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Hemp Protein- Should you try it?

IMG_0954Although I’m not usually an advocate of supplements, after reading the All Pro Diet by Mitzi Dulan, “America’s Nutrition Expert,” I decided to try hemp protein powder.  The All Pro Diet recommends including protein and fiber at every meal to maximize satiety.  For me, breakfast was lacking in the protein department, so I decided to give hemp protein a whirl, as it was recommended in the book.

Hemp protein, as the name suggests, comes from the hemp plant. It is high in fiber and protein, and also is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. So, the nutritional breakdown is pretty impressive. I picked some up at Trader Joe’s for $9.99 for 1 pound.  It is brownish-green in color. 

I tried it out by adding it to my morning oatmeal. It added a slightly earthy flavor to the oatmeal, and turned it a slightly darker color, but otherwise didn’t seem to affect the texture or flavor.  I’m not sure how it affects my satiety levels yet.

Has anyone else ever tried hemp protein? How do you use it?

How to Eat Healthy with No Time and No Money

Before I gave a series of lectures for the employees at Holt of California, I asked what they considered to be the major barriers to eating healthfully.  Their response: not enough time and not enough money!  As an over-worked, unpaid dietetic intern, I was experiencing those challenges as well.  However, my personal commitment to healthy eating forced me to come up with some solutions. Here are some of my tips for eating healthfully with no time and no money:

1. Drimageink tap water! Forget sodas, bottled water and other expensive drinks. Tap water is free!  Not only that, tap water water is better for the environment and contains cavity-preventing fluoride.  Staying hydrated prevents dehydration headaches (the cause of 70% of all headaches), keeps you from overeating and keeps skin healthy.  So save the money you would have spent on other beverages, and use it to buy healthier food!

2. Plan ahead, and buy in bulk at the grocery store. A weekly trip to Costco, Walmart or Sam’s Club rather than several trips to a nearby store saves you both time and money.  Stock up on healthy, low cost staples like oatmeal, brown rice, dried beans and canned goods.P1010008

3. Buy seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables from the   farmers market. Think the farmers market is too expensive?  Think again! See my Top 5 Secrets to Scoring Great Deals at the Farmer’s Market blog by clicking here.

4. Make a healthy dinner in bulk 1 night per week. Cooking in large quantities saves you time and money.  Plus, leftovers = healthy meals all week long! So pick a night (mine is Sunday), find some large pots and pans and get cooking!

5. Pack a lunch. This doesn’t take too much time, and it certainly saves money.  Consider the following:

  • Peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread image
    • $0.60, 3 minutes to prepare
  • 1 locally grown apple
    • $0.30, 0 minutes to prepare
  • Chopped cucumber
    • $0.50, 2 minutes to prepare
  • 1 container of fat-free yogurt
    • $0.60, 0 minutes to prepare
  • Total= $2.00, 5 minutes to prepare

Outgrew PB&J in the 4th grade?  How about dinner leftovers, bean dip + baked pita chips, or salad wraps?  I like to portion out my meals in plastic containers for the entire week on Sunday so I can grab it and go.

6. Choose healthier convenience foods. If you really get stuck and you’ve got to grab something quick, you can still make a healthy choice! If it’s a packaged food: read the label.  Look for something low in saturated fat with a short ingredient list.  Eating out? Check out http://healthydiningfinder.com/ to find some healthier options nearby.

What are your tips for eating healthfully with limited time and a limited budget?

The All-Pro Diet

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Mitzi Dulan, Registered Dietitian and owner of NutritionExpert.com has teamed up with NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez to write The All-Pro Diet, just released in stores this week. This isn’t your average muscle-man diet book promoting an 80% protein-based diet… this diet is actually based on sound nutrition principles that anyone can apply to improve performance and live a healthier life.

Here are some tips you’ll find in the book:

1. Eat at least one plant based meal per day.

2. Read food labels and look for foods with ingredients that are easy to pronounce with short ingredient lists or single ingredients.

3. Eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables

4. Stop eating when satisfied

According to Gonzalez, this diet helped him take his game to the next level, and as a result, he broke two NFL records for most touchdowns and receptions by any tight end in NFL history.

To purchase the book on Amazon: click here.

Top 5 Secrets to Scoring Great Deals at the Farmers Market

Find out how I got 30 lbs of peaches for $4 today....

Find out how I got 30 lbs of peaches (and one plum) for $4 today....

The farmer’s market can be a great place to get deals on fresh produce, if you know a few tricks! Here are my top 5 tips to scoring great deals at the farmers market:

5. Find the biggest market in your area: It’s the laws of capitalism: more vendors means more competition, which equals better prices! Find a farmer’s market near you at http://www.localharvest.org/.

4. Shop around: Take some time to browse around for the best deals. Chances are, many vendors are selling similar items.

3. Buy in bulk: You might be able to get a better deal if you buy more! Many items freeze well if you can’t eat them all. For tips on how to freeze fruits and vegetables, click here.

2. Become a regular: Pick out your favorite farm vendors and visit their stand regularly. Once they start to recognize you, they might just throw in little extras for you. One of my favorite farm vendors gives me entire bags of produce free of charge.

And the number one trick to getting great deals at the farmers market…

1. Go when the market is about to close: When it’s time to pack up and go home, many farmers slash produce prices so they don’t return home with excess inventory that they must pack, unload, and unpack all over again. This is my best tip, and how I got 30 lbs of peaches for $4 today!

Me with one of my bargain peaches from the Sacramento Farmers Market

Me with one of my bargain peaches from the Sacramento Farmers Market