Strawberries
Okay, I'm super busy this weekend (dinner with hubby's dad this afternoon, and I still have to update Facebook and get your weekly newsletter put together!), so instead of writing a super long post today, I thought I'd share a helpful article from one of my favorite resources....

The team at BioTrust has lots of great information and articles on healthy eating, and they also provide top-quality supplements designed to keep you healthy and help you maintain a healthy weight. If you want to check out what they have to offer, you can visit them at BioTrust.com.

In the meantime, here's a quick little article that I thought was interesting.... It's about 3 healthy foods that aren't nearly as healthy if you eat them the wrong way!

Did you know that when it comes to eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight, it is important to watch not only what you eat, but also how you eat it? In fact, how you eat certain foods determines how healthy they really are - and I'm not just talking about deep-frying your food! (Obviously we all - hopefully - know that's a bad idea.) 

For example, cutting vegetables ahead of time may save time, but for many veggies, their nutritional content starts to decline as soon as you cut them open and the vitamins begin to oxidize. (There are some exceptions - like garlic, which actually should be cut or crushed at least 15 minutes before eating or cooking to allow the beneficial compounds to combine and react together.)

Here are 3 more examples of foods that many people prepare and eat in a way that diminishes their nutritional value  - and better ways to eat them, so you can get all the great benefits that these healthy foods can provide:

If you are eating pre-sliced strawberries, the fat-burning vitamin content of these sweet treats can be compromised due to prolonged exposure to oxygen.  Instead, when eating strawberries, it’s best to eat them whole—and who doesn’t love biting into a juicy strawberry—or at least wait until you are ready to eat them to slice and dice them up.  One thing you DON’T want to do is slice them, store them, and consume them over time, as this will surely reduce the fat-burning power of the great strawberry.

And how about Greek yogurt?  When you peel back the lid, you are probably used to seeing some “water” that has settled on the top.  Most people dump this down the sink, but this “water” is actually whey protein that is packed with important amino acids, vitamins, and calcium.  Don’t get rid of it!  Instead, mix the watery whey back into the yogurt to avoid missing out on Greek yogurt’s fat-burning punch!

Here’s another tip:  You may have heard that most fruits and veggies are better consumed raw instead of cooked, as cooking can reduce their vitamin and mineral content.  While this is true in many cases, it’s the exact opposite with tomatoes.  You see, tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a phytonutrient with many positive health benefits.  Unlike other veggies, cooking actually increases concentrations of lycopene in tomatoes. With that in mind, enjoy tomato sauce, roasted tomatoes, and other cooked dishes with tomatoes more often!
Check out the full article, plus more great diet and nutrition tips at BioTrust.com.

And if you're a subscriber, keep an eye out for a special email from me later this week - I'll be sharing a link to a special report that BioTrust put together on how to snack healthier! The report will be FREE for all of our subscribers, so if you haven't subscribed to our weekly updates yet, be sure to do so below so you don't miss out!

Rose.

 


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