Category: Nutrition

July 6, 2017

top healthiest foodsThese 15 top healthiest foods help you feel good, increase your energy and help prevent diseases. They are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients. Be sure your shopping cart has these healthy foods when you check out at your next visit to the grocery store!

Blueberries

Blueberries are loaded with Vitamin C, fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants that help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Blueberries may also improve short-term memory and promote healthy aging.

Tip: Toss fresh blueberries on your yogurt or oatmeal in the morning. Buy extra in the summer and keep in the freezer for the winter months.

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June 20, 2017

how to stop sugar cravingsWhat To Do About Sugar Cravings?

It’s officially the start of “sugar season” as the cooler weather sets in and holiday fun begins! It may start with a cookie at work, a latte with extra whipping cream or a piece of pumpkin pie. And these “bonus sugars” are in often addition to the health sugars or carbohydrates that you consume in your daily diet of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Before you know it, you are addicted to an extra daily serving of a sugary food.

Having a “sweet tooth” is joked about, but is no laughing matter. An occasional indulgence in a sweet treat is not the problem, but over-consumption is a problem. According to the American Heart Association, the average American tends to eat 22 teaspoons of sugar a day! This excess of sugar intake is linked to diabetes, obesity, chronic yeast infections, leaky gut syndrome and a whole host of other maladies. The recommended limit is about 6 teaspoons a day for woman and 9 teaspoons/day for men.

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June 14, 2017

kale health benefitsKale is king of all the healthy greens! Kale is loaded with all sorts of beneficial nutrients – some of which have powerful medicinal properties. It’s in the same veggie family as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower (the Brassica Family), which means it’s high in Vitamins A, C and K. It also has 3 grams of protein per serving and is high in fiber. And all this goodness in one cup of cooked kale only gives you 40 calories!

There are many types of kale. The leaves can be green or purple and have either a smooth or curly shape.

Kale Health Benefits

Kale is loaded with powerful anti-oxidants, which are needed to counteract the damage by free radicals in our bodies. Oxidative damage is believed to increase aging and cause many diseases. By ingesting kale, you will provide your body with quercetin and kaempferol which help to prevent many health problems.

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June 14, 2017

pumpkin health benefitsPumpkin is an extremely nutrient dense food, which means that it is full of vitamins and minerals but low on calories. There are many creative ways pumpkin can be incorporated into your diet, including desserts, soups, salads, preserves and even as a substitute for butter. When you go shopping for your Halloween pumpkin get an extra one to cook and eat!

Pumpkin is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of vegetables (along with cucumber, cantaloupe and squash), and is cultivated around the world for both its fleshy vibrant orange meat and seeds.

According to the USDA National Nutrient database, one cup of pumpkin, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt contains 49 calories, 1.76 grams of protein, 0.17 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol and 12 grams of carbohydrate (including 2.7 grams of fiber and 5.1 grams of sugar).

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June 12, 2017

juicing for healthWhy Juice?

Whole forms of fresh produce are the best for your body, but sometimes you just might not have the time to eat a plate of mixed veggies. If you are ill or under stress and needing more energy, juicing may be just the boost you need! Juicing is an ideal way to nourish your body with the important nutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables. Juicing is also a great way to get nutrients into kids who tend to push the veggies off their plates. Tip: Always try to buy organic fruits and vegetables.

What’s the difference between juice and a smoothie?

Juice is juiced with a juicer! A juicing machine separates the pulp (aka. insoluble fiber) from the liquid. You discard the pulp and drink the juice. You will still get fiber in the form of soluble fiber.

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