April is off to a busy (and warmer!) start here in Missouri. We're hoping that all of the snow is past so we can look forward to spring weather. The weather has been very back and forth over the last month, but hopefully the warming trend we've been enjoying this week will stay with us!
Looking for some new recipes to impress your family this spring? Then you are in luck. We are very excited to announce our newest feature chef - Jenni Hulet from the Urban Poser was kind enough to sit down for an interview and share some of her unique recipes. Head over to our monthly recipe page for all the details (and stunning photos) on Lamb Lollipops, Poached Salmon, Pickled Shrimp and Meat Lovers Mushroom Soup.
If you are interested in learning more about paleo, and saving some cash at the same time, head over to our blog now for details on the Primal Life Kit. The folks at PaleoPlan have put together this amazing package: 30 different products and 8 discounts for only $39, makes this a seriously impressive deal! But don't wait, these products are being offered for more than 90% off retail price until Tuesday only - get yours now!
How important is a healthy breakfast? It is imperative to your health and can keep you feeling full and eating healthy for the rest of the day - especially if it is packed with protein. See our news section below for details from a recent study on the topic. If you are in a breakfast rut, we have many high-protein breakfast staples that will make you look forward to getting up each morning! Think Sugar-Free Pork Bacon, Beef Bacon, Beef Breakfast Sliders, Chicken-Apple Sausages, Pork Breakfast Sausage and Turkey Jerky, Raw Almonds or Pemmican for a mid-morning snack!
It's here! One of our favorite companies - GoodOnYa has finally released their newest bar: Superhero! We are so excited to have this snack in store. This bar is 100% raw, certified non-GMO and certified gluten-free, and there are no grains, soy or dairy either. This is an excellent addition to a school lunch, or a great mid-afternoon snack!
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Recent Health News|
Protein-Rich Breakfasts Prevent Unhealthy Snacking in the Evening, Study Finds
Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but up to 60 percent of American young people consistently skip it. Now, Heather Leidy, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, says eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods in the evening, which could help improve the diets of more than 25 million overweight or obese young adults in the U.S.
Leidy is the first to examine the impact of breakfast consumption on daily appetite and evening snacking in young people who habitually skip breakfast. In her study, 20 overweight or obese adolescent females ages 18-20 either skipped breakfast, consumed a high-protein breakfast consisting of eggs and lean beef, or ate a normal-protein breakfast of ready-to-eat cereal. Every breakfast consisted of 350 calories and was matched for dietary fat, fiber, sugar and energy density. The high-protein breakfast contained 35 grams of protein. Participants completed questionnaires and provided blood samples throughout the day. Prior to dinner, a brain scan using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was performed to track brain signals that control food motivation and reward-driven eating behavior.
The consumption of the high-protein breakfast led to increased fullness or "satiety" along with reductions in brain activity that is responsible for controlling food cravings. The high-protein breakfast also reduced evening snacking on high-fat and high-sugar foods compared to when breakfast was skipped or when a normal protein, ready-to-eat cereal breakfast was consumed, Leidy said.
"Eating a protein-rich breakfast impacts the drive to eat later in the day, when people are more likely to consume high-fat or high-sugar snacks," Leidy said. "These data suggest that eating a protein-rich breakfast is one potential strategy to prevent overeating and improve diet quality by replacing unhealthy snacks with high quality breakfast foods."
People who normally skip breakfast might be skeptical about consuming food in the morning, but Leidy says it only takes about three days for the body to adjust to eating early in the day. Study participants ate egg and beef-based foods such as burritos or egg-based waffles with applesauce and a beef sausage patty as part of a high-protein breakfast; Leidy also suggests eating plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or ground pork loin as alternatives to reach the 35 grams of protein.
Future research will examine whether regularly consuming high-protein breakfasts improves body weight management in young people.
The article, "Beneficial effects of a higher-protein breakfast on the appetitive, hormonal, and neural signals controlling energy intake regulation in overweight/obese, 'breakfast skipping,' late-adolescent girls," was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
. The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology is a joint effort by MU's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; College of Human Environmental Sciences; and School of Medicine. Funding for the research was provided by the Beef Check-off and the Egg Nutrition Center/American Egg Board.
University of Missouri-Columbia. "Protein-rich breakfasts prevent unhealthy snacking in the evening, study finds." ScienceDaily, 26 Mar. 2013. Web. 27 Mar. 2013.
|Ask the Doctor|
I recently moved to Kansas from sunny Florida, and this winter weather is killing me. My skin is so dried out, I feel like I apply lotion and chapstick 50 times a day. What am I doing wrong? Is there something I can do to help my skin during long, dry, cold winters?
I know what you are doing wrong, you live in Kansas, like I used to and the cold weather sucks, but seriously it is diet related, and weather.
When you skin is dry like you describe, lotion makes it feel better temporarily but because the skin grows from the inside out, the most important part is giving the necessary nutrients to raise to the surface intact, and to do that you need to do a few things:
- Make sure you stay away from food that cause allergies
- Take Alpha omega -3, and I am sorry this is the only one that is going to work because it has seven different fats that you need in one pill
- Drink water - no pop, or too much caffeine
- Use a natural lotion like avocado oil, or almond mixed with some olive oil
- Take a warm shower spot dry yourself and apply the oils as above
Karen these pointers will make a difference in two days.
Good Luck!Dr. Eric Serrano
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Chocolate Bacon Almond Butter Bananas
- 3 bananas
- 4 strips of bacon, cooked crispy
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 cup enjoy life chocolate chips
- cinnamon to sprinkle
- Peel your bananas.
- Cut each banana into thirds, and then cut each third in half lengthwise to make banana slices.
- Lay out your banana slices, add almond butter to both slices and then lay a slice of bacon on each slice.
- Put the two banana halves together to make a sandwich and set on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet to freeze.
- Continue this until all of your bananas are made into sandwiches with almond butter and bacon in the middle.
- Transfer to a freezer and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
- When you're ready, place your enjoy life chocolate chips or dark chocolate in a double boiler and temper your chocolate until it is melted.
- Remove your bananas from the freezer and dip each one in your melted chocolate and return them to your cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle them all with cinnamon and then return to the freezer.
- Keep frozen until ready to serve.
Recipe and photo courtesy of our friend George Bryant at Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations. Check out his blog for his inspiring story, and for a host of other grain-free dessert recipes!
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