What is organic food and what’s the big deal?
By definition, organic food is: produced using methods not involving synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, does not contain genetically modified organisms, and no use of irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. Foods that contain high levels of pesticides can lead to higher rates of cancer, skin irritation, infertility, and birth defects and brain damage in children, among other side effects that have yet to be discovered. http://nanopatentsandinnovations.blogspot.com/2011/05/8-possible-side-effects-of-pesticides.html
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list of foods that consumers should buy organic whenever possible. This list is called the Dirty Dozen and contains foods that are notoriously high in levels of pesticide and insecticide contamination.
Worst of the Dirty Dozen™
Eaten daily by many children, 98 percent of conventional apples had pesticides.
Highly contaminated, celery tested positive for 57 different pesticides.
#3 Bell Peppers
Best of the Clean 15™
Conventional onions are a clean crop. Less than 1 percent of samples had any pesticides.
#2 Sweet Corn
98 percent of all frozen and sweet corn samples had no detectable pesticide residues.
Only 6 different pesticides were found on pineapples.
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Media is everywhere and it doesn’t always have a positive influence on the way we think about ourselves.
Sometimes you need to put down that magazine or walk away from the screen for a reality check.
What do you do to combat media influences in your life?
Treats and snacks are the same thing, right? A bag of chips, a cookie, or chocolate cake are all snacks, right? Actually, there’s a BIG difference between snacks and treats. The foods mentioned above are all treats.
A treat is something you can have once and a while, as a treat. They’re usually high in calories and fat, and won’t keep you feeling full. Treats are most often found in vending machines, at checkout stands, and at most coffee shops.
A snack is a healthy food choice that you can have throughout the day whenever you feel hungry. Snacks are part of a balanced diet. Think of them as mini-meals. And since they’re mini-meals, keep portion size mini!
Steps to Healthy Snacking
- Limit your snacks to no more than three a day. 200 calories or less per snack is ideal.
- Keep a variety of healthy, ready-to-eat snacks at hand.
- Watch your portion size. Buy small packages of food, or portion small amounts from larger packages. Don’t snack directly from a large container, bag, or box. Take the appropriate amount from the container and then place the container back in the cupboard, out of sight.
- Drink water often. Water quenches your thirst, has no calories, and helps you feel full.
- Recognize your hunger. Don’t misinterpret boredom or stress as cues to snack.
- Avoid snacking while watching TV, working or playing on the computer, reading, or driving. You’ll usually end up eating way more than necessary.
Some simple and delicious snack ideas:
Under 100 calories:
- 1 medium fresh fruit
- ½ cup low-fat yogurt
- 1 cup cut up veggies with 2 Tbsp hummus (a great source of fiber)
- 2 cups popcorn (with minimal or no butter)
- 1 low-fat string cheese
- 2 Tbsp unsalted nuts eg. peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, or cashews
Under 200 calories:
- If you want a treat, pair it with something healthy. This will help keep you feeling full longer, and it’s a more nutritious option. Try your favorite chocolate chip cookie with a glass of low fat milk. Or if you want ice cream, top it with slices of fresh fruit. If you’re having a bag of chips, keep portion size in mind. Have either water, low-fat milk, or 100% natural fruit juice with it instead of soda.
Do you have a favorite snack that’s not listed above? Let us know what it is!
*Snack tips are from here*