Frustrated with the nutrition facts panel on foods? A new label is headed our way with updates spanning from bigger print for certain nutrients to grams of added sugar specified. Here is an overview of the changes:
Physical activity, as defined by Ace Fitness, is “any movement that is carried out by the skeletal muscle that requires energy.”
Exercise, a type of physical activity, is more specific. It is planned, structured, repetitive, and intentional movement intended to improve or maintain physical fitness.”
While exercise is an extremely important, it is not the only physical activity we require throughout the day. This article delves into why movement throughout the day is so important for our health.
Whether for work or pleasure, traveling interrupts your regularly scheduled exercise, making it is easy to fall out of the habit. Here are a few tips to on staying active when you’re away from home.
Add some color and new flavor to breakfast with this blueberry coconut smoothie.
1 small container (5.3 oz) reduced fat coconut yogurt
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (frozen adds nice texture)
1 cup plain soy milk
Nutrition facts (serves 1): 320 calories, 18 g protein, 44 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat
Looking for a new way to enjoy asparagus? Try this simple soup for those last few chilly days of the season.
Some tips for working with asparagus: look for thin stalks to reduce the fibrous texture that comes with thicker ones. When storing asparagus, treat them like a flower – trim the stalk and place them in a mason jar with an inch or two of water before storing in the fridge. It keeps the stalk hydrated and crunchy.
2 lbs asparagus, trimmed
8-10 garlic cloves, smashed
2 tbsp olive oil
Ground pepper to taste
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 cup skim or 2% milk
Chopped parsley for garnish
Exercise, is much more than a weight loss tool. A vital part of a long and healthy life, exercise can help prevent and manage a wide range chronic diseases. In addition, exercise increases both strength and functionality of our bodies as we age. This article highlights just a few of the wonderful benefits of regular exercise.
We’ve all been there: dinner time arrives, you hesitantly look into the fridge and pantry to see what’s available, and realize in your exhausted state there is nothing to pull together in less than 30 minutes.
If you find yourself repeating this scenario again and again, then you may want to experiment with creating a kitchen staples list. Such a list can help you identify items to always have on hand in order to make a meal in a pinch. The goal is to check the status of your staples prior to any grocery store trips, so you can always keep them stocked.
The key to making this work? Getting comfortable with a little creativity in the kitchen. And the fact that all your meals don’t have to be gourmet or come from a recipe book.
Last week I found my own dinner options looking slim. A quick search of my kitchen found these recently purchased foods (asparagus and ground beef) and these staples:
Canned, diced tomatoes
Sliced black olives
Whole wheat linguine
So when life hands you lemons….you make pasta with meat sauce and roasted vegetables.
Did I wish I had a bit more tomatoes or sauce in the dish? Sure! But it doesn’t have to mean the meal is a wash. So if you feel like it’s either a picture-perfect meal or else crackers and cheese, rest assured – a healthy meal lies somewhere in between.
Everyone’s kitchen staples may differ slightly, but here is an example of a kitchen staples list and how they could be used to make quick meals.