25 November, 2008

Health Tip of the Day

To reduce refined sugar intake, watch for the words sucrose, glucose, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup sweeteners, maltose and lactose on food labels. It is hard to avoid these items in pre-prepared items. Home made meals and treats really do not take much longer to prepare.
☻ In the time it takes to thaw and cook a frozen meal, you can put together a stir fry, made with fresh veggies mixed with nuts, lean meat, or tofu. Serve it with whole grain cous cous, millet, barley, or brown rice. Use three to five veggies in the dish and you can have an endless variety of meals.
☻ Whole grain muffins can be made with as few as 5 ingredients. Put together the dry ingredients and store in a jar. Measure out the portion you need and mix in the liquids and whatever you want to add. They are fresh out of the oven in 20 minutes.
☻ Soak raw nuts for 12 hours. Air dry and pack in serving sized bags for a tasty snack packed with healthy oils, vitamins and minerals.
☻ Cut up celery, bell peppers (of all colors), broccoli florets, and carrots (or get baby carrots) into ‘finger food’ type sizes. Store in zippered bags in the fridge for grab-it snacks.
☻ Dip veggies in nut butter, miso, tamari and ginger sauce, or oil and balsamic vinegar with herbs.
☻ Keep fresh fruits and veggies in the fridge for a quick, nutritious pick me up.
☻ BTW, don’t buy the ‘junk food’ snacks or they will be eaten.

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