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    Unless you’ve been living in a cave for 20 years, you know you need calcium, folate, and vitamin C. But there are a few nutrients you’re not so savvy about, according to recent stats, especially if you’re dieting. Here, which ones you’re most likely lacking, and what to do about it.

    Vitamin E

    Fact: Twenty-eight percent of you don’t get enough vitamin E.
    Why You Need 15 milligrams a Day: It protects against heart disease and boosts immunity.
    Why You’re Missing Out: Your diet is too low in fat. Vitamin E is usually found in naturally fat-rich plant foods like oils, nuts, and seeds.
    How to Get It: Stock up on a well-fortified cereal like Total cereal; a cup supplies 15mg.



    Fact: Twelve percent of you are iron-deficient.
    Why You Need 18mg a Day: It helps deliver oxygen throughout your body.
    Why You’re Missing Out: You started eating more “meatless meals.” “Only heme iron — found in animal foods like beef, lamb, or poultry — is directly absorbed into the body,” says Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, RD, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. “Vegetable iron isn’t absorbed as efficiently.”
    How to Get It: Try to include a few servings of lean animal protein per day. The redder a meat, the more heme iron it probably contains; beef is a better source than chicken or pork. Also, 10 steamed clams supply an incredible 26.6mg of iron for only 141 calories.



    Fact: Most of you consume less than half the RDA of potassium.
    Why You Need 4,700mg a Day: It aids in muscle contraction and regulates fluid and mineral balance when you sweat.
    Why You’re Missing Out: You’re still not eating enough fruits and vegetables.
    How to Get It: Top potassium picks include a baked potato (926mg), white beans (502mg per half cup), and tomato sauce (453mg per half cup).



    Fact: Less than half of you are getting enough zinc.
    Why You Need 8mg a Day: It helps regulate metabolism.
    Why You’re Missing Out: You haven’t bought wheat germ since the ’70s (a half cup provides all you need).
    How to Get It: Use your bean! A 239-calorie cup of vegetarian baked beans supplies nearly half a day’s supply (4.2mg).


    Fact: Most of you get only 72 percent of the magnesium you need each day.
    Why You Need 320mg a Day: It’s essential for energy production and muscle function.
    Why You’re Missing Out: You don’t eat enough seafood.
    How to Get It: Go fishing! Just three ounces of halibut supplies 91mg. No seafood lover in you? Choose a half cup of All-Bran cereal (110mg), cooked spinach (78mg), or black beans (60mg).

    Satisfy your hunger between meals or after a workout with these simple, healthy, low-cal snacks.

    By Lisa Kovalovich

    It’s 10 a.m., just a few hours past your early-morning workout and breakfast, and you’re beginning to feel your energy take a nosedive. What do you need right now? No, not another cup of coffee — you need a snack!
    “Snacking keeps your metabolism revved up and is a great way to boost your energy,” says Tara Gidus, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. But not just any old snack will do. You need a snack that’s full of nutrients to power you through your between-meal stretch. Here, Gidus recommends her favorite energy-boosting snacks.


    Fresh Bananas and Apples
    Loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber, fruit is great for times when you need a little energy boost. “It’s got vitamins, minerals, and good carbs, which give you quick energy,” says Gidus. Choose any fruit you like — bananas, apples, and oranges are easy to tote along with you since they don’t need refrigeration. Berries, while not as portable, are also a great option, and are considered lower sugar fruits.
    Recommended serving size: 1 piece of fresh fruit or 1 cup of chopped fruit or berries
    Calories: 80-120, depending on the fruit


    Yogurt and Cereal
    When you need a bigger energy boost — say, before a workout or when dinner is hours away — yogurt is a great choice. Gidus recommends sprinkling some crunchy cereal on top. “You’ll have the carbs in the yogurt and cereal for energy, and the protein from the yogurt, which makes you feel full longer,” she says.
    Recommended serving size: 1 6-ounce container of yogurt
    Calories: 100-200, depending on whether you choose a fat-free or lowfat yogurt


    “Popcorn is a great snack because you get a lot of volume and fiber (which makes you feel full), and it’s a whole grain, so it’s healthier than a snack like pretzels,” says Gidus. What’s more, the low-fat microwave kind is easy to prepare and low in calories. These days you can buy single-serve popcorn, which means you can eat a whole bag without feeling guilty!
    Recommended serving size: 1 single-serve package, low-fat microwave popcorn
    Calories: 100


    Half of a Turkey Sandwich
    Nope, sandwiches aren’t just for lunchtime anymore. “Lots of people think that snacks have to be snack food, but you can eat real food as a snack, too,” says Gidus. A half of a lean turkey or chicken sandwich on whole wheat bread with mustard gives you energy-boosting carbs, plus the satiety-boosting protein you need for a good snack.
    Recommended serving size: Half of a sandwich, made with 2 ounces of lean turkey meat and 1 slice of whole wheat bread
    Calories: About 200


    Red Peppers and Hummus
    Forget the baby carrots and fat-free ranch dip! Instead, get creative with your veggies and add a source of protein like hummus for a satisfying snack. Vegetables offer good carbs and fiber, plus loads of nutrients and vitamins, which help fill you up and add nutrition to your diet. And hummus adds some protein to up the snack’s staying power. Gidus loves red peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, sugar snap peas, and raw asparagus with her hummus.
    Recommended serving size: unlimited veggies and 1/4 cup hummus
    Calories: About 100


    Almonds and Walnuts
    Believe it or not, these salty morsels make for a wonderful snack. They’re packed with good fats, which help you stay full; fiber, and nutrients like selenium, vitamin E, and omega-3s. Because nuts are notoriously easy to overeat, Gidus recommends this trick: Fill an empty Altoids tin with nuts for the perfect serving size (about an ounce).
    Recommended serving size: 1 ounce of almonds or walnuts
    Calories: 160-170


    Soy Crisps
    Sometimes you just want a snack-food type of snack. Soy crisps to the rescue! Made of puffed soy protein, they’re “the salty, crunchy, snacky thing many of us want in a snack.” And with about five grams of protein per serving, they have more staying power than a bag of regular chips or pretzels.
    Recommended serving size: 1 2-serving bag (eat the whole thing!)
    Calories: 140

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Doddridge Plaza
3765 S. Alameda, Ste 102
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
(361) 857-5087