Making healthy food choices consistently is crucial when you’re trying to lose weight. Think healthy meals have to be boring? Thing again! A little creativity is all it takes to prepare delicious dishes that supply the nutrition you need while also satisfying your taste buds. Here are five options, all under 400 calories, to help support your weight-loss efforts.
No matter how much we try to avoid it, there are days when your family will need to eat “on the run”—whether it’s a snack while heading to soccer practice or dinner between said soccer practice and the school open house that immediately follows. Rather than resorting to junky fast food or expensive take-out, you can easily pack healthy, whole foods that satisfy hungry tummies and nourish active bodies away from home. All it takes is a little planning and creativity.
Whether the object of your affection is your mother, an aunt, your sister or a close friend, choosing the perfect gift for Mother’s Day can be a challenging task. Flowers fade, and buying a blouse or scarf can be tricky when it comes to figuring out the right size and color. As for candy, well, the ingredients in most candies read like a list of items to buy for a chemistry laboratory experiment!
The Paleo diet is based on the theory that our bodies haven’t significantly changed since the Stone Age. As a result, advocates say that optimal health can be achieved by eating the foods enjoyed by the hunter-gatherer tribes who flourished during the Paleolithic era. One of the key benefits of this plan: You eliminate processed foods, so that you’re following a clean eating program, thereby avoiding potentially dangerous ingredients in processed foods such as high fructose corn syrup and white flour. In addition, you benefit from healthy fats in foods such as salmon, olive oil and nuts.
Drizzled on fruit, swirled into coffee, spread on a warm muffin—cashew cream is a dairy-free delight you can dollop atop just about anything, without guilt! Made from just two ingredients—raw cashews and water—simply adjust the liquid for a thinner (“milk-like”) or thicker (“frosting-like”) cream. Drop in some vanilla, coconut, almond or even mint extract for a flavor twist on the natural, nutty taste!
You may be familiar with a Mediterranean diet, which typically is rich in vegetables, fruit, beans, olive oil, nuts and fish. What do those foods offer your body? The veggies and fruit provide you with fiber, vitamins and minerals, while beans offer both fiber and protein. Olive oil and nuts are powerhouses of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which are healthy unsaturated fats, sometimes referred to as “good fats.”
Whether sprinkling slivered almonds on steamed veggies, spreading almond butter on breakfast toast or scooping up crunchy cashews when a snack attack hits, it’s easy to go nuts for nuts! No matter how you enjoy them, just a small serving instantly ups your daily intake of fiber, protein and healthy fats. But be sure to watch for this ingredient on labels, or you may be setting yourself back when it comes to benefits.
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