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PostHeaderIcon Healthy Breakfast Ideas Guide

Top-Ten-Healthy-Breakfast-2015-Ideas-What-To-Make-For-Breakfast-2016-Tips-Guide-550x365How many times have you heard the old adage, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Odds are you have probably heard it plenty of times in your lifetime. Whole-wheat toast is full of fiber and good carbohydrates to get you through your morning. Children love the idea of eating peanut butter for breakfast, which makes this meal a winning treat in most households. So, how can we resolve the morning rush with the need to stop and eat a healthy breakfast? I won’t even say to get up earlier, because for most of us, that isn’t happening.There’s no law that says you have to eat breakfast foods for breakfast. Let us reconsider breakfast, choosing easy to prepare foods or meals that can be prepared ahead and then microwaved quickly at the last minute. 2 Egg Veggie Omelet, an 8 oz glass of organic milk, and a banana. A kiwi & an apple cut into slices with some grapes all sprinkled with some lemon juice served with a cup of yogurt and a few chopped nuts.

By eating a healthy meal to begin your day, your body kicks on the metabolism which helps burn calories more efficiently. This way you also get a small boost of energy which improves your performance. A breakfast skipped here, a hurried lunch and by the time it’s time for dinner… they’re too tired to eat. This is just another day in the life of Jack and Jill. Does this sound familiar? People who have to really deal with the “daily grind”. You might be surprised to find out how many fast and easy options there are out there for healthy breakfast foods. From prepackaged whole grain pancake mixes, cereals and muffins to delicious fruits and drinks. These are just some of the many ideas that you can have for breakfast. All of these could be eaten by anyone who’s always in a hurry by the moment they wake up and even for those who don’t want to leave. You can treat breakfast as quality time with your family. There’s nothing like sitting down and enjoying a healthy breakfast with the rest of the family. Start the day off right by eating healthy and enjoying your family. Smoothies, you can do all kinds of things with smoothies. Now these don’t seem to keep my kids full as long, so you will have to see how it works for your family.

Healthy breakfast recipes will keep you from overloading on the sugars and fats which tend to slow you down and not give you the energy boost you need and want. As mentioned earlier, nutritious breakfast includes whole grains that are high in fiber and low in fat. This helps in watching cholesterol increase in our body. Another bonus to make breakfast the most important meal of the day is that you can afford to have a hearty and pleasurable meal — provided it’s healthy food — because you have all day to burn it off. If sometimes you think that there’s no time left to eat a healthy breakfast, then do your best to make one. This is actually possible to do since there are already a lot of different easy to cook and easy to prepare recipes available. If the first meal of the day does not provide them with the right nutrients, they might not be able to cope up with studies. Certainly, donuts and hamburgers won’t give your child consistent energy.

PostHeaderIcon Homemade baby food

homemade-baby-food2-002Homemade baby food makes a much better approach to a healthy and cash saving choice to commercial products

Ounce per ounce, commercial baby foods can make gold look like a bargain! Over the course of a year, you can have substatial savings.

It’s also unfortunate that some of the commercial baby foods are not organically grown products and may contain all sorts of undesirables, including hormones, antibiotics and pesticides! No one would feed her baby foods from a farm supply store. While these commercial baby foods are approved by the FDA, we really don’t have any idea what the long term side effects might be. Why gamble with your baby’s life? Organically grown produce is available for baby food, but are also quite expensive.

Homemade baby food is the logical choice for many. Homemade baby food is surprisingly easy to make. You will likely save a lot of money and know that baby is eating nutritious food.

Before you get into making homemade baby food, talk with your pediatrician about which foods baby should start with and which should be added as he grows. Bring a list of foods and how you are going to make them. Change up your menu planning accordingly.

Homemade baby food must be freshly prepared for each meal, for maximum nutritive value. A home coffee grinder, set aside for just this purpose, does an admirable job of mincing up any food into a texture best for baby’s consumption. You shouldn’t use a blender or food processor, these appliances result in both messy waste and a big cleanup job. A single months savings of using just a little bit of homemade baby food, the investment in a home coffee grinder pays for itself. If possible, always use organically produced foods. Babies who eat only organic foods are less susceptible to allergies and resistance to antibiotics developing later in life which is a growing concern in many hospitals.

Starting off, your baby’s first foods will be rice. A few spoonfuls of rice, diluted with a tablespoon or so of water, turns into the perfect consistency, with a better flavor than a commercially processed product.

Bananas, applesauce, apricots and berries are typically the next foods to be introduced. Use the freshest fruit. Bananas are quickly transformed into a homemade baby food, using your coffee grinder. Eat what remains of the banana yourself, as a peeled banana doesn’t keep well. To make applesauce, peel and core the fresh apple, dice it in chunks and let the grinder do the rest. Fruits such as apricots might take a minute or two of blanching in a bowl of boiling water. Then just peel the skin right off.

Talk to your pediatrician about what age baby can safely eat the skin as well. The skin contains lots of fiber and vitamins for added health benefits.

Making homemade baby food is a great reason to start a small organic garden. Produce from your own garden are the freshest ingredients you’ll find anywhere.

Getting into the homemade baby food practice is fun, easy and gives baby the most nutritious start in life. You just might start a trend in the neighborhood!

PostHeaderIcon Free Soul Food Recipes: Top 5 Benefits

026 virginia meatloafFree soul food recipe sites continue to enjoy a steady growth in popularity. The sputtering economy is one of the reason that’s forcing more people to go back to preparing traditional meals at home. Instead of going out to eat more families are cooking and slashing up to 40% off their grocery bill. The southern recipe sites are filling a growing demand for the nostalgic stick-to-your-ribs dishes that soul food is famous for.

Soul food has a reputation of staying longer with a person than most other cuisines. Most of the recipes are not only tasty and filling, but the cost is low. With the average cookbook costing over $25, the growing number of free recipes sites serve today’s struggling families. These facts help to benefit today’s cash strapped families. But those are not the only benefits free soul food recipes are bringing to consumers.

Here’s The Top 5 Benefits Voted by My Readers.

1. No Cost Way to Prepare A Variety Of Tasty, Nutritious Meals.

With the multitude of quality recipes on the internet you have a wide variety of meal choices you can prepare for your family without boring them with the same dishes.

2. Most Sites Include Cooking Tips For The Beginner As Well As The Advanced.

Most soul food recipe sites not only include the latest recipe tips, they also include cooking tips for both beginners and advanced. Many also include forums where you can ask questions if you’re a beginner or ask a detailed question concerning this popular southern cuisine.

3. The Recipes Continue To Stand The Test Of Time. Most Are Decades, Even Centuries Old.

Most of the free soul food recipes on these sites have stood the test of time. You won’t find untested recipes or fad ingredients and techniques that’s here today and gone tomorrow. Most of the recipes and cooking techniques are centuries old. However, you will find many recipes updated or including refreshing and creative variations to the original recipe for those who are creative cooks.

4. One Of The Few Original American Cuisines That Continues To Grow More Popular.

Among all the different recipes you’ll find, soul food is one of the most popular and one of the few original American foods left. Invented out of slavery and today has grown into a billion dollar industry, that includes cook books, restaurants, food manufacturing, TV shows and more.

5. As It Grows More Popular It Grows Healthier.

The free soul food recipes of today is not your Grandmas recipes, where the ingredients came loaded with large amounts of fat, salt and grease.

Today’s soul dishes are much healthier. Less salt, oil and fats are the norm. Pan frying, baking and broiling continues to replace deep fat frying as a healthier alternative.

Smoked turkey replaces fatback to flavor vegetables, beans, stews and gumbos. This popular southern cuisine continues to add healthier alternatives not only concerning ingredients but also cooking methods.

These 5 benefits serve to inform you of the many advantages of today’s free soul food recipes. They’re your no-cost way to plan tastier and more economical meals for your family.

PostHeaderIcon Healthy Meal Alternatives

Herbal teas

9There are so many different teas available to us today. In fact there are simply hundreds, including different blends and they all have a host of medicinal purposes as well as specific properties for treating a variety of disorders, detuning our systems, or for general consumption for our health, well being and enjoyment.

For instance drinking peppermint tea after a big meal will help you digest it better and helps to clear the head. Peppermint tea works by relaxing muscles of the digestive tract; it stimulates the liver and the production of bile and can alleviate problems associated with colic and flatulence.

Another all time favourite is green tea. There are so many health benefits that this can provide. Green tea is great for easing digestion, is also used as a treatment for the prevention of oral thrush and reduces the risks of esophageal cancer, it can lower the risks associated with coronary heart disease and cardiovascular problems, lower blood cholesterol, improve energy levels, clear the mind, relax the soul, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and is great for losing weight and boosting the immune system.

Oolong Tea also contains many of the health benefits of green tea and black teas. It is well known for its fat metoblising properties and is considered to be an excellent tea for making you feel centred, and increasing your energy levels.
To alleviate stress try Lemon Balm or Vervain – a good relaxant tea and can be used to help if you suffer from nervous tension and or insomnia.

Chamomile is another old favourite – for use in soothing and calming of the mind and the body, particularly if you have an upset stomach or if you just need a bit of a lift and to be revitalized Rosehip Tea is a good one to try.

The best thing is that most herbal teas are full of antioxidants, are healthier for you as an alternative to normal tea and coffee and most of them are caffeine free, but do check the labels, particularly if you are sensitive to caffeine and with any herbs don’t expect miracles over night for herbs will work but they need time and use in moderation. Always check the packet for warnings and directions of use.

• Meal replacement systems, such as meal shakes

This is a great way to get started in your day as most of the meal replacement shakes have the correct number of vitamins and minerals, as well as the essential macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and protein) needed to sustain you throughout your day.

Most meal replacement formulas are nutritionally balanced and are low in fat, come in great flavours and are easily soluble when blended with skim milk, light soy milk or even water.

You can also have them as either before your workouts to assist in providing you with the energy your body requires or after your workouts to help you feed and nourish the muscles you have just used. This will help fight the free radicals that exercise causes and will help us to recover quicker too.

Instead of snacking on junk food you can have a shake instead, most of the meal replacements and shakes are low GI which as we have mentioned before, will fill you up and control your hunger cravings for longer by controlling your blood sugar levels, you will be less inclined to fill up on the not-so-good-choice type of foods – now that’s convenience!

PostHeaderIcon Healthy Meal Choices for Truck Drivers

ihop30001Over the road trucker and healthy diet. No, this is not a game of “What Two Things Don’t Go Together”. It’s a serious subject, and it’s getting more critically important. Statistics are telling us that the stereotype of the overweight driver with “trucker gut” isn’t a myth. Recent statistics show that 80% of over the road truck drivers are overweight and a whopping 50% are sliding into the obese category. It’s actually shortening the lifespans of the folks who work so hard to deliver nearly everything the country needs. According to the Center for Disease Control, the life span of the average truck driver is an alarming 16% less than the average American.

Given those grim sounding numbers, what’s a truck driver to do? Most truckers can’t go hit the gym for an hour every day, and thinking you have to live on a diet of “sticks and berries” is downright depressing. Fortunately, there’s a solution. It just takes a little planning, a bit of education about nutrition and an adjustment or two.

A good way to help plan what you’re going to eat when you’re on the road is to think, “What can I bring from home?” or “What could I pick up at a grocery store that’s good portable fuel?” There are a lot of healthy, tasty options such as small bags of nuts, raisins, granola and dark chocolate chips. It’s also important not to eat snacks straight out of a big bag or box. You can eat your way through a thousand calories before you know it.

There are a lot of basic things you can bring along that are satisfying snack alternatives. Pack healthy options like whole grain bread, peanut butter, cheese sticks, carrots and easy to eat fresh fruit like apples and bananas. If you like fresh vegetables like peppers, celery and other high fiber veggies, they’re great for satisfy the need to be chewing something without piling on the calories and sugar. If you have a mini-fridge in your truck or have room for a cooler, it opens up an entire world of health friendly foods you can take on the road.

Here are some easy guidelines to make healthy meal choices easier:

- Choose lean meats like skinless chicken breast and fish.
- Choose grilled or roasted, not battered or fried.
- Think salads. But, watch out for high-calorie and fat laden creamy dressings. Ask for the dressing on the side. It gives you control over amounts.
- Be aware of all those popular starches like white bread and dinner rolls, potatoes and white rice. They aren’t friendly to your waistline and don’t provide much in the way of nutrition besides carbs and calories.
- When you do eat carbs, think complex carbohydrates. Whole grain breads, whole grain pastas, brown rice and oatmeal are made from the whole grain kernel. They provide more nutrition and are higher in fiber. That’s why they do a better job of satisfying your appetite.
- Learn to read labels. If it doesn’t specifically say “whole grain” it probably isn’t. Learn to read grams of fat and sodium and know what they mean.

That may seem like a lot to digest, no pun intended, but understanding more about the foods we eat will make it easier to be aware of what and how much we put in our mouth. That doesn’t mean everyone has to become a nutritionist, but a little learning can go a long way.

Over-the-road truck drivers are what keeps this country supplied with just about everything we use. The country needs you and your families need you to be healthy and be around for a long time. So take care of yourself out there. You’re worth it.