Are grapes good for your health?
Paying attention to the fruit that comes served on the side of your breakfast just might save your life. We all know that grapes contain the coveted antioxidant Resveratrol, but they also have many essential vitamins. Grapes have very high levels of Manganese (healthy bone health), Vitamin K (blood clotting, bone health and anti-inflammatory) and Vitamin C (beneficial against hypertension and aids in immunity). So eat your fruit!
Quinoa Fried Chicken
Let’s face it fried chicken is delicious-but not so good for the waistline or the heart! Instead of making traditional fried chicken with flour or corn flakes, try using quinoa as the breading. Quinoa is a grain that is an amino acid-rich (protein). Quinoa also contains Maganese, which makes up a part of the super antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase, that helps to ward off free radicals! You can find Quinoa in any grocery store and it is becoming more popular on menus. Just dip the chicken in egg whites and roll into quinoa. Bake for at least 25-30 minutes(until crispy) and serve with a side of greens! You will have a delicious, healthy meal!
A little pasta here and there is fine but what if you’re craving it while trying to be good on your low-carb diet? Eat Smart Age Smart Health Guru has the answer. She says to use zucchini instead of pasta. Yellow and green to be precise. Just slice down the middle vertically and remove the seeds, julienne into very small sections, add salt and use as pasta! Next add the zucchini to your favorite sauce! Her favorite is non-spaghetti bolognese because you get the licopene from the tomato sauce and protein from the low-fat meat. Yum!
We’ve all been there, usually everyday. It hits around 3pm, the afternoon slump…. Coffee and sugar are on the mind but not the best choices. Instead of a candy jar at Eat Smart Age Smart we have a gum jar. In 2011 the journal Appetite conducted a study that showed students performed better on tests while chewing gum. Researches say that chewing gum may raise the heart rate and increase cerebral blood flow for up to 20 minutes after! Sugar free is an even better way to go than regular sugar gum and you save on the calories. So grab a stick and chew up!
Good News for Coffee Drinkers!
According to the Harvard School of Public Health women who drink 2-3 cups of coffee (15oz) a day have a 15% less chance of depression! Coffee also helps to ward off such diseases as Parkinson’s, certain cancers and high blood pressure as well as though few extra unwanted pounds! I’ll have a double!!
Eat your Salmon!
Any Eat Smart Age Smart reader knows that Omega 3′s are crucial for a healthy body and brain, but a new study proves this even more! According to Dr. Zaldy Tan, who did a study on over 1500 people and Omega 3 levels in their blood stream, found that the people with the lowest levels of Omega3 fatty acid in their blood had lower brain volume. The US dietary guidelines have always recommended two servings of seafood rich in Omega3 two times a week, but now it seems more could be beneficial! Sounds like fish taco night to us!
New Way to get Omega 3’s!
Omega 3’s are very important for a healthy diet! They help prevent heart disease and many other ailments. A yummy new way to get 100% of your daily amount of Omega 3 is to add flaxseed to your food. Try adding a few spoonfuls to pancakes or oatmeal to make not only a yummy breakfast, but a healthy one too!
Don’t let Soft Serve Turn You into a Softie…
Since soft serve yogurt came on the scene, trendy yogurt shops have been popping up all over the country. But when does a healthy treat turn into a diet disaster? Just 1 cup of the popular Pinkberry Original Frozen Yogurt contains 230 calories before adding toppings! Caloric intake can jump into the 1000’s when you consider all the tempting toppings offered. One way to keep calories down is to order a child size serving and choose only healthy toppings such as fruit or nuts. If you cut the serving size in half you can double your topping choice. Eat up and stay thin!=« Previous Articles