Healthy Eating is Essential for a Healthy Back

healthy foodAn important but often overlooked part of maintaining a healthy back is diet. Eating a balanced, nutrition rich diet is essential foryour overall health, including your back. In today’s busy, convenient world, highlyprocessed diets high in fats, sugars, and preservatives have taken over naturalmenu selections. This has taken a toll on our bodies, including our backs.

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Healthy Non-Candy Treats to Give Kids This Halloween

trick_or_treaterHalloween is coming soon and for many kids, this is one of their favorite holidays. It’s exciting to dress up in costumes, attend class parties, go trick-or-treating, and collect a bag full of candy. Many kids start to get excited about this sugar-fueled, sweet holiday as soon as October starts.

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5 Tips For Eating Healthy During Memorial Day Celebrations

Memorial DayMemorial Day is only a few days away. Like most holidays, it is a time when most of us get together with friends and family for celebrations that usually involve lots of food, over indulgence and high calorie consumption. But your holiday parties don’t have to be about overloading your body with high amounts of sugar and fat by overeating poor quality foods. There are many ways that we can include healthy eating into our patriotic parties and still feel satisfied.

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How To Naturally Add More Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Day

healthy foodsFruits and vegetables are one of the most essential foods needed by our bodies yet sadly, it is the group that many people have the hardest time consuming regularly. On average, each person should be eating 5 to 10 servings of produce per day. Unfortunately, far too many people eat that amount of plant food in a week or even month. And some people never eat fruits or vegetables.

These foods are essential for our overall health. They are rich in vitamins and minerals that are needed to feed every part of our body and help boost our immune system to ward off disease.

While 5-10 servings might sound like a lot, it's actually not. Examples of a serving include: 2 medium carrots, 2 sticks of celery, 1 small apple, 12 grapes, 6 broccoli florets. 1/8 of a melon, 1 large tomato, 2 lettuce leaves and ½ of a large cucumber.

There are many reasons why people do not eat enough veggies including our attitudes towards nutritious food. The perception that anything that is good for you tastes bad creates preconceived ideas about how we view healthy foods. To change our daily habits about healthy eating, we first must work on changing how we view food. Having a positive attitude about natural foods and making small dietary changes each week will develop and sustain long term healthy eating habits.

There are many ways that we can naturally add fruits and vegetables into our meals without feeling forced or deprived in any way. Here are some simple ways that you can increase your daily intake:

Homemade Smoothies

Smoothies have really grown in popularity in recent years. Not only are they delicious, but they are an easy way to add more produce servings into your diet. They are great for adults and children. In fact, many children like smoothies, making them a perfect breakfast option. Simply add your favorite fruits into a blender with yogurt, milk or water along with anything else you enjoy in your smoothie and within minutes you have created a satisfying breakfast or snack that contains at least 1 or more fruit servings.

Buying Seasonal

They say that variety is the spice of life and this certainly is true when it comes to eating healthy. Eating produce that is in season will not only help you save money, but it will introduce your tastebuds to many delicious and new flavors and textures.

Adding Fruits and Vegetables To Your Meals

There are many easy ways to add a serving of fruits or veggies to your meals. For instance, including leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach or kale to your sandwich or wrap will give your dish flavor but will add a serving to your daily diet.

If you enjoy cereal or yogurt for breakfast, rather than add sugar, add a banana, apple slices or berries for a tasty treat while increasing your daily edibles by 1 servings.

Cook Vegetable Rich Meals

There are many delicious meals that naturally require several types of garden goodness to complete the dish. Foods such as soups, stews, chilis, shepherd's pie and casseroles are naturally loaded with many crop foods including legumes, peas, carrots, celery, chickpeas, mushrooms, onions and potatoes. These delicious dinners not only taste great but also naturally increase your daily food serving recommendations.

Try New Recipes

Being a little creative in the kitchen can introduce you to many wonderful meals that are just as nutritious as they are delicious. The internet makes it easy to find countless healthy recipes that will please the taste buds. By trying new recipes or cooking foods differently, people often find that actually like certain foods they didn't originally like.

Homemade Sauces

Making your own sauces can easily increase your daily nutritional intake without even realizing it. For example, homemade spaghetti sauce made of pureed tomatoes, mushrooms squash and seasonings will not only help create a mouth watering dish, but also add another serving to our diet.

We know that fruits and vegetables are essential for our bodies to function. We also know that it is essential to eat several of this food group daily to maintain optimal health. By making small changes, we can easily add the daily recommended servings naturally to our diets while creating positive, long term healthy habits.