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

Cranberry Ginger Sorbet

The pectin in the homemade applesauce base makes this sorbet extremely creamy and thick. Although it has no dairy in it, it seems much more like ice cream or sherbet than sorbet.

Mushroom-Topped Mashed Potatoes

For a real treat, try this recipe with a combination of dried porcini mushrooms and sliced fresh button mushrooms.

Pumpkin Seed Granola

Although there are lots of commercial granolas available, they are all quite high in fat. This homemade granola is low in fat, and the fat it does contain is primarily healthful monounsaturated fat. The roasted pumpkin seeds in the granola are packed with fiber and minerals as well as alpha-linolenic acid, a type of fat that may help prevent hardening of the arteries. You’ll also benefit from the rolled oats, which are a top source of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. And regardless of which type of dried fruit you use, it will supply important nutrients and fiber, as well as some potentially healthful phytochemicals.

Chocolate-Flecked Angel Food Cake

Serve a slice of cake with a scoop of frozen yogurt and fresh strawberries or raspberries.

Gingered Cantaloupe with Kiwi & Toasted Almonds

Two kinds of ginger, crystallized and fresh, add singular spark and texture to this remarkably pretty and refreshing height-of-summer dessert.

Apple-Wasabi Barbecue Sauce

Wasabi (a fiery Japanese horseradish) is available as a paste, in tubes at many supermarkets. If you can't find it, substitute 2 tablespoons of drained horseradish.This barbecue sauce goes especially well with pork.

Baked Mushrooms & Corn

This is a really easy side dish. It involves only about 5 minutes of preparation (if you buy presliced mushrooms) before you put the dish in the oven. The rest of preparation time is unattended cooking, while the vegetables bake in the oven.

Walnut Meringue Cookies

Toasted oats underscore the nutty flavor of the walnuts in these crisp cookies, giving them lots of flavor without much fat.