Every dieter knows that cooking and weight loss are practically synonymous. You can make your dream dinner in a half hour or less without relying on a frozen bag of pre-cooked ingredients, or even a jar of pasta sauce. Imagine eating delicious, filling meals every day…never feeling starved or stuffed…having great energy levels and workouts…and watching your body respond exactly as you desire, dropping fat or adding muscle each and every week. At the store, teach kids to check out food labels to begin understanding what to look for. The oven-baked fries will save significant calories, and a lean cut of flank steak, with excess fat trimmed away, will deliver a healthy dose of protein. Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients but kids run at the sight of it. Cut the sweet potatoes into cubes, add honey, cinnamon and olive oil and bake them until golden brown. Thursday: As the week wears on, one-pot meals are in order, especially ones that add zesty ingredients like hot red pepper flakes and balsamic vinegar.
To counteract this, it’s essential to eat a good dinner which combines both protein (meat, eggs, lentils or beans) and carbohydrates (potatoes, pasta, rice, vegetables and fruit) which will ensure a steady release of glucose to the blood stream – helping to prevent disturbed sleep.
The reason: An Australian study that measured the satiety index of 38 popular foods found that white spuds were not only more filling and satisfying than things like cookies and cake (no surprise there), they also ranked better than healthy picks like brown rice and oatmeal.
The right mix of foods in your meals and snacks can help you be healthier now and into the future. As parents, we should play our part as their personal nutritionist and make sure that they eat healthy. This healthy breakfast is a little more of a healthy dessert, but we’ll let it slide. With a few healthy swaps, it’s easy to make a lighter take on traditional egg salad.
To see how well the principles embodied in the Healthy Eating Pyramid stacked up against the government’s advice, Harvard School of Public Health researchers created an Alternate Healthy Eating Index with a scoring system similar to the USDA’s index.