Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Another Reason To Eat Your Veggies

According to a new scientific study from the University of Oxford, vegetarians have new ammunition in their anti-meat crusade. The study claims that the risk of hospitalization or death from heart disease is 32 percent lower for vegetarians than for people who eat meat and fish.

The Oxford researchers examined 45,000 volunteers from England and Scotland, an enormous sample size. Of this group, 34 percent were vegetarian. This high proportion of vegetarians is rare, making this particular study unique in reaching its conclusion.

Other factors which contribute to heart disease such as age, smoking, alcohol, physical activity, socioeconomic background, and education level were taken into account. Afterwards, the researchers arrived at the figure of 32 percent, the amount of reduced risk of heart disease for vegetarians.

In the study, vegetarians had lower blood pressures and cholesterol levels, as well as a lower body mass index (BMI) and fewer cases of diabetes.

 

Source: Environmental News Network

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Meatless Monday (Sort of)

This is not my typical Meatless Monday post but I think it’s worth sharing. I am against energy drinks (for my own personal reasons) but I have often wondered about the likes of sports drinks. Especially when comparing the price of Pedialyte and Gatorade…….what’s the big difference? When I came across this article I thought it was a great read for parents.

Worst Drinks: Sports Drinks

The major difference between energy drinks and sports drinks is Caffeine content! Both have tons of sugar but because of caffeine levels, energy drinks can be dangerous for teens and younger children. The amount of caffeine in energy drinks can be 3 to 4 times as much as a large can of soda.

Sports drinks don’t contain caffeine but do contain electrolytes. Electrolytes are used by our cells to maintain electrical impulses. When electrolytes are lost during vigorous exercise they can be replaced by those in sports drinks, thereby restoring balance to your body’s systems.

However, sports drinks weren’t intended for teens after an hour of basketball practice, but for athletes doing intense exercise for an hour or more. According to the article, children and teens should rehydrate with water. And in the case of a sick child, with less sugar and more electrolytes, Pedialyte is still the best option.

So the take home message is that energy drinks are no-no for kids, sports drinks should be limited and water is always the best bet.

Source: MNN

Photo: Shape.com

Meatless Monday

Here are some fun facts about our Meatless Monday veggie of the day, Broccoli. Broccoli is one of the healthiest green vegetables. It’s versatile, inexpensive and tastes great.

Broccoli has been cultivated for more than 2000 years. Cultivation is believed to have originated in Calabria, Italian. This is the origin of the Italian name “Calabrese.”

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, and Kale are all of the exact same species of plant! Many folks don’t believe this as they look so different…. but how does a Poodle compare to a Great Dane?

The name “broccoli” comes for the Latin word brachium, which means “branch,” or “arm.” Broccoli has only been grown in America for about 200 years and for much of that time it was considered exotic. Until the 1920’s, broccoli was virtually unknown by most Americans. Broccoli production in the U.S. increased 700% between 1971 and 1991 and is continuing today.

Broccoli is a “cool weather” crop and does poorly in hot weather. Because it is tolerant to cold, it is available year ’round in the U.S.

The American film producer, Albert R. Broccoli, (April 5, 1909 – June 27, 1996) famous for producing the James Bond movies, claimed his family invented Broccoli. This has been judged a highly dubious claim by most experts.

Broccoli comes in a variety of colors, ranging from deep sage all the way to dark green and purplish-green.

Tom “Broccoli” Landers  holds the current world record for eating 1 pound of broccoli in 92 seconds.

Source: Swampy Acres Farm
Photo: Electric Tree House

Meatless Monday

Today we continue the “Easy ways to eat more veggies (and fruits)” series, featuring tips on how to get move veggies into your busy lifestyle.

Find veggie alternatives for a less-healthful ingredient. Instead of serving tacos in flour tortillas, serve them in iceberg lettuce leaves or artisan lettuce “cups” (think lettuce wrap). Instead of stuffing tuna salad into a pita, serve it over a green salad. Load up that omelet with diced tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers and scale back the cheese.

Source: Tammy’s Recipes

Meatless Monday

Today continues the  “Easy ways to eat more veggies (and fruits)” series. So for the next few Meatless Monday’s we’ll give you tips on how to get move veggies into your busy lifestyle.

 Today’s Tip:

 

Give fewer options at meal times or snack times, and include veggies. If you serve a dinner of three different foods,  you’ll end up eating more of each item than if you serve five foods. Unless you’re serving several vegetable dishes, limit the choices for everyday dinners and snacks and your children will surprise you by eating more — because they’re still hungry. Only buy/offer healthy snacks and if they’re hungry, that’s what they’ll eat. (I have definitely found this to be true.)

Source: Tammy’s Recipes

Photo: Full Plate Cooking Lessons

Meatless Monday’s

Today starts a new series on “Easy ways to eat more veggies (and fruits)”. So for the next few Meatless Monday’s we’ll give you tips on how to get move veggies into your busy lifestyle.

 Today’s Tip:

 

Prep ahead. This one is key: Make sure your fridge is stocked with ready-to-eat veggies. Whether this means cutting carrot sticks by the bag-full or buying baby carrots, do what it takes. Celery, carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, and sugar snap peas are some of our favorite fresh vegetables. Another tip is to put the veggies out so you can see them, use clear containers in the fridge or place them on the counter so they’re in eye-sight. Have your favorites ready so when you’re hungry, you grab them. I also find its easier if I wash grapes and cut melons so that I have a healthy snack when I’m on the go or waiting for dinner.

 

Source: Tammy’s Recipes

Photo: Health.com

Meatless Monday

Because I absolutely love infographics this image made the cut but you have to keep in mind this info is based on a 2011 survey conducted on Facebook. Not very scientific but looking at the data made me think about the following:

  • How difficult would it be to marry someone who doesn’t share the same eating lifestyle?
  • Have I ever taunted a vegetarian with meat? (I hope not)
  • How higher incomes and more education didn’t increase “veganism”.

What thoughts come to mind when you see this graphic?

 Source: This Dish is Vegetarian