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postheadericon Blueberries Make the Most Delicious Smoothies

Blueberries are delicious!

Blueberries

Blueberries

I love blueberries! They are not only full of flavor, they are chock full of nutrition. Breakfast time is when you need to get some nutrition into your body so you can feel good & give your body the energy it needs to start the day off right. Blueberries have tons of Vitamin C, are high in manganese, have lots of dietary fiber, lots of antioxidants, and are low in calories. The nutritional qualities of this special fruit are simply some of the best found in fruits. If you live somewhere in which fresh blueberries aren’t available, simply buy them frozen. Frozen blueberries are flash frozen (as all fruits are) so they still contain all the essential nutrients that will keep your feeling strong and healthy.

Recipe

This Blueberry Smoothie recipe is one that you will love so much you’re sure to add it to your list of favorite healthy breakfast meals. It’s easy to make and great for those mornings when you’re running late because you can throw all the ingredients into a blender, blend away, and then take it with you.

Ingredients

Apple Juice – 1 1/4 cups Orange Juice – 2 tbsp Banana – 1 large Blueberries – 2 cups, semi-frozen Raspberries or Blackberries – 3/4 cups (really, you can add any of your favorite berries here) Ice – for a little extra-added texture (optional) Walnuts – 1/8 cup (optional)

Directions

Simply toss all the above ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite container, preferable one that keeps drinks super cold so the smoothie doesn’t start to melt and separate as smoothies tend to do.

Suggestions

You can add blueberries to a variety of breakfast foods. Sprinkle them on top of your waffles, pancakes, or french toast. Or put them on your yogurt, along with some flax seeds, chia seeds, and granola.

 

postheadericon Food – Eat a Super Food for Breakfast & Get Lots of Nutrition with Very Few Calories

Food provides us with nutrients

Food = Nutrients!

Food

We all know that we need to eat food to live. What’s important is the types of food that you choose to eat. You’ll need to make sure that (at least most of the time!) you choose to eat a food that is full of the nutrients so that your body gets the nutrients it needs so you can feel good throughout the whole day.

Super Foods

Super foodsare foods that are high in nutrition yet are low in calories. These super foods are foods that can help you stay healthy, lose weight, are easy to use in recipes, and are best of all – delicious! It’s important that you do your best to make healthy food choices, as well as trying to incorporate a variety of these healthy foods into your everyday diet.

List of Super Foods

(for breakfast)

Blueberries

There are lots of easy ways to add blueberries to your breakfast meal! This super food is amcheap michael kors uk perfect addition to both hot and cold cereals. Or pour a handful of blueberries on top of pancakes, waffles, and french toast. Blueberries taste fantastic on top of non-fat yogurt.

Non-Fat Yogurt

Eating non-fat yogurtis a great super food and is a great way to get a high dose of protein, as well as calcium, B-vitamins, potassium, and magnesium. Non-fat yogurt also contains probiotics, which are good bacteria that helps keep your digestive tract healthy as well as helping keep your immune system strong.

Eggs

Eggs are a consider to be a super food because it contains lots of nutrients all neatly packed in a little oval package. The versatility that eggsoffer are also one of the reason why this super food is so popular!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a super food that although is not usually associated with a breakfast meal, makes a great addition to a variety of breakfast meals. Simply cut them up and bake them in a 420° oven for about 25 minutes. Drizzle them with olive oil and add a dash of salt while being sure to turn them once about 15 minutes in.

Berries

Berries are one of the super foods that are super easy to add to just about any breakfast meal. There are so many various types of berries – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries – the list goes on and on.

 

postheadericon Calories – How to Figure Out How Many Calories You’re Eating in a Day

Calories - About 115 in 1 large apple

Calories – About 115 in 1 large apple

Calories

Counting calories is important to managing your weight. Whenever I have tried to lose weight over the years, I would try a variety of techniques – cutting out fat, eating less carbohydrates, not eating after a certain time at night – you get the picture. What I’ve finally come to realize is that it’s all about the almighty calorie! If you eat just the right amount (of recommended daily) calories, you’ll maintain your current weight. If you eat a little less, you’ll lose weight. If you eat a little more, you’ll gain weight. It’s pretty simple if you think about it. Well, the counting part is simple. The adhering to it is not always so simple!

How Many Calories

Whether you want to maintain, lose, or gain weight, you’ll need to first find out what your recommended daily allotment of caloriesis. Once you have this number, you can now start planning for how many calories you’re going to subtract if you want to lose weight. A gradual loss of one to two pounds a week is the best way to lose weight, and keep it off. Say you need 2,200 calories a day to maintain your weight, yet you want to lose 1 pound that week. Since 3,500 calories is equal to one pound, you’ll need to subtract 500 calories from each day, leaving you an average of 1,700 calories that you can eat for that day in order to lose 1 pound for the week.

Calorie Counter

So how many calories are you eating every day? You can figure them out using a few different techniques. Using a calorie counter/calculatoris a really good idea when you’re first starting to count your calories as it allows you to enter a food in order to get the amount of calories in that particular food. At the end of the day you’ll have a total of the calories you ate for that day.

Good to Know

Over time, you’ll start to learn how many calories are in a particular food, making it so that every time you eat you’ll be able to count the calories in your head. Also, since you are limited in the amount of calories you can eat for the day, make every single one count (for nutritional purposes)! 1 gram of protein = 4 calories 1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories 1 gram of fat = 9 calories!

 

postheadericon Are Eggs Healthy? – Is There Really a Difference Between Eggs?

Brown & White Eggs

Fresh eggs are the best! I love eating eggs that are scrambled, fried, over-easy, poached, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, hmmm… am I forgetting something? Eggs are so versatile, making them one of my favorite breakfast foods, for sure!

Egg Differences

- Brown vs. White Did you know the only difference between brown and white eggs is the color? There is no nutritional difference when it comes to brown and white eggs. Brown may cost more simply due to the fact that brown hens are larger (when compared to white hens) and thus require more food.

Egg Health

So are eggs healthy to eat? The general answer is yes, if they come from happy chickens, as well as being eaten in moderation. Of course, different people could have different nutritional needs, which makes it necessary for everyone to fully understand and thus be aware of their own particular nutritional needs.

Nutrition in Eggs

One large egg contains about 70 calories, of which 45 of those calories are derived from fat. Small amounts of sodium, vitamin A, vitamin B12, riboflavin, calcium, and iron, as well as a few other vitamins and minerals are also included.

Protein in Eggs

One large egg contains about 6 grams of protein, which is almost 15% of the recommended daily amount of protein. Protein is an essential nutrient that should make up roughly 25% to 35% of your daily caloric intake.

Cholesterol in Eggs

Eggs are high in cholesterol, meaning that if you need to watch your cholesterol intake, you’ll want to limit how many you eat both daily and weekly. One large egg contains about 211 mg of cholesterol, which is nearly 70% of one’s recommended daily intake! So what is Cholesterol exactly? Cholesterol is a fat-like, waxy substance that is made in the body’s cells, the liver, as well as found in certain types of foods (dairy products). Although the body needs some cholesterol, too much can lead to heart disease.

Bottom Line

Eating an egg for breakfast, or for that matter any time of the day, can help give you some of the essential nutrients that your body requires to keep it fit and strong. Be sure to check out some of the breakfast recipes in order to find out some new and delicious ways you can eat this whole food.

 

postheadericon Coffee Facts – A Few Important Things You Should Know

Coffee has been a hot topic of debate for a long time, with studies showing both some top health benefits as well as some top associated health risks that have been linked to drinking coffee. There are many people who will never drink a cup of coffee, a few who will occasionally enjoy a cup or two, and then there are those who drink several cups daily. Depending on your coffee intake will help determine whether or not you’ll receive any health benefits that are associated with drinking coffee, as well as any drawbacks. Most people who drink coffee tend to do so during breakfast, although some drink it throughout the day.

About Coffee

What is Coffee?

Coffee – aka java, cup of Joe, mud, and bean juice – is made from the bean that grows on a coffee tree. Makes sense, right? Current leaders in java production include Brazil, Columbia, and Central & Eastern Africa. The types of coffee beans vary depending on the region it is grown, making it so that there is a long list of coffee types sold all over the world. If you are indeed a regular java drinker, please consider buying Fair Trade Coffee. By doing so you are helping the farmers who actually grow this popular commodity so that they are able to earn a wage they deserve, thus helping them escape the poverty level that most coffee farmers find themselves in.

Coffee Health

For the most part, a good ol’ cup of Joe can be considered to be a healthy part of your everyday diet. A 6-ounce cup with nothing added contains about 7 calories, which is a small chunk of one’s overall calories for the day. Just remember to include the calories from any additions you might make to your cup of java, such as creamer, sugar, etc. -There are a lot of mud drinking health benefits, such as those who drink mud on a regular basis are less like to get Parkinson’s disease, certain cancers, strokes, and/or develop type 2 diabetes. -A few java drinking drawbacks include the fact that it is a diuretic, which means that you’ll most likely be going to the bathroom more often than you would if you weren’t drinking coffee. Coffee also contains acids that can make any existing heartburn problems worse. Lastly, drinking between 4 & 7 cups of java every day can lead to anxiety, irritability, and sleeping problems. So count your cups! -Although many people drink bean juice so they can experience the energy effects, caffeine can raise your blood pressure, which is not good for those who already have blood pressure problems.

Coffee Facts

-In 2009, the average java drinker drank 416 8-ounce cups of java. -An estimated 1/5 of the worlds coffee drinkers live in the United States. -Coffee must be stored in an airtight container in a dark, cool place. (Light, air, moisture, and heat are all considered enemies of coffee!)

 

postheadericon Vegetarian Breakfast – Bagel w/Cream Cheese, Tomato, and… Bacon?

A Great Alternative to Regular Bacon!

Choosing to eat a Vegetarian Breakfast is easier than some may think, making this healthy breakfast recipe a must for practicing vegetarians as well as one that people who aren’t vegetarians will surely like, as well!

Vegetarian

I ate this breakfast a lot while in college just a couple years ago, and loved it so much that I have made it a regular part of my diet. I had a few leftover pieces of bacon from breakfast the previous day and as I was making a bagel with cream cheese, I wondered what it would taste like if I added bacon. And since I love BLT sandwiches, and I had a few tomatoesthat were ripe, I began to experiment. I toasted the bagel until it was well done (I like just about all my foods well done), put about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese on top (watch those fat calories!), then the bacon, and then the tomatoes on top. I took a bite of my new creation, and liked it so much that I ate this as a mid-breakfast snack at least once a week.

BAGEL:

Choose a whole wheat or whole grain bagel that contains as few ingredients as possible. TIP – Wait until the bagel cools off for a minute or two before putting on the cream cheese so it won’t melt into the bagel. Unless you like that, of course! (A bagel is considered to be a vegetarian food.)

CREAM CHEESE:

Substitute Neufchatel Cheese, which tastes very similar and contains about 30% less in both fat and calories. (Cream cheese is considered to be a vegetarian food.)

TOMATOES:

Choose your favorite tomato – Roma, Beefsteak, Hothouse, it’s up to you! Remember to add a dash of salt to bring out that great tomato flavor! (Tomatoes are considered to be a vegetarian food.)

BACON:

Since eating bacon has been considered to be not so healthy due to the nitrates, I started to use Smart Bacon instead. This is a great bacon substitute for vegetarians! Although it may take some time to get used to the difference, I highly recommend giving it a try as it is so much better for you and can easily be integrated into your healthy diet regime. (Regular bacon is notconsidered to be a vegetarian food.)

Vegetarianism

I’ve only recently thought about becoming a vegetarian. I’ve always liked to eat meat, so although the thought has crossed my mind from time to time, I never thought about seriously until lately. I watched the documentary Forks over Knives and it was a real eye-opener. I’ve cut down on how much meat I eat, and am currently finding meat substitutes, such as the Smart Bacon mentioned here in this post. Now the idea of being vegetarian is appealing to me and I think about this every time I go grocery shopping. For instance, recently I wanted to buy lunch meat and I looked for a vegetarian substitute and found one. Although eating vegetarian foods will take some getting used to, that’s fine. I just add a few other foods (avocado, red leaf lettuce, provolone cheese) to make the overall sandwich one that is quite delicious!

 

postheadericon What is a Calorie?

People who want to lose weight and people who want to preserve a healthy lifestyle should know about counting calories. But what exactly is a calorie? And why is keeping track of how many calories you need so very important? Simply put, a calorie is a way of measuring heat energy. One calorie is needed to heat one gram of water by 1°. A calorie was an engineering term until around 1960 when it was replaced by SI units and Joules. A calorie is a very small unit and so when we speak of calories we usually mean kilocalories (kcal). What you really need to know is that when we talk of food containing 325 kcal, that’s the amount of energy your body will take in. Women roughly need about 2000 calories a day and men about 2500 for a healthy body weight. Exercise should be part of your everyday activities so you can burn off any excess calorie intake. If you take in 2000 calories a day without any exercise, you are more apt to put on weight, because your body will stock any extra energy (calories) as fat. When you exercise you will burn off the fat to create the energy your body needs. If you spend all day in the office you will need fewer calories to maintain your weight. To lose weight, you shouldn’t cut out too many calories at once. Simply cut about 10% of your caloric intake out and keep track to see not only how much weight you’re losing but how you feel, as well. Remember, when you cut out calories you need to make sure you’re still getting all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and strong! Good To Know On food and drink packaging the calories are usually noted in Kilocalories (kcal) and kilojoules (KJ) for every 100 grams. A joule is equal to 4.2 calories. When you are counting calories either for keeping a healthy body weight or for dieting, beware of food and drink that are “light". They might have fewer calories, but they are often lacking in other nutrients that are essential for good health.

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