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Our mission is to help students of all ages take control of their own fitness and health choices, build healthy habits, and become a part of a welcoming and safe online community. Before you divorce your favorite sports drink for nature’s alternative, ask yourself if you’ve tried to work it out.
MECKids Mission: To find out whether or not coconut water is an adequate, healthy substitute for popular sports drinks of today. Potassium is the key electrolyte that contributes to coconut water’s star power— if electrolytes were famous, potassium would be an A-list celebrity. Raw coconut water has about 20 times the potassium of Gatorade, which equals about four bananas. Even though potassium is a salt (which we now know is important), it’s not the primary salt we lose while sweating it out. Don’t fret though, albeit coconut water isn’t your go-to after a workout, it can still be your go-to for a potassium supplement, along with the other benefits mentioned above.
Do you drink coconut water or sports drinks after you workout and what has been your experience? Pour the chickpeas onto the baking sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with your herb blend, herbamare, smoked paprika, and then nutritional yeast.
Every once in a while, the government comes out with a study letting us know that we are not getting one (or many) of the key nutrients we need in our diets. Water is one of the best things for you and we need it to survive because it keeps you hydrated. People may think that Gatorade is better because it has more flavors that are delicious from cucumber lime to fierce melon.
Gatorade is not the only sports drink out there that tastes good and is good for you Powerade is Gatorade’s prime competition.
Waking up to a bowl of WHOLE GRAIN pasta for breakfast may be a deviation from usual your bowl of cereal, but it turns out that you can eat this Italian staple for your morning meal. Scientific studies link eating more whole grains to a reduced waistline, she adds, pointing to a recent Penn State study of 50 obese adults on a calorie-reduced diet, half of whom ate only whole grains while the other half ate only refined grains over a 12-week period. Research also suggests that the regular consumption of whole grains translates into lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. In a large bowl, toss together warm drained pasta, garlic oil with butter, lemon juice, parsley, bacon, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Let’s face it, most of us know how much water is essential to everyday health, but we neglect to meet the requirement.
It’s pretty self explanatory that keeping a bottle or tumbler accessible at all times can make drinking water a habit.
After putting the fruit in the container, take a spoon or spatula and squeeze all the available juice out.
As the largest health and fitness community designed just for youth and families, MECKids believes that practicing healthy eating habits and daily nutrition at a young age is the key to shaping a healthy, balanced, fruitful lifestyle throughout a lifetime.  Eating clean  and green also fortifies our bodies and helps to combat health issues such as childhood obesity. According to a new study, short stretches of physical activities such as raking leaves, taking the stairs, etc throughout the day can be just as useful as going to the gym.
More than 6,000 American adults were looked at by researchers and found that this “active lifestyle approach” seems to be just as effective as planned exercises in preventing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and etc. This recipe is my go to when I’ve got sick kids or we need a comforting and filling supper. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, stir in chicken and parsley and cook for 5 minutes more, or until chicken is heated through.
When the peas are soft, add the turkey ham and kale and cook for another 10 minutes until the kale is tender.
Place breadcrumbs, cereal flakes, lemon pepper, garlic powder, paprika and salt in a food processor or blender and process until finely ground.
Bake until the fish is cooked through and the breading is golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes. Bean burgers can be dry, but this one uses richly flavored and textured roasted red peppers to add body and moisture to the chickpeas.
Form into 4 patties and cook over a preheated grill pan or lightly greased skillet, about 4 minutes per side. While vegetables are roasting, prepare 2 tablespoons quinoa according to package directions. In a medium bowl, use a fork to stir together the ingredients for the blue cheese dip, mashing the cheese crumbles into small lumps as you work. Coat each chicken strip by dredging it first in the flour and then in the buttermilk mixture.
Brush each baked strip on both sides with the sauce (apply it generously for grown-ups, less so for kids who prefer a milder version).
If you’re like most parents running from home to school to work with the kids, its hard to plan in advance for eating healthy. Whole-grain foods — such as whole-grain pretzels or tortillas and high-fiber, whole-grain cereals — provide energy with some staying power. Offer out-of-the-usual fare, such as pineapple, cranberries, red or yellow peppers, mangoes, tangelos or roasted soy nuts. Serve breakfast foods — such as scrambled eggs and whole-grain toast — as healthy snacks for kids in the afternoon.
Use a cookie cutter to make shapes out of low-fat cheese slices, whole-grain bread or whole-grain tortillas. If your blood sugar has risen to greater than 70 and you are planning to eat a regular meal within the next hour, you do not need to do anything else. The University of Kansas Medical CenterThe University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. The final destination of a journey is not, after all, the last item on the agenda, but rather some understanding, however simple or provisional, of what one has seen. In these modern times, with the plethora of blood-sugar-related diseases, we need tools like GI and GL to help us understand ways to control blood sugar. The self-testing, graphic approach to food testing developed in the balance of the newsletter is a less scientific but a more dynamic way to explore postprandial (post-meal) blood glucose levels (BGLs). GI measures the blood glucose impact of foods eaten in isolation, yet we rarely consume foods this way. GI readings vary with the individual—blood sugar and insulin reactions are more extreme for diabetics, for example (See Charts 2A and 2B).


GIs are calculated in the science lab as the day’s first meal after a 12-hour fast and using a fixed serving that includes 50 grams of carbohydrate.  Most of our daily calories, however, are consumed in combination and throughout the day, when our blood sugar is affected by other foods that we have eaten earlier, as well as by our level of activity. Of the following numbered charts, the first three are based upon scientific research journal articles (Charts 1, 2A, 2B), while the last four (Charts 3-6) are constructed from my own self-testing of foods4 using a simple blood glucose monitor. Chart 1:  Blood Sugar Curves of White Bread Compared to Bread with Added Fiber, Sourdough, and Vinegar. Chart 3:  Instant Oatmeal, Whole Oats (Soaked and Not Soaked), and Whole Oats Combined with a Protein and Fat.
To fully appreciate the impact of two back-to-back carbohydrate breakfasts please notice that the scale used for Chart 6 is twice that of Charts 3-5. Resetting the Table–to Control Blood Sugar (For a discussion of other strategies, see April 2011). Ramekins filled with condiments like nuts and seeds (GI=0).  Nuts and seeds provide healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, while they slow digestion and curb blood sugar.
Sourdough bread or whole-grain bread with whole kernels; butter from grass-fed cows and organic nut and seed butters such as tahini and pumpkin seed butter. A pitcher of water and glasses for all—sometimes we mistake hunger for what is in fact thirst.  You might flavor the water with a little lemon juice or other flavoring. Because 12-hour fasting, pre-meal blood sugar reading can vary, all data points at time zero prior to the first morning meal were indexed to zero in order to illustrate the change from a neutral starting point.
I use the label “traditional” carbohydrates, just as we call unrefined fats, “traditional” fats.
If the liquid from this tropical fruit isn’t manipulated too much, coconut water is a natural, low calorie source of electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium) with a slight nutty and refreshing taste. It helps not only control the amount of water in your body, but it also helps maintain a healthy pH level in the blood. If there isn’t one nearby, Amazon has a few organic brands that ship within a few days (Harmless Harvest is at the top of our list!) And if you happen to visit any tropical areas this summer, make sure you try the best way— straight from the source! Be sure to sign-up for our newsletter to receive healthy recipes and snack ideas right in your inbox! There are also other drinks that help you hydrate by giving you electrolytes and nutrients lost in sweat like Gatorade and Powerade. People may prefer Powerade because it has Vitamins in it (B-3, B-6, and B-12) and it tastes good. Gatorade’s best features are all the different flavors they have, and all the different forms they have. Pasta is filled with tons of carbohydrates which convert to energy and what better way to start your day. When all my friends would respond with Sprite™ or Coca Cola™ when asked what their favorite drink was, I would always stay faithful to H2O. Whether it be in your locker, on your desk, or by your bedside table, reminding yourself that water is available will make the need come naturally.
The sticky, humid air of Louisiana would weigh all of us down, and we would have our water bottle strapped to our hips at all times. This month marks an annual celebration of nutrition education sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Apples are a great source of vitamin C, A and fiber and these wonderful nutrients promote great heart health.  It’s true what they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so it green and enjoy this delicious fruit snack! These findings are promising in that they show that simply incorporating movement into everyday activities can provide health benefits, Cardinal said. I usually use rotisserie chicken when I make this, or any other leftover chicken I have on hand, and I add lots of vegetables and noodles to make it extra chunky.
Add carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook until veggies are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the oil, chopped onion, and chopped celery and cook until translucent (the pieces will be soft and you can sort of see through them).
Dredge each strip of fish in the flour, dip it in the egg and then coat all sides with the breadcrumb mixture. Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or substitute plain dry breadcrumbs (they’re finer so you need less).
First, we replaced the traditional bone-in chicken wings with boneless strips of white meat, then we swapped in oven-baking for deep-frying. Nutritious snacking can help your child curb hunger throughout the day, as well as provide energy and important nutrients. To satisfy your child’s sweet tooth, offer fat-free pudding, frozen yogurt or frozen fruit bars.
Likewise, foods touted as cholesterol-free can still be high in fat, saturated fat and sugar. When the amount of glucose, or sugar, in your blood drops too low, you have a low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. The second factor—the postwar shift from traditional to refined carbohydrates—is largely due to the growing role of the commercial food industry and processed, convenience foods.  Convenience foods must have a long shelf-life, so food companies rely upon refined flours and oils, which do not go rancid. Visual pictures of postprandial blood sugar behavior, while less scientific than GI measurements, are nevertheless powerful learning tools, providing a real flavor for how our body reacts when we eat different kinds of foods.
This chart illustrates the second meal effect– that what we eat at one meal affects postprandial blood sugar behavior at the next. What we do to our children when we give them a sugary cereal or a Pop-tart for breakfast extends beyond this first meal to affect their blood sugar, hunger, concentration, and desire to overeat throughout the rest of the day. One of the best herbs and spices to moderate blood sugar.  It can be sprinkled on hot cereals and desserts such as puddings, custards, and stewed fruits.
Fruit is touted as a super-healthy snack option, but while the fiber and other nutrients found in fruit are a great part of any diet, many varieties can also be very high in sugar. Rehydration after a strenuous activity (like playing with your kids) is essential to ensure that your body replenishes its nutrients. In fact, the Molecules scientific journal boasts that it can also help to prevent heart attacks and treat kidney stones. Because there aren’t as many sources that are rich in potassium as say, sodium, potassium deficiency is very common, especially in African American women.
Here are the cold (and refreshing) facts: Powerade and Gatorade both have more than double the amount of sodium of coconut water per ounce. Because of the mass marketing of coconut water, a lot of companies are cutting corners to get (and keep) their products on the shelves. The question is which one is better for you I drink both when I’m playing soccer in my games, at practice, or at a camp.


Aside from giving you carbs, electrolytes and water Powerade also provides you with vitamins like B-3, B-6, and B-12.
Powerade’s best features are they have vitamins and minerals (B-3, B-6, and B-12), and it has a zero calorie form.
Whole grain pasta is a way better way to start your day rather than a bowl of sugary cereal.
I have found that even drinking a cup of water with your breakfast- instead of my  usual juice- wakes me up and makes me feel just as energized as if I had a cup of coffee. Watermelon, cucumbers, celery, or even soup with a lighter broth can count as your water intake.
If apps aren’t your thing, you can set alarms to drink 2-3 glasses in intervals throughout the day.
Rich with vitamins and minerals, these super foods deliver great flavor, bountiful benefits and are amazingly fun to eat, as well! Grandma was right, chicken soup really is a cure-all, especially when it can be made from start to finish in just over half an hour.
Put the flour in the first bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and the egg in the second, and stir together the bread crumbs, salt, and pepper in the third. Return the strips to the oven and cook them until they’re golden on the outside and no longer pink on the inside, about 10 minutes longer.
Make a tower out of whole-grain crackers, spell words with pretzel sticks, or make funny faces on a plate using different types of fruit. Store low-sugar, whole-grain cereal and fruit canned or packaged in its own juice in an easily accessible cabinet. Too much sugar, regardless of where it comes from, can have some seriously negative effects. Coconut water is incredibly perishable once it’s taken from the coconut, meaning that its nutrients are literally a ticking time bomb. The best thing about both of them is that they are beneficial and they both taste good there are also many flavors to try, time to find out which one is better.
Gatorade is used to fight dehydration and is a mix of water, carbohydrates, and electrolytes all of those together are very effective with handling dehydration. Based off of a 2,000calorie diet per day Powerade provides ten percent of your daily value of vitamins. Because Gatorade and Powerade are so similar the best way to see which one is better for you is to do it based off of nutritional facts.
Nowadays, with such a busy schedule, I usually choose whatever is convenient when I find myself parched.
It was not fun for me, especially since being told what to do takes the fun out of everything. So I began to put watermelon cubes in my glass as a way to sweeten the chore.
Finally, we whipped up a simple blue cheese dip, great for dunking both the chicken strips and a healthy serving of celery. This is why diabetes and obesity often go hand-in-hand (90% of diabetics are either overweight or obese). David Ludwig regarding high-glycemic foods and overeating, cited in the Recommended Reading section at the conclusion of this newsletter. But in this case, sodium is the most essential electrolyte to the rehydration process (after a strenuous workout). Most companies use concentrates or heat to pasteurize the nutrients right out of the water or use a mature (and less nutritious) coconut as a substitute, masking the acidic taste with sweetener and fruit flavors. Your body starts to cramp when you do not have enough potassium but drinks like Gatorade and orange juice have potassium which will help you avoid those extremely painful cramps. Vitamin B-3 is associated converting food into energy and digestion, Vitamin B-6 is associated with the production of red blood cells, which adds oxygen to the blood stream, and Vitamin B-12 maintains the blood cell count. For carbs,Gatorade uses sucrose, and dextrose which are two simple sugars and Powerade uses high fructose corn syrup which is associated with certain health issues. Americans are “tardy for the party”; tropical countries (Caribbean, parts of Africa, Southeast Asia) where the young, green coconuts are found have been getting the “super water” straight from the source for many years.
The Scientific Committee on Food suggests 460-1150 milligrams of sodium per liter in order to rehydrate properly. Gatorade also has different types of drinks for different situations some of them are for before you play, while you play, and after you play there are also energy chews. Also Powerade also offers a zero calorie version which is good for people who do not want such sugary drinks. For electrolytes Gatorade has more potassium and sodium which is necessary for athletes but Powerade also features vitamins.
But it might be smart to keep an eye on fruit-based sugar consumption.Can Fruit Make You Fat? Sodium helps the small intestine absorb water and carbohydrates, helping to replenish fluids and energy. Gatorade also gives you the opportunity to have it where ever you have water because they sell Gatorade powder in which you can make your own Gatorade just by mixing it with water. I think Powerade is great because it contains these vitamins and I also think that is why it is so popular among athletes. Powerade and Gatorade are both great sports drinks but if you are doing marathon level distances or high level intensity activities than Gatorade is the better choice, Gatorade also has a lot more flavors than Powerade. What You Need to KnowThe American Heart Association recommends no more than 26 grams of sugar per day for women, or 36 grams per day for men. In other words, coconut water does not have enough sodium content to roll with the rehydration “big dogs” Gatorade and Powerade. But depending on which fruit is picked, this could be bad news for fruit lovers: Just two cups of sliced bananas adds up to the maximum recommended amount, clocking in at 36 grams of sugar!So other than extra calories, what else does too much sugar mean? Excessive amounts could lead to tooth decay, weight gain, and increased triglyceride levels (which may contribute to heart disease and high cholesterol). Some studies suggest fructose, the main type of sugar found in fruit, can even be more harmful than other sugars (namely, glucose). Fructose has even been linked to increased belly fat, slowed metabolism, and overall weight gain.Your Action PlanTraditionally, a diet high in fruits and vegetables has been shown to help prevent weight gain (when compared to a diet high in fiber from other foods).




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