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.
Going fishing for better heart health is easy when you consume certain types of seafood that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids include fish oil, and fish oil contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA studies have shown that the intake of recommended amounts of each of these . . .
Iron for Good Health
When it comes to dietary supplements, iron is integral for maintaining good health. Not only is iron essential for the regulation of cell growth and differentiation, but it’s also an essential component of proteins involved in oxygen transport. If you’ve ever experienced fatigue or decreased immunity, you may have been experiencing iron deficiency.
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Help Protect Your Eyesight with These Healthful Foods
You may have heard that eating carrots is great for your eyesight, but did you know that there are other foods that help eyesight as well? The National Eye Institute conducted a research project that has shown there are several nutrients that help protect eyes, including beta carotene, lutein, vitamin C and vitamin E. With . . .
A+ for Antioxidants!
Most of us have heard how some foods are high in antioxidants, like blueberries, cherries and other produce. But do you know the role that antioxidants play in helping to maintain a healthy body?
Our bodies naturally produce some antioxidants, like copper, manganese and zinc. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals—toxic byproducts of natural cell metabolism. Did . . .
Beans, lentils and peas—also known as legumes—offer so many great health benefits, from being high in folate, iron, potassium and magnesium to being low in fat and containing no cholesterol. They’re also a great source of beneficial fats and soluble and insoluble fiber. And, if that’s not enough, they’re also a good source of protein, . . .
Great Grocery List Items for Good Health
Do you think about grocery shopping before you go grocery shopping? If not, and you are watching your weight, you may want to plan out your weekly meals ahead of time and make a grocery list that includes healthy food choices from each food group. You should also take into consideration how much time you’ll . . .
Alfresco Dining: Pack a Healthy Picnic
During spring and summer, there’s nothing better than packing a picnic basket and heading outdoors for a moveable feast. From traditional picnic foods, like crispy fried chicken and creamy potato salad, to healthy al fresco alternatives, like low fat turkey wraps and refreshing fruit salad, there are so many wonderful options for picnic menus. If . . .
Beneficial Trail Mix Ingredients
If you’re a hiker, you know how important it is to nourish your body with a steady supply of energy while enjoying the great outdoors. And one must-have food source for hiking is trail mix. Sometimes referred to as “GORP” (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts), trail mix is easy to make at home, and the . . .
Low Fat Cooking
Looking to cut fat from your menus? There are several ways you can do just that with a few adjustments in how and what you cook.
Instead of using butter or oil when cooking, use nonstick cooking spray or olive oil. Olive oil contains one of the best sources of monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been . . .
Who doesn’t love cheese? From fresh cheeses, like cottage cheese, mozzarella and ricotta, to hard cheeses, like asiago, gruyere and Parmigiano-Reggiano, and semi-soft cheeses, like Brie and Camembert, the tastes and textures that cheeses offer truly do elevate a wide variety of meals. And while it’s well-known that cheese is a great source of calcium . . .