There are so many different yogurts out there! Which do you choose and why?

Chobani, Dannon, Yoplait, Activia?

Do you pick one with low sugar? Low fat?  Organic?  Greek?  High in probiotics? Or do you look for all of these? There is no perfect yogurt, but there are a few close ones. Here are my tips, in priority order:

– Organic is best
– Avoid sugar substitutes: aspartame, acesulfame potassium (or acesulfame K)
– Avoid food dyes and colorings
– Choose one with less than 15 grams total sugar in 6 ounces
– Stick to 4 ounce servings to get the most nutrition with the least amount of sugar

Do you have other questions about making the best food selections? Check out GATC’s Nutrition Services.

Kristin Burgess, GATC R.D.

Fruit and Veggies: More DOES Matter

shutterstock_106456802_resizedEat a veggie THREE times a day and eat them in LARGE quantities. Don’t worry about portion sizes and getting a certain amount of cups in a day. Who is going to count six cups in a day? Just eat them three times and a lot of them!

Eat a fruit THREE times a day.

Think simple: don’t chop, cut or cook if you don’t want to.

Plan ahead and take them with you.

A few easy ideas:
Mix a teaspoon of ranch dressing or guacamole in a sandwich baggie with two handfuls of raw broccoli
Baby carrots or an apple and a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter
1/4 cup ricotta cheese plus a pear sprinkled with cinnamon
Red bell pepper – eat it like an apple
Baby greens for lunch with your favorite protein
Steam a bag of frozen veggies for breakfast and dinner

Fruit fits anywstockvault-healthy-eating119775_resizedhere! Give up your bread, tortilla, pasta, rice, potato, cereal, pancake or waffle for fruit!



Questions about getting more fruits and veggies into your diet? Check out GATC’s Nutrition Services.

Kristin Burgess, GATC R.D.

Meet Aubree Allison

It’s time to introduce you to the heart and soul of Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club: our amazing staff.

Meet Aubree Allison, one of our nationally certified personal trainers.

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7 Things You Might Not Know About Aubree

Why I Became a Trainer: I had a friend who was overweight and who wanted to start working out. I created workouts for us to do together and I was inspired by how quickly her body adapted and by how much better it made her feel. I have such a passion for helping people reach their fitness goals and realize their full health potential.

Favorite Workout: I enjoy any solid leg workout.

Book/Movie That Inspired Me: Tuesdays with Morrie. That book felt so close to home for me when I had a nursing patient in college with ALS. It really inspired me to live a happy life because our time here on earth is far too short.

Favorite Weekend Activities: I love doing anything active with my hubby, Royce and our puppy, Burton.

Things That Keep Me Motivated to Stay Active, Fit and Healthy: My coworkers do an amazing job of keeping me motivated to stay fit. I also love how my body feels after workouts and after eating delicious healthy meals.

If I Were Not a Trainer, I would Be: A chef. I love cooking.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure Food: Thai food… followed by ice cream!