One healthy tip at a time!

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It is very important to include every food group (meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grains) in our diet. Each food group provides essential nutrients that our body needs for growth and maintenance. Eliminating any specific food group, that many popular diets ask for, may lead to quick weight loss but does not lead to a positive lifestyle change for long term results in weight loss, lower cholesterol, normal blood pressure, etc.

Make healthy choices:

– Eat lean protein (chicken, turkey, fish, and beans) more than red meat such as beef

– Eat more fruits and vegetables. Choose fresh or frozen instead of fruit juice, canned or dried fruit

– Include whole grain foods such as brown rice, whole grain pasta, whole grain bread, oat meal in your diet. Read more about carbohydrates here

– Enjoy skim milk or 1% milk

– Drink more water and less sugary drinks

ENJOY in moderation!

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Eggless Breakfast Ideas

Eggs are the best source of protein food at breakfast! As I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, it is important to have a combination of protein and carbohydrates at every meal. Click here to read the post on a balanced breakfast.

For those picky eaters, like my cousin, I put together a list of breakfast foods (other than the typical cereal) that do not contain egg.

Calories ranging from 250-330 kcals

  1. Breakfast wrap: 1 Whole grain tortilla with ½ cup black beans, 2 Tbsp Ragu Sauce/Salsa, and 1 Tb fat-free shredded cheeseBlack Bean Burrito
  2.  Grilled cheese sandwich: 2 slices of whole grain bread and 2 slices of your favorite fat-free cheese with a cup of skim milk
  3.  Cereal in yogurt: 1 cup of cheerios with 1 fat-free Greek Yogurt (approx 5.3 oz)
  4. Waffle sandwich: 2 whole wheat waffles with 1 Tbsp of peanut butter and 1 tbsp of jelly. (Bonus tip: Try a chocolate chip waffle sandwich with ricotta)
  5.  waffle PB&JEnglish Muffin with Ricotta Cheese: 1 Whole grain muffin with 2 Tbsp of Ricotta Cheese, 1 Tbsp of Jelly with a cup of skim milk

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Quick on the Go Options:

  1. Breakfast bars: Nature Valley protein bars (10 g Protein) with 1 cup of skim milk
  2. Smoothie (made the night before): Find the recipe here!

Should I take a multivitamin?

But what if, like most Americans, your diet falls short of the recommended intakes for some vitamins and minerals? Should you take a multi?

It depends how far you fall short. If your diet is merely “suboptimal,” there’s no convincing evidence that you’ll benefit from a multi. If, however, you have severe deficiencies (because of malnutrition, for instance, or absorption problems), targeted supplementation, under medical supervision, may be necessary. If you are living totally on junk food, no supplement— even one with dozens of components—can make up for the vitamins, minerals and other potentially beneficial compounds found in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and the rest of a healthy balanced diet.

Are multis safe? There’s no evidence of harm from those supplying 100 percent of the recommended intakes (listed as Daily Values on the labels). But again, multis vary so much, it’s hard to give them all a pass. And some contain nutrients that can be dangerous in very high doses (such as beta carotene, vitamins E and A, iron, zinc, selenium or copper) or include herbs and other substances of unknown safety.

This post is quoted from an article on BerkeleyWellness.com: http://www.berkeleywellness.com/supplements/vitamins/article/should-you-still-take-multi?s=EFA_140701_001&st=email&ap=ed

 

Banana Nut Bread made with Whole Grain Flour

The delicious banana nut bread recipe contains 50% whole grain flour thus providing you with some fiber in your diet. Enjoy a piece of bread with skim milk in the morning and you have a breakfast of less than 350 kcals. Remember: eat in moderation!

1 loaf = 12 servings        

Nutrition Value of 1 serving:

254 Kcals     36.3 g of Carbohydrate (2.6 g Dietary Fiber)     11.3 g Fat     4.2 g Protein

  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter at room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar     Image
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 cup of hot water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 large ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ C walnuts, coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350o
  2. Grease the pound pan
  3. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy
  4. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition
  5. Sift all-purpose flour and salt together
  6. Add baking soda dissolved in hot water
  7. Stir in whole wheat flour and mix well
  8. Fold in mashed bananas, vanilla extract, and walnuts
  9. Pour mixture into pan and bake 50-60 minutes or till the cake tester comes out clean
  10. Let it cool for 10 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan

10 Simple Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

These 10 simple tips will help you and your family live a healthy lifestyle.

1. Start with yourself – be a positive role model for the kids, siblings, and everyone at home.

2. Do not buy “junk food” – If it’s not at home, you are less likely to eat it.photo 2

3. Have healthy snacks readily available– For example, washed and cut fresh fruit in the refrigerator, baby carrots and fat-free ranch dressing, fat-free yogurt, home-made smoothie, whole-grain pretzels, 100% fruit juice popsicle for the kids, etc. When I am hungry, I want something right away and it helps to have veggies and fruits that are ready to eat.

4. Stay hydrated! Many times we feel hungry but we are really thirsty. Drink at least 1500 ml of water a day (that is 3 of these water bottles).

5. On the road? Have healthy snacks (my favorite: a bag of mixed nuts) with you so you don’t have to stop at a convenience store or pickup fast food. Also, never leave your home without a water bottle.3water bottles

6. Don’t skip meals – waiting to eat till you are extremely hunger can cause you to over eat.

7. Avoid or limit sodas – these are empty calories that can easily be avoided. Get in the habit of drinking water, milk or 100% fruit juice.

8. Avoid or limit fast food – if kids insist on fast foods then help them choose the healthy sides from the menu. For example, instead of soda they can order milk and instead of fries they can order apple slices.

9. Park your car farther from the store entrance – every step counts!

10. Do physical activity together as a family – go to the park regularly or play your favorite sport together.
Remember: no one has to be deprived of their favorite chocolate as long as it is in moderation. There is nothing wrong with enjoying these foods once in a while.

Easy Hummus Recipe with Nutrient Analysis

Hummus is a very common side dish in the Middle East that is gaining popularity in the West. It is a great low calorie snack and a good vegetable source of protein.

Chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus, are rich in fiber and protein. They also contain vitamins and minerals such as folic acid (chickpeas tend to be higher in folic acid than other beans), zinc, and magnesium.

Read complete article here.

Number of Servings- 8     Serving size – 2 tbsp

Nutrition Info:

114 Kcals     16.7 g CHO     4.6g Pro     4.3 g Fat

Hummus with Pita Chips

Hummus with Pita Chips

Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas – 1 can (15 oz)
  • Lemons – 6
  • Tahini – 1 Tbsp
  • Garlic cloves – 2
  • Cold Water – 2 tbsp
  • Olive oil – 1tbsp

Directions:              

Blend it all and refrigerate

Enjoy with pita chips or fresh veggies!