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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.

Chocolate Cheesecake

Silken tofu and low-fat cottage cheese make a surprisingly rich-tasting cheesecake. Although silken tofu has the smoothest texture, you could also make this with regular tofu. Timing alert: The cheesecake needs to chill for at least 4 hours.

Spicy Cranberry Sauce

This interesting twist on traditional cranberry sauce is spiked with hot spices: ground ginger, cloves, and black pepper.

Banana Chutney

This spicy banana chutney would work well as an accompaniment to simple grilled poultry or pork, or with any curried main dish. If you like chutney extra hot, add a finely chopped canned or bottled jalapeño.

Spicy Sweet & Sour Pumpkin Seed Dip

Serve this dip with crisp vegetables or use a spoonful to serve over a bowl of chili.

Oranges with Caramel Syrup

A simple caramelized sugar syrup can elevate fresh oranges to a memorable finale for almost any meal. This variation on a classic Neapolitan dessert, the orange liqueur adds an extra dimension to this dessert, although it will still be delicious without it. This recipe can be easily doubled or quadrupled as the oranges will intensify in flavor over a week or two in the refrigerator. Experiment by adding spices such as a cinnamon stick, nutmeg or a few black peppercorns to the syrup, or perhaps add an herb such as a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Fudgy Pecan Brownies

Prune butter (pureed dried plums) helps to make these brownies especially fudgy. Look for prune butter (also called lekvar) in the jams and jelly aisle of the supermarket.

Deviled Caribbean Chicken Strips

The Caribbean influence in this spicy chicken appetizer is in the form of dark rum, underscored by the dark brown sugar. The “deviled” aspect comes from the Dijon mustard, whose spiciness is emphasized by cayenne and fresh ginger juice. You can easily make fresh ginger juice, as we do here, but if you can find bottled ginger juice in the supermarket, use 1 tablespoon of it instead. Serving suggestion: Serve as part of a buffet with a variety of salsas or dipping sauces.

Wheatberry Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

Wheatberries, whole grains of wheat, can be found in health food stores and some specialty food shops. They are generally soaked overnight before cooking to reduce the cooking time, but if you have time to tend them on the stove, you can start them from scratch with no soaking. Depending on the age of the wheatberries, they can take 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours to soften. The cooked wheatberries remain slightly chewy and give this salad a nice bite. Brazil nuts were used in this recipe because they have a lot of selenium, but if you can't find them, use another nut. Toss with fresh watercress or arugula if you like. For a main-course salad, add crumbled feta cheese.