Let’s Go “Fad Free” in 2015: Healthy, Enjoyable Meals You’ll Love

Disclosure: I worked with Post, Cans Get You Cooking, BodyArmor, Wonderful Pistachios, and U.S. Potato Board on the TV segment, but I was not compensated to write this blog post. 

keepcalmnodietOn average, a woman will try – and quit – 9 diets in her life. I’ve tried at least that many back in my heyday of “empty promise plans.” Don’t waste your time. If you’re feeling the need for a reset, try some of these reliable healthy habits I recently shared on ABC Newschannel 8 Let’s Talk Live and NBC WBAL TV 11.

Take Post Great Grains Fad Free Pledge

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 1.16.38 PMPost Great Grains is encouraging wholesome, healthy foods that don’t deprive you. Now through February 1st, go to www.GreatGrainsPledge.com and pledge to go “FAD Free”. Post will donate $3 for each pledge to www.AmpleHarvest.org, a campaign to provide locally grown fresh fruits and veggies those in need.

Great Grains provide hearty whole grains, nuts, fruits, and quality ingredients. Start your day with one of the Great Grains cereals or try some of their new offerings.

The new Great Grains granolas come in delicious flavors like Super Nutty and Blueberry Flax. Make a yummy yogurt parfait – try creamy whole milk yogurt with your favorite fruit.

For energy between meals, try Bar Undone snack mix, in Cranberry, Nuts & Seeds or Dark Chocolate Nut.

Cans Get You Cooking

Cantry 1-3Cans seal in nutrition, freshness and flavor – naturally. Fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested at their peak of ripeness and canned within hours, locking in nutrients.

It’s January and we’re not in peach season, but I love the fact that I can have peaches whenever I want. They are a delicious snack, dessert, and ingredient in meals.

I have a “cantry” stocked full of go-to fruits, vegetables, and proteins to help me make “homemade” easy. When it’s cold weather like this and a busy weeknight, I can pull together pasta – a family favorite – with canned tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and chicken in less than 15 minutes.

I like to mix canned tuna with cannellini beans and canned artichoke hearts. Just warm it up in a sautee pan, add fresh arugula or baby spinach (or any sauteed green vegetable). Season with fresh squeezed lemon juice, olive oil salt and pepper.

Check out www.cansgetyoucooking.com for recipes and links to Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Slip into Dips with Sabra

I love dips because they can add lots of flavor to fresh cut vegetables for smarter snacking. Sabra makes the nation’s #1 selling hummus, and they offer delicious Greek yogurt dips like this Crisp Bell Pepper and Mediteranean herb, plus salsa and guacamole in many flavor varieties. IMG_0975

Sabra is the official dip sponsor of the NFL and you can win prizes like a trip to the 2016 Pro Bowl in Hawaii at www.SabraDipLife.com If you’re tailgating or hosting a party, try serving a dip station with your favorite flavor Sabra guacamole, salsa, and Greek yogurt dips. Include plenty of veggie choices scattered with some tortilla chips.

All these dips are delicious with any vegetables. You’re getting nutrients in the dips themselves and in the veggies you use to scoop up the dip.

Upgrade Your Workout and Sports Drink with BodyArmor

It’s not just food, but we need exercise to be healthy (that’s one thing that is not a “fad” – exercise is a lifelong commitment). We need to stay hydrated throughout the day with water. If you are an athlete or have a very active child, you might benefit from more than just plain water during activity, especially if it’s over 60 minutes. BA_lineup2013_A2R

Parents will often ask me, what’s the best sports drink for my active child and I recommend BodyArmor because it has no artificial ingredients and is low in sodium – unlike other sports drinks. BodyArmor has more potassium-packed electrolytes and vitamins that any other sports drink, and it’s made with coconut water.

Try 5 great tasting flavors like fruit punch, orange mango, and strawberry banana. Pick it up at Target stores near you or find a retailer at www.DrinkBodyArmor.com.

If your workouts need a boost, my best tip is to find the FUN in FITNESS. The best workout is the one you do and if it’s not fun, you aren’t likely to do it.

Get Crackin’ on New Years Snackin’

pistachiosBecome a Health Nut in 2015 with Wonderful Pistachios. In-shell pistachios may help slow consumption and curb overindulging because the shells act as a visual cue to how much you’ve eaten. That’s a simple mindful eating concept called the Pistachio Principle.

You get protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals in a huge 49-kernel serving, the largest of any other nut.

Wonderful Pistachios, available in roasted and salted, salt and pepper (my fave), sweet chili, lightly salted, no salt added – there’s something for everybody.

Check out the single serve packaging as well for the super busy grab and go snack that loves you back. www.GetCrackin.com

Put Potatoes on Your Plate

Balance your plate without eliminating foods you love, including potatoes. Make about half your plate vegetables and try this roasted potato fries with avocado aioli recipe www.PotatoGoodness.com. These fingerlings have a bit of olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 1.26.44 PM

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition demonstrates that people can eat potatoes even if they are trying to lose weight.

Potatoes are packed with nutrition. One medium-size skin-on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium than a banana, and provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent), and potatoes contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol.

Disclosure: I worked with Post, Cans Get You Cooking, BodyArmor, Wonderful Pistachios, and U.S. Potato Board on the TV segment, but I was not compensated to write this blog post. 

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