Worried about keeping your immune system healthy this winter? You’ve probably heard about many different types of foods to boost immunity, but these foods’ cold-fighting potential may come as a surprise. Next time you’re tired of that chicken soup or tea with raw honey, grab one of these six foods to boost your immune system and keep you healthy.
If you’re like thousands of other Americans, you may have taken a liking to the increasingly-popular grain, quinoa, over the past few years. The nutritional powerhouse has become the go-to gluten free grain in the health world, but many have also turned their attention to the high price and environmental and social quandaries that the grain brings with it. For this reason, some are thinking about switching over to another gluten-free grain called millet. Affordable, easy to prepare, and filled with nutritional benefits, millet is a good option if you’re thinking to move away from brown rice or quinoa. Millet has a mild nutty flavor that can easily take on the flavor of the dish you are including it in.
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Looking to up your metabolism and get things going? Focusing on foods that will fill you up and keep you satisfied, full of protein, fiber, and nutrients, will be your best bet. Berries, high-fiber cereal, lean protein, citrus fruits, green tea, fatty fish, spicy peppers, pistachios, lentil soup, and popcorn top the list of metabolism-boosting foods that will actually satisfy your hunger and cravings. What is your favorite on this list?
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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.
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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:
It’s easy to assume that eating a salad is a healthy choice– but look closely at the salad you’ve ordered or made, because small additions to your meal might be sabotaging your healthy eating! Often times at restaurants and at home, dressings and toppings, such as candied nuts and fruit, can quickly transform your meal from dinner to dessert. Instead of opting for the sugary add-ons, try these six foods to make your salad healthier.
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.
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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.