Whether you are a student or a mom, snacks can make up a huge part of your day. In fact, some people may get most of their calories from snacks instead of meals. When snacks are such a big part of your daily food intake, you want to be sure that they are healthy for you.
Foodies and nutritionists around the world are finding new ways to make classic foods healthier but one particular way is by adding or substituting unhealthy ingredients with lentils. Today, I will be talking about one specific type of lentil: chickpeas.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are popular in Mediterranean, South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. They can be bought dried or canned and are a great substitute for meat. However, the best part about these peas are the nutrients they are packed with.
Chickpeas are a great source of:
So if you are wondering what awesome snacks you can make using chickpeas, here is a round-up of delicio...
[I received free samples of the Inner-J Bars, however, all opinions are my own].
Good nutrition before working out is important for you to perform well but healthy eating after you work out is just as important. If you have been following these blog posts, you may have seen the first part of the Eating for Exercise series - Part 1: all about pre-workout nutrition. Today’s post will be the second and final part of the series. We will be talking about post-workout nutrition and what you can do to help your body recover after your workout.
When you exercise or do an intense workout, you:
Deplete your carbohydrate stores
It is important to replace everything you have lost after you exercise so that you recover well and can continue to perform your best at your next workout.
Here are some recovery tips to keep in mind:
Eat a recovery meal or snack within 30 minutes after finishing your exercise. This is important to speed up musc...
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Even though exercise is often seen as a way of losing weight, it offers many more benefits to health. Exercise fights heart disease such as high blood pressure, boosts your mood and energy, can help you sleep better, and believe or not can also be fun!
Whether you are a woman who may not be very active (but would like to be), are relatively active or love exercising at home or in the gym, your nutrition while you exercise is important. This post will be the first of a two part series, Eating for Exercise, where you will learn how you can nourish your body as you get moving.
Importance of Eating for Exercise
I have had clients not wanting to eat before or after their workout because they felt like it would defeat the purpose of "burning all those calories". This is a myth because eating the right types of foods can help you achieve your fitness goals sooner. Giving your body the nutrients and energy it needs both befo...
Healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle are important for a healthy pregnancy. There are many essential nutrients for pregnancy such as folate and iron to help your baby grow. In continuation with the Healthy Pregnancy Series here, we will be talking about another important nutrient for expecting mothers today: Calcium.
Why is calcium important during pregnancy?
Calcium is important during pregnancy in the same way it is important for kids. Calcium helps to build your baby’s teeth and bones and also helps the heart, nerves and muscles develop. It is important to have enough calcium to meet your needs as well as your baby’s needs.
If there is not enough calcium from your diet, calcium from your bones is used to support your baby which can harm your health. Calcium is also important while you are pregnant because it can help prevent high blood pressure during pregnancy.
How can you get enough calcium?
It is always good to try and get calcium from food sources before trying a supplement....
Pregnancy brings so many exciting moments and is the start of a wonderful journey. Throughout this journey, there are certain nutrients that can help you have a happy and healthy pregnancy. Today’s post will be a continuation of the Healthy Pregnancy Series all about important nutrients for pregnant women. Today’s nutrient of discussion is iron.
Why is iron important during pregnancy?
Iron is an essential nutrient because it helps your blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body as hemoglobin. As with many nutrients, your iron needs during pregnancy increase because your body makes more red blood cells to support you and your baby. Also, iron supplies the placenta as well as brain development and iron stores in your baby for the first six months after your baby is born.
How can you get enough iron?
In the first trimester, there are only small changes in your iron needs but in the second and third trimester, your blood volume goes up and you need more iron. Many women may have trouble mee...
Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful moments of life as you bring new life into this world. If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you are most definitely hoping for a healthy and happy pregnancy. This blog post will be the first of the Healthy Pregnancy Series. The Healthy Pregnancy Serieswill highlight specific nutrients needed during pregnancy. This series will also share healthy recipes that are high in those specific nutrients to support you and your baby as it grows.
Pregnancy is a normal process that your body goes through but it comes with some slight changes to your metabolism. As you support another life in you, your nutrition needs are slightly higher than normal. The Healthy Pregnancy Series will highlight nutrients that are important and how you can make sure to get enough of each nutrient during your pregnancy.
Today’s healthy pregnancy nutrient is folate/folic acid.
Quick tip: Folate and folic acid are the same B vitamin, however, folate is the food form,...
You just cannot beat gooey, melted cheese! Cheese can be a great topping on pizza, in a sandwich or as a snack. The selection of cheese available today are endless with so many unique flavours! You may not think too much about buying cheese but if you are trying to make healthy changes in your diet, cheese may be a good place to start. This post of “Simple Swaps” will talk about how you can find a cheese that tastes great but is also healthy.
Nutritional Benefits of Cheese
Cheese can be easily incorporated into a healthy diet because it contains so many great nutrients.
Cheese is a great source of:
Vitamins A and B12
There are so many varieties of cheese available at the grocery store that it can be confusing to know what type of cheese to purchase. The most important tip is to ensure you are actually buying REAL CHEESE. Products such as "slices" or "spreads" are processed cheese products and have added calories, salt, and other...
Whether you eat it as a sandwich or as toast for breakfast, bread is staple in almost all households. You may eat bread almost every day and with so many different types of bread available today, it can be hard to choose a healthy one. Many breads may seem like they are healthy with lots of seeds and grains but that is not always the case. The bread aisle in the grocery store is HUGE and can be very overwhelming. This edition of “Simple Swaps” will show you how to choose the healthiest bread and what to look for next time you are at the grocery store.
Nutrition Benefits of Bread
You may think bread is bad for you because carbs are bad for you, right? Wrong. If you want to eat a healthy, balanced diet, carbs better be on your plate. To get the lowdown on carbs, check out my previous post here. If you choose the right type of bread, you can enjoy it as a part of a healthy, balanced diet especially since it is high in: