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Know Your Nuts

Know Your Nuts

Technically the botanical term of a nut is a hard-shelled fruit, which does not open to release its seed. The word nut is widely used to refer to a vast range of hard fruits and seeds, from legumes to drupes. We’ve been tricked into snacking on “nuts” that are […]

Cooking vs. Baking with young children

Cooking vs. Baking with young children

Why is it we as parents almost always start baking with our children instead of cooking with them? Getting children interested in cooking at a young age does not have to mean cupcakes and cookies. If we want our children to eat healthily, then let’s […]

Healthy Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices

One of my friends asked my opinion on an article published in the NY Times last week.

First of all, it is a no-brainer that added processed sugar, refined grains, and processed foods are going to lead to weight gain. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that your body, on a daily basis, can burn off an endless supply of low carb, low fat, high protein foods.

Your body needs Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fats to be healthy. A few things that are taught in every one of my classes are what the good fats are to eat, the many protein choices that are available, and the differences in carbohydrates all while learning how to cook with them to make delicious meals.

Many think the quick morning fix is the store bought breakfast bar or protein shake, which more times than not is unsatisfying. A few breakfast options that take little to no time are:

  • Yogurt (½ cup not 1 cup) and fresh fruit (¾ cup)
  • A fresh omelet (2 egg not 3)
  • Half an avocado on whole grain toast (1 piece of toast not 2) 

The tastes and smells are much more rewarding, and you start to know what a portion looks like without having to count the calories.

It is all a balance, a ratio of what and how much you consume and how much your body burns off on a daily basis. You need to know what potion control means and what it looks like for you.