Food Friday

“The importance of macro-nutrients”

Macro-nutrients are important because they provide calories for energy, nutrients for growth, metabolism, and other body functions. The three main macro-nutrients are carbohydrates, protein, and fat.  Protein is for growth and will help your body build new cells and fix damaged ones in all parts of your body.   Carbohydrates are for energy.  They are important for brain function, your kidney health, nervous system and muscles. Fats are for health and will help control hunger, promote healthy metabolism, and they transport vitamins to your body for proper hormone function.  That being said, each individual body type, or fitness goal, requires different portions.  To access your macro needs, click on this link that will help you determine your body type and individual needs to function optimally to reach your fitness goals.

Examples of lean proteins are turkey, chicken, fish, and some lean cuts of beef.  Healthy fats include avocado, olive oil, nuts, and flax seed.  As for the carbohydrate portion of your needs, you want to stick to low glycemic carbohydrates such as sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa, butternut squash, pumpkin or beans.

-Jeff Toney

Here’s an example of a very well proportion healthy fall recipe!

Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

Crockpot-Turkey-White-Bean-Pumpkin-Chili

For healthier options, replace sour cream topping with Greek yogurt and don’t add salt.

Also a great recipe for the kids!