Monday, May 07, 2007

On-The-Go Healthy Foods!

At every time of the year, there are all kinds of on-the-go activities constantly. Most all these activities require food preparations or picking up something quick to take along.

As you do this, think about this quote by Michael Eades M.D. and Mary Dan Eades M.D., authors of Protein Power: "The medical problems that confound us today will probably amaze scientists in the twenty-first century as they puzzle over why we medical pioneers of today were unable to reach out and grab the obvious, why we were so advanced in certain areas of medical treatment yet so abysmally deficient in others. Why, they may ask, could our surgeons perform open-heart surgery so skillfully as to make it a routine operation while at the same time our nutritional experts couldn't determine the optimal diet for preventing most of the problems necessitating that procedure? Why spend so much time and effort developing complex surgical techniques and other wondrous medical procedures that prolong the life of the diseased body for a few months or, at best, a few years instead of focusing on nutritional changes capable of prolonging healthy life for decades? Why can't we see the big picture?"

Nutrition is always important and many of us stumble when it comes to the on-the-go foods because though they are quick to grab, most are deplete in nutritional value. But this is the time that we need optimum nutrition to satisfy our hunger and thirst.

Here are some great snack foods to grab on a moments notice:
* Apples, bananas, oranges, etc. always come prepackaged and, if on hand, can be quickly added to any lunch box or basket.
* Raw nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, cashews are great snack nibblers. Remember that if they are raw, they go into the body as nourishment, while if they are roasted, they go into the body as high calorie, fat items.
* Trail mixes consisting of raw nuts and dried fruits can come in a variety of combinations, always yummy to snack on.
* Fruits roll-ups, dried fruit snacks and such (which should be just fruit) are also great to have.
* Popcorn can be popped for a great treat. Hot air popped corn is best (avoid micro-waved corn for many reasons). If popped with hot air, it is much lower in calories, and won't have near as much fat or salt added as other methods.
* Rice cakes and whole grain crackers with healthy veggie dips and spreads are a great snack to take along.
* Don't forget all the wonderful fresh cut veggies with dips, hummus, etc. Veggie platters and dip is always a great party dish to take along and is one of the first things to be consumed. Everyone likes veggies and dips!
* Whole grain and live food snack bars are great, containing high nutrition and low calories. Many market varieties are just the opposite which can be high in sugar, fat, calories, and unhealthy whey protein.
* Remember too that you can plan ahead for great snack drinks. Pure water, raw fruit juices and green drinks are very satisfying in quenching the thirst.

There's a lot out there that's just poor foods, but there is so many great foods that provide good nourishment. On-the-foods can be good nutritious ones, we just have to plan and think nutritiously!

If you need more ideas and would like a quick-start program for healthy eating, the best way I know how to guide you through this process in an easy step by step, hands-on procedure at the health retreats. Check out the event that best suits your needs now, and don't wait to sign up because the slots do fill up fast:
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For your best health,
Erleen Tilton

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