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Monday, March 31, 2014

Healthy Spring Treats!

With spring, comes more activity and a healthier appetite. When shopping or thinking about what to plant in your garden keep your taste buds in mind. 

Snack Ideas:

Cucumbers - cut up and eat like chips throughout the day. 8 calories for every 1/2 cup. Similar to celery, cucumbers are mostly water, so they fill you up and don't cost you carbs. These are super easy to grow here in Idaho. Plus they don't have that waxy coating when grown fresh.

Celery - add some peanut butter to increase your protein, or better yet, try almond butter or another type of protein heavy spread.

Hard boiled eggs - It is Easter time, so make it fun! Dye some eggs and take them as a mid morning snack or as your breakfast. with 6 grams of protein in each egg, and only 78 calories you can't go wrong with this as a food choice.

Asparagus - Readily available this time of year, and often less expensive at the grocery store, this vegetable is wonderful steamed or sauteed in olive oil. BBQ it for a fresh new taste. 3 spears is only 9 calories and carries a whopping 1 gram of protein. Try it as a snack on the go, or for breakfast. Find it fresh by canals around town.

Dinner and Dessert:

Ahi Tuna - Don't like fish? It's ok. This treat is more like steak, and whatever you saute or BBQ it in, the flavor will mask the tuna taste. 180 calories for a 6oz. serving, but 0 carbs, and 40 grams of protein!!!

Strawberry Shortcake - Three ingredients: Angel Food Cake, Strawberries, and Cool Whip Light or Reddi-whip. With everything you have an amazingly tasty treat and totals less than 150 calories 19 carbs, and 2.3 grams of protein, and 18mg of Potassium. That can't be beat! Again, another super easy thing to grow.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fresh Food!!! Grill It!

With the days getting longer and the weather warming up, the desire to be outside more is natural.

-Take that and run with it. Turn on the grill and serve up fresh food like grilled fish, and veggies. More natural cooking without the added things like butter is bound to help with your goals! Grill On!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fast Food or Fast Fat

Some interesting facts about us as Americans and fast food from 2011. 

Did you know:

  • 52% of Americans felt that doing their taxes WAS EASIER than learning how to eat healthy.
  • The average American ate nearly ONE TON of food. 
  • 29 pounds of that was from French fries.
  • 53 gallons of soda.
  • Over 10 billion donuts are consumed in a year.
  • 20% of all American meals are eaten in the car.

Healthy Options for Eating Out:

  • Choose fast food restaurants that offer healthy choices, like fried chick vs. ethnic food. Ethnic fast food will have more low-fat options, unlike fried chicken joints where it's all fried. 
  • Put more veggies on your pizza: broccoli, bell peppers, or zucchini.
  • Stick with regular sized items instead of "super sizing." That $.50 will increase your meal by more than 450 calories and 35 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Balance eating out with healthy meals. If you know you're eating out tonight, have a lighter lunch.
  • Stay away from all-you-can-eat buffets, it's hard not to overeat! 
  • Drink water with your meal instead of soda.