Don’t do anything drastic! When January rolls around, most of us are chomping at the bit to return to healthier eating habits or create new ones. As appealing as they may sound, don’t buy into cleanses or elimination diets. Drastic changes like these don’t produce long-lasting change that will give you long-term results you’re looking for. Instead, aim to cut out junky foods that you’ve been overindulging in and focus on eating mostly unprocessed, whole foods (and don’t forget your veggies!). Within a few days, you’ll be feeling and looking better without having to cut out a major food group.
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Are you the type of person that just needs their salty-crunch fix? This month’s featured product is for you! Enlightened Crisps taste like a chip and are made with broad beans rather than potatoes. Each serving has 7 grams protein and 5 grams fiber, leaving you feeling fuller and satisfying your snack craving! You can buy them at GNC or online.
Looking for a delicious and healthy breakfast option? This recipe tastes great and is packed with good nutrition! Make a double batch and have leftovers another day for a grab-and-go breakfast option.
Makes 1 serving
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1 egg
- 3 egg whites (roughly ¼ cup)
- ⅓ cup canned pumpkin (optional)
- 2 tablespoons almond meal or whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Last month’s post on sugar was such a hit that I thought this month we’d talk about fat. I’m sure you remember the low-fat diet craze of the 1990s – nonfat cheese, “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” spray, nonfat chips, and low-fat EVERYTHING. You may have read last year how the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists to downplay the emerging research connecting sugar intake and heart disease and blame fat instead. Now, consumers are more confused than ever about fat. Let’s dispel some of that confusion!
Fact: Eat healthy fats for heart health. Eating more healthy fats like olive, canola and avocado oils, avocado, nuts and seeds, hummus, olives, and fatty fish more often and decreasing saturated fat and refined carbohydrates (like sweets and other white foods like rice, bread, pasta, crackers, etc.) is one of the best things you can do for heart health and to decrease inflammation in the body.
This low-carb variation of a taco is a great alternative if you’re looking to eat more vegetables and still get your taco fix. For vegetarians, substitute an equal amount of cooked quinoa, crumbled tofu, or soy crumbles.
Adapted from Skinnytaste.com
Yields 4 servings
Nutrition Information: Per 2 zucchini boats: 266 calories; 12 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat; 14 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams dietary fiber; 29 grams protein.