Looking for a great new recipe to spice up your lunchtime routine? This black bean and spinach enchilada recipe gives you just that. Add in the feta cheese if you’re looking for a creamier texture. If you’re looking to keep it non-dairy/vegan, simply skip that one ingredient.
Most people know it is a good idea to plan menus for family dinners, but they still do not make time to do it. Here are some shortcuts and strategies to get meal planning done fast, save time and reduce your stress.
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? National Nutrition Month, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is a nutrition education and information campaign that occurs annually during the month of March. The focus of the campaign is upon making informed choices about the food that you eat and supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
Korean researchers have found that drinking a few cups of coffee each day may be linked to clean arteries- preventing clogging, a risk factor for heart disease. A study looked at over 25,000 men and women and explained that those who drank three to five cups of coffee per day were “less likely to have early signs of heart disease on their medical scans.” The debate surrounding coffee’s heath benefits continues, as some studies have found it linked to higher cholesterol or blood pressure, while other studies suggest that it may relieve these symptoms. In this study, however, coffee is linked to prevention of fatty material build-up in the artery walls.
Click here to read the full article by Michelle Roberts for BBC News Health.
Adopting new meal plans are possible with a little creativity. There are many benefits of trying different alternatives, including healthy eating, learning to control your portions and avoiding hidden calories. Also, meals eaten at home are less expensive and higher in nutrients. Here are four new meal planning ideas:
Looking to soothe stomach troubles such as nausea, heartburn, and digestion? This banana ginger smoothie will be a great natural remedy and a yummy treat to enjoy.
1 banana, sliced
3/4 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger.
Combine the four ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve fresh. Makes two servings.
Click here for more healthy smoothie recipes from Prevention.
Before you toss out a family recipe because it is unhealthy, consider modifying it into healthy recipes with just a few simple changes. You will find that developing a talent for ingredient substitution can help transform just about any unhealthy recipe into a healthy one, without diminishing the texture or taste of the foods that you grew up loving. Here are five methods to help you transform recipes into healthy alternatives.
This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and for this reason we want to shine a light on a topic that is often not spoken about. Orthorexia is an eating disorder associated with the compulsive desire to eat healthy, clean, unprocessed foods to the point where it becomes extreme and unhealthy. Although the condition does not have a formal medical classification, it may bear resemblance to obsessive-compulsive methodology that is focused on “righteous eating, eating only ‘pure’ foods and trying to avoid contamination by food…Orthorexia isn’t the same as following a specific eating plan for ethical reasons, or because of food intolerances. Yet the line between the two is often blurred, which is why orthorexia can go undetected or unnoticed, as in the fitness industry.”
It may seem that the refrigerator is your biggest enemy while you’re on a diet– but this doesn’t have to be the case! Organizing your fridge to show off the wonderful healthy foods you have stocked can do wonders for your healthy eating regimen. Declutter your fridge by using plastic storage bins that will allow you to organize and see what you have available to you. Place easy-to-grab snacks in the center of your fridge that can be go-to snacks. Keep precut veggies in the fridge so that they are ready to eat. A fruit bowl is also a great snack to keep in sight, so that you choose fruit over unhealthy dessert options. Do an overhaul of everything in your fridge, tossing everything that might run you off-course from your healthy eating plan. Last but not least, store healthy alternatives to your favorite foods to avoid deprivation.
Click here to read the full article by Jenny Sugar for PopSugar.
Many of us are accustomed to our morning coffee routine each day as a method of waking up, feeling refreshed, or even just as a comforting and consistent habit. Coffee can be a healthy addition to your diet, but it can also be a secret source of sabotage if sugars and fats are added in. Check out the following tips to keep your daily cup healthy.