To reduce your exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA) keep your consumption of canned food at a minimum.
“Let food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates
Here are five important reasons to make oatmeal a regular part of your diet:
Fiber is a fundamental part of our diet, and critical for good health. Experts recommend a fiber intake of 25- 30 grams per day, yet the average American only gets 15 grams.
A high-fiber diet:
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Snacking keeps the cravings down. You don’t get over-hungry-so you don’t eat as much at mealtimes. If you snack a little during the day, you’ll consume fewer calories during meals: aim to eat a light meal or snack every three hours.
Of course, you need to eat the right things. Snacking on candy bars and chips won’t help you lose weight. Here are some healthysnacks to try:
Healthy Snacking: Nuts
Almonds make a great snack: your portion shoyld be about 12 – 15 individual almonds. They’re a great source of calcium – which makes them especially good for those of us who don’t like milk. They’re also heart healthy.
For the chocoholics (like me!) out there, combine almonds with about an ounce of good quality dark chocolate – 70% 0r more cocoa. Avoid milk chocolate, as it usually has a lot of sugar. Dark chocolate has been scientifically proven to lower your blood pressure.
Nuts in general are good for snacking. Peanuts have gained a bad reputation – they’re actually healthy, so long as you don’t eat too many. Walnuts are a great choice as they contain Omega 3 fatty acids – particularly useful if you dislike fish.
Healthy Snacking: Fruits
It’s important to include fruits in your diet: they’re high in fiber and vitamins. Bananas are often a good choice, unless you’re diabetic (they have a high sugar content, especially when very ripe). They contain a lot of potassium so they’re good for people with high blood pressure.
Many fruits are easy to grab and eat straight away – like grapes (freeze them if you like) or berries. The dark-colored berries like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are packed with antioxidants.
Snacking While You’re Out
It can be tough to eat healthily when you’re on the move – traviling or shopping, for instance. You may need to plan ahead and take some healthy snacks with you.
Although popcorn makes a good snack while at home, the type you buy at the movies is often covered in butter, sugar or salt. Wholewheat pretzels are a better option.
Other good snacks on the move include fruit, and small containers of yogurt (look out for the sugar content, thought).
Don’t just think about what you eat while you are out and about – think about what you’re drinking, too. “Liquid calories” can add up to a surprising amount. Your favorite latte could contain up to 500 calories, which is equal to a cheese burger. While the occasional special coffee will not ruin your diet, having one every day may may add on the pounds.
You can – and should – snack while you’re trying to lose weight. Sensible snacks are a vital part of a healthy diet.
Have you got a favorite healthy snack? Share your suggestions in the comments.
Bio: Patricia Setzer is the author of How to Eat Healthy for Life (Without Giving Up the Foods You Love), available in ebook form for just $9.99. You can click here to find out about it here.
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Your food diary makes you aware of what your habits are. Many people aren’t even aware that they’re eating - you can probably think of times when you have eaten “just a few” chips from a friend’s bag. Little snacks can easily add up to the equivalent of an extra meal a day, without you realizing.
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