5 Foods for Balancing Blood SugarWritten by Susan Thanavaro | Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

If you find yourself frequently reaching for the candy bowl mid day, it may be a sign your blood sugar is out of whack. Your blood sugar level is the amount of glucose that’s circulating in your bloodstream. Glucose comes from the foods you eat and is used throughout the body as a source of energy for your cells. In fact, the brain depends on glucose to function.

Grains Nuts and Beans to Balance Blood Sugar levels

 

Well-balanced blood sugar levels are crucial for regulating hormones, burning fat, and increasing metabolism to lose weight.  If you get too much glucose, perhaps in the form of baked goods or sugary cereals, your body stores it as fat. Not getting enough can also cause you to put on pounds since low levels can force the body into starvation mode. If you find yourself craving sugar or reaching for that second cup of coffee just to make it through the day, it may be a sign your blood sugar is out of balance. Luckily there’s a lot you can do, starting with your diet.

Munch on these 5 foods throughout the day to maintain healthy glucose levels.

Greens. Spinach, kale, chard, broccoli–these foods are loaded with fiber which is integral for balancing blood sugar. Incorporate something green into every meal. When sugar cravings hit, try noshing on something green before giving in.  As blood sugar begins to level, you’re more likely to make healthful decisions.

Protein.

Wild caught fish, free-range beef, and eggs are excellent sources of blood stabilizing protein. Try to eat at least 4 to 6 ounces twice a day for blood sugar balance.

Whole Grains.

Ditch the processed carbohydrates which are known to spike blood sugar. Essentially, this is any food that uses flour. Instead opt for protein-rich whole grains like quinoa and amaranth which sustain energy without the subsequent sugar crash.

Nuts

. Keep a jar of nuts on your desk which are a great source of fiber, healthy fat and protein.

Beans.

Beans are high in fiber, low in fat and a good source of protein. If you’re not a fan, try mashing and eating with veggies in a dip. Soaking beans overnight will shorten cooking time and make them easier for your body to digest.

Bananas aren’t part of the dirty dozen, so why buy organic?Written by Susan Thanavaro | Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Every year the Environmental Working Group outlines its list of the “dirty dozen.” No, this isn’t a throwback to the 1960’s classic—you know what we’re talking about. This dirty dozen is an annual list of the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues. The idea is, if you’re not buying organic produce already, you should at least look for the USDA Organic seal on the top 12 offenders. The list varies from year to year but usually thin-skinned produce like peaches, apples and celery make an appearance. Bananas have never been included (that we know of) thanks in part to their thick, peelable skins which, in theory, minimize pesticide exposure. But is this really true? We did our own research and discovered three compelling reasons why organic bananas are worth it.

  1. Social impact nightmare. Conventional bananas are sprayed with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides. Yes, this is just as bad as it sounds—but not just for you. The workers on many conventional plantations are often exposed to these toxins. This leads to a host of health conditions including skin diseases and kidney failure. A lawsuit was filed just last year against Dole Food Co., and Dow Chemical Co. by more than 1,000 Latin American banana plantation workers for injuries linked to pesticide exposure.

  2. Not so thick skin. But are those chemicals really a big deal if you’re just going to peel the skin anyway? Yes! The toxins used to grow conventional bananas are not just on the outside. They leach into the soil where the fruit is grown. So even when it’s peeled, you’re still ingesting some of them. No thanks. Organic farmers use natural fertilizers like manure and seaweed, and rely on insect predators rather than pesticides to keep pests and weeds at bay.

  3. Better for you, better for the environment. Organic foods are just better for you. Ongoing studies have shown a connection between pesticides in foods and their nutrient content. You guessed it–organic foods rate higher. But organic is not only better for your health, it’s also better for the planet. Fertilizers and pesticides make their way into the soil and water and eventually the ocean. These contaminants in our waterways are leading to ocean dead zones and blue-green algae blooms that are so dense they can be fatal to marine animals and humans.

At Made In Nature, we’re proud to work only with organic farmers to grow the best tasting, organic fruit on the planet. Our Dried Unsulfured Bananas are tree ripened in the sun with no added sugar or artificial preservatives. Sweet rounds are guilt-free snacking at its best. In fact, our dried bananas are so good they just won Delicious Livings 2013 Best Bite Award for best raw food! So, you know that when you get bananas from us, they’re the best.