Posts Tagged ‘nutrients’

Yummy Strawberry “Cheese”cake (nondairy & raw)

Vegans, raw foodies, and lactose-intolerants unite! Here we have a superb dessert that does not take much time and does not require baking or dairy. Love it. Since I was only making a sample amount, I quartered the recipe, but here is the full one:

Crust:

  • 2 cups pecans or walnuts (I used walnuts)
  • 1 cup pitted dates, soaked in water 5 minutes, drained
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds (I buy flaxseed meal since it’s already grounded up)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp raw vanilla powder (I used vanilla extract)

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How much of each nutrient do I need each day?

Messages from the media confuse us. We are told to make sure we’re getting enough protein. Then they tell us to focus on Omega-3 and Omega-6. Then we hear warnings about fiber deficiency. And on and on. Well, you should know for yourself what you need, and you find that out by following the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). They are broken down into age groups because not every age group or gender has the same consumption needs. It lists macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fiber) and micronutrients (vitamins & minerals). For example, my recommended carb intake for the age group of 31-50 years old is 130 grams per day. Continue reading

MyDietAnalysis online program: review

I am currently enrolled in Introductory Nutrition at a community college and I love it. I’m only in week two and have learned a good amount so far. One thing that stands out that I want to share and promote (not because I benefit from it but because I think it’s so helpful that everyone should try) is an online software program where you track what you eat (it’s totally customize-able) and what your extra activity is (besides the basic walking, standing, moving, etc.); you make a profile and answer some questions about your body and how sedentary or active your lifestyle is in general; and it will then compute EVERYTHING for you — Continue reading

Book Overview: Green For Life

Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko (c) 2005 Raw Family Publishing

I recommend you check out this quick read for a couple of reasons:

  1. you will learn about plant life and the fruits they bear – the why’s and how’s of it, which is fascinating
  2. you will come to understand vegetables and greens classifications correctly
  3. you will discover the relationship between chimpanzee and human diets (and why we should start leaning more towards their way of eating and away from our processed foods)
  4. you will see the proof for yourself in her experiment results on people she asked to drink green smoothies every day for a certain time period – all of those people discovered health benefits and even went on to continue green drinks even after the trial period was over. Many of them lost weight and curbed major sugar and other bad cravings.

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Where do you get your protein?

The most common question I continually hear from anyone who has not read much about nutrition and food beyond what the media tells them. Happens so often, in fact, that 2.5 hours ago someone asked me just that. Americans are so brainwashed by the meat industry that: 1) we believe we are somehow supposed to be consuming massive amounts of protein daily; and 2) we are led to believe that ONLY by eating meat can we obtain protein.

Guess what? Consuming high amounts of protein is bad; the RDA is 0.36 grams of protein per pound that we weigh. Continue reading