a single ingredient — bananas. This is great for when you are on the go or traveling, and it needs nothing else to go along with it. However, if you are really looking for a dessert-type treat, lather on a light coat of Naturally more peanut Butter and sprinkle on some unsweetened powdered chocolate and/or shredded coconut… Need I say more? I must also mention that Trader Joe’s has other flattened fruit sticks that are just as delicious.
KEVITA PROBIOTIC DRINK This has been around for a while, but I just
got around to trying it. These types of drinks generally come with a high price tag. But, when Whole Foods was having a two for $4 sale, I decided to pick up a few bottles. As stated on their website, kevita is made by combining water or tea to their proprietary “Organic kevita Culture” (a blend of probiotics and subtle flavors). There are eight different flavors, and to my surprise, I have enjoyed all that I have tried so far. While I do not believe any drink can be a “super drink,” the probiotics in this drink will certainly add some health benefits to your
diet, and the low calorie content won’t put a big dent into your daily allotment. This refreshing drink can be a great substitute for those times when you are tempted to grab a diet soda.
The above foods do not need to be
included into your daily diet in order to achieve optimal wellness. But the difference between choosing these, over some of the more traditional “junk” food options such as candy bars, chips, cookies, etc., is that these items do use high-quality ingredients and carry some measure of healthy benefit. If you do feel the need to have one of the more traditional junk food items, do your best to position the consumption following a hard workout. A good rule of thumb is to consume these foods, following a workout, within a window that is equal to the workout’s length. For example, if a workout was three hours long, then you have the three hours,
immediately following the
workout, to splurge a bit during the holidays. This practice allows you to consume higher calorie items just when your body is more likely to use them for recovery. It also
promotes the powerful message that you need to do a tough workout first, before the reward. Since no single food item is magical,
good health and wellness is only achieved by regular and consistent dietary behaviors, in which these can help to play an active role. They certainly will not fulfill the requirements of a healthy diet, but they will keep you headed in the right direction and away from those other tempting options when you feel you need a break.
Jaime Windrow, RD is a registered dietitian, USA Triathlon Level I coach and Nutrition Programs Director at The Core Diet, and Triathlon Coach for QT2 Systems under the direction of coach Jesse Kropelnicki. Jaime’s experience in sports nutrition and triathlon started long before receiving her formal education and credentials as a Registered Dietitian and coach.
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