Nutrition Tips

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If you are already a healthy eater and have tips to share, or if you need help learning about nutrition, this is the thread for you!

Share your nutrition tips and gain useful information on nutrition. Even tips and tricks on specific eating lifestyles like, South Beach Diet, that promotes well-balanced and nutritionally sound habits are welcome here! But please, no info on "fad diets" or diets that ask you to eat too much of one specific thing. Our focus is on whole body nutrition.
02/24/2011
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Carbs are not bad. They are essential for energy and brain function and alertness. It's processed carbohydrates, bleached grains, refined sugars, etc., that do not process fully and get transformed into fat. So have your pasta and bread, but try and keep it to whole grains. Even Walmart has their brand of whole wheat pasta and brown rice for a fraction of the cost of name brands!
02/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
One of our favorite, healthy snacks is dehydrated fruit. Dried fruit is as healthy as fresh fruit, but more easily stored and available. Dehydrators aren't all that expensive, and pay for themselves really quickly. They require very little work as well. I put small fruits like blueberries and raspberries in whole, cut medium-sized fruits like grapes and strawberries in half, and cut larger fruits into rings (apples and pears) or strips (papaya and mango). If you do this right before you go to bed, much of the fruit will be dehydrated by morning. We harvest a lot of our fruit from our orchard, but another good way to get the fruit is to buy it when it is on sale and dry it then. Keep in mind that sweet fruits like plums and cherries may become way too sweet when you dry them. Fruits with a bit of tartness to them seem to work better.

Apples can be especially easy to find cheap, as many people have an apple tree in their neighborhood that no one harvests because it the apples are small and tart. These are great for drying, though, as the sweetness increases as you dry them. Apple orchards are also a great place to get juicing apples cheap. Juicing apples are nothing more than a normal apple that has a bruise or cut on it, making the orchard unable to sell it otherwise. They work great for drying, though.
02/24/2011
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
One of our favorite, healthy snacks is dehydrated fruit. Dried fruit is as healthy as fresh fruit, but more easily stored and available. Dehydrators aren't all that expensive, and pay for themselves really quickly. They require very little ... More
Great tip! You can also dehydrate in your oven. It's not specifically designed for it, but I made sweet potato chips in my oven by slicing them super thin, then putting them on parchment paper on a pan in my oven for about 1-2 hours at about 200 degrees (maybe less). I put Cayenne pepper on some of them, and garlic powder on some of them. SO YUMMY!
02/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
Great tip! You can also dehydrate in your oven. It's not specifically designed for it, but I made sweet potato chips in my oven by slicing them super thin, then putting them on parchment paper on a pan in my oven for about 1-2 hours at about ... More
Yeah, you can place them in the oven, but even on the lowest setting, it can be hard to control the heat, and too much heat tends to break down the nutrients. We could probably get away with using the oven with the door open a crack, but we also dry herbs from our herb garden, and it's just too difficult in the oven.

BTW, although we still deep fry some foods, most of my "frying" is done in the oven in the oven on very high heat (474 degrees F). I coat everything with olive oil, and it comes out just about the same as deep frying it, but with a fraction of the fat.
02/24/2011
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I stay away from processed foods as much as possible and eat mostly whole foods. I have a gluten intolerance, so I can't eat the majority of prepackaged stuff anyway. We're really lucky and have a great organic farm nearby with a CSA program, plus our local Farmers Market has really grown in the past few years, so there's no shortage of seasonal produce. I eat a lot of salad and homemade soups, and lately I've been making hummus. It's amazing what you can accomplish with a food processor.

I thought about investing in a food dehydrator. My main issue there is lack of space. The ones I've seen are fairly big, and I just don't have room for any more appliances right now. Maybe one day, when I can finally get rid of the microwave. Or get my kitchen remodeled.
02/24/2011
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I LOVE Hummus. I use it instead of mayonnaise on turkey sandwiches. Multigrain bread and some nice creamy swiss. YUMMY!

I also make a black bean "hummus" style dip that is amazing and easy! Great for tacos and veggies and keeps me away from the sour cream!

I miss my blender. Mine's broken so I can't do that right now. Gonna replace it very soon!
02/24/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
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Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
I LOVE Hummus. I use it instead of mayonnaise on turkey sandwiches. Multigrain bread and some nice creamy swiss. YUMMY!

I also make a black bean "hummus" style dip that is amazing and easy! Great for tacos and veggies and keeps ... More
I like both the chickpea and black bean versions of hummus, but I've grown especially attached to black-eyed pea hummus. Mmmmmm...
02/25/2011
Eden C. Eden C.
Take vitamin D. It speeds up your metabolism, and a lot of people have vitamin D deficits, especially in winter. Vitamin D overdose is not harmful (at least, it's not dangerous like calcium or iron overdoses). I had a deficit from eating only dorm food (thanks, school!) and when I started taking supplements, my mood brightened and I felt much more energetic.
02/27/2011
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03/02/2011
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Eating a large, high-protein breakfast coupled with whole grains will give you AWESOME fuel for your workout.
03/09/2011
UrNaughtyaAngel UrNaughtyaAngel
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Originally posted by Vaccinium
One of our favorite, healthy snacks is dehydrated fruit. Dried fruit is as healthy as fresh fruit, but more easily stored and available. Dehydrators aren't all that expensive, and pay for themselves really quickly. They require very little ... More
Thanks for the great tips sweetie
03/11/2011
UrNaughtyaAngel UrNaughtyaAngel
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Originally posted by BBW Talks Toys
I LOVE Hummus. I use it instead of mayonnaise on turkey sandwiches. Multigrain bread and some nice creamy swiss. YUMMY!

I also make a black bean "hummus" style dip that is amazing and easy! Great for tacos and veggies and keeps ... More
Oh today on twitter I asked what non sweet healthy snack can I have besides peanuts and cheese and someone replied hummus. I do love hummus and in the past have used it instead of mayo.

Your black bean hummus sounds yummy too I gather is just mushed up black beans kind of like refried beans?
03/11/2011
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Originally posted by UrNaughtyaAngel
Oh today on twitter I asked what non sweet healthy snack can I have besides peanuts and cheese and someone replied hummus. I do love hummus and in the past have used it instead of mayo.

Your black bean hummus sounds yummy too I gather is just ... More
I put it in the Healthy Recipe swap.
03/11/2011
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