While yogurt can be a healthy snack or breakfast, not all brands are created equal. Homemade Greek yogurt is a nutritious option, but today’s supermarket shelves are crowded with various flavors and types of yogurt that are full of sugar and artificial flavoring.
French yogurt is known for its silky texture, different from Greek yogurt’s creamy consistency and tart flavor.
While Dannon Activia yogurt contains an exclusive probiotic culture Bifidus Regularis, which is said to help regulate your digestive system, the company has been under scrutiny in the past for dropping misleading health claims.
When you lead a busy life, grocery shopping can be a time-consuming chore. If you’re beginning a new diet, you have probably seen a number of resources that offer sample grocery lists and suggested items that deserve a permanent place in your pantry or refrigerator.
While those lists can be helpful, they are sometimes more confusing than useful. Recently, we caught up with Caroline Cederquist, M.D. and founder of BistroMD, a gourmet meal delivery service developed by physicians. Cederquist shared her top ten grocery list items that she recommends patients purchase when they want to eat a healthier diet.
“The shopping list consists of top 10 mainstay items that help you stay on track, lose weight, and add lots of flavor to meals and snacks,” Cederquist said. “A lot of these items can also be used to substitute higher calorie foods for healthier ones.”
My name is Carolyn and I blog about my weight loss journey on Weight Watchers over at Lovin’ Losing. I enjoy reading, baking, running, and playing with my furbabies.
In my experience, when trying to lose weight one of the most difficult things to do is learn how to cook healthy. Food is an integral part of our lives and cultures and often, friends and family who aren’t trying or don’t need to lose weight have a hard time adjusting when you start changing their favorite recipes. Sometimes the cook tries to make two versions of meals to appease everyone, gets overwhelmed with the work involved, and quits their weight loss journey. I’m here to say, that doesn’t have to be you!
Here are a few tips for getting friends and family on board with healthier cooking.
I’ve always been a fan of veggie dips. Even when I didn’t follow a healthy diet, setting out a tray of veggies with a dish of dip was a guaranteed way to get me to eat some fresh vegetables. Most commercially prepared dips are chock full of fat and calories, and no matter how you try and spin it, they just aren’t good for you. Marzetti, the company most known for their ubiquitous white tubs of vegetable dips, has come out with a lighter, more healthy version.
Anytime we see a packaged food made especially for children, we’re a little leery. The flashy colors, cartoon characters and cute names are often masking higher sugar, calorie and fat content, not to mention ingredients those little bodies don’t need.
So when we heard about the new Chobani Champions, the first Greek yogurt made just for kids, we were cautious. However, we were also pleasantly surprised to learn that it’s just as good-for-you as its grown-up counterpart. Like the original Chobani, that we love!, the Chobani Champions yogurt is 100% natural, made with real fruit, loaded with protein, vitamins and calcium, is low in calories, and has deliciously fresh flavors. (more…)
Yogurt is one of my favorite breakfast choices. It’s easy to eat, requires no cooking, and I can take it with me if I’m running late. (Ahem.) Yogurt is also one of my go-to snacks, especially for my kids, who tend to have blood sugar issues in the afternoon. The problem with many yogurts, though, is the high sugar content. Often, the yogurt has as much sugar as a candy bar – or even more! I look for low sugar content and fruit as opposed to jelly, and I was delighted to discover Siggi’s, made by the Skyr company.
From their website:
“Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland. It is made by incubating skim milk with live active cultures. The whey, the water naturally found in milk, is then strained away to make for a much thicker, creamier, concentrated yogurt. So to make just one cup of Skyr, with all that water going out, you need 3 – 4 times the amount of milk required to make a regular cup of yogurt. As a result of this process Skyr comes out with 2-3 times the protein count of standard yogurt.”
Hilary Duff recently sat down with Health to talk about how she maintains a healthy body despite her super-busy life. She even talks about her once too-thin looks. “I got pretty skinny when I was between 17 and 19,” Duff said. “I don’t know what exactly made me get on that kick, but at the time I was starting to become aware of what people said about me and how I looked in pictures. I literally ate nothing but steamed vegetables and broiled or grilled chicken, with nothing else.” This low-calorie but unbalanced diet made her feel tired and drained.
Today, she does a lot more snacking, but tries to keep it healthy. “I have been eating a lot of vegetables and hummus and fruit — stuff I never really liked before. If I am hungry before bed, I will grab a handful of blueberries. Greek yogurt is one of my favorite things in the whole world.” She even lets herself indulge in fatty cheeses. “I would probably eat any kind you put in front of me! And I like healthy things with a high fat content, like dark chocolate and avocado.”
Yogurt can be one of the healthiest food choices you can make in your diet. Packed with high quality protein, tons of calcium and full of healthy digestive bacterias, a cup of yogurt can be part of a wonderful breakfast or be the perfect grab-and-go snack.
Be aware, though, not all yogurts are created equally, and many yogurts are so bad for you that they should be classified as a junk food. When faced with a sea of choices in the refrigerated aisle, how can you be certain that you are making the best choice? (more…)
We all love to snack. But when it comes to most processed snack foods, not only are they packed with calories, they are also void of nutrients. Even if you’re an angel with your snacking options, it can get kind of boring. Sometimes, you need your snack to have a bit more flair to it.
Here are 10 fun healthy snacks that contain 100 calories or less:
1. One-half of a 100-calorie English Muffin topped with two tablespoons of low-fat cottage cheese: 85 calories
2. One cup of chopped mixed vegetables like cucumbers, bell peppers and celery mixed with one chopped kiwi, fresh dill, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper: 80 calories
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