When to buy organic fruits and vegetables

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy, nor is it cheap. Buying organic fruits and vegetables hike up the grocery bill month after month. What can you do to lower the bill but still eat organic foods?

There are certain fruits and vegetables that are better to buy organic and some that are just fine to buy non-organic. Kristina from Fully Raw shares the secret in her video below. It’s great advice that I’m taking with me to the store!

Banana Almond Butter Blueberry Bites

Stroke of Genius I did a late workout the other night. I had already ate dinner, did some homework, then went to the gym. It was a good workout, and I needed some fuel after to help build my muscles. It was late, I had already ate dinner, what was I going to eat? I had no idea, so I looked to see what I had. It’s amazing how the best inventions come from the spur of the moment. That’s exactly what this recipe is. A spur of the moment, fantastic, healthy recipe. Without further ado, I bring to you Banana Almond Butter Blueberry Bites:

Ingredients

Directions

  1. cut banana in half length wise

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2. spread almond butter on banana and cut into bite size pieces

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3. place blueberries on each piece; the bigger pieces get two!

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4. sprinkle granola over bites

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5. Enjoy!

Great to refuel

This is a great refuel snack. It’s got carbs from the banana, protein and fat from the almond butter, and the blueberries are just an added bonus, but who’s complaining? My mouth is full of banana almond butter blueberry goodness. Mhmm 🙂

Now let’s get energized!

How much sugar are you eating?

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Sugar, sugar everywhere.  It’s in EVERYTHING. Even in the so called “protein bars.”

Added sugar is horrible for your health. I’m grateful that the new food labels will include added sugars- I think it’s a huge improvement. It will be a great step to helping people realize what they’re eating because, let’s face the facts, most people have no clue.

In fact, do you know how much sugar you consume daily?  I’m not going to act like I do because I’ll be honest I don’t. I did, however, make it a point to limit the sugar in the foods I was eating a few years ago. But, that still doesn’t mean I know how much sugar I’m actually digesting.

The sugary truth

The average American eats 22 teaspoons of sugar in one day.

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It’s safe to say that no one would go and eat 22 teaspoons of sugar on their own, so why do we eat that much in our food? Because we don’t know it’s there.

On most food packages, you see how many grams of sugar are in the product, but it’s hard to visualize and understand how much that actually is. So, to help you, here it is…the conversion of sugar from grams to teaspoons:

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar= 4 grams (1)

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So, for example, when you see a protein bar that has 12 grams of sugar, that means you’re eating the equivalent of 3 teaspoons. I’m not sure about you, but that will make me rethink what I’m about to put into my mouth.

Check out the The American Heart Association for great advice to cut out added sugars.

Take a stand for your own health. Try to cut out added sugars. And, in the meantime…

 

Let’s get energized!