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Health Benefits of Sparkling Water

You might be thinking Okay, now this is a stretch

We respect your thoughts. However, our crack team of health benefits researchers (we don’t have one) spent months (they didn’t) scouring the data on this, the sleuths that they are. 

But for real, there are health benefits of sparkling water. 

Whether you prefer seltzer, mineral water, or club soda, these bubbly drinks are a great way to stay hydrated throughout the day, and July in Chicagoland feels like the furthest thing from January. In addition to being refreshing and flavorful, sparkling water is also low in calories and sugar-free. 

For more, read on. 

Sparkling Water Is a Great Way to Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is essential for…well, being alive, and heat illness is serious, and chronic dehydration can lead to digestive issues and complications with the heart and kidneys.

Sometimes plain water can be a bit boring, whereas there are many delicious sparkling water types. If regular water doesn’t do it for you, load up on the fizzy stuff.

It Can Help You Lose and Maintain a Healthy Weight

Sparkling water can help you lose weight in several ways.

It helps reduce your overall calorie intake. Many people find that sparkling water is more satisfying than sugary drinks, so they end up drinking fewer calories throughout the day. 

Sparkling water is also known to boost your metabolism. The carbonation in sparkling water stimulates the digestive system, which can increase the number of calories you burn each day. 

This is good. 

Sparkling Water Is a Good Source of Minerals Like Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium

I think if we’re not careful, sparkling water may start growing a huge head. Still, we must continue with its benefits. 

Sparkling water is naturally infused with minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which keeps your body healthy and hydrated. In addition, it can prevent tooth decay and promote healthy digestive function. 

Speaking of Digestion…

Sparkling water can actually improve digestion. The carbonation in sparkling water promotes the release of stomach acids, which breaks down food and aids in digestion. 

But we’re not done! The extra hydration from the sparkling water can combat constipation, too. We won’t get into details, but if you want them, read this article by WebMd

See, you can count on us to make something like sparkling water sound fun. As always, beware of the kinds with added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Otherwise, forget all of the above.

About BasketWorks

BasketWorks/79Gifts is a woman owned gift basket company, located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. Contact us today!

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How to Prepare for a 4th of July Parade

Guess what? The 4th of July is Monday.

You may have stocked up on bottle rockets and Roman candles, shopped for burgers, bratwursts, and hot dogs, and know that your village’s fireworks show starts at 9pm. But…are you prepared for your 4th of July parade? 

If not, this is an oh so timely blog post. If you have, 1) good for you, and 2) you may learn something new. 

Read on, friends. 

Stake Your Claim

This is waaaay less dramatic than it sounds. 

However, if you want a good spot (or any) from where to watch the parade, lay down some chairs as early as you can. Find out what the rules are from your village, town, city, or fiefdom around that. Oh, and grab some real estate in the shade. Your skin will thank you. 

Speaking of Chairs…

You know what you deserve? 

A comfortable, portable lawn chair. Sure, you’ve got some hanging in your garage that are stained with melted marshmallow, but that will no longer do. Buy a new set that is poised to absorb your parade sweat. 

Also, bring a blanket or two for the kids because why should they have the privilege of sitting in your new chairs? 

Sunscreen (Gobs) & Hats

This is for the kids, because unless they’re unicorns, they’re not going to remind you to lather them up and cover their heads. 

The average 4th of July temperature is a low of hot and a high of unforgiving. Kids don’t worry about this stuff because they’re kids, but it’s in everyone’s best interest to apply sunscreen and have them wear their favorite team hat before leaving the house. 

Oh, and bring extra sunscreen with you. 

Bring Water

Make like a camel and carry a lot of water. 

And I’m not talking about the lousy one-hump dromedary camel, but the two-humped bactrians, who scoff at their ill-prepared, inferior counterparts as though they’re airplanes with only one engine. 

The point is to take the number of water bottles you’re planning on bringing and multiply by two. Dehydration is no joke, and if you have leftovers, there’s still a lot of summer left to consume them.  

Have Snacks Handy

4th of July parades have become sort of a preamble to Halloween. 

People dress up in costumes and they launch candy from their floats. This is enough “nourishment” to satiate your kids, but what about you? 

It’s a good idea to pack some fruit, energy bars, nuts, what have you in a cooler or a bag with a liner. Whatever you do, don’t put any food in your pocket because it will melt like it was never a solid. 


It’s about time this got its own section. 

If ever there was a product more suited for a blog post, it’s our Summer Fun Gift Basket. A seasonal hit, this one includes a popsicle maker, Copco insulated cup, Hawaiian pasta salad, emoji lemonade, and gummy bears. 

Your 4th of July parade just got a whole lot better. 

Enjoy the holiday weekend! 

About BasketWorks

BasketWorks/79Gifts is a woman owned gift basket company, located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. Contact us today!

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5 Health Benefits of Popcorn

Freshly made popcorn on a wooden table

One of the modern culinary marvels is the ability to take something unhealthy and make it healthy. I see you cauliflower steak, meatless chorizo sausage, and dark chocolate

Enter popcorn. It’s no secret that there are healthier versions of popcorn in your supermarket aisles, but we look at the puffy bags and think, “Okay, these aren’t that bad for you.” 

The thing about popcorn is that, prepared and consumed the right way, it can be good for you. 

Let’s explore the health benefits of popcorn and the healthiest ways to enjoy the snack.

1. It Can Aid in Weight Loss

A cup of regular air-popped popcorn contains 30 calories and is highly satiating. 

The whole grain derivative is also rich in folate, Vitamin B, and fiber, improving general body metabolism and essential for weight loss.

Who knew?

However, you can undo the benefits of popcorn by adding decadent ingredients. Nix that. Instead, try healthier additives like cayenne pepper, onion powder, and cinnamon if you want some extra taste. 

2. It Has the Potential to Keep Blood Sugar Levels in Check

Popcorn has fiber that controls insulin release and management, regulating blood sugar levels. 

High fiber content lowers blood sugar, hence healthier living. Popcorn is even a recommended food for people who have diabetes. Don’t believe me? The American Dietetic Association defines 15 g of carbohydrates as the required amount for managing diabetes. 15g is equal to 3 cups of air-popped popcorn.

3. Minimizes Effects of Aging

I’m not going to claim that popcorn defies the unfortunate gravitational pull of our aging bodies. 

But popcorn does contain our favorite compound that makes frequent cameo appearances on this blog. When I say ANTI, you say OXIDANT. ANTI! 

Popcorn has polyphenols, which are antioxidants that may prevent sun-induced skin damage. Also, the same polyphenols fight a wide range of inflammation in your body, preventing joint pain. 

A regular serving of popcorn, about 3 cups, contains tons of beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin that can boost your vision. That doesn’t mean you can achieve satellite-grade vision when snacking on bowls of popcorn, but it can help.

4. May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

The fiber in popcorn is known to reduce levels of cholesterol in your body. Eating a diet rich in whole grains reduces your chances of developing heart disease. Popcorn is a whole grain since it has bran, endosome, and germ. That sounds like a law firm. 

Also, the antioxidants fight free radicals, which cause cardiovascular complications. 

5. Improves Digestive Health

Consumption of popcorn adds more dietary fiber to your body, which can improve gut health. There is limited research on how popcorn relieves constipation, but the results are evidence that it may help to incorporate more popcorn into your diet.

Your movie snack buddy has many health benefits, but the line between healthy popcorn and a dietary horror is thin. Once you glop on indulgent toppings, all bets are off. Eat responsibly.

That’s all. Thank you for reading. 

As if! 

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How to Plan the Perfect Picnic

Ah, summer. The most elusive season in Chicagoland. 

To quote the great Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” The same goes for summer. It’s here and then it’s not, so it’s important to make the most of it. 

One way is by having a picnic or 20. There’s something wonderful about relaxing and eating in the great outdoors. Of course, no great picnic comes without some planning, and in today’s blog post, we offer up some tips. 

Choose a Picnic Spot

Location, location, location. 

There are many options for a picnic spot, depending on the activities, size of your basket, and privacy. You can never go wrong with picnicking at the end of the park, where there are no dogs and wildly flying frisbees. Your picnic spot should have a scenic backdrop for selfies and pictures to post on social media to make your friends jealous…I mean…to store for a lifetime of memories. 

If you don’t feel like schlepping, you can always set up shop in your backyard. Also, don’t rule out adult picnics with meat and cheese boards, and wine. Ravinia, anyone? 

Planning The Food

At the center of any great picnic is the food (the same could be said about any occasion, really).

With so many different options, it’s more about deciding which types of food are going to enhance your experience the most and make the day more enjoyable. If being efficient and having easy cleanup is a top priority for you, then you may decide on snacks and finger foods that aren’t going to be messy. If it’s all about the flavor and texture, then you may want to drop any restrictions or limitations and go with whatever suits your cravings. 

Whatever you end up choosing, make sure it is relatively easy to eat in a picnic setting, it can be transported without spoiling, and it’s something everyone is going to enjoy. 

And for the love of all that’s holy, don’t bring pizza, because by the time you set up, it will be lukewarm and dull, and that is a culinary crime. 

Choose a Good Basket (or More)

You may opt for a classic, sturdy picnic basket or a cost-effective duffel bag. Both carriers are viable options for your picnic. Remember to carry a cooler for your chilled drinks.

Make a checklist that includes paper plates, disposable utensils, a waterproof picnic blanket or vintage quilt, and napkins. If you bring wine or beer–which of course you should–you’ll need an opener and some glasses. 

One more thing: Thou shalt not forget bug spray and sunscreen. 

Bring Games 

It’s always nice to work off some of that food with a little physical activity. Bring a game of bags, a football, paddle ball, baseball and gloves, frisbee, or hacky sack (if you must). 

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And oh yeah, check the weather first unless you enjoy picnicking in the rain or hail. 

Health Benefits of Volunteering

Yep, you read the title of this blog post correctly. 

You may be asking your screen, “Aren’t these supposed to be about food and drink?” 

Good question, and the answer is no. 

You may also be asking, “What does volunteering have to do with gift baskets?”

Another good question, and the answer is nothing. 

You see, we’re thinking outside of the vittle/potable box while still sticking with the health benefits theme. I’ve also wanted to write about this topic because I’ve certainly experienced the benefits of volunteering, working with organizations such as the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce, The Peyton Heart Project, Shir Hadash Synagogue, Boy Scouts of America, and Camp Fire. 

Today, we veer toward volunteerism. 

Volunteering Can Help Reduce Depression

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and finally a light is being shined brighter on this issue than ever before. In that vein, it turns out that the act of volunteering can be good for your mental health. 

A study shows that social connection for a good cause reduces feelings of depression, especially among patients suffering from chronic pain. Lending a helping hand gives you a sense of fulfillment, purpose, and may improve your self-confidence. 

A Mood Boost

We’ll keep things in the mental health realm. 

Part and parcel with reducing depression, volunteering can make you happier. According to the Journal of Happiness Studies (I’m not making this up), scientists discovered that people who volunteer compared to those who don’t, were generally more satisfied with their lives and reported better mental health. 

Feelings of happiness are linked to endorphins, also known as the brain’s natural pain reliever

Improved Physical Health

Check it out: you could volunteer without missing out on a gym hour and vice versa. Volunteering can serve as a good workout. 

Activities vary in physical exertion, but movement can improve your heart rate, which helps battle cardiovascular diseases. A 30-year study by Cornell University shows that senior citizens who volunteered had far fewer illnesses than their counterparts who didn’t.

Many volunteering activities are outdoors, meaning you get your daily dose of Vitamin D. Also, you exercise your body, which is important for overall health. 

Nurtures New and Fosters Existing Relationships

People are often recruited to volunteer by friends, co-workers, colleagues, and other folks they know. Spending quality time together and conducting acts of service strengthens bonds. At the same time, volunteerism offers an opportunity to build new relationships. 

The Mayo Clinic agrees: 

“Volunteering increases social interaction and helps build a support system based on common interests. One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to participate in a shared activity. Dedicating time as a volunteer helps expand social networks and practice social skills with others.”

Fired up yet! You should be. If you need direction on volunteer opportunities, here is a comprehensive list covering Chicagoland. 

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The Health Benefits of Baths

Full disclosure: I love me a good bath. It’s sort of vital to my existence. 

Baths are a great way to relax and unwind after a long day or as a soothing reward after a big accomplishment, or even just because. 

Are baths actually good for you? 

You bet your sweet bubbles they are! In today’s blog post, we discuss the health benefits of baths and why you should indulge in a warm tub today…or right now. 

Baths Help Our Minds

Research shows that having a bath can have a lasting effect on your mood. The comfort that comes with a warm bath can be very powerful, giving us womb-like security. That security has a strong positive psychological impact that has real staying power.

Baths also help us sleep better, and sleep is not overrated. Healthy sleep can produce good outcomes like the ability to better assess difficult situations and apply critical thinking. A soothing bath before bedtime can help your body and mind relax so you can drift off peacefully and enjoy some Zzzzz’s.

Baths are also known to improve mental health by reducing inflammation, which calms the nervous system and reduces stress and anxiety. 

Baths Do The Body Good

There are plenty of reasons your body will thank you for a bath. Not only does a bath feel great, but a warm soak encourages physiological health, as well. 

Taking a bath can improve blood circulation and increase blood oxygenation by allowing slower, deeper breathing. This may reduce inflammation and can ease stiff muscles and joints, which cause chronic pain. Additionally, baths allow our skin to hydrate, which is enhanced by oils and bath bombs. We are, after all, composed mostly of water. 

Additional Benefits 

Bathing can also help relieve cold and flu symptoms, burn calories, and even help keep your heart healthy, not to mention boosting your immune system to better help fight off viruses and infection. 

One More Thing…

A plain bath can be good enough, but just like pizza, why not add to it? There are wonderful accoutrements to elevate your bathing experience, like 🛀 SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT 🛀our Mom’s Escape Gift Basket, built in a paperboard travel trunk that begins with a bottle of Chardonnay and is filled with a bath pillow, eye mask, Himalayan bath salad, a cucumber candle, and much more. Did I mention that it’s the perfect Mother’s Day and that Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY? 

Whether it’s to soothe irritated skin, feel more awake, or just to feel pampered, taking a bath is always a good idea. Now go have a soak. You’ve earned it!

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Administrative Professionals Are Essential for Small Business Success

Did you know that Administrative Professionals Day is next Wednesday, April 27? 

If you did, way to pay attention. If you didn’t…surprise! 

The cogs and wheels that keep business operations running are many, and the unsung heroes are often administrative professionals hard at work behind the scenes. They are essential for small business success, as we know all too well over here at BasketWorks.  

Would most businesses survive without administrative professionals? Probably not. 

The Impact of Administrative Professionals

Administrative professionals deserve recognition, and it’s nice to see that they’re getting it. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) surveyed a lot of people in the workforce last year and found that:

  • 92% believe that administrative professionals are essential to the success of a team
  • 89% have enjoyed the experience of working alongside an administrative professional 
  • 87% say the work of an administrative professional is challenging

Not only are they often tasked with managing correspondences, clerical work, scheduling, etc., but in today’s evolving business world, administrative professionals also provide customer service, manage social media accounts, make sales, etc.

In other words, they wear lots of hats. 

Fundamentally, administrative professionals provide the framework for collating efforts in a business on a day-to-day basis. That’s a fancy way of saying that they’re utility is critical. Small business owners need the right people in the trenches to resolve customer complaints, book meetings, complete paperwork, and answer calls.

Suffice it to say businesses–big or small–wouldn’t function at their best without the skills of administrative professionals.

How to Show Your Appreciation

Time to put your best appreciative foot forward. We’ve written before about ways to acknowledge your staff for jobs well done, and now we turn our attention to administrative professionals. 

Kudos Time – When an admin delivers, there’s a positive ripple effect. A thank you is a start, but take it a couple of steps further. Explain to them how their work helped and its impact on the company. Present feedback from happy clients, and celebrate your workers publicly by acknowledging their contributions with peers. 

Give Them Some R&R – Give your administrative team a breather. Let them log off early or surprise them with a day off. Sweeten it more by surprising them with a gift card so they can treat themselves to a spa day. 

New Professional Opportunities – Talk to your employees about their professional development and offer them opportunities at upward mobility. This demonstrates that you’re invested in their future and that you value their efforts. It’s all about engagement. 

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Administrative professionals are the glue that holds companies together. Show them some love on April 27, and keep it going from there.

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Games That Make You Smarter

Did you know that certain games can help improve cognitive skills, reflexes and abstract thinking?

And getting smarter is never a waste of time unless you are the smartest human in the world. Did you also know that, while game apps are ever popular, so are board games? The number-crunchers over at have reported tremendous growth of global board game market value beginning in 2017 at $7 Billion and project that number to soar to $12 Billion through 2023.

Suffice it to say that digital and physical games are here to stay, and if you’re interested in working on your brain, below, we discuss games that make you smarter.

Word Games

Word Games are familiar to almost everyone. There are the classics like crossword puzzles and Scrabble, along with thousands of apps. Whichever word game you choose, there’s a host of advantages for your brain to feast on.

  • Increased neuroplasticity
  • Improved vocabulary and spelling
  • Better communication skills
  • Increased attention span
  • Improved creative problem solving

With so many choices, it’s a brain exercise just choosing your game…unless there existed a certain, locally loved specialty retailer that designs baskets with game themes. By golly and 🚨SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT🚨, I’ve found one! BasketWorks’ Boredom Buster Gift Basket.

Of course, this is just one of many gift baskets with brainy games like a crossword and 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.

Memory Games and Puzzles

Improving your memory and problem-solving skills can be easy and fun if you take the right approach. Puzzles are one of the best ways to sharpen your abstract thinking and heighten your memory.

  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Simon Says
  • Jenga
  • Sudoku

Just don’t be that person who shares your high scores on social media!

Strategy Games

More often, multiplayer strategy games can be a fun way to compete with a friend while giving your noodle a workout.

Forcing you to think quickly, strategy games are a great way to boost your decision-making skills and make you a better strategist. Learning to quickly analyze a situation and choose the best option can sound stressful, but playing strategy games can help improve those skills, giving you the confidence to think on your feet and make great decisions.

With unlimited options, here are just a few to get the ball rolling:

  • Board Games (Monopoly, Risk, Settlers of Catan)
  • Kids games (Sorry, Trouble)
  • Chess
  • Tetris
  • Role-Playing Games
  • Countless apps and video games

Solo or with friends, strategy games are always a winner when you’re looking for ways to train your noggin.

Now that you’ve got some ideas for ways to exercise your brain, get gaming!

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Gluten-Free Doesn’t Mean Flavor-Free

When some of us hear “gluten-free”, our response is “blech”, referring to taste because we presume gluten-free foods have compromised flavor. 

We live in a culinary golden age where food scientists can take oats and create milk, and to that end, they’ve also managed to create delicious gluten-free foods that taste as good as foods that are gluten-filled.

How can this be? Read on. 

Why Gluten?

Why is gluten present in so many of our foods? 

Simply put, gluten acts as a binder. Found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye, gluten is a protein that adds a stretchy quality to foods, often improving the texture of things like breads by allowing the dough to stretch without tearing apart. 

But that doesn’t mean gluten is necessary, nor does it mean that gluten-free alternatives can’t be just as tasty.

In fact, many people who stop eating gluten find that their diet doesn’t need to change much. Many of the gluten-free choices are the same ones they’ve always eaten. The reality is, if you’re making healthy choices, and avoiding processed foods, spotting gluten and avoiding it is pretty easy.

Why Gluten-Free? 

There are many reasons people choose to cut gluten from their diet. The main reason is celiac disease, where intolerance to gluten causes an immune reaction in the small intestine. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Chronic Diarrhea/Loose Bowel Movements
  • Chronic Gas
  • Acid Reflux
  • Skin Rash
  • Constipation
  • Peripheral Neuropathy

Alternatives to Gluten

Now you’re probably asking, “well what about foods WITH gluten, like bread and pastries?” 

Fortunately, there are many alternatives that allow you to enjoy the same foods you love, without the gluten. We’ve already touched on what gluten does, so how do we get that stretchy, binding effect? There are a few options available.

Gluten substitutes, like xanthan gum, gelatin, or our favorite vegan option, agar-agar, add the elasticity needed to hold stretchy doughs together. With a little practice, these alternatives will take your gluten-free baking to the next level.

Gluten-free flours are becoming more popular, and as a result, are also becoming more readily available. Try experimenting with different flours to find what you like best in your favorite recipes. There are many different flours to try, each with its own unique flavor and texture.

  • Pea Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Buckwheat Flour
  • Millet Flour
  • Sorghum Flour
  • Amaranth Flour

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So put on that apron and start experimenting with some recipes, or place an order for one our inimitable gift baskets. The flavorful world of gluten-free awaits!

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The Health Benefits of Cheese

It’s baaaaaaaaaack…Our next installment of our The Health Benefits of Fill-In-The-Blank Unlikely Foodstuff. 

Last time it was pasta, and today it’s an item we normally don’t associate with “good for you.” 

Who can blame us either? When something is as delicious as cheese–and associated with pizza, burgers, curds, and Opa!–how could it possibly enter the realm of healthy?  

That’s what we’re here for. Not only do we (shameless plug whisper) procure cheese and feature it in our gift baskets, but we’ve also conducted our research, leveraging the world’s foremost cheese scientists (the Internet) to coax out its health benefits. 

Read on, friends. 

High In Calcium

Dairy foods are high in calcium. 

Calcium is imperative for good bone and muscle health. Without it, bones and teeth grow slowly and struggle to recover from damage. Not good. Calcium is also known to prevent osteoporosis as we get older. Plus, foods high in calcium can help reduce blood pressure.

Packed With Protein 

Protein is the building block for our body’s cells, making muscle growth and recovery faster and providing us with energy. 

This essential nutrient is found in spades in cheese. In addition, the dairy fats in cheese contain Conjugated Linoleic acid (gesundheit!), which can help ease inflammation and even aid in the prevention of heart disease and obesity!

Below are popular cheese varieties and their nutritional content per average serving: 

Mozzarella 28g

  • Calories – 85
  • Protein – 6 grams
  • Fat – 6 grams
  • Carbs – 1 gram
  • Sodium – 176 mg
  • Calcium – 14% of recommended daily intake (RDI)

Feta 28g

  • Calories – 80
  • Protein – 6 grams
  • Fat – 5 grams
  • Carbs – 1 gram
  • Sodium – 370 mg
  • Calcium – 10% of recommended daily intake (RDI)

Ricotta 124g

  • Calories – 180
  • Protein – 12 grams
  • Fat – 12 grams
  • Carbs – 8 gram
  • Sodium – 300 mg
  • Calcium – 20% of recommended daily intake (RDI)

Cheddar 28g

  • Calories – 115
  • Protein – 7 grams
  • Fat – 9 grams
  • Carbs – 1 gram
  • Sodium – 180 mg
  • Calcium – 20% of recommended daily intake (RDI)

Parmesan 28g

  • Calories – 110
  • Protein – 10 grams
  • Fat – 7 grams
  • Carbs – 3 grams
  • Sodium – 330 mg
  • Calcium – 34% of recommended daily intake (RDI)

Goat Cheese 28g

  • Calories – 75
  • Protein – 5 grams
  • Fat – 6 grams
  • Carbs – 0 grams
  • Sodium – 130 mg
  • Calcium – 4% of recommended daily intake (RDI)

Other Stuff

Along with calcium and protein, cheese is also crammed with other great stuff, including:

  • Zinc
  • Phosphorus
  • Vitamins A and B-12
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Riboflavin

Did We Leave Something Out?

Failing to mention a certain substance found in food and always featured in these blogs is akin to The Academy snubbing famous people during the Oscars In Memoriam segment. 

Perish the thought, for ANTIOXIDANTS are alive and well in cheese! 

Yes, the antioxidant, glutathione, known to roam in certain dairy products, including cheese, is vital to brain health and fighting age-related neurodegeneration. Turns out you can have your cheese and brain health and eat them, too!

From possibly reducing our risk of heart disease and promoting gut health to helping prevent diabetes and osteoporosis, we see that cheese can play an important role in a healthy diet. 

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