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SUMMER HUNGER-SATISFYING RECIPE: Edamame Hummus

As an athlete and a health enthusiast, I have experimented with a variety of diets, supplements, and foods. I have been a meat eater, a white-meat-only eater (is there a name for that?), vegan (for 2 years), and now a pescetarian. Let’s just say I have definitely experimented with my diet. But no matter what limitations I put on my nutritional intake, one thing I know for sure is that as an athlete, I NEED PROTEIN. Even if you are just a modest exerciser and don’t consider yourself an athlete, you still need a good amount of protein, fiber, healthy fats—and an electrolyte replacement drink, of course. I have always loved hummus (I love to dip carrots, celery and pita in it!), so when I came across this edamame hummus recipe my mouth was watering! I had to pass it along. ENJOY!

SUMMER HUNGER-SATISFYING RECIPE: Edamame Hummus
Beans are an awesome source of protein, but to change up hummus, which is typically made with chickpeas (aka Garbanzo beans) try using the superpower of the bean world: soybeans. Soybeans are the only beans that contain complete proteins by themselves and edamame (green soybeans which are picked before full maturity) have a whopping 22 grams of protein per cooked serving. Chickpeas have just 14 grams per serving. This dish also has a great amount of fiber; so really it’s a win-win.

1 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp. tahini
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp. water
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil

Boil frozen edamame 4 to 6 minutes; drain. Combine edamame in a food processor with garlic, tahini, lemon juice, water, and salt; blend well. Drizzle in olive oil. (If the texture is too thick, add another tablespoon of water.) For a zesty kick, stir in 1/2 tsp sriracha, a Thai hot sauce found in your grocery store’s condiment aisle. Wash it down with a Vitalyte drink and it’s the perfect summer snack!

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia.. Other than a 90s Throwback, What is it?

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Ch-ch-ch chia! No, not the 90s as seen on tv phenomenon.. though that was and still is awesome.. Chia is THE ultimate super food. With more calcium than a 8oz glass of whole milk, more fiber than a bowl of bran flakes, more magnesium than whole head of broccoli, more antioxidants than a whole pomegranate, more protein than an egg, and more omega 3’s than a whole Atlantic salmon, plus many other vitamin and mineral benefits, chia is pretty much the cat’s meow. If that’s not enough for ya, Chia, when consumed, absorbs up to 10 times its weight in water allowing for a slow release of carbohydrates that have proven to increase energy outputs for hours. The Barefoot Runners of Mexico run hundreds of miles a day with chia fueling their fire.

Intrigued? You should be. And guess what? Vitalyte will be releasing two chia products in the next 6 months.

Chia really is one of the greatest superfoods on the planet and Vitalyte is one of the first companies to take it commercial with a great tasting gel and bar.

Once again, we have combined the very best in nature with the firm understanding of scientific precepts to create a freaking awesome product.

Pretty cool eh?

Some Sneaky Bad Foods To Avoid..and some good ones too.

By Captain Vitalyte

It seems the health trend is here to stay (shock gasp) and while I think we’ve made some pretty solid strides toward educating the American public at large…we still have a long way to go. Recently, laws passed requiring restaurants and fast food joints to post the calorie counts in plain view. While I was both excited and disgusted by the reality of the food on those boards, most people were visibly upset. This boggled my mind and was further proof of the massive blinders that evolve over people’s eyes. Wouldn’t you want to know that the Blueberry Banana Bran muffin has 200 more calories than the large slice of lemon cake? I would. There’s nothing worse than making what you consider to be a consciously healthy food decision only to find out you did the exact opposite. You would think people would want to know…and I hope you do because I found some sneaky unhealthy super market foods that you might want to think twice about.

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1. Marie Callendar’s Chicken Pot Pie -  while you might glance at the nutrition information and see that it’s 520 calories and 800 mg of sodium…which is high anyway…look again…that serving size is HALF the pie. The whole thing is 1,040 calories, 22 grams of saturated fat (more than a day’s worth), and 1,600 mg of sodium (an entire day’s worth). Yea..think twice.

2. Fostering the Fat. Sorry that might be blunt but come on Olive Garden. Their Tour of Italy special includes lasagna, chicken parm and, you guessed it, fettuccine alfredo capping off at 1,450 kcal in addition to dressed salad for 350kcal and finally 1 breadstick for 150kcal. That meal is yea..more than your daily 2,000 and a ridiculous amount of sodium. Gross.

3. Chipotle Chicken Burrito. I’m actually really upset about this and still don’t really understand. Beans are good for you. Chicken is good for you. Lettuce, tomato and avocado (in moderation) are good for you. Heck, cheese is even good for you in small doses. I know this burrito is big but 970 calories and 2,200 mg of sodium?? How is that even possible? What did they bathe the bird in grease? Well it is and I’m bummed about it… maybe it’s because McDonalds owns them. Better option? Burrito bowl, no cheese, no sour cream and even then…it’s not great.

4. Just don’t get it. Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake at the Cheesecake Factory. It has 1,670 calories and nearly 3 days of sat fat. Just don’t.

5. Again. Just don’t. Cold Stone’s Gotta Have It Oh Fudge! Shake tops off at 1,920 calories. For perspective… eat 2 16oz steaks and a buttered baked potato instead.

6. Granola. I’ll say it, it tastes amazing but for a food so high in calories…it really should wear a disclaimer. Without the milk, 1 cup can quickly ad up to over 640 calories…and that’s no health food if you ask me.

I think I’ve grossed you all out enough for one day but take the time to read next time you’re out. You might think twice about ordering the chicken burrito over the chicken salad if there’s a 500 calorie difference…just a thought. We’ll close this off with some healthy foods in which you can indulge.

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1. Sweet Potatoes- a versatile food to say the least. From Thanksgiving to Summer- these puppies can be baked, grilled, steamed, you name it. Rich in carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium and fiber, you could even cut them in the shape of fries, bake with some light olive oil and pepper and enjoy.

2. Mangoes- are rich in Vit C, A, Potassium and Fiber. Eat plain, with yogurt, in sushi or even frozen!

3. Wild Salmon – shocking. You’ve heard it for years but it’s still true. Salmon is a super food, chalk full of omega 3s and other awesomeness. Eat it. Eat if often.

4. Garbanzo beans – here’s one I didn’t know but I’m glad about it. Throw these into salads, quinoa, currys, soups, you name it. They’re high in protein, fiber and iron to name a few.

5. Butternut Squash – steam, slice, bbq, bake, even put it on pizza, this squash is an awesome squash. Full of vitamin A and C in addition to fiber, they’re sold cubed at almost all grocery stores for your convenience. Bake with pepper and a little olive oil and you’ll be set to go!

6. Broccoli- this classic vegetable is full of awesome from vitamin C and carotenoids to folic acid. Eat it steamed to keep max nutrients and top with a dash of lemon or red pepper flakes for an extra kick.

That’s all for now folks. You know what to do.