There are plenty of diets and eating plans that profess to help you get to better health. Research consistently emphasizes the same foods: vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. You also need to banish highly processed foods that deliver concentrated doses of refined starch, sugar, salt, trans fats and certain saturated fats.
With school back in session, it's time to plan for after-school snacks. For kids and many adults, snacking is necessary to meet our daily needs for vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Children eat 25 percent of their calories from snacks but still may come up short in nutrients if the snacks are not planned and structured. For many kids, a snack has been defined by the food industry. They think about a bag of chips or some cookies. Let's redefine a snack. Think of snacks as a mini-meal. And think of nutrition as key in choosing snacks.
Summer brings out the grills and healthy menu options as we grill lean meats, chicken, fish and vegetables. Marinating can add robust flavors. Grilling red meats to the point of charring can increase the heterocyclic amines that have been connected to increasing the risk of cancer. But marinating meats first may help decrease this risk, according to the American Cancer Research Institute.