There is no longer any doubt that the food we eat can have an important and lasting effect on our health and well-being, as well as our weight. From the moment of conception and throughout our lives, diet plays a crucial role in helping us stay fit and healthy. As well as determining our energy levels, moods and weight, the food we choose to eat now will affect our chances of suffering from a range of health problems later in life, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
In some respects, choosing a healthy diet has never been easier. Supermarkets have a vast selection of healthy foods available, and our knowledge of what makes up a healthy balanced diet is growing all the time. Yet, in other respects, it's more difficult. Many of us lead busy, stressful lives, which means we don't always have time to eat proper, balanced meals, and despite (or perhaps because of) all the information available on diet and nutrition, many of us are still confused about what we should and shouldn't be eating.
Below are links to provide you with nutritional information:
12 Ways to Create a Healthful Eating Style (opens in a new window)
12 Reasons to Develop a Regular Eating Routine (opens in a new window)
12 Smart Ways to Right-Size Your Portions (opens in a new window)
12 Delicious Easy Ways to Enjoy Fruit (opens in a new window)
12 Nutrient Rich Super Snacks (opens in a new window)
12 Delicious Easy Ways to Enjoy Vegetables (opens in a new window)
ENJOY HEALTHY SNACKS
One way to boost your eating frequency - and your metabolism- is to have healthy snacks. These include:
- Almonds and an apple or fresh fruit
- Low-fat cheese stick with an orange
- Celery sticks or cucumber slices spread with hummus
- A serving such as celery with a teaspoon of almond or peanut butter
- Raw vegetables dipped in humus
- Yogurt and fruit
- A fruit shake made with low-fat milk, why protein or soy protein and fruit
- One cup of steamed edamame (soybeans) in the shell
Try not to be subject to the peril of eating something that's not good for your metabolism or your health anymore.
It's all about planning and taking responsibility for what you eat. Don't let your meals plan you; you plan your meals.
SLOW COOKER LASAGNA (Weight Watchers Recipe 10 PointsPlus Value) Prep Time: 20 min., Cooking Time: 360 min. Serves 6
Note: There is no need to cook the noodles first or stay home while this Italian classic slow cooks. Just let it sit a few minutes before serving so it can firm up a bit.
- 1 pound(s) uncooked 93% lean ground beef
- 1 small uncooked onioni(s), chopped
- 1 clove(s) (medium) garlic, minced
- 28 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
- 15 oz. canned tomato sauce
- 1 tsp table salt
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper glakes, or to taste
- 1 cup(s) part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 1/2 cup(s) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 6 item(s) uncooked lasagna noodles
- 1/2 cup(s) shredded parmesan cheese, storng-flavored like Parmigiano Reggiano
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onioin and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, breaking up meat with a wooden sppon as it cooks, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes; simmer 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stire together ricotta cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
- Sppon 1/3 of beef mixture into a 5-quart slow cooker. Break 3 lasagna sheets in half and arrange over beef mixture; top with half of ricotta mixture. Repeat with another layer and finish with remaining 1/3 of beef mixture.
- Cover slow cvooker and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours. Remove cover; turn off heat and season to taste, if desired.
- In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over beef mixture. Cover and set aside until cheese melts and lasagna firms up, about 10 minutes. Yields 1/6th of dish per serving.
Note: This is a large serving of lasagna. If you prefer a smaller piece, divid the lasagna into 8 slices for 7 PointsPlu values per serving.
Below are web pages to several nutrition websites. You can find helpful information on healthy eating, healthy eating on a budget, nutrition tips, sample menus an dietary guideline. Just copy and paste to your browser.
Heart Healthy Recipes can be found at this link. Just copy and paste into your url box.
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