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Creating healthy diet plans will make meal time easier and less chaotic.

What is the Food Pyramid?

What is the Food Pyramid? New Food Pyramid is a Plate If you go to the new site, here is what you will see: Plate = New Symbol for Healthy Eating Goodbye, pyramid. Hello, plate. The Food Guide Pyramid was the model for healthy eating in the United States. Maybe you had to memorize its rainbow stripes in school. But the USDA, the agency in charge of nutrition, has switched to a new symbol: a colorful plate —called MyPlate — with some of the same messages: * Eat a variety of foods. * Eat less of some foods and more of others.   They have some good recommendations Balancing Calories ● Enjoy your food, but eat less. ● Avoid oversized portions. Foods to Increase ● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. ● Make at least half your grains whole grains. ● Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. Foods to Reduce ● Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers. ● Drink water instead of sugary drinks.                   PDF   Here is my rendition of the healthy diet plan:   FIRST, I would increase the vegetables significantly!  It is rare that an average American gets anywhere near the required amount of vegetables.  If you start with vegetables then you are more than likely not to go overboard with the junk food. NEXT is protein.  Healthy protein is an essential element to any diet plan.  The better the environment of the animal, the better the value of the meat. THIRD is grains.  Not white bread but whole grain products.  This includes brown rice or quinoa.  Forget the white baked potato or bagette. LASTLY are the fruits.  Fruits are good for you but beware of the sugar! Relevant Searchwhat is the food triangle

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How to Maintain a Healthy Diet

Healthy Diet Menu – How Do You Stay on the Right Track? Don’t follow the fads when it comes to dieting! My moto is “there is no healthy diet, only a healthy lifestyle’! It is easy to get caught up in “quick fixes.” There is no end to bars or pills or patches or shakes that will help you lose weight fast! Don’t fall for it! Can these help? Yes but don’t rely solely on these wild claims. Even if you do manage to lose weight, you will gain it back when go you off the diet or plan or aids. Here are a few tips that will help your weight loss and help you gain some consistency with your healthy lifestyle. How much do you need to lose? Set reasonable goals! Writing down reasonable and healthy goals is the first step. You don’t want to be too aggressive with your goals because that leads to failure and frustration. You do need a bit of a challenge. I would like to lose 20 pounds but I really need to lose a minimum of 10 so I will make 10 pounds my goals. Next I like to have a reward. This would be something that I wouldn’t normally buy or do. It might be a new pair of pants or a special dinner. Tell someone. It is much easier to stay on track with your diet if you are accountable to someone else. Work out an arrangement to tell them every day how you are progressing. Don’t Starve Yourself You will want to eat more healthy foods and cut way back on the junk food. Good foods are things like broccoli, lettuce, zuchinni and other green vegetables high in fiber. Be careful with fruits since the have a lot of sugar. Be careful with carbs since they turn into sugar. Don’t Sit on Your Butt Part of your plan should be exercise. It doesn’t have to be marathon running or acting like a weight lifter. If you aren’t inclined to exercising just try walking 30 minutes a day. Even though you might be eating better, you still need help burning up calories! You might want to find other activities that you enjoy doing. A few ideas might be salsa dancing or zumba, biking, or even golf. (I listen to up beat music while cleaning the kitchen or folding laundry and find myself dancing while I work.) Are you hydrated? Moving to Texas has given me a new appreciation for drinking a lot of water! First you want to make sure that your body is hydrated. Not only do you need to be drinking water, you also need to make sure that you cut down on drinks that rob your body of water like coffee or soda. Water also helps to make you feel full. Drink a glass of water before meals or snacks. Believe it or not, water also helps the appearance and glow of your skin! Stay Focused If you have … Continue reading

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Healthy Diet Recipes – Rotisserie Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken Can Be Healthy! My friend Nancy always chuckles when she asks “What’s in the crockpot today?” There is a 35% chance that the answer will be “rotisserie chicken.” It depends on the menu selection for the week, but I usually cook 2-4 rotisserie chickens a week! I am not talking about the prepared rotisserie chicken that you pick up in the grocery store or at COSCTCO. I have nothing against them except, if you have any food sensitivities, it is highly likely that you will have some reaction.  The problem: they can tell you exactly what was in the vat when they prepped the chicken. For most Americans, this is not an issue but for those that have issue, it is a big problem! I have looked at rotisserie’s that you purchase.  (Just take a look in the right sidebar and you will see a couple of my favorites.) I have reviewed countless number of recipes and methods but I keep coming back to one recipe:  Healthy Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken. This is the easiest, simplest, healthiest, moistest, cost efficient rotisserie chicken! First the crockpot is set and forget!  ( I love that!) Second, it takes me about 10 minutes in the morning to cut up some onion, celery and garlic and make the spice mix and prep the chickens. Third, in about 4-6 hours I have tender, tasty meat to eat as it or make a chicken dish. Fourth, I have enough leftovers to make dinner at least once if not two nights. Fifth, I reuse the crockpot that same night and make chicken broth. I know that everything I add can be eaten by food sensitive members of the family. You can view this healthy diet recipe at Healthy Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken. For more healthy diet recipes, go to Healthy Recipes page. After you try this recipe, please let me know what you think. Linda   Relevant Searchhealthy rotisserie chicken recipes

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Healthy Rice-a-Roni Alternative

Rice-a-Roni has been a family favorite for years!  In fact my husband would eat it every day if I made it.   However, as I started to look at eating healthy, I started to cut back the number of times Rice-a-Roni was on the menu.  Last April, when my son was diagnosed with numerous food allergies, Rice-a-Roni was eliminated from our menu and diet. When I saw that Davette had posted a healthy alternative to Rice-a-Roni, I had to tell you about it! A lot of us grew up with a box rice dish Rice-a-roni, aka the “San Francisco Treat”; it even was a consolation prize on game shows back in the day.  It tastes good, it’s quick, it’s filling, and it comes in a variety of flavors.  And it isn’t the best thing you can eat with the many hard to pronounce ingredients.  Enter the Recipe Makeover Queen! To read more check out her post: The “Fill in Your Town” Treat – MYO Rice-a-roni Her recipe calls for spaghetti and white rice and more.  I haven’t tried it yet but it is on the menu for this week!     Relevant Searchis rice a roni healthyhealthy rice a roni alternativehow fattening is rice a roni?

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Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free Bars!

Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free Bars! Introducing the Larabar!!! We have to fix everything from scratch!  One of the things I have missed most is having an easy snack food around for those times where we were out longer than planned and need a quick bite. My daughter found the Larabars.  At first I was a bit skeptical but they have only a few ingredients and are good! The first one we tried was the Larabar ‘Apple Pie.’ This is from the Larabar website: Just like Mom’s… satisfying as well as nourishing. Spiced with cinnamon and paired with juicy raisins, the apples deliver 3 grams of natural fiber. Almonds contribute Vitamin E and protein, while the dates add 14 essential vitamins and minerals. Omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids come from the walnuts. With all this goodness occurring naturally, you can enjoy Apple Pie every day!   Ingredients: dates almonds unsweetened apples walnuts raisins cinnamon The second variety of gluten free, soy free, dairy free, corn free bar we tried was ‘Cherry Pie.’ Larabar says Tart and tasty! The mouth-watering experience begins with unsweetened cherries abundant in Vitamin A, flavonoids and antioxidants. All are vital for disease prevention and good health. Dates and almonds add pleasing texture, along with Vitamin E and 16 essential vitamins and minerals. Each bar helps the heart with 2.7 grams of Omega-6 fatty acids, and tantalizes the taste buds with off-the-chart flavor! Ingredients: dates almonds unsweetened cherries I like both of these bars. My favorite source for Larabars is Amazon, of course!!  Here are a couple of the best deals I have found: Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free Larabar Cherry Pie – $18.59/16 bars Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free Larabar Apple Pie – $19.19/16 bars NOTE: I have checked local grocery stores. Shoprite sells these for $1.89 each (OUCH!) and Stop and Shop sells them for $1.39 (best price I’ve seen locally) If you find them for a better deal, please add your source below…

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