Fats are considered a macronutrient, meaning these a nutrients are substances that the body needs for growth and other important physiological processes. The main macronutrients the body uses are fats (lipids), carbohydrates (think pasta, pizza and bread) and protein! Fats can be further classified based on chemical structure and bonds, and this is where we… Continue reading Let’s Talk about Fats…
Since learning about cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum & Cinnamomum cassia), this commonly used household spice has furthered my love for plants and their power. The inner bark of the cinnamon tree is used for its medicinal properties. Cinnamon doesn’t just smell good and taste delicious in desserts, it actually has several other actions: Carminative: aid with… Continue reading Botanical Spotlight: Cinnamon!
Protein is one of our major macronutrients. Recall, carbohydrates, fats and proteins are macronutrients, this is where the body gets energy from. But why do we even need protein in our diets anyways? While carbohydrates and fats can provide us with energy, proteins are the main building blocks of our bodies. Proteins make up muscles,… Continue reading Non-Meat Protein Sources
I don’t know about you all, but as much as I love going to the grocery store, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. So many aisles, so many products, so many labels. Which products do I need in my pantry? What foods are going to be the ones that I need to help me… Continue reading Navigating the Grocery Store
Superfoods have recently become very popular. Many food companies have been making a tremendous profit by adding this 9 letter word on many food labels. But what in the world does a superfood really mean and what makes them so super? Despite not having an actual medical or legal definition, the idea behind a superfood is… Continue reading S-U-P-E-R-F-O-O-D-S
As the month of February commences, you may have noticed the increased amount of ads and campaigns about heart health. This is because February is Heart Month and aims to increase awareness about cardiovascular disease. Heart disease also commonly referred to as cardiovascular disease, occurs when there are problems with either the heart or the… Continue reading Heart your Heart
What exactly is a nutrient? Well, according to the Oxford Dictionary of English, a nutrient is any substance that provides nourishment that is essential for growth, but more importantly to maintain and sustain life. Nutrients include carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and let’s not forget about how vital water is. While transitioning to a healthy lifestyle,… Continue reading So what exactly is a “nutrient”?