Posts Tagged With: Healthy Eating

My Top 15 Food Picks from #ExpoWest

ExpoWest was huge, literally, the biggest Natural Foods Expo that’s out there, and I walked away with 15 Favorite items from that show.  I tried to narrow it down to 10, but I just couldn’t.

1) White Girl Salsa

With a name like White Girl Salsa I knew I had to try it.  And I was so glad I did.  I love tomatillo’s, and this is what their salsa consists of (mild and medium)  They also have a few other varieties available.  Their Salsa is completely Gluten Free and yum, yum, yummy!

But the true fun came when talking to them as they prepared me for my picture 😉

2) The Bunnery

You may have heard of the restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  People have become such fan of the restaurant that they started to create their own products.  Their granola is to die for, and I am a huge fan of their Cranberry Vanilla variety.  They also have their own line of Pancake and Waffle mixes.  I can’t wait to try them out!

3) Laughing Giraffe Organics

Did I ever tell you that I am a huge fan of macaroons?  From the very first time I made my first batch I have been hooked, so when I tried the Laughing Giraffe Organics macaroons I was in heaven.  Absolutely delicious coconut flavor. All ingredients are organic.

4) Noosa Yohgurt

This yohgurt was voted Best of the West by the Press, and let me tell you it’s THAT good!  And I was thrilled to find out it was already available in Whole Foods Markets.  The yohgurt is smooth and absolutely delicious.  A heavenly treat for those yohgurt lovers out there.

5) ThinkThin Bars

From the moment I tried these delicious bars I have been hooked.  I absolutely love their Cranberry and Mixed nuts bar, and also their Brownie Crunch bar.  These bars are high in protein, gluten free, and zero sugar!

6) Turbana Plaintain Chips

Absolutely delicious! And btw: this won’t be the last time you’ll be hearing about these chips from me 😉

7) Love Crunch Granola

Granola with bits of chocolate in it, who doesn’t love that!  But this is a granola I absolutely could snack on at any time of the day, not just in the morning.  Convenient for lunches, or during the workday snack time.  The chocolate is real organic italian.  And has bits of berries in the mix.  A sweet tasty joy.

8) Odwalla Snack Bars

I tried their newest variety: White Macadamia, and omg I could go back for seconds and thirds it was that good.  Perfect for snacktime, or even after a good workout.  You’ve earned it! 😉

9) Rush Bowls

What is a Rush Bowl?  It’s a complete meal that truly fills you up.  With granola to mix in on the top and frozen all natural blended fruit on the bottom, it’s a perfect wake me up snack.  These are to be kept frozen, but they unthaw pretty fast, and are absolute divine.  I am a huge fan of the Yoga flavor!

10) Oogie’s Popcorn

I am usually not a fan of popcorn, but the minute I tried Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn I was hooked.  With delicious flavors such as White Cheddar, Kettle Corn, Hatch Chili Con Queso, Romano and Pesto, Smoked Gouda and a few others.  This is one popcorn I’ll be munching on in the future!

11) Justin’s Nut Butter

Justin’s launched their very own Candy Bar at ExpoWest this year, and let me tell you, it’s heavenly!  Mixed with their own organize peanut butter and infused with organic chocolate.  I could eat these every day and be satisfied.

12) Green Chopsticks

Their Potstickers are amazing, and the company is a ton of fun to talk to.  With facilities located in Alhambra, California, it’s local, and awesome.  They also offer an Organic Seaweed Snack, dumplings, and other asian specialties!

13) Peanut Butter & Company

When I tried their chocolate peanut butter I swooned.  I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but never thought of putting it together into one spread.  And boy oh boy was I happy to taste this idea.

14) SolBites

A two pack peanut butter and jelly snack.  Perfect for on the go snacking!

15) Eat Pastry

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! Yes please.  Gluten free varieties along with dairy free varieties.  You keep the cookie dough refridgerated, and pop it out when you want to make a fresh batch of cookies.  This is one cookie dough you can eat raw 😉

 

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Healthy Eating Leads to a more Healthy Heart!

Welcome to Week 2 in my Heart Healthy Series this month.  Did you know that almost 80% of heart disease can be prevented by healthy eating and exercise?

Today, I’m going to focus on ways to improve your eating habits to a more healthy heart.

1) Eat More Fruit and Vegetables

Think about it.  If you choose a fruit or vegetable for a snack as opposed to cheese, crackers, or something sugary, you’re already off to a better start.  Those fruit and vegetables have natural ingrediants, and are a heck of a lot more healthier.

2) Select Whole Grains

The next time you’re at the store, what kind of bread do you choose?  Do you go for the plain old white bread?  Well, I challenge you to change it up and look for those multi-grained breads, and whole wheat breads, and breads filled with fibre.  They’re a lot better for you.

Whole grains have natural ingrediants within them that help to control blood pressure and heart health.  So, start eating more whole grains.

And if you haven’t heard: Flaxseeds are another source for regulating blood pressure and cholestoral.  These small brown seeds can easily be grounded up in a coffee grinder and thrown into yogurt.  Just an idea 😉

3) Eat Less Sodium 

Cut the salt out, but that also means, opting out of convenience.  Instead of that frozen dinner tonight, opt for making a homemade soup, or stew.  Eating homemade is a lot healthier for you.   Those processed foods such as frozen dinners and canned foods carry a lot of sodium within them.

But also, when you shop, look for the less sodium versions of those foods you purchase.  A lot of companies offer those varieties for you.

4) Control your Portion Sizes

The truth is.  We overeat, and we do it a lot!  Instead of going back for seconds, recognize that the full plate you just had was ENOUGH.  Also, study up on appropriate portion sizes.  Cutting back, and being aware of what we’re putting into our bodies is truly a good, healthy start.

5) Eat your Fish

Those Omega-3 Fatty Acids in fish actually help to reduce the risk of heart disease.  Eating fish once a week will help lower your risk, and the results are usually more positive than the risks that come from eating fish.

Omega-3 is good for our bodies because it helps to reduce inflammation in our bodies.  Inflammation in our bodies damages the blood vessels within, and leads to heart disease.  So, go out and ’tis the season to start enjoying that weekly meal of fish 😉

6) Eat Your Nuts

This is something I learned new, but nuts have a lot of those health heart nutrients our bodies love.  Omega-3, Fiber, Vitamin E, Unsaturated Fats…. so bring nuts into your life as a great snack.

A lot of the information I found for this article were pulled from: http://www.mayoclinic.com

They had some amazing articles on Healthy Eating related to your heart.  Please take the time to check out some of their well written articles, and start eating healthy on behalf of your heart =)

 

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