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Energy-Boosting Super Foods

November 28, 2012
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Shopping, working, playing….whatever is zapping your energy, rev up your levels with these three surprising foods:

1. Apricots: Dried or fresh, this super fruit is rich in natural sugars and carbs for energy but also has some good-for-you vitamins like potassium and Vitamin A. You’ll notice that some dried fruits say they are ‘sulphered’ (which is actually used to keep the food fresher, longer) but we know a few people with a sulphur allergy — which is why we like this all-natural brand: Made in Nature.

2. Walnuts: A great source of omega-3 fatty acids and energy producing carbs, you need about an ounce of walnuts a day to get health benefits – that’s about seven shelled walnuts. If you’re adding these into your daily diet, we suggest you stick with the organic version, which is why we really like Good Sense Organic Walnuts.

3. Chia: Remember those Chia pets from the 90s? Well, this is a little different – Chia is actually the Mayan word for strength. This Dr. Oz super food is healthier than coffee and is a great addition to your morning smoothie. There are a lot of great options but we’ve tried Navitas Natural Chia Seeds.

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Average Kid Consumes Up to 7,000 Calories on Halloween Night

October 30, 2012
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With obesity statistics sky-rocketing and the rate of cavities the highest in 40 years Halloween needs a brand overhaul. According to Time Magazine and Donna Arnett, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s School of Public Health, “Based on the nutrition labels on popular candies, the average child accumulates 3,500 to 7,000 calories worth of treats on Halloween night. According to a recent report, a 100-pound child who consumed all of those treats, or 7,000 calories, would have to walk for nearly 44 hours to burn those calories.” And kids have fast metabolisms…think about us adults! Even if you don’t have kids, you may be tempted to over-indulge with all that extra candy at the office or left over treats from the stash you were giving to trick-or-treaters.

To survive Halloween’s massive calorie consumption, try these 4 tips:

1. Sell Your Candy to a Good Cause

More than 1,000 dentists nationwide are buying candy from kids at $1 per pound and then shipping it to U.S. troops overseas via Operation Gratitude as part of a Halloween Candy Buy-Back program, started by Wisconsin dentist Dr. Chris Kammer.

2. Purchase Candy You Don’t Like

Don’t use Halloween as an excuse to buy your favorite candy for lucky trick-or-treaters as you’ll be tempted to indulge…one for you, one for me…instead, buy your least favorite candy (we can already think of a few) and forget about the risk of racking up extra pounds.

3. Freeze It

Take out enough candy for the week – and literally put the rest in the freezer. It will be such a pain to unfreeze your chocolate bars (and a bit desperate) that you’ll pass your craving before it can defrost.

4. Eat Dinner

Before taking your kids trick or treating, or before handing out candy to kids, eat a full dinner. If you’re full, you’re less likely to fill up on sweets.

 

Photo via Flickr: by JefferyTurner

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How to Freeze Fruit

October 8, 2012

D Sharon Pruitt

Each season we bid adieu to a new group of brightly colored, highly nutritious organic fresh fruits. But…with a little planning you can have any fruit you want year-round.

Thanks to AllRecipes.com for their tips of freezing fruit.

1. Wash fruits and get rid of any damaged ones (especially pay attention with blueberries).

2. For delicate berries like strawberries arrange on a single layer on a baking sheet and then freeze. Once they are frozen then put them in a plastic freezer bag in the freezer.

3. For fruits that can turn brown quickly like apples, treat with Vitamin C. Find the powdered form in health food stores and then make a “wash” by dissolving 1/2 a teaspoon of the powder and 3 tablespoons of water. Sprinkle your mixture over your cut fruit before freezing.

For the elusive frozen bananas (ours seem to collect ice crystals and turn brown–We’ve gone to LiveStrong.com for their advice. For preparation for smoothies they suggest peeling, cutting into 1/2 slices and putting on wax or parchment paper and then place the banana slices onto it in a single layer and put in the freezer in a level spot for 30 minutes to an hour to solidify. Otherwise, peel the bananas and put in a zipper freezer bag. Peeled frozen bananas can last up to four months, while those frozen with the peel last only two months. Push as much air as you can out of the bag before sealing it shut. Don’t crowd or squish the bananas because it will make them harder to separate when you want to use them.

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3 Surprising Foods That Pack on Pounds

September 18, 2012
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If you consider yourself a healthy eater, you just may be surprised to learn the shocking foods that could make you gain weight!

1. Fruit-flavored yogurt

Some brands of this stuff can be packed with about 25 grams of added sugar and an extra 100 calories. Instead, choose plain, nonfat yogurt and add a few slices of fresh strawberries or a handful of fresh blueberries. Yes, a little more time and money but a lot healthier!

2. Breakfast cereal (even the allegedly healthy kind)

If you’re guilty of eating cereal straight from the box, stop. Even lower-calorie, high-fiber cereals can add up in calorie count when eaten by the non-portion-controlling handful. Instead, only eat cereal with your liquid of choice (coconut milk, skim milk, almond milk). Not only will it fill you up faster but you’ll be forced to create the correct portion size. Also – check out how much cereal you’re actually pouring in the bowl. Until you get used to what a normal size is (about 2/3 a cup) use a measuring cup–you’ll be surprised at how much less it is than your traditional over-pours.

3. Sushi

Well, really just sushi with rice. If you must have a “roll” opt for one with brown rice and even better — order it wrapped in cucumber.

 

 

Photo Courtesy: by El Ronzo