May 14, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

All year we've been talking about some of our new year's resolutions.   One of them was eating healthier. Here are a few more ways to achieve that goal.*

Choose canola or olive oil. . . Instead of butter (I no longer use margarine), I am starting to use more olive oil or canola oil when baking or cooking.  Sometimes I will add a little butter to the oil just for flavoring but the canola or olive oil is healthier for you.  These oils have healthy fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated) but not the saturated or trans fats that are bad for you.  As you may know, the healthy fats help your heart, lungs, brain and even your immune system.

From what I have read walnut, soybean and sesame oil are also among the healthier oils to use.

Read labels. . . that's what I have begun doing.  You will be amazed at all the chemicals in that can of soup or that frozen dinner.  Be aware of the saturated fat, sodium and sugar that is in the food.  I know it is easier and more convenient to use these products, but it is not always healthier.  Believe it or not, there are many things you can make from scratch that don't take as long as you may think.  Soup is one of them and homemade tastes so much better.  For those of you with a bread maker instead of buying your bread that has additives in them that you can't even pronounce, make your own bread.  It really doesn't take that long to make -- all you have to do is add the ingredients and the machine does all the work.

Use whole foods and less processed foods. . . This goes along with reading labels. Once you start to see what is in the processed foods, you may want to try eating more whole foods.  If you are having rice with dinner, make it without using a boxed or pouched mix.  Try the oregano rice recipe to add your flavoring.   It doesn't have to be complicated.  You can make simple lunches and dinners.  For example, throw some chicken, vegetables and seasonings into a foil packet and grill.  Add some sliced fruit and you have a healthy dinner.  Use the leftover chicken and put in a salad for your lunch the next day.  Treat your tastebuds to fresh, unprocessed food.

To be continued. . .

*You can read more tips by clicking on Tip of the Day at the top and then scrolling down until you see New Year's Resolutions.

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