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Healthy Living: Craving Sweets?

If you’re craving something sweet, eat fewer reduced-fat cookies and eat more fruit! Fruit provides fiber, vitamins and minerals that cookies may not provide.  Some high NuVal scoring fruits are apricots, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, oranges, cranberries and starfruit. All these fruits score a 100!

Healthy Living: Which Cereal to Choose?

Cereals have the largest range of NuVal scores in the store. The scores can range from as low as 2, all the way up to a perfect 100. The scores of cereals are mainly influenced by three nutrients sodium, sugar and fiber. Sugar and sodium will lower the score, whereas fiber will increase the score.

Hodgson Mill Unprocessed Wheat Bran has a score you can’t bet, 100! Both Food Club Bite Size Shredded Wheat and Food Club Essential Choice Puffed Wheat have a high score of a 91. Pick up one of these Food Club cereals for an inexpensive, nutritious and delicious breakfast.

Family Matters: Granola

Granola tends to be under the health halo, but can be high in sugar. Here is a recipe for a delicious crisp, chunky granola that would be delicious with creamy Greek yogurt.

Banana Nut Granola
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 16

2 cups Food Club Regular Oatmeal
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup dried bananas
1/2 cup Food Club Honey
2 Tbs Food Club Canola Oil

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl combine oatmeal, walnuts and dried bananas; mix well.  Add honey and canola oil to mix; make sure granola is evenly coated. Spread granola over a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Let granola cool before serving.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 115, Fat: 5 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 1 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 2 g

© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.

Healthy Living: Emotional Eating

Emotions and foods are closely tide together. We all have that one food we turn to when emotions strike, whether it is sad, anxious, home sick, or mad, all we want to do is eat that one food for relief.

It’s ok from time to time to have your comfort food in moderation, but finding a healthy outlet for your emotions is very important.  When your emotions strike and all you want to do is eat chocolate, ice cream or whatever your go to food is, pick another outlet to relieve stress like walking.

Lately, when I feel stressed out or overwhelmed instead of picking up a candy bar and eating a bowl of ice cream I go for a walk in the park.

Healthy Living: Light Sandwich

When you think of sandwiches and salads you tend to think they are the healthier choice on a menu, but sandwiches and salads can quickly turn into a nutrition nightmare.

When making a sandwich at home, pick bread with a high NuVal score, such as whole wheat breads and thin bread. Then pick up either lite mayonnaise, mustard or both. Spread about a teaspoon of mayonnaise or mustard over a slice of bread. Place one slice of cheese and meat onto your bread, the cheese and meat should be about an ounce each.

Last, but not least load your sandwich with vegetables, like onions, tomatoes, lettuce and pickles. Avoid stuffing your sandwich with meat and cheese; stuff it with fresh vegetables with a little lite spread of your choice.

Healthy Living: February is American Heart Month

February is American Hearth month and that means it’s a good moment to think about a disease that kills more than 600,000 Americans each year. Heart disease is the leading killer amongst both men and women.

But there are lots you can do to stay heart healthy. According to the CDC, making these healthy lifestyle choices can help:

  • Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat.
  • Select fat-free, 1percent fat, and low-fat dairy products.
  • Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.
  • Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol. Aim to eat less than 300 mg of cholesterol each day.
  • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars.
  • Select and purchase foods lower in salt/sodium.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. That means no more than one drink per day if you’re a woman and two drinks per day if you’re a man.
  • Keep an eye on your portion sizes.

It’s also important to know the signs of an impending heart attack, because they can start slowly and symptoms may seem mild. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, these are the signs that may mean a heart attack is in progress.

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. May occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.

February is American Heart Month, heart disease has probably already touched you or someone you know. Make it your mission to fight heart disease and stop the No.1 killer in America. Go RED for someone you love.

Healthy Living: Don’t get discouraged!

By now, I’m sure those of you who made your ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ are either really regretting the decision, or struggling with the routine, or have given up already.  While I know there are a handful of people that feel great and are sticking with their goals, this is for those of you who may be feeling like you set your sites a bit too high.

Consider this; animals, in the cool of winter, tend to pack on more weight to help keep them fueled and warm through the winter.  The hibernating bear is probably the best example of this that pops into everyone’s mind.  I only make that point to make this one; a friend of mine (who is a body builder) and I were talking healthy living and he made a point about ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ and the time of year.

“Most people are spinning their wheels,” he stated.  “Your body, like a bears, naturally stores weight this time of year.   As weather warms up, your body changes modes.”

While this makes absolute common sense, it is a fact that you wouldn’t even consider unless someone actually mentioned it to you.  If you are exercising and not seeing results; even with a good balanced diet and exercise; don’t be so quick to get discouraged.  A good exercise routine with at least 30 minutes of Cardio a day might not be yielding the results you want based on your bodies’ attempt to continue to store fat. Try increasing you Cardio workouts and really focus on your diet!  Fruits, veggies, and lean proteins!  The summer sun is fast approaching and if you want to look your best; stay strong with your resolutions and try to improve your workout every time you are in the gym.  Walk a little further, jog a little longer, lift a little more!  

Competing with yourself is an excellent way to gauge your own improvement and help keep yourself motivated.

Healthy Living: Fiber

Eating foods that are high in fiber not only keep your intestinal track healthy but it also lowers your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Fiber is an important element in a weight loss regiments because fiber helps you feel full longer. Fiber cannot be broken down by human enzymes but soluble fiber can be broken down by bacteria in your intestine.

Some foods that are high in fiber are fruits, vegetables, beans, oats, barley, and whole grains. Next time you want something fruity, skip the fruit juices and go for the actual fruit. When you drink fruit and vegetable juices, you are losing fiber that you would get from the actual fruit or vegetable.

Healthy Living: It’s a New Year!

It’s a New Year!  I know what you’re thinking… The holidays are over; what will the scale read!  DON’T PANICK! We are all there with you and I have a solution that will help you to return to “pre-holiday” weight.  All that hard work we’ve done the past year to preserve won’t be lossed and you will have a ‘healthy living’ lifestyle!

As far as your exercise routine goes, I know it’s tough, but think of it this way—the New Year is here and you can have a fresh start on achieving this years resolution.  One that will blow last year’s out of the water I’m sure… and you’ll need to get conditioned for your new regimen. Even a simple exercise routine to help you maintain your current stamina level is a good thing.

Make it a point to take 10-15 minutes before your shower everyday to do some simple core exercises such as crunches, some lower body exercises such as squats or lunges, and some upper body exercises like pushups or pull-ups. These simple exercises don’t require any exercise equipment and, as such, are easy to squeeze into even the busiest schedule. Work them into the evenings or first thing in the morning! Below is a list of ‘Fat Buster’ exercises that you can use to make a more effective use of your time if you aren’t good at compiling exercise routines:

Guys –

Pushups:  6 sets of 10 – start with 10 Wide grip pushups, then 10 with your hands shoulder width apart, then 10 with your hands close together. Repeat these sets a second time to get the full 60 reps and try to take as little time in between each exercise as possible.

Core : 50 Crunches – while this might not be a major set of core, it will at least help you maintain your current core strength. You can modify this section to best fit your workout needs if you have other core exercises that work better for you.

Legs: 25 Squats followed by 25 lunges.  Again, try to do these all back to back and if you need a break; take only as much as you need. 

Gals –

Pushups:  3 sets of 10 – start with 10 Wide grip pushups, then 10 with your hands shoulder width apart, then 10 with your hands close together. Remember gals, these exercises are  designed to help shape your upper body and while that’s not a concern for most women, this will help to burn unwanted fat and get your heart rate up. You can do these sets with your knees on the ground in the half pushup position.

Core : 50 Crunches – while this might not be a major set of core, it will at least help you maintain your current core strength, you can modify this section to best fit your workout needs if you have other core exercises that work better for you.

Legs: 25 Squats followed by 25 lunges. Again, try to do these all back to back and if you need a break; take only as much as you need.

As I mentioned before, this quick exercise set is designed to help you get your heart rate up and help your body maintain and possibly build strength.  If this routine looks incredibly difficult, take your time and do what you can.  Remember to aid this workout program by avoiding bad eating habits.  If you want to snack, pick the fruits, veggies, and proteins!

Healthy Living: Weight Gain

We all know that weight gain does not just happen over night; it may feel like it does but logically it does not. You may wonder how this 5 pounds or 20 pounds just appeared. Well think back to what has changed in your life. Has your job prevented you from doing your daily workout? Has the weather made it impossible to do your afternoon walk? Have you been running the kids to soccer and cheer practice and have not had time to cook, so you have just been going through the drive though? Well whatever it is try to fix it.

A lot of it has to do with time. Try to make time to prepare a simple yet healthy dinner. In the morning may be the perfect time to get a little exercise in with a morning walk. Just like the way the weight gain came over a period of time, it will be lost in the same manner. It may take a few weeks to see results but keep trying! 

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