Jackie Keller Helps Parents Avoid Halloween’s Sugar Rush

The excessive amount of sugar kids consume during and after the Halloween holiday can be spooky. But it doesn’t have to be. Though most trick-or-treaters tend to throw out the apples and raisins put in their pillow sacks, there are yummy treats that offer a nice compromise – great taste without all the sugar. It’s all in the way you present it. Little ones will love these healthy alternatives – and parents, you’ll love the way their children respond to them. Get your kids involved in preparing healthy treats. Letting them decorate their own creations using miniature candies/chips/sprinkles means they’ll have a blast making and eating them!

Check back soon for some healthful recipes you can make with your Little ghosts and goblins!

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Monday moment of Clarity

So excited to drive the new Honda Clarity Fuel Cell – coming to L.A. by the end of this year! Amazed to learn that it will have all of the latest driver safety features (lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, among others) that will help me stay on the road safely on my drives to our farm (The Mesa) – I can’t wait – less than 20 weeks to CLARITY.

For more info., visit: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

 

From the NEJM TODAY

Researchers examined diet and mortality among some 125,000 male and female health professionals who were free of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes at baseline. During roughly 30 years’ follow-up, over 33,000 participants died. High intake of saturated fat — when replacing carbohydrates — was associated with an 8% increase in total mortality. Similarly, high trans fat intake conferred a 13% mortality increase. In contrast, high intakes of polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids were associated with 19% and 11% reductions in mortality, respectively. In addition, replacing 5% of calories from saturated fat with calories from polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids was associated with mortality reductions of 27% and 13%, respectively. The authors conclude: “Replacement of saturated fats with unsaturated fats … should continue to be a key message in dietary recommendations. These findings also support the elimination of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, the primary source of trans-fatty acids.”

At NutriFit, we minimize saturated fats because we care about your health. Science proves it, and we believe it.

Celebrating World Chocolate Day

The Aztecs and Mayans were the first to recognize the potency of chocolate – they’d celebrate the harvest of the cacao bean with festivals of wild orgies. Montezuma believed that drinking 50 cups of chocolate each day enabled him to better serve his harem of 600 women. For my NutriFit meal delivery service clients, I believe that it puts us in “the zone”. The zone of health, that is!

Science gives us another reason to enjoy this heady delight. Dark chocolate contains naturally occurring plant compounds called Flavonoids. These natural powerhouses are part of the polyhenol group.

Some of the key heart health benefits include:

  • Decreases LDL oxidation (Low-density lipoproteins, which are the unhealthy kind).
  • Reduces stickiness of platelets in the blood, which reduces risk of blood clots
  • May lower blood pressure
  • Increases blood flow in the arteries- (Increased blood flow can lead to brain health benefits, including boosting memory, attention span, reaction time and problem solving skills).

Some psychological benefits of chocolate include improved mood and pleasure, by boosting serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.

Finally, flavonoids absorb UV light, and so have a beauty benefit of keeping women’s skin more moist, smoother and less scaly. After all, better blood flow in general also means increased blood flow to the skin!

For all these reasons, and because I love chocolate, I’ve designed hundreds of delivered, healthy diets that include daily doses of the best quality, most delicious, guiltless decadent desserts.

Mint Chip Brownies

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Bliss- the myth and the reality

 

SimpliHealth Growers Harvest Highlights

Highlights from our day of harvesting yesterday include:

81 lbs. of zucchini

17 lbs. of rainbow Swiss chard

14 lbs. of cucumbers

9 lbs. of tomatoes

4 lbs. of kale

5 lbs. of fresh herbs (mint, pineapple sage, thyme, oregano, basil, chives)

edible flowers, lettuce, purple and fingerling potatoes, bok choi…

PLUS MORE
Awesome Country Berry Tart featuring our own Mesa grown organic blackberries  (handpicked yesterday by yours truly), strawberries blueberries and raspberries !!!

Great news for us coffee lovers!

This from the Tufts Health & Nutrition Update this morning:
In a recent report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee for the first time addressed safety concerns about coffee, concluding that drinking three to five cups a day (up to about 400 milligrams of caffeine) was associated with minimal health risks. The experts also noted observational studies indicating that coffee intake is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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With our Fit in Five package, all the hard work is gone from your diet. We custom-build a 5-week plan based on your goals, then ship it straight to your door for every week. We don’t draw on some template that was designed for someone else – every meal is carefully thought out and put together with your needs, goals, and tastes in mind.

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Great News for us Coffee Drinkers!

More scientific evidence affirming health values associated with drinking coffee: “A large new Korean study reports that people drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 41% less likely to show signs of coronary artery calcium than non-coffee drinkers. This calcification is an early indicator of the artery-clogging plaques (atherosclerosis) that cause coronary artery disease, which afflicts nearly 16 million Americans.The findings should in any case perk up coffee drinkers, many of whom grew up hearing that their favorite beverage was bad for you. The recent report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee for the first time addressed safety concerns about coffee, concluding that drinking three to five cups a day (up to about 400 milligrams of caffeine) was associated with minimal health risks. The experts also noted observational studies indicating that coffee intake is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

5 tips to help you through the Super Bowl

Planning on super sizing your Super Bowl Sunday snacks? Whoa – slow down – you may be surprised at some of the calories you can consume in one (long) sitting.

Here are 5 great tips for making it through the game without eating yourself silly:

  1. Have a substantial, balanced breakfast on Sunday morning (seriously) – I’m thinking whole grain hot cereal with berries, maybe a poached egg or two, half a grapefruit or orange and even a piece of whole grain toast. Wash it down with a good cup of coffee or green tea, and at least 1 (8 oz) glass of water. That ought to hold you for awhile.
  2. Go for a FAST walk for an hour, about an hour after you eat.
  3. Make a platter full of raw vegetables and fresh fruit – and put it front and center on the table in front of the TV
  4. Put all the rest of the goodies on a table far away from the TV
  5. Lose the full fat cheese, full fat dairy dips (think low fat only), full fat chips, cookies or crackers- Try white meat chicken skewers, shrimp cocktail, vegetable kabobs, and air-popped popcorn for starters.

Need more ideas? Leave me a comment. If you’re a “Monday morning quarterback” and need some remedial coaching, I’ll be here….

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