Let's Talk About Fitness

What are some of your family's healthy cooking practices?

Did you know that using healthy cooking techniques can cut a lot of fat and calories? For example, by switching to roasting, you not only eliminate added oil but also allow any fat in the food to drip away.

Share your healthy cooking practices with others who want to capture the flavor and retain the nutrients in their food without adding excessive amounts of fat or salt.

Posted by on 1st March, 2011 | Comments (7)


Fresh Ingredients is the Way to Go!

Although it takes more planning, my family uses fresh produce and ingredients when possible. Every Saturday we visit the Farmer's Market and stock up on the fresh goodies to eat healthy!

Posted on 10 March, 2011 by Becky B

Low GI For Life!


One of the best ways I know of to eat healthy is to eat a low GI diet. This is accomplished by cutting out any food that is not whole grain. This may sound drastic but it is easily attainable.

The first step is the learn to read the ingredients list on products at the commissary. Unless it says "whole wheat" on the ingredients list... it is not whole wheat... "enriched flour & wheat flour" are NOT whole wheat. Many product pretend to be healthy by adding some whole wheat flour, look for 100% whole wheat. I know this can be hard but it is attainable with careful research, it is also VERY easy to adapt any recipe you currently use to be used with whole wheat flour... its a 1 for 1 swap... 1 cup of whole wheat flour for 1 cup of white flour. You will eat less and stay full longer.

Another key to a low GI diet is to stay away from processed sugar, the easiest way to do this is use honey. Honey is substantially lower on the GI index then sugar. And its easier to incorporate into recipes then you may think. Honey and whole wheat were made to be together, when switching a recipe to whole wheat... say a cookie recipe, the cookies tend to be kinda dry, until you swap honey for sugar and the honey brings the moist quality back to the recipe. Here is my handy method for swapping honey for sugar:

-Up to one cup of sugar use equal amounts
-Honey is slightly sweeter then sugar so for over one cup use 3/4 cup of honey for every cup of sugar
-Reduce liquid 1/4 cup for every cup of honey
-Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for every cup of honey
-Reduce oven temp by 25 degrees (honey browns faster then sugar)

These simple tips can make a huge difference in your quality of life!

Posted on 10 March, 2011 by Lisa Gee

Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet —they are low in calories and nutrient dense, which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.
Fruits and vegetables should be part of every meal and your first choice for a snack—aim for a minimum of five portions each day. The antioxidants and other nutrients in fruits and vegetables help protect against certain types of cancer and other diseases.

Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day—the brighter the better.

The brighter, deeper colored fruits and vegetables contain higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants—and different colors provide different benefits. Some great choices are:

Greens: Greens are packed with calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, C, E and K, and they help strengthen the blood and respiratory systems. Be adventurous with your greens and branch out beyond bright and dark green lettuce—kale, mustard greens, broccoli, Chinese cabbage are just a few of the options.

Sweet vegetables: Naturally sweet vegetables add healthy sweetness to your meals and reduce your cravings for other sweets. Some examples of sweet vegetables are corn, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes or yams, winter squash, and onions.

Fruit: A wide variety of fruit is also vital to a healthy diet. Fruit provides fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. Berries are cancer-fighting, apples provide fiber, oranges and mangos offer vitamin C, and so on.

Think Fruit and Vegetables first!

Posted on 23 March, 2011 by Karen T


My family has started appreciating the natural tastes and textures of our foods. Steaming the veggies is one change we have made. We also just try to stay away from too many seasonings.

Posted on 8 April, 2011 by Burns Family

grilling and fresh veggies

We buy fresh veggies,we always go to the farmer markets to get them. We eat fish twice week, and grill most of our meals, even in the rain and cold.

Posted on 14 April, 2011 by Clark's


Our family uses olive oil anytime canola or vegetable oil is called for in a recipe. We also use sea salt instead of the regular table salt. When we want to sweeten up our food, like oatmeal, we use local honey instead of sugar.

Posted on 15 April, 2011 by Walters


grilling and fresh veggies
We buy fresh veggies,we always go to the farmer markets to get them. We eat fish twice week, and grill most of our meals, even in the rain and cold.

Posted on 15 April, 2011 by Ray

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