Category Archives: Health & Nutrition

8 Healthy Earth Day Snacks: Fun with Fruits and Veggies

Healthy-Earth-Day-SnacksCelebrate Earth Day with fun healthy snacks, instead of junk food made with green and blue artificial food dyes. Look at these adorable healthy Earth Day snacks that you can easily make from fruits and veggies. Which one will you make this Earth Day?

10 Healthy Flower Snacks 

Fun Ladybug Snack

Earth in Fruit

Earth Smoothies

Yellow Pepper Sun

Fruit Tree 

Apple Butterflies

Butterfly Fruit Party Tray

 

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5 Stress-Busting Tips

5StressBustingTipsFind out how you can reduce stress with an active lifestyle and simple changes in your routine. NuGo REAL Dark Chocolate protein bars are one part of a healthy and active lifestyle that may reduce stress and increase overall wellness.

1. Exercise Your Right—To Exercise!

This one should come as no surprise—exercise is an important part of any lifestyle, and when it comes to reducing stress, its benefits are second to none. Regularly breaking a sweat with your preferred exercise method improves mood with the rush of endorphins that flood the brain during and after physical activity. Exercise is also a great way to physically release stresses that are often bottled up over the course of a day, allowing your mind a break from routine worries.

2. Meditation is powerful – Do It.  

The fact of the matter is, meditation is one of the most powerful therapies; it’s easy to do, and you do not need to be a Zen master to enjoy its benefits. People who regularly meditate generally report feelings of greater ease, mental clarity, and overall confidence than those who do not. Simply find a dark, quiet space, close your eyes, and allow your mind to wander. It’s that simple and the payoff is tremendous.

3. Create a Schedule and Stick to It.

This point could apply to any number of these tips, but is especially essential for sleep pattern regulation. It is well known that frequent interruptions to circadian rhythm can negatively impact immune response, and studies even suggest that it can have adverse effects on production of brain cells. It is very important to establish a consistent sleep schedule, in regards to both when and how long you sleep.

4. You Deserve a Reward.

Discipline is essential to any stress-conscious routine. However, it is also important to build little rewards into your routine. Recognize when you’ve done good work and have perspective on your goals—don’t lose sight of where you were then and how far you’ve come since.

5. Surround Yourself with Positivity.

It can be easy amidst the chaos of life to overlook the value of the good people and sources of positivity you have around you. Having a close friend or family member to confide in and seek positive reinforcement from can make a world of difference in your outlook. Recognize the people, or triggers, that cause you stress and (if possible) limit your time around them, in favor of spending more time around the people that support you and want you to succeed.

In Summary

Just as NuGo REAL Dark Chocolate protein bars are made to suit your individual taste and nutritional needs, stress reduction strategies must also be approached on an individual basis. Create an exercise and sleep schedule that is appropriate for your lifestyle and allow yourself access to rewards and a strong support team. Life is much sweeter with less stress.

 

 

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Read Your Labels Day: Take Photos of Unhealthy Ingredients

ReadYourLabelsDayGet the 411 on the unhealthy ingredients that may be hiding in your food by sharing photos on April 11 using the hashtag #ReadYourLabels. In addition to taking photos of the ten ingredients listed below, we encourage you to take photos of Dark Chocolate Deception.

Look for protein bar flavors that are called dark chocolate, but the ingredients list states chocolaty, chocolate flavored coating and vegetable oil, or alternative vegetable fats like palm oil, palm kernel oil, or cottonseed oil. These words mean it is made from fake chocolate! Sometimes, milk is used in fake dark chocolate.

According to Citizens for Health, who created Read Your Labels Day, these are the top ten ingredients to avoid in food.

1. High fructose corn syrup
2. Aspartame
3. Hydrolyzed protein
4. Autolyzed yeast
5. Monosodium glutamate
6. Potassium bromate
7. Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO
8. BHA and BHT
9. Trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils)
10. Artificial colors

NuGo bars do not contain any of these ingredients. Now, you have ten more reasons to feel good about eating NuGo!

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Beat Stress with Dark Chocolate and Other Healthy Foods

StressReducingApril is National Stress Awareness Month, a subject dear to our hearts, as the REAL Dark Chocolate we use to coat NuGo bars may reduce stress. It may come as little surprise that food can do wonders for improving mood; but there are special compounds in many of the foods we love that can reduce stress, lower anxiety, and increase feelings of well-being for far longer than that plate of ziti or ice cream you had on your mind! Let’s take a look at the different stress blockers below.

Calmness

When we are faced with stressful situations, cortisol is released into our blood streams. This can have detrimental effects on metabolism, weaken one’s immune system, and, above all, create feelings of stress and unease. Fortunately, there are a number of common and very desirable foods that are known to mitigate these negative health factors. Dark chocolate may lower blood pressure when consumed in moderation since it is rich in antioxidant flavanoids. Dark chocolate will delight your taste buds, as any of our premium protein bars will clearly show! Another tension tamer worth keeping in your arsenal is folate, which is present in green vegetables like asparagus, spinach, and brussel sprouts.

Improved Mental Function

Is there anything more stressful than forgetting where you put your things? There’s no doubt about it—forgetfulness and absent-mindedness can send those stress levels flying.

Tap into powerful mind-boosters like essential omega-3 fatty acids found in raw walnuts and several kinds of fish, which are phenomenal for preventing memory loss and sharpening mental acuity. Theanine amino acid, which is found in standard green tea also shares many of these mental function-enhancing capabilities. And what’s more relaxing than a hot cup of tea?

Overall Wellness

Anything else to keep in mind? Think zinc! Low levels of zinc have been long associated with depression and anxiety, and it’s potential to shorten colds further strengthens the recurring relationship between immune response and mood. A wide array of fabulous foods can help you boost your zinc levels like oysters, cashews, and, once more, dark chocolate.

Consumption of B vitamin-rich foods, like avocados, spinach, and lentils for B6, is another great way to keep stress at bay, improve mental function, and feel calmer and more alert.

Have It All

Harnessing the power of food to help you keep your cool is a great and natural way to beat stress, and it has never been easier or more delicious than with NuGo Nutrition. As if dark chocolate didn’t already sell itself, the numerous stress-reducing benefits, antioxidant richness, and luscious flavor of our bars seal the deal. Use the helpful tips above to pull stress off the menu, and enjoy NuGo REAL Dark Chocolate protein bars next time you need a healthy snack that may calm your nerves.

 

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5 Benefits of Meatless Monday

5BenefitsofMeatlessMondayFrom social media to school cafeterias, the Meatless Monday movement is sweeping the globe. Are you considering jumping on the Meatless Monday bandwagon? Here are five benefits to motivate you and your family.

1. May Reduce Your Risk of Diseases. Research suggests that eating less meat and more fruits and veggies may reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

2. Weight Management. Take a look at these 8 Smart Swaps for Meatless Monday to see how easy it is to incorporate healthy meatless options.

3. Improved Nutrition. Eating veggies and whole grains increases your fiber intake and provides essential nutrients.

4. Save Money. Meat is more expensive than the ingredients used to make meatless meals.

5. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint. Meatless Monday conserves water and decreases fossil fuel and gas emissions. “An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef.”

Follow our vegan board on Pinterest for many Meatless Monday recipes.

 

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