Holidays are a great time to spend time with family and friends and share some amazing meals. So many of our holiday traditions and family memories center around the food! On average, a person will gain approximately 2 pounds during the holiday season, and many don’t shed it once the season is over. But these celebrations don’t need to mean that we shove aside our healthy nutrition goals and indulge in all rich foods, overeating and all the consequences. Remember, during the holidays the only two things that need to be stuffed are birds and stockings!
It’s the sweet spot between Thanksgiving and Christmas where we’re in full holiday swing, with sugary sweets and drinks abounding, even while we’re probably still recovering from our Thanksgiving feast, am I right? If this sounds familiar to you, the idea of intermittent fasting may have crossed your mind once or twice. After all, why not give your digestive system a break and reduce your caloric intake in between two gigantic food holidays?
Happy Thanksgiving! We’re so on the ball that we’re already planning your Thanksgiving leftovers for you – and yes, in a healthy way! Even if your Thanksgiving table was filled with fatty sugary carb-y options (basically unhealthy), I’m guessing you also had some nice veggies on the table too, right? Green bean casserole anyone? So use those green veggies, and add a few of your own at home after the big day and treat yourself to some leftovers that will be good for your taste buds and your waistline! Here are our favorites:
This is not a post about healthy holiday recipes. It is not a post about how to stick to portion control at the holiday buffet (although we do have one about that too). The holidays are a time where people cook up a storm and put time, love, and care into creating delicious and yes, indulging, meals and desserts. And we believe that we all have a right to enjoy these holiday goodies and to indulge in what the season has to offer!
Fat is one of the three primary food groups. The other two are carbohydrate and protein. All foods contain one of these or a combination. All three have benefits for our health.
We need fat to stay healthy. Unlike carbohydrates, fat is used as a source of energy that does not stimulate insulin. It’s good for cell and tissue metabolism, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K, hormone regulation and nerve function. And of course, fat adds flavor to food as well!
Inflammation is one of those words that automatically sounds bad for us, but what does it really mean? Most of us associate inflammation with an injury or irritation that usually heals after a period of time. But there is another kind of inflammation – chronic inflammation – that can cause long-term disease and damage to your internal systems. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes and depression are just a few conditions that chronic inflammation plays a role in.
If you spend much time looking at food posts on Facebook or Instagram, chances are that you’ve seen the hashtag #highcarbvegan. Some people seem to be following this as a specific diet (or anti-diet), which contradicts the low carb diets that most up-to-date nutrition experts recommend for health and weight loss these days. So we had to dig into this to see what it was all about.
Summer brings a bountiful harvest of tastes, colors, textures, and super nutrients in the form of FRUIT! This is my favorite time of year to visit my local farmers market and marvel at all the colors and nutrients around. There are so many wonderful choices, but there are definitely a few that pack a greater nutritional punch!
These days the choices that confront us when we walk into the grocery store seem endless. Organic? Non-GMO? Grass-fed?Pasture-raised? Free range? Wild-caught? Not to mention all the ‘free-from’s which, of course, we at The Tasteful Pantry are intimately familiar with. As many options as there are, there seem to be a whole cult of proponents for each who treat each decision as black and white. But many of these choices can’t be solved with a blanket statement, and there are many factors at play in addition to impact on your health – things like impact on the environment, and of course, cost!
Calcium is important for bone growth and healthy teeth but also improves health in other areas such as blood pressure, heart health and weight. The daily recommended intake is 1000 mg. for men and 1200 mg. for women. That equates to about four 8 oz. glasses of milk a day.