Archive for May, 2011

postheadericon What Exactly Does Eating a Healthy Breakfast Mean?

Eating a healthy breakfast means that you must choose foods that are considered to be high in nutrition. All foods chosen don’t have to healthy, but at least the majority of the meal should consist of things like whole-grains, low-fat proteins, low-fat dairy products, and lots of fruits and vegetables. Whole Grains. Contain the entire kernel so you receive the full nutritional benefits that these grains have to offer. • Breads, muffins, pancakes, waffles. Low-Fat Proteins. Offer the benefits of protein while being lower in fat, leading to a healthier you! • Low-fat meats, fish, poultry. Low-Fat Dairy. Eat your favorite dairy products in their low-fat version when possible as this is not only a healthier choice, it will save you lots of calories! • Low-fat milk, sour cream, cheese, yogurt. Lots of Fruits and Vegetables. You can never go wrong when you choose to eat any fruit or any vegetable! Since the list is so long, I’ll list some of my favorites. • Apples, bananas, grapefruit, grapes, melon, pineapple, cantaloupe, and oranges. Lima beans, peas, green beans, asparagus, and squash. Combining both carbohydrates and proteins together will help keep you full longer.

postheadericon Vitamin C Benefits

Make sure you give your body the recommended daily amounts of Vitamin C! Every time a study is performed on this safe and effective nutrient, the researchers are always finding out that Vitamin C provides many more benefits than originally thought. Be sure to check to see exactly what your recommended daily intake should be by visiting http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-vitamin-c. Vitamin C: • Helps protect against immune system deficiencies and cardiovascular disease. • Helps people deal with stress. • Helps fight off colds. Doesn’t prevent them, though. • Helps skin wrinkling as we age • Helps lower risk of stroke. Of course, the best way to get your daily dose is to eat foods that are high in of Vitamin C. The following is a list of Vitamin C-rich foods along with the recommended daily intake amount. • Orange Juice – 1 cup • Tomato Juice – 1 cup • Cantaloupe – 1 cup • Kiwi – 1 medium-sized • Broccoli – 1 cup cooked • Red Pepper – 1/2 cup Tips for Consuming More Vitamin C • Add fresh fruit and/or berries to your muffins, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, and cereal. • Snack on pre-cut up fruits and/or vegetables, making sure to change it up so you never get bored! • Add dried fruit to your cereal for something a little different, or simply snack on the dried fruit. Yum! Good To Know Vitamin C is not stored in the body, so if you consume too much you simply pee it out later. Although, it is recommended that you don’t exceed more than 2,000 mg a day as this can upset your stomach.

postheadericon The Importance of Eating a Healthy Breakfast

We’ve all heard that eating breakfast is essential as it is the most important meal of the day. It’s true!! Breakfast is the time for you to get some food into your body, which has been fasting all night long while you were sleeping, which is how the name break-fast came to be. You Have to Eat to Lose Weight If you skip breakfast because you think it will help you lose weight, it won’t In fact, you’re creating quite the adverse effect-your body thinks it’s not going to get any food so it starts to save calories instead of burning them. So speed up your body’s metabolism by eating a healthy breakfast! Children Need Their Nutrients Children are still growing, making eating a nutritious breakfast even more important. Not only their bodies need the vitamins and minerals from eating healthy foods, their brain relies on the glucose in foods to function properly. Breakfast Benefits • You’re giving your body the fuel it needs to get started for the day. • Improved concentration. More alert. • More stamina and energy to get you through the day. • Helps to lower your cholesterol level. • Can reduce your risk of heart disease. • Helps to control your weight.