How to get your healthy eating back on track
Almost a year in, Consumer Reports reveals more about how the pandemic has changed how we eat and offers some advice on how to get your health back on track. Eating well is especially vital right now because obesity, heart disease, and diabetes increase the risk of COVID-19 complications. According to a recent survey, 32 percent of people say they’ve gained weight since the start of the pandemic. Make it easy to grab healthy foods by planning out your meals and snacks in advance. According to CR’s survey, 1 in 5 American grocery shoppers has had to turn to a food bank since the start of the pandemic.
Snacking before bed may help improve your sleep
Almonds can also boost your sleep quality, since they are a great source for melatonin and magnesium. It also contains amino acids which experts say increase melatonin. Experts say it contains ingredients that can promote better sleep. If you want something to quench your thirst, experts say chamomile tea is a great option. Chamomile tea also contains an antioxidant that promotes sleepiness and reduces insomnia.
Eating a late dinner can cause weight gain and high blood sugar levels, study says
A study published from the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism says eating a late dinner can cause weight gain and high blood sugar levels. Researchers say people who eat dinner at late hours experience peak blood sugar levels almost 20-percent higher than people who eat at early times regardless of the amount of calories consumed. The study also suggests eating late can affect the amount of fat the body burns by 10-percent less when compared to those who ate an early dinner. Study author Dr. Jonathan C. Jun, associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University said the most interesting part of the study is that researchers found not everyone reacts to eating late meals the same way. Experts recommend people to eat healthy snacks in the afternoon to curb the appetite when working long days.
Healthy eating for kids: How to talk to them about good food habits
By modeling, parents can give kids a framework to help set their little ones up healthy eating habits as they mature. But in trying to coerce kids into eating healthy foods such as whole grains or vegetables, parents could inadvertently make their children overeat. To try and kickstart healthy eating behaviors in their kids, many parents find themselves offering rewards or incentives to kids who keep eating, even if it's past the point of fullness. Incorporate healthy foods into things they already like: You can pair healthy foods with more delectable ones. Along with eating healthy foods, the AHA's dietary recommendations also suggest being physically active for at least 60 minutes per day.
Mediterranean meals: Ultimate stuffed pita
SAN ANTONIO In honor of national Mediterranean diet month, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, shares their ultimate stuffed pita recipe. They are currently offering three times the reward points for all rewards members from now until June 12th, so check it out soon! They are also open for business while adhering to social distancing guidelines. INGREDIENTS:Warm pita breadTraditional HummusLettuceTomato and cucumber mixRed CabbagePickled onionsTabouliRiceYour choice of proteinYour choice of sauceIf you want more from Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, head to their website.