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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.

Hot Berry Sundaes

The blueberries and raspberries in this warm ice-cream topping supply health-giving antioxidants you won’t find in any chocolate sauce! The berry topping is also delicious over slices of plain cake.

Homemade Granola

In this homemade granola, we use frozen cranberry-juice concentrate and a touch of honey to sweeten the cereal and pack it full of good-for-you ingredients like wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries.

Fresh Blueberry Granola Crisp

For the topping on this quickly assembled dessert, you could use any low-fat granola, such as those sold in bulk in health-food stores. But we tested this with a national brand of granola available in supermarkets and it worked very nicely. For an extra treat, serve the crisp with a scoop of frozen yogurt or a dollop of lightly sweetened reduced-fat sour cream.

Breakfast Fruit Salad

You can make this salad a couple of hours ahead of time, but wait until just before serving to add the bananas so they don’t get mushy.

Cranberry-Ginger Tea Bread

These can also be made in three 5-1/2 x 3-inch mini loaf pans (bake for about 45 minutes)-perfect for gift giving.

Homemade Chicken Broth

This basic broth is easy to make and infinitely more healthful than storebought. It is much lower in sodium and there are good amounts of beta carotene and lycopene from the vegetable juices. If chicken legs are on sale, you can certainly use them in place of the whole chickens.

Parmesan-Crusted Baked Eggplant

These crisp eggplant rounds can be served as they are intended, as a vegetable side dish or topped with your favorite tomato sauce and a bit of shredded part-skim mozzarella and baked again just until the cheese has melted.

Peaches & Cream

This is a good trick for an easy dessert, though you have to think about it ahead of time because it takes 2 hours to chill. The rest is a snap, and you can make it with all sorts of fruit, or even storebought applesauce. You just need about 2 cups of fruit puree.