Is Magnesium the Third Piece to Vitamin D and Calcium Absorption?

Expanding on last weeks article about Vitamin D and Calcium absorption, Magnesium could be the third piece to the puzzle.

Magnesium has so many functions in the body and when it interacts with certain vitamins it can really increase their benefits. Vitamin D is one of them.

How Magnesium Helps:

 

  • Magnesium is essential for the metabolism of vitamin D.
  • Magnesium influences the body’s utilization of vitamin D by activating cellular enzyme activity.
  • Enzymes are protein molecules that stimulate every chemical reaction in the body. All the enzymes that metabolize vitamin D require magnesium.
  • Magnesium has a possible role in vitamin D’s effect on the immune system.

 Magnesium Rich Foods:

Avocados, seeds, almonds, cashews, black beans, bananas, spinach, oats, and dark chocolate. These foods should always be consumed in moderation, well mostly the dark chocolate 😉 (keep it to 1 ounce to get the magnesium benefits)

Add in some of these magnesium dense foods in your meals or as snacks and improve your nutrient absorption!

 

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Healthy Turkey Meatballs and Low Carb Zoodles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craving some Italian food? We got you covered. Turkey meatballs and zucchini noodles are delicious and nutritious alternatives to the typically high carb, high fat spaghetti and meatballs dish.

 

Ingredients (2-4 servings):

Turkey Meatballs:

  • 1 lb organic ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 3 tbsp sundried tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 3 tbsp crumbled goat or feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive or avocado oil to cook in
  • 1 egg (optional)

Zoodles:

  • 2-4 Zucchinis

Sauce:

  • 5 fresh tomatoes, peeled and seeded (to peel, cut a small “x” on the top and drop in to boiling water for 10 seconds and drop in to an ice bath. Skin will easily peel off)
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 tsp dried)
  • 1 sprig of fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 1 bay leaf (remove when done)
  • 1 sprig of parsley (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

 Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine meatball ingredients into a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Using two spoons, form mixture into 1-inch balls as evenly as possible. Add egg if mixture doesn’t hold together.
  3. Bake all meatballs for 15-17 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees F on parchment paper.
  4. Add all of the ingredients used to make the tomato sauce and simmer until hot.
  5. Spiralize zucchinis using a spiralizer and set aside. In a separate pan, spray with olive or avocado oil to heat, then add spiralized zucchinis. Toss zoodles with tongs until hot (1-3 minutes). Don’t overcook or they can become soggy!

 

 

Time to Enjoy!!

 

 

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Are You Getting the Right Nutrient Combos? Calcium and Vitamin D

 

Calcium and Vitamin D are another set of important nutrients that work more efficiently in combination. You always want to make sure you are not only getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs but also getting the most benefit out of them as well!

Calcium Food Sources:

Dairy products are well known for their high calcium. Most popular are low fat milk, yogurt and cheese. You want to keep these foods in moderation as they can be high in calories and saturated fats. Other ways to get calcium include: spinach, kale, okra, and white beans.

Vitamin D Food Sources:

The sun is one of the best Vitamin D sources, but it’s not always feasible to catch some rays. The time of year and weather play big factors in how much sun you can get. So here are some other great options. Salmon, Herring, Tuna, Mushrooms, egg yolks, and shrimp.

Perfect Meal Combos:

Make an omelette with mushrooms, spinach and low fat mozzarella cheese. Or grill up some salmon with a side of sautéed spinach.

 

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Simple and Healthy Breakfast Recipe!

This recipe is not only very healthy for you but also only requires a few simple ingredients and minimal prep!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • Half an avocado
  • 1 cup Fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 medium tomato

Instructions:

  1. slice the avocado in half. Then slice into slivers. (optional)
  2. Cut a tomato into quarters (or desired size)
  3. Mince the garlic and combine with the olive oil in a sauté pan.
  4. Sauté the spinach until cooked.
  5. In another sauté pan use 1 tbsp. coconut oil and cook 2 eggs sunny side up (or your favorite style)
  6. Enjoy!! 🙂

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5 Great Resistance Band Exercises for Elite Football Performance

Resisted High Speed Training is a great way to challenge the whole body, with high speed movements that allow for full power output. It allows for optimal body and mechanic control without impairing body movements. Here are 5 great drills you can implement into your training program and start seeing great results. (Video of each exercise at the bottom)

1. Resistance Band Sprint:

This exercise is great for developing overall power through the whole body, as well as, allow for isolated mechanics tweaking. The band is a great way to focus on your stride length. It forces you to sprint just as hard but not allowing you to generate the same amount of speed. Have someone tape your attempt (preferably a speed coach and in slow motion) and get a separate partner to hold the band. After each attempt, assess the encompassing technique. Whenever you complete resistance sprints, make sure to knock out some regular sprints, to reinforce the movement and increase your confidence to apply it to the game.

 

2. Resistance Band Back Pedal:

For most positions, back pedaling is huge! This exercise allows for you to create power while back pedaling and also working on your balance and core control. Follow these up with un-resisted back pedals to apply everything in real time.

 

3. Resistance Band Broad Jump:

The goal here is to develop a more powerful jump and create a controlled landing. It’s so important to focus on full extension through the hips. You will want to look like superman with your body completely extended out straight as you leave the ground. Landing must be light and controlled. Follow these up with some un-resisted broad jumps to apply your new technique and improve overall power.

 

4. Resistance Band Multi-Directional Sprint and Touch:

The ability to transition and accelerate, is essential!  Add  a cone touch in the mix to force multi level adjustments during the sprint. A great situational drill, make sure not to round as you touch the cone.

 

5. Resistance Band Multi- Directional Broad Jump

This one is more advanced than the regular broad jump because now your body is forced to react in different directions. Once you come back from jumping to the left now you need to adjust and create power going to the right. This requires a great amount of core and body control.

 

Here is each exercise in real time!

 

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Are You Getting The Right Nutrient Combos? Iron and Vitamin C

Are You Getting The Right Nutrient Combos? Iron and Vitamin C

Iron and Vitamin C are 2 of the most important nutrients you can provide to your body. Did you know that they absorb better in combination with one another? It’s great to get as many vitamins and minerals in as possible but you also want to make sure you are actually getting the benefits from them as well.

 

Food Sources of Vitamin C:

Oranges, grapefruit, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, cantaloupe, brussel sprouts, and pineapple.

Food Sources of Iron:

Meats like chicken, turkey, steak. Also Eggs, beans, legumes, chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, spinach and swiss chard.

Bonus tip:

Calcium can actually reduce the amount of iron that is absorbed so save your milk, cheese or yogurt for other meals!

How to Make the Perfect Meal 🙂

Next meal grill up some chicken with bell peppers and broccoli. Or try a strawberry and spinach salad!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Thoughts on Dumbbells vs. Kettlebells

5 Thoughts on Dumbbells vs. Kettlebells

 

More detailed description and video below!

 

1. Weight Distribution:

Dumbbells: The weight is evenly distributed on both sides. Making the feeling of the dumbbell a little more comfortable for most exercises. 

Kettlebells: The weight is balanced down the middle. Since the weight is all in one spot it can certain make exercises more difficult and recruit different muscles.

2. Exercise Selection:

Dumbbells: Great for strength and resistance training exercises. Evenly distributed weights allow for more weight to be lifted.

Kettlebells: Great for body movement and power exercises. A balanced weight allows for you to move with the bell and create more power.

3. Muscle Activation:

Dumbbells: Typically used to isolate and activate a select few muscles at a time. Ex: The DB bench press – Muscles activated are primarily the chest, shoulders and triceps.

Kettlebells: Can be used in many different full body movements activating the whole body at once. Ex: Kettlebell snatch – Muscles activated – glutes, hamstrings, core/abs, shoulders, triceps just to name a few. Almost every muscle in the body gets activated and you develop full body neuromuscular coordination. 

4. Fat Burning Capabilities:

Dumbbells: Strength and resistance training will result in increased lean muscle mass which will increase your metabolism, leading to improved fat burning capabilities.

Kettlebells:  The quick, powerful full body movements increase fat burning by using more muscle groups and increasing heart-rate and cardio output.

5. Goal Set:

Dumbbells: Great for anyone looking to increase lean muscle mass or gain overall strength. Body builders, physique competitors and those looking to increase size will benefit the most from this type of training.

Kettlebells: Great for those looking to increase power, improve body movement and develop full body neuromuscular control and coordination. Athletes, fat loss clients and anyone looking to improve body movement will benefit the most from this type of training.

 

Now you don’t have to stick to only one or the other. Vary up your training by using both but make sure you’re primarily sticking to what is going to get you to your goal!

 

 

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Recipe of the Week: Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

Recipe of the Week: Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

If you are looking for a change up to your normal salad you are going to want to give this one a try!

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa
  • Shrimp (peeled)
  • Broccoli
  • Green peas
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Olive oil
  • Mint
  • Chili peppers (optional)
  • Apple cider vinegar

Preparation:

  • Boil the quinoa, broccoli, and shrimp.
  • Defrost peas and grill the Zucchini.
  • Finely chop the chili peppers.
  • Toast the seeds (optional)
  • Mix together in a mixing bowl.
  • Add olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, and mint to taste.

 

Enjoy!

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Are Your Landing Mechanics the Missing Link to Top Sports Performance?

Are Your Landing Mechanics the Missing Link to Top Sports Performance?

 

So you’ve been working on your speed, power and explosiveness all season but have you actually been getting the most out of it? If you haven’t perfected your landing mechanics and ground contact on every stride, then you’re minimizing your playmaking capability and setting yourself up for potential injury.

What Does Landing Mechanics Mean?

Landing mechanics are what allows your body to set you up for the next move or bring your body to an effective stop. Whether it be a straight forward jump, lateral jump, a cut/juke move, or coming to a complete stop, how you land and the set up dictates the next move. 

How Will It Improve Sports Performance?

Landing mechanics are one of the biggest factors that can immediately improve your performance. If you can efficiently absorb the forces your putting into the ground with every step, juke and landing then you can effectively explode out of that move like a loaded spring. This leads to a more efficient and effective juke, and stride. To put it simple you use less energy and make more plays.

How Can It Reduce My Injury Risk?

 Landing is crucial to staying healthy and keeping yourself on the field or ice. Over time that landing issue, even if it’s minuscule, will lead to injury. For example, if your knees are collapsing inward every time you land,  this creates excessive force on your knee joints. Over time, this may lead to problems such as an ACL, MCL or meniscus tear. If you’re effectively landing with all joints aligned, then you’re more likely to stay healthy and dominate the game.

 

Here is a breakdown of proper landing mechanics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad: Knees Collapsing in                                                           Good: Knees Aligned

 

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Recipe of the Week: Healthy Almond Cookies

Holiday Cookie Alternative: Healthy Almond Cookies

 

The holidays are right around the corner and that means cookies everywhere! Here is a super easy and healthy recipe to hit your cookie craving this season.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 tablespoons almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups almond flakes

Directions:

  • Mix egg whites, almond flour, and honey in a mixing bowl.
  • Add almond flakes to mixture and stir until combined
  • Make mixture into 10 medium sized cookies on baking pan
  • Cook on 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes
  • Enjoy!

 

 

 

Let us know how they came out and if they resolve your cookie craving this holiday season!

 

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