Archive for March, 2015

Healthy Eating Tips

Posted by Gym-Nest on Mar-5-2015

You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to eat healthy. With our busy lives and little picky eaters, we have complied a list of some healthy tips and snacks. March is National Nutrition Month (http://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org/nnm/), so now is the best time to start eating healthy! National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

One of our favorite tips is to start each morning off by drinking a glass of lemon water. It’s important to make sure the water is room temperature, because cold water can shock your system and prevent all of the many health benefits from starting to work. Lemon water benefits include, constipation Help, hydration, weight loss, boosts your immune system (vitamin C), supports brain healthy (potassium) and cleanses the liver, the liver can make more enzymes out of lemon juice than any other food.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but eating breakfast offers many health benefits, including weight control, improved performance and lower cholesterol levels. One of our favorites is oatmeal which offers many nutrients and fills you up.

Amazing healthy snacks for you and for your children:
Cheese & crackers: The protein in this kid-friendly snack keeps energy levels high until dinnertime. Use cookie cutters and make shapes to make it more appealing to children!

Smoothies: Use nonfat vanilla yogurt, 100 percent juice such as orange or pineapple, and a banana, then experiment with cut-up fresh or frozen fruit. It’s a great way to sneak in servings of fruit and fiber into your child’s diet. Plus you will love them as well! Added bonus, throw in a few leaves of spinach, nobody will ever know!

Vegetables with hummus: Cut up some of your favorite veggies such as cucumber or carrots and dip into hummus. Children love to dip! Chickpeas, hummus’s main ingredient, give you protein, good-for-you carbs, and fiber.

Apples are one of the healthiest fruits. Slice them and top with yogurt or peanut butter for an extra protein boost.

Check out http://www.superhealthykids.com/recipe-category/snacks/ for more yummy, fun and healthy snacks.
As part of a healthy lifestyle we always recommend daily exercise as well! So stop in at Gym-Nest (http://www.gym-nest.com/) and see what we have to offer!