Enjoying small, healthy snacks throughout the day can be a great way to satisfy your hunger cravings and to meet your energy and nutrient needs. When enjoying snacks, aim to include 2 to 3 food groups in each snack, and include some variety in your snacks! A healthy snack should be around 150 calories and as with most foods, portion size is important. It is easier to control portion size when you enjoy the snack on a plate or in a small bowl, as opposed to eating right out of the bag. This is especially important if you’re eating in a distracted environment, such as eating at your desk, or while watching TV. Make the healthy choice the easy choice! … Continue reading
Barley Begins… Barley is an ancient grain that originated in Ethiopia and Southeast Asia, and has been cultivated for more than 10,000 years to feed both animals and humans, as well as make alcoholic beverages. As far back as ancient Greek and Egyptian culture, barley served as a staple bread-making grain, and an important source of nutrition for Greek and Roman athletes, as well as Roman gladiators. In the 16th century, the Spanish introduced barley to South America, while the English and Dutch settlers of the 17th century brought it with them to the United States. Presently, barley is grown around the world, but its leading exporters are the European Union, Australia and Canada. In Canada, the major growing areas … Continue reading
I prefer Matcha In the summer of 2010, I attended the IFT (International Food Technologists) conference and trade show in Chicago. At that time, I was introduced to Matcha Green Tea from Japan. Up until that point, I was not a fan of the taste of green tea, however, I had only tried super market brands. After the introduction of Matcha, enjoying the taste and how I felt after drinking it, my interest for green tea grew. Matcha green tea is the whole Tencha leaves ground into a powder. As a result, matcha boasts more health benefits than green tea alone. Matcha, shade grown tea, is rich in theanine (an amino acid) and catechin (an antioxidant) which helps the body … Continue reading
Spending $1200 every year on lunch…sounds crazy doesn't it? After you do the math it is possible. If you are spending $5 on lunch every day, that equates to $25 per week, $100 per month, and yes- $1,200 per year! Start the New Year off right by brown baggin’ it. Maybe you have a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, or to save some money. Packing a lunch for work can save you cash and calories. Committing to make a nutritious lunch at least 3 times per week is a great way to start. Here are a few tips to follow when packing a lunch: Prep: Plan your lunch ahead by cooking extra portions for dinners, such as casseroles, stews … Continue reading
Happy New Year! A great time for a healthy start for your food, nutrition and fitness strategy. I’m excited to be launching my new website in the next few weeks! You’ll be able to subscribe directly to my blog. I’ll be blogging more often – 4 to 5 times per month about interesting food and nutrition topics! I look forward to connecting again soon.