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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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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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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right with NuGo

EatingRightNNM2014The month of March marks another National Nutrition Month (NNM). The focused theme for this year is to “Enjoy the taste of eating right.” Sometimes, people stray from eating nutritious foods, citing taste as the main driver. But why should eating healthy not taste great? NuGo is extremely passionate about solving that problem by only supplying products that taste fantastic and deliver vital nutrition.

This is truly evident through our continued passion to only use real ingredients; underpinned by products that are certified gluten-free, Non-GMO and use clean protein coated in REAL Dark Chocolate.

So how do we maintain the luscious taste? The magic is in our REAL chocolate coatings. By only using cocoa butter and the non-fat portion of cocoa powder, we maintain all of the health benefits of chocolate and never compromise the decadent taste of exploding flavor in your mouth. Be sure to keep an eye out for vegetable fats, like palm kernel oil, and hydrogenated oils that may appear on the wrappers of other bars in the market. These ingredients truly compromise the nutritional value of the product and result in a dull flavor.

This year’s key messages for NNM focus on how to combine taste and nutrition that fit many dietary lifestyles. We offer products packed with protein that fit seamlessly into most dietary needs, including vegan, dialysis, OU Pareve, no soy, high fiber, and low sugar options.

Avoiding gluten is becoming ever more prominent as nearly 30% of American adults are now gluten-free. Whether you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or eat gluten-free for another reason, NuGo has you covered. We offer 17 gluten-free protein bars, some of which are packed with fiber.

We also recognize the importance of reducing sugar as part of an active lifestyle and have many options for you to choose from. To ensure your body has sustained energy, NuGo Family bars are certified as a low-glycemic snack. You don’t have to worry about sugar highs or a “crash” in blood sugar on our watch.

Next time your stomach is growling and you’re craving a snack, reach for a NuGo bar. We not only stand behind National Nutrition Month, we are passionate about nutrition everyday.




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10 Great Nutrition Blogs by Registered Dietitians

10GreatNutritionBlogsWhen you are looking for trusted nutrition advice online, we recommend reading these 10 great nutrition blogs. All of the bloggers are Registered Dietitians (RDs) and provide inspirational blog posts to help you make better choices. Be sure to also follow them on Twitter, so you don’t miss any of their helpful tips! What are your favorite blogs by Registered Dietitians?

Our Recommended List in Random Order:

Real Life Nutrition WebMD bloggers: Carolyn Brown @onesmartbrownie, David Grotto @davidgrotto, Janet Helm @JanetHelm, and Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen @mtjacobsen

Eat + Run USNews.com @eatandrunUSN
Many well known RD bloggers, including Keri Glassman @KeriGlassman, Bonnie Taub-Dix @eatsmatbd, Keri Gans @kerigans, Elisa Zied @elisazied, and Tamara Duker Freuman @tamaraduker

Nutrition and You! by Joan Salge Blake @joansalgeblake

Health.com News and Views by Cynthia Sass @cynthiasass

Joy Bauer @joybauer

Nutrition Twins by Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames @nutritiontwins

URockGirl by Erin Macdonald and Tiffani Bachus @urockgirl

Gluten-Free Goodness by Cheryl Harris (No gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, or corn)  @CherylHarrisRD

The Gluten-Free RD by Rachel Begun @RachelBegunRD

The Spicy RD (gluten-free) by EA Stewart @TheSpicyRD


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Top 10 Reasons You Should Be Talking to an RD

MixedBerriesNutritionTwinsMarch 13 is National Registered Dietitian Day and a great time to share how seeing an RD can help you and your community! This marks the day that dietitians across the country are recognized for all their hard work in helping people to get healthier and happier. We feel so fortunate that we chose this profession—we love helping our clients to enjoy eating healthier and to reap the rewards of it. After witnessing first-hand how much we could positively affect the lives of others as registered dietitians, we set out to reach a larger audience by writing our books, Fire Up Your Metabolism, The Secret to Skinny and The Nutrition Twins Veggie Cure:100 Tantalizing Recipes for Health, Energy and Beauty (January 2014).

As nutritionists and personal trainers, it’s important for us to incorporate all aspects of nutrition to help everyone whether it is obesity, diabetes or sports enhancement. We agree with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics top 10 reasons you should be talking to an RD today!

1. Registered Dietitians can help you plan a balanced diet if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes. It can greatly affect your diet if you aren’t careful so get the proper advice from an RD!

2. With each community hurting for more wellness programs with the obesity epidemic in America, dietitians can help get those programs started. They can help fight for backing by the government to make a difference in eating healthy and help communities become physically fit!

3. Registered dietitians can work with food scientists on new healthy foods for the local grocery stores and markets. They can phase out the bad foods or at least make them healthier for consumers to make healthier choices.

4. Dietitians specializing in sports nutrition can help you to become fit – the healthy way! You’ll see results when following and setting healthier goals!

5. Registered dietitians can help you manage meals and create a plan for you, whether you want to lose weight, become more physically fit or just had a major surgery that curbs your appetite! They are the best to talk to about this.

6. If you’re a Mom or even a Dad that just doesn’t cook and has no cooking skills, RD’s can help you find the basic culinary skills to get healthier and simple foods on your table, homemade!

7. If you’re suspecting a family member or maybe even yourself of having an eating disorder, an RD can help you overcome this challenge and help you to eat healthier again!

8. Registered dietitians can help create healthier food choices in the community whether it be a food drive or even a farmers market, they can help get the resources you need to create a large impact!

9. New moms can benefit greatly with making sure their babies are getting the adequate nutrition they need for a normal and healthy weight gain.

10. Registered dietitians can help with the elderly to make sure they are also getting the adequate nutrition they need to stay healthy, such as Meals on Wheels programs.

Now you know the many benefits to seeing an RD! There are obviously so many different ways an RD can make an impact on you personally or in the community. Don’t be afraid to find one in your local area and start asking questions to make a healthier and happier you!

About the Authors:NutritionTwins

Tammy and Lyssie Lakatos, a.k.a. The Nutrition Twins®, are twin sisters, registered dietitians and personal trainers with over a decade of experience helping thousands of clients boost their energy naturally, get healthier, happier and in tip-top shape. They have been featured as experts on major TV shows/ networks and popular press ranging from The Doctors, Good Morning America Health, Fox and Friends and Discovery Health to USA Today, Health Magazine and Vogue. They are experts and bloggers for msn’s health site, Fitbie and for the host of Dancing with the Stars Brooke Burke’s site, ModernMom.com. They are authors of Fire Up Your Metabolism (Simon and Schuster), The Secret To Skinny: How Salt Makes You Fat (HCI Books) and The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure: 100 Tantalizing Recipes for Health, Energy and Beauty, due out in January 2014. They live in New York City where they enjoy running and biking to keep fit as well as chasing after Tammy’s twin daughters. Follow the Nutrition Twins on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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