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NUT-ritious Benefits of Nuts

NUT-ritious Benefits of Nuts Organic Mixed Nuts (Raw, No Shell)

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy snack, nuts are the perfect option. Nuts contain the perfect amount of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats, and fiber plant sterols. For a bite size food, they contain a powerful nutritional punch.

Nuts are known for their many health benefits. A study assessed the health risks involving 13,000 people. The study concluded that those who ate nuts fared better off than those that didn’t. They had a decrease in BMI and waist circumference, lower weight, blood pressure, and the likelihood of many metabolic syndromes decreased. Many nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, and even cashews improve the vascular system as well. They promote proper blood flow and normal cardiac functions.

Nuts also combat the effects of some mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and Schizophrenia. The contents of the omega-3 fatty acids combat these disorders, as well as help with rheumatoid arthritis.

Despite the many benefits, you should consume with caution. Nuts are a common allergenic substance, and being the allergic to one nut isn’t the same as being allergic to another. As long as you know what your body can and cannot consume, nuts are a wonderful healthy snack and can greatly improve your health!

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Winter Crops

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Winter yields crops of delicious vegetables that cost less than those in the supermarket. However, you must plant accordingly to avoid the freezing points that will ruin your garden. If you have a late maturing crop, it’ll take roughly 90 days to grow; a mid season crop would take 60; and an early maturing crop would take 30 days.

Cauliflower- May be grown and harvested all year, however is best in the fall through spring months

Sprouting Broccoli- Can be grown year round, but like most calciferous vegetables, it tastes best in cool weather

Parsnips- They look like a white carrot and have a nutty taste

Celery- It’s best in the fall with harvest continuing through winter and the warmer weather

Brussels Sprouts- They grow on a stalk and will last longer compared to when the stalk is cut


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Do Not Skip Meals to Lose Weight

Do Not Skip Meals to Lose Weight

By skipping a meal you are training your metabolism to slow down.  Your body goes into starvation mode and begins to slow down to try and store fat.  It is are bodies way of keeping us alive.

Instead of skipping a meal to lose weight, plan your meals ahead of time and pack them.  Plan on having 5-6 small meals throughout the day.  All meals should consist of lean protein to keep you full and satisfied and lots of non-starchy veggies.  Add some fruit, starches and good fat as well.  If you are trying to lose weight, go easier on the starches, fruit and fats- but do add some to keep your meals balanced.

Never skip meals!!


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Today’s Wellness Tip: Add more green veggies to your meal!

Today’s Tip: Add more green veggies to your meals!

 

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Add more green veggies to your meals!

Here’s why:
Green vegetables are one of the most health-promoting food groups. They contain fiber, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals.
By adding greens to your diet you can manage healthy weight loss, increase energy and boost your immune system.
Research suggests an overall healthy diet filled with green vegetables is key to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and possibly cancer.

 


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Eat Salads for the Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

Eat Salads for the Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetablessalads

Many experts agree that Americans need to eat more fruits and vegetables (especially dark green and orange vegetables) and legumes — all popular salad ingredients; nutrient-rich plant foods contribute to overall health. If you frequently eat green salads, you’ll likely have higher blood levels of a host of powerful antioxidants (vitamin C and E, folic acid, lycopene, and alpha- and beta-carotene,) especially if your salad includes some raw vegetables. Antioxidants are substances that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.


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Eat your fruit, don’t drink it!

Yes…please…eat your fruit, don’t drink it.apples
By eating your fruit you receive the benefits of fiber. Plus, it takes longer to chew than it does to drink,therefore you are consuming less calories.

Want to burn some fat?     Try adding grapefruit to your diet. Studies show its boosts your body’s fat burning mechanism.  Woohoo!!!


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Ask Coach Jackie: Can I “make up” for weekend splurges?

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqAnswer: The weekend represents about 30 percent of the week, so too many slip-ups will put you on bad terms with the scale. Case in point: Dieters usually lose weight during the week, but stop losing weight on the weekend because they ate too much. By feasting on whatever you want on the weekend, you’ll cancel out five days’ worth of healthy eating. When it comes to shedding pounds, consistency is key. Aim to consume a similar number of calories on Tuesday as you would on Saturday. Weigh yourself on Friday and again on Monday. Any weight gain is a sign you shouldn’t have eaten the extra slice of pizza.