Foods To Fight Snack Attacks

I feel like I’m constantly hungry despite eating what I think is a lot and every 3 hours.  I make sure to avoid grabbing a bag of chips (don’t have any in the house and rarely buy them at work) and have snacks I like.  My favs include Red Delicious apples, cottage cheese, popcorn, salad and my new protein shake concoction.  I just got a Magic Bullet Express and I whip up this: fill half with ice cubs, 1/4 water (or milk but I slim my drink), 2 scoops chocolate protein powder, teaspoon of instant coffee, handful of fresh/frozen blueberries or berry mix and half a banana…whiz until smooth.

Here is a list from iVillage of food that stave off hunger.

June 15, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Diet, Recipes, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Vegetarian Protein Sources

I’m trying to incorporate more vegetarian options for 2 reasons: usually cheaper protein and higher in fiber.  Here is some information on vegetarian protein sources and some recipes!

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Healthy Desserts

I love a little something sweet after a good meal.  I love a little something sweet most of the time.  Here is a link to healthy dessert recipes, and because spring is here, summer is close by and all that wonderful fruit!

Click here for the recipes from EverydayHealth.com.

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Spinach The Superfood

Spinach! From Chatelaine

  1. Spinach is an excellent source of calcium: By supplying 100mg of calcium in every 100g serving, spinach is an excellent alternative to dairy for its ability to support healthy bone growth and prevent the onset of osteoporosis.
  2. Spinach can help you relax: Spinach is one of the highest sources of dietary magnesium. Magnesium is necessary for smooth muscle relaxation of the arteries, as well as for hormone development in our adrenal glands to cope with high stress levels.
  3. Spinach is high in folate: Folate is important for everyone, but necessary for expectant mothers to ensure proper neurological development of the fetus in early stages of growth. So stock up on spinach to nourish your baby’s nervous system!
  4. Spinach is a great source of protein: There may have been some truth to the old Popeye cartoons. Spinach is one of the only vegetarian sources of protein that contains a complete amino acid profile to rebuild muscle tissue and support collagen growth, which helps to maintain healthy skin and mobile joints. 
  5. Spinach can help protect your eyesight: Spinach is high in lutein, a phytonutrient in the carotenoid family. Lutein specifically targets the eyes to avoid the macular degeneration associated with aging. It’s an antioxidant for the eyes that maintains healthy vision.

There are many ways to cook with spinach.  My fav way is just wilting it in a pan with a bit of spray or olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice.  Try it with garlic, mushrooms or with a peanut sauce.  Google “spinach recipes” and you come up with lots of ideas.  Also, add tore up pieces of spinach to pastas, soups and omelettes.

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Kikkoman is offering an electronic newsletter with recipes.  Just go to this link and fill out the form.  They are also offering a semi-annual mini-magazine to be delivered to your home!

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New Years Resolution

Most people’s new year’s resolution includes getting into shape, or at least losing the few pounds put on during the holidays.  I’ve put together some helpful links to aid you in reaching your goal.  All links open in separate windows!

What kind of dieter are you? – Find out what diet method suits you best given your answers to the questions.

Diets A to Z – A summary of all the popular diets.  Find one that suits you.

Join a weight loss challenge – Dr. Oz is lauching such a tool, read about it here.

Weight Loss Tips – Check these out and remember them.

Pick a fitness goal – My resolution is to run another 5Km race.  Pick a goal.  It can be a Try-a-Triathalon (a shorter version of a triathlon, you can “try it”), a 5Km walk/run, a bike, a hike up a (small) mountain, or to fit into a bikini for a trip!

Recipes and Meal Plans – I use the Eat Clean diet workout books, recipes and guide because it’s so simple and not expensive.  You use real whole foods and work out.  No gimicks.

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Everyday Health App

I saw this this morning and immediately downloaded the app. 

  • Medically reviewed information on 50 top health conditions
  • Expert answers from doctors and pharmacists
  • Mom-approved remedies for everyday aches and pains
  • Nutrition facts on hundreds of snacks – salty and sweet, healthy and sinful

Click here for the app.

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Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

From the Eat Clean Diet, click here for the clean Roasted Root Vegetable Soup recipe.

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Weight Watchers Overhauls Diet Plan

Click here!

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Sugar Substitutes

 

From EverydayHealth.com, here is an overview of sugar substitutes.  I personally if I can just avoid sugar and it’s substitutes if I have a choice.  Black coffee rather than double-double…but if I was a pop, maybe once a week, I’ll opt for diet.  Try fruit to naturally sweeten some things like desserts or oatmeal.

  •  Saccharin. This is the granddaddy of artificial sweeteners, first developed in 1879. It’s sold under the brand name Sweet’N Low and is 200 to 700 times sweeter than sugar. Many diet colas and other diet foods contain saccharin. It also is sold in packets for sweetening individual meals and in bulk for use in cooking.  Its safety: A 1970 study associated saccharin with bladder tumor growth in rats, so an eat-at-your-own-risk warning was added to its packaging. But the National Cancer Institute and the FDA have since concluded that saccharin does not pose a risk for bladder cancer in humans, so it is considered a safe sugar substitute for type 1 and type 2 diabetes diets. However, experts still recommend that pregnant women avoid saccharin.
  • Aspartame. This sweetener is sold under the brand names Equal and NutraSweet and is 180 to 200 times sweeter than sugar. It is sold in packet and bulk form, but is not considered as useful in cooking because high heat reduces its sweetness.
    Its safety: While many anecdotal reports have linked aspartame to health conditions ranging from depression and headache to cancer, researchers have not found that the sweetener poses any health risk to people. The American Medical Association, American Diabetes Association, and the FDA have all come down in support of aspartame’s safety, and it can be used by people with any of the three types of diabetes. However, people with a disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU) should avoid it.
  • Sucralose. Sold under the brand name Splenda, this artificial sweetener is 600 times sweeter than sugar and is very useful in baking because granulated Splenda can be directly substituted for sugar in recipes.
    It safety: Because sucralose is newer, there are fewer long-range studies available regarding its safety. That said, it has FDA approval and is accepted by the American Diabetes Association for use by all three types of diabetics.
  • Acesulfame K (Sunett, Sweet One). This sweetener, which can be used for baking, can be found in many packaged goods and is 200 times sweeter than sugar.
    It safety: More than 90 studies showed acesulfame to be safe.
  • Neotame: This recently approved sweetener is about 8,000 times sweeter than sugar. It’s closely related to aspartame, but not yet widely used in the United States.
    Its safety: Although derived from aspartame, a chemical change makes this sweetener safe for those with PKU.
  • Stevia (Truvia, PureVia, SweetLeaf, Stevia in the Raw): The stevia plant is the basis of this sweetener, which is 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar.
    Its safety: Until recently, the FDA had banned stevia because of concern that it might cause reproductive problems in lab animals. But late in 2008, the FDA approved the purified part of the stevia leaf, known as rebaudioside A, for use as an additive in American food products. This form of stevia also is reported to have less of an aftertaste.
  • Agave nectar: This sweetener, produced from the agave plant, has just as many calories as sugar. But it is sweeter than sugar, so you use less, and it has much less direct impact on your blood sugar levels than either sugar or honey.  Its safety: Agave nectar is as safe as sugar.


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