When you have finicky eaters who refuse to eat foods that are good for them, it’s time to call on the Sneaky Chef. That’s the nickname a friend of mine called me one day after I had explained the art of substituting healthy ingredients in my family’s favorite meals. It’s not so much being sneaky, as it is being …
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If you want a drink that will keep you healthy, make you feel younger and possibly live longer, put down that coffee cup and try a hot cup of tea, instead. Although, it contains caffeine, tea is especially beneficial to your heart and overall health. Tea contains …
If you are watching your cholesterol intake, looking for ways to cut down on saturated fats or just searching for new ways to cook old foods, try cooking without the addition of butter. It’s not that I am an enemy of butter; it’s just that …
The very word fat carries its own stigma, making many of us cringe at the thought of being considered fat or even indulging in fattening foods. But as we all know, fat is an essential part of any diet and not all fat is created equal. There are good fats, such as those derived from ..
A great mainstay that’s perfect all year long, turkey is the healthy choice for the best in women’s fitness. Free of saturated fat and low in total fat, this versatile meat can be served in many different ways. A good source of protein and iron, turkey is healthier than even ..
Women’s fitness and health suggests a healthy and well-balanced diet to keep your body and mind working at its best. It’s important to remember that if you are breastfeeding your new baby, you will need about 500 extra calories per day. Follow the Fitness4Her diet and eat ..
Chia pets were common when I was growing up. They were sold in stores everywhere and came in a little terra cotta pot, all you had to do was add water and it grew into the shape of an animal overnight. Now, chia has gained popularity again, but not just as a grassy green animal shaped plant. Chia seeds are …
Balsamic vinegar is a tasty topping that can help you to lose weight. That’s because vinegar with its acidic properties slows down the body’s ability to absorb sugar. To keep starchy foods from converting to sugar, eat foods like pasta or rice with balsamic vinegar. Not only will this provide belly-busting benefits, it will also make you feel …
I’ve always heard that you can’t compare apples to oranges. Now usually that’s just a saying that applies to comparing two matters that are totally different. However, when it comes to nutrition, you might want to combine rather than compare your apples and oranges.
Both type of fruit are healthy choices, both supply much needed vitamins and nutrients and both are …
Beets, Beans, Berries, Broccoli and Bran, five foods that begin with the letter B and each packs a powerful arsenal of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that help to fight cancer. I selected these foods beginning with B to make it easier to remember, there are of course many other foods that also possess cancer-fighting qualities.
To give you an idea of why these foods are so good for you, I’ve outlined the benefits below. If these are not foods that you normally eat, try gradually adding them to your regular diet. This will give your body a…
Going for long periods of time without eating causes your metabolism to all but shut down to conserve fat and energy. A slower metabolism burns less calories. When you eat three large meals per day, you will tend to eat more at each meal and with a slower metabolism, it will be more difficult to burn off those calories.
If fairly fresh leftovers are beginning to taste or smell funny, it could be your refrigerator that is causing this unappetizing effect. The household refrigerator is a real workhorse, constantly running but many times getting no place. When the refrigerator is holding too many old foods, or has been neglected when it comes to cleanliness, it may be time to clear out everything and give the cold box a complete cleaning.
Most women don’t truly understand the dangers of…
Refreshing and sweet, watermelon is a wonderful fruit, especially on a warm summer day. Low in calories but very flavorful, this fruit can satisfy your sugar craving while quenching your thirst. An especially healthy fruit, watermelon reduces inflammation and is one of the healthier fruits for diabetics because of this.
Watermelon is an excellent source of …
If you are always looking for a new healthy food to add to your menu, look no further than the beautiful, leafy kale. When eaten steamed, kale can fortify a woman’s body against many health conditions. The reason steaming is best is because that process allows the fiber in the kale to be easily absorbed in the body. While raw kale is still healthy, steamed kale offers the best benefits. Eating steamed kale will help …
Do you find yourself craving sugary or fatty snacks or foods? Do you beat yourself up because you lack the willpower to abstain? Well, put the boxing gloves away and try these tips to keep you from caving in to those crazy cravings.
Do you want a quick and tasty way to reduce your waistline? Add whole grains to your diet to lower your weight and benefit your heart as well. Three servings a day is recommended to lessen the risk of diabetes and heart disease and people who eat whole grains regularly
An all time family favorite, sweet potatoes bring back some of the best memories from my childhood days. Inexpensive to prepare, we ate them regularly with many meals. Of course, the sweetest times were at family gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since then, I’ve made a regular tradition of including them with various meals for my family and also for my women’s fitness groups. A high source of nutrition, sweet potatoes are an ideal vegetable for women who are interested in maintaining fitness.
Good nutrition is fundamental for women’s health. The saying “you are what you eat,” rings true, as the signs of a diet rich in nutrients shows up in your skin, weight, and behavior. Sadly, a diet that is nutrient poor can wreak havoc on the same.
You may have heard the term Beta Carotene in association with healthy foods and benefits. But just what is it and why is it important to include rich sources of Beta Carotene in your everyday diet?
Women’s health is important not only in terms of weight but your overall fitness and health. That’s why I stress eating healthy meals that are rich in vitamins and nutrients. That’s why today’s discussion is about one of my favorite healthy seafood delicacies, scallops.
A superior cheese Parmesan contains all the great benefits of milk but in a more concentrated form. High in vitamins and minerals, Parmesan cheese is easily digestible. That’s because the high level of protein contained in this cheese has been pre-digested, making it readily available to the body without having to work so hard at digestion.
If you are having a party or just sitting around watching television and want a quick snack, prepare your own hummus for a healthy treat that’s low in calories. Great as a dip or a spread, you can serve it with a variety of different vegetables, breads or crackers.
Although it’s nice to dine out, especially for special occasions, most of us cook at least some of our meals at home. It’s truly the best way to control what goes into your food and avoid adding extra salt, fat or sugar that in the end can add unwanted pounds and inches. If you are interested in women’s fitness, then you are concerned about the food that you eat.
Turkey is a good choice of meat for any meal. Not just for Thanksgiving, turkey can be enjoyed year ‘round. Not only as a main dish, but it can be added to chili, soup or stew as well. I love turkey sandwiches and turkey salad for an alternative to my regular favorite, chicken.
A healthy diet for women’s fitness consists of all sorts of fruits and vegetables, including herbs and spices. These natural wonders not only add flavor to your food, they provide many health benefits as well. Basil, a fragrant herb that’s found in many Italian dishes, can inhibit the growth of bacteria in the body.
If you want to fight infection and help to prevent or prolong the onset of disease in your body, make sure you get plenty of oregano. Often thought of as just an herb to season tomato sauces or other Italian dishes, fresh oregano is a wonderful source of fiber when eaten in larger quantities. The fragrant smell attracts the olfactory glands and causes that mouth-watering sensation of a hungry appetite.
Do you ever feel like you go to the gym day after day, exercise like crazy, eat very little, but you are still not losing the weight that you did when you first started working out? It’s at this stage that many ladies lose their motivation.
Starting a diet isn’t always easy, but there are times when something in our lives propels us forward and we begin a diet program that is fast and effective. However, after a while, our motivation begins to wane causing our resolve to weaken, paving the way for us to fall temptation to some of our old ways of eating. I find when that occurs it always helps to hear some new diet tips. If not new, perhaps a different twist on an old one.
Do you ever feel like no matter where you go, no matter what you see, there seem to be constant messages about dieting and losing weight? You may even feel like you are suffering from so much information that your brain just doesn’t want to even think about dieting, the effects of dieting or how to diet wisely.
Okay, life imitates art is the correct quote by Oscar Wilde but I thought I’d have a little fun with a great vegetable that’s highly versatile. I’m talking about the artsy looking artichoke.
Most of us, when we were younger, were told to drink our milk so we would have strong bones and grow up tall. While it’s true that calcium is crucial in the diets of adolescent women and plays a big role in developing strong bones and teeth, its role in our health doesn’t stop there.
It’s probably the most abundant fruit in your grocery store and the most overlooked on your list of fruits to eat. But pears come in so many diverse and succulent flavors with so many great health benefits that it’s time you created a space for them in your fruit bowl this year.
Because of their impressive potassium content, bananas are highly recommended by doctors for patients whose potassium is low. One large banana, about 9 inches in length, packs 602 mg of potassium and only carries 140 calories.
When we’re talking women’s fitness and health, omega-3 faty acids are so important. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce insulin resistance, and the potential for atherosclerosis and heart attacks. Omega-3 fats are found abundantly in cold water fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, rainbow trout, anchovies, and herring, and in lesser amounts in flax seed oil, some nuts and seeds and beans, like walnuts, pumpkin seeds and soy beans, and in much smaller quantities in dark green leafy vegetables.
No doubt, women everywhere have heard the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” What was true regarding your health and fitness in 1866, when this phrase was coined is true today. “Eat an apple before going to bed, you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”
Calories, for so long have been treated like a bad word. We cringe at the numbers of calories in different foods. We make dinner selections based on the calorie count of certain entrees.
Chicken is one of my favorite foods to eat. When I was growing up, my mother always insisted on a well balanced diet and enjoyed trying out various healthy chicken recipes.
She was always careful when she cooked chicken, making sure it stayed moist and flavorful. I would quickly finish every bite because it tasted so good.
Fad diets always exaggerate weight loss results. The truth is losing weight requires work, that is, if you want to keep those extra pounds from coming back.
You’ve probably heard of the USDA food pyramid guidelines that suggest “five to seven servings per day of fruits and vegetables.” That strangely misleading guideline sounds like it means that seven is the upper limit recommended, but that is not the case.
Protein is an essential nutrient that builds lean, healthy muscle, beautiful skin, lustrous hair, as well as vital internal organs. Consisting of chains of amino acid, including the essential amino acids, which we depend on our diet to supply, as our bodies do not produce these essential amino acids.
Use minimal amounts of oil and oily foods. Minimize or avoid entirely fried foods, red meat, creams, fatty salad dressings, cheese, and high fat desserts like ice cream.
Athletes in ancient Greece rubbed in on their bodies, it has been used to anoint the bones of dead saints and martyrs, cultivated since 5000 B.C., the oil of the olive has been sought after for centuries. Believed to be medicinal as well as magical, this golden oil was the popular choice of all royalty.
Protein is of course healthy and necessary, but just because a food is high in protein doesn’t mean that the food itself is healthy—especially when the protein comes in a food high in saturated fat. Lean sources of protein are egg whites, soy, products made from wheat gluten, vegetables (yes, vegetables contain protein; romaine lettuce contains more protein per calorie than meat), lean cuts of chicken, turkey or fish.