Immune-Boosting Foods and Tips to Fight the Flu

With nearly double the amount of lab-confirmed influenza cases this year so far in Australia, we can expect a strong flu strain to make its way to the United States this upcoming flu season. To make sure that this flu season doesn’t get you down, be sure to follow these tips and try these immune-boosting foods. Continue reading Immune-Boosting Foods and Tips to Fight the Flu

Why I Support the Use of Dietary Supplements

It’s true, it is often questionable to consider using Dietary Supplements for daily use. After all, we all eat a good amount of foods. So, what’s the point? And, to add to the questions, the FDA continues to examine the use of—or misuse of—supplements as being detrimental to the well-being of most Americans.

With all the facts on the table, I still contend that with various factors at hand we should give taking dietary supplements a good look. It has been my experience that with the environmental issues we have at hand, the amount of stress most of us endure on a daily basis, and the lack of adequate nutrition throughout the day from poorly planned meals or the lack thereof; it is probably best to take a conservative amount of most multi-vitamin and mineral supplements. Continue reading Why I Support the Use of Dietary Supplements

It’s about time you tried a Green Smoothie!

By Rita Larsen, RD; Elite Sports Clubs Dietitian and Nutrition Counselor

Many people are busy today with work and activities other than preparing meals. You may want to try this smoothie recipe as a fun addition to your meals.

One good suggestion is taking this to work with you after you have prepared it and frozen it in freezer cups. Then, throughout the day, you are able to take out of your lunch bag and let it defrost. Shake well and it is ready to drink!

Try a Green Smoothie

Reasons to hop on the Green Smoothie craze:

  • It can contain all the fruits and vegetables that you need daily.
  • It can also have additional ingredients based upon what you have on hand.
  • Protein powder can be added in the form of soy, whey, rice, or casein. If you do add one of these, you can consider this smoothie a complete meal!
  • It tastes great! See for yourself if this is something that would be tasty for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner!

Note: It is best to use a high powered blender. Don’t have one? Then just remove some of the peel from citrus.

Mmm Green is Good!

Green ingredients can often vary based upon your tastes. (But, not all greens are easy to blend!) Try these ingredients at your own pace:

  • Seedless cucumber, 1/3 to 1/2 English version
  • 1-large bunch Spinach (or Kale!), fresh and cleaned (sometimes it helps to freeze in advance)
  • 1-Kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 1-Avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1-Lime, whole including the rind, cut into at least 8 pieces

Try adding these for additional flavor, texture, & nutrition!

  • Bananas
  • Cuties or mandarin oranges, including the skin
  • Grapes
  • Flax Seeds, 2-Tbsp. or Flax Seed Oil
  • Plain or Greek yogurt

These smoothies provide all the nutrients that a meal could provide. They are especially high in antioxidants, B complex vitamins, minerals, such as iron and potassium, and are high in fiber.

Just another way to increase our nutritional strength without all the fuss in the kitchen!

Calories: 16-oz. portion for 175 calories; with 2-scoops of protein added, 16-oz portion for 375 calories. For more helpful nutritional advice and recipes, tell us a little more about your goals! Or check out our ongoing health & nutrition programming for everyone from children to adults!

There are MANY more possible green ingredients to include in smoothies. What are some of your own suggestions? Do you drink green smoothies?