If you love tuna and other types of seafood, now is the perfect time to take the Twice a Week for Better Health pledge. This campaign is sponsored by Chicken of the Sea and America’s Second Harvest, the largest hunger relief organization in the US.
Taking the pledge is easy. Simply sign up at the Chicken of the Sea website. There is no charge to do so. In return, you will receive a free meal planning guide which will help you stick to your pledge and enrollment in the Mermaid Club.
(Benefits of the club include: coupons, new product reviews, yummy recipes, a monthly newsletter and more!)
Honestly, it really isn’t hard to eat seafood twice a week. There are many other choices besides tuna… including two of my favorites, salmon and shrimp. Seafood is low in fat and calories compared, to other proteins. It is fairly inexpensive, as well. Whether you prefer to purchase canned, fresh or frozen varieties, seafood is really the way to go.
Seafood is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids which are extremely beneficial, to our health and well-being. Omega-3 is known to have a positive impact on everything from acne, to asthma to depression. More importantly, they are very beneficial to the heart.
Light chunk tuna, packed in water, is lower in fat than any other seafood product. An entire can of tuna has only .5 grams of fat. A roasted chicken breast, with skin attached, has over 7.5 grams of fat. It’s hard to believe that there is such a big difference.
When you take this into consideration, along with the fact that some types of seafood are less expensive than chicken breast… it makes sense to eat more tuna, doesn’t it?
Many dieters opt for tuna packed in water, instead of oil, thinking that this is the better choice. Surprisingly, oil packed tuna mixed with one tablespoon of mayonnaise is lower in fat than water packed tuna mixed with two tablespoons. Who would have thought?
Before your next trip to the grocery store, take the time to visit the Chicken of the Sea website. I guarantee that doing so will not only make you hungry, it just might convince you to eat healthier, too.
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It’s a fact; everyone needs some form of fat in their diet. Research shows that canola oil is by far the best choice to use, in cooking and baking. It has a higher heat tolerance, a neutral taste and a smooth texture.
Canola oil was first manufactured in Canada, in the 70′s. The name is actually a shortened version of ‘Canadian oil, low acid’. It is made by crushing the seeds of canola plants, which are grown in several areas of the world, including the United States and Canada.
It can be used as a recipe ingredient and when frying, sautéing and baking. It can be used in place of solid oils, such as lard and produces finished products that contain less saturated and trans fats.
In fact, canola oil has the least amount of saturated fat than ANY other kind of edible oil. It contains only 7% saturated fats, while other common cooking oils have as much as 51% saturated fats. As you can see, that’s a HUGE and dangerous difference.
It is a wonderful source of vitamin E, vitamin K and plant sterols… all said to help you maintain a healthy heart. In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized an official claim, which is now included on every label, stating that daily intake 1.5 tablespoons of canola oil may help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
(Heart disease remains the leading cause of death, of adults living in the U.S. Approximately 1.4 MILLION deaths, each year, can be attributed to this very cause. That is a very scary number that needs to be reduced.)
Not too long ago there was a rumor circulation the Internet that canola oil poses a health hazard, due to the fact that it contains toxic ingredients. This is simply not the case. According to several reliable sources, including Snopes.com, this is just another urban legend… like people who paint their cat or the idea that drinking cold water will lead to cancer.
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There are millions of individuals, all over the world, who are dealing with weight loss and fitness issues. I’ve enjoyed reading success stories, finding new, yummy sounding, recipes I want to try and learning about good health, in general.
One of the things I’ve enjoyed reading the most are diet-related quotes. Some of them have been so insightful that I’ve even written them down and taped them to my refrigerator.
What follows are some of my favorites: (Maybe they will be yours too.)
People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~Author Unknown
I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth’s gravitational pull has become since 1990. ~Dave Barry
I’m allergic to food. Every time I eat it breaks out into fat. ~Jennifer Greene Duncan
Where do you go to get anorexia? ~Shelley Winters
I’m on a 90-day wonder diet. Thus far, I’ve lost 45 days. ~Author Unknown
I’ve been on a constant diet for the last two decades. I’ve lost a total of 789 pounds. By all accounts, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet. ~Erma Bombeck
Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled over how much weight you have gained. ~Author Unknown
I’m in shape. Round is a shape… isn’t it? ~Author Unknown
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people. ~Orson Welles
My wife is a light eater. As soon as it’s light, she starts to eat. ~Henny Youngman
Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~Jim Davis
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<a href=”www.califapricot.com/ “>Apricots</a>. Apricots contain Beta-carotene which helps to prevent radical damage and also helps to protect your eyes. A single apricot contains 17 calories, 0 fat, and one gram of fiber. You can eat them dried or soft.
Mango. A medium sized mango packs 57 MG of vitamin C, which is nearly your entire daily dose. This antioxidant will help prevent arthritis and also boost your immune system.
Cantaloupe. Cantaloupes contain 117 GG of vitamin C, which is almost twice the recommended dose. Half a melon contains 853 MG of potassium, which is nearly twice as much as a banana. It helps to lower blood pressure. Half a melon contains 97 calories, 1 gram of fat and 2 grams of fiber.
Tomato. A tomato can help cut the risk of bladder, stomach and colon cancer in half if you eat one daily. A tomato contains 26 calories, 0 fat and only 1 gram of fiber.
Onions. An onion can help to protect against cancer. A cup of onions offers 61 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber.
Broccoli. Broccoli can help protect against breast cancer and it also contains a lot of vitamin C and beta-carotene. One cup of chopped broccoli contains 25 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber.
Skim milk. Skim milk offers vitamin B2, which is important for good vision and along with Vitamin A could improve allergies. It also contains calcium and vitamin D, as well. One cup contains 86 calories, no fat and no fiber.
Salmon. All cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids, which help to reduce the risk of cardiac disease. A 3 ounce portion of salmon contains 127 calories, 4 grams of fat and 0 fiber.
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