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August 2012                                                Issue #14
In This Issue
Activity of the Month
Event of the Month
Sports Nutrition Gem
App of the Month
Recipe of the Month
Welcome to the 14th edition of the Seattle FoodNut Newsletter! As we head into the Labor Day Weekend, we hope you find ways to savor the last traces summer as you look forward to a new season of good food and fun activities.

Best wishes to all of you who have just started back or will be starting back to school in the next week or two!
Amy J. Reuter MS, RD
President & Chief Nutrition Officer
Seattle FoodNut
Activity of the Month: Tai Chi 

Looking for a way to reduce tension and anxiety? Consider Tai Chi (TIE-chee). Consisting of a rhythmic flow of movements and focused breathing, tai chi helps indiviuals to achieve a calmed, relaxed state. Preliminary research on tai chi has suggested additional benefits including:

* improved balance and flexibility

* lowered blood pressure

* chronic pain relief

* increased energy


Tai chi can be perfomed indoors or outdoors, solo or in a group and does not require any special equipment.

While instructional books and videos are available, beginners are encouraged to find a qualified tai chi instructors. Classes can generally be found at a local YMCA, health club, or community center.  

For optimal benefits, learn the proper movements initially and then practice tai chi regularly.


Give Tai Chi a try this Fall!

Event of the Month:


Sept. 1-3                 Seattle Center


Bumbershoot, Seattle's premiere music and arts festival, is set to kick off its 42nd year on September 1st with an extensive lineup of artists from music, comedy, dance, theater and visual arts. Tickets and more information about the festival can be found by clicking on the Bumbershoot Logo.

Sports Nutrition Gem:

Six Tips for Packing a Power Lunch

Whether you are heading back to school or just wanting to revamp your lunch routine, now is a perfect time to  check out these lunch tips for increased focus, concentration, and energy throughout the afternoon. 


#1 Take Five. Include at least one food from each of the Five Food Groups (Fruit, Vegetable, Grain, Protein, and Dairy). Since no one food contains all of the nutrients our bodies need, including foods from each food group at lunch will help ensure our body has the nutrients it needs for optimal functioning on and off the field.


#2 Make Most of Your Grains Whole. Whole grains are packed with nutrients including fiber, Vitamin E and B Vitamins.


#3 When Choosing Protein Foods, Think LEAN. Eating protein rich foods at lunch will help you keep focused throughout the afternoon. Lean protein choices include dried beans, eggs, fish, chicken, and lean roast beef.


#4 Be Bone-Smart and Include Dairy Sources at Lunch. Lowfat or nonfat milk, reduced fat string cheese and lowfat yogurt are all rich in calcium and vitamin D, two important components of strong bones.


#5 Think Your Drink. Keeping well hydrated throughout the day is essential for maintaining focused energy. Two of the best drink choices are water & lowfat or nonfat milk. 


#6 Ending Lunch on a Sweet Note is OK. Savor a small treat such as a peppermint patty, fruit dipped in chocolate, a piece of chocolate, a homemade cookie or pudding if you desire. It really can be a part of a healthy training diet.



Have fun incorporating these 6 tips into your lunch bag and watch your afternoon energy and concentration levels soar.




App of the Month:

State Farm Driver Feedback


Rate your driving with the State Farm Driver Feedback App. Using the device's accelerometer and GPS location, this app records a driving trip. At the end of the trip, the app produces a score based on the extent of hard accelerations, decelerations and swerves.  These 3 driving manuevers are  are among the riskiest driving behaviors according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Tips for better driving are also provided.

Available on iPhone, iPod Touch & Android Devices

Recipe of the Month:

Grilled Nectarines With Prosciutto

A simple & tasty appetizer to complement your Labor Day Weekend  picnic


4 ripe nectarines, cut into 4 wedges each

8 thin slices of prosciutto, halved lengthwise

2 tablespoon olive oil

8 (12-inch ) bamboo skewers

2 limes, cut in wedges (optional)


Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes.  Preheat grill to medium high heat.Wrap each nectarine wedge with one half slice of prosciutto and place two wedges on each skewer.


Brush fruit and prosciutto with oil and place on grill. Cook for 3 minutes or until prosciutto & nectarines are lightly browned.


Remove from grill, squeeze lime juice over fruit if desired and serve.