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?”

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COOKIES everyday

Cookies everyday, and that is a-ok! Screenshot 2014-12-22 22.12.32

What are cookies anyway? They are NOT bad foods. Unfortunately we’ve attached this moral value to cookies as things which should make us feel guilty. But fortunately, YOU can help change that!

Cookies are not bad for you. Make your own and you’ll see that cookies are nothing but pure deliciousness and nutritiousness baked into a convenient grab and go form.

Made up of mostly carbs (flours and sugar) and fat (butter), cookies are perfect if you need a quick sugar spike, some fuel for before a workout, or just some extra nutrients for the day. We need to stop viewing foods as good or bad, but rather just vehicles for varying amounts of certain nutrients.

Share the love, share nutrition education, and share cookies! Happy holidays!!! What is your favorite kind of cookie?

 

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.

 

 

 

 

What you didn’t know about Donuts

Donuts. They contain nutrients. Lots of them, in fact.

In honor of National Doughnut Day, Positive Eats is celebrating the nutrition in the torus-shaped, glazed delight. Often categorized as “unhealthy” and “bad”, the donut has earned a terrible rap over its lifetime. But why?? WHY must we label foods?? Are foods not just different vehicles for different amounts of nutrients?

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Let’s break it down–And you will see soon enough that donuts (or doughnuts) are NOT bad for you!! In fact, no foods are bad for you when looking objectively at the nutritional content, and when you understand what amounts of nutrients are necessary for healthy survival.

Check out this recipe for homemade donuts. Positive Eats encourages everyone to learn how to cook. Why? Because once you know that foods come from a combination of simple ingredients, you learn how to estimate nutrient content (and also how to tailor recipes to fit your nutritional needs)!

The classic glazed doughnut is made from a mixture of flour, milk, eggs, sugar, and butter, and then deep-fried in some oil and coated in a sugary glaze. Being majority flour, oil, and sugar, this means that donuts contain a lot of carbohydrates and fat. COOL! We need carbs and fat for survival. Would eating donuts every day for every meal be the best decision for a balanced, healthy diet? We will let you make that choice.

Notice here from Dunkin’ Donuts site, that their glazed donut contains a whopping 6% of your daily iron needs. This is because flour in the United States undergoes mandatory fortification with essential vitamins and minerals–one of them being iron.

Great!

Now go enjoy your day, and share some positive nutrition knowledge!

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Oh, and here are some additional positive notes on donuts, given to you by children. Sometimes they know best. 🙂