Healthy Eating: Tips and Tricks for a Nutrition Transition
Spring is in the air bringing changes to weather, wardrobes and waistlines. With the holidays and cold weather months behind you and plans for spring break trips, pool time lounging and outdoor activities in the near future, this is the perfect time to focus on healthy eating.
In light of National Nutrition Month, now is the time to shake off the winter doldrums and make the transition to healthier eating habits. Here are five nutrition tips and tricks to help you “spring” into action and transform your eating habits, one step at a time.
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Creamy and delicious, with zero fat! 2 small ripe bananas, peeled 1 cup fat-free milk ½ tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp rum extract Makes 1 serving Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a festive cup and enjoy! Nutritional Information Per Serving (~ 1 cup): Food Weight: 2.0, Calories: 190, Total Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol:...
Gobble, gobble…that’s your cue that the holidays are upon us and it’s time to start putting on the brakes NOW before the real damage is done. The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” really applies to the holiday season. The following tips will help you fend off that holiday weight gain so that you won’t end this season...
- Use Sprays (extra virgin olive oil, salad dressing, vinegars)
Spraying your food with ridiculously low calorie flavored sprays allows you to get the flavor at a fraction of the calorie cost of salad dressing and oils. My favorite sweet and crunchy snack—pop up some air-popped popcorn (a whole grain and fiber goldmine) and spray with butter spray adding a touch of Splenda brown sugar blend.
- 2. Eat beets
At a mere 37 calories for a half a cup—this is one purple veggie that should be on your summer grill. Beets are a highly nutritious and heart-healthy root vegetable—an excellent source of folic acid and vitamin C. Don’t forget the beet greens (tops), they contain several times more carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamin A than the root.
- Drink water over energy and sports drinks. A new study just came out implicating daily use of energy and sports drinks with irreversible tooth damage to enamel, especially in adolescents. (Frequent use of energy drinks caused more damage to teeth than sports drinks, sports drinks were also shown to damage teeth.) This is due to the highly acidic nature of these liquids.
- 4. Preserve your memory—eat blueberries and strawberries.
Its summer, time to take advantage of those gorgeous berries! Not only do they taste great but they are good for the brain. A recent study of over 120,000 women who had memory and cognitive functions assessed every two years for 10 years found that those who ate strawberries and or blueberries at least twice a week had the best memory preservation.