Nutrition IQ: Some creative ways to get healthier
It can be confusing to navigate the world of healthy eating and nutrition. Besides being certified in nutrition, we review hundreds of recipes and articles in order to inform you of the latest and greatest when it comes to maximizing your health.
Today we’re referring you to four articles that will provide you some great information and healthy recipe ideas to boost your energy, lower your dependence on sugar and processed foods, and give you a new appreciation for how the often-underrated vegetable family contributes to your nutrition.
So what about vegetables?
- We all know we’re supposed to eat our veggies, right? Well here are some great ways to make them more interesting and tasty.
- And while we’re on the subject, here’s an article about fruits and vegetables that have the longest shelf life.
- The great thing about vegetables is that many of them can be used in place of starchy carbs. Here are some recipes that use grated zucchini instead of noodles.
Spicing it up?
- Even the best recipes can get a little bland sometimes. If you’re like us, you may enjoy spicing it up with some hot pepper, spicy sauce or other hot condiments. Most of these have low or no calories, but there are good and bad side effects to eating spicy food, as you’ll see in this article.
How does this fit in with the Limitless Fitness Nutrition Guide (Click here for your full copy)
Our clients come from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds and their food preferences vary drastically. Many of them have also suffered from years of yo-yo dieting and as we age we also suffer from metabolic slow down. For that reason, we learned that one particular ‘diet’ was not effective. Instead, we use a client’s bodyfat and activity level to determine the proportions and quantities of macro nutrients they should be eating. For example, your goal might be 200 g of protein, 100g of carbs, and 50 g of good fats daily. There are many apps you can get for your smart phone or mobile device that easily calculate the macronutrients in anything you eat, so you can log this throughout the day and stay within your goal.
What should your macro goals be?
The specific quantities you should be eating vary depending on your age, weight, bodyfat, and activity level. There are too many variations to give an accurate formula here. Your fitness professional can help with that. However, once you determine your optimal level of protein, most of our clients achieve their goals by consuming 50% of their protein numbers in carbohydrates and 50% of the carbohydrate number in fat (75% if you’re over 40). Sound confusing? It’s really not, but we can walk you through this until it makes perfect sense!