Eating Well to Stay Well

Food, Nutrition and Health Tips by Leanne

• Boost the nutrition in all type of sandwiches by adding tomato, lettuce, shredded carrots, peppers and vegetables.

• Try a smoothie made with juice, fruit and yogurt for a light lunch or snack.

• Visit the local farmers market to buy vegetables season, like oranges, grapefruits, raspberries, pomegranates, brussels sprouts, potatoes, onions, kale, etc.

• Refrigerate carry-out leftovers if the food won’t be eaten right away. Toss foods kept at room temperature, the food danger zone is anything more than two hours.

• Carry a healthy snack like mixed nuts, and single serving tomato juice.

• Crazy cravings? Keep dried apricots, mango chips, and apple chips handy.

• Say no to GMO Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO foods, like canned foods, frozen dinners, canola oil, etc.

• Avoid high protein intake; keep a happy balance of all food groups on your plate.

• Notice how healthy food makes you feel. Go back to what gives you good energy.

• Drink plenty of water every day. Hunger can be mistaken for thirst.

Staying Healthy on the Run can be Festive, Simple and Fun:

• Tempted by sweets, creamy desserts? Order one dessert with enough forks for everyone.

• For desk-top dining, keep fruit, peanut butter, soup, or tuna in your desk for a quick lunch.

• Always eating on the go? Tuck portable, nonperishable foods in your purse, tote or backpack for an on-the-run meal. Some suggestions are peanut butter and crackers, granola bars, and fruit.

• Eat your low-calorie food first. Soup or salad is great. Follow-up with a light main course.

• Enjoy ethnic foods such as Chinese Stir-fry by ordering the sauce on the side.

• Hunger drives us to eat lots of bread before meals. Hold the bread, out of sight out of mind.

• Think about your food choices for the entire day. If your planning a special restaurant meal in the evening have a light breakfast and lunch.

• Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Alcohol tends to increase your appetite.

• Be size-wise about muffins, bagels, croissants and biscuits. A jumbo muffin has more than twice the fat and calories of the regular size.

• Build a better breakfast sandwich; replace bacon or sausage with spinach, green peppers, tomato, etc.