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With a chill in the air in Northern Michigan, it certainly feels appropriate to celebrate hot tea! Not only does it provide an inner warmth, but it also contains cell protecting antioxidants. To provide a nerdy-cool fact, green tea, black tea, white tea, and oolong all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, with their differences arising primarily from differences in processing. Herbal teas vary in that they are made from herbs and varying plants…think lavender or chamomile for example.
Now to get back to the antioxidants…tea made from the Camellia sinensis plant contains polyphenols (herbal teas may contain other types of antioxidants). These plant compounds provide antioxidant benefits to do your body good! Preliminary evidence reflects that polyphenols could help prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Beyond tea, some berries such as blueberries are a great source of polyphenols – thanks Graceland, muuah! For an in depth list of food sources of polyphenols, check out this article from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition: https://www.nature.com/articles/ejcn2010221
Your Super Fruit Sidekick,
Tara, MS, RDN
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3:42:04 PM America/Detroit
One helpful way to ensure the vending machine doesn’t entice you with its mostly non-nourishing options and not feel the need to overly partake in the office birthday cake (which you and I both know generally doesn’t even taste good) is to have loads of healthy snack options in your desk drawer. Here is a list of non-perishable items to help you stock up your desk drawer:
- Bars (to include at least 3 grams of fiber and some protein for staying power) – lately, we’ve been digging the EPIC bars which are a good source of fiber and protein
- Dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao for the antioxidants) – because sometime you want something sweet and having this on hand can keep you away from low quality chocolate
- Graceland fruit – I like to keep blueberries, cherries, and cranberries on hand to mix it up
- Nuts and nut butters – I love the Naturally Nutty brand of nut butter as they offer great variety and it’s so nutritionally dense
- Roasted chickpeas – you can make them at home or, for convenience sake, pick them up at the store
- Whole grain crackers
- Tea bags
Your Super Fruit Sidekick,
Tara, MS, RDN
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 9:53:47 AM America/Detroit
This year, we reached out to some of our extremely talented foodie friends to help us create the perfect dishes to bring to your thanksgiving festivities. We think they nailed it!
Upper left: Cherry Apply Stuffing by Gina at Healthy Little Vittles
Upper right: Roasted Veggie Salad by Tara at Bear Necessities
Lower left: Lemon Drizzle Cranberry Cookies by Taryn at Joy Filled Eats
Lower right: Vegan Cherry Pecan Bread Pudding by Jenn at Jenny With The Good Eats
What better way to kick off the start of the holiday season than with dishes straight from the heart? Try one of these mouth-watering creations and let us know how it goes! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 10:49:24 AM America/Detroit
Ah Thanksgiving, how I do love this special time set aside to show gratitude for all that we have. Also, I thoroughly enjoy the devoted time to spend with my family and share a meal together. Unfortunately, there seems to be the misconception that the meal either has to involve either gluttony or deprivation. I’m here to inform you that this just isn’t so. Through the practice of mindful eating you can find the balance between excess and inadequate and perhaps even get more enjoyment out of eating.
Mindful eating involves using all senses to enjoy your food and respecting your internal cues for hunger and fullness. If this is something that is foreign to you it may take time to learn so be patient with yourself. Trust me, practicing is well worth it as it may improve food selection, lessen the likelihood of overeating, and enhance satisfaction in eating. Here is a quick introduction to get you started eating mindfully:
- Nourish your body throughout the day by eating healthy and consistent meals as to avoid becoming overly hungry (it’s difficult to eat mindfully when you are ravenous)
- Practice good self-care (once again, it’s difficult to eat mindfully if you are incredibly stressed)
- Create a food environment that counters mindless eating (for example, don’t leave bowls of candy or sweets out)
- Try this mindful eating activity:
- Prior to eating, using a 1 to 10 scale (1 being uncomfortably full and 10 being very hungry), rate the hunger level of your body. Separate your hunger feeling from a craving or hunger related to your emotions or environment. Think about the rating you gave your physical hunger and fill your plate based on this.
- During eating, use your senses (sight, touch, smell, and taste) to appreciate the food. Be sure to focus on your food. Pause in the middle of eating to re-check the level of your hunger. If your body still feels hungry then eat more. If you are comfortable then stop, even if food remains on your plate.
Your super fruit side kick,