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Take care of your diet and feel great!

America is in the midst of a health craze. Wherever you go, you just can’t escape it. Wherever you turn your confronted with information about healthy foods, exercise and healthier life choices. Undoubtedly, one of the most effective ways to benefit your health is to opt for healthy foods. Wait a minute, I hear you cry, healthy foods are boring and tasteless. Think again! Healthy foods can be foods you eat every day already, sometimes just preparing them differently can make the difference.

Eating habits and healthy foods can be very enjoyable to eat, as well as being particularly good for you. With healthy foods, it’s good to remember that the nearer the food is to its natural state, the healthier it will be for you. You can start by cutting out the number of pre-prepared foods in your diet. Pre-prepared foods are packed with salt, sugars and synthetic ingredients. Although they may be convenient, you can also prepare healthy foods in no time at all when you know how.

Healthy foods can be very easy to prepare, requiring very little time and effort. It does not necessarily take longer or cost more to live on healthy foods. Here’s an example of a really easy meal that is quick and cheap and includes healthy foods and ingredients. Grill lean hamburger patties until they are fairly well cooked. Put the patties on a whole grain natural seeded buns. Serve with tossed salad drenched in olive oil. For desert, include a serving of fresh fruit or a fresh fruit salad. This is so easy to prepare, it can be on your table in under twenty minutes and involves wholly healthy foods. Grilling lean meats, chicken or fish is certainly not time consuming. Tossing a salad can be done during the cooking time. A good tip is also to fill out the meal with some fresh vegetables which again are very good for you and taste great. You can spice up your mealtimes by trying different healthy foods each time, and experimenting with a range of ingredients you’ve never tried before. Even your local supermarket is packed full of these healthy ingredients for you to select, and many even hand out tips and recipes telling you how to prepare thir produce. This can be a great, healthy way to expose your children to healthy foods which not only taste great, but are good fuel for their growing bodies. You can also try to incorporate herbs into your meal which add flavour and are again very healthy foodstuffs.

Healthy foods can easily be used daily in easy, nutritious meals. You can even use healthy foods in more experimental recipes if you have time to spare. Healthy foods can also be prepared before meal times and frozen for a rainy day. When preparing your own frozen foods, you can have peace of mind in the knowledge that they contain no additives or preservatives, and they are purely healthy foods for you and your families. Another good idea is involving your kids in the preparation of the healthy foods they eat each day. Eating healthy foods can be cheap and timely, so there are benefits all round.

So give it a go. By eating more healthy foods in your diet, you will truly feel the difference. You’ll feel and look better physically, as well as having stronger bones, teeth and muscles, not to mention clearer skin. For such little effort, you can really see the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle.

Smart Food Choices, Head To Toe

Shopping ideas that’ll give you a healthy boost.

Build a better shopping list (and body) with these healthy foods recommended by Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, a nutrition consultant and author of The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to the New Food Pyramid.

FEED YOUR BRAIN

Tufts University researchers have found that the antioxidants in blueberries and salmon may help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

EAT FOR YOUR EYES

Eggs contain two carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) that protect vision and choline, a key ingredient of a neurotransmitter that gives memory a boost. And spinach, kale, and orange bell peppers have eye-protecting carotenoids, and many fruits contain protective vitamins A, C, and E.

SNACK FOR YOUR SKIN

Milk and other foods high in vitamin D — shrimp, sardines, eggs — may lower the risk of skin cancer. Plus, studies suggest that the ellagic acid in berries can prevent or slow skin cancer.

FEAST TO FIGHT DISEASE

An excellent source of protein, pork tenderloin has less heart-clogging fat than a boneless, skinless chicken breast. And extra-virgin olive oil is low in saturated fat and fights inflammation, implicated in heart disease and cancer.

BUILD BETTER BONES

The vitamin D in milk, OJ, and shrimp helps calcium absorption. Broccoli, spinach, and romaine are rich in bone-building vitamin K.

Take a stroll: Walk to the grocery store, and you’ll get exercise while you load upon healthy ingredients.

MixStirs Makes Smoothies for Health Day at Rhame Ave Elementary School

East Rockaway, NY, June 15, 2009 – MixStirs spent the day sharing the health benefits of drinking smoothies with students at Rhame Ave Elementary School. As part of the culmination of the school’s Healthy Living Campaign, students and faculty enjoyed the health benefits of two MixStirs favorites, the Smashin Supreme and the Mixd Dream. The event proved healthy eating can be fun.

This is the best smoothie I ever tasted says Melissa, a 5th grade student whose mom makes her smoothies at home, I am bringing this menu home to my mom. When asked if he ever had a smoothie before, Joe, a 2nd grader said, I never had one before but I like this a lot!

“We are honored to donate our time for such a fantastic event. Providing the children and faculty of this wonderful school the opportunity to taste Mixstirs Smoothies, reinforces the idea that healthy foods are also delicious foods.” said Mike Greenberg, President and Founder of MixStirs, “Many of these kids are being exposed to healthy smoothies for the first time and they are amazed at how good fruit tastes.”

MixStirs great tasting smoothies continue to grow in popularity as the trend continues toward healthy alternatives to fast food. MixStirs uses fresh fruit flown in from the west coast. To ensure that the fruit is at its optimal taste, it is flash frozen and shipped to the East Coast. Using this frozen fruit allows MixStirs to use a very small amount of ice, 10% – 20% of what its competitors use, creating smoothies that taste very sweet without having to add any sugar.

MixStirs has over 20 locations across the country making fresh fruit smoothies and protein shakes. To find the MixStirs closest to you please visit http://mixstirs.com.

Franchising information is also available on the website.

Convenience Can Be Healthy Too

Try these quick-grab prepared foods that pump up your health:

  1. Smoothies – Those made with whole fruits, vegetables and yogurt are full of antioxidants, fiber, and calcium.
  2. Mini Yogurt Packs – Yogurt has 100 more milligrams of calcium per serving than milk. Go for those with no added sugar.
  3. Trail Mix – Dried fruits are full of antioxidants. And nuts offer vitamin E, protein and healthy fats. Both are high in calories, so a small handful will do.
  4. Frozen Fruits and Vegetables – They’re processed at the peak of freshness.
  5. Instant Oatmeal – High in fiber and iron, this whole grain beats back heart disease. Skip the flavored, sugary packs.
  6. Whole Grain Cereals and Frozen Waffles –  Fiber-rich whole grains offer lots of nutrients like cancer-fighting selenium and heart-healthy potassium and magnesium.
  7. Low-Sodium, Low-Fat Soups – Try vegetable, bean, or chicken noodle for about 90-170 calories per cup, 2 grams of fat, and 90-470 milligrams of sodium (your daily limit should hover at 2,300 milligrams of sodium).
  8. Nut Butters – Add cashew or almond butter to your peanut butter routine. They’re full of healthy unsaturated oils and protein – but watch the calories. 

Superfoods for a Super Body

There are lots of foods that are good for you. But these 10 superfoods go beyond a simple vitamin dose here or a nutrient-drenched nibble there. These are research-backed, expert-beloved disease fighters and energy boosters. Making them your go-to eats is easy-we’ve got a month’s worth of recipes and a menu planner, so you don’t even have to think about what’s for dinner tonight. Dig in!

Lemon

  • Just one lemon has more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C, which may help increase “good” HDL cholesterol levels and strengthen bones.
  • Citrus flavonoids found in lemons may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and act as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Quick Tip – Add a slice of lemon to your green tea. One study found that citrus increases your body’s ability to absorb the antioxidants in the tea by about 80 percent.

Broccoli

  • One medium stalk of broccoli contains more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement and almost 100 percent of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C-two essential bone-building nutrients.
  • The same serving also helps stave off numerous cancers.
  • Quick Tip – Zap it! Preserve up to 90 percent of broccoli’s vitamin C by microwaving. (Steaming or boiling holds on to just 66 percent of the nutrient.)

Dark Chocolate

  • Just one-fourth of an ounce daily can reduce blood pressure in otherwise healthy individuals.
  • Cocoa powder is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants shown to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL levels.
  • Quick Tip – A dark chocolate bar contains about 53.5 milligrams of flavonoids; a milk-chocolate bar has fewer than 14.

Potatoes

  • One red potato contains 66 micrograms of cell-building folate-about the same amount found in one cup of spinach or broccoli.
  • One sweet potato has almost eight times the amount of cancer-fighting and immune-boosting vitamin A you need daily.
  • Quick Tip – Let your potato cool before eating. Research shows that doing so can help burn close to 25 percent more fat after a meal, thanks to a fat-resistant starch.

Salmon

  • A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to a reduced risk of depression, heart disease and cancer.
  • A three-ounce serving contains almost 50 percent of your daily dose of niacin, which may protect against Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.
  • Quick Tip – Opt for wild over farm-raised, which contains 16 times as much toxic polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) as wild salmon.

Walnuts

  • Contain the most omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce cholesterol, of all nuts.
  • Omega-3s have been shown to improve mood and fight cancer; they may protect against sun damage, too (but don’t skip the SPF!).
  • Quick Tip – Eat a few for dessert : The antioxidant melatonin, found in walnuts, helps to regulate sleep.

Avocado

  • Rich in healthy, satisfying fats proven in one study to lower cholesterol by about 22 percent.
  • One has more than half the fiber and 40 percent of the folate you need daily, which may reduce your risk of heart disease.