Monday, June 11, 2018

PORTION CONTROL WHEN EATING OUT

To help you control portion size when eating out (since most restaurant serve a meal equal to at least two servings), ask for a to-go box when the waiter or waitress brings your meal. Immediately put half of the meal in the box out of sight. And the bonus, another meal ready to be warmed up tomorrow!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

SALT

If you are one who always adds salt to your food, some of you before you even taste it, beware! Did you know only one teaspoon of salt contains 2300 mg of sodium? That is the recommended daily dosage. Try seasonings such as the Mrs. Dash salt-free blends to cut back on salt. Your body will thank you. Notice I did not say to eliminate salt, just reduce it, as the body requires salt to operate. However, most of us are putting way more salt into our bodies than they need.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

OATS AND NUTS ARE IMPORTANT TO DIABETICS

Oats and nuts should be major foods in diabetics meal plans. That is not to say you have to eat loads of either. Oats are easy to work into the diet through morning cereal, snack bars and mixes, etc. When you eat nuts, use the unsalted variety and do not smother them in candy coatings. Try to work a portion of both oats and nuts into you diet everyday.



Saturday, May 26, 2018

POTASSIUM AND STROKES

Are you eating enough potassium-rich foods ie bananas, sweet potatoes, pork, spinach, and more? Foods rich in potassium may cut ones risk of stroke by up to 21%. They may also lower the risk of heart attack. These are tasty foods so be sure to include them in your diet. Below are many of the potassium rich choices.





APPLES

We've all heard it said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but did you know apples have anti-infammatory properties?  Inflammation wreaks havoc on our bodies and we need to eat foods with anti-inflammatory properties daily.  Scientists say that apples have been shown in the lab to help keep liver, breast, and colon cancers at bay!  So have an apple today!

GETTING KIDS TO EAT FRUIT


Thursday, April 12, 2018

CHOOSING A MEAT PROTEIN

When choosing a meat protein source, think lean - ie skinless chicken, lean pork chops, etc. It is also a good idea to trim any excess fat before cooking. A good rule of thumb when choosing lean meats is to think "chops" or "round".


Thursday, March 29, 2018

TIPS ABOUT MY FAVORITE SWEETENER, SPLENDA

Over the past twenty-some years, well over 100 tests have been done on Splenda to confirm it's safety. I often see, especially on facebook, Splenda lumped in with other sweeteners and how harmful they are. Splenda is actually in a catagory by itself as it is the only sweetener actually made from sugar. This is why it does not have the aftertaste most sweeteners do. Splenda is the brand name for the nonnutritive sweetener sucralose. Over the years my doctors have told me to use only sucralose or stevia products (I am a diabetic). I only use stevia products in drinks, etc. I never cook or bake with them as I find they taste bitter at high temperature. I have used Splenda for almost 12 years. During that time my liver function has returned to normal, it was bad before, and all my blood work which is done every 3 to 6 months is always normal. So do not be frightened by the scary stuff you see on facebook or other social media. There are exceptions to everything so I am sure there is someone out there that has an allergy or something to it but overall it is a very safe product for me. I am not trying to convert you to Splenda, you use the product you like that works well for you. I am simply stating, do not believe things you see on social media but know nothing about.

Facts: a Splenda packet is equal to the sweetness of 2 teaspoons of sugar and Splenda Granular measures cup for cup the same as sugar.
Splenda does not create an insulin response in the body, does not raise blood sugar or affect triglycerides.


Friday, March 23, 2018

BENEFITS OF COOKING AT HOME

I love to eat out but I restrict it to no more than once a week. When you cook at home the nutrition experts tell us you will consume fewer calories, carbs, sugar, fats and sodium. Plus you will know exactly what went into your foods. I don't imagine you knew that McDonald's fries contain 19 ingredients! Can you even imagine that! Talk about not knowing what you are eating! Normally I do not post recipes on this blog because I have other blogs that are just recipes. But after telling you about McDonald's fries, I feel I owe you a recipe to make tasty healthy oven fries at home.

Oven Fries:
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Cut 3 large red potatoes into 8 wedges each.
Combine 2 teaspoons olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper in a bowl. I like to use one with a lid. Add the potato wedges and toss to coat.
Spread potatoes in a single layer in a shallow roasting pan or on a cookie sheet with sides.
Roast at 450 degrees 30 to 35 minutes or until crisp. Turn once during roasting.


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