The Benefits of Nutrient-Dense Foods

By Reliv Key Director Dawn Tucci

Do you ever find yourself at the end of the day and nothing nutritious has passed your lips? If you’re snacking on food without much nutritional value, you’re probably still hungry. The solution? Nutrient-dense foods!

Let’s start by defining terms. What do we mean by “nutrient dense?” Nutrient-dense foods have a high nutrient content in proportion to the calories they contain. Therefore, including these foods in your diet can increase the nutrition you get per calorie. For example, foods like kale, blueberries, and quinoa offer a lot of nutrition without many calories.

The Nutritional Balance

If you only ate foods that were nutrient-dense, you’d have to say goodbye to most of your favorite snacks and “sometimes foods.” By making sure that a few bites of each meal and snack contain some of these nutrition powerhouses, you can get away with occasionally eating things that are not so healthy. When you pack your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, and legumes, you can have a treat every now and then while still staying on track.

Added Benefits

In addition to vitamins and minerals, there are other benefits to eating nutrient-dense foods. Many of these foods are also high in fiber, which is a type of complex-carbohydrate that takes your body longer to digest than foods comprised of simple sugars. This means that you will also feel fuller, longer when you eat them. Of course, if you’re looking to increase your fiber intake, Reliv’s FibRestore® is a Targeted Solution that offers 10 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber per serving. By adding FibRestore to your daily Core Nutrition shake, you can ensure that you’re getting all the benefits of fiber, including digestive health, weight loss, blood sugar control, and lower cholesterol!

Snacking for the Win

Another way to keep you feeling full is to snack between meals. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that you can eat whatever you want and expect to stay healthy. Snacks should be high in nutrition and loaded with protein. Ideally, you want a combination of lean protein and healthy fat for staying power. Aim for about 150 calories of nutrient-rich foods and your snack will be satisfying and give you the “pick me up” you are looking for!

Recipe Time

Here is a great snack from Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN:

Easy Yogurt Bowl
Add berries or a tablespoon of chia seeds to plain Greek yogurt to provide a filling combination of protein and fiber. In the fall, 1⁄2 cup of pumpkin puree and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice make great stand-ins for berries and still provide 3 grams of fiber per 1⁄2 cup. You can also add locally-produced honey to sweeten the deal!

Examples of Nutrient-Dense Foods

  • Legumes and nuts – excellent sources of lean protein
  • Quinoa and sweet potatoes – healthful alternative to and more nutritious than white bread and rice
  • Salmon – also contains Omega-3 fatty acids which are good for the body, especially the heart
  • Kale and other greens – also high in antioxidants
  • Berries – rich in anthocyanin which may have metabolic benefits
  • Others include garlic, sardines, eggs, dark chocolate, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, seeds, tomatoes, and soybeans.

If you want lots of nutrients without calories, focus on foods like the ones above mixed into your diet. A more nutritious diet benefits your health, and you will also feel better and have more energy!

Have You Had This Talk With Your Doctor?

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By Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings

If your doctor knew you had a health condition that puts you at increased risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and many other chronic health conditions, would you expect him or her to discuss it with you? Would you ask questions about how to treat this health condition and take steps to decrease your risk of developing other complications and diseases? Would you make changes that you knew could add years and improved quality to your life? If so, it may be time to talk to your doctor about weight loss. Continue reading “Have You Had This Talk With Your Doctor?”

Endless Benefits with Reliv: Lisa Lyon

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Hometown: Franklin, MI

Gigs: Reliv, stay-at-home mom

Reliv regimen: Reliv Now®, LunaRich X™, Innergize!®, FibRestore®, 24K™, ReversAge®, ProVantage®, Cardiosentials®, Reliv skincare

Family focus: I worked for a great company with wonderful people and had great assignments. But my husband’s career requires him to travel at a moment’s notice. When we started a family, I could not imagine our stressful lifestyle had I kept my full-time job. And nothing beats working for myself as a Reliv Distributor.

Endless benefits: Being an entrepreneur with patented products that support wellness is a gift. I am able to be a supportive mother and wife while running my business. Reliv’s mission to Nourish Our World is inspiring and purposeful. I can feel good about introducing Reliv to others.

Responsible for life: I now have a greater sense of accountability to live a healthy life. It is part of my job description, and I empower others to follow my lead.

Going the Distance: Jonathan Aguayo

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Hometown: West Covina, CA

Gigs: Reliv, Disneyland

Reliv regimen: Reliv Now®, Innergize!®, FibRestore®

Time to change: I played football in high school as a lineman, eating fast food and guzzling soda — whatever was cheap and fast. By the time I was 21, doctors were concerned about my high blood pressure.

Work for it: I started working at Disney and wearing a 70-pound costume in the parade. I also started taking Reliv, which helped me stay hydrated and improved my sleep. Reliv helped me get down to a healthy weight and start to enjoy running.

Going the distance: Now I’m healthy enough to run long distances. I finished my first Disney half-marathon last summer and am eating well, working out and making Reliv a part of my daily nutrition plan. I’ll never go back.

IBS Awareness and the Fiber Connection

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Nutrient Focus: Vitamin E

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VitaminEYour body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to optimally function. To keep your body running in top shape, it’s important to keep some key vitamins in your system. One of these crucial vitamins is Vitamin E, which is found in Reliv products like products like Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now®, Fibrestore®, SoySentials® and Reliv Now® for Kids. Continue reading “Nutrient Focus: Vitamin E”

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Late Start: I first heard of Reliv back when the company started, but didn’t do anything at the time. A few years ago, I saw Scott Montgomery and it reminded me. I was excited to find out how much the business had grown!

Financial Security: I didn’t have a lot of free time, but I decided to start my own Reliv business in 2008 because I knew the products were good. I make a good living, but knew that if something happened to me, my family would be in financial trouble.

Just Do It: You have to step it up if you’re going to be successful with your business, so I got serious about it and recently made Key Director. I went out and started talking to people. Busy people get stuff done; they don’t debate it, they just do it!

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My Story: Holly Stern

Holly Stern of Portland, Oregon, a professional violinist, shares her thoughts on Reliv.

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Reliv Regimen: Reliv Now®,Innergize!®, FibRestore®, LunaRich X™, Arthaffect®, ProVantage®, 24K™, ReversAge®

Seeing the Proof
I was introduced to Reliv by my father-in-law. He and his wife moved into a retirement center because of her joint discomfort. Someone there said, “We’ve got something for that.” After using Reliv, they were able to move out to independent living again when she was nearly 84.

Giving It a Try
My husband began taking Reliv, but I was already taking a powdered supplement. We traveled for Christmas and didn’t want to bring both, so I used his Reliv. My body told me, “This is the good stuff; don’t go back.”

Feeling the Difference
Reliv has given me more energy and mental focus and boosted my immune system. I think people who haven’t used Reliv don’t understand how good health really feels!