Category Archives: Diet & nutrition
Eating Healthily Over Easter Holiday – Easter is both a great religious and social festival. Even so, almost cultures that celebrate Easter have a tradition that involves eating rich and indulgent food, such as those classic Easter eggs, various types of chocolates and special spiced cakes such as Hot Cross Buns.
From a dieting viewpoint though, these foodstuffs are something of a disaster. High in calories and in some cases at least, low in nutritional value, they are normally things to avoid if you are trying to lose or control your weight.
How To Cook Vegetables? – Vegetables are necessary to our diet. The latest recommendation from dieticians is a minimum of five cups of vegetables per day. The truth is we can get a great deal of our daily vitamin and mineral content from vegetables. We need to ensure that how we cook them does not wash away vitamin contents and benefits of consumption.
Cooking vegetables can be tricky. Over cooking can make vegetables bland and sodden. My belief is that vegetables should never be boiled. Boiling not only robs us of vitamin content, it is the main culprit in turning vegetables to a lifeless, tasteless mass.
Nordic Diet Benefits – Northern countries have invested much time and energy researching the benefits of this diet for their citizens. But interestingly, they may do better looking a bit closer to home: recent findings from scientists in northern Europe suggest that foods from Scandinavian countries can provide a more convenient alternative for those not living in warmer climates. For example, research from the University of Agder, Norway, has shown that native berries from northern Europe such as blueberries, cowberries and cloudberries contain as much unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids as fish per unit of energy and that these berries are rich in antioxidants, key for preventing heart disease, stroke and cancer.