I know my readership is down and not many of you will note this, but you should definitely check out my friend Dana’s blog, especially today.
Why? Well, it’s about loving your body. And we all know how spastic I am about my body. Fried food and couch potato (current) to extreme crazy dieting and gym membership (tomorrow… or Monday… I haven’t decided).
Turns out, Dana used to feel the same (well, a similar) way! And she’s like super awesome and confident and gorgeous. I mean… check out that pop can!
So, go read her blog. I’ll wait for you to get back.
I know. You don’t have to say anything. I was right. :)
But, lately, I have been very very wrong… :(
Today, we’re going to talk about all sorts of foods we’re supposed to be eating but don’t because Ramen Noodles are easier to prepare and potato chips require no preparation. That could just be me.
Instead of being lazy (like me), we should be eating a whole bunch of these…
Fruits are healthful snacks, or maybe fruits are not just snacks because we should be eating fruits (and veggies) throughout the day.
That’s not the point.
The point is that some fruits are loaded full of calories and sugar, which sucks. Luckily, not all fruit is good/bad for us, which is actually more of the point I want to make.
(Look at me go. Sigh.)
Raspberries, containing only 64 calories a cup, have the most fiber of all the berries (more than four slices of whole-grain bread and twice as much in the same about of blueberries).
I know, right? Who knew?
Women’s Health Magazine advises us to grab a handful, rinse them off and stuff our faces until we’re full. Awesome.
Grapefruits (gross) do not constitute the entirety of an actual diet. However, at only 82 calories per medium fruit, the grapefruit is low in sugar and high in fiber. Apparently, obese adults who ate half a grapefruit before each of their three daily meals lost three extra pounds over the course of 12 weeks.
(Maybe this will work for me? I’m almost down to my high school weight, which is not as low as my actual goal weight so… I might be eating grapefruit. Women’s Health recommends throwing them in Asian stir-fries. I can do that… just not three times a bloody day.)
APPLES! Who doesn’t love apples? Especially if they’re covered in something, such as caramel or peanut butter or chocolate or brown sugar… I could go on.
According to me, apples are like the cracker of fruit. They taste good with everything in every situation, especially in oatmeal.
While higher in calories at 95 per medium apple (medium??? apples I eat only come in gigantic), the fiber in apples takes longer to digest making you feel fuller.
Winning! (I had to, I’m sorry.)
More win? Green apple scent curbs cravings; and Women’s Health Magazine suggests eating apples with… you guessed it… everything.
‘Nanners (okay, bananas) at 105 calories per medium banana are not actually fattening; they contain “resistant starch,” which sort of sticks to your ribs in a good way. However, remember to eat the banana while it’s still a little green. Ripening turns starch into sugar and calories.
Women’s Health Magazine provided a neat-oh recipe: Slice a banana in half, and then cover each slice with half a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter (peanut, duh) and half a teaspoon of cocoa powder. Wrap in wax paper and freeze 10 to 15 minutes for a yummy dessert. (Even yummier? Add French vanilla ice cream. My favorite!)
Husband blends half a banana in his protein shake every day, or every other day… I don’t keep track. He also uses strawberries! Another fruit? Shocking. While the fresh version is more nutritious, we usually buy the frozen version because they last longer, are cheaper and come in larger quantities.
So sweet, tasty fruit sounds great, but what about the stuff that isn’t quite as sweet?
Example? Artichokes. Gross. I mean, they’re a member of the sunflower family that we put in creamy cheese dip and consume. Flowers.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m not the biggest fan of artichokes, whether or not they’re good for me. However, I am a big fan of cabbage. Why? Because I’m insane.
Cabbage (22 calories a cup) is a rich source of vitamins K and C, manganese and fiber, and it last for DAYS. While my favorite cabbage is leafy green and roasted in olive oil, I’ll eat any kind in coleslaw. Yum.
Asparagus spears, much like cabbage, are in my edible arsenal. I love asparagus, except for… well, you know… the phenomenon. According to Alton Brown, that only happens to certain people with a specific genetic makeup. Neat.
Like apples, asparagus tastes good with everything, especially itself.
Women’s Health Magazine provided another brilliant list of all the food we should stop ignoring.
Beets: Gross. I used to love beets when I was a little girl; I used to eat them with my grandpa all the time. I am sorry to say that is no more. However, beets are a great source of both betaine and folate, which reduce heart-disease.
Dried plumes: Prunes. I know, right? Old people food. :)
However, prunes are full of neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids, antioxidants that are effective at protecting against cancer growth. And with my… assets…. I’d like to stay cancer-free.
Goji berries: Who can afford these things? Who can find them even? While gogi berries are uber good for us to munch, they are pretty hard to get a hold of. Just go to Smoothie King and ask them to add some to your mango mix.
Guava: What is a guava? I’ve had juice of guava and guava smoothies. I have never actually laid eyes on a guava fruit. Am I fail? No. Did you know you could eat the entire thing? Rind, flesh and seeds.
Purslane: Shocked that I’ve never heard of this? I would guess it’s a leaf. It’s not? It gets better? Oh, purslane is a weed! There is a field of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids with a mild, lemony flavor in my backyard. Want some? Hopefully, the German shepherd hasn’t used them as a bathroom.
Swiss chard: Iron Chefs cook with this stuff all the time. (I watch way too much TV.) Just like spinach, chard tastes great with a little olive oil. And who doesn’t love spinach?
And, now, recipes! Well, two recipes. I’m not going to do all the work. Actually… I didn’t do much work at all. :)
Oats ‘n’ Berries Breakfast (from Beachbody)
- 1 packet plain instant oatmeal, prepared, with 1 scoop Beachbody® Whey Protein Powder
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 3 oz. roasted turkey breast
- 1 large hard-boiled egg
- 1 oz. dark chocolate
631 calories, 62 grams carbohydrates, 47 grams protein, 21 grams fat, 8 grams saturated fat, 10 grams fiber
The Wrinkle Fighter Smoothie (from Women’s Health Magazine)
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup pitted cherries
- 1/2 cup strawberries, hulled
- 1/4 avocado, peeled and pitted
- 2 Tbsp wheat germ
- 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 cup ice
Makes 3 servings. Per serving: 153 cal, 5.6 g fat(1 g sat), 23 g carbs, 35 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 6 g protein
The Energy Booster Smoothie (from Women’s Health Magazine)
- 2 frozen bananas, peeled and chopped
- 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp wheat germ
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 3/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
- 4 Tbsp skim milk powder
- 2 cup ice
Makes 3 servings. Per serving: 294 cal,7 g fat(2 g sat), 38 g carbs, 102 mgsodium,4 g fiber, 25 g protein
Now I want a smoothie. Yum… :)