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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.

Citrus-Roasted Snapper

Lime juice and orange juice season this simple baked fish dish. This type of treatment would work well for firm-fleshed fish as well as fatty types of fish: Try grouper, mackerel, or bluefish.

Broiled Flank Steak with Spicy Orange-Chipotle Marinade

The deep flavors of this marinade—which combines smoky chipotle peppers with orange juice, ketchup, and allspice—are well suited to strongly flavored meats, such as the flank steak here, but you could also try it on duck or lamb brochettes.

Orange-Grilled Nectarines

This tastes like a hot peach pie without the crust. Serve the fruit with a dollop of low-fat yogurt. You can sweeten the yogurt with some artificial sweetener or just a bit of sugar, depending on how strict you are being. This makes a single serving, but just multiply the ingredients if you are cooking for others.

Gingerale

Hot and sweet at the same time, this is a very refreshing summer drink. If you like, stir the ginger syrup into water and freeze in ice cube trays, then use the ginger ice cubes to flavor other cold drinks such as cranberry juice or fruit nectars.

Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Serve this sweet-hot dipping sauce with grilled shrimp, broiled chicken or pork, or steamed wontons.

Warm Curried Chicken & Sweet Potato Salad

The creamy dressing for this warm salad is laced with fresh mint and cilantro. If fresh mint is not easy to come by, substitute 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried mint.

Strawberry Mousse

You can make this dessert year round because it uses frozen strawberries. But you can make the mousse with fresh strawberries when they are in season. You make need to taste the puree and add extra sugar, because some fresh strawberries can be pretty tart.

Cold Carrot Soup with Red Pepper & Mint

Extra low in fat and magnificent in both color and texture, this soup has yet another attribute to recommend itself: It is best if made in advance.