When you are trying to eat right, you go for the salad, right? But did you know that some salads have more than 1,000 calories in them? Gasp! That is more than 3 oz lean beef, green beans and a potato side! You can get to 1,000 calories in a hurry with toppings like cheese, croutons, fried meats and creamy dressing. In fact, most fast food salads have more calories than a burger. Yikes! Here is how you can build and order salad and feel good about your decision.
One month into 2017, many resolutions have come and gone. Some faithful dieters are still sticking to their guns and cutting calories and increasing exercise. Often by the time the Big Game rolls around the first Sunday in February, healthy habits can go out the window. After all, Super Bowl food is rarely super-healthy.
We live in a culture of busy....in fact we claim busyness as a badge! In a world of saying 'yes' to everything, no wonder everyone is so tired. Of course we'd all love to sleep 8 hours a night, but hey, let's be honest, 8 hours is a DREAM for most folks. So, what is our plan b to get through the day? Insert caffeine! Lattes, tea, and soda help us push through. Though coffee and tea have proven health benefits, they still may not be the best prescription. I could go on and on about the ways soft drinks can negatively impact your health. But the real potential for danger lies within energy drinks.
When the weather turns chilly, I look forward to three things: pulling out my well-worn, favorite pair of boots, enjoying the glow of the fireplace, and making some soul-satisfying comfort food. I’m sure you’re thinking a hearty bowl of chili or maybe Mom’s chicken noodle soup, but don’t forget your veggies. Did you know fresh seasonal vegetables can actually help boost your immune system? Superfoods, as they’re called, are nutrient powerhouses that pack healthy doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Not to mention, when you cook with in-season produce, you often get them at great prices because of the abundance of the crops. Hungry yet? Give these superfood recipes from our friends at Whole Foods a try.
Your mom gave good advice when she told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. The importance of produce is something you never outgrow. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies can lower the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. But get this - only one in seven adults get the recommended dose of veggies each day. One in seven!! That’s why the Produce for Better Health Foundation are introducing Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month™. The recommendation is 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. This may sound daunting, but fear not! Serving sizes are much smaller than you might think:
Many kids have not associated yummy with “school lunch,” and if Mom says its “healthy,” the likelihood of that homemade lunch getting eaten diminishes from slim to none. Nowadays it’s easier to sneak in nutritious substitutes to your child’s lunchbox, or vary up the color, texture, and size. You may still fight buy-in when your kids see commercials for cookies and soda, but we hope these ideas will at least get you started. Remember, it can take up to 12 introductions of a new food before children accept it, so don’t give up! One recent study found that children who were offered fruit, but didn’t take any, consumed more fruit as an adult. And remember, kids love finger foods. Bento boxes are a great way to pack up your kid’s meals (or your own lunch) to take to school or work.
For optimal liver health, most of us know that we should watch our weight, drink alcohol in moderation, and limit the fatty foods that we eat. But did you know that a diet rich in fiber can also promote a healthy liver? That’s right. Fiber, beneficial in helping keep bowel movements regular, lower cholesterol levels, and control blood sugar levels, can also help keep our liver healthy.
Before you fill someone’s Easter basket with eggs and chocolate bunnies, consider saving the eggs and chocolate for something better: a delicious individual chocolate soufflé.
Not only are soufflés the ideal complement to your Easter-themed dinner setting, but they actually have some awesome nutritional value, thanks to the incredible, edible egg.