Nov 13 2011

Teenagers Need To Eat More Fiber to Avoid Heart Disease and Diabetes

As we already know, our kids are getting many of their calories each day from sugary foods like soda, energy drinks and sugar loaded snacks. Now, new research by Joseph Carlson of Michigan State University’s Division of Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition and published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association,  indicates that teens need to increase the fiber in their diets by eating more plant based foods and not focus on restricting the fats. According to the USDA (, here are the health benefits from eating more plant based foods (fruits and vegetables): Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers. Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss. Eating foods such as fruits that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake Dietary fiber from fruits, as part of an overall ...

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Oct 07 2010

Apple – ap·ple

Pronunciation - n. Apples are a round fruit which come in lots of great colors like green, red and yellow. That means they have lots of vitamins and antioxidants. They also are a great source of fiber. Apples are a member of the rose family and humans have been eating apples for thousands of years.  There are over 7,500 kinds of apples in the world. Remember the old saying, " An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Nerdel has his own saying, "Eat an apple a day. It's the New Nerdel Way."   FYI - Nerdel has not found a purple apple on Earth yet, but he remembers the "Great Purple Z Apples" from Zendel. If you find any purple apples on Earth please contact Nerdel at The top apple producing countries in the world are: China United States Poland Turkey Italy The top five apple producing states in the US are: Washington New York Michigan Pennsylvania California

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Jun 02 2010

Graehm Gray: Breakfast-The Most Important Meal of the Day! Start your day off with low fat, high quality protein!

No matter what show I watch where they are making breakfast, from the Food Channel, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel or even my local T.V. stations morning shows, the most common ingredient is eggs. Scrambled, poached, hardboiled or simply egg whites, I can always count on watching the guest chef come up with his or her own variation. Adding a piece of chicken breast, Canadian bacon or salmon, maybe an original Bernaise sauce (traditionally made with egg yolks, butter, tarragon, shallots, chervil), and completing the plating with a small fresh salad and a bit of fresh fruit. That’s good stuff! Of course I also see the eggs used in making waffles, pancakes, crepes, breads, muffins and pastries. And Americans love their “hearty” breakfasts. But the common theme that I have been taught, from an early age, is to start your day with protein. Now you all know what protein is-don’t you? I am talking about eggs, nuts, seeds, meats, fish, poultry, beans, and plant products like tofu. They all contain the building blocks of life-the amino acids. But there are many places in the world that start with a carbohydrate-like cereal or oatmeal. I remember reading many articles about the health benefits of oats and whole grains. To this day, many studies (Lu Qi et. al. Circulation, May 25, 2010) indicate that people that eat cereal have a reduced risk ...

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Mar 04 2009

Meryl Brandwein RD/LDN: The Back To School Diet Plan

All About Breakfast: Breakfast is an important meal for everyone to eat. It is especially important for children and teenagers. A good breakfast plays an important role in physical health and supports emotional stability and mental alertness. Breakfast should have lots of fiber, good fats and protein; and should contain as little added sugar as possible. Nutritious Lunch Tips: Lunch needs to be balanced so that there's enough energy both for the brain and the body to finish the day productively. Lunch should have a protein, a good grain and good fats. It should be similar to breakfast but contain a slightly larger portion to get you through the brunt of your work day as well as at least one serving of veggies. Veggies are important because they provide the mind and body with much needed energy as well as many vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants. These all help you reach your maximum potential throughout the day. Easy munchies such as finger fruits like grapes, Clementine's (they peel easily) bananas, apples, pears and nectarines offer a great natural pick me up. Veggies like carrots, celery, peppers, cucumbers and broccoli are easy to dip in salsas, guacamole or hummus. Lunch doesn't have to be a sandwich. Salads are great ways to get in your veggies and protein. Add some nuts and dried fruit for that extra brain boost! Stuffing veggies such as the Stuffed ...

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