What About Aussie Bites at Costco?

I don’t know how long Costco has been carrying them, but I just stumbled across Aussie Bites at Costco yesterday. These seem to be a variation on the theme of Sunrise Energy Bars which I posted about here in November of 2012. They look like a smaller version of the Sunrise bars, they are packaged in a transparent plastic tub and sealed similarly (see pics). And that isn’t where the similarity ends. After I wrote about the Sunrise bars, Costco stopped carrying them for awhile. You can check the comments on that post for details. One of the items readers noticed were the Aussie Bites which seemed to be a substitute.

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I am a satisfied Costco customer, but don’t have a clue about their marketing practices. Items are on the shelves then they disappear. Sometimes they reappear, sometimes they reappear with new packaging. Not a clue.

So, what about these Aussie Bites? They are granola-like with a consistency closer to a muffin. I thought they tasted similar to the Sunrise bars although somewhat sweeter.

Nutrition is as follows:
One serving is one ounce – 28 grams
Calories 130
Total fat 7 grams
Saturated fat 3 grams
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 35 mg
Carbohydrates 15 grams
Fiber 2 grams
Protein 2 grams

For comparison here is the nutritional breakdown for a single one ounce bar: 130 calories, total fat 6 grams, saturated fat 3 grams, cholesterol 10 mg, Sodium 75 grams, carbohydrates 17 grams, fiber 3 grams and 2 grams of protein.

Although they have the same serving size, the Aussie Bites are smaller in size then the Sunrise bars, so you need to pay attention to how much you are eating. The 130 calories is not bad for a snack, but if you eat two or three that is another story. On the positive side, I think these are pretty dense nutritionally compared with junk food like Hostess Ho Ho’s which I wrote about two Novembers ago.

Personally, these work very well for what I consider to be energy snacks. I bring them with on a bike ride and eat about 50 calories worth when I take a break. So, I get energy without tying up my digestive system with a lot of work.

Try them out and let me know what you think.

Tony

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Sodium: How Much Is Too Much, and How Little Is Too Little?

Tony:

The IOM report concluded that, while high levels of sodium intake definitely are related to risk of cardiovascular disease, there aren’t enough good data on health outcomes to determine what impact sodium intake below 2,300 mg per day has on the risk of heart disease, stroke, or other causes of death in the general US population.

To read further on sodium, check out Count Sodium as well as Calories at Fast Food Outlets, What Foods Hide High Sodium? How Much Sodium is in Protein Bar Lunches? Nutrition Myths Debunked – Myth 5 Adding salt to the pot adds sodium to the food.

Tony

 

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN wrote in Today’s Dietitian …..

It’s a fact: People who consume high levels of sodium tend to have higher blood pressure and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.1,2 But how much is too much? And how little is too little? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend the general population limit daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg, with high risk groups striving for no more than 1,500 mg.1 The American Heart Association (AHA) supports a 1,500 mg target for everyone.3 But a 2013 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report seemed to question parts of those recommendations, and data from new, high-powered studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine are feeding the controversy. Why is there so much confusion surrounding sodium recommendations? And what should dietitians and other health professionals be advising their clients and patients to do?

Americans and Salt

The average American…

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Why happiness is healthy

Tony:

happinessA 2012 review of more than 200 studies found a connection between positive psychological attributes, such as happiness, optimism and life satisfaction, and a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease. Kubzansky and other Harvard School of Public Health researchers published these findings in the journal Psychological Bulletin.

To read further on the value of being happy check out: 5 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life 11 Habits of Happy People, How Exercise Makes You Happy, 12 Things Happy People Do Differently, Happy People Live Longer – Time Magazine and finally Can I Be Happy?.

Tony

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN      Thu November 20, 2014  

(CNN) – Happiness – you know it when you see it, but it’s hard to define.

You might call it a sense of well-being, of optimism or of meaningfulness in life, although those could also be treated as separate entities. But whatever happiness is, we know that we want it, and that is just somehow good.

We also know that we don’t always have control over our happiness. Research suggests that genetics may play a big role in our normal level of subjective well-being, so some of us may start out at a disadvantage. On top of that, between unexpected tragedies and daily habitual stress, environmental factors can bring down mood and dry up our thirst for living.

Being able to manage the emotional ups and downs is important for both body and mind, said Laura Kubzansky, professor of…

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3 Infographics to Help You Live Longer

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7 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

Tony:

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking water—about 17 ounces—increases metabolic rate by 30 percent in healthy men and women. The body needs water in order to process calories, so even if you’re mildly dehydrated, your metabolism may wind down. Even on non-training days, you should aim to drink a minimum of 2 or 3 liters of water a day; on days you do workout, amp up that amount depending on the intensity of your activity.

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

SpryLiving.com    November 21, 2014

You hit the gym five days a week. You eat all the veggies you can get your hands on. You religiously avoid all white carbs. But in spite of your good intentions, the number on the scale refuses to budge. WTF?!! If this scenario sounds familiar, your metabolism might be to blame. Before you start thinking you’ve been screwed in the genetic lottery, take a deep breath. It’s okay. You can fix this.

First thing’s first. What is metabolism, exactly? After all, it’s a word we hear tossed around a lot in the health world. Your skinny friend who lives solely off junk food credits her thin frame to “a fast metabolism,” but what does that even mean? Is the concept of a fast metabolism scientifically legit, or is it a load of B.S.?

From a purely technical standpoint, metabolism refers to the “chemical processes…

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Happy National Espresso Day!

Tony:

I hadn’t been aware that this was National Espresso Day, but I invite you to share the beautiful post on the subject.

My favorite way to enjoy espresso is the affogato – pouring a shot of espresso over a scoop of gelato (or ice cream).

Tony

Originally posted on JanaBanana, RD:

In honor of National Espresso Day today, here are some espresso facts, yummy recipes and fun latte art designs :)

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Espresso Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies national espresso day

Espresso Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies

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dark chocolate espresso pumpkin bread

dark chocolate espresso pumpkin bread

espresso chip coconut vanilla panna cotta

espresso chip & coconut vanilla panna cotta

espresso chocolate chip ice cream

espresso chocolate chip ice cream

espresso art coffee cup

What’s your favorite way to enjoy espresso?

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Health Benefits of Watercress

Tony:

Watercress is most commonly consumed fresh in salads but can also be incorporated into pastas, casseroles and sauces just like any other green. Watercress will sauté faster than tougher greens like kale and collard greens because of its tenderness and lends a mild, slightly peppery taste to any dish.

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Watercress, along with beetroot and other leafy greens, contain a very high level of dietary nitrate.

An ancient green said to have been a staple in Roman soldiers diets, watercress is actually a part of the cruciferous (also known as brassica) family of vegetables.

High intakes of dietary nitrate have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce the amount of oxygen needed during exercise and enhance athletic performance.2 Moderate intakes do not appear to have the same effects.1

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, two cups of fresh watercress (about 68 grams) contains only 7 calories.

Two cups of watercress also have 1.6 grams of protein, 0.1 grams of fat, and 0.9 grams of carbohydrate (including 0.3 grams of fiber and 0.1 grams of sugar).

Consuming 2 cups of watercress will meet 212% of vitamin K, 48% of your vitamin C, 44% of vitamin A, 8% of calcium and…

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Daily Aspirin Fails to Help Older Hearts in Japanese Study

Tony:

It makes sense for people at high risk of heart problems to take aspirin, he concluded.

“For all those people, they should take aspirin for the long haul, because the benefits outweigh the risk,” Gaziano said. “But if you’re very low risk, the benefits of aspirin likely don’t outweigh the risk” of increased bleeding.

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Daily low-dose aspirin therapy may not have significant heart-health benefits for older people, new research suggests.

The study, which involved more than 14,000 Japanese people aged 60 to 85, found no major difference in heart-related deaths or non-fatal heart attacks and strokes between people who took aspirin and those who didn’t.

“It indicates that primary prevention with daily low-dose aspirin does not reduce the combined risk in this population,” said study co-author Dr. Kazuyuki Shimada, of the University of Shin-Oyama City Hospital in Tochigi, Japan.

Despite this study’s findings, people should talk with their doctor before they stop taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes, said Dr. Michael Gaziano, chief of the division of aging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a professor at Harvard Medical School.

“Patients need to discuss this with their doctor, because I think it’s difficult to do that calculation of benefit and…

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Loving the Bite – Holiday Menu 2014 – Guest Post Kelli Jennings

Regular readers know that I am a nearly daily bike rider here in Chicago. As such I read some cycling blogs, too. One of my faves is Loving the Bike.

And, one of that blog’s regular contributors is Kelli Jennings, an Expert Sports Nutritionist who writes Ask the Sports Nutritionist.

Kelli is not only a world class athlete, but also a first rate nutritionist who writes clearly and accurately about her healthy and intelligent eating.

She recently wrote an item Holiday Menu for 2014 that I thought would interest you. Most importantly, you do not have to be a cyclist to benefit from Kelli’s information. This menu should benefit you, too, whether you ride a bike or not.
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Loving the Bite Holiday Menu 2014:

Roasted Turkey in an Oven Bag from food.com. I’m actually just learning this technique as well for a moist, delicious turkey. Use olive oil or avocado oil rather than canola oil, and enjoy this for dinner and leftovers!

Vegetarian Main Dish: Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice Salad from Beard & Bonnet.  Whether eating vegetarian or you want a flavorful side dish, look no further than roasted, stuffed acorn squash. Yum!

Roasted Beet Winter Salad from Cooking Light.  Cooking Light is one of my favorite go-to sites for recipes and always comes through with delicious dishes.

Spicy Broccoli Soup from Loving the Bike.  Quite simply, you won’t be disappointed with this soup.  It’s refreshing, healthy, easy, and satisfying.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes from Food Network. In a word, these are simply delicious.  To make them a bit healthier, omit sugar and use 3 Tbsp organic honey.  Replace butter with coconut oil (or if using butter, try to used butter from organic fed or grazed cattle).

Roasted Cauliflower from Food Network.  Good for you and Delish!

Crustless Maple Pumpkin Pie and No-Bake Pecan Pie Squares from the Detoxinista. Both are grain-less, gluten-free, and dairy free.  While they are light and nourishing, they still taste divine. Enjoy!

Spiced Wine from Lush Wine Mix.  These wine cocktail mixes are packed with organic and real-food goodness.  They use freeze-dried fruits and organic spices (which means antioxidants from the mix and the wine!), and contain 50% less sugar than traditional mulled wine. They taste A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Saves you time and money since you don’t have to track down all the spices yourself. (Lush is offering coupon code holidays2014 for 25% off 3 and 6-packs – US shipping only).

Just like last year, these dishes and beverages are colorful, use a variety of vegetables, nuts, and spices, and are oh-so-deliciously-whole-food. Enjoy the food, enjoy the company, and reflect on all you have to be thankful for this year.

Menu’s set. Done and done. While sticking to healthy foods, it is possible to feel a bit stuffed, still. If this happens to you, try our anti-junk food smoothie or go for the full Apex Nutrition Smoothie Cleanse (use code lovingthebike for 25% off) …you’ll feel good as new.

This year, we wish a nutritious, active, peaceful, and wonderful Holiday for you and yours. Enjoy the food, enjoy friends and family, and reflect on all you have to be thankful for this year. Cheers.

Fuel Your Holiday.  Fuel Your Ride.  Nourish Your Body.

Kelli

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8 Super Foods for Trimming Your Waistline – Infographic

These are all available at your local grocer, so you can start today.

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Please don’t forget that intelligent eating is only half the answer for good health and weight control. You also need to work out. Exercise doesn’t just help you to keep your weight and waistline down, it slows aging, reduces stress and even creates new brain cells to keep your brain clicking along, too. Check out my Page – Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise) for more useful information.

Have a great day!

Tony

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