Tuesday, May 22, 2012

8 Healthy Facts About Grapes

8 Healthy Facts About Grapes

The top five superfoods to always keep stocked in your pantry

The top five superfoods to always keep stocked in your pantry

Smoothies – How to Ensure Your Child Gets the Right Nutrition Minus the Stress

Smoothie drinks cater to young and old alike, mostly for the same reasons. To sum them up, smoothies are fairly easy to do (usually done in about less than 10 minutes, provided that you have the proper ingredients and machinery), delicious and can be enjoyed by anyone without feeling the guilt of gaining more weight (or even losing more weight for people who are trying to gain a few extra pounds). Best of all, they are healthy and nutritious.

Smoothies are really popular these days. You can see it in the many smoothie shops that serve smoothies as their main product. And while store-bought smoothies are convenient and created under strict quality control, nothing beats the goodness of homemade smoothies. This is specially so, since with home prepared smoothies, you can be sure that the ingredients are always fresh, truly healthy, and prepared according to what you and your family needs.

When it comes to ensuring that your child gets the right nutrition they need, smoothies  are a parent’s secret weapon. When you have a picky eater who refuses to eat anything with fruits or vegetables in it, one creative way to sneak it in is through smoothies. In fact, kids seem to enjoy smoothies so much that in a lot of cases, you may actually have a child who will bug you to make a refreshing glass for him.

To make fruit and vegetable smoothies more appealing to kids, there are some things you can do. One is, add things they love into your recipe. Ingredients such as milk or yogurt and even chocolate are a hit among kids. Adding a portion will make them love your smoothies more.

Another thing that works with kids is to let them help in the preparation. Not only does it give them something fun to do. They are also more likely to try something they made. And who knows? Their love for fruit and vegetable smoothies might actually help them cross over and enjoy fruits and vegetables on their own.

The most common fruits and vegetables associated with the humble and unassuming smoothie includes the following fruits:

  • Mango

  • Orange

  • Banana

  • Strawberries (or any berry fruit such as raspberries and blueberries)

  • Pineapple

  • Kiwi

  • Lime

  • Spinach

  • Broccoli (not for the smoothie maker who is faint of heart)

  • Carrots

If you would like more guidance in creating smoothies kids love, a guide like “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously” can come in handy. After all, there’s nothing more stress-free than kids who voluntarily consume their portion of fruits and veggies.

If you are on the look out for amazing diet smoothie recipes, do check out “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously”. This amazing ebook contains over 180 smoothie recipes designed to keep you fit and happy. The recipes featured are kitchen tested and have been certified to taste as good as they are healthy.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

4 Health Benefits of Turmeric - Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips - Natural Health Information

4 Health Benefits of Turmeric - Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips - Natural Health Information

Recipe for Kids Nutrition: Rich and Healthy Smoothies

Kids are a hard lot to feed. You try to tell them that they have to eat right, and they do quite the opposite, especially if there are chips and other junk food around. Now shakes and smoothies are a different matter – which is why you should utilize the advantages of these kinds of beverages. Rich and healthy smoothies can be downed by your child, not knowing that they just had something they wouldn’t normally eat on a plate.

Who do kids and parents love smoothies so much? Well, just take a look at this list of benefits:

  • Smoothies, especially when served in tall, smoothie glasses, look very attractive and appetizing.

  • Uses simple and easy to find ingredients. You can use over ripe fruits and no one would know the difference.

  • It’s an ideal snack in between meals.

  • Recipes are flexible to account for each one’s personal needs and preferences. For example, even kids who are lactose intolerant can enjoy this beverage by substituting milk with yogurt or soy milk.

  • It’s a great way to get kids to load up on fiber and antioxidants that their body needs.

  • There are a variety of delicious and healthy recipes to choose from. Just open your copy of “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously” to realize the endless combinations you can make.

I am a mom of 2, so one thing I have learned is to never leave the kitchen empty of smoothie ingredients. I always have yogurt, milk and fruit in my fridge so that whenever I can hear my kids’ tummies grumbling even from afar, I can always whip up a batch of their favorite smoothies.

Here are some surefire kid-friendly smoothie recipes that will leave your kids asking for more:

  • Bananas are usually one of the most common fruits used for a smoothie. The simplest recipe for this just has 3 ingredients: 1 banana (cut up and frozen – to bring out its natural sweetness), 1 to 2 cups of milk, and 1 to 2 ice cubes (preferably crushed). You can opt to put in ¼ teaspoon of vanilla. Blend for about 30 to 45 seconds and serve immediately, while still cold.

  • A strawberry banana smoothie has the following ingredients: 10 oz. fresh strawberries (stems removed), 2 frozen bananas, 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey, a cup of ice cubes and ¾ cup of milk. Blend and process until smooth. Serve.

  • For the chocolate and/or peanut butter aficionado, blend 1 cup of vanilla yogurt, 2 teaspoons of peanut butter, ½ a cup of milk, ¼ cup of ice, 1 cut-up banana, and ¼ cup of chocolate chips. Blend and process. Serve immediately.

  • You can also blend 1 cut and pitted frozen mango with ¼ cup of orange juice. Blend it for 30 seconds or until smooth.

  • Slice 1 whole peach and add ½ cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Process in a blender. Add 4 ice cubes and blend until the ice crystals are nearly gone. Add 3 tablespoons of vanilla yogurt and a cup of peach yogurt to enhance the peachy flavor. Blend for a couple of minutes and serve immediately.

  • A kiddie power smoothie can have the following ingredients: 1 frozen banana, ¼ shredded wheat cereal (wheat germ or some protein powder can be used as substitutes), and ¼ cup of milk. Blend all ingredients and serve.

  • For the orange lover, blend 1 cup of orange juice, 2 scoops of ice cream, 1 and ½ teaspoon of sugar, 1 cup milk and 1 cup of regular yogurt. Blend for about a minute or so until well-mixed. Pour into cups and chill for 10 minutes before serving.

The best thing about smoothies is letting your imagination run wild. Be free to create your own smoothie recipes while letting your child enjoy the healthy, life-giving benefits of a drink that makes him happy and - though he may not know it - healthy.

If you are on the look out for amazing diet smoothie recipes, do check out “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously”. This amazing ebook contains over 180 smoothie recipes designed to keep you fit and happy. The recipes featured are kitchen tested and have been certified to taste as good as they are healthy.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nutrition Information for Quinoa

Nutrition Information for Quinoa

Modern Technology Makes Food Unhealthy (Video) - Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips - Natural Health Information

Modern Technology Makes Food Unhealthy (Video) - Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips - Natural Health Information

Low Fat Smoothie Recipes for the Health Conscious You

A lot of people are now becoming more conscious of staying and being healthy. They look for ways to improve their diet and incorporate exercise into their lifestyle. And since smoothies are so good, a lot of people are turning to smoothies and learning how to make smoothies that not only taste good but are healthy all around, too.

Smoothies fit a healthy lifestyle perfectly. It allows heath conscious people to enjoy a refreshing drink and lose weight at the same time. If you’re looking for a low-fat food source, it’s the perfect guilt-free treat. It’s also very easy and very convenient to prepare. All you need is a blender where you can mix and combine fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients. You can create recipes that provide you with an energy boost, add lots of fiber, provide your daily dose of minerals and vitamins and so much more.

Health conscious people will be happy to note that smoothies also provide these host of benefits:

  • You can add natural fruit juices that contain vitamin c; studies have also shown it to be beneficial and helpful in the prevention of certain cancers and other debilitating diseases or illnesses.

  • Smoothies made of fruits and vegetables boost your immune system and help speed up metabolism (at least, some fruit juices do)

  • Because fruits and vegetables are broken down, the nutrients are absorbed easily by the body.

  • Smoothies can replace meals and provide you with the energy you need to last the day. This is why smoothie breakfasts are perfect if you need to go to a workout, or before going to work.

  • Smoothies with fruits and vegetables can help correct your body’s acidity or alkalinity balance (since fruits have natural acids and enzymes)

Here are some tried-and-tested smoothies, perfect for the start of your healthy lifestyle:

  • Combine and blend the following ingredients: 1 cup of milk, 1 packet of instant plain oatmeal (or about 1 cup of it), 1 cup of orange juice, and 1 frozen chunked banana. Blend and process for about a minute. Serve immediately.

  • Blend 1 frozen banana (chilled or frozen fruits exude much more of the fruit’s natural sweetness – you don’t even have to put sugar or honey to sweeten your smoothie), ½ cup of low fat milk, ½ a cup of shredded ice, and 2 8-oz. of low-fat yogurt (you can choose your favorite flavor). Blend and serve immediately.

  • If you love apples, you should definitely try this: Blend 6 oz. cold apple juice, 1 cup skimmed milk, 8 oz. of vanilla or plain low-fat yogurt, 3 to 4 crushed ice cubes and a dash of apple pie spice (optional). This yields about 4 cups so it’s perfect for the whole family.

  • If you’re into soy products, then you’re going to love this: Blend 1 cup of soy milk, 1 frozen banana, 2 cups of pineapple juice, 2 tablespoons non-fat dry milk, 2 to 3 ice cubes, 1 tablespoon of coconut milk (or coconut essence/extract), and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Blend until smooth, and as usual, serve immediately.

Having low-fat smoothies as part of your diet isn’t hard to assimilate. The key is variety - which you can easily achieve these days with books like “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously”. Reconcile yourself with the idea that smoothies – although sinfully delicious – are a great way to inject some healthiness in your diet.

If you are on the look out for amazing diet smoothie recipes, do check out “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously”. This amazing ebook contains over 180 smoothie recipes designed to keep you fit and happy. The recipes featured are kitchen tested and have been certified to taste as good as they are healthy.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Nutrition Facts for Broccoli

Nutrition Facts for Broccoli

Understanding Smoothies: How Healthy Are They?

Smoothies are advertised as a healthy fruit drink with a variety of benefits. They are known to help people meet their fruit and vegetable requirements, help people lose weight, help boost energy, and so much more. These delicious drinks were the healthy response to the calorie filled  milkshake. However, many people do not truly understand smoothies and what makes them healthy. This is the reason why there are so many unhealthy smoothies and smoothie recipes available on the market.

Though smoothies all have a fruit base, not all of them are necessarily healthy. Many fruits are low in calories and full of vitamins, but other fruits are high in calories. Some have as many calories as a whole meal! When you consider that, plus all the other stuff that is added to most smoothies, like yogurt, ice cream, honey, etc., you may be consuming an extremely high calorie and high in fat drink. In fact, some commercial smoothies have enough fat content for an entire day's serving.

If you are a fan of smoothies, and you want to reap the benefits of these delicious drinks, it is important that you understand what makes a good and healthy smoothie.

A healthy smoothie is one that uses vegetables, fruit, or berries as a base. This is mixed with shaved ice, and a bit of water. If a dairy component is added, it should be non-fat milk, non-fat yogurt, or soy milk. The fruit that is often used are ones that are low in fat, but high in nutrition, and have a natural sweetness. Try Asian mangoes, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, watermelon, strawberries, bananas, apples, and pears. These naturally sweet fruit should stop you from adding sugar, honey, or fruit juice to the mix, which are all high in sugar and calories, but low in nutritional value.

Unhealthy smoothies are the ones that are actually quite popular. They are the smoothies that use honey, sugar, or fruit syrup as sweeteners. They use fruit juice instead of water, and add other flavors such as chocolate, peanut butter, ice cream, whole milk, coconut cream, and protein powder.

Unless you know how to count calories, adding any of these ingredients can derail your recommended daily calorie intake. For example, a tablespoon of peanut butter is considered one protein serving. If your smoothie recipe calls for peanut butter, you have to make sure you only eat 3 to 4 other protein servings throughout the day. Some commercial smoothies have been known to pack as much as 950 calories, which is already about half to a third of an adult's daily calorie allowance.

So, whether you are ordering a smoothie from a store or making them yourself, knowing what goes into your smoothie and how much it adds up in terms of your other meals is important to staying healthy. If you are someone who enjoys following recipes and discovering new blends, grab a smoothie recipe book like “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way to Health Deliciously”. This ebook has sections for various kinds of smoothies, depending on your health goals - whether you want to drink smoothies in order to lose weight by making it replace a meal, or if you are using them to fulfill your vegetable and fruit intake.

Get to know the calorie content of a cup or half a cup of each of the fruits you plan on using often, and try not to use fruit juice, fruit syrup, honey, or sugar. If you do, be sure to calculate for these calories as well. Remember, smoothies can be extremely healthy and good for you, but only if you make sure they are.

If you are on the look out for amazing diet smoothie recipes, do check out “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously”. This amazing ebook contains over 180 smoothie recipes designed to keep you fit and happy. The recipes featured are kitchen tested and have been certified to taste as good as they are healthy.

WHFoods: The Latest News About Spinach

WHFoods: The Latest News About Spinach

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

10 Simple Changes to Improve Your Eating Lifestyle

10 Changes To Your Diet That Will Instantly Make it 90% Better

by: Registered Dietitian Jayson Hunter

Please forward these “10 Changes To Your Diet That Will Instantly Make It 90% Better” to others you think it will help!

Most individuals do not eat like they are supposed to. Out of those individuals 95% of them don’t realize that by making 10 simple changes to their eating lifestyle they can improve their diet by 90% along with improving their health and overall well-being.

Apply these changes to your diet today and you too will be experiencing an increased benefit to your health, probable weight loss, a leaner body, and likely improvements to your blood profile. This all equals a longer healthier life.

Now let’s get started so you can benefit from these 10 simple changes that everyone can make immediately.

1. Hydration: Is there a difference
Consume Green Tea or Water instead of calorie filled drinks such as soft drinks. Green Tea has many health benefits and is a powerful antioxidant. You should be drinking 1ml of non-caffeinated fluid for every calorie that you consume. This works out between (8-12) 8oz glasses of Green Tea or Water a day.

2. Benefits of Fiber
Recommend consuming 25-35 grams of fiber per day. Since the average diet contains only 14 grams we could all use more fiber. Fiber will help satisfy hunger pangs as well as control insulin and blood sugar levels which tend to promote fat storage when they are elevated. By simply eating at least 1 serving of fruit and vegetables at every meal should get you to the goal of 25-35 grams of fiber per day.

3. The Importance of Protein
Eat lean protein sources which include; lean beef, chicken breasts, turkey breasts, salmon, low-fat cottage cheese and other low-fat dairy products, and whey protein powders, at every meal. This will also help control insulin levels and satisfy hunger pangs which tend to promote fat storage. You will find yourself naturally eating less food throughout the day if you eat some type of lean protein at every meal.

4. Frequent Meals: Why?
Eat 4-6 small meals day a day instead of the usual 2-3 large meals. Eating frequently will help regulate and boost your metabolism to burn more calories. By also including your protein and vegetables at these meals you will tend to eat less overall thereby reducing your calorie intake.

5. What are Whole Foods?
Consume whole foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar such as lean protein (lean beef, chicken, fish, and whey protein), fruits & vegetables (oranges, apples, strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, peppers, asparagus, carrots, nuts (almonds, cashews, & walnuts), and whole grains.
Try to minimize processed foods that come in a box or a bag. Instead choose whole grain choices such as whole wheat foods, oatmeals, and vegetables.

6. Healthy Fats: Yes, there are healthy fats
Consume adequate amounts of healthy fat foods such as olive oil, walnuts, almonds, or other Omega-3 products. Healthy fats are great antioxidants as well as help with brain function and many other essentials processes that take place in the body on a daily basis. Essential Fatty acids also help prevent certain diseases.

7. Superfoods
Include what I call “Superfoods” into your meal plan on a daily basis. These include but not entirely lean meat, salmon, low fat plain yogurt, tomatoes, spinach, mixed berries, whole oats, mixed nuts, olive oil, flax seeds(or flax meal), green tea, and various beans. These are just some of the “Superfoods” you should be incorporating into your daily meal plans.

8. Fat
Keep total fat intake under 30% for the day. This can be accomplished by not adding too many extra fats such as butter, sour cream, mayonnaise, etc. This doesn’t mean you have to completely eliminate these items, but do not eat them as a regular food item every day.

9. Food Log: Yes, this is the most important step
Record what you eat and drink. You will be amazed at what you consume and not even realize you did it until you right it down and reflect back on the day. Keeping a food log is critical to your success because if modifications need to be made you need something to be able to evaluate and analyze. If changes aren’t happening like you had hoped the answer can usually be found in your food and or exercise journal.

10. Food Labels
Review food labels. Avoid foods packed with excess sugar, calories, or foods that contain any trans-fats. You should be looking for more natural foods and not overly-processed foods. Ingredients to look for and avoid or minimize if they are one of the top ingredients listed in the ingredients list: Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Hydrogenated or Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil.

If you see these ingredients listed at the top then that means the product is made up of that ingredient as it’s largest source.

Now I don’t expect you to make every change in one day. What I do expect is that if you are serious about living a better life and a healthier life then you need to make these changes over the next 4 weeks. The best way to accomplish this task is to map out your plan. Create meal plans and have a plan of attack in place in regards to what you are eating and when.

You will start to see just how easy it is to live a healthier life and achieve the goals that you desire.

Jayson Hunter RD, CSCS is the author of the Carb Rotation Diet. To discover the 5 absolute truths Every Serial Dieter Who Seeks Rapid-Weight loss MUST come to grips with visit The Carb Rotation Diet.

More Good News About Chocolate - Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips - Natural Health Information

More Good News About Chocolate - Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips - Natural Health Information