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10 Easy Tips to Improve Your Nutrition

10easynutritiontipsWhether you want to make a change to eat more healthy foods during National Nutrition Month or anytime of the year, these small changes can make a big difference.

1. Read Labels. Always read the nutrition facts and ingredients before purchasing a product. It is important to note how many servings are in a package as well as the sugar and sodium content. Avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and ingredients you can’t pronounce.

2. Plan Ahead. If you wait until you are hungry to decide what you will eat, you are more likely to make unhealthy choices.

3. Drink Water Instead of Sugary Drinks. Replace sugary drinks, like soda, juice, sports drinks, and flavored milk, with water.

4. Eat Breakfast. Choose a breakfast cereal that is high in fiber and low in sugar. If you don’t have time to eat at home, pack a healthy breakfast to bring with you. Don’t skip breakfast, the most important meal of the day!

5. Go to a Farmers Market. It is easy to eat more fruits and veggies when you are surrounded by fresh seasonal produce from local growers. Use the USDA National Farmers Market Directory to find ones in your area.

6. Replace Salt with Other Seasonings. Season your food with herbs, spices, and olive oil instead of salt.

7. Explore Alternative Grains and Seeds. Make new recipes with gluten-free grains and seeds, including quinoa, millet, and chia seeds. Try these 15 No-Bread Sandwiches, using veggies as buns.

8. Try Meatless Monday. There are many health benefits associated with eating a meatless meal at least one night per week.

9. Carry Healthy Snacks. When you carry healthy snacks with you, like nuts, fruit, and NuGo protein bars, you won’t resort to junk food.

10. Consult a Registered Dietitian. Read 10 Reasons You Should Be Talking to an RD, and Top 14 Reasons to Consult a Sports RD.

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Chocolate on Valentine’s Day Could Mean a Stronger, Healthier Heart

NuGoHeartHealthMonthIt’s February, and with Valentine’s Day here this month, we all have the health of our hearts on our mind. After all, a strong, healthy heart is capable of a stronger, healthier love.  How can we stay healthy with all of that Valentine’s chocolate that often contains unhealthy hydrogenated oil or substitutes unhealthy vegetable fat for all-natural cocoa butter? Well, there’s good news. If you eat REAL Dark Chocolate, it is good for your heart and, unlike milk and white chocolate, is full of great health benefits too.

So, what exactly are the health benefits of eating dark chocolate? For starters, dark chocolate has been proven to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, which, in turn, reduces high blood pressure. But a healthy heart and lower blood pressure aren’t the only benefits to eating dark chocolate. Cocoa, the primary ingredient in REAL Dark Chocolate, is a proven trigger to the pleasure center of the brain and raises serotonin and endorphin levels. The result? A pleasant, happy mood that some people describe as euphoric. Hey, the chocolate may be dark, but your mood doesn’t have to be!

But don’t get fooled by fake dark chocolate. Due to a lack of a FDA standard for dark chocolate, some companies are passing off fake dark chocolate made with fatty vegetable oils (usually palm oil) as being healthy dark chocolate. These fake dark chocolate coated bars may actually raise the unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels that REAL Dark Chocolate is shown to reduce.  Look in the ingredients panel – if palm oil or another vegetable oil is included in the ingredients, it is fake unhealthy chocolate.

Plus, REAL Dark Chocolate has a superior, exploding, rich, chocolate flavor, which is the result of the smooth texture cocoa butter releases when the chocolate melts in your mouth. The fake palm oil chocolate coating raises the melt point of chocolate way above body temperature, so the chocolate does NOT melt in your mouth, imparting a waxy texture and too sweet taste.

Take the delicious taste and health benefits of REAL Dark Chocolate and combine it with protein, the building block of the body, and you’re on your way to a delicious and healthy NuGo bar. We have 16 different varieties coated in heart-healthy REAL Dark Chocolate, offering something for nearly every lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for gluten-free, organic, vegan, low sugar, or even a protein bar for bodybuilding, we have something for you. So, when you go to have a chocolate snack this Valentine’s Day or any day, choose healthy, decadent NuGo REAL Dark Chocolate protein bars.

Looking for a heart-healthy, REAL Dark Chocolate coated NuGo bar that fits your lifestyle? Try one of these:

5 NuGo Dark bars

3 NuGO ORGANIC bars

5 NuGO Slim low sugar bars

1 NuGO STRONGER bodybuilding bar

2 NuGO FREE rice protein bars 

Which dark chocolate coated NuGo bar is your favorite?

 

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What the Heck Are You Eating with Joy Bauer

What the Heck Are You Eating is a new YouTube nutrition show created by Everyday Health and Joy Bauer. In each brief episode, Joy answers pressing food questions in a fun and engaging style that reminds us of Alton Brown. Here are our two favorite episodes.

Do artificial sweeteners actually promote weight gain?

What is actually the healthiest choice: frozen yogurt, ice cream, or non-dairy?

For more information: 

Follow our new Pinterest Board – What’s in Your Food?

Watch Joy Bauer recommend NuGO Slim on the Today Show 

Read about Dark Chocolate Deception

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Eating for Energy: Smart Snacking to Boost Metabolism

All over the world, people are looking for ways every day to get that extra burst of energy. And why not? Increasingly, life means maintaining a balance between life and work that leaves little time for rest or relaxation. We rush from one task to the next trying to check another item off the to-do list. Then, to fuel all the activities, many are willing to pay for artificial energy in the form of caffeinated sodas, Red Bull, and 5-hour energy shots. These sources, however, are full of sugar that causes short burst of energy followed by fatigue and sluggishness. Check out these astonishing pictures to see just how much sugar is in our drinks!

Fortunately, there are nutritious ways to get the energy boost you need to get through your day. Focusing on nutrition and diet might seem like another undertaking for which there just isn’t enough time in the day. In reality though, nutrition can work with your body to fuel everything else that we take on in our lives.

According to the website Web MD, different foods can boost energy through the calories they provide and also by allowing metabolism to work more efficiently. So what are some of these energy star foods?

1. Fiber: The fiber found in smart carbohydrates such as whole grains that are digested slowly and act as a steady source of energy. It is important to avoid sweet foods which actually lead to fatigue. Interested in incorporating more fiber into your diet? Check out the Whole Grains Council for tips on eating whole grains at every meal.

2. Nuts: Nuts are rich in protein, and they contain magnesium, which is an important mineral for converting sugar into energy.

3. Leafy Greens: Good examples are spinach, kale, and arugula. All of these contain vitamins C and A, which also help boost energy levels and contain folate which is proven to fight symptoms of depression.

4. Lean Meats: Chicken, turkey, and fish contain tyrosine an amino acid which fights fatigue throughout the day. They also have high amounts of iron and B-vitamins which strengthen muscles for long-term endurance.

5. Fresh Produce: Fruits and vegetables are great sources of the vitamins and minerals that increase metabolism efficiency. The fruit sugar glucose is turned into energy quickly providing a more immediate sense of alertness.

6. Dark Chocolate: Theobromine is a chemical compound found only in chocolate that is similar to caffeine, but provides a more stable energy boost. It lasts longer throughout the day, and won’t leave you with a crashed feeling afterwards.

    

Combining these elements can create a perfect snack for fueling a long day of work and other activities. NuGO Slim is great for an afternoon snack because it combines high protein, high fiber, and REAL dark chocolate that will keep you alert all day long.

For more energy-boosting tips and tricks, check out the rest of this article at Web MD.

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Healthy Snacking Prevents Overeating

Making healthy food choices and controlling portions are difficult when you are starving. However, when you eat healthy snacks, they actually prevent you from overeating and may help with weight management. Snacks also help you get essential nutrients in your diet. Even the new MyPlate guidelines recommend eating healthy snacks.

Here is some important advice on choosing healthy snacks from Fit Sugar.

Snacking on the right combination of protein and complex carbs can beat an afternoon slump and help get you through the day. Snacking regulates your blood sugar to combat a drop in energy, which can be the difference between skipping an evening workout or powering through one before dinner.”

One of the most important things to remember with keeping snacking healthy is to make sure that you are prepared. You should plan on eating two snacks a day, says nutritionist Alexa Fishback — one should be under 100 calories and one should be more substantial, 100-200 calories. And, as celebrity trainer Valerie Waters adds, it’s important to time snacks correctly so they help you get from meal to meal.”

NuGo protein bars have between 170 and 200 calories, so you can feel good about eating one each day as a substantial healthy snack. Or, eat half a NuGo bar for a snack that is less than 100 calories. Share the other half with a friend or family member or save it for later. Thank goodness snack time isn’t just for kids!

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