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Boost nutrition and stay full longer by hiding veggies in your favorite foods

posted Nov 18, 2011, 7:31 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Mar 21, 2012, 9:09 PM ]

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Not only is filling up on veggies good for your health, it can help you keep your weight in check if you reach for these filling, fiber-rich foods before other food choices.

It sounds good in theory, but it can be kind of depressing to munch on a plate filled with plain broccoli when everyone around you is enjoying their second helping of mashed potatoes.

The good news is that many of your favorite winter recipes can be modified to include pureed or chopped veggies so that you’ll get the filling and healthy benefits without feeling deprived.

Here are a few examples that we recommend you try at home!

Casseroles are a perfect foil for hidden veggies. Along with the meat and starches that typically go into these recipes, why not try shredding some veggies that don’t have an overpowering flavor – carrots, cauliflower, broccoli – and tossing them in. Your family will never notice the difference.

Soups can easily disguise a variety of pureed vegetables such as zucchini, squash, onions, or peppers. Or, make a hearty stew or chili that calls for vegetables and beans as main ingredients.

Hold the pepperoni on that pizza. Order a thin crust pie loaded with veggies and minus the meat for a family treat. Somehow, anything on top of a pizza – including veggies such as green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes – just tastes better. Enjoy!

Make mashed “potatoes” without the potatoes. Cauliflower can be mashed and prepared to simulate the hearty comfort-food appeal of this popular side dish.

Have fun experimenting with adding more veggies to your recipes, and seek out new dishes that make vegetables the main attraction, such as eggplant parmesan or vegetable lasagna. Even just starting your meal with a simple side salad or broth-based vegetable soup can up your intake and could help you feel more satisfied with fewer calories.

Happy eating!

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Five Easy Ways to Stop Stressing About Your Family’s Schedule

posted Nov 11, 2011, 10:16 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 10:35 AM ]

Maintaining a happy, stress-free family in the midst of a major transition time, such as going back to school, is no small task.

Set the stage for a successful school year by following these simple, foundational guidelines to help keep everyone organized, on-track, and ready for a great year.

  • Plan ahead. Have everything ready to go the night before. Depending on their ages, your kids should be able to help with this task. Clothes should be laid out and ironed if necessary, backpacks and briefcases packed, and lunches ready to be grabbed on the way out. By having everything ready the night before, a lot of common stressors, such as a frantic search for that favorite pair of tights, are eliminated. Get everyone out the door in a calm manner, and hopefully with a little breakfast in their tummies.
  • Clear the homework hurdle. Although homework might not be your kids’ favorite thing to do, establishing a nonnegotiable routine will get them in the habit. Find out what works best for your family. It might be establishing a homework or reading hour right before or after dinner or later in the evening as your schedule dictates. Just stick with it. Be available to help if needed and set a great example by turning off the TV and catching up on that novel you’ve been meaning to read.
  • Say no. Just because your kids can sign up for multiple activities doesn’t mean you have to let them. Decide how much unstructured downtime is important to your family. The number of commitments you make as a family – to practices, games, or performances – is really based on what your comfort level is. Some families might be able to juggle multiple kids engaged in multiple activities, while others might prefer that each child only sign up for one extracurricular activity per semester. Plan your calendar according to your family’s preferences, and remember that kids aren’t the only ones being overscheduled these days – parents can feel free to say no too!
  • Break bread together. You’ve heard it before, but eating dinner together as a family really is one of the best ways to develop strong family bonds. Research shows that eating meals together on a regular basis benefits children’s emotional and physical well-being. Make it a goal to sit down to dinner as a family at least three or four times per week. If you’re not sure what to talk about, try something fun like Chat Pack™ cards that ask silly and serious questions to keep the conversation flowing. Read the News You Can Use article for tips on planning meals the whole family will enjoy.
  • Get some rest. One of the most important things you can do as a family to eliminate stress is to make sleep a priority. Without adequate sleep, it is difficult to concentrate in school or at work, and we’ve all experienced how cranky and unproductive we can be when we don’t get enough shut-eye. Set a regular bedtime and strictly enforce it. Again, set a good example by turning in at a regular hour. Try NUTRILITE® Valerian and Hops to fall asleep faster and stay asleep. Recent clinical studies report that valerian extract standardized to 0.8% valernic acid helps promote sleep and improve sleep quality. NUTRILITE® Valerian and Hops contains clinically significant levels of valerian to replicate these results, has a relaxing effect on the central nervous system to enhance restful sleep, and contains a proprietary blend of valerian, hops, and lemon balm.

Try to focus on one of these areas at a time. Once you’re accustomed to one new stress-busting habit, try to work the others into your family’s day. You’ll be less stressed in no time.

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Supplements to Support You at Any Age

posted Nov 11, 2011, 10:07 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 10:38 AM ]

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Protecting your health is an important investment in longevity. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth the effort for the results – great health that lets you enjoy the people you love and keep doing the things that make life worth living.

Your health needs change as you get older, so here are some examples of the supplements that can help you now and 20 years from now!

  • Your 20s are the time to establish the healthy habits that will last you a lifetime. Start a healthy supplement routine to ensure that you’re getting all the essential nutrition you need, even when your diet could be better! Try the NUTRILITE® Perfect Pack for your health, which contains three powerhouse supplements: NUTRILITE® DOUBLE X® Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient, NUTRILITE® Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables, and NUTRILITE OCEAN ESSENTIALS® Balanced Health.
  • In your 30s, make your reproductive health a top priority. For women, taking a supplement with folic acid can help reduce the risk of brain or spinal cord defects in babies of expectant mothers who maintain a healthy diet with adequate amounts of folic acid.* NUTRILITE® Tri-Iron Folic  contains 200 mcg of folic acid, plus 10 mg of iron and 30 mg of vitamin C. For men, taking a supplement containing saw palmetto with nettle root can help you maintain a healthy prostate and normal urinary flow.† NUTRILITE® Saw Palmetto and Nettle Root contains 106 mg of saw palmetto oil extract and 80 mg of nettle root extract.
  • In your 40s, focus on preventive supplementation. For women, up your intake of vitamin D and calcium to promote strong, healthy bones later in life. NUTRILITE® Vitamin D3 2000 IU with vitamin K2 provides the vitamin D equivalent of 20 8-oz. glasses of milk in one tablet. NUTRILITE® Cal Mag D provides the proper ratio of three sources of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D to encourage the maximum absorption potential in the body.  For men and women, your 40s are also a good time to take protective measures for the health of your heart. NUTRILITE® Natural E Complete is all-natural support for heart health, with a full spectrum of the nine naturally sourced forms of vitamin E isomers that provides heart health support in a vegetarian formula.
  • In your 50s, specific changes will likely happen for women, while men might want to add supplements that can aid in digestion. Women can start experiencing signs of menopause in their late 40s or early 50s. A supplement such as NUTRILITE® Black Cohosh and Soy can help relieve menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings.† Men and women might benefit from taking a supplement with probiotics, which can provide daily immunity support and support normal digestive function. NUTRILITE® INTESTIFLORA 7 Supplement provides seven probiotics and good bacteria, and can be used in cold beverages or food as a flavorless, instant-dissolve powder.

For a lifetime of good health, focus on eating well, exercising regularly, and taking the right supplements for you that can help you fill your dietary gaps and help support your specific health areas of concern.

*Healthful diets with adequate folic acid may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect. (21 CFR 101.79)
†This statement has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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How to Fuel Before, During, and After a Workout

posted Nov 11, 2011, 9:47 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 10:41 AM ]

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To achieve peak athletic performance, you need a solid, sound nutrition plan. A wholesome diet, adequate fluids, and appropriate supplements should all be part of your individual plan. By understanding what makes up your sports nutrition needs, you can create a plan that will help you achieve and maintain optimal results from your workouts.

Make sure you’re providing your body with the right amount of calories to generate the energy required to reach your personal training goals. The energy you receive from your daily calories is derived from the variety of food you eat, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, and fats. The amount of each of these macronutrients and the timing of consumption is crucial to athletic performance.

  • Carbohydrate is key when it comes to peak performance.
    The amount of carbohydrate you need depends on how many hours you train each day, how many hours before exercise you eat, and how long your exercise sessions last. It is important to eat and/or replace carbohydrates before, during, and after exercise to build up, maintain, and restore glycogen levels to train longer and harder.
  • Protein is needed to build and repair the body’s tissues.
    The protein requirements for athletes can be met by consuming foods such as milk, lean meats and beans, and with supplements such as protein shakes and bars. Protein should be consumed in moderate amounts before and after exercise.
  • Fats are essential to the body. The NUTRILITE® brand offers protein shakes, bars, and powder.
    Healthy fats provide energy, aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (i.e., vitamins A, D, E, K), help insulate the organs, and protect cell structures. Athletes should consume less than 30% fat in their diet. Healthy monounsaturated fats include avocados, olive oil, almonds, and pecans. Healthy polyunsaturated fats include fish oil, walnuts, and flaxseed. Saturated and trans fats should be minimized or eliminated from your diet. Try NUTRILITE® OCEAN ESSENTIALS® Balanced Health to get more omega 3 fatty acids in your diet.
  • Hydration is the simplest and most effective method for protecting your health and athletic performance.
    During exercise, proper hydration will influence cardiovascular function, muscle function, and body temperature. Dehydration will impair your mental and cognitive performance. Try NUTRILITE® Sports Drinks.
  • Vitamins and minerals are essential to optimal health.
    Vitamins and minerals – micronutrients – play a critical role in the body at rest, during exercise, and during recovery from exercise. Athletes who consume an unbalanced or inadequate diet (i.e., low whole grain, fruit, and vegetable intake) are at greatest risk for poor micronutrient status. The daily use of a multivitamin and mineral supplement can help fill the nutritional gaps in your diet. Try NUTRILITE® DOUBLE X® Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient.
  • Phytonutrients protect your body.
    Phytonutrients help protect your body and provide antioxidant protection. Some foods rich in phytonutrients include acerola cherries, berries, broccoli, carrots, garlic, green tea, red grapes, and soy. Supplements containing phytonutrients may benefit the athlete particularly if fruit and vegetable consumption is low. Try NUTRILITE® Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables or NUTRILITE® Fruits & Vegetables 2GO Twist Tubes.
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