I FREAKING LOVE PEANUT BUTTER!!! Well believe it or not reading a label can really make a difference in how you feel everyday, help you achieve your health and fitness goals, and help you provide your family with better options when grabbing something in the pantry or making a meal.
I love food and eating food, but in reality it is really just a means to an end, it is FUEL for our bodies so I want to make sure that my body has what it needs to “run” properly and to do this I need a certain amount of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. So, I started to really take advantage of the labels that are provided on our foods. Here is what I found out:
The fewer the ingredients on the label the better they are for you! Why, you ask? Because the body recognizes these and can absorb the nutrients from them.
Some examples of these are a variety of meats, egg whites, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
I also learned that what I often thought of as a protein WASN’T really a major source of protein after all. YES, the item had protein in it, but when I looked at the label the fat content was much higher than the protein per serving, so although I was getting protein I was also adding a lot of fat to my day as well. Two examples of this are PEANUT BUTTER and ALMONDS, there is absolutely nothing wrong with either of these but let’s just look at the labels AND the serving size that goes with it. I don’t know about you but I would definitely want more than one serving of each of these!! Peanut butter Jif Creamy but most are very close these macros:
Serving size: 2 tablespoons (33 grams)
Fats: 16 grams
Carbohydrates: 8 grams
Protein: 7 g (notice how the front of the jar say in big print 7 g Protein)
Southern Grove Almonds (Aldi brand, again most are very similar in macros):
Serving Size: 1 oz (28 grams)
Carbohydrates: 6 grams
Protein: 6 grams
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