Category Archives for "Healthy Food Options"

6 Nutrients Vegetarians Need for a Healthy Diet

Many people choose to become vegetarian or vegan for a variety of reasons. Their choice to move forward with this type of eating regimen and lifestyle may be related to health concerns, animal rights, environmental reasons, or otherwise. No matter the reason, eating vegetarian or vegan can provide a myriad of health benefits; however, without meat and animal products, vegetarians and vegans may be at risk for specific vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. For a healthy diet, you might want to take supplements or find other naturally occurring ways of getting these nutrients into your life.

  • Protein
  • Vitamin B12
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D

Click here to read the full article by Jason Machowsky for Food Network’s Healthy Eats.

New Uses for Avocados

While guacamole is a tried-and-true favorite application of avocados, Food Network has made a great list of other avocado-based products and recipes to try that can expand your use of the versatile fruit. While 80% of its calories do come from fat, the majority of this fact is healthy and unsaturated, which helps you to absorb more vitamins. Next time you’ve got a few ripe avocados ready to be eaten, consider trying one of these new, fun uses.

Foods

  • Avocado mayo
  • Avocado oil
  • Creamy avocado smoothie
  • Snow pea and avocado slaw
  • Broccoli and cheddar stuffed potato skins with avocado cream
  • Crab and avocado salad
  • Avocado feta dip

Products

  • Avocado and olive shampoo and conditioner
  • Avocado and olive based body butter

Click here to read the full article for Food Network’s Healthy Eats.

Berry Green Smoothie Recipe

This berry green smoothie combines great fruits, veggies, and healthy fats together for a delicious treat. Whether you’re looking for a snack or a healthy breakfast option, give this yummy recipe a shot!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup orange juice or milk
  • 2 fresh handfuls of spinach
  • 2/3 cup frozen berries
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp nut butter of your choice
  • 5-6 oz yogurt (either flavored or plain)
  • 2 Tbsp oats (if desired)

Instructions

Combine all in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Click here to read more from the Lean Green Bean.

Citronette Salad Dressing Recipe

Tired of the classic olive oil and balsamic for dressing your salad? This light, vinegar-free dressing from chef Pace Webb provides an alternative to the standard vinaigrette options and will likely encourage you to eat more salad! Fresh citrus provides a splash of different flavor and can vary based on the type of salad you are dressing.

Super Simple Citronette Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 citrus fruit (lemon, lime, or orange)
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1/3 to 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • Stick with a 3:1 ratio of olive oil to citrus juice
  • Salt and pepper

Place shallots in a bowl. Squeeze citrus juice into the bowl with shallots and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. Add in the olive oil after 10 minutes. Add pepper and salt to taste.

Whisk together and serve over salad.

Click here to view the video and read more for Huff Post OWN Videos.

Food Swaps For Better Sleep

Scientists out of Harvard University have found that those who give five hours of sleep or less per night are 32% more likely to put on up to 33 extra pounds over the course of the year. Sleep affects your weight and health, but have you ever wondered about how you eat affecting your sleep? If you’re having trouble sleeping, it could be partially attributed to what you eat! This give and take is an important consideration to keep in mind when understanding your well-being and health. That being said, these diet swaps could help you to sleep better and longer, which could in turn help your overall health.

What Foods Do Nutritionists Eat?

Have you ever wondered what health professionals choose to eat? Registered dieticians and nutritionists can help you to create an eating plan for yourself and your personal weight loss, and also have certain personal preferences that they reach for on the daily. Self asked these professionals what their favorite foods are, and the list can be seen below:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Turmeric
  • Tomatoes
  • Dark chocolate
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Hummus
  • Blueberries
  • Hot water with lemon

Click here to read more from PopSugar Fitness.

Top 5 Supergreens

We’re sure you’ve been hearing the word “superfood” lately in a variety of contexts. A multitude of specific foods do in fact offer these super benefits, and greens are especially great for getting your body the nutrients that it needs. Whether you’re interested in juicing these up for a green drink or prefer to eat them in their original form, check out these top five supergreens.

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