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Healthy Recipe Contest From MamboSprouts.com

Hi All,

Do you have a healthy recipe that you've created that you feel is contest-worthy?  Or would you like to challenge your creativity and create a new healthy eating favorite recipe? 

Either way, the good folks at www.Mambosprouts.com would like to give you a chance to win as much as a year's supply of one of their healthy food sponsor's products (Organic Valley, San-J Cooking Sauce, Salad Dressing or Tamari, Jane's Crazy MIxed-Up Seasoning, or Equal Exchange Chocolate Bars or Baking Cocoa) if you are the winner of the applicable sponsor's healthy recipe contest.  In the case of San-J, they will also give you a $500 or $250 gift card to your favorite natural food store for the grand prize, and first prize winners, subsequently.

The healthy recipe contest deadline is June 6, 2008, so plenty of time to get cooking!

For details, contest rules and how to enter the healthy recipe contest:

http://www.mambosprouts.com/events/contests.php

Best of luck!

TIP:  I hope you're like me and either pick up the latest healthy food coupons from Mambosprouts.com in the booklet at your favorite natural foods store, or get them online via their newsletter like I do.  You can get great healthy food coupons for healthy food purchases to help stretch your budget that you won't get anywhere else!

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright 2008 SunLover Publishing


Healthy Eating Tips A Healthy Breakfast Is Not Just For Breakfast

Hi All,

Healthy breakfast choices are also great ideas for a healthy lunch or a healthy dinner too.

Eating a healthy breakfast like whole grain cereal makes a terrific and quick healthy lunch, or even a healthy dinner.  This is especially true when you have eaten extra during the day and need a lighter meal alternative.  Or you know you want something for dinner, but worked late, don't know what to have, and don't want a heavy meal sitting in your stomach before going to bed.

As a flexitarian, I often have healthy breakfast food for a second meal during the day.  It's also a great way to cut back on some calories if done correctly when you are looking to lose weight.

Love typical breakfast food like bacon and sausage but want to do it healthier...I hope?   Go with turkey-based versions or a soy or veggie-based option (like those available from Boca or Morningstar Farms).

Here's an interesting piece with some healthy breakfast ideas too:

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080423/COLUMNISTS44/392828970/-1/FOOD

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright 2008 SunLover Publishing


Fitness Tips Exergaming With Wii And Dance Dance Revolution Video Games

Hi All,

Video games often get picked on for encouraging sedentary children and couch potato adult geeks.  However, it doesn't have to be the case.  Enter "Exergaming"--working out with video games!

Reports of weight loss and greater fitness levels are being shared in the media.  But does it work?

This interesting article gives info on burning calories with a Wii and using the Wii for exercise:

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/wii-calories.htm

Unfortunately, while you will burn more calories than just sitting in front of the TV, you won't exactly get buff.

With Dance Dance Revolution you could eventually burn 300 - 400 calories per hour, so a better workout is possible.  This article gives some tips:

http://www.ehow.com/how_2019260_workout-with-ddr.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art

Overall, if bad weather or time constraints keep you from hitting the gym or the great outdoors for your regular workout, these indoor alternatives will allow you to do some kind of workout.  Or if you are a gamer who was never into working out, exergaming could be your introduction to better fitness and health.

I personally have not tried exergaming--I still have a Colecovision :) but with workout possibilities like these, I just might have to get with the program--an exergaming program as a supplemental workout for me.

And now I'd like to invite you to check out the natural pain relief secret I personally use regularly to keep those aches and pains we all get from time to time from our workouts and other ailments at bay CLICK HERE.

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright 2008 SunLover Publishing


Healthy Food Review Green Giant Just For One Broccoli, Carrots And Italian Seasoning

Hi All,

Green Giant Just For One! Broccoli, Carrots And Italian Seasoning sounded like a good idea at the time I picked it hurriedly in the supermarket.  I'm currently away at my parents' house in Florida and was looking for just a couple of basic healthy items I could put together for a quick dinner without having to invest in a ton of groceries since I'll only be here a short while.

They already had whole wheat pasta, I bought some Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik'n Strips for protein, and wanted some vegetables to top off the dish.  As I walked through the freezer aisle, the Green Giant Just for One packaging caught my eye.  Hmm, broccoli, carrots and italian seasoning in convenient individual size containers with just 60 calories--that gives me two vegetables and seasoning for the remainder of the dish to boot.  Sold!

Unfortunately, I broke one of my own rules by not reading the actual nutrition label.  So it wasn't until I started looking closer at the package to get the cooking directions that I noticed that one of the ingredients was partially hydrogenated soybean oil. What is partially hydrogenated oil doing in what should be a super healthy dish of vegetables for goodness sake?

Even though the label said zero grams of trans fat (which I've mentioned in previous posts is just the government's loophole that allows a manufacturer who Haas less than .5 grams of trans fat in a product to say that it has zero grams of trans fat), that's still an ingredient I do my best to avoid as all those "zero grams" start to add up to as something a lot more than that, and there is no safe level of trans fat.

For this time, the convenience while traveling was nice, but I can't find any reason to support a vegetable product that has partially hydrogenated oil in it.  Green Giant you really disappointed me, and after I went miles out of my way to see your statue in Blue Earth Minnesota too on one of my vacation trips too!

Green Giant (a Betty Crocker brand food distributed by General Mills) needs to get its act together.  There's no reason to taint a vegetable dish with trans fats--even in a tiny amount.  Let Green Giant know how you feel about its sneaky use of partially hydrogenated oil in Green Giant Just For One! Broccoli, Carrots And Italian Seasoning at:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/products/green-giant/Green-Giant-Landing-Page.htm

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Palm Kernel Oil Is Not An Answer To Trans Fats

Hi All,

The good news is that many manufacturers are eliminating trans fats from their food products.  The bad news?  Many are turning to palm kernel oil as the answer.

Most of us now know that trans fats should be avoided whenever possible (if a food product label has partially hydrogenated oil, do your best to avoid it even if the label says 0 grams of trans fat.  The government says anything with .5 grams or less of trans fat can be labeled "zero grams of trans fat".  .5 is not zero and there is no safe level of trans fat).

However, if you see a product with palm kernel oil instead, its a saturated fat that has many of the characteristics of trans fat, so it's just a hair better.  Palm oil is not as bad as palm kernel oil, but it's still high is saturated fat.

To avoid trans fat or palm kernel oil in a particular product, read labels religiously, or buy organic when you can and your budget permits it.

Melanie small version for web--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright 2008 SunLover Publishing


Free Sweepstakes Will Help Your Healthy Eating

Hi All,

Morningstar Farms, one of the major producers of convenient, meatless foods that mimic the favorite comfort foods you love to eat like bacon and chicken nuggets, but with less calories and fat, is having a cool sweepstakes called Morningstar Farms Fill Your Freezer Sweepstakes.

You can win free Morningstar Farms products for a year!  That would certainly help anyone's healthy eating!  Remember, you can go meatless full-time, or from time-to-time as a flexitarian.

There's no purchase necessary, and the sweepstakes runs through 6/30/08.  You also get to join their free Insider's Club which will give you access to healthy recipes and other helpful information.  Enter the free sweepstakes here:

http://www.seeveggiesdifferently.com/insider.aspx

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright 2008 SunLover Publishing


Healthy Food Review Nate's Zesty Italian Meatless Meatballs

Hi All,

Before those of you who do eat meat and poultry write off Nate's Zesty Italian Meatless Meatballs as a healthy food you'd try--don't! 

Nate's Zesty Italian Meatless Meatballs are a tasty, delicious, high protein, low calorie comfort food choice for any serious meatball lover!  Three meatballs give you 9 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber for just 90 calories with no saturated fat (I usually double the portion on weight lifting days). 

Simply simmer the meatballs for a few minutes in a small pot with your favorite sauce (mine is Paul Newman's Organic Marinara sauce) and serve over your favorite whole wheat pasta.  Or make a meatball parmigiana hero by placing on a whole wheat hero roll and melting fat free mozzarella on top.

Whether you go meatless all the time, or from time-to-time, you can't go wrong with Nate's Zesty Italian Meatless Meatballs as a delicious, healthy meatless meatball alternative.  They are available at natural foods markets, and the natural foods section of an enlightened chain supermarket.  Nate's meatless meatballs are also available in savory mushroom and classic flavors.  Check them out at http://www.elenasfoods.com/meatballs.html.

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Fitness Tips 5 Common Weight Lifting Mistakes

Hi All,

Weight lifting is one of my favorite gym activities.  While I will use certain machines, I especially like to use free weights.  I think that everyone should do some kind of weight lifting (as long as their doctor says it's okay) to maintain strength, muscle tone, body movement capabilities and to fire up your metabolism.  Studies have shown that even eighty-year-olds who start lifting light weights for the first time in their lives can see benefits.

I had the privilege of working out with a very good personal trainer through my gym, 24 Hour Fitness, when I lived in Colorado last year.  Here are some of the things I learned that can keep you from making these common weight lifting mistakes:

1.  Doing the same workout over and over--there's a reason why there are a variety of weight machines and free weights.  Getting stuck in a rut doing the same exercises, or using the same machines over and over will yield less results.  Plus, it's boring.  You need to change your workout up at least every 4-6 weeks!

2.  Raising and lowering weights too fast--how many times have you pumped your iron to the tempo of a favorite fast song that started playing in the gym or on your iPod?  How many times have you seen someone tear through a set of reps in the blink of an eye?  You need to go s-l-o-w, and you need to hold for a moment.  You'd be surprised how much harder you work just by going slower and holding the rep a moment.  You may even need to lower the size weight you use until you get used to this.

3.  Not varying the number of reps and/or weight--another way to change up your weight workout is to do many reps with light weights or fewer reps with heavier weights.  This way your muscles do not get used to a particular method.  It also helps when you personally want to work out, but you are not as energetic on a particular day, or you are feeling great and feel like you can do anything.  You can match your reps and weight to your ambition.

4.  Failing to plan an exercise sequence--my trainer had me alternating exercises, so that I would get extra calorie burning.  For example, after doing one set of a bicep exercise, I would do crunches, or a shoulder weight exercise, and then go back to the next set of the bicep exercise. 

Another strategy was to do alternate sets of two or three types of exercises for the same muscle to really work it to fatigue.  For example, a traditional bicep curl, a hammer curl and then a concentration curl.  Sequencing of exercises can make a huge difference!

5.  Not using a personal trainer--I thought that I knew it all when it came to my workouts as I read all the popular women's fitness magazines (Muscle & Fitness Hers is my personal favorite as it's more serious and focused on weight lifting, yet geared towards women), and had been working out pretty faithfully for years.  The truth was I did not know it all, and learned a lot. 

Personal training is not cheap, and you need someone who is a good match for your personality and abilities, but with the right match you can accomplish a great deal and its well worth the money.  You don't have to always work out with a trainer, but even doing a multi-session package once a year can be beneficial to fine tune what you are doing.

Lastly, and this is especially true of guys at the gym.  You don't have to grunt and groan with every rep or throw down your weights after every set. We know you're lifting a lot and are there. No need to constantly make your presence known :)

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright 2008 SunLover Publishing


Healthy Food Review Inko's White Tea

Hi All,

Years ago I gave up soda except as a very rare treat since I didn't like all the chemicals, the way it puffed me up (yuck) and I wanted the health benefits of tea--especially green tea.  Living in a warm climate, iced tea is my beverage, so besides brewing my own iced tea, I am always on the lookout for prepared low-calorie, healthy iced teas with delicious and interesting flavors.

Fitting the bill as my introduction to white tea is Inko's Healthy White Tea manufactured in my native New York.  It's nine delicious iced white tea varieties (my favorites are White Peach, Cherry Vanilla and Blueberry) have a delicate, crisp, light taste.  There's no fat, and the sweetening is done via fructose crystals--not high fructose corn syrup.  So it's 28 calories per serving (56 for the bottle which is two servings).  It's well worth it!

White tea has some different health benefits potentially over green tea--a 2004 Pace University study (home of my BBA in Marketing :) found white tea to have higher anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.  So why not rotate it in to your healthy diet?

You generally will find Inko's healthy white iced tea in the natural foods section of an enlightened supermarket or natural foods market like Whole Foods Market.

Inko's--check them out at www.healthywhitetea.com

Healthy TIP:  A recent Yahoo! Health Tip from Self Magazine called "Skip The Diet Soda" discusses how artificial sweetners can be derailing your ability to stay thin or lose weight.  A healthy and delicious product like Inko's White Tea is a great way to avoid such artificial sweetners especially when you are on the go and can't brew your own healthy iced tea  Check out the piece:

http://health.yahoo.com/experts/healthieryou/371/skip-the-diet-soda/

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008