ARE YOU FOR CEREAL?

I think we all have some sort of idea what the “ideal healthy breakfast” is, stretching from eggs to oatmeal, from hashbrowns to fruit, or non-fat yogurt to that weird smelling 800 different grains of wheat bread with just a sneaky little splat of butter. Most of us wouldn’t say cereal, but let’s be real… It’s what most of us have. It’s quick, no long preparation time, just need some type of milk, bowl with spoon, and cereal and that’s it. We could all probably eat two bowls of our favorite cereal before we can even finish making scrambled eggs. Cereal overall gets a bad wrap for being unhealthy and not filling. But there are many cereals that slip through that stereotype! Check out some reasons below as to why cereal isn’t a bad option, as well as what to look for in a cereal so that you know you are getting the most beneficial cereal for keeping your health in mind.

Whole grains make the cereal worth a million dollars ~ Whole grains such as wheat flour, contain nutrients and fiber. Essentially, no modifications done to the genetic makeup of the grain whatsoever, meaning the three parts of the grain (bran, germ, and endosperm) are all still there. Eating whole grains can have additional benefits such as multiple vitamins, help distribute fat, lower BMI, and improved cholesterol levels. Look for whole grains as an ingredient at the top of the list, most cereals advertise their high whole grains levels with high priority. Continue reading

Healthy Tips For Summer Cookouts

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Summer is undeniably about getting together with friends or family, and catching up with a bite to eat. That smoky smell of the grill lingers through the air as you kick back and relax, enjoying an ice cold soda. I mean come on, who doesn’t love that, right? Not so fast; however, before you know it, a simple cookout with your friends could cause you to consume double your normal caloric diet in a day. There are many average cookout foods (and drinks) that you may want to think twice about before you load up your plate. I am going to give you a few pointers before you plan your next get together.

 

First and foremost, check the quantity of food that ends up on your plate. With a big spread of food, I know it can be quite challenging not to grab a little bit of everything or even go back for seconds. My recommendation is to stick to one protein source, one carb source, and the normal fruits and veggies. By giving your body a good mix of nutrition, you will find your belly fuller, making those urges to reload on food less of a problem.

 

Another key to enjoying a cookout while staying healthy is to think about the different meat sources. Everyone does love a big juicy steak, or a nice greasy burger, but those are usually what gets you in the most trouble. Turkey burgers are a great alternative to normal beef burgers and generally, the consumer won’t even be able to tell the difference unless you tell them.

 

Lastly, but surely not least, it is important to watch what you consume as far as beverages go. Sodas and juices are filled with sugar that can ultimately make you hungrier and wanting to grab another snack. In addition to this, it may even dehydrate you if you’re out in high heat. The best substitutes for these drinks are water or tea.

 

Cookouts in summer time are one of the greatest perks the season brings upon us. However, that doesn’t mean you have to make unhealthy choices in order to enjoy them. By keeping some of these different options in mind, you will have no problem enjoying the summer weather, with delicious food, while staying healthy all at the same time. That being said, go out and plan your next get together with some friends or family and spread the healthy lifestyle with everyone!

 

|Don’t forget about the little things in life. They tend to have a BIG impact|

 

 

– Tyler Kloss

 

 

Healthy Choices For Festivals

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One of the best parts about summer is the ongoing festivals, fairs, and town block parties that allow you to soak up the nice weather with your closest friends and family. It is undeniable that these types of get-togethers always seem to have the TASTIEST treats on Earth. Although those deep fried, buttery dripping snacks seem so appealing to the eye and mind, it isn’t the best choice for our bodies and even our wallets. In most cases, fair-food is tremendously high in calories and generally way overpriced. Fairs are a great family activity for the summer months, so I am not discouraging you to attend, however, I will give you some tips in order to keep calorie intakes at a healthy level along with saving a few extra dollars on the side.

 

  1. The Pre-Meal

Before you and the family depart for the nearest festival, enjoy a normal dinner/lunch you would eat on a regular day. By doing so, your body will be filled with a ton of energy for walking around and helping your belly resist those greasy temptations. Also, this is a much cheaper option; as a feeding a whole family at a summer event like these can cost you anywhere from 50-100 dollars.

 

  1. WATER WATER WATER!

You may be wondering how water can help you resist snacking all day at the fair. Staying hydrated is one of the oldest tricks in the book to keeping your appetite down. Not only is water an essential ingredient for almost all the organs in our body, but it can suppress those hunger temptations even longer.

 

  1. Choose Your Snacks Wisely

Although fairs are usually filled with unhealthy options, it doesn’t mean that all options are bad. Observe all the possible food options and locate the healthiest ones. Many fairs and festivals are notorious for involving local farmer’s markets. With that said, dive into the greatness of some fresh fruits and vegetables they may have to offer.

 

Like I said earlier, spending time with loved ones at fairs this summer is a great opportunity to enjoy the weather, so don’t hesitate to appreciate what they have to offer. However, don’t neglect some of the things could have a negative impact on your health and wallets. It really can be easy to have a great time this summer while resisting those crazy food temptations, trust me, it can be done.

 

 

|Don’t forget about the little things in life. They tend to have a BIG impact|

 

  • Tyler Kloss

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