May is the gateway to summer--it is a month that can start off raining, but always seems to end with sunshine. The days are continuing to get warmer and longer, and we are enjoying a wider selection of fresh produce. May is also National Barbeque Month, so if you have not already been outside grilling, there is no excuse to delay any longer. This is a test.
Imagine movie night at home: the movie’s just starting, the lights are low, and you’re snacking and sipping on your favorite finger foods. You know, the kind of snacks that are highly processed and highly addictive. Snacking truly is one of the biggest joys in life, but too much of the wrong foods can wreak . . .
How to Make Your Own Fruit Juice
If you want to have more control over the foods and drinks you put into your body, you should consider making your own juice. With just a few ingredients you can make drinks that are as nutritious as they are delicious! Here are the steps for making your own juice, using antioxidant-rich fresh berries, such . . .
Fight Fatigue with Food
Today, people are busier than ever—rising early in the morning and going non-stop until late in the evening. Between working, kids, school, working out, holding multiple jobs, preparing dinner, and more, it’s easy for fatigue to hit throughout the day. One way to help fight fatigue is with energy foods. The next time fatigue strikes . . .
Eggs Offer Eggcellent Health Benefits
Even though eggs have been singled out for high cholesterol levels, they’re also touted as offering health benefits. Eggs are a good source of high-quality protein, and eggs contain choline, a nutrient found mostly in the yolk. One function of choline in the body is that it is an important component of acetylcholine—a neurotransmitter that . . .
Healthy Halloween Treats
Let’s face it, there’s no shortage of sweets on Halloween! That doesn’t mean, though, that you have to settle for eating and passing out sugar-laden goodies. Why not incorporate good-for-you-foods on Halloween to mix things up? They’ll be a welcome relief to parents, and to kids—well, they may not get eaten right away—they’ll be something . . .
Foods to Help Fight Osteoporosis
When it comes to bone diseases, osteoporosis is the most common type. Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. Did you know that researchers estimate that about 1 out of 5 American women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis, and about half of all women over the . . .
Sweet on Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable most known for the Thanksgiving side dish—sweet potatoes! But this terrific tuber offers wonderful health benefits that should be incorporated into the diet year-round. It’s an excellent source of vitamin A, a very good source of manganese and vitamin C, and a good source of copper, fiber, potassium, tryptophan, . . .
Did you know that the body is not able to make vitamin C on its own? That’s why it’s important to include vitamin C-rich foods into your diet. In the body, vitamin C serves many roles: to help form an important protein used to make blood vessels, ligaments, skin . . .
When it comes to foods rich with antioxidants, the tomato is one leader in the good health category. Tomatoes are chock-full of lycopene: the carotenoid pigment that gives the tomato its dark red color. Lycopene is a natural antioxidant that has been shown to lower risk of certain types . . .
Eat Your Spinach!
This bright green leafy vegetable is a nutrient powerhouse. Spinach is an excellent source of calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, tryptophan, and vitamins A, B2, B6, C, E and K! And spinach offers a high concentration of health promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids and flavonoids; carotenoids and flavonoids . . .