Are you a diabetic but still have a sweet tooth? Then try adding fiber to your cookies and muffins. Fruit, nuts, and oatmeal would add fiber to your sweet treats!
One of the newest craze in food right now is Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is creamier and richer than regular yogurt. Compared to other yogurts, Greek yogurt has a higher amount of protein while having a lower amount of carbohydrates and fat.
When buying Greek yogurt the wisest choice, if you’re watching your weight, is get the plain yogurt, with no flavor, and add your own fruit or even honey. But if you like a little flavor added to your yogurt you can buy that too. Dannon Greek yogurt actually has fruit at the bottom of its container and it makes a great morning snack.
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 thru? 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!
Are you in a slump with dinner every night because you are eating the same gluten-free meal? Being on a gluten-free diet is becoming more common as experts are learning more about the effects of gluten. With the increase incidence of a gluten-free lifestyle, there has been a raise in the amount of helpful resources available.
If your dinner every night is getting to be rather repetitive then you should look for a gluten-free cookbook. Gluten-free cookbooks are improving as the years progress to have a more delicious variety of foods. When you are cooking the meal you know exactly what you are putting in it; therefore there is no need to worry if your meal could contain gluten.
When we think about eating tuna, most of us think about tuna in a can. While I have eaten plenty of tuna, I had never eaten a tuna filet until recently. Tuna is very nutritional as a serving contains 179 calories, 1 gram of fat, zero carbs and 39 grams of protein. A tuna fish sandwich has always been a staple around our house.
While dining out recently, I decided to be daring and try a seared tuna steak. I’ve always eaten a lot of fish, but never had a tuna steak. Wow! It was light, healthy and delicious! Since it was seared, it had the consistency of a tender steak rather than the flakiness of fish. I liked it so much that I have prepared it at home several times over the past few weeks. I found a great recipe at one of our recipe kiosks in our store. These kiosks can be found in several of our stores and are a great resource for recipes. Next time you want to cook a healthy meal try this easy and quick to prepare recipe:
Yellowfin Tuna with Pepper Garlic Crust
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook: 5 min.
4 (8oz.) Tuna Steaks, 1 ½ inch thick
1/2 Tbs Salt
1/2 Tbs Crushed Black Peppercorns
1 Tbs Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic, Peeled and Chopped
Brush steaks with olive oil. Season with crushed black pepper and salt.
Heat oil in skillet over high heat; add garlic and brown.
Add tuna steaks and sear to desired doneness. Cook 2 min. on each side for rare center; 3 to 5 min. on each side for medium center; 5 to 8 min. each side for well-done center.
Nutritional Information: Calories 278,Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 1g, Carbs 1g, Protein 53g
The tricky part of being on a gluten-free diet is the foods that you would never expect to have gluten. By now you probably know to stay away for wheat bread, breaded vegetables and meat, and anything that has wheat in the ingredients list.
The simple part is to look at the ingredients list, see wheat, rye, or barley, put the product back and move on. There are a few items you would not immediately know to avoid. For example, caramel coloring is sometimes made from barley, therefore, that is a new ingredient for you to search for on the ingredients list. Also, imitation bacon, nondairy creamer, and seasoning mixes also may contain gluten. Always be careful when looking at the ingredients list. Like I always say when in doubt call the manufacturer!
The lazy days of summer mean hours spent by the pool. Don’t forget your designated “watcher”. If there is not a lifeguard on duty where you will be swimming, be sure to designate one adult to watch the kids. It is very important that the designated person not have any distractions.
Drowning can happen in seconds! It’s also a good idea to be trained in CPR. During the time that it takes paramedics to arrive, your training could save someone’s life.
Growing up in East Texas, I thought fried fish was one of the major food groups. At least once a week we ate fried catfish, bass, crappie, and any other fish that we caught! While fried fish is not the healthiest thing you can eat, baked or grilled fish is. Fish is low in fat and an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. With the NuVal nutritional scoring system in place in our stores, it is easy to identify and make healthy food choices. When comparing the different meat items in our stores, it is quickly apparent that fish and seafood is the most healthy protein choice. The ratings average is as follows:
- Fish and Seafood 71
- Poultry 30
- Beef 30
- Pork 28
We have many fresh fish choices in our stores such as Tilapia, Catfish, Cod, Halibut, Tuna, Sea Bass and my personal favorite Salmon. Salmon is easy to cook and very versatile. Try my favorite recipe:
Pecan Roasted Salmon
4 Salmon Fillets
1 Tbs Dijon Mustard
1 Tbs Honey
2 Tbs Panko Bread Crumbs
2 Tbs Chopped Pecans
1 tsp Parsley
Salt and Pepper to Taste (sea salt and coarse ground pepper)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Place skin side down on baking sheet.
Combine mustard and honey, brush on top of salmon.
Mix breadcrumbs, nuts and parsley and sprinkle over salmon.
Bake 10-15 minutes or until flaky.
When you are at a picnic or cook-out, do you wonder if you should eat a hot dog or a hamburger? The burger wins by just a nudge. It has 304 calories, 12 grams fat and 21 grams carbohydrates. The hot dog has 308 calories, 19 grams fat and 24 grams of carbohydrates. These numbers include buns.
If you really want to come out ahead, though, go with a grilled chicken breast (no bun) for 142 calories, 3 grams fat and zero carbohydrates!
In my last blog, I talked about the importance of a well rounded fitness routine as part of your healthy lifestyle. While, in my opinion, it is one of the most important aspects of weight loss and or a healthy lifestyle, so is your diet. “If you are working out 3 to 5 times a week and still not getting the results that you want, why not focus on something that you do 3 to 5 times a day?!”, as my work colleague and fellow ‘healthy living’ advocate said to me in a conversation we had earlier this week; “ If you are working out, but still not losing the weight like you want to, it’s all in what you’re eating”.
Regardless of what YOUR metabolism is, you can still take steps to eat healthier. Eating healthy is not always easy in today’s world, but you can control your portion sizes, or eat the healthy alternatives almost every fast food joint there is has on their menus. The food industry trend has been to move towards providing healthier foods, so take advantage of what is available. Even if “I” have a pretty decent metabolism, I still can’t go out and eat whatever I want. I am no nutritionist, but eating healthy is common sense. Stay away as much as you can from fried foods, try baking or even grilling as a healthier alternative. Watch out for foods and or snacks that are full of sugar.
Try eating more fruits and vegetables or even nuts as snacks, as opposed to crackers or cookies. By eating healthier snacks, you are also fueling your body better and avoiding extra calories (especially if you’re in a weight loss battle) that your body doesn’t need as well as helping boost your metabolism! You can even consult your physician on the right type of diet for you. Consult your local dietitian or nutritionist for more healthy tips that may better fit your dietary needs!
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Tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, every Tuesday.
On Wednesdays, get a tip or idea on using an item in the circular.
Ideas for the whole family come to you every Thursday.
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