Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Healthy Eating Tips

I saw this today and I think these are great tips. I'm going to go out and find her book.

Enjoy Your Meals Without Relying on Serving Size:

• Veggies are your buddies. Eat ‘em up; all your low-starchy veggies should be unlimited and enjoyed with every meal and snack from red peppers n’ hummus to morning omelets and dinner stir-fries.

• Roast, steam, poach, bake, braise and broil. No more fried food.

• Don’t confuse thirst and hunger. Sip a glass of seltzer with lime before you reach for food.

• Never travel alone. Pack veggies, nuts and dried fruits to keep you full on the go and help you avoid vending machines and temptations.

• Puree berries, melons and bananas to use as a spread atop toast, crackers, salads or sandwiches. You can also use these as homemade ‘ice-creams’ pureed with nut butters and cinnamon.

• Take a bag of frozen veggies out of the freezer in the morning, by the afternoon they’ll be ready to eat and perfectly defrosted to enjoy with your lunch.

• Avoid ‘fat free’ claims on packaging as you’ll be trading fats for loads of sodium or sugar instead.

• Enjoy a bit of lean protein with each meal to keep you full and keep your metabolism runnin’ steady and strong throughout the day.

• Say good-bye to store-bought chips and drive-through fries; create your own apple, parsnip, carrot and sweet potato chips and fries instead.

• Toast nuts n’ seeds in the oven. Try sweet (honey, cinnamon) or savory (chili powder, sea salt); store in a sealed container and use atop salads, as a snack or in stir-fries and pitas.

• Don’t fear fat. Avocados can be your best buddies. They’re loaded with healthy fats, high in fiber and add a creamy consistency to any meal from oatmeal to salsas.

Amie Valpone, HHP, AADP is a culinary nutritionist and author of The Healthy Apple.

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