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 Delicious Easy Ways to Enjoy Fruit

12 Nutrient Rich Super Snacks

Reasons to Develop a Regular Eating Routine

12 Delicious Easy Ways to Enjoy Vegetables


NEW RECIPE15-Minute Chicken Gumbo


  • 1 spray cooking spray
  • 16 oz. frozen gumbo style vegetables, okra, pepper and onion
  • 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 29 oz. canned diced tomatoes, with mild chilies
  • 3 cup(s) roasted skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 tsp Creole seasoning


1.  Coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray.  Add vegetables and saute' over high heat, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute more.

2.  Stir in tomatoes, chicken and Creole seasoning. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot, about 6 minutes. yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.

Notes: For a soupier consistency, add a small amount of water or broth to the recipe.

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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