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How To Get Your Kids To Eat Vegetables

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Toddler/Child | Comments Off on How To Get Your Kids To Eat Vegetables

I think it’s safe to say that most parents try to give their kids veggies – some kids will eat them and some kids won’t. Here are my secrets to getting my little one to eat her veggies! Give Your Kid Vegetables Every Day I know this seems a little too obvious, but I think it’s important enough to mention. So many parents will say that their kids won’t eat their vegetables, but they never seem to try to give their kids vegetables! Maybe they started out trying and gave up. Whatever the case, it’s important that you KEEP giving your kids vegetables every day. My daughter’s pediatrician explained that kid’s taste buds are still developing, which means it can take up to 19 times eating something before a kid likes a new food! I have found with my daughter that...

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Why You Should “Eat The Rainbow”!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Nutrition | Comments Off on Why You Should “Eat The Rainbow”!

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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USDA’s Food Pyramid Replacement

Posted by on Jun 4, 2011 in Health, Nutrition | Comments Off on USDA’s Food Pyramid Replacement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated their food recommendation with MyPlate, which is supposed to be a more accurate and easier to follow compared to it’s successors. History Lesson First, let’s quickly recap where we have been, so you can better understand – or appreciate? – where we are now. You be the judge. 1956 – The USDA came up with the basic four basic food groups: •Grains: bread, cereal, rice, pasta •Protein: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts •Fruits & Vegetables •Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt 1992 – The USDA made some adjustments to the basic four food groups, and even provided a visual for the first time. This version now provides recommendations, which were under a lot of criticism. Some servings were the minimum recommendations, while other servings were the maximum recommendations. It was confusing and...

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Top Foods to Buy Organic

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Nutrition | 2 comments

I understand that you can’t always buy every single thing Organic, whether it’s because of a budget or just availability. Find out which foods you should always buy USDA Organic, and which ones you can buy Conventional without worrying about harmful pesticides. The Environmental Working Group compiles data from the FDA and USDA tests which measure how much pesticide is left behind in Conventionally grown produce. Based on data collected from these tests from 2000 to 2008, the Environmental Working Group put together a list of foods that contain the most and the least amount of pesticides. The Dirty Dozen This is a list of foods that are at the bottom of the barrel, which means they contain the most amount of harmful pesticides. It’s best to buy the following produce Organic, even if you are on a budget....

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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 | Comments Off on Healthy Carbohydrates your Body Needs

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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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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