Healthy Snack Ideas for Adults

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This is a fantastic topic; snacking. Too many people struggle, or do not take the time to portion out snacks that are healthy and provide energy. Keeping good alternatives close at hand, will help you achieve your long term goals. Why waste money on low calorie count individual servings that are bought when you can put your own together. You will also teach your children or show coworkers that it can be done.

Cooking with Kathy Man

Healthy snacks are an important part of balanced eating. Snacks are foods that are eaten between meals. They have a very important job: they keep energy levels up and provide nutrients that our bodies need. A healthy snack can also help control your appetite and make you feel less hungry between meals.

Not all snacks are created equal

For many people, the word “snack” makes them think of chips or chocolate. However, these are not the type of healthy snacks that give us important nutrients that the body needs.
The key to healthy snacking is to follow Canada’s Food Guide and include foods from at least two of the four food groups in each snack. Ideas include fruit, whole grain crackers, cheese, hummus and vegetables.

Watch your portions

A healthy snack should have between 85 and 250 calories. One way to control portion size is to serve yourself a single…

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Healthy Superbowl Sunday Recipes

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Here are a few football themed alternatives, for healthy snacking during the big game. Many people derail their diet and exercise resolutions at this time of year. If you have a healthy favorite, please share it.

Kelly Toups, MLA, RD, LDN

For most folks, Superbowl Sunday is the first real test of whether the healthy habits started in early January are going to be embraced as lasting lifestyle changes, or cast aside as abandoned resolutions. There’s no need to panic, however. With a little advanced planning, the right recipes, and some creative presentation skills, healthy foods can be far more alluring than their deep-fried counterparts, even on one of the most gluttonous, sedentary holidays.

Here is a round-up of my favorite Superbowl Sunday themed fruit and veggie platters and healthy Superbowl Sunday recipes from around the web. Bring any of these dishes to your Superbowl viewing party — dieters and non-dieters alike will be glad you did!

Healthy Superbowl Sunday Recipes!

Veggie Tray with Football Toast from The Forman Fam

Kelly’s tip: Make sure the toast is 100% whole grain. For the laces, feel free to use string cheese toasted on, or carefully piped ranch dips (such as this

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8 Nutritional Tips for Cyclists – Infographic

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I saw this posted by a fellow blogger and biker. He just celebrated his 75th birthday and when I saw this posting, I knew I had to reblog it. I hope you enjoy it.

One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100

Must confess I couldn’t resist this infographic. Superheroes riding bikes!? It doesn’t get any better than that. It also offers some good nutritional ideas, too.

Enjoy!

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If you are a bike rider, you may enjoy the following posts:
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Is Cycling Past 70 Different Than Cycling Past 50?
One of the Secrets of Safe Cycling
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Safe Cycling … the value of common courtesy
Exercising Outdoors in Cold Weather
7 Things I Love About Biking
The Agony and The Ecstasy of Summer Biking
The Joy of Spokes
The Joys and Benefits of Bike Riding – May is National Bicycle Month

Tony

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Thyme-yogurt walnut dip/spread

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Are you constantly searching for new dip options that are healthy, tasty and easy? Then give this a try. Used as a spread or a dip with veggies and crackers, this is sure to please.

Chitra's Healthy Kitchen

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About:

It comes together in just a few minutes. The dip is salty, tangy and just pretty with that flavour of thyme. It goes well with seasonal veggies or spreads easily on breads and sandwiches. It’s the perfect thing to share. Usually feta cheese and cream cheese is used for thick and creamy texture but just to keep it healthy I used very less amount of low fat cheese and most of greek yogurt.

Yields-3-4 servings
Preparation time-10 minutes

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Study: Pizza Takes a Slice Out of Kids’ Health

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Have you ever wondered what that occasional pizza may do to your diet or long term health?

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Children, teens consume more calories, fat and salt on days they eat this American staple.

On the days your kids eat pizza, they likely take in more calories, fat and sodium than on other days, a new study found.

On any given day in the United States in 2009-10, one in five young children and nearly one in four teens ate pizza for a meal or snack, researchers found.

“Given that pizza remains a highly prevalent part of children’s diet, we need to make healthy pizza the norm,” said study author Lisa Powell, a professor of health policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“Efforts by food producers and restaurants to improve the nutrient content of pizza, in particular by reducing its saturated fat and sodium [salt] content and increasing its whole-grain content, could have quite broad reach in terms of improving children’s diets,” Powell said.

Pizza’s…

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Too Much Sitting Can Be Deadly – Even if You Exercise

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Even more reason to move more. Fidgeting, taking the stairs, parking a little farther out, standing more, are all great examples of extra movement that we can and should incorporate into our daily lives. .

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Researcher suggests ways to include movement in your day that goes beyond that hour at the gym.

Regular exercise doesn’t erase the higher risk of serious illness or premature death that comes from sitting too much each day, a new review reveals.

Combing through 47 prior studies, Canadian researchers found that prolonged daily sitting was linked to significantly higher odds of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dying.

And even if study participants exercised regularly, the accumulated evidence still showed worse health outcomes for those who sat for long periods, the researchers said. However, those who did little or no exercise faced even higher health risks.

“We found the association relatively consistent across all diseases. A pretty strong case can be made that sedentary behavior and sitting is probably linked with these diseases,” said study author Aviroop Biswas, a Ph.D. candidate at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network.

“When we’re standing, certain…

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Be a Star, or, you are what you eat

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IMG_20150120_103442_794  The Starfruit, or carambola, is an interesting looking fruit, that when sliced, reveals a star shaped cross section. This is a fruit that I had never tried for whatever reason. My wife picked up a couple the other day, so I did what came natural, I googled it.

Starfruit grows on the Averrhoa carambola tree and is native to Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Philippines, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. It is also cultivated in Latin America, Carribean and parts of the United States.

The fruit is usually 2-6 inches long, yellow when ripe, and the entire fruit is edible. The seeds can be discarded, however I found them to have quite a nutty flavor. When serving, the brown ridges may be trimmed, but it is more for presentation. The top, or end that grew from the tree, is also trimmed off.

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It is at this point that you can slice the starfruit into either thin or thick slices for serving. The entire fruit can be used for juice as well. Children will love the shape of this snack as a finger food, or you can serve it atop a salad, suspended in jello, pudding, relishes or jellies.

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Apple, pear, grape and citrus would be the best description of flavor for the starfruit. There are sour varieties that are generally the smaller fruit, but typically the sweeter variety are found at the grocers. These will ripen after picked, but the sugar content will not increase.

Starfruit are rich in potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants. Antimicrobial and antioxidant properties exist as well. Like the grapefruit, check with your doctor or druggist, to see if there are any contraindications with prescription medicines. If you have kidney problems, the oxalic acid content may be an issue as well.

IMG_20150120_105111_366 No matter how you choose to use it, this is a must try. Be a star!

In fitness, Bob