients. COol!

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mmm potatoes!!! Vitamin C!!! Potassium! Find out more about potatoes in this earlier post on French Fries. Like your hashbrowns “covered”? aka topped with melted cheese? You are adding calcium and protein! Read more about cheese here.

COFFEE
We all know that coffee has a lot of caffeine. But with regards to nutrients, did you know coffee contains essential B vitamins and manganese and potassium?

And there you have it. A full breakfast at Waffle House. A full dose of NUTRITION! 🙂

Remember, remain positive about what you eat!! We cannot fuel our bodies with regret, guilt, or shame! Happy eating everyone!! And enjoy the weekend.

And now for the irrelevant but relevant question: How do you like your Waffle House hashbrowns? Smothered? Covered? Capped?

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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