Month: April 2015

Delicious low calories recipes

Eating healthy should be a sustainable habit, but it can sometimes feel challenging if you’re eating on a slim budget. To help you make good food without breaking the bank, we’ve compiled 10 budget-friendly recipes that will help you make the most of your hard-earned cash—all for under 400 calories. Check out our post on 10 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget to learn more. BREAKFAST 1. Italian Sausage Egg Bake | Kim’s Cravings Eggs are a versatile and relatively cheap source of lean protein for your morning meal. This recipe features a delicious, mess-free way to enjoy eggs by baking them with shredded potatoes into a dense egg bake. Every square inch of eggs is loaded with lean turkey sausage, onions, bell peppers, spinach and shredded potatoes. Serve with a side salad and fruit for a brunch-worthy meal. Recipe makes 12 servings of 1 three-inch square. Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 168; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 232mg; Sodium: 480mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 13g 2. Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Pancakes | Running with …

Foods to eat for a Good night sleep

Set yourself up for sound slumber with these calming foods and beverages. Chances are, you know that eating heavy meals and certain foods can keep you up at night, and you probably try to avoid them.But you may not realize that some foods and beverages can actually put you in the mood to snooze. In particular, foods that contain tryptophan (an amino acid that turns into relaxing brain chemicals like serotonin and melatonin), whole-grain carbs (which boost serotonin production), certain minerals (like calming calcium and magnesium), and some herbs (that have a relaxing effect) can put you in a soporific state. If you want a night of sound slumber, consider having a light sleep-inviting snack about an hour before bedtime. Good choices include: Half a Banana and a Handful of Almonds: The combination of tryptophan, carbs, and calming magnesium can help make you drowsy. Don’t like bananas? Have some cherries, a natural source of melatonin, instead. Whole-Grain Crackers with Peanut Butter: It’s another magical combo (tryptophan + complex carbs) that will promote sound slumber. A …

The Importance of Protein

   You know that aside from water, protein is the most abundant compound found in the human body?  Protein is found in every cell and tissue, and along with healthy fats, protein plays many critical roles in keeping you alive and healthy. Most of our bodies’ proteins are structural. The most obvious proteins that most of us would recognize are muscles.  Muscle tissue attaches to bone, and when they contract they allow us to move.  There is also specialized muscle that controls organ functions such as your heart contractions, digestive movements, and elimination functions.  Although bone is predominantly calcium, the mineral is held together with protein. Nerves are mostly fatty compounds, but protein is the framework that holds nerves together.  Blood vessels, our organs, and our skin all have structural proteins. The importance of protein intake for humans has been known for a very long time.  Without it you would lack the building blocks needed for all tissue repair, critical enzymes and hormones you need for all of your metabolic functions, and antibodies that help your body defend against infections. Proteins …

Are you an Emotional eater?

Emotional Eating: What Helps By Joy Manning, Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on July 28, 2014 Does stress, anger, or sadness drive you to eat? Do you turn to food for comfort, or when you’re bored? Many people do. If you often eat for emotional reasons instead of because you’re physically hungry, that can be a problem. Obeying the urge to eat more than you need is a sure-fire way to gain weight. It’s an even bigger problem if you already have health conditions like diabetes, obesity, or high blood pressure. You can get back in control of your emotional eating. The surprising part is, it’s not really about food at all. You might not even realize you’re doing it. One of the biggest clues: “Eating until you are uncomfortable and stuffed is a sure sign something is going on,” psychologist Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD, says. Another clue: You’re gaining weight and you don’t know why. Don’t assume that it’s just that you’re getting older or slacking on the treadmill. Consider how you’re doing emotionally, …