Is Snacking Healthy?

Is Snacking Healthy?

Snacking. We all do it, yet afterward, some feel guilty. Are we too hard on ourselves?

The Truth About Snacking

Snacking gets a bad rap from just about everyone. Growing up, our parents reminded us ‘not to spoil our appetite’ while magazine covers (remember those?) promised to teach us how to conquer our cravings! Eating between meals was a no-no, and that was that.

Today, we are a little more knowledgeable about the science behind snacking. The good news it’s no longer as evil as we previously thought. Well, that is as long as you are willing to snack responsibly.

Responsible Snacking: How Can You Do It the Right Way

Noshing without shame does come with a few rules. Luckily they are not as restrictive as you might think:

1. Recognize snacking myths

Despite what you were told, healthy eating between meals does not always lead to weight gain. In fact, responsible snacking can prevent excess hunger and help you to avoid overeating at the next meal.

2. Redefine your definition of ‘snack food’

Most snackers reach for processed foods loaded with carbs or sugars. Choosing these foods is not responsible snacking. Instead, enjoy natural food such as fruit, nuts, or low-fat.

3. Realign your emotional connection with food

Your mental state can have a tremendous impact on when and how much you snack, as well as what you choose to eat. Boredom, depression, or stress often triggers overeating. Find an alternative way to deal with emotions, like exercise instead of eating your feelings.

4. Eat with intent

This rule goes for any time you eat, but especially when you are snacking. Never eat and do something else, whether watching TV or carrying on a conversation with your friends. The more conscious you are about eating, the less likely you are to ignore the feeling satiated.

5. Make it easy to eat healthy and harder to eat junk

Don’t bring unhealthy food into your home. Less accessibility means you are less likely to go out of your way to eat something unhealthy. On the flip side, make healthy snacks more convenient to choose by stocking up and pre-portioning bulk foods.

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Three Nutritional Supplements That May Improve Your Health

Three Nutritional Supplements That May Improve Your Health

How are you feeling today? The answer to that question matters a lot more than usual these days. If you want to feel your best, sometimes eating a well-balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly just isn’t enough. Nutritional supplements can help to protect your immune system, increase your energy levels, skyrocket your productivity, and live an overall better life.

Talk to your medical provider about whether these three supplements may be able to help improve your health:

1. Coenzyme Q10

Your body naturally produces Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that some studies suggest may have a range of health benefits. Among the long list of potential benefits are increasing energy levels, lessening the frequency of migraine headaches, reducing blood pressure, and easing movement issues relating to the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Coenzyme Q10 is available OTC as tablets and capsules in a range of strengths

2. Elderberry extract

Elderberries have a long history of use as a traditional and folk medicine to treat everything from burns to colds in many cultures around the world. Today, people mostly use elderberry extract for its presumed immunity-boosting properties. Elderberry extract contains high levels of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Some studies indicated elderberry extract might also ward off depression and help protect against some types of cancers. Elderberry extract is available OTC in a number of forms including tablets, capsules, and as a tincture.

3. Rhodiola root

Living is stressful, and being always on the edge has a severe impact on your life. Rhodiola root, also known as Golden Root, Arctic Root, or Hong Jian Tian Some people refer to the Rhodiola root as an adaptogen, a dietary supplement that helps protect the body against physical and environmental stressors. In addition to reducing stress levels, some studies show Rhodiola root may help with anxiety, battle depression, reduce fatigue, and improve athletic performance. You can buy Rhodiola root OTC in a wide range of dosages and forms.

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Healthy Back-to-Work Meal Ideas

Healthy Back-to-Work Meal Ideas

In some parts of the country, people are heading back to work, and that’s great; however, lots of these workplaces have severe restrictions on preparing and eating food in the office. Many businesses ban employees from using shared fridges, ovens, and microwaves while forcing workers to eat in short shifts. You don’t have to resort to school-style brown bag lunches or unhealthy fast-food takeaway. Try these three, healthier no-heat, no-fridge alternatives you can bring from home.

1. Lettuce Wraps

Healthy, quick, and tasty, these wraps have it all.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne powder. Add a drained 15.5-ounce can of cannellini beans. Mix gently to coat the beans and allow to marinate for at least two hours or overnight in the fridge. Meanwhile, remove 4 or 5 small inner leaves from a head of lettuce, wash, and dry thoroughly. Pack lettuce leaves and beans separately and roll the wraps at lunch.

2. Sushi Sandwiches

The most complicated part of making these trending sushi- sandwiches is cooking the sushi rice, but using regular rice is almost as good. 

Lay a nori sheet on the table with a corner pointing to you. Place 1/2 cup of sushi rice in the middle of the nori sheet and spread into a square. Place several layers of spinach leaves on top of the rice. Top with a 1/2 cup of room-temperature sauteed mushrooms. Cover the filling with 1/2 cup of sushi rice and spread out. Fold each corner over the rice to create a square package. Turn fold-side down and cut in half. Feel free to experiment by using different fillings.

3. Couscous

Israeli couscous is larger than kinds of couscous and makes the perfect base for this light lunch. 

Combine 2 cups cooked Israeli couscous, 1/2 cup drained chickpeas, 1/2 cup seeded and diced cucumbers, 1/4 cup julienned sundried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 minced garlic clove (optional), a pinch of dried rosemary, salt, and pepper. If you have access to a fridge, try adding 1/4 cup of crumbled feta. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

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