Some of the food mentioned below may be quite surprising. Many have misunderstand the concept of a healthy diet after hearing someone telling them that this food is bad, that food is unhealthy. They have their own list of never to eat food or” avoidance food” but have they specify correctly? How do they judge? Even though people have successfully lose weight, will they sustain or are they depriving themselves too much? I was randomly browsing through Live Strong.com and thinking this would be a ‘lazy’ post of the day. To be honest, I am not an on-diet person but I enjoyed looking at food that is actually ‘okay’ to be eaten just for the sake of comfort. Of course,all of us wish to stay healthy by choosing the right food. Who hates food? Everyone wish to indulge in life by not caring about the calories intake and fat content, but sadly we have to take every portion of food in moderation so that being healthy is not an immediate action but a life-long commitment. I wish everyone the best of healthy- because being healthy is the key to happiness.
I try to prolong my introduction. Why? Because I have not been updating my blog for the past two days. Call me lazy or call me excuses-wannabe- I am definitely trying to concentrate on my final assignments before the holidays & I promise myself to update more often once the hectic period is over. Treat yourself to these food as they are actually fine for you and your family. Happy week!!
Some of the healthiest nations, including Japan, enjoy white rice at most meals. Plus, research has found that people who eat rice are also less likely to be overweight. While it is true that white rice is more processed than brown rice, all white rice sold in the U.S. is enriched with the nutrients that are lost during processing. White rice has more essential nutrients than brown rice due to this fortification. It may also surprise you to hear that the bran layer of brown rice contains phytic acid, an antinutrient which makes minerals such as zinc and iron unabsorbable. In addition, brown rice contains higher levels of arsenic than white rice. Consumer Reports released a 2012 chart showing arsenic concentrations in specific brands of rice products.
Eggs (Even the Yolks!)
If you’ve been avoiding eggs because you heard that they contain too much cholesterol, you may be surprised to hear that recent research has found that saturated fat — and not dietary cholesterol — is the primary contributor to poor heart health. Eggs have been wrongly accused of being unhealthy due to the foods they’re often served with, namely high-fat sausage or crispy bacon. A 2013 study showed that high protein egg breakfasts helped control participants’ appetites better than high carb breakfasts such as cold cereal. Don’t skip the yolks! In addition to 3g of protein, egg yolks are packed with vitamin D, phosphorus, riboflavin, choline, and selenium.
p/s: I don’t get why people skip eggs, I really don’t~
In addition to containing caffeine that helps get you alert for a busy day, coffee is also one of the top sources of flavonoids in the U.S. diet. Flavonoids are known to help improve heart health and protect cells from the natural negative effects associated with aging. Coffee may help reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. What’s more, many studies have found that athletic performance benefits (such as increases in running speed) can be seen with moderate amounts of caffeine. Public health authorities seem to agree that moderate amounts of coffee (about 3-4 cups per day) can have modest health benefits and no evidence of health risk. Try to choose organic, sustainable, shade-grown coffee, whenever possible.
If you’ve given up white pasta because you believe it has a high glycemic index, there’s some good news. Pasta, such as spaghetti or macaroni made from white durum wheat, has a glycemic index of 45-50, which is considered low. That means eating pasta won’t cause a quick rise in blood sugar level, and it is more likely to keep you feeling fuller longer. The key to eating pasta is to keep your portions to no more than 1 cup cooked. Believe it or not, the recommended serving size of pasta is 1/2 cup of cooked pasta — the amount you can hold in one cupped hand! If you were served that amount at a restaurant, you’d most likely feel cheated! Most people eat 2 cups of pasta for a meal. For a more balanced (and filling) meal, prepare pasta with veggies, seafood or lean protein such as chicken or tempeh, and top it with a tomato-based sauce rather than a cream-based sauce.
Bacon is EVERYWHERE lately, isn’t it? Crispy regular bacon is packed with saturated fat and sodium, but its cousin Canadian bacon — while still high in sodium — is lower in both calories and fat and still high in protein. Sodium aside, there’s a lot to love about Canadian bacon. A 1-oz serving of Canadian bacon has about 50 calories and 2g of fat, compared to regular bacon, which has about 165 calories and 14g of fat per ounce (i.e. about 4 slices of medium thickness). Canadian bacon also provides iron, zinc and B vitamins, along with the heart-friendly monounsaturated fats. When choosing Canadian bacon, look for the natural uncured variety (such as Niman Ranch Uncured Canadian Bacon or Jones All Natural Uncured Canadian Bacon), as they won’t contain nitrates. Cured bacon (both the regular kind and Canadian type) contains nitrates, which have been linked with cancer.
(P/S: My favourite spread on toast!!)
Avocados are technically a fruit, but nearly all their calories come from fat, making them nutritionally at least, a fat. They provide more than 20 essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including vitamins A, C, D, E, and K; fiber; potassium; and B vitamins. Avocados are also a source of heart-smart monounsaturated fats and the antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids are concentrated in the macula of the eye and may protect your eyes against age-related macular degeneration. Research from Ohio State University found that that avocados partnered with salsa or salad acts as a nutrient-booster and increased the absorption of fat-soluble phytonutrients.
If you only eat popcorn when you go to the movie theater, you’re missing out on one of the healthiest whole grains. Researchers at the University of Scranton recently reported that popcorn is literally packed with phytonutrients. The beneficial compounds are concentrated in the darker hulls of the kernel (the bits that get stuck between your teeth). The researchers revealed that popcorn contains nearly twice as many polyphenols compared to a serving of several types of fruit. What’s more, popcorn is 100% whole grain; unlike many “whole grain” breads, crackers and other whole grain foods that are only partially made with whole grains. You can enjoy three cups of popcorn for just 100 calories and it has 3g of filling fiber. Choose an air-popped, organic variety, whenever possible.
p/s: I have actually try skipping that as they are covered with salt, I am missing my home town’s caramel popcorn
Potatoes often get a bad rap for making people pile on pounds, but according to nutritionists Julie Upton and Katherine Brooking at Appetite for Health, this bad rap is probably more about the way potatoes are being prepared – for instance, french fries or potato chips versus baked, roasted or grilled potatoes. A medium-sized potato contains just 170 calories. Plus, potatoes are rich in potassium and are a good source of fiber. Potato skins are also a source of antioxidants that may provide heart health and anti-cancer benefits. Finally, Potatoes provide resistant starch, a type of carbohydrate that cannot be digested so it helps regulate blood sugar levels while helping to keep you full.
p.s: sweet potatoes are one of the wonders…
Yes, peanut butter is high in calories, but in moderation, it can actually help you control hunger and manage your weight. In fact, women who eat one serving of nuts OR peanut butter two or more times per week are nearly 25% less likely to be obese and gain fewer pounds than women who rarely eat these foods according to recent research from the Harvard School of Public Health. One possible reason: A snack that includes peanut butter helps you stay fuller longer due to the protein and fiber content. To keep calories in check, be sure to watch your serving size and stick to no more than 2 tablespoons. Try to choose a natural and/or organic variety of peanut butter with no added sugar.
Nuts are high in fat and calories, but that doesn’t mean that eating them will make you gain weight. In fact, research shows just the opposite: People who enjoy nuts tend to be thinner and have higher quality diets than those who don’t. A 2013 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that those who replaced other foods with nuts in their diets lost more weight (about 1.4 lbs more) than those who did not. Nuts are also heart-healthy because they’re made up of primarily unsaturated fats. Additionally, nuts contain plant sterols, which have cholesterol-lowering properties.
It’s every chocolate lover’s dream come true. Chocolate, more specifically dark chocolate, has been extensively studied for its health benefits, with positive results. Dark chocolate decreases LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, reduces blood clots, and is associated with better cognitive performance in the elderly. A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that overweight individuals who consumed a dark chocolate bar had improved blood vessel health and decreased blood pressure as compared with those who ate a placebo. As a general rule, look for dark chocolate with a higher cacao level (60% cacao or higher), as that will indicate more antioxidants and less added sugar. Also, because all chocolate (even the dark kind) is calorie-rich, stick with 1-2 oz per day or else you may have the unwanted side effect of eating too much: weight gain.
If you’re not vegetarian or vegan, but are instead one of those meat lovers who decided to give up the red stuff in order to lose weight or to make your diet more heart healthy, you may be happy to hear that eating moderate amounts of lean beef can actually help you lose weight and improve your overall diet quality. Today’s beef is leaner than ever. Many choices of beef sold at supermarkets are classified as lean, meaning the cuts provide up to 10g of total fat and no more than 4.5g of saturated fat in a 3 ½-oz serving. Even better, you can now also find beef containing no hormones and/or no antibiotics as well as grass-feed and organic options. Beef provides several 10 essential vitamins and minerals including B-vitamins, iron, zinc and protein.
Many dieters ditch dried fruit because it’s a more concentrated source of calories than fresh fruit. While this is true, dried fruit can serve as a stand-in when fresh fruit isn’t a convenient option — for instance when you’re traveling. Dried fruit can also be enjoyed as a replacement for calorie-rich, nutrient-poor desserts such as baked goods or candy. Dried fruits contain virtually the same nutrients as their fresh counterparts, so most are a good sources of vitamins A, C, potassium, fiber and folate. They are also antioxidant powerhouses. Look for options that have no added sugar such as dried apricots, apples, cranberries, raisins or prunes. Try them on top of your oatmeal or mixed with nonfat plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. Enjoy dried fruit with nuts for a healthy satisfying snack.