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Why You Should “Eat The Rainbow”!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Nutrition | 0 comments

When I was growing up, I remember my Mom teaching me that it was important to “eat the rainbow”. At the time, I thought it had more to do with the presentation of a meal, but as I have studied more about nutrition, I realize that “eating the rainbow” had more to do with eating a variety of nutrients that have a powerful impact on our overall health, and less to do with Skittles® candies. How To Eat The Rainbow  “Eating the Rainbow” refers to the practice of eating fruits and vegetables of all the different colors to provide your body with a variety of nutrients. Produce with similar colors tend to have many of the same nutrients and health benefits, which makes it important to eat from all of the different colors of “the rainbow”! I have listed...

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Why Vitamin C Is Important For Your Health

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Nutrition | 1 comment

We all know that we should have Vitamin C to stay healthy, but do you know exactly what that means? I’ll give you a quick glimpse of why Vitamin C is important for your health, and how you can obtain it naturally through the foods you eat. “The more we study vitamin C, the better our understanding of how diverse it is in protecting our health, from cardiovascular, cancer, stroke, eye health [and] immunity to living longer.” – Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan Health Benefits of Vitamin C • Vitamin C is well known for it’s ability to strengthen the body’s immune system and help heal all of the cells in your body. • Feeling stressed? Vitamin C helps the body to naturally deal with stress. • Vitamin C can help detoxify the body, including protecting the body from pollution,...

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10 Health Benefits of Watermelons

Posted by on Jun 2, 2011 in Nutrition | 5 comments

When I think of Summer barbecues, one of the first fruits I think of is a refreshing Watermelon slice! To celebrate Summer, I have listed some amazing health benefits that Watermelons come with, something we can all enjoy! Watermelon Health Benefits 1) Watermelon is rich in a carotenoid antioxidant in it called lycopene, which is something tomatoes are famous for. Something you may not know, watermelon has more lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable -including tomatoes -which are known to help reduce the risk of several types of cancers. 2) Watermelons are very low in calories, about 46 calories per cup. This is one of the many reasons that makes watermelon a great snack to have throughout the day, especially if you have a weight loss goal. 3) Watermelon contains arginine which is an amino acids that can help...

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Twinkie’s Challenge: Eat Fruits & Vegetables that are in Season

Posted by on Apr 2, 2011 in Twinkie's Challenge | 2 comments

It’s time you start benefiting from fresh fruits and vegetables that are in Season! Not only will you enjoy a more delicious and fresh flavor from your produce, but you will also be able to save money when you buy fruits and vegetables that are in Season. This list I have provided shows which fruits and vegetables are in Season throughout the year. It will depend upon where you live, but this list is general enough to give you an idea of when produce is typically available. Spring (March – May) Broccoli Lettuce Mangoes Pineapple Artichoke Asparagus Rhubarb Peas Zucchini Apricot Cherries Summer (June – August) Watermelon Raspberries Blueberries Strawberries Beets Cantaloupe Corn Cherries Lettuce Peaches Apricots Cucumbers Figs Limes Green Beans Kiwi Summer Squash Tomato Eggplant Plums Fall (September – November) Pomegranate Apples Cranberries Grapes Coconut Lettuce Persimmon Beets Eggplants...

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Healthy Carbohydrates your Body Needs

Posted by on Feb 7, 2011 in Health, Nutrition | 0 comments

When it comes to eating carbohydrates and trying to eat healthy, there seems to be a lot of confusion. I am not surprised that so many people feel that carbohydrates are bad, considering all of the “low carb” diets available today. Are carbohydrates really bad for you? Is it healthy to avoid them completely? I will discuss the answers to those questions, along with talking about what purpose carbohydrates serve in our body, and what types of carbohydrates you should pick up the next time you head out to the grocery store. Why you need Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are good for your body, but most people are eating the wrong type of carbohydrates (which I will go into detail below). Your body benefits from Carbohydrates when they are broken down into glucose, which fuels the body with needed energy. Anyone...

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Just Fruit™ Spreads by Crofter’s

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Twinkie's Favorites | 0 comments

Most jams available on the market probably have more sugar in them than the fruit named on the front of the jar. Luckily for you and me, I have discovered Just Fruit™ Spreads by Crofter’s. Why Just Fruit™ Spreads? Besides the fact that these delicious spreads aren’t full of processed sugars, they are delicious and only made with the most simple of ingredients. My favorite is the Strawberry Just Fruit™ Spread, which only has 5 ingredients: Concentrated Organic grape juice, Organic Strawberries, Apple pectin, Ascorbic acid, and Citric acid. The Fruit spreads come in Strawberry, Wild Blueberry, Superfruit, Raspberry, Black  Currant, Blackberry, and Apricot. Be sure to check out all of the delicious flavors that are available, and make sure you always choose the jams that don’t need processed sugar to taste wonderful. There’s no need to sacrifice flavor for your...

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Twinkie’s Typical Meal Plan

Posted by on Nov 8, 2010 in Twinkie, Weight Loss | 1 comment

A lot of people wonder what I eat every day, how I structure it, and how they too can implement my eating habits to help them lose weight. It’s taken me years to figure out a system that has worked for me, and hopefully my meal plan can help you too. Here’s a simple outline on how I eat every day… 7:30AM – Breakfast •Ionix Supreme by Isagenix® •IsaLean Shake (Vanilla) by Isagenix® -With my shake, I will include IsaPro (whey protein), Greens!, and FiberPro by Isagenix®) 10:00 AM – Snack •Fruit -I will try to pick out a different fruit every week. One week I may have an apple, while another week I will have grapes, watermelon or strawberries. 12:00PM – Lunch •Sandwich -I always use Ezekiel bread, and I either make an almond butter and honey sandwich,...

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Healthy Alternatives for your Junk Food Cravings

Posted by on Sep 6, 2010 in Health, Weight Loss | 1 comment

What’s your junk food craving? Everyone seems to have specific cravings now and again! Whether it be sweet or salty, we sometimes tend to think of the junk food as a first choice to satisfy those cravings. Here are some ways you can curb your cravings in a healthy way. Healthy Alternatives to your Salt Cravings •Popcorn –Homemade popcorn made with coconut oil and a bit of real salt is a wonderful treat when you need something salty! •Jerky -When salt cravings come, it might just mean you need a little meat in your diet. Be sure to make your jerky homemade or buy the Organic or All Natural kind so that you don’t get any MSG or additives that usually come with processed meats. •Edamame -These are an easy snack to make, and a great alternative to something...

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