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Every morning I wake up and when it is time to eat breakfast, I have a handful of almonds with whatever else I am eating for breakfast.

Not everyone likes nuts but you should get in the habit of trying to incorporate some kind into your diet. Nuts are packed with protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

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Make sure you are choosing the right ones though. Not all nuts are good for you. Some might have too much fat content and could ruin your daily caloric and fat intake.

The Best Nuts to Consume:

  1. Almonds: Almonds are the lowest calorie nut coming in at 160 calories for 23 of them.
    6 grams of protein, 14 grams of fat
  2. Cashews: About 16 to 18 cashews have 5 grams of protein and 13 grams of fat.
  3. Pistachios: For 49 nuts, will have 6 grams of protein and 13 grams of fat.
  4. Walnuts: For 13 walnuts, that is 185 calories with 18 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein

Another great tip is to make sure the nuts are raw and dry roasted. If they are drenched in oil, that’s just adding more fat content.

The Worst Nuts to Consume:

  1. Pecans: 18-20 pecans equals 200 calories and contain 3 grams of protein and 20 grams of fat.
  2. Macadamia Nuts: 10-12 nuts contain 2 grams of protein and 21 grams of fat.

They are still good nuts to consume for the vitamins and minerals, its just the fat content is high and very low protein.

 

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What to Eat Pre and Post Workout

Is it a good idea to eat a meal before a workout or after a workout? The answer is yes but what are the right things to eat before and after?

You don’t want to over stuff yourself before your workout and have an upset stomach as you workout so make sure you eat something light. Also by eating before your workout, this will give you more energy as you are exercising.

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So what are some good things to eat before your workout?

Pre-Workout Snack(s)/Meals/Drinks

  1. Fruit! Have a variety of fruits such as a banana, some berries, an orange, apple. Whatever you prefer.
  2. Peanut Butter & Toast (add some sliced banana on top if you’d like)
  3. Protein Bar (your favorite) Mine would have to be a Luna Cookie Dough Protein Bar
  4. Eggs & Toast: 1 Hard boiled egg with a slice of whole wheat toast
  5. Greek Yogurt
  6. Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit
  7. Coffee

Post-Workout Snack(s)/Meals/Drinks

  1. Protein Pancakes
  2. Whole wheat sandwich with your choice of meat (turkey, tuna, ham, etc)
  3. Chocolate Milk
  4. Eggs
  5. Protein Bar
  6. Quinoa
  7. Nuts and Dried Fruit
  8. Pita with Hummus
  9. WATER!

There are many other great snacks you can have, those are just a few to name off. Just make sure they are low in fat and that you drink plenty of fluids before and after your workout to keep you hydrated. Try to drink at least one or two cups of water at least one hour before you exercise. Also by adding protein to your meal this will help your muscles recover and grow after exercising.

Spring means Farmer’s Market Time

Spring has FINALLY arrived and that means its about time to start going to the farmer’s market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at great prices since the food will be in season.

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One thing I absolutely love about spring and summer is all the fresh fruits and vegetables that will be sold at the farmer’s market.

In less than a month (opening in May) the farmer’s market will be open in Davenport and in Iowa City, Iowa.

Iowa City does haveĀ  a Winter’s Farmers Market open now through April 26th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. which they do offer fresh produce, handmade crafts and jewelry, prepared foods and baked goods as well as other handcrafted items for sale.

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Iowa City even offers a “Whats in Season” document that shows which types of produce are in season for that certain month. The list provides months May through October.

Location of Davenport Iowa’s Farmer’s Market: 421 W. River Drive, Davenport, Iowa 52801
Location of Iowa City Farmer’s Market: Iowa City Market Place (also known as Sycamore Mall), 1660 Sycamore Street

If you live in another city in Iowa here is a link to a list of all the different Farmer’s Markets all over Iowa!
http://www.idalsdata.org/fmnp/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.formFarmersMarketDirectory

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How to Make a Perfect Fit Smoothie

 

How to Make a Perfect Fit Protein Smoothie

Perfect Fit Protein Smoothie Recipe
6 ounces Vanilla (Greek) Yogurt
1 Tbsp Perfect Fit Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Cup Frozen Berries
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Cup Ice
Directions:
Add Berries and Ice into a blender. Then add the orange juice, followed by the greek yogurt. Once you have done that add in your tablespoon of protein powder. Put on the lid and blend together until smooth with no ice chunks left. Enjoy!

**If you don’t have the Perfect Fit Protein Powder you can use an alternative kind of protein powder of your choosing.**

If your interested in the Perfect Fit Protein Powder check out the link below:
http://perfectfitprotein.com/

Smoothies are a great way to incorporate daily vitamins and protein that you need each day and they taste delicious. You can always add other fruits to your smoothie if you would like. Another great fruit to add to this smoothie would be bananas.