School Lunches: What can we do?
From the desk of Kim Gubbins, CPNPWe are three months into the new school year and do school lunches have you stressed, bored and lacking? Are your kids already complaining about the same old same old and wishing they could just eat hot lunch pizza everyday? So, let ’s get inspired and figure out fresh new lunch ideas.I know schools are working harder at feeding our children a healthier lunch, but let me honest, most school cafeterias are serving pizza, burgers and fried chicken patties on a daily basis. And with 17%-20% of children in the United States being obese, I feel that packing lunch is a significantly health...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - November 17, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Food Allergies Healthy Habits Source Type: news
16 Reasons to eat cantaloupe this summer
(Natural News) Cantaloupes aren’t a fruit typically associated with health, which is a shame. These sweet, succulent melons are absolutely loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, yet contain very few calories. A generous helping of cantaloupes a day is enough to fill the body with vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, and much more. Cantaloupes can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
6 Fun Facts About Melons, Fruit Food Trivia - AARP
Here are some fun food trivia about watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and more from AARP. For example, early explorers used watermelons as canteens. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - May 24, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news
According To Nutritionists, Here's What You Should Eat For Healthy Digestion
Summer is eagerly peering around the corner, bringing with her the tastiest foods we might definitely wait for all year long. From ballpark hot dogs and boardwalk ice cream, to barbecue and cotton candy, summertime activities have a way of focusing on one food experience after another. (No judgment, here!) Yet, unfortunately for you, all of those summer treats could be packing a one-two punch to your gut. Given the plethora of sweet and salty summer snacks, it’s easy to overindulge. That’s why it’s important to take note of the foods that are easy on your tummy to help ensure you don’t miss out on a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Food Trends 2017: What a Nutritionist Sees and Hopes You'll See
By Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., R.D. A new year brings an opportunity to reflect on and reevaluate our lives. When you're a registered dietitian/nutritionist, it's also time to review food trends for 2017. That's why I look forward to the annual "What's Trending in Nutrition," a survey from Pollack Communications based on interviews with thousands of registered dietitians. Here's the survey's list of "Top 10 Superfoods" for 2017: 1 Seeds, such as chia and hemp 6 Kale 2 Avocados 7 Green tea 3 Nuts, such as almonds and walnuts 8 Coconut products 4 Fermented foods, such as yogurt 9 Exotic fruits ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Nourishing Foods For A Healthy Heart
Nutrition is one of the key, if not most important, areas to address in order to successfully manage high blood pressure, cholesterol and to maintain overall heart health. Here are some of the best whole foods that can improve these health metrics through a nourishing lifestyle. Blood Pressure It used to be thought that lowering sodium intake was the most important dietary change we could make to help improve blood pressure. However, we now know that there are a few other minerals that play a huge role in blood pressure control. These minerals are calcium, magnesium and potassium, which help to lower blood pressure by pr...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
5 healing vitamins and minerals post hysterectomy
The post 5 healing vitamins and minerals post hysterectomy appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. We all know that diet and nutrition play an important role in our ongoing health and well-being; after all we’ve seen the reports about salt, fat, sugar and all the other nasties over the year’s. What’s worrying though is when what we thought was bad turns out to be good (in moderation) and vice versa. Those foods we’ve been avoiding all these years, because they were the worst thing we could eat, are in fact an essential part of a health diet. So, this post is designed to help you under...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 28, 2016 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Tags: Hysterectomy Recovery healthy diet vitamin a vitamin c vitamin d vitamin K vitamins and minerals zinc Source Type: news
Well: An App to Deconstruct Your Food
Using yoga-posing pears and bike-riding melons, a new app deconstructs your food, giving you a trove of information not found on a typical food label. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: STEPHANIE STROM Tags: Calories Diet and Nutrition Food Food Additives Labeling and Labels (Product) Mobile Applications Snack Foods Supermarkets and Grocery Stores Sustainable Living Whole Foods Market Inc Whole Foods Market Inc WFM NASDAQ Dieting and Wei Source Type: news
Family Reunions the Healthy Living Way
By Stacy Simon Whether it’s your first family reunion or your 50th, getting the whole family together is likely to involve food, activities, and lots and lots of family stories. Family reunions are a time to reminisce about the old days and create new traditions, a chance to reconnect with family members, and to meet new ones. If you’re planning or attending a family reunion this summer, make healthy living a part of the activities for young and old alike. Choose a healthier menu This year, adapt some family recipes to incorporate ingredients that are lower in fat, salt, and calories. You’ll be teaching a...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - July 14, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Diet/Exercise/Weight Source Type: news
The Glycemic Index: Are Carbs Friend or Foe?
Most of us have heard of the glycemic index (GI). Even if we're not familiar with how it works exactly, we know it's something worth paying attention to when considering our food choices. So what's it all about? The GI Basics The GI is a measurement tool to analyze food and help encourage healthy eating. It ranks food according to the amount of carbohydrates they contain and their impact on our blood sugar. The GI tells us how certain carb-filled foods will raise our blood sugar when they are eaten in isolation on an empty stomach. GI values range from 0-100. The higher the score, the higher the food's impact on our blo...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Keep Foods Safe at Summer Picnics
By Stacy SimonFresh air and exercise, friends and family, and coolers of favorite homemade dishes are the ingredients for a happy summer picnic.But warmer temperatures help bacteria grow, so it’s more important than ever to practice food safety during the hot summer months.Keep your food from spoiling by following these safety tips from the US Department of Agriculture:Wash hands, utensils, containers, and work surfaces before handling food to prevent harmful bacteria from spreading.Cook food the same day as the picnic, not in advance, to give bacteria less time to grow. Cool food quickly by spreading it out in shall...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - June 2, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Diet/Exercise/Weight Source Type: news
How to Have a Happy, Healthy Summer
By Stacy SimonSummertime often means spending more time out of doors, because of longer days, sunshine, picnics, barbecues, and kids out of school.Here’s how to make the most of your summer and stay healthy, too.Be active; be coolRegular physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle in every season. The warm summer weather can make it easy to exercise outdoors and get the whole family involved. Just be sure to take some precautions so you don’t get overheated in the hot weather.Exercise in the morning or evening, when it’s likely to be cooler outdoors. If possible, exercise in shady areas....
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - May 10, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Diet/Exercise/Weight Sun Safety/Tanning Source Type: news
The 8 Best Produce Picks For Late Summer
Despite the fact that some kids are back in school and it's getting dark earlier, summer is not over. And while the sun's still shining, remember: Summertime is synonymous with delicious and abundant fresh produce. Though you can get most of these fruits and vegetables year-round, now is the time to take advantage of the peak flavor, freshness and nutrition you'll get by eating in season. Since they're so abundant in your local area right now, these fruits and vegetables will likely be less expensive, too. Tomatoes. Ripened in the hot summer sun, tomatoes are brimming with concentrated flavor this time of year. With so mu...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
The 8 Best Produce Picks For Late Summer
Despite the fact that some kids are back in school and it's getting dark earlier, summer is not over. And while the sun's still shining, remember: Summertime is synonymous with delicious and abundant fresh produce. Though you can get most of these fruits and vegetables year-round, now is the time to take advantage of the peak flavor, freshness and nutrition you'll get by eating in season. Since they're so abundant in your local area right now, these fruits and vegetables will likely be less expensive, too. Tomatoes. Ripened in the hot summer sun, tomatoes are brimming with concentrated flavor this time of year. With so muc...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
6 Easy Tips for Clean Eating on a Small Budget
Photo: Pond5 By Kristen Domonell for Life by DailyBurn Ever thought about cleaning up your diet but worry about the price tags on all that healthy food? You're not alone. Whole Foods Market, often nicknamed "Whole Paycheck" for its prices, recently announced the launch of a new, budget-friendly store geared toward millennial shoppers who share these cost concerns. "It's really challenging for people to make the right choices when price is sometimes the thing that strikes them in the face," says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, a nutrition and cooking coach in th...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
14 Most Dangerous Summer Foods
This article originally appeared on Health.com. More from Health.com: 25 Fresh Corn Recipes for Summer 17 Easy Ways to Burn Calories This Summer 12 Reasons Dehydration Is Bad for Your Body -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
What People Who Live to 100 Eat Every Day
We'll have what they're having. By Sarah-Jane Bedwell, SELF (Photo: Courtesy Blue Zones) There's one pretty mind-blowing characteristic about the people who live in these five communities throughout the world: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; the Greek island of Ikaria, the Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica, and Loma Linda, Calif. On average, they live to the ripe age of 100 years old at rates 10 times higher than the average American. Mic. Drop. Over a decade ago, writer Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and a team of scientists to explore these areas, now called the "Blue Zones." His latest book...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
10 reasons why you should consume more cucumbers
(NaturalNews) Considered a veggie but technically a fruit related to melons, the cucumber is often an afterthought or garnish for most. Too bad. It's not only a tasty addition to many foods and very hydrating with it's 90-plus percent water content; cucumbers are packed with a load... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Most Of Your Asparagus Comes From Abroad These Days. Here's Why.
These are hard times for the American asparagus farmer. A casual supermarket shopper, even one who loves asparagus, may not realize this is so. Fresh asparagus is now available in most U.S. supermarkets all year long. And sales of asparagus have steadily climbed over the past couple of decades as consumers have embraced healthier diets. But the odds have never been lower that the asparagus at your local grocery store was indeed grown domestically. Why? In the early '90s, two trade agreements -- the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Andean Trade Preference Act -- eliminated protective tariffs on asparagus impo...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 10, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
God Is Evil (or T. rex Ate Melons)
How could an educated citizen of the 21st century ever reach the conclusion that a saber-toothed cat or Tyrannosaurus rex preferred eating fruit over flesh? Young-Earth Creationists (or YECs) seem to think so, and not based on compelling evidence from biology. They do so in order to preserve a particular view of God's character: only an evil god would have created animals to kill each other. The Bible says the Creator looked back at his handiwork with the refrain "and it was good;" therefore, say the YECs, there's no room for death. It isn't "good" when living things die or kill, and the fact that the...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 5, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Behind the Headlines 2014 Quiz of the Year
In 2014, Behind the Headlines covered more than 500 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. Test your knowledge of 2014's health news with our month-by-month quiz. If you've been paying attention, you should find this quiz both easy and fun. Answers are at the foot of the page (no peeking!). In January 2014's health news... What was said to help make bones stronger? 1) Swimming 2) Marriage 3) Listening to classical music Warnings were issued about the possible return of what? 1) Swine flu 2) The Black Death 3) Smallpox In February 2014's health news... W...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Special reports Medical practice Source Type: news
Pumpkin: More Than Just Pie
We carve faces in them and love the pies, but pumpkin, it turns out, is actually a very nutritious gourd with so many great beneficial components that can make it a great side dish to many meals, much like sweet potatoes, only without a blood sugar spike. It's in the same plant family as squash, cucumber and melons, very similar to butternut squash, yet it's mostly forgotten and left out of our diet. Its bright orange color denotes a rich content of carotenoids, the precursors to vitamin A. Nurses Health Studies indicate that a diet high in carotenoids can decrease the risk of cataracts and cancer. Pumpkin is chock full ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Is melon juice the new hangover cure?
Mello is made from pressed melons and nothing else. There is no added water, sweeteners or preservatives — and it is low-calorie, fat-free and full of vitamins and minerals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Time-Saving Tips For Healthy School Lunches
Those pre-portioned packs of crackers, cheese and lunch meat sure have major kid appeal, but they’re a serious drain on your wallet and none too healthy, either. The speed with which you can toss them in your child’s lunch bag sure is appealing, though. Feeling tempted to rely on them for quick and easy lunchbox packing? Think again! The following ideas can help you pack a healthy school lunch in a flash. Related: Ask A Chef: Best Back To School Lunch Recipes Work AheadPhoto Credit Meghan RossWhen you’ve already done a majority of the prep work, packing lunches in the evening is a snap. Over the we...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: cbsexaminer Tags: Back to School Boston's Best Food & Drink Health Food and Drink healthy recipes Lunch Lunchbox Meghan Ross Spring Summer Source Type: news
Raised on raw: Is a raw food diet good for children?
(NaturalNews) Every day, Levi Bowland eats a raw vegan diet that consists of melons, several bananas, salads, sprouts and foods that are never heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit (1). While raw food advocates like David Wolfe maintain that "[c]ooked food is dead, lifeless, and boring... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Honeydew melons play role in boosting brain health, regulating blood pressure and more
(NaturalNews) Honeydew melon is more than a mildly sweet, refreshing melon typically enjoyed during the warmer months; it's also a highly nutritious food that can help maintain a healthy weight, fight colds, keep blood pressure in check and keep nervous system health functioning well... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
'Seed freedom is the answer to hunger and malnutrition'
We must resist seed monopolies of corporates, they harm us all, writes biodiversity campaigner Vandana Shiva • Vandana Shiva will be speaking at the Resurgence & Ecologist Festival of Wellbeing on 12 October 2013What happens to the seed affects the web of life. When seed is living, regenerative and diverse, it feeds pollinators, soil organisms and animals - including humans. When seed is non-renewable, bred for chemicals, or genetically engineered with toxic Bt or Roundup Ready genes, diversity disappears.In recent years, beekeepers have been losing 25% of their hives each winter. According to a scientific study i...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 28, 2013 Category: Science Tags: Blogposts Farming Guardian Professional Biodiversity Food security GM Sustainability Guardian sustainable business Global development Conservation Health and wellbeing Agriculture Source Type: news
My life as a guinea pig for science
Reporting from the frontline often involves putting yourself under the microscopeJeroen Raes is a man with a lot of poo on his hands. He can't get enough of the stuff and has Petri dishes full of it, from people over the world, piling up in his laboratory's fridges. Let me cut off any rash assumptions you might be making right now – Raes is a leader in the study of the human microbiome, the trillions of microbes that live on (and in) our bodies that, as scientists have discovered over the past decade, we cannot do without.Around 90% of the cells in a typical body are not human, they're micro-organisms. Scientists hav...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 27, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Alok Jha Tags: Psychology Biology Microbiology Neuroscience Features The Observer Source Type: news
Marine agriculture offers a new solution to the problem of water scarcity | Mark Tran
Costa Rican academics are pioneering the growth of crops on freshwater lakes as a way of addressing food shortagesHunger and nutrition will feature prominently at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June, in keeping with the renewed interest in agriculture, especially in Africa, where investors are eyeing the potential of vast tracts of land.But as experts note, water is the most severe impediment to increasing food production and security.Ricardo Radulovich, professor of water science at the University of Costa Rica, points out that in Africa irrigation is a very limited option, due to lack of water, and rain-fed agricul...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 5, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Mark Tran Tags: Blogposts Food security World news guardian.co.uk Water Food science Global development Environment Africa Agriculture Source Type: news