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Take Along Healthy Snacks In A Cool-it Caddy

October 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Deborah in Cool Tips - (Comments Off on Take Along Healthy Snacks In A Cool-it Caddy)

12 Clean-Eating Snacks for Weight Loss

 

Trying to lose weight? Then you understand how difficult it can be to find tasty foods that promote weight loss. Supermarket snack food shelves are packed with choices that can easily add fat and calories you don’t need. Never fear! We have 12 clean eating snacks to help you lose weight and feel better about what you’re putting into your body.

The fact is that you do need nutritious snacks if you want to shed pounds. For years, conventional wisdom has told us that it’s best to eat those 3 square meals a day. The problem is that during the long stretches between meals, blood sugar drops, creating cravings that take you on a direct path to the nearest chip bag. By adding a healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack to your meal plan, you can avoid the blood sugar dips that transform you into a raving carb or sugar monster.

That’s where clean eating snacks come in. Clean eating is a choice that puts the focus on enjoying foods that are minimally processed and have little or no added sodium or sugar. What’s more, clean eating foods don’t have the chemical additives found in many store brands. You get all the benefits of whole natural food, without the preservatives and artificial colorings the body wasn’t designed to process.

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When you want to lose weight, clean eating snacks are a smart choice. To get the maximum benefit, the first step is to do a clean sweep of the kitchen and pantry to eliminate unhealthy choices. Then make these low-calorie snacks a regular part of your shopping list. You’ll find it’s easier to stick to healthy choices when nutritious foods are within reach. Remember to tuck snacks, like dried fruit and nut mix, into your purse or bag so you can quell hunger whenever it hits, whether it’s during the mid-afternoon office lull or after yoga class.

12 Clean-Eating Snacks 

1. Apples. You cannot go wrong with apples. They help lower cholesterol by regulating blood sugar and by helping to control the appetite. Eat them fresh or enjoy them in easy-to-make Baked Apple Chips.

2. Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars. Instead of reaching for a packaged granola bar, which often floods the body with too much sugar, try these clean eating snacks. Bake a batch, and then keep them handy in the fridge for a healthy grab-n-go snack.

3. Strawberries. This fruit is a natural choice for a weight loss snack. One cup has 100% of your daily vitamin C and it delivers plenty of body-loving antioxidants. Skinny Mini Strawberry Cheesecake takes only a few minutes to prepare and a perfect weight loss treat.

4. Radishes. When you have a taste for variety in your snack food menu, ravishing radishes are the veggie for you. Each little radish has only 1 calorie. Yep. One calorie. Enjoy them with Zucchini Hummus.

5. Bananas. The original superfood, the banana is low in calories and high in healthy carbohydrates that provide endurance and energy. This fruit also contains potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure. Another ideal dessert treat when counting calories is Skinny Mini Banana Pudding.

6. Hard-Boiled Egg. We now understand that eggs are not the health food bad guys we once thought. A single hard-boiled egg is an ideal snack that delivers the protein your muscles need to grow, and, in turn, burn more calories. Deviled Egg, anyone? At 98 calories for one egg, you can’t go wrong.

Whole-Grain-Cinnamon-Pita-Chips7. Whole-Grain Cinnamon Pita Chips. When you want a snack on the sweet side, this is one clean eating snack that delivers. You won’t find processed, chemical, who-knows-what in these tasty treats. (Just remember to stick to the 8-chip portion size)

 

 

8. Greek Yogurt. With more protein than its conventional counterpart, Greek yogurt will fill you up and provide a healthy dose of the probiotics that reduce bloating. That’s an all-around snacking win in our book! Try it in this Curry-Style Greek Yogurt Dip.

9. Broccoli. Nosh on this superfood for the benefit of powerful antioxidants and stomach-filling fiber. Your cells will love the nutritional boost, and you’ll love that you feel full enough to avoid unhealthy snack attacks. Pair broccoli with Skinny Ms. Ranch Dip.

10. Dried Fruit/Nut Mix. Forget store-bought mixes that are loaded with extra salt and too many chocolate candies. Mix your own blend of dried fruits and nuts for a snack that offers healthy omega-3 fats plus protein. Toss in a few dark chocolate chips for an antioxidant boost—but just a few!

11. Grapefruit. Eating grapefruit can be part of a smart weight loss plan. Why? It’s believed the acidity in the citrus fruit slows down digestion. If you’re taking medications, check with your doctor first; grapefruit can interfere with some drugs.

12. Chili Peppers. Weight loss foods don’t come any hotter than chili peppers, which contain a substance called capsaicin, believed to be a natural metabolism booster.

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A Healthy Gut Is Key To Feeling Well

August 26th, 2014 | Posted by Deborah in Cool Tips - (Comments Off on A Healthy Gut Is Key To Feeling Well)

An excerpt from an  article by Karen Fernau, The Republic | azcentral.com

Listen to your gut for health advice

The gut, or gastrointestinal tract, impacts all systems, organs and cells in the body. Up to 70 percent of the body’s immune system lives in the gut.

When the gut is out of whack, so goes good health.    Halibut

“If people come to me fatigued or just not feeling well, the first thing I do is look at the gut. It’s usually the cause,” said Patti Milligan, a Scottsdale-based director of nutrition for Tignum, an international consulting business that engineers programs for executives to gain energy, mental agility and stamina.

The reason: The gut is home to 100 trillion microorganisms and more than 400 species of bacteria, both good and bad. Good bacteria keep the body shipshape. Too much bad bacteria causes inflammation and infection that can lead to constipation, acid reflux, arthritis, depression and autoimmune disease.

According to Milligan, the blame for the spike in unhealthy guts falls squarely on a diet full of processed foods, antibiotics, food dyes and preservatives, acid-blocking drugs and chronic stress. So does sleeping too little and eating erratic meals.

The way to maintain gut health is with the right foods. A healthful diet is essential to allowing healthy bacteria to do their job.

“Eating the wrong food, too much food, or eating at the wrong time can cause discomfort and, more importantly, leads to diminished health and performance,” said Milligan, whose RX for a healthy gut includes a three-pronged regimen of probiotics, high-fiber goods and healing herbs.

A side benefit of a healthy gut is a revved-up metabolism.

“People feel better and lose weight at the same time,” Milligan said. “Both should motivate anyone to eat the foods to make their gut healthy, and stay away from those that kill the good bacteria.”
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