Monthly Archives: November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey

Wow….that came fast, right?   Here are some great and healthy tips for better eating during the busy holiday season that is bursting with things to eat.

1.  Whole Food.  The best way to get the most nutrients and the fewest additives is to eat food that is whole, fresh, seasonal, local, unrefined, and unprocessed.

2.  Plant filled.  Restructure your dinner plate to accommodate plant based foods as the main focus.  Try to eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables along with beans, nuts and seeds.  Make the protein less of a focus, or not at all.

3.  Healthy Fats.  Fats are high in calories but essential to your diet.  Healthy fats often come from whole foods such as nuts, seeds, and avocados.  Choose these and try to stay away from high calorie, low nutrient extracted oils.

4.  Nutrient Dense.  Focus your diet on foods that contain a high nutrient per calorie ratio.  Fresh greens, produce and dense grains like lentils, quinoa fit the bill perfectly!

Have a great holiday and enjoy all your favorite treats but in moderation.  The rest of the time eat more healthy and all this stuff will balance itself out.

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fresh fruit

Ripe-fresh-fruit

Eating fresh fruit is healthy!  We all know it but do we always eat a lot of it?  The answer (if you are like me) is probably NO!  Here are  some easy tips to get you and your family to eat more healthy fresh fruits.

Snack smarter.  Try to encourage healthy eating with a bowl of fresh mixed berries, sliced bananas, apples, peaches, plums, pears, etc.  Increase the appeal by pairing it with a delicious cashew dip.  Soak cashews in water for about 4 hours, drain, then mix in a blender or food processor with dates, water, and vanilla.  Yummy!

Add a twist to you favorites.  Instead of PB&J try almond butter with date paste.

Mix your own.  Make your own blend of dried fruits, nuts and seeds for home-made trail mix…it’s great on the go!

Even dessert can be better and healthier with some fruit.  Try mixed berries, sliced pineapple or orange slices on your favorite deserts instead of whipped cream.

And don’t forget…healthy snacks do NOT spoil dinner like traditional sweet treats will.  So go ahead and eat more fruit starting NOW.