Two food articles I read recently that I found helpful/interesting. I'll post the more benign one first.
MSN isn't known for providing the most *ahem* balanced food articles (mostly all diet this and lose weigh that), but some of these are small tips that do make you eat healthy simply.
Your Fresh Start
By Cynthia Sass, RD, Prevention
Get a fresh start by purging your fridge and cupboards and filling them with healthy alternatives. "You have to make your environment conducive to your goals," says nutritionist, Cynthia Sass, RD, MPH. "By cleaning everything out, you are setting yourself up for success.
Cynthia will show you how to load your kitchen with the foods that will you make healthy eating easier:
1. Stock up on fruits and veggies. Did you know that the frozen varieties are just as nutritious as fresh (sometimes more)? This is because the produce is frozen shortly after picking, before it can lose nutrients to air and light exposure.
Fill your freezer with at least three types of veggies (in three different colors) and two types of fruit (in two distinct colors). Why? The antioxidants and phytochemicals in one color family are different from those of another. But be sure to choose frozen fruits and veggies with no added ingredients. In other words, the only ingredient should be "green beans," or "strawberries." If needed, you can doctor them up with flavor fixers from your pantry.
2. The freezer section of your grocery list should also include 100% whole grain waffles (they are loaded with heart-saving vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants), and filling, high-protein, low-fat snacks such as edamame and veggie burgers.
Oh, and one more freezer item — a bag of dark chocolate chips. When you're feeling a craving for sweets, a small handful of these, melted as a dip for fresh fruit or added to yogurt, can do the trick.
3. Invest in durable clear plastic containers for your fridge. Keep them full of ready-to-eat fresh fruit (such as washed grapes and orange sections) and veggies (baby carrots, snow peas). Store them right in front, on the first shelf you'll see each time you open the door. If you're a "dipper," keep those on hand too, such as salsa or hummus for veggies, and vanilla yogurt for fruit.
4. Your grocery list should also include whole grains, (instant brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, whole-grain wraps and pitas, oats or oatmeal, whole-grain dry cereal, barley, wild rice, etc.); low fat or non-fat dairy or dairy substitutes, (skim, 1% or soy milk, low fat or non-fat yogurt, string cheese, reduced-fat shredded or crumbled cheeses, 1% or non-fat cottage or ricotta), and lean proteins (chicken or turkey breast, fish, tofu).
5. Fill your pantry with flavor fixers including salt-free seasoning mixes (Italian, Cajun, pumpkin pie spice) and single herbs and spices (chives, basil, pure vanilla extract) and herb-infused oils (chili, garlic, oregano).
Invest in a mister (you can purchase one at any kitchen store). Lightly mist veggies with herb-flavored oil, and then sprinkle with herbs before microwaving or grilling. Add vanilla or spices to coffee, hot cereal, and smoothies instead of sugar.
6. Make 94% fat-free microwave popcorn a staple in your pantry. One cup popped typically provides just 15-20 calories. That means an entire bag (about 6-7 cups; that's 6-7 baseball-sized handfuls) weighs in at just 90-140 calories. Popcorn makes a great mid-afternoon or evening snack and guess what? Three cups counts as a serving of whole grains.
7. Pick up one or two water-filtering pitchers at any home store and keep them filled in your fridge at all times. Studies show that people prefer the taste of filtered water, but filtering it yourself is far less expensive than buying bottled (and you'll also keep those bottles out of landfills). If you need a little something extra, add a wedge of fresh lemon, lime, or other citrus, including pink grapefruit or tangerine.
Provided by Prevention