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?

 

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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!

 

 

 

Are refried beans really fried beans, fried again?

Nope. and Nope.

Refried beans, a staple side dish at Mexican restaurants, are really just cooked pinto beans sauteed in with some flavorings (onion/garlic/spices) and fat (oil or lard..or whatever is on hand), and then mashed. Simple!

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Refried beans. Picture taken from http://www.seriouseats.com

The word “refried” seems to conjure up images of deep frying something..twice. But refried beans are anything but.

Refried beans comes from the Spanish words frijoles refritos, which means well-fried beans. Usually the prefix “Re” in English means “again” or “repetition”, so we get confused and think that Re-fried means fried again. However in Spanish, refritos it means “well” or “very” fried. The beans are actually only “fried” once. And by that we mean that the beans are added to a pan of onions which are sauteed or cooked in some oil.

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Nutritionally, refried beans are amazing and have a LOT to offer. Why?

First off, refried beans are primarily BEANS. Beans have tons of fiber, protein, and iron. Beans themselves have very little to no fat. This is where the “refried” part comes in! A few tablespoons of fat in a recipe of refried beans adds exactly just a little bit per serving. Fat is great for our bodies because it helps us absorb those fat-soluble vitamins D, E, A,  and K.

Try cooking some refried beans to help you understand how EASY it is to make! And how nutritious it is for your body! Check out this nutrition summary of refried beans.

Don’t let the media scare you away from “fried” anything! Words (or the names of dishes) do not mean anything about a particular food. “Fried” does not equate with “bad”. NO FOODS ARE BAD! Do research, and then decide how particular foods can fit into your diet! 🙂

Happy eating! Please comment below on refried beans! Did you know what they were before reading this post? What do you think about their nutrition?

 

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!

This one skill can save your life

Cooking.

Learn how to cook and you are learning the nutritional makeup of all your favorite foods. Remember, different foods are just different vehicles for different nutrition.

Love pie? Bake one from scratch and see what goes in it.

Meatballs? Try to make ’em.

Pizza lover? Make one at home.

Once you learn the basic ingredients of various foods or meals, you’ll understand the nutrients inside them.

Read recipes for homemade ketchup, marshmallows, beer, ice cream, mayonnaise. Does anything surprise you?

Knowing the ingredients in foods will help you make better decisions on what to consume for optimal happiness and health!

Nutrition education is power. Happy cooking!