Some foods that you many not think have gluten just might have it. For example, soy sauce is a sneaky source of gluten but it is so good on stir-fry. Look for tamari, which is a wheat-free version of soy sauce.
Diabetes is a difficult disease to live with, therefore you need support. Support is a crucial component in any challenge in life that you are dealing with. If you do not have a good support system the likelihood of you being successful is slim. Talk to your family member about your plans and eating habits to improve your health. If everyone joins on the bandwagon on a healthier lifestyle not only will it help you excel but it will also benefit your family. If you do not have support within your family, do some research on local diabetes group or mention it to a friend they may know someone dealing with diabetes that needs support as well.
How do you thaw your meats? Do you place them in the refrigerator, in a sink with water or just lay it out on the counter? The best way to thaw your frozen meat is to just place it in the refrigerator. When you leave your meat on the counter, it goes through the temperature danger zone, where bacteria rapidly multiply. Your other option, if you do not thaw in the refrigerator, is to keep the meat under cold running water. The important thing here is that the water is constantly running and that its cold. When having meat in a meal that needs to be thawed, just plan ahead.
In the summer your kids are going over to friends’ houses and going to sleepovers. To insure that your child is not being exposed to gluten, review your child on what they can and cannot eat. Tell the parents that your child is staying with, what your child should avoid and what is generally ok for them to eat. You may want to pack gluten-free snack for your kid while they are away from home.
Applesauce is such a delicious snack to have, especially when the applesauce is cold. Did you know that you can substitute applesauce for oil in a recipe? It is ideal to use unsweetened applesauce but if that is not what you have then sweetened is just fine. If you are using sweetened applesauce, just make sure that you reduce the sugar so you do not get a super sweet surprise. You can start by using a little applesauce and the remainder oil, doing half applesauce and half oil, or you can go all the way and use all applesauce. All you have to do is match the applesauce to oil, so if a recipe calls for 1 cup of oil just add 1 cup of applesauce. This substitute is not great for everything but it works for cake, muffin, and bread recipes. Why would you do this? Well when you substitute the applesauce for oil you are reducing the amount of fat which results in lower calories.
If you have trouble with portion sizes or can not stop yourself from eating the whole box of cookies, try a small snack size bag. Buying snack size products are ideal to have around the house. When buying a snack size product just grab that one snack size package, eat just that package, and do not go back for more.
Snack size items help you control yourself when eating food, so you do not overeat. When eating something out of a big box or a big bag, it is hard to just quit, you just continue to snack and before you know it the whole box or bag is gone. If you can not buy something that is premeasured in a package, do it yourself. Just measure out a serving size, put it in a bag, and enjoy just that serving size later.
Summer is here! There are several things to remember to make your day in the sun a safe and happy one.
- Stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day (10 am and 4 pm)
- ALWAYS wear sunscreen (15 SPF or higher)
- Wear sunglasses to protect eyes from the sun
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head, face, and neck
NuVal is finally here! As you have seen in our stores, the nutritional scoring system that was developed by a scientific expert panel led by Dr. David Katz of Yale was officially launched in our stores on Wednesday, June 16th. NuVal puts all of the nutritional information and ingredients of an item into a very complicated formula and produces a score between 1 and 100. The higher the score, the more nutritional the item is for you. The score is located on the shelf tag in front of the item. In my last blog, I talked about blueberries. As I said, blueberries are in season now and make a great snack…..and they are very healthy! They are one of the few items that score 100!
One thing to remember – some categories may not seem to score very high. For example, cheese scores between 3 and 35 with an average of 21. You shouldn’t necessarily stop eating cheese; just choose one of the more healthy varieties. The two highest rated categories are fruits and vegetables, with an average rating of 96. I guess mom was right when she said I should eat all of my vegetables!
For more information about NuVal, please visit their website at www.nuval.com or ask one of your local Brookshire partners. We would be happy to help you understand the program and answer any questions that you might have.
When on a gluten-free diet, you know that the simpler the food the better. When you pick up a process food, there are so many different ingredients it makes your head spin, you start to wonder does this mean it has gluten in it, then you start feeling defeated, and think I just can not do this gluten-free diet. Well guess what? I have a quick fix for you. Go to the fresh produce section!
Look around do you see any label; anything that has stabilizers or modified starches? No! Fresh produce is where you should start spending most of your time in the store. In fresh produce you will not have to look at each product to see the ingredients. When you discover that, in fact, you do have a lot to choose from on a gluten-free diet then you will feel like you can succeed.
“I’m going to start eating healthier…” How many times have you said that? I know I have many, many times and usually that means a day or two of cutting back on soft drinks and eating “healthy” snack bars between meals. Today as I was eating my favorite “health” bar I decided to look at the nutritional information. As I read the numbers I stopped eating. While more nutritious than the well known candy bars on the market, I don’t know that I would classify most “health” bars on the market as healthy. There is a healthier choice…..FRESH FRUIT!
This is a great time of the year to make a commitment to eating more fruit. This season’s domestic fruit harvest has begun to hit our stores including many choices from local growers – peaches, nectarines, cantaloupes, watermelons and my personal favorite – blueberries. We are fortunate that some of the best blueberries available are grown right here in our area. Blueberries are sweet, refreshing and VERY nutritious. One cup of blueberries has only 84 calories and is packed with age fighting antioxidants. So the next time you have a craving for a snack, reach for a handful of blueberries! Your body will thank you!
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Tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, every Tuesday.
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