ways to improve cholesterol

even though i’ve been able to keep my cholesterol in check, i’m always looking for “fun” ways to improve it – raising the HDL (good cholesterol) and lower your LDL (bad cholesterol). Eat more nuts: eating 67 grams of nuts per day (a little more than two-ounces) increased the ratio of HDL to LDL in the blood by 8.3% Boost your endurance: exercising for 20 minutes a day increases your HDL by 2.5 points and for every additional 10 minutes per day add an extra 1.4 points to your HDL Build killer quads: do three sets of six to eight repetitions … Continue reading ways to improve cholesterol

5 foods that keep you thin

instead of sticking to diet fare, fill up on nutritious, wholesome foods. here are five options, which are among the many delicious foods that make a good addition to healthy eating while keeping you slender. Apples Apples are a good source of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber not only contributes to a healthy digestive system and reduced cholesterol, but it also benefits smart eaters by yielding no calories while keeping them satisfied. And there’s something else about the fruit that might help you feel full. Almonds Eating nuts at least two times a week resulted in more weight loss than those who … Continue reading 5 foods that keep you thin

more good fats!

Fat has a bad reputation but the body needs fat to function – apparently 60 percent of the brain is fat!  Healthy fats include those found in many nuts, seeds, avocado, extra-virgin olive oil, and canola oil. Unlike calories from saturated (bad) fats, healthy fat calories are essential to the body’s metabolism. They keep you performing well, and they satisfy hunger better. How? Use extra-virgin olive oil and canola for much of your cooking. Don’t be shy about adding a small amount of olive oil, with flavored vinegar, if it makes it taste better and encourages you to eat more … Continue reading more good fats!

15 healthy snacks under 150 calories

it’s hard not to grab for greasy chips and empty calorie pretzels for a snack. but here are some healthy alternatives: 1/4 Cup Guacamole With 1 Sliced Medium Red Bell Pepper (140 Calories) 1 Cup Strawberries Dipped in 1 Tablespoon Melted Semisweet Chocolate Chips (115 Calories) An 18 Rabbits Bunny Bar (120 Calories) 2 Kavli Golden Rye or Wasa Fiber Rye Crispbreads With 2 Tablespoons Hummus and Cucumber (120 Calories) 45 Pistachios (148 Calories) Medium Apple With 1 Level Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter (143 Calories) 3 Finn Crisps With 1 Ounce Herbed Goat Cheese (140 Calories) 2-Percent Greek Yogurt (130 … Continue reading 15 healthy snacks under 150 calories

food for beauty

i’m not big on makeup so i’ll have to depend on food and genes to not look frightful when i leave the house! so Women’s Health provided some “beauty products” from the supermarket. similar to the previous lists of healthy foods, it’s another reason to eat more good stuff! 1. Blueberries and pomegranates These fruits protect you from fine lines and dryness. Plus, their high vitamin C content keeps your skin nice and plump, says Glassman 2. Dark chocolate Dark chocolate can help protect your skin from sun damage and amp up blood flow to your tissues, keeping skin nourished … Continue reading food for beauty

healthy packaged foods

in our busy schedules, it would be hard to make everything from scratch. so, it is good to know that some packaged foods we can find in our local supermarkets are healthy. according to the editors of Prevention, here are twelve that are healthy, tasty, trans-free and low in sodium and sugar: Cereal: Ambrosial Venetian Vineyard Granola This sweet and crunchy organic granola wowed our tastebuds with its combination of walnuts, dates, and raisins. It packs in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and 28 g of whole grains and has no added oil. Healthy highlights:Though it’s a little caloric, at 230 calories … Continue reading healthy packaged foods

real simple: heart healthy food

as we strive to be healthy, it helps to know what foods can improve your health. so here are 7 recommended in Real Simple’s article: Omega-3 FatsBenefits: proven to reduce acne and inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease and even a heart attack, lowering your blood pressure, boosting immunity, and even improving arthritis Food(s): Salmon and walnuts High Fiber Finds Benefits: lower your cholesterol and promote healthy heart function. Recommends aiming to get 30g of fiber a day Food(s): Fruits, veggies, and whole grains over white refined foods (which are typically stripped of their iron and B-vitamins) Oatmeal Benefit: keep your … Continue reading real simple: heart healthy food

30 healthiest foods

in the goal to eat healthy, it is nice to get a little help as what foods we should have more of. so is the list from real simple’s article on The 30 Healthiest Foods: Mushrooms Meaty and filling, as a stand-in for beef they can slash up to 400 calories from a meal. They may also protect against breast cancer by helping to regulate a woman’s estrogen levels. Barley Another high-fiber cholesterol fighter. On weeknights use the pearl or quick-cooking variety. More time? Give hulled barley, with its extra layer of bran, a go. Walnuts A surprisingly good source of … Continue reading 30 healthiest foods

a little fun for the new year

do you remember the days of waiting in line for Mister. Softee and when it’s your turn, you ask for a soft serve with a chocolate shell. then you watch the ice cream man dip the soft serve in some chocolate liquid and then hand it to you. even though it was just a few seconds since he dipped it in the liquid sauce, when you bite into it, the chocolate is hard and crunchy! well, now you don’t need to wait on line. YUM! Ingredients 1 banana cut lengthwise 1 big round scoop ice cream Reese’s SHELL almond slivers … Continue reading a little fun for the new year

peanut butter, flaxseed & banana toast

i have read plenty of info about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it’s hard. since i can’t drink milk, i’d have to account for more prep time but i can barely make myself get my morning coffee, let alone batter, sizzle or bake anything. so, in order for me to have breakfast, it just had to be easy. so the next best thing is toast. gone is the yummy soft white bread with a nice light smear of butter and toasted to perfection … sigh. now it’s the healthy multigrain or 100% whole wheat … Continue reading peanut butter, flaxseed & banana toast

roasted butternut squash soup

my family came over for dinner today and to start i made a roasted butternut squash soup. i never cooked butternut squash before so it was fun to try something new. when you cut into the butternut squash, it is hard but after roasting, it becomes very soft. the soup combines squash with apples and onions, and gives the soup a sweet flavor. seasoning it with pepper before roasting helps the peppery flavor come out in the soup. the curry flavor was light so i added more than the recipe called for. for the condiments, the bananas on top reinforces the … Continue reading roasted butternut squash soup

nuts for nuts at the peanut butter & co.

m loves peanut butter so when i found this place, i knew we had to try it. located in the middle of hip and young in nyc by new york university, it caters to the young at heart of all ages. there were so many choices – from different flavor peanut butter, to different sandwich creations with peanut butter, to drinks with peanut butter. then there’s peanut butter pie and peanut butter ice cream sundae. yum! m ordered the mighty maple sandwich which included their mighty maple peanut butter and bacon. i ordered the black and tan with crunchy peanut butter … Continue reading nuts for nuts at the peanut butter & co.