Healthy Monday: Enjoy New Ways to Eat Vegetables

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Decatur has lots of choices for eating out and experimenting with Veggie dishes. Try a new restaurant over the holidays.

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Healthy Monday: Get More Bang for your Bite

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Healthy Monday: Avoid Deprivation Disaster

healthy monday headerDon’t try to abstain from your guilty pleasures during the holidays! Learning how to balance your favorite foods will help you maintain your weight without feeling cheated. The key is portions: reduce your serving size of calorie-dense foods and fill your plate with high fiber fruits, veggies, beans and whole grains.

Enjoy a tempting food this week by planning ahead and keeping portions small. You can easily mix vegetables in with your favorite entree, start your meal with a large salad or add fruit to a bite or two of your favorite dessert. Take time this Monday to brainstorm solutions for your next party or get together.

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Healthy Monday: Go the Whole Way

healthy monday headerNutrients are most heavily concentrated when foods are in their natural state. Though many processed foods have health claims on the box, whole foods usually offer more antioxidants, fiber and essential vitamins. Plus, processed foods pack unhealthy extras like sugar, fat, sodium and other additives.

Purify your diet this week by choosing whole foods over more processed options; replace applesauce with sliced apples, choose baked potato wedges with olive oil over French fries, or opt for whole grain oats over packaged granola bars.

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Healthy Monday: Make it a Family Affair

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When parents eat healthfully, so does the rest of the family!

If children are exposed to a variety of nutritious foods at a young age, better options become the obvious choice.

Kids who are allowed to participate in the selection and preparation of healthy meals are more likely to try and enjoy the finished product.

 

Be a role model this week by trying an assortment of nutritious foods with your family.
Let The Kids Cook Monday boost their culinary skills and encourage family time and discussion.

 

Healthy Monday: Harness Whole Health

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Nutrients are most heavily concentrated when foods are in their natural state.

Though many processed foods have health claims on the box, whole foods usually offer more antioxidants, fiber and essential vitamins. Plus, processed foods pack unhealthy extras like sugar, fat, sodium and other additives.

Purify your diet this week by choosing whole foods over more processed options; replace apple- sauce with sliced apples, choose baked potato wedges with olive oil over French fries, or opt for whole grain oats over packaged granola bars.

Healthy Monday: De-stress Through Diet

logo-healthy_mondayWhile food isn’t a cure-all when it comes to stress, what you consume has the potential to affect your body.

Alcohol, caffeine, and high-sugar foods can contribute to mood changes, excessive stress, and blood sugar disruption.

Foods rich in the vitamin B complex, on the other hand, may help you stabilize your mood and avoid stress, while those rich in antioxidants may help combat the free radicals released when your body’s stressed.

If you feel stressed this week, increase your vitamin B and antioxidant intake by opting for veggies (especially dark leafy greens), whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds.

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Healthy Monday: Go the Whole Way

 nav_logo_hm[1]Don’t depend on multivitamins to cover gaps in a poor diet. These isolated vitamins and minerals don’t provide the complex nutrient interactions of whole, unrefined foods. Unprocessed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and beans contain the antioxidants, phytonutrients, fatty acids, fiber and more that our bodies need to function at their best.

This week take one or two of your favorite processed foods and give them a whole foods makeover. Choose whole grain rice and bread over white, make a fresh fruit smoothie or replace instant soup with a batch of fresh vegetable soup. You’ll still be eating the foods you like while enjoying a nutri- tional boost!

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Healthy Monday: Meat Me Halfway

Here is your Healthy Monday tip, a day late:

The average American’s diet contains too many solid fats, saturated fats and bad cholesterols, which are all found in animal products. Experts therefore recommend limiting total meat intake to two, 3 ounce servings a day or less (3 ounces is about the size and width of a deck of cards, or the palm of your hand).
 
Aim to eat less meat this week. Have a Meatless Monday, skip sausage and bacon at breakfast, or cut your lunch and dinner portions in half. Remember that you can easily stay full (and cut fat and calories) by filling the space on your plate with fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains.

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Healthy Monday: Serve a Sensational Salad

Salad often gets a bad reputation as a “diet food”, but it can be a delicious, colorful way to get more veggies! To turn your salad into a well rounded meal, start with dark, leafy greens and add fresh vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, seeds and perhaps some protein like tofu, fish or meat. Top the mix with a creative, healthy dressing like hummus, guacamole or a fruit-infused vinaigrette.
 
Experiment with your own salad creations this week. Write down your favorite combination so you can enjoy it again.

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