Create a Vegetable Garden: The fun of getting your hands dirty, planting and growing your own food, might actually encourage you to eat healthier.
Where should you start? Try looking at the following websites:
Spring Clean Your Life: Imagine this scenario: You wake up and can’t find a thing to wear because your closet is a disaster. Searching takes up five to 10 minutes of stress and wasted time. You plan on grabbing something to eat for breakfast, but when you look in the fridge, it’s a mess. You think about making some eggs, and when you go to find a pan, everything comes tumbling off the shelf. Now you’re borderline late, so you skip eating altogether. You’re stressed, and this is not a healthy start to your day. Read about how to clean out.
Watch Those Easter Candies:
Speckled Jelly Beans, Jelly Candy, 9 pieces, 220 calories
Bunny Mix, M&M’s Peanut, 1.5 ounces (1/4 cup), 220 calories
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, 5 pieces, 220 calories
Palmer Happy Hopper Bunny, 13 ounces, 1,100 calories
Cadbury Creme Egg, 160 calories
Cadbury Mini Eggs Candy, 12 pieces (40 grams), 190 calories
Snickers Chocolate Egg, 1.5 ounces, 200 calories
Russell Stover Solid Milk Chocolate Eggs, 6 pieces, 230 calories
Russell Stover Marshmallow Rabbit, 2 ounces, 230 calories
Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, 1 piece, 170 calories
Pez Hippity Hoppities, 1 roll, 35 calories
Bunny Peeps, 4 bunnies, 110 calories
Jelly Beans, 4 calories per bean
Hershey’s Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg (570 calories for the shell alone) with 4 candy-coated milk chocolate eggs inside (90 more calories)
Buy Local: “Eating local” means different things to different people; however, if you’re interested in sustainable food production, conserving fuel, polluting less, supporting local farmers, eating new and interesting varieties of food, getting fresher food, supporting the local economy and eating less-processed foods — you should be eating local. How do you get started eating locally grown food? Take a look at LocalHarvest.org for a national directory of farmers who market their goods directly to the public.
Kick-Start Your Health by Donating to a Charity: What better way to start exercising than by walking, running, biking, swimming or participating in some other activity for charity? To find out how, go to www.Active.com, then enter “charity” and the area where you live in the search engine.
Eat Strawberries: They’re loaded with fiber, potassium, vitamin C and folate. And one large strawberry has only six calories. Research conducted by the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at the David Geffen School of Medicine and others has shown that the phenolic compounds in strawberries have potent anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties and also help protect against heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s.
Try this fabulous healthy recipe by from EatingWell Magazine and EatingWell.com:
Arugula & Strawberry Salad
4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each | Active Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes
Per serving: 204 calories; 16 g fat (3 g sat; 5 g mono); 7 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 3 g fiber; 251 mg sodium; 262 mg potassium
Ingredient Note: Aged balsamic vinegar (12 years or older) is a treat, but not an economical one. If you don’t want to spring for a $40 bottle, use regular balsamic. Alternatively, bring 1/2 cup regular balsamic vinegar to a boil over high heat in a small skillet. Cook until the vinegar begins to thicken and become syrupy, 2 to 3 minutes.
Eat Apricots: Apricots are loaded with vitamin A — 1 cup has about 3,178 IU, or 64 percent of your daily recommended value. Vitamin A converts to the antioxidant beta carotene, which is involved in the growth and repair of skin tissue and may protect against sun damage. Additionally, it is said to have anti-cancer effects and to enhance immune system function. And 1 cup of sliced apricots, about four apricots, has only 79 calories plus 3 grams of fiber. Apricots are also packed with vitamin C (27 percent of the daily recommended value), plus potassium, iron, copper and the antioxidant lycopene.
Try another fabulous healthy recipe by from EatingWell Magazine and EatingWell.com:
Wild Rice with Dried Apricots & Pistachios
Colorful apricots, scallions and pistachios make this vibrant dish worthy of any holiday table. Since wild rice (really a grass) does not absorb liquid to the extent that true rice and other grains do, cook it in boiling water and sauté the vegetables separately so they stay tender-crisp.
6 servings, 2/3 cup each | Active Time: 35 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Per serving: 224 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat; 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 39 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 5 g fiber; 104 mg sodium; 498 mg potassium