Have you tried this exotic fruit: Rose Apple ?

Rose Apple

The rose apple isn’t at all like a traditional Red Delicious apple. It’s oval, almost pear-shaped, and has a pale yellow skin with a slight pink tone. Its yellow flesh is sweet in flavor and has the scent of a rose.  They are native to Malaysia and are often eaten fresh or used in wine.

For more info go to… Fruits & Veggies More Matters : Rose Apple: Nutrition . Selection . Storage : Health Benefits of Fruits & Vegetables

Celebrate July 4th with Watermelon

Watermelon

It’s refreshing!  It’s sweet!  It’s healthy!  It’s low in calories!

Enjoy watermelon as a healthy treat on Independence Day!!  One cup of watermelon cubes contains only about 50 calories but is packed full of beneficial antioxidants, including lycopene, which has been shown to be protective against certain cancers.  It is also contains potassium,  vitamin C and vitamin A.   And it is grown in the USA with California as the champion of watermelon production.  Other big conventional watermelon growing states are Florida, Texas, Georgia and Indiana.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

Healthy Eating Tips For Summer Cook Outs

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer and the official kickoff to cook-out season!   This doesn’t mean you have to sabotage your waistline.  You can still have fun and eat healthy.  Here are some of go girls tricks.

  1.  Always bring the low cal appetizers like raw veggies with a low fat dip,  fruit salad, or a healthier version of a side dish.
  2. Try to stay away from the high fat meats, such as, hotdogs, sausage, or ribs.  Choose the grilled chicken or even a small or half a burger.
  3. Take only 1 starchy side, like potato salad, macaroni salad, pasta salad, or baked beans.
  4. Have fruit for dessert.
  5. Stay away from the sugary drinks.  Instead choose diet drinks or bottled water.
  6. Limit your alcoholic beverages.  To save calories use diet soda or seltzer water for mixers and lite beer is the better option.
  7. Most importantly start the day with exercise.  Take a power walk or bike ride in the morning.  You will actually feel more energized for the rest of the day.

Healthy Eating Can Cost Less

Is it really more expensive to eat healthy?

According to a study released by the USDA last week,  it is actually less costly to consume fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods than foods high in saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.

This is what they found:

  •  Foods low in calories for a given weight tend to have a higher price when the price is measured per calorie—vegetables and fruits without added fat or sugar are low in calories and, by this metric, tend to be a very expen- sive way to purchase food energy.
  • Conversely, still using the price-per-calorie measure, less healthy (moderation) foods high in saturated fat and/or added sugars tend to be high in calories and have a low price per calorie.
  • However, when measured on the basis of edible weight or average portion size, vegetables and fruit are less expensive than most dairy, protein, and moderation foods.
This is in contrast to what most consumers currently believe that they cannot afford to eat healthy.  However, it would actually be cheaper to to consume a nutritionally balanced meal based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and ChooseMyPlate.gov than junk food.

Resource: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB96/EIB96.pdf

Save Calories with Tips To Cut Sugar

One of largest pitfalls to extra calories is added sugar.  Extra calories lead to weight gain.

From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442469635

Here are some tips on limiting added sugars while treating your sweet tooth:

  • Enjoy fruit, a naturally sweet treat.
    • Add to salads, salsas, sauces, toppings and more.
    • Snack on fruit and enjoy as dessert instead of candy, cookies or pastries.
    • Use fruit to sweeten oatmeal or cereal.
  • Drink healthy drinks.
    • Switch to water or low-fat or fat-free milk instead of sodas, energy drinks or sports drinks.
    • Drink 100-percent fruit juice in moderation instead of sugary fruit drinks.
    • Try carbonated beverages with no added sugars or add lemon, limes or cucumbers to water for additional taste.
  • Compare foods.
    • Read food labels of packaged foods and choose the ones with little or no added sugars.