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Snack Attack!

Do you like to snack through out that day? good! because you should you just have to make sure your choosing the right snacks. Snacks are important because they help keep your energy level up between meals. Foods from the grain, fruit, vegetable, protein, and dairy groups are healthy snacks because they are packed with nutrients. Foods such as chips, cookies, and candy are a no no! They are loaded with refined grains and sugars. High fiber, high protein & low sugar are the kinds of snack to aim for! Here are some examples of good heathly snacks…

  • String cheese
  • Popcorn – try the mini microwave bag
  • Peanut butter and celery, apple, or crackers
  • Yogurt with granola or fruit
  • Yogurt smoothies
  • Hummus and carrots
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cheese and high fiber crackers
  • Fruit Salad
  • Sugar-free Jello® with fruit
  • Soy nuts
  • Raw vegetables (such as baby carrots) with reduced-fat ranch dressing or yogurt dip
  • Celery with low-fat cream cheese
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Whole wheat bread or English muffin with cheese
  • for more information visit the Center for Young Women’s Health at http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/index.html

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    The New Look Great / Feel Great Diet.

    I was recently reading womens health magazine & I came across these very important tips to feel great and look great. This article reveals how to lose weight without trying, how to make your skin glow & lastly how to boost your brain power. Check it out!

    1. Lose Weight Without Trying

    On the O2 Diet, estimate that you’ll lose about two to three pounds a week. But instead of worrying about the pounds, focus on ORAC points–and the pounds will melt away. These are just three of the O2 Diet’s weight-loss wonders:

    Artichokes
    At only 60 calories each, they’re a calorie bargain. Artichokes are also super-high on the ORAC scale—7,900 points— and they contain phytochemicals that may lower cholesterol levels.

    Lemon Water
    Lemon peel contains pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to help with weight loss. Add an ounce of lemon juice and some zest to each of your eight daily glasses of water (which will help you feel fuller), and you’ll add 3,200 ORAC points.

    Red Grapefruit
    One study found that people who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds over 12 weeks, while those who drank grapefruit juice three times a day lost 3.3 pounds. The red variety has more of the cancer-protecting antioxidant lycopene. Half a grape-fruit has 1,900 ORAC points.

    2. Make Your Skin Glow

    While no food can turn back the clock, some can perk up your looks and slow the aging process.

    Figs
    Eating a handful of dried figs increases the amount of antioxidants in your blood for four hours, much longer than many other foods. Two small figs have about 2,700 ORAC points.

    Red Bell Peppers
    The unique combination of large amounts of vitamins A, C, and E make red bell peppers a skin superfood. Half a cup adds 600 ORAC points.

    Watermelon
    This lycopene-rich fruit provides 33 percent more protection against sunburn than other fruits. (You still have to wear sunscreen though!) One cup of this diced melon has 200 ORAC points.

    3. Boost Your Brain Power

    The neural pathways in our brains are growing and improving all the time. Eat the right foods and you’ll be able to concentrate better, remember more, and feel calmer.

    Blueberries
    They may improve memory, cognition, and balance. Researchers believe that blueberries (9,700 ORAC points per one-cup serving) reduce inflammation and can help us overcome the normal effects of brain aging.

    Cinnamon
    Researchers believe that cinnamon may inhibit certain Alzheimer’s disease cells. One teaspoon of cinnamon adds 7,000 ORAC points.

    Plums
    These juicy treats decrease anxiety-related behaviors, and researchers think they may protect against depression. One plum adds 4,100 ORAC points to a meal.

    Remember these important tips next time you visit the grocery store!

    Adapted from The O2 Diet: The Cutting Edge Antioxidant- Based Program That Will Make You Healthy, Thin, and Beautiful, by Keri Glassman, R.D., Rodale 2009. Available wherever books are sold or at womenshealthmag.com/O2diet.

     

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    Well, Well, Well…

    I was recently reading an article titled, “8 Reasons Why Carbs Help You Lose Weight.” I found this interesting because everyone usually as the assumption that a no-carb diet helps you lose weight. (thats false)!

    READ IT & WEEP …

    1. Eating Carbs Makes you Thin for Life
    2. Carbs fill you up
    3. Carbs curb your hunger
    4. Carbs control blood sugar & diabetes
    5. Carbs speed up metabolism
    6. Carbs blast belly fat
    7. Carbs make you feel good-about you!

    So, have a bagel and get on with your day!

    for more info, check out www.health.com

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