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Sausage, Chestnut and Dried Plum Stuffing

Turkey breast and lean pork have the same amount of saturated fat (0.6 grams per ounce of cooked), but when you get into the realm of sausage, turkey is the winner: Pork sausage has more than twice the saturated fat of turkey sausage.

Performance Nutrition Basics

With so many products to choose from in the Sports Nutrition category it can be overwhelming for consumers to determine what to purchase. Always remember the single most important supplement you can take is a high quality multi vitamin. I like to think of multi vitamins as the body’s nutritional insurance policy.

Consider this: the human body is literally a big chemistry set. Although most athletes understand the important role carbohydrates, fats and protein play in our diets, many fail to realize our food choices may lack the quality vitamins and minerals needed to support our metabolism at its highest level.*

For example: Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) is primarily responsible for carbohydrate metabolism along with the function of the nervous system.* Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is an important agent in the repair of all cells following rigorous training or competition!* Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is crucial in the metabolism of sugar, fat and protein.* Vitamin B15 (Pangamate or Pangamic Acid) is known for its ability to increase blood and oxygen supplies to tissue.* Magnesium is a mineral essential to muscle contraction.* The lack of this key mineral can result in fatigue, spasms, muscle twitching and muscle weakness (A condition any athlete wants to avoid!).1 These are just a few examples of the role vital nutrients play in the performance of strength and endurance athletes.

Athletes (including active individuals) burn through these micro nutrients at a much faster pace than average people, and that will ultimately play a critical roll in your overall performance.*

If you want to be a successful athlete or simply perform at your peak level, you need to provide your body with everything it needs. Multi vitamins deliver micro nutrients at the cellular level to help maintain a healthy metabolism!* They are involved in thousands of metabolic functions throughout our day from building muscle tissue, to breaking down sugars and fats for energy consumption.*

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References
1. Davis, Paul O. Ph.D & Hatfield, Frederick C. Ph.D. Fitness The Complete Guide. International Sports Sciences Association, Santa Barbara, CA, 2000.

Chili-Rubbed Snapper

Garlic powder is an extremely convenient ingredient for use in dry rubs. If you were to use chopped fresh garlic on the surface of this baked fish, you would run the risk of burning the garlic. Serve the fish with any of the salsas in the pantry section.

Orange-Balsamic Dressing

If you haven’t got honey mustard on hand, substitute 1 tablespoon of mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of honey.

Baked Ratatouille

This baked ratatouille is considerably less fussy than the traditional dish, which is cooked on the stovetop. Here you just throw all the ingredients in a baking dish. It's a good make-ahead dish and is good warm, at room temperature, or cold. If you can find canned diced tomatoes with basil and/or garlic, it would be a nice flavor addition to this dish.

Guacamole

A bowl of guacamole with a basket of chips can add up to quite a few calories and a hefty dose of fat. But substitute pureed frozen peas for some of the avocado, and you can serve a big bowl of this favorite Mexican dip with a clear conscience. The peas add a subtle sweetness and also contribute folate and soluble fiber. Serving suggestion: Serve the guacamole with storebought baked tortilla chips, or homemade chips.

Baked Polenta with Mushrooms & Spinach

The polenta is very soft. You can make the mushroom-spinach stuffing well ahead of time.

Spicy Beef & Lentil Stew

Wedges of a crusty whole wheat loaf are best for absorbing all the juices of this hearty and warming winter stew.

Roast Turkey “Reuben”

An authentic Reuben sandwich is made with corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut. The fat and sodium numbers for this classic New York sandwich are way off the chart. So here’s a bow to the original recipe with a nutrition profile that is much more laudable. Roast turkey replaces the fatty corned beef and fresh coleslaw mix replaces the high-sodium sauerkraut. For an interesting twist, the sandwich is spread with cranberry mayonnaise, making it a good option for Thanksgiving leftovers.

Orange-Glazed Roast Pork

Pork tenderloin is the leanest cut: For 3 ounces of cooked, it has only 4.1 g fat (1.4 g saturated), compared with, for example, pork shoulder, which has 11 g fat (3.7 g saturated). Pork tenderloins are often packed 2 to a vacuum-sealed plastic package. Use the one you need, wrap the other and freeze it for a later date. You can serve the pork on its own (see below for a menu suggestion), slice it for sandwiches, add it to a salad, or toss in a pasta sauce.