Healthy Monday: Go Meatless This Monday

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Healthy Monday: Go Meatless This Monday

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Healthy Monday: Do It For Your Health

Eating large amounts of red and processed meat (like bacon, deli meats, and hot dogs) has been linked to an increase in colon, rectal, and prostate cancer. Excessive meat consumption can also lead to other preventable diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

This week, start off with a Meatless Monday. See if you can swap red and processed meats for leaner sources of protein like beans, lentils or tofu.

 

Check out the Meat Free  Monday song by Paul McCartney.

 

 

Healthy Monday: Cook to Preserve Nutrients

steamed vegRaw fruits and vegetables usually provide more vitamins than their cooked counterparts, but there are ways to prevent nutrient loss while still savoring prepared foods! Careful cooking with minimized heat and water may only result in a 5-15% nutrient loss (compared to processed foods, which can lose 50-80%.)

This week, try steaming or quick sautéing vegetables and cooking meat over low heat to presserve as many nutrients as possible. You might even discover a new favorite recipe!

Healthy Monday: Stay on Track While Eating Out

healthy monday headerDon’t let your good habits disappear when eating out! There are plenty of healthful options available in restaurants like grilled entrees (instead of fried), simple salads with dressing on the side, and extras like broth-based soups and steamed veggies. Don’t be afraid to order exactly what you need to stay healthy, or take part of your food to go!

Look at your schedule this Monday and see if you’re eating out this week. Take some time to research the restaurant’s menu online, or to look up some healthy options in that culinary tradition.

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Healthy Monday: Put A Healthy Twist on Your Favorite Food

healthy monday headerYou shouldn’t have to deprive yourself of comfort foods to stay healthy! In moderation, healthier versions of your favorites can be part of a healthy lifestyle. It can be as easy as changing an ingredient or using a different cooking method. This week, swap out for a healthier alternative in your favorite comfort dish. Try using applesauce instead of oil next time you bake for example.

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Healthy Monday: Pick Proper Portions

portionDistortionChartRestaurants want to give you more for your money, but the portions they serve are often much more than anyone should eat in one sitting!

You can cut calories before they arrive at the table by:

  • foregoing the bread basket
  • asking for a child’s size or half order
  • or by making your own meal out of side salads, soups, steamed veggies and appetizers.

If you do get a full-size entree, listen to your body’s natural cues and stop eating when you’re full.

Take steps to reduce your restaurant portions this week. It’s important not to overindulge simply because you’re eating out: enjoy the portions and meal choices that you would normally eat at home.

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Healthy Monday: Cut Your Meat Consumption

grainsHow often do you eat red meat?

Eating large amounts of red and processed meat (like bacon, deli meats, and hot dogs) has been linked to an increase in colon, rectal, and prostate cancer.

This week, start off with a Meatless Monday. See if you can swap red and processed meats for leaner sources of protein like beans, lentils or tofu.

Healthy Monday: Healthy Food at a Healthy Price

foodWho says healthy food has to be expensive? Legumes are one of the cheapest ingredients you can buy. They are packed with fiber, protein, iron, potassium, magnesium and are tasty in a variety of dishes. This week, try out chickpea falafel, or other legumes, to eat healthy while saving money.

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