Are there Carbs in Milk? What about Cheese?

Carbohydrates, simply put, are our body’s main source of energy. We need carbs to function and for our brain to think clearly! Recommended daily allowance is about 130 grams of carbs per day for the “average” person. Check with your doctor or do some research online to figure out a good balance for your body.

Now back to the point of this post.  Continue reading “Are there Carbs in Milk? What about Cheese?”

The Importance of Candy

Why is candy so important? Let us list the reasons:

1) IT IS DELICIOUS! And therefore it makes us happy. So therefore it is important.
2) It is CONVENIENT. Put a piece in your purse, some at the office, some in the car. Candy is a convenient food item to have on hand, and if there’s anything we need in our lives, it is easier living.
3) It is INSTANT ENERGY. Candy is basically a bunch of sugar in some shape or form. Sugar means CARBOHYDRATES. We need carbohydrates to live. Candy is quick FUEL for our bodies.
4) It is SYMBOLIC. Symbolic of love, gratitude, holidays, celebrations. When there is a good thing happening, candy is around.

Candy is not bad. It is simply a food vehicle of lots of carbohydrates.
Candy is not bad. It is simply a food vehicle of lots of carbohydrates.

So why has candy gotten such a bad rap? Why is it on every “junk food” list and why must we hide it from ourselves and our kids so we don’t eat it??

It is ALL propaganda!!! We’ve been told from the moment we were born that candy is bad. Candy is only for when we’ve been “good”. We need to ban candy from school vending machines. Candy will rot your teeth and cause obesity. Candy is to blame for our bad health.

Well, Positive Eats has something to say: CANDY IS NOT BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Candy has been misrepresented in our society today. To say candy is inherently evil is like saying kale is a nutrition god. Candy has nutrients (namely carbohydrates) to offer our bodies, just like any other food.

Chocolate candy has different nutrients than fruit candies.
Chocolate candy has different nutrients than fruit candies.

Instead of spreading propaganda and labeling foods as good or bad, let’s take a moment and remind ourselves that a healthy diet is about balancing nutrients. Let’s take a step bad and look at food objectively. Different foods are just different vehicles of nutrition.

It would not be wise (or possible) to live off just candy for the rest of our lives, just like we couldn’t survive eating just broccoli. So how much of each food item and nutrients is necessary for good health? GOOD QUESTION!! This is why we need to spread NUTRITION EDUCATION!!!!! Then we can CHOOSE, and EAT, and LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER!

So we ask all you Positive Eaters–does candy have a place in your diet? Why or why not? What is the nutrition in your favorite candy?

 

Why you should make your own Candy Canes

Ever thought about making your own candy canes?

Neither did we. But even if you never intend on trying, you should at least check out this recipe to learn the process.

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Knowing how a food is make sheds light on its nutrition. Looking at ingredient lists gives clues into nutrient content.

Soooooo since a candy cane is made from sugar, corn syrup, and water.. when you eat one you are getting lots of simple carbohydrates in the form of added sugars.

A regular candy cane has about 10-15 grams of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends we limit our added sugar intake to no more than 20 grams per day. Of course this is just an average estimate and depends on your personal health and lifestyle.

Remember there are no bad foods, only bad choices made about food! By educating yourself on nutrition, you will be able to make the choices that allow for the best YOU. Food is nourishing fuel for our bodies. Eat with awareness and knowledge of nutrition, and you will live a healthy and happy life!

 

 

 

Is there Pumpkin in that Starbucks drink?

October means Fall, which really means—hellllllo Pumpkin EVERYTHING. But the one thing that is most frequently associated with the changing of the seasons is the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte.

Do you like ’em?

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte (taken from starbucks.com)
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte (taken from starbucks.com)

Well if you do drink the occasional (or every-day-until-next-fall) Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, make sure you understand its nutrition!!

Because once you understand the nutrition of the foods you are consuming, you will see that there are no bad foods! All foods offer nutrition. And with knowledge of nutrition, we can make the best choices for our bodies and well-being! 😀 😀 Knowledge is power! And we can share our knowledge with our friends and loved ones..so they can make the best choices for their bodies!

So what exactly is in a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte?

Answer: WE DON’T (exactly) KNOW!! Starbucks does not list the ingredients on their web page.

However, they do list nutritional info. And we can see that in the 16 oz, 2% milk, whipped cream topped pumpkin spice latte–there are 13 g of fat, 49 g of SUGAR, 14 g of protein, 15% Vitamin A, and 50% Calcium.

One thing that stands out from this list is the whopping 49 grams of sugar. That is A LOT of sugar!!! Which is not a BAD thing! Sugar is NOT bad! But we need to make educated choices. Recommended sugar intake is around 25 grams per day.

Sugar cubes

We can’t tell you to what to consume, but we can present the nutritional facts.

Another blogger has posted some further research into the ingredients list.

Whether you choose to drink Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte or not, you should be happy with your choice. If you decide you are fine without it, then don’t.

If you want to drink one, then savor it. Savor the taste, and envision the nutrients nourishing your body, giving you life and energy!

Please don’t food-shame!

HAPPY FALL!!!! Happy Pumpkin Season! Now tell us, should Starbucks be required to list the ingredients in its drinks?

 

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?

What is a Mooncake? And is it nutritious?

This is a mooncake.
This is a mooncake.
Cross-section of a lotus paste mooncake (with egg yolk)
Cross-section of a lotus paste mooncake (with egg yolk)

Happy Mooncake day!

Soooooo…What is a mooncake?

Quite simply- it is a Chinese pastry, usually filled with lotus paste, and eaten on Mid-Autumn Festival.

Check out the nutrition label below!

mooncakenutrition

Since mooncakes are primarily flour, lotus paste, sugar, and egg yolk–they offer plenty of carbohydrates and fat. and a few other things of course. Explore the picture above to get an idea of what you are consuming when you celebrate this ancient Chinese holiday!

And to answer that other question: Are mooncakes nutritious?

….the answer is..without-a-doubt YES! Because ALL foods have nutrients!!