Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What Type Are You?

It's easier than ever to eat healthy. But with so many smart philosophies out there, it's not always easy to find the right approach for you. Here's how four top athletes get the fuel they need...

The Locavore - If you've ever compared a tomato ripe off the vine with one of those mealy, mass-produced, flavorless ones, you know the superior taste that just-picked food delivers. The locavore aims to capture that flavor difference and promote sustainable, community-based agriculture by favoring "low-mileage" foods over ones that have traveled long distances to arrive at your plate.

The Omnivore - At the core of the omnivore's philosophy is this fact: As long as you don't overindulge, no food is off limits. That means food some might consider forbidden, such as red meat, cheese and oils, are part of the ominvore's diet - in moderation. Allowing yourself a range of options is the strategy of this eater.

The Vegetarian - When it comes to being a vegetarian, there are a few hard and fast rules. Some eat no animal products at all, while others may eat dairy, eggs or fish. Regardless of where you draw the line, a vegetarian diet can provide healthy fuel for athletes. Studies show that vegetarians have a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. They also tend to be leaner than meat eaters. Just be sure you're getting these four crucial nutrients: iron, calcium, Vitamin B12 and Omega-3 fatty acids.

The Foodie - In the world of the "Foodie," eating is an experience to be savored - from selecting top-notch ingredients, to cooking the meal, to relishing each bite. It's about slowing down and taking the time to cook and try new things. When you get pleasure out of food, you slow down and are more satisfied - meaning you eat less. Just be sure you try new foods to ensure a healthy balance, use spices to add more health benefits and focus on quality of food, not quantity.

Which one describes your style of eating? Or, do you have one of your own you'd like to share? Enligten us!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Famed Fruits...And Why They Are


Why: Delicious, sweet and oh-so-low in calories.

Health Perks: Fifteen cherries have only 64 calories and more than 10 percent of the daily value for vitamin C. They are also rich in vitamin E, contain two grams of fiber and are a good source of potassium, magnesium, iron and folate.

Cherries contain a pigment called anthocyanin (responsible for their color), an antioxidant linked to a variety of health benefits including reduction of risk for heart disease and cancer. Additionally, cherries are one of the few food sources of melatonin, shown to aid in sleep.

Nutrition: Serving size: 15 cherries (102g), calories 64, total fat 0.2g cholesterol 0mg, sodium 0mg, total carbohydrate 16.3g, dietary fiber 2.1g, sugars 13.1g, protein 1.1g.

Seek Out: High-quality cherries are firm and dark red, with bright, lustrous, plump-looking surfaces and fresh-looking stems.

Avoid: Soft, shriveled or blemished cherries. Green also suggests avoiding dark or brittle stems.

Storage: Remove any that are soft or split, says Green. Then refrigerate. Check the fruit occasionally and remove any that have gone bad. You can freeze cherries (with or without pits) by rinsing and draining them thoroughly, spreading them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and placing them in the freezer.

Interesting: Seventy percent of the cherries grown come from four states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Utah).

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Your Continued Monthly Eating Guide...

Most fruits and vegetables are available year-round. Buy in-season, however, and you get produce at its peak of flavor and nutritional value. Here's a guide to what's in season and at its peak for the next few months...

FRUIT OR VEGETABLE: Salad greens (radicchio, mache)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Richly colored, non-wilted leaves

REAP THE BENEFITS: A two-cup serving supplies more than 400 percent of for vitamin A, 100 percent of folate, and a wealth of minerals, such as magnesium and potassium


WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Deep-red fruit, without mushy or spoiled spots; smaller are often sweeter

REAP THE BENEFITS: One cup fulfills your daily vitamin C needs and contains the cancer-fighters ellagic acid and anthocyanins.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Rich orange-colored fruit that is slightly soft, indicating tree-ripened

REAP THE BENEFITS: Three apricots pack more than half of the DV for vitamin A, 15 percent of fiber, and tons of potassium.

Boot campers! Welcome to Rialto Boot Camp and to the Nutrition Blog. We try to give you the latest and most informative news about nutrition and how to fuel your body for optimal performance during your workouts. But we are always open to new ideas and, of course, questions. If you have any tips, blog ideas or questions about nutrition, please feel free to post them here. We'll try to get back to you as soon as we can! Good luck in BC!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Recipe Day!!

Cheese Pancakes - 4 pancakes (makes 8 pancakes total)

¼ cup flour
1 cup 2% cottage cheese
1 cup egg substitute
2 Tsp. canola oil
2 cups mixed berries - divided

Mix up and pour onto griddle to cook. Top each serving with 1 cup of mixed berries. May be sweetened with 1 tablespoon agave syrup.


Simple Smoothie

1/3 banana
1 cup strawberries - diced
1 cup plain soy milk
2 scoops Protein Powder

Put in blend and blend till smooth
Your choice of two yummy breakfasts!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Breakfast - Why It's The Most Important Meal

Without question, breakfast is the meal that makes champions. Unfortunately, many active people follow a lifestyle that eliminates breakfast or includes foods that are far from champion-builders.

Breakfast for Losing Fat - If you want to lose fat, you should start your plan at dinner, not at breakfast! For example, do not eat a meager bowl of Special K for your "breakfast." You'll get too hungry later in the day and crave sweets.

A bigger breakfast (cereal + toast + peanut butter) can prevent afternoon or evening cookie-binges. An adequate (500 to 700 calorie) breakfast provides enough energy for you to enjoy your exercise, as opposed to dragging yourself through an afternoon workout that feels like punishment. If you are trying to lose fat, you should target at least 500 to 700 calories for breakfast; this should leave you feeling adequately fed. To prove the benefits of eating such a big breakfast, try this experiment:

1. Using food labels to calculate calories, boost your standard breakfast to at least 500 calories. For example, add to your english muffin (150 calories): 1 tablespoon peanut butter (100 cal.), 8 oz. orange juice (100 cal.) and a yogurt (150 cal). Total: 500 calories.

2. Observe what happens to your day's food intake when you eat a full breakfast vs. a skimpy "diet breakfast." The 500+ calorie breakfast allows you to successfully eat less at night and create the calorie deficit needed to lose fat.

Remember: You want to fuel by day and lose fat by night. Successful "dieters" lose fat while they are sleeping; they wake up ready for another nice breakfast that fuels them for another high-energy day.

If you exercise first thing in the morning, you may not want a big pre-exercise breakfast; too much food can feel heavy and uncomfortable. However, you can likely tolerate half a breakfast, such as half a bagel, a slice of toast, or a banana before your workout. Just 100 to 300 calories can put a little carbohydrate into your system, boost your blood sugar so that you are running on fuel, not fumes, and enhance your performance.

You'll likely discover this small pre-exercise meal adds endurance and enthusiasm to your workout. In a research study, athletes who ate breakfast were able to exercise for 137 minutes as compared to only 109 minutes when they skipped this pre-exercise fuel.

Breakfast for the Noon-time, Afternoon and Evening Exerciser

A hearty breakfast is important for people who exercise later in the day. It not only tames hunger but also provides the fuel needed for hard workouts.

Research has shown that athletes who ate breakfast, then four hours later enjoyed an energy bar five minutes before a noontime workout were able to exercise 20% harder at the end of the hourlong exercise test compared to when they ate no breakfast and no pre-exercise snack. (They worked 10 percent harder with only the snack.)

Breakfast works! Breakfast + a pre-exercise snack works even better!

What's for Breakfast?

One of the simplest breakfasts of champions is a wholesome cereal with soy/organic milk, fruit and orange juice. This provides not only carbohydrates to fuel the muscles, but also protein (from the milk) to build strong muscles, and numerous other vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, vitamin C, iron (if you choose enriched breakfast cereals) and fiber (if you choose bran cereals).

The Bottom Line

Breakfast works wonders for improving the quality of your health. That is, eating breakfast results in less "junk food" later in the day. Breakfast also enhances weight control, sports performance, daily energy levels and future health.

Sample Grab-and-go Sports Breakfasts
  • Craver (Almond, Peanut Butter or Spurlina) Bar

  • Small bran muffin plus a sugar free yogurt and a packet of Splenda

  • Peanut butter-banana-honey sandwich (add cottage cheese or some type of protein)

  • Pita with one to two slices of lowfat cheese plus a large apple

  • Baggie of lowfat granola with a handful of raisins (preceded by 8 oz. soy/organic milk before you dash out the door)