All natural teas are good for you: green, black, herbal and others. Green tea, though, has unique plant chemicals called antioxidants that may have anti-cancer properties! Besides containing immunity-boosting substances that can help celiac disease sufferers, now it looks like it’s even more amazing! Sip a cup of hot green tea, or enjoy a tall glass of iced green. However you like it, you can feel confident that you’re giving your health a boost every time you swallow!
Have you tried the blindfold taste test? It’s a great way to learn to like new foods. Try different versions of the same food—such as canned, fresh and frozen green beans—and see which you prefer. Or try new fruits or grains that are new—and with a blindfold, the fun is intensified. The only way to know if you like it is to try it!
Beans are very high in fiber, and that may help control weight and help prevent or manage diabetes. Beans can also protect against colon cancer and heart disease. The National Institute of Medicine recommends 25 to 38 grams of fiber every day and most Americans get only 4 to 11 grams. One cup of beans provides about 15 grams. Go beans!!
Vegetables are a great source of gluten-free nutrition. Do you need some ideas on how to jazz them up a bit? How about roasting? Toss chopped veggies in a little olive oil and roast in a 375 degree oven until they’re tender and golden.
Use Chile flakes, cumin and other herbs and spices to zip them up, too!
What do you need to include in your diet, if you want it to be more heart-healthy? Doctors recommend these three points:
- Eat “good” fats rather than saturated and trans-fat containing foods.
- Eat plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids, which come from fish and nuts
- Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
These three strategies, along with physical activity, not smoking and maintaining a healthy body weight, can prevent many of the cardiovascular diseases in our culture today.
When you have special dietary needs, you don’t want to be caught short at mealtimes; that’s when you’ll be tempted to veer off your eating plan! So be prepared by cooking extra food whenever you can. Whenever you’re fixing chicken breasts, make a few extra and keep in the fridge. You might even want to add a dash of Caesar dressing to the chicken as you put them in the plastic bag. The next night, all you need to do is warm them in the microwave, serve over greens and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for quick and easy Chicken Caesar salad!
One of our loyal shoppers and readers, Heather, shared some of her favorite gluten-free choices at Brookshire’s. She says she often finds people who are new to gluten-free eating are stumped on what to buy… and it’s comforting to know that there are mainstream choices out there.
Heather’s favorites include:
Chex mix cereals specially marked as gfree (My favorite is honey nut.)
Pamela’s pancake mix (These may need to be special-ordered. They make great pancakes & muffins.)
Van’s frozen waffles (These may need to be special-ordered. They come in buttermilk, apple cinnamon & blueberry.)
Frozen fruit/veggies (I use about a cup of frozen strawberries and Simply orange juice to make a smoothie in the morning.)
Fresh fruits & veggies
Pre-packaged salads (I like the organic prewashed salads available in tubs. Grab a handful, throw in some cheese, and bring your favorite gfree dressing to work for a quick lunch.)
OreIda frozen potatoes: zesty fries & shredded hash browns (I haven’t read all of the ingredients for their other products, but Ore Ida uses cornstarch instead of flour in these.)
LaChoy Soy Sauce & Teriyaki Sauce
Mission Corn Tortillas (Fry them with a little butter & lime juice – the only way they taste good. They make great tacos & enchiladas when fried like that. My husband and in-laws actually prefer the corn ones over flour now!)
Plain meats (frozen or fresh: chicken, fish, beef, turkey, pork – not processed.)
Dairy products: cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream; ice cream (I like Goldenbrook ice cream and sherbet the best – no cookie versions, though!)
Frito Lay chips (Frito Lay provides lists of products for specific allergies on their website!)
Corn chips (Frito Lay, blue corn, sweet potato; other natural versions)
Dried Fruit (Pick up some nuts & candy to make your own bags of trail mix.)
One of the best things you can do to eat a diabetes-friendly diet is to pack your lunch—to school, to work or to eat at home. You can control the ingredients and the preparation, so you’ll know without a doubt how these foods fit into your plan. Eating at a restaurant is guesswork at best.
Does your baby use cosmetics? Of course not! Babies don’t wear perfume or makeup! But actually, cosmetics include shampoo, moisturizers and lotion. Baby cosmetics are extremely gentle to delicate, sensitive skin. They are often fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic and free of unnecessary chemicals.
And for those reasons, many adults choose to use baby shampoo, lotion, oil and cream. You’ll find a wide range of baby cosmetics in Brookshire’s stores. In addition to the national brand names you know, you’ll also find our store brand, Top Care, on the shelves. Top Care products are guaranteed to be just as high-quality as the other brands, or your money back! This is a great way to stay on your budget, but still keep your baby’s skin—or your own skin—clean and baby soft!
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Tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, every Tuesday.
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Ideas for the whole family come to you every Thursday.
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