What do you know about pomegranates? Have you tried them? Do you enjoy them? Well, a pomegranate is a fruit with pulpy juicy seeds on the inside and are usually the size of oranges. The seeds of the pomegranate can be eaten or used in entrees and desserts. The juice from the pomegranate can be used for marinades and dressings. This multipurpose fruit is a rich source of Vitamin C, folic acid and antioxidants. Antioxidants are great additives in the fight against diseases. For this reason, you may have noticed an array of pomegranate juice (Pom Juice) in your nearby supermarket. This can be helpful to consume at work or on the go but you can also just peel and eat and still receive the added benefits.
So if you have not ventured into try one, take a step out and buy one today. You may be glad you did!
I have had the opportunity of working with a number of clients who do shift work and the same issues have been brought to my attention time and time again. When do I eat when I'm on shift? How often should I eat? How much should I eat? What should I be eating?
Because you are awake when most people are sleeping, the urge to eat because of boredom or hunger pangs is harder to fight. Here are three strategies that could help keep your meal schedule regulated:
1. Eat meals according to time of day, not your shift. If you start work in the afternoon, have your main meal in the middle of the day, rather than in the middle of your shift. If you're working nights, eat your main meal before your shift starts, preferably between 5 and 7 p.m.
2. It's ok to have a small late night pick-up. A snack with a little protein will provide sustained energy late at night when you start to feel tired. Try fruit with a small piece of low fat cheese or half a small whole grain bagel with peanut butter. A late night pick-up will help keep you alert when your body is programmed for sleep.
3. Have a light snack before bed. You can improve the quality of your sleep by not going to bed too full or too hungry. A light carbohydrate rich snack such as whole grain cereal with fruit or whole grain toast and jam are excellent choices.
Are you fulfilling your daily fruit quota? A new study by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that only 28% of adults met the 1990 dietary guidelines' standards of 2 servings of fruit a day. If you are a woman under 30, you should be eating 2 cups of fruit a day. Women over 30 should aim for 1 1/2 cups of fruit a day. All men should try to eat 2 cups of fruit a day. Contemplating how you will get in the required amount? You can choose an apple for a quick afternoon snack ,1/2 cup of fresh pineapple for dessert or drink a real fruit smoothie after a hard workout.
Yogurt has become an important part of many individual meal schedules. Yogurt has many nutritional benefits that come from the millions of tiny organisms, live and active bacteria culture, that reside in it. These benefits include: strengthening the immune system, working against ulcers, and preventing yeast infections. However, not all yogurt brands are created equal.
Our friends at HealthCastle.com, have provided an easy to use list of popular packaged yogurt products to help you in the quest of finding the right product for you. You can check out their web page HERE.
The site also helps you sort out different yogurt product according to calorie, fat, calcium and more. ENJOY!!
I LOVE veggies, don't you? Look around your kitchen, especially in your fridge, and see if you can find 5 different vegetables. Surprisingly, most people can't. If you're one of those, add them to your shopping list for the next trip to the grocery store. Cut-up, raw vegetables are a quick, easy, low-calorie snack option that you should always have on hand, at school or work. Steamed vegetables with a splash of lemon juice make a great side for dinner. There is really no reason for you not to get adequate vegetables into your day. Get familiar with the produce section of your local supermarket or farmers market today.
In this section, you will be able to view relevant information about how to optimize your nutrition to suit your fitness needs.