Tag: nutrition

Grocery Shop the Smart and Healthy Way

asparagusGuest blogger: Stephanie DiRocco MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Nutrition Manager, UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital

Good nutrition starts with smart choices in the grocery store. If you don’t have the proper healthy ingredients in your home, preparing healthy meals can be difficult and challenging. Here are some useful tips to make sure you shop the smart and healthy way.

Slow Cooker Onion Soup

french onion soupTop the soup with a toasted piece of your favorite bread. This recipe was a winner in our Simply Slow Cookin’ contest. Congratulations to Renée Loiselle, Respiratory Services, UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster, MA

Working Out: Is There Something Better than Water and Sports Drinks?

biking-on-the-capeWater and sports drinks have been the go-to drinks for workouts. But, are there other options now? With innovations of glycogen products, athletes do have more options.

Glycogen is already in our bodies as our glucose storage system. When we eat, the unused carbohydrates are stored as glycogen. Later, when the body’s blood sugar levels drop, the glycogen is broken down to glucose that is used to fuel the body.

What Is Our Alternative Fuel Source?

When you work out intensely for more than an hour, your body may run out of the carbohydrates and glucose that it needs to move forward. Typically, athletes will hydrate with sports drinks, but are there other options? Yes!