Monthly Archives: February 2018

Low Carb Foods

If you are working hard to lose weight, eating low carb foods can help. While avoiding carbs totally is not always the best option, eating a low carb diet can be a healthy way to lose some weight, especially if you decide to eat the healthy carbs. If you are on a low carb diet, sometimes the place where you make mistakes is in the snacks that you eat. You need to learn how to snack healthily so that you can continue to take off those pounds. Here is a look at some of the low carb foods that are great for snacking. You’ll enjoy them, you’ll feel full, and you’ll avoid sabotaging your diet.

Cottage Cheese and Fruit
When you are trying to make sure that you snack on foods low in carbs, one of the best snacks you can eat is cottage cheese and fruit. Cottage cheese is very good for you, providing you with some lowfat dairy, protein, and potassium. Add some berries or other types of fruit for some good fiber, and then you have a great snack.

Nuts or Seeds
Nuts or seeds also are foods with few carbs that are great for snacks as well. If you choose nuts, you will want to eat raw nuts so that you avoid the salt intake. Nuts are full of healthy fats and provide you with fiber. Seeds, such as pumpkin seeds or even sunflower seeds are great for snacks as well.

String Cheese Sticks
Another healthy snack that falls into this category is string cheese sticks. As long as you go with low fat options, you definitely will find this to be a great snack. The cheese is tasty, it is healthy, and it will make you feel full. Other low fat cheese other than cheese sticks are also good snack options that are low carb and healthy for you.

Apples and Cheese
Apples and cheese make a great combination for a low carb snack. The apples are full of great nutrients and fiber. Adding the cheese, such as sharp cheddar cheese, provides you with some good dairy. Just avoid adding too much cheese and packing in the fats.

Raw Veggies
Raw veggies are always a great snack and they are definitely low in carbs. Some of the best raw veggies to gnaw on include carrots, celery, broccoli, and even cauliflower. Peppers are great to snack on too. Add with them a low carb dressing and you have a tasty snack. The celery is great with a bit of peanut butter, which is also low carb.

A Simple and Amazingly Tasty Raw Food

One of the things I always enjoy about late summer in the U.S. is the amount of delicious locally grown fruit and vegetables that are available. This year, I’ve been eating fresh California figs, Colorado peaches and apricots, Blueberries from Oregon and some amazing watermelons and cantaloupes from Colorado.

Most of the time I enjoy these fruits by themselves, but every once in a while I add a little bit of raw organic tahini to them for an extra calcium and fat boost. By far my favorite fruit to eat tahini with is fresh organic grapes. I’ve been enjoying that combination all summer and am happy that my 1 year old daughter also like it.

There are many health benefits associated with eating raw tahini and grapes – here are some of the best. The Health Benefits of Raw Tahini As long as you get raw and organic tahini, it has several health benefits of note.

Raw tahini is a very good source of the following minerals:

  • manganese – to strengthen bones, collagen and connective tissue such as ligaments
  • copper – antiinflammatory and antioxidant that can provide relief from arthritis
  • calcium – great for growing kids and for prevention of migraines and colon cancer
  • magnesium – excellent for heart health and lung health
  • iron – blood builder and booster
  • phosphorus – helps to metabolize proteins and calcium
  • zinc – to increase bone mineral density

Raw tahini also contains dietary fiber which promotes healthy elimination. Finally raw tahini contains two special kinds of lignans (fiber) called sesamin and sesamolin. These fibers have been seen to help lower cholesterol and to prevent high blood pressure. The Health Benefits of Organic Grapes For their part organic grapes are high in:

  • flavonoids – these phytonutrients give vibrant purple color to grapes and help prevent blood clots as well as support heart health
  • phenylic acid – this compound has been found to help protect the arteries from oxidation as well as maintain the heart
  • resveratrol – this nutrient is a great antioxidant and helps keep the heart muscle flexible and healthy

First Birthday Food

For any parent, it’s always wonderful to celebrate their child’s first birthday with a wonderful party. Even if the baby doesn’t understand the occasion yet, it’s sure to be a fun time for him or her. First birthday parties can be either formal or casual. They are usually held in the morning or afternoon.

There are tons of important things to remember when holding a child’s first birthday party. One of the most crucial aspects would be the party food. Unless they have the food catered, many parents find this a very difficult hassle to deal with. It’s because they know they have to cater to two different kinds of people during the party, the kids and the grownups. These two have different food choices, so you can’t serve the same kind of food for these two.

There’s one simple trick you should keep in mind when dealing with this party aspect: keep it simple. With the numerous factors you have to keep in mind during the celebration, it would be really difficult to prepare homemade gourmet dishes. Here are some pointers to remember.

Prepare The Baby Snacks.

If your child’s only a year old, chances are the guests are of the same age or just a bit older. You should get simple but yummy baby-friendly snacks. Crackers, dry cereals and apple sauce are good choices. Other options you can get are:

* Cookies or sweet animal crackers

* Sliced fruit

* Macaroni and cheese (put these in easy-to-hold plastic containers)

* Pudding

* Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

* Pretzels

Healthy Food Snacks

Loading up on calories with junk food for a snack is not a healthy way to treat your body. If you really want to lose weight and workout, then you do need to eat healthy snacks in between your meals if you feel hungry.

You will be surprised to find how eating healthy snacks can help you lose weight even if you continue to eat the same foods for your meals. Many times when people are rushed they grab a bar or a bag of ship for a snack and even though it does stop the hunger pangs, it also fills you up with calories that your body doesn’t need. Eating healthy means including more fruits and vegetables to your diet as opposed to French Fries and other fast foods. The vitamins and minerals your body gets from fruits and vegetables help to burn up the calories more when your workout because they provide food for the muscles.

Why not stock up of fruits and vegetables when you pick up your groceries? Putting an apple or an orange or a small bag of carrot sticks, for example, in your purse or briefcase means you dont have to carry a separate bag with your snack. When you get a break, instead of rushing to the canteen for junk food, you have the snack you need right at your fingertips. Small juice packs are very easy to carry as well as take the place of sodas loaded with calories that you do not need. Some examples of healthy snacks that you can have are:

1) Fruits (apples, oranges, bananas, dried fruits, etc.)

2) Fruit drinks

3) Vegetables cut in small portions (Carrots, broccoli, cucumber, etc.)

4) Cheese strings or cubes

5) Low fat yogurt