Stephanie & Willow (C&J Nutrition), SELF magazine
This is the first in a series of special report blogs we'll be posting about foods that are the "Best of the Best" in a specific food category. There are certain foods that you just know are healthful choices, like beans, whole grains, fruits and veggies, etc. But have you ever wondered if there is an ultimate BEST of the healthy foods? We're going to give you the scoop on what we consider the best of the best foods (and why).
Today we're talking granola bars, which are portable and easy to eat options when you're on the go. And doesn't the word "granola" just sound healthy? BUT, when it comes to the nutrition of granola bars, and how healthful a snack they are, they're all over the map.
Here's what you should be looking for:
Whole grains: A granola bar should be based on whole grains - and by this we mean, the first ingredient (i.e the ingredient used in the largest amount in the bar) should be a whole grain (not sugar, the
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Last week I gave you my best advice on healthy shopping and healthy living. Today I'll wrap things up with some tips for healthy cooking. You can start with all the right foods but you still have to prepare them the correct way in order to eat your best!
I wanted to write about cooking because as many of you know, I have no formal culinary training. Yes, you just read that right. Although I am not trained, I think I have done a good job showing you that you don't have to be a professional chef to cook healthy, tasty and attractive looking meals. I had good role models growing up - my parents and my grandparents were big proponents of cooking at home. Unfortunately, I never actually sat and learned how to cook from them, but I think their habits rubbed off on me and I now try to instill those same thoughts in my son's head.
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By Cristin Dillon Jones, SELF
In order to eat healthy you have to shop healthy. I spend a lot of time at the grocery store but I always feel good when I come out with a bag (or cart) full of healthy food. With a little time invested in the process you can easily navigate the grocery store and stock your home with good-for-you items. If you are just getting used to healthy shopping, you have to make a list or you'll easily be distracted by all the not-good-for-you choices there.
By making a space for each of the five food groups (plus healthy fats) you'll ensure you don't forget any of the most nutritious foods and you'll easily be able to achieve a good variety of food within each group. Also by specifically shopping by food groups, you eliminate (or at least reduce) the chance of filling your cart with processed foods. Here are some of the best choices within each of the five food groups.
100% Whole Wheat Bread
Old Fashioned Rolled or Steel Cut Oats
Brown Basmati Rice
- Eat Like Me, SELF Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Apr 1, 2011 4:42 PM EDT
By Cristin Dillon, SELF magazineRead More »from What You Need To Know About Your Favorite Beverage
Unless it's milk, your beverages should not be contributing any significant number of calories to your diet. I recently caught a commercial on TV for ClearOnCalories.com and just as the name states - it's all about making calories levels, specifically in beverages, clear and understandable to the consumer. I applaud the beverage industry on this initiative and I encourage the public to use the information they provide to you!
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The American Beverage Association's Clear on Calories initiative is in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" anti-obesity campaign. What I really love about this initiative is how they display the information. The calorie count is right on the front of the beverage AND it's the number of total calories for the entire bottle/can, not just a "per serving" number! It doesn't get much clearer than that! Whether it's 200 calories or zero calories in a bottle, all drinks will
By Cristin Dillon, SELF magazineRead More »from Why Packaged Rice is Better for You
We all know we should be eating more whole grains. At least half of our grain intake should be whole grains because of the fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals (disease-fighting components) they contain. I easily switched my bread and cereal over to whole grain but I struggled with my rice. It took a little while but now I finally have found some good (tasty) options to share with you.
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As a kid that grew up on boxed (flavored) rice, switching over to plain brown was hard for me. If we were having stir-fry or something with a sauce, I didn't mind using plain brown but I often like to have rice as a simple side dish for a meat & vegetable dinner and the plain seemed so bland. Slowly I have noticed more and more whole grain packaged rice options which makes me very happy!
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I know packaged rice is often high in sodium but if you keep the portion
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By Cristin Dillon, SELF magazineRead More »from Got Your Fill of Red Meat? Try This Tasty Substitute
Since I am trying to go vegetarian at least once a week, I have been eating more veggie burgers recently. Veggie burgers are a great alternative to regular beef burgers and there are so many varieties available, you are certain to find one you like!
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For a few years I did not eat red meat, so veggie burgers were a staple in my diet (especially in the summer when you have cookout after cookout). After that stint I was a little burnt out on them but I have come back around now and enjoy substituting them in for beef patties when I want a change or feel I have had enough red meat for the week. I have had some great veggie burgers at restaurants, but it's just as easy to find a good frozen option at the store. The variety of choices and flavors is large, so try a few before you make up your mind whether you like them or not. I personally prefer the grain-based versions like Gardenburger, but
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You know how much I love tea, so even I am curious to know - is black or green better for you? I drink a lot of black but not much green - hopefully I am making the right choice!
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Tea is a tiny little leaf that packs a big health punch. All tea leaves contain flavonoids which are naturally occurring phytochemicals that have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage in your body which is thought to be the cause of many chronic diseases.
The health benefits associated with drinking tea are numerous. So far we know that regular tea consumption may lower your blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, which can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. It may also reduce your risk of certain canters (rectal, colon, skin) and is thought to aid in good oral and bone health. On top of all of that, it seems to support at healthy immune system and prevent neurological decline. To get all those
By Cristin Dillon, SELF magazineRead More »from Peanut Butter vs. Almond Butter: Which is Best?
This week, let's take a look at the two most popular nut butters - peanut and almond.They are both a great source of protein with healthy fat but does one have a benefit the other doesn't? Let's see:
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When buying either peanut butter or almond butter, you want to be sure you are getting the most natural form of it you can. The ingredient list on either should only include the nut (peanut or almond) and maybe some salt. There should not be any added oils or other fillers. When you compare the nutrition facts for peanut and almond butter you won't see any big differences. In a 2 tablespoon serving, you get 190-200 calories, 16-17 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat (which means 14-15 grams of HEALTHY unsaturated fat), 7-8 grams of protein and 2 grams of naturally occurring sugar.
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The difference in these nut butters comes in the micronutrients! Almond butter
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I try to make as many things from scratch as I can and I have roasted my own red bell peppers, but this is an item I usually take a shortcut on and just keep a jar of ready-to-use ones in my pantry. They are a great way to boost the flavor of a meal without taking away from it nutritionally!
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Roasted red peppers became a regular part of my shopping list a couple years ago and I can't believe I ever went so long without using them! To make roasted red peppers yourself you simply place them on the grates of your gas stove or grill and cook them over the flame, turning them until all sides are evenly charred. You can also place them under the broiler of your oven, again turning them as they blacken. Once the peppers are charred you immediately place them in a brown paper bag or in a bowl and seal the bag tightly or cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow them to cool in the bag/bowl then gently just peel the outer
- Eat Like Me, SELF Magazine | Shine Food – Fri, Mar 18, 2011 6:00 PM EDT
By Cristin Dillon, SELF magazine
We are lucky to have access to a variety of fresh produce year-round but nothing beats the taste of fresh fruits and veggies that are perfectly ripe because they're in-season and grown closer to your home. Spring brings some nice new options to the store and summer will follow with even more. As it gets warmer, farmer's markets will be opening up again and growing bigger as all this local produce is harvested, so be sure to look up markets in your area and get shopping!Read More »from Spring is Coming! Your In-Season Fruits and Vegetables Guide