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Chocolate is as healthy as fruitBetter late than never, it's good news for all chocolate lovers. Research has indicated that dark chocolate has higher content of antioxidants, which are essential for the body to fight diseases and prevent wrinkles, than blueberries and pomegranate. Pure dark chocolates are however a healthier option as too much milk, sugar and processing reduces the health benefits.
Canned HealthContrary to the common notion of how unhealthy canned food is, canned beans pack an impressive amount of fiber and protein. They are also easy to cook compared to the traditional dried beans, making them a healthy addition to your meal plan. But be careful when choosing your beans, always look for ones without added salt or seasoning. Also drain and rinse them when you're ready to cook. this will help wash the added sodium down.
The Cold TruthContrary to the belief, frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh ones. Cooking them in steamers or microwaves is ideal as it helps retain their vitamin and mineral content. Tossing them in a little olive oil, with a hint of spices will natural add some flavor, but be careful! don't go overboard.
Ground Rules to Good Health
- Keep a variety in your diet.
- Make sure you have a mix of vegetables, whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds every day.
- Choose healthy oils for example olive oils and healthier fats like mozzarella cheese.
- Limit sugary, fatty, salty and flied snacks.
- Drinks lots of water. A bottle of lemon water in the mornings is usually a great cleanser cleanser.
The Good, The Bad, The Truth
Instant tips to make your next meal choice a healthy one.
|Bad Food||Good Food||The Truth|
|Biscuits, White breads||Low-fat whole-grain breads||Lower in fat and higher in fiber. Whole grains keep you feeling fuller and provide more energy.|
|French fries, potato chips, fired chips||Baked, mashed, or boiled potatoes or sweet potatoes||Less fat, no trans-fats, less sodium, fewer calories, more fiber and no artificial preservatives.|
|Fresh fruit in syrup||Fresh fruit in natural juices||Less sugar and fewer calories|
|Fruit punch & Mocktails||100% fruit juice any day everyday||100% fruit juice I packed with more vitamins and nutrients.|
|Ice cream||Non-dairy frozen dessert, fresh fruit smoothie, sorbet||Fewer calories, less fat, less sugar|
|Mayonnaise||Mustard, hummus, salsa||Less fat, more taste|
|Packaged cookies or cupcakes||Granola bar, freshly baked whole-wheat muffin or cupcake||No artificial preservatives, trans-fats, less fat|
|Processed cheese||Low-fat Swiss, cheddar, or mozzarella||No preservatives, less fat, less sodium|
|Vegetables fried or served with cheese, cream, or butter sauces||Always a good idea to eat raw, steamed, broiled, baked, or vegetables tossed with a little olive oil||Fewer calories, less fat, less sodium, no trans-fats, more vitamins and nutrients remain in the veg|