October 13th, 2016
Are you Getting Enough???
Calcium is a important role in strengthening bones and teeth. But what many people don’t know is that it also helps muscles and nerves function properly. Calcium isn’t something that your body can manufacture itself, so it relies on your diet to meet its needs.
Bones and teeth store about 99 percent of the calcium in the body, with the remaining one percent usually found in blood, muscles, and other bodily tissues and fluid. If your body isn’t getting enough calcium from the foods you eat, it will take the mineral out of your bones, essentially robbing them of some of their strength. A calcium deficiency can eventually lead to osteoporosis, which is the loss of bone mass. Because bones are continually repaired throughout your lifetime, it is essential to get enough calcium, no matter your age. Taking care of your bones now will aid you in later years. Read more »
October 5th, 2016
Cheap food doesn’t always mean bad food. There are plenty of ways to get affordable healthy food on your table without busting your budget.
Cheap food doesn’t necessarily have to be junk food — and adding nutrition to your diet doesn’t have to be costly. In fact, eating healthy on a budget is within reach.
Often, people spend more money filling up on empty-calorie snack foods than if they had bought fresh produce instead.
The key is shopping wisely and cooking more at home. Stock up — you can always stock your freezer with frozen varieties of fruits and vegetables.
Use these tips as your road map at the market:
September 26th, 2016
Food Strategies For Losing Weight
If you want to feel full all day on less food, focus on these eating strategies:
- Get enough lean protein and fiber. A study of 22 men who changed the amount of protein in their diets for 18-day periods showed that those who ate the least protein were the most likely to report being hungry. “Protein is the number one thing to help you feel full,. “The second thing is fiber.”
- Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Researchers tracked the weight-loss success… Read more »
September 20th, 2016
Eat Right, Even When There’s No Time
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 1000 times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? You just spent eight hours with no food or water. You’re dehydrated, your blood sugar is low and you have little energy. And now it’s time to hurry the kids off to school before the eight-hour workday. More than any other point in the day, you need nourishment. Right now. Read more »
September 20th, 2016
The top 5 ways to boost your metabolism naturally are:
1. Do not skip breakfast! Picture your metabolic rate shaped as an ice cream cone. In other words, starting at the top – it is at its highest in the morning and starts to decline on a gradual level as the day progresses.
Unfortunately, most of us have a backwards approach to eating when it comes to weight loss and meals. We skip breakfast… Read more »
August 10th, 2016
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
2 cups pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
Rinse the seeds well in cold water, make sure you have rinsed away strings, and pat thoroughly dry. Transfer to a large bowl and add the vegetable oil and salt, stirring well to coat the seeds with the oil. Spread the seeds on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake until crisp and golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if desired.
August 10th, 2016
Practice these simple, everyday food and fitness smarts to keep your hard-fought new weight.
You’ve just lost weight and you don’t want to see that number go back up on your scale. With these 10 tricks from dietitians and successful dieters, you’ll be able to maintain your weight with ease.
- Build more lean muscle. Maintain, or even increase, your metabolism by continuing to build lean muscle. “Muscle has a higher metabolism than fat does,” explains… Read more »
August 1st, 2016
Improve the health and appearance of your teeth with these tips for good dental care.
It’s no surprise that a bright, white smile makes you appear younger and more attractive. But the mouth is also the gateway to the body, which means the state of your teeth and gums affects your overall health. Follow these seven steps to a better smile.
1. Brush regularly. Brushing is the cornerstone of dental hygiene. It removes food particles that bacteria feed on, cleans teeth, and freshens breath. A toothpaste with fluoride helps strengthen teeth, but you must brush for at least two minutes to allow it to do its work, says Jonathan Abenaim, DDS, a dentist in private practice in Hawthorne, N.J. Many electric toothbrushes have a built-in two-minute timer, which can make brushing for the full amount of time easier, he says. Read more »
July 21st, 2016
Check Out these Healthy Snack Ideas…
- 1 hard-cooked egg (75) with half a slice of toasted wheat bread (34)
- 1⁄2 cup ice milk or sherbet (100)
- 1 large rectangular graham cracker (60) with 11⁄2 tsp peanut butter (45)
- 1 slice (1 oz) angel food cake (70) with 1⁄2 cup fresh strawberries (25)
- 1⁄2 cup wheat-flake cereal (55) with 1⁄2 cup nonfat milk (45)
- 1 cup chicken-noodle soup (75) with 2 saltines (25)
- 1 small (4″) whole-wheat pita (74) with 1 Tbsp hummus (24)
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July 21st, 2016
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 lb small red potatoes, unpeeled
3 celery stalks, cut into slices 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup finely diced red (Spanish) onion
For the Dressing:
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise Read more »
July 21st, 2016
Here are some ideas to get your day started right:
- Build on a healthy cereal. Top a high-fiber cereal with a sprinkle of granola, bananas, and low-fat milk or plain yogurt. This combination provides good fiber and protein intake, plus calcium and potassium.
- Get off to a berry good start. Another possibility for breakfast is berries and low-fat Greek-style yogurt with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of toasted sliced almonds. These foods are high in protein and volume, which can help you feel full longer.
- Take your nutrition to go. Smoothies are another smart… Read more »
July 19th, 2016
Apple-Cinnamon Bread Pudding Recipe!
1 loaf cinnamon raisin bread sliced.
2 cups milk.
1 cup sugar.
1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced.
1 cup golden raisins.
1 tablespoon cinnamon.
1 teaspoon nutmeg.
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces.
1 cup heavy cream or maple syrup.
In a small bowl, stir together the other 1/2 cup of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the top of the bread. Dot the bread pudding with the butter. Cover and refrigerate 6-8 hours or overnight.
Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
Uncover the dish and place it in the middle of the oven.
Bake until the top is browned and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Serve on individual plates with hot maple syrup or heavy cream.
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July 12th, 2016
Many dieters point the finger of blame at their slow metabolism when dieting, but there are steps you can take to speed it up. Learn all about boosting metabolism.
If you’ve ever had trouble losing weight, you’ve probably placed at least some of the blame on a slow metabolism. It’s true that your basal metabolic rate — the rate at which your body uses energy — can affect your ability to shed pounds. But there are also a few external, controllable factors that can slow down that metabolic rate.
Here are eight triggers that can slow metabolism, some (but not all) of which you can control, to make sure you aren’t sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. Read more »
July 12th, 2016
Wake up your taste buds! Cooking with herbs and spices will enhance the flavor of healthy foods without adding fat, salt, sugar, or calories. Herbs and spices contribute bright color, savory taste and sensational aroma.
Tips for using herbs and spices:
- Avoid overwhelming a dish with too many seasonings, and never use two very strong herbs together. Instead, season with one strong flavor, and one milder flavor to complement the food.
- When cooking, add dried herbs early in the process, but use fresh herbs at the end for optimum flavor.
- Add herbs and spices to cold dishes several hours before serving to allow the flavors to blend.
- Fresh leaves should be chopped very finely. Exposing… Read more »