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.
Let’s face it: life can get busy! And for many people, that means making poor food choices and, sometimes, skipping meals altogether. It’s good to be aware when life gets busy so that you can put together quick food choices that will help keep you going and less run down.
Here are some healthy food and . . .
Exercising and Food Choices: Before, During and After Your Workout
Productive exercise is not only dependent on what types of exercise you do to meet your fitness goals, but it is also dependent on what types of foods you consume before, during and after your workout.
Before working out, it’s important that you have enough energy to get through your workout without getting too tired, and . . .
Healthy Homemade Meals That Are Great to Freeze
Freezing meals is a convenient way to save you both time and money. From soups to hamburgers to macaroni and cheese, there are so many healthy meals that can be frozen and enjoyed at a later date. Most meals that are freezer-friendly can be made healthier with just a few ingredient substitutions. Here are three . . .
Cooking with fresh basil is a wonderful sensory experience that inspires creativity in the kitchen. Basil elevates dishes and complements a variety of foods and other herbs, including cheeses, garlic, lemon, olives, onions, oregano, rosemary, sage, and tomatoes just to name a few. One popular summer salad that basil is featured in is the Insalata . . .
The Avocado: One of Nature’s Most Perfect Foods
With its mildly nutty taste and velvety smooth texture, the avocado is easy to love. It’s the main ingredient in guacamole; it is used, mashed, as a substitute for mayonnaise in sandwiches; it is a must-have accompaniment or ingredient for tacos, shrimp cocktails, and Mexican soups; it is included in the Mediterranean Diet; and it . . .
Going Nuts for Nuts!
Nuts may be small but they pack a powerful and nutritious punch—they’re chock-full of heart-healthy fats, minerals, protein, and vitamins. But did you know that some nuts are better for specific health goals than others?
Calorie Counting. If you’re counting calories, you may want to consider choosing the lowest calorie nuts: almonds, cashews, and pistachios. Almonds . . .
Meatless Meals Packed with Nutrition
Meatless meals are a great way to incorporate more vegetables, whole grains, and beans into your diet, and meatless meals are a great way to save a little bit of money. And if you’re thinking you’ll be sacrificing flavor by making meatless meals, think again! There are so many delicious, healthy meatless meals that are . . .
Bananas: A Bunch and a Punch of Potassium
There’s no monkeying around when it comes to the health benefits that bananas offer. They’re rich in potassium (an essential mineral that helps maintain heart function and normal blood pressure), and they’re a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. The potassium found in bananas may . . .
Three Healthy and Delicious Summer Salsas
Summertime is all about healthy fresh fruits and vegetables and good food! One must-have dish for warm-weather menus is salsa. It’s the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat, poultry and seafood, and salsa dishes can include a wide variety of ingredients, from classic peppers to herbs to fruits. Here are some super salsa recipes that will . . .
Stocking Your Kitchen with Healthy Foods
A well-stocked kitchen is a great way to save money and time, and homemade dishes offer so much more than their fast food counterparts. When you prepare meals from scratch you control what goes into your dishes. And when your kitchen is stocked with nutritious ingredients you can prepare a multitude of meals that offer . . .