Celebrate National Potato Day today! Russet, Red Thumb, French Fingerling, Japanese Sweet Potatoes and the 11 other types of potatoes all provide you with high levels of vitamin C, potassium, and iron. Potatoes fall into 3 categories, starchy, waxy and all-purpose potatos. Some people consider them a comfort food, some incorporate them in every meal. 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the U.S. each year. Happy Potato Day!
With all the talk on chicken and beef lately, you may be wondering what the best source of #protein is. Seafood is an excellent source since it is low in fat. It is important to include the right type of protein in our diets to help shed unwanted pounds and get the health benefits. The best seafood to eat includes albacore tuna, wild caught Alaskan salmon and farmed oysters.
You know it is peach season when you bite into a peach and it is juicy sweet and slightly tart. What you didnt know about peaches – each peach contains about 70 calories which are provided by 17 grams of carbohydrates in the form of sugars. Peaches are a great snack that contains 20% of your recommended amount of vitamin C. You can tell a fresh peach when the skin is fuzzy. The skin has 2 grams of fiber.
Superfoods support weight loss – A superfood is nutrient rich food considered to be beneficial for your overall health. Superfoods include artichokes, beans and lentils, dark chocolate, chia seeds, cherries, olive oil, quinoa, Wild Salmon, and Low Fat Yogurt amongst many others. Skip the processed foods which fuel weight gain, and go for these fresh superfoods.
If you have a garden, you know tomatoes are in season! The tomato is tender, warm season fruit (that’s right a fruit) that grows in summer gardens. Tomatoes should be incorporated as part of a healthy diet and are a perfect versatile fruit. Tomatoes are high in lycopene which is an anti-oxidant that helps fight disease. They are a great addition to any salad or you can eat them as a snack on a hot summer day. The variety of tomatoes are endless cherry, sungold, heirloom, beefsteak tomatoes…
Do you feel stressed? Need to #relax but don’t know how? Try Lavender Oils to soothe your mind and body. The Purple Plant has an amazing impact on your stressful days. Just by breathing in the lavender scent lowers heart rate and blood pressure, and puts you into a Relaxation state. Keep a Lavender Candle or diffuser around your house. It really works!
Need a refreshing drink without the calories. Add cucumbers to your water- Cucumber Water! Extremely refreshing and delicious. It gives a twist to your typical glass of water, and in the summer heat you need to drink up. Is there a benefit of cucumber water? Cucumbers are full of antioxidants and promote healthy aging. With our body containing about 60% water, the more water you drink the healthier you feel and are. Fill up a pitcher with water add sliced cumbers and mint, and enjoy the summer days.