This teaming of grapes, feta, and pears can be served as a dessert, side salad, or a snack.
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (can opt for fat-free feta cheese instead)
2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons raw honey
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 ½ cups green grapes (about 1 pound)
1 ripe but firm Bartlett or Anjou pear cut into ½-inch wedges
6-8 basil leaves, thinly sliced
1. Place feta in a small bowl. Drizzle with oil and honey. Add pepper and toss gently.
2. Shortly before serving, cut grapes in half lengthwise. Gently toss grapes and pear slices. Sprinkle feta over the fruit and garnish with basil.
Per serving: 162 calories, 7 g fat (4 g sat, 3 g mono); 20 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrates; 4g protein; 2 g fiber; 255 mg sodium; 211 mg potassium.
Q: During a recent meet up, a naturopath spoke about how we lose minerals when we drink water and exercise. I would like to understand it better. I kind of get it but more information would be useful. What minerals are we subject to losing and how can we reintroduce them into our system?
A: The minerals the speaker mentioned are called electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge. Electrolytes exist in the blood as acids, bases, and salts (such as sodium, calcium, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, and bicarbonate). It is important to keep the balance of electrolytes in your body as they affect the amount of water in your body, blood acidity (pH levels), muscle action and other important processes. When you exercise, you sweat, and when you sweat you lose electrolytes. Electrolytes are one of the many substances that make up sweat. The longer or more intense the physical activity is or the more you sweat the more electrolytes are lost. Over enough time, if electrolytes are not replaced electrolyte levels in the blood begin to fall and create an imbalance. This imbalance can lead to muscle cramps or more sever situations such as hyponatremia, a potentially life-threatening condition.
So, how can electrolytes be reintroduced into the body? Drinking water is certainly a good beverage choice when doing physical activity, but water doesn’t contain carbohydrates or electrolytes. If you’re participating in high intensity or a prolonged physical activity (like a prolonged run, a boot camp style class, or high impact aerobics) or if you’re the kind of person that sweats a lot, then water certainly won’t replace the electrolytes lost. However, water the next best thing if there is nothing else available and we should be drinking water or other fluids though out the day to start off our physical activity properly hydrated. To replace the electrolytes a low-calorie sports drink would be the way to go. Properly formulated sports drinks will have the ability to help bring your body’s electrolytes back into balance during or after participating in high intensity or prolonged physical activity. There are certain foods that do contain electrolytes, but by drinking a properly formulated sports drink (during and following physical activity) you meet the goal of rehydrating and balancing electrolytes.
Until next week!