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Eat a Rainbow of Power Foods

29 Apr

colorful_food[1]Here’s an excellent article and informative resource I found in Sports Illustrated.  The article links a variety of “multicolored” foods and the performance benefits they deliver.

Through lab testing, a dietician for a professional hockey team tracks the players’ organ function, blood counts, muscle function, and vitamin levels; then uses this information to provide a range of foods to help players prevent injuries, promote recovery, and maximize performance.

The spectrum of foods includes reds (watermelon); oranges/yellows (sweet potatoes, carrots, pineapples); greens (spinach, asparagus); blues/purples (blueberries, grapes, red cabbage); whites (Greek yogurt, garlic, onions); and blacks/browns (dried fruit, oatmeal, quinoa, nuts, seeds).

These foods provide naturally occurring phytochemicals and powerful antioxidants that help heal sore muscles and bruises, and support muscle health.Red Wings Power Diet

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Summer Means Watermelon

12 Aug

juicy_watermelon_wallpaper[1]Watermelon has been around for thousands of years.  Although most of us consider it a fruit, it actually comes from the same plant family as the cucumber, squash, and pumpkin.

Watermelon is a perfect, juicy summer treat.  It is over 90% water, so it can help you stay hydrated.  Watermelon is high in lycopene (more than tomatoes) — a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your cells and DNA.  Research has shown that lycopene reduces the risk of certain cancers and increases energy.  It is also a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients.

Watermelon is also versatile.  You can slice it and eat it as you would any other fruit, serve it as a soup or in a salad, or season and eat the seeds as a snack.

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Eat a Rainbow of Power Foods

20 Oct

colorful_food[1]Here’s an excellent article and informative resource I found in Sports Illustrated.  The article links a variety of “multicolored” foods and the performance benefits they deliver.

Through lab testing, a dietician for a professional hockey team tracks the players’ organ function, blood counts, muscle function, and vitamin levels; then uses this information to provide a range of foods to help players prevent injuries, promote recovery, and maximize performance.

The spectrum of foods includes reds (watermelon); oranges/yellows (sweet potatoes, carrots, pineapples); greens (spinach, asparagus); blues/purples (blueberries, grapes, red cabbage); whites (Greek yogurt, garlic, onions); and blacks/browns (dried fruit, oatmeal, quinoa, nuts, seeds).

These foods provide naturally occurring phytochemicals and powerful antioxidants that help heal sore muscles and bruises, and support muscle health.Red Wings Power Diet

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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Strawberries and Dark Chocolate

24 Jan

chocolatestrawberries[1]For chocolate lovers who are inclined to the occasional indulgence — and with Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away — the news doesn’t get any better than this.

According to research from Brigham Young University, pairing strawberries with dark chocolate boosts the nutritional value of both.

In the study, strawberries dipped in dark chocolate (88% cacao) had an antioxidant content that was greater than the sum of the individual ingredients.

Researchers explain that certain antioxidants react synergistically with each other when combined, creating additional nutritious and disease-fighting power.

But, there’s a caveat.  The dark chocolate must be the high cacao variety.  Berries dipped in 54% cacao dark chocolate did not produce the same beneficial antioxidant effect.

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Summer Means Watermelon

21 Jun

juicy_watermelon_wallpaper[1]Watermelon has been around for thousands of years.  Although most of us consider it a fruit, it actually comes from the same plant family as the cucumber, squash, and pumpkin.

Watermelon is a perfect, juicy summer treat.  It is over 90% water, so it can help you stay hydrated.  Watermelon is high in lycopene (more than tomatoes) — a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your cells and DNA.  Research has shown that lycopene reduces the risk of certain cancers and increases energy.  It is also a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients.

Watermelon is also versatile.  You can slice it and eat it as you would any other fruit, serve it as a soup or in a salad, or season and eat the seeds as a snack.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER

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