Ut Oh! We Are Not Getting Enough Exercise!

Ut Oh! We Are Not Getting Enough Exercise!

Are you on the move enough to reach your fitness goals? Do you know that less than 16% of Americans get the exercise they need?  In the course of an average day, how much exercise or activity do you get

Our Kids Aren’t Exercising Enough Either

About 75% of children age 10-17 are physically active at least 3 days a week and that number drops dramatically to just 35% by high school age.  With obesity on the rise and exercise at an ultimate low, is there hope for a healthy nation?  Where did we go wrong? Is it the advancement of technology and convenience, the lack of physical exercise in schools and the workforce, or just the laziness of Americans and lack of motivation? Maybe it’s a combination of all three, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Three Fast Ways To Get More Exercise

  • Make it a point to walk just 10 min after each meal
  • Park further from the entrance at the store or office, or
  • Take a walk while talking on the phone. 

All of these little movements will add up over time and help you shed the waistline.  

On top of the increased activity, you also need to schedule time to exercise the body.  Exercise is like flossing the joints.  It’s like brushing your teeth—you don’t walk out the door in the morning without brushing, so don’t go through the day without exercising your body.  It is just as much prevention of illness as brushing your teeth prevents cavities.

Check this great fitness on the move video for tips on how to incorporate a short exercise routine that you can easily squeeze into your busy day:

Are Sunflower Seeds Good For You?

Are Sunflower Seeds Good For You?

If you are wondering about the health benefits of sunflower seeds, Betsy Opyt, a registered Dietitian, has the answer.  It’s time to shed a little light on the bright and colorful sunflower. Known as one of the most colorful and largest flowers, this ray of sunshine provides seeds that meet many needs for the body.

Sunflower seeds are rich in:

  • Vitamin E,
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Antioxidants

Sunflower seeds help keep skin and nails healthy while also protecting the heart by reducing inflammation. The sunflower seed has a similar texture and flavor to peanuts and peanut butter, and, since nut butters can be an allergen to some, having a great tasting sunflower seed spread is a great alternative.

Try Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Butter

People rave about Betsy’s Best Gourmet Sunflower Seed Butter—the creamy texture, crunch of chia, and hint of cinnamon make this spread stand out. If you haven’t tried a sunflower seed butter, or have tried another brand and weren’t impressed, then dig in for a pleasant surprise. Sunflower seed butters haven’t historically been the best selling spread, but due to recent consumer interest, sunflower seed spreads have seen a large growth this past year.

Use discount code – SUNFLOWER for a 10% discount on your next order of delicious Betsy’s Best Gourmet Sunflower Seed Butter and our Nut Butters, too. Enjoy!

Health Benefits of Sea Salt

Health Benefits of Sea Salt

The health benefits of sea salt must be many, right? These days you can see it in your favorite bag of potato chips, pretzels, or even your chocolate bar. There is now an array of sea salt options in the grocery store and we couldn’t help but wonder: What makes this salt any different from traditional table salt?

What Are The Health Benefits of Sea Salt

Sea salt has the same sodium content as table salt, meaning it’s no better for blood pressure levels, but there are nutritional benefits to using sea salt instead of traditional table salt, all of which come as a result of the way it’s extracted from the earth. When table salt is mined from deposits in the earth, it is heavily processed and stripped of all its minerals. “Anti-caking” agents are then added to prevent it from clumping together. Sea salt, on the other hand, is collected through evaporation methods and requires very minimal processing, leaving it with superior texture, flavor, and mineral content. This process also allows sea salt to hold on to trace minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

The main reason sea salt has gained popularity in restaurants and packaged food products is the desirable texture it retains through the evaporation process. The sea salt remains more coarse and flavorful than table salt, which makes it more satisfying to the taste buds. Most chefs add sea salt throughout the cooking process to bring out the natural flavors in the ingredients they use. Sea salt can be a delicious, more natural option to add to your diet in contrast to traditional table salt, though for optimal heart health, it should still be used in moderation when adding to your favorite foods.

One of the savory ingredients we add to Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters to help the flavors pop is pink Himalayan salt. Although the Himalayans are mountains, they were once under the sea and still fall in the category of sea salt. We are proud to use natural ingredients and functional foods in our products, and although our products taste unbelievably good, rest assured they are good for you too!

Nutty Tips For Good Nutrition

Nutty Tips For Good Nutrition

Every little step that we take to form healthy eating habits and achieve good nutrition is well worth the effort.

Here are a few simple tips for good nutrition that you can take to increase the nutrient intake of your food.

  • Eat Roasted Nuts!  I know there is this whole “Raw” movement, but did you know it is more difficult for your body to digest raw nuts?  By simply roasting the nut you will increase the antioxidant intake by 20%!  Also, eating peanuts in the shell will increase the antioxidant intake due to the thin brown skin on the outside of the nut. Even better take those nuts to the grinder and turn them into a butter.  This makes them not only easier to digest, but a super yummy snack.  Betsy’s Best nut and seed butters are an even healthier choice because of the addition of the cinnamon, organic honey, and chia seeds which adds a super boost to the already healthy nut and seed spreads.
  • Eat Avocado on Salads!  Just by throwing 2 1/2 T worth of avocado on your salad you will increase your absorption rate of antioxidants, lycopene, and beta-carotene by 13%.  These healthy mono-unsaturated fats will not only help you absorb the fat soluble vitamin K found in the leafy greens, but will also help you absorb the blend of antioxidants.
  • Don’t chop those carrots!  Simply by waiting to chop the carrot until after it has been cooked will not only increase the taste of the carrot but will also increase the nutritional content.
  • Crush and Count– that is the rule of thumb when eating garlic.  Simply by crushing the garlic and counting down 10 minutes will boost the enzymes in the garlic that will fight cancer cells in the body.  Also pair garlic with fatty fish that are at risk of mercury content because the sulfhydryl will help chelate the mercury from the body.
  • Dunk and Drink– By dunking your tea bag a few times before drinking will release more antioxidants.  Then add lemon and it will boost the levels and keep them more stable.

Good nutrition doesn’t have to taste bad.  Follow our easy and quick tips to simply boost the nutrition content of foods you are already eating.  So Roast, Chop, Crush, Dunk and Eat those healthy foods to better your health!

By the way, October 22nd is #NationalNutDay!

10 Ways To Burn Those Extra Holiday Calories

10 Ways To Burn Those Extra Holiday Calories

On Black Friday, as you fight your way for the sale of the year, do you realize how much activity and walking you do from store to store? The holidays are not all bad when it comes to health habits. We just need to focus on doing more of the good ones! Staying active is not hard to do; you just need to make sure you are doing it…DAILY! Here is an incentive to see how many calories you burn in your daily lifestyle activities. Happy Holiday Shopping!

10 Ways to Burn Those Extra HolidayCalories

(based on a 140- to 150-pound person)

  • Decorating house or tree using ladders
    • 1 hr: 300 calories
  • Walking while shopping
    • 2.0 mph for 1 hr: 200 calories
  • Writing cards or thank you notes
    • 2 hrs: 150 calories
  • Holiday baking/cooking
    • 1 hr: 159-195 calories
  • Re-arranging furniture
    • 30 min: 240 calories
  • Chopping wood
    • 1 hour: 500 calories
  • Grocery shopping
    • 1 hr: 146 calories
  • Vacuuming
    • 22 min: 150 calories
  • Dusting
    • 30 min: 40 calories
  • Dancing
    • 1 hr: 300 calories

So MOVE your way into a healthy holiday and feel good about your holiday chore list!

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