It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!!

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!! 

There’s something about the combination of peanut butter and jelly smushed in between soft bread. It’s timeless. It is delicious. Oh and did we mention..It’s NUTRITIOUS!!!!!

Probably the best sandwich ever invented. (photo taken from cnn.com)
Probably the best sandwich ever invented. (photo taken from cnn.com)

So what nutrients does our favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich offer?

Well, for one–PROTEIN! This comes from the peanuts (which is actually a “legume” or bean if you didn’t know!). And then there is FAT–this comes from the peanuts too. CARBOHYDRATES!–this comes from the jelly and bread, and a little from the peanuts.

Protein, fat, and carbohydrates are the three macronutrients we need for survival. We also need a balance of micronutrients–aka vitamins and minerals.

The classic PB&J also has many micronutrients to offer to our bodies as well. For example–iron (from the peanuts, and bread).

And the best part about the peanut butter jelly sandwich, is that is really is just a template for a thousand other delicious recipes that have a great balance of nutrition.

Almond butter and banana on a pita? YUM. Cashew spread and apple slices on ciabatta? Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal? The possibilities are endless!

Tell us- What is your favorite Peanut Butter and Jelly variation?

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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!

Imagine this

Green vines filled with red, juicy, ripe, sweet tomatoes. Fields of golden wheat with a summer sunset in the backdrop. A fresh pitcher of milk sitting on a table, from the black and white spotted cows contently chewing grass outside.

Now…..Imagine THIS:

The ingredients described above are used to their fullest potential in creating the most delicious pizza you have ever tasted.

YUM.

Pizza is America’s favorite food. Don’t let media propaganda, or your friends, family, strangers, trick you into thinking this deletable concoction is “BAD” for your health. Crust, sauce, and cheese. Simple. Nutritious.

How has pizza ended up on our “bad” foods list? Hm. Think about it. Is the pizza itself bad? Because objectively, it is actually quite a nice balance of vitamins from the tomatoes, fiber and carbohydrates from the crust, and protein and fat from the cheese.

So what is “bad” about pizza? NOTHING. Don’t label foods. No foods are bad. However bad decisions can be made if they are made without awareness of nutrition, emotion, and our bodies.

Bad choices exist.
Bad behaviors exist.
But do bad foods exist? NO. No. No. No. anddddd No.

Think about it. Let’s educate each other on nutrition rather than tell each other what we should and should not eat.

 

 

 

 

In 100 words or less…

What does Positive Eating mean to you?

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One fan writes:

“Positive Eating means enjoying food with the goal of being healthy and WITHOUT sacrificing the quality of life. For me this means having a piece of chocolate every day, enjoying cake at birthday parties, home cooked meals by my grandmother, fresh veggies and fruits from my garden, a fast food meal on a road-trip with friends. I don’t eat a lot of anything, but I eat a little of everything. I don’t have dieting rules other than, will eating this make me happy? I eat to fuel MY body with happiness. And happy people are the healthiest, are they not?”

Tell us your story! In 100 words or less, share what Positive Eating means to you. Responses will be featured on our upcoming newsletter.

The 3 H’s of Why we Eat

Stop. Think for a moment. Why are you eating what you’re eating?

There are 3 H’s for why we eat. They are:

Hunger
Happiness
Health

All three H’s are interconnected, and present in various amounts when we decide the foods to consume. Ideally, we should eat for a balance of all the three H’s.

When you eat something, are you hungry? Will it bring you happiness and are you currently in a happy state of mind? Are you eating it for overall health?

Be aware of the foods you consume, the nutrition they offer, and the emotional feelings that come with them! Are you balancing the three H’s?

 

Burgers: part of a BALANCED diet

If you do an internet image search on “bad foods”, the primary results are those of juicy burgers. This is an issue. Because burgers are NOT bad for you! In fact, no foods are bad for you. Foods provide us with the nourishment we need to live!! Image

Here is a list of why burgers provide LOTS of nutrients:

1) The burger bun: Usually made with enriched or whole wheat flour, this provides us with essential B-vitamins and Iron! And also FIBER! By the way, did you know fiber is part of the carbohydrate macronutrient group?

2) The meat patty: Standard burgers are made from beef, and beef is rich rich rich in IRON and PROTEIN!! There is also plenty of fat. Oh, and ZINC and B-Vitamins! Remember, vitamin B12 is ONLY found in animal food products!

3) The fixings! The more you add on top of your burger, the more nutrition you are adding. Read about the benefits of cheese here. Veggies add plenty of vitamins. Condiments like mayo add more fat (which also helps your body with the absorption of vitamins!)

Remember, learn about nutrition in foods so you can make the choices and find the balance that is best for your life! Our bodies require a certain amount of nutrients for optimal function. While we want to nourish our bodies, we do not want to fall victim to overnutrition or malnutrition or undernutrition. BALANCE is the key to happiness!!

So how about that summer bbq?? 🙂 What toppings to you like on your burger?