5 Superfood Combos That Will Give You Olympic Strength

By Rosie O’Regan

With the Winter Olympics right around the corner, it’s time to get started on your fitness regime. Haven’t been training like an Olympian? No worries, you can eat your way to Olympic strength by adding these delicious superfoods to any meal. From boosting your immune system to reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes, these gold-medal superfoods do it all. You’ll be giving Shaun White, Michelle Kwan, and Apolo Ohno a run for their money in no time.

Eggs + Onions = Classic Western Omelette from Eggstravaganza

Forget egg whites, egg yolks are packed with as many vitamins and minerals as an over-the-counter multivitamin. They’re also rich with protein and cartenoids that keep your vision clear and stave off fatigue. Studies have shown that onions can be used to fight cancer and built strong bones. Get yourself ready for the Games by snagging a Classic Western Omelette with peppers, onions and ham.

Classic Western Omelette from Eggstravaganza

Mustard Greens + PeanutsBeef Shank Bun from Fun Buns

This delicious bun is loaded with superfoods such as pickled mustard greens, carrots, daikons, and crushed peanuts. Mustard greens are high in vitamin K, a key nutrient that improves blood and bone strength. Peanuts contain more protein than any other nut and are also a rich source of heart-healthy fats and fiber. Who knew that this fun-sized bun could give you Olympic strength?

Beef Shank Bun from Fun Buns

Apples + CranberriesApple, Cranberry & Nutella Empanada from Nuchas

An apple a day…turns out that apples can keep the doctor away with their high levels of pectin, a fiber that is shown to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure, and quercetin, an antioxidant that can reduce the risk of lung cancer. Not to be left out, cranberries have the highest concentration of phenols, an antioxidant that lessens the chance of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Stuffed with  granny smith apples, cranberries, pear, nutella, chocolate, and rolled in white almond dough, this sweet empanada from Nuchas is sure to transform you into an Olympian.

Apple, Cranberry & Nutella Empanadas from Nuchas

Spinach + Lemon Juice = Spinach Pie from Toum

Popeye would have made a great Olympian because spinach is rich with antioxidants such as vitamin K ,which keeps your heart and bones healthy, and iron, which strengthens your hair and nails. Lemon juice is bursting with infection-fighting citric acid, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent hypertension and arthritis. Seasoned with lemons, onions, and sumac, this delicious spinach pie will leave your competition in the dust.

Spinach Pie from Toum

Avocados + Tomatoes = Chicavocado Dog from Snap Truck

Avocados are a prime source of folate, Vitamin B6, K, and C, as well as heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Fight cancer with tomatoes that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, in addition to heart-disease preventing phytochemical. For those of you who don’t know, the Chicavocado Dog contains panko crusted avocado wedges, deep fried and dressed up with sweet relish, chopped onions, a pickle spear, two tomato wedges, two peppers, yellow mustard, and a dash of celery salt. Go for the gold.

Chicavocado Dog from Snap Truck
Chicavocado Dog from Snap Truck

Although eating isn’t officially an Olympic sport, if it was you would want these superfoods to be on your side. This year while you’re watching your favorite winter Olympians on TV, load up your plate with superfoods, sit back, and think to yourself, “I could do that”.

Nailed it.
Nailed it.

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Cronuts…Still?

By Maria Laposata

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Maybe before he concocted his scheme to give all New Yorkers one enormous sugar high, Dominique Ansel took an economics course. Why? Well, making between 200 and 250 cronuts a day almost guarantees a shortage. Of course, Ansel only makes a limited quantity because it takes three whole days to make a cronut. But still, I wonder, if Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme decided they were only going to sell 200 donuts a day, wouldn’t New Yorkers have an equally rabic reaction?

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Hmm…that can’t be his real mouth…

Wouldn’t sadistic bosses send their employees to wait in line at 6AM for the donut they’d been eating every morning for years thinking nothing of it then beyond “This is bad for me?” Wouldn’t a lucky 200 sheeples pay upwards of $20 for what was once a dollar?

Probably.

Despite the wait, a couple hundred crazed individuals line up every day at the crack of dawn–well before the bakery opens–to tempt fate with a diabetic coma, to say sorry, to give a friend the ultimate birthday treat, or to resell the cronuts for an 800% mark up.

Between the scalpers, the craiglist ads (this had to be our favorite: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/for/3919799084.html), and the new cronut delivery service charging $100 per cronut, $1,500 for 10 cronuts, or $5,000 for 20 (New Yorkers can’t do multiplication…), New York should be gaining 10 pounds per capita within the next week or so.

ImageThis next paragraph was supposed to tell you exactly how bad a cronut is for you. Unfortunately, Dominique Ansel hasn’t released the nutrition information for his creation…very smartly. Especially considering that the usual fads sweeping this city usually involve the words “organic” and “juicing.” Also, “cupcakes,” but that’s not helping my point.

Someone needs to stage an intervention for the sake of society, so I’d like to personally ask Mayor Bloomberg to organize a viewing of The Biggest Loser in Central Park this weekend to put a stop to this nonsense. Really, it’s right up your alley Mr. Mayor. We’ll make sure we’ve only got tiny cups of soda for the audience to wash down their cronuts.

Bibliography:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324853704578587714138544052.html

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/07/03/cronut-craze-has-reached-new-heights/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/whos-buying-cronuts_n_3389694.html

http://jezebel.com/sweet-baby-jesus-dont-let-the-cronut-become-the-new-c-508463351

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New Report Identifies Ties Between Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Junk Food Industry

A new earth shattering report released by Michele Simon of Eat Drink Politics identifies some of our nations biggest food companies as sponsors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Academy is “the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.” Sponsors include ConAgra, General Mills, Kellogg, The National Dairy Council, and the academy’s most loyal sponsor of the past 12 years: the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

The top level of corporate sponsorship enables access to nutrition professionals and teaching them how their company’s products can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. For example, registered dietitians can earn continuing education units from Coca-Cola, in which they learn that sugar is not harmful to children and aspartame is completely safe. Co-branding allowances are also included in some of the higher level sponsorships. For example– the National Dairy Council’s “3-Every-Day of Dairy Campaign.” The campaign is easily interpreted as a nutrition campaign especially since the AND logo is used without disclosing that the logo’s usage was paid for.

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Despite decisions of the Academy as a whole, not all member dietitians agree with the direction of the organization. In an independent study, 97% of RDs surveyed thought the Academy should verify that a sponsor’s corporate mission is consistent with that of the Academy prior to accepting them. On February 12, Dieticians for Professional Integrity was launched by a group of dietitians who advocate for more ethical practices and more relevant corporate sponsorships. The organization grew to 500 within the first two days.

These links and partnerships are pleading for Americans to be conscious of who is supplying the vital health information that we’re relying on. With big businesses today often behind many of America’s institutions, it’s becoming harder and harder to blindly trust information that years ago we may have seen as objective.

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McDonald’s Makes Nutrition Info More Accessible for Customers

McDonald’s and other fast food chains have had to respond to requests to be more transparent about the nutritional content of their food in recent years. At the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, McDonald’s first included nutritional information on its packaging. Now this same information is available on restaurant menu boards, brochures, tray liners and online. Just recently, McDonald’s took the next big step in making consumer information readily available, including QR codes on its new packaging on all carry-out bags and fountain beverage cups that direct mobile users to online nutritional content.

Last week the QR codes were released for the first time in the U.S. and they will continue to be released throughout 2013. The text will also be translated into 18 different languages, marking the QR codes as a global initiative. McDonald’s is hoping that its new packaging will help the company communicate its brand through a blend of informative text and illustrations. Customers now have access to unlimited information with their mobile devices, and QR code packaging will help them get connected to McDonald’s much more efficiently.

“Our new packaging is designed to engage with customers in relevant ways and celebrate our brand,” said Kevin Newell, chief brand officer. “Customers tell us they want to know more about the food they are eating and we want to make that as easy as possible by putting this information right at their fingertips.”

In September, McDonald’s began listing calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide. This move is partially motivated by citywide laws on nutrition information, like New York City’s war on saturated fats and laws forcing chain restaurants to publicly post calorie information, as well as consumer data indicating a preference for more transparency. McDonald’s consulted its Global Advisory Council, a group of independent advisors on nutrition, public health and fitness. The group urged McDonald’s to provide customers with access to nutritional information.

At the end of 2011 McDonald’s launched a mobile app for customers with more nutrition information and an online “meal-builder”. These changes, in addition to a recently published nutrition progress report demonstrate that McDonald’s is raising the bar for fast food restaurants and nutrition. Almost a decade after the documentary Super Size Me slammed McDonald’s and the fast food industry, McDonald’s is increasing health awareness proactively rather than waiting for legislation to fall into place.

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Food Assistance Programs Get Healthier

As local governments move to combat obesity and promote healthy eating, food stamps, or SNAP benefits are one of the easiest ways the government can regulate junk food consumption. Ultimately SNAP benefits are given to people with low-incomes, among whom obesity, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions are more prevalent. SNAP benefits are provided through cards that look like ordinary credit cards, and are often used to purchase food with no nutritional value, like chips, candy, cookies and sugary soda.

Now health experts and lawmakers are considering that SNAP benefits should come with some strings attached, to ensure that they are spent in the most beneficial way. Many fiscal conservatives and liberal health officials support amending SNAP benefits, while the food industry, anti-regulation conservatives and liberal advocates for the poor oppose restricting the individual choice of what people should eat.

The food industry in particular could have a lot to lose if these restrictions pass, as junk food provides them with huge profits. The food industry proposes educating low-income households on proper nutrition and the risks associated with excess junk food.

A larger problem at hand is that many low-income households are located in “food deserts” where access to fresh produce and even groceries is extremely difficult. In these areas many people rely on convenience stores or fast food options, but supporters of SNAP restrictions claim that these stores will start stocking more nutritious alternatives if their customers have no other options for what to purchase.

Several precedents to these proposed restrictions have already passed. Mayor Bloomberg has worked to ban saturated fats, post restaurant nutritional information, and is currently seeking to ban the purchase of large quantities of soda. The Women, Infants and Children program includes many restrictions on what food products their clients purchase with their benefits. The food they purchase must have nutritional value, and markets already are educated as to what those items are.

SNAP benefits and other forms of food assistance are crucial for millions of Americans, but as obesity rates continue to climb legislators are looking for any possible way to promote healthier lifestyles. Though no official laws have been drafted, SNAP benefits will most likely become far more regulated.

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