The school year has wound down around here, and that means that routine goes out the window. My kids go from 3 healthy meals and 2 snacks per day to continuous grazing, thanks to a mostly unscheduled summer. The problem is that this lack of schedule tends to lend itself to higher fat, higher sugar and less nutritious diet because the snacks my kids gravitate toward tend to be granola bars and freezies! So, although the summer is more free-flowing, to encourage healthy snacking, I find it important to have tasty and filling snacks ready to go. I plan ahead and make big batches, and freeze them, where appropriate. Continue reading “Healthy Snacking in the Summer”
Green tea has many health benefits, including being high in antioxidants. And in a new study out of Sweden, participants noticed increased satiety and fullness after they drank 300ml (just over a cup) of green tea with breakfast. They also reported having a less strong desire to eat their favorite food and finding it less pleasant to eat another mouthful of the same food. Hmm, I wonder if this works for chocolate?
Here are some other great reasons to drink green tea.*
1. Green tea is a superb fat fighter. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Drink Green Tea”
Glowing, dewy skin is what most of us aspire to, especially in the summer. But with the change of season, there is usually a change in your skin, too. Your skin is your largest living organ and it relies on vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, as well as proteins, glucose and fats, to build a strong barrier against outside toxins and fend off damage from environmental assaults.
Using natural products and moisturizing regularly are helpful, but your skincare routine is only half the battle. While research on nutrition and skin health is in the early stages, scientists are learning that what you eat can help prevent, or at least reduce, age-related wrinkles and fine lines, sun-related skin damage and other skin problems. Continue reading “5 Nutrients for Healthy and Glowing Skin”
There’s one question that nearly everyone wants answered: which diet will really help me maintain a healthy weight? New research presented this week from the Physicians Committee’s Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD, at the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions finds a plant-based vegetarian diet is the answer.
Dr. Kahleova’s research shows that a vegetarian diet centered around vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes is twice as effective at boosting weight loss, compared to a traditional diabetes diet. For the study, she split 74 adults into two groups Continue reading “Double Your Weight Loss With a Plant-Based Diet”
It’s the last day of spring and this spring salad is the perfect way to welcome summer. It is light, fresh tasting and depending on where you live, uses many in-season vegetables. This is a great recipe for a potluck or barbecue.
Cooking the quinoa beforehand makes this recipe especially easy and quick to make. Quinoa is a seed and not a grain. Quinoa is a great source of magnesium and manganese, plus a good source of the minerals iron, phosphorous, copper and zinc. It also contains vitamins B2 and E, along with fiber. Quinoa has all of the essential amino acids, which makes it an excellent source of protein, making it an ideal addition to meatless diets, as well as gluten-free diets. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Quinoa Spring Salad”