Category Archives: Foods and Snacks

Page 13: McDonald’s!

When I was reading the marvelous book Chew On This by Eric Schlosser, and Charles Wilson, I learned that fast food companies like McDonald’s, and Taco Bell put their restaurants right across the street form schools. Kids after school would walk into to McDonald’s or Taco Bell, and get a Big Mac, or 3 Taco’s EVERY day! That is so unhealthy. I’m not saying that you can’t EVER eat fast food, but the less you eat it the healthier you will be!

I’m asking you a question right here and now, you don’t have to reply or answer to me, but just think about it! Have you ever seen a McDonald’s close? Truthfully?? I haven’t. 

“You can only improve!!”

P.S. Watch out for McDonald’s!!!!

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Page 11: School Lunches

School has started, and it is time to start making those school lunches. While preparing your school lunches, questions about what you need, and how much to pack. I hope that some of the content in this article will help you. A few things you should always pack in your lunches are fruits and veggies, protein, and a fluid of some sort. Fruits and veggies help you maintain energy throughout the day, and are really tasty. Protein is also a great way of maintaining energy, and it helps you concentrate! But fluids are very important for your body to have. If you don’t have enough fluid, you won’t be able to function. 

Something that I love to have in my lunch is Cucumber Sandwiches! You can have them on white or wheat bread. You spread cream cheese on it, the you put thinly sliced cucumbers on top of that! They are DELICIOUS! I also like having soup, or spaghetti! If you are a picky eater, try the things that you are thinking of putting in your lunches over the weekend or as a snack. That way if you don’t like it you aren’t stuck at school with a lunch that you HATE! 

I ALWAYS bring a carrot and pretzel to school with me, they make a great during school and after school snack. A carrot and pretzel are also low maintenance. They are easy and cheap to get a hold of, and the carrots can even be grown at home.

I know that my blog is about obesity, but I wanted to put in a little something about the environment. If you get a lunch box, instead of using a paper bag everyday, you will be saving a LOT of paper, and you can reuse your plastic bags. That way you can save plastic to. 

Try some of my tips, I’m sure one of them will work for you!!

-Natalie

“You can only improve!!”

 

Page 10: My Top 10 Snacks ~ Healthy or NOT!!

As a celebration of my tenth post, I am going to list my favorite snacks ~ healthy or NOT!!! It’s normal to have favorite snacks that aren’t healthy, you just have to learn how to balance them with healthy ones. 

1. My FAVORITE snack EVER is a cucumber!! I will eat them ANY WAY you serve them to me. I LOVE them. I will eat them in a car, and I will eat them near and far. Just joking, but I will eat them in a car because they are easy to take with you when they are cut. I love eating cucumbers with lemon and salt on them. I also like cucumber sandwiches. You take some bread, then you put cream cheese on it with the cucumber’s skin peeled of. DELICIOUS!!!

2. The second best snack for me is a baked potato!!! People think that either potatoes are healthy, or they aren’t. But both of them are wrong!!! The potato itself is healthy, but the things that we put into it are not. We put in LOADS of butter, sour cream, bacon bits, salt, pepper, and LOTS of cheese. When I eat my potato, I  put in a little bit of butter, and salt. That’s it. Overall, it isn’t as bad as it could get. I just can’t stay away from them!! 

3. I am a big fan of corn, I even have a t-shirt that says so!! I love it with butter and salt. I know, not the healthiest way to eat it, but I love it!!!

4. A lovely, and tasty snack is Edamame Boiled Soy Beans. They are easy, and pretty quick to make, and they are SUPER yummy, and pretty healthy. It’s 120 calories per serving, and they have lots of different vitamins.

5. Another one of my favorite snacks is a plain old carrot!! I take a nice fresh crisp carrot, and take the skin off. I am not a big fan of the skin because it is dirty.  And, as most of you know, carrots are great for your eyes, and Bugs Bunny’s favorite!

6. High on my list are Oreo’s dipped in milk ~ sigh. I know, it isn’t healthy AT ALL, but I love them. You can’t have fun in life if you never have a treat, but you also can’t have fun if you never have a fruit or veggie. You just have to learn how to balance your snacks.

7. I love eating watermelon!!! It’s fun and a pretty easy snack to make. I think that it tastes like a candy would, or like a treat. All of the treat manufacturers try to make lollipops and hard candies after watermelon, so that is definitely a sign that it is tasty, and that many people like to eat it!

8. Very similar to watermelon is cantaloupe!! I also love that. I think that it tastes different, but good. Unlike watermelon, I don’t see many candies out there that taste like cantaloupe. 

9. I also like strawberries. I’ve always loved having farm fresh strawberries, which has always been a great privilege. What I mean by farm fresh, is that they were picked THAT DAY!!! They aren’t the kind of packaged strawberries you are going to find in the stores!!

10. I love a nice and simple apple. How easy is that??? Just rinse it off and chomp away!

Well I have gone through my top 10 snacks ~ healthy or NOT, I just have to have them ALL!!

“You can only improve!!”

Page 7: A Busy Schedule

I, like most people have a very busy schedule. Most of the times my days are full of driving. My mom takes me to school, then home, then to cello, then to basketball, then home, then to the store. It’s REALLY hard to find time in my busy schedule to eat healthy meals and snacks. For me eating healthy snacks are WAY easier than eating healthy meals. For a snack you can grab and apple, and munch it in the car on your way to a practice or game. But it is super hard to find a healthy meal that you can eat in the car. I know that some days you are going to end up eating fast food in the car, or a greasy cheese burger. It’s OK to do that every once in a while. But it’s not okay when it is your dinner for 4-5 nights a week. 

What I like to do to get a healthy meal is find 1 hour everyday to either make a real good meal and pile fruits and veggies on it. I know that some of you might not have an hour, but you can make a meal in 30 minutes. Rachel Ray has several recipes in her cookbooks and magazines that can be made in 30 minutes. Another solution is that you cook the meal on a night that you aren’t working, and then you just heat it up.

My Mom and I make a chicken and veggie meal about once a week for dinner. It takes only an hour, and is awesome.  We take skinless chicken breasts, put them in a dutch oven, and put a little olive oil on them. Then we put some crushed garlic and Mrs. Dash on them.  We slice zucchini and carrots (and sometimes broccoli) and put them in the dutch oven, too, and add a little more olive oil and Mrs. Dash (it’s low-sodium, which is a good thing).  We bake it for 45-60 minutes at 450 degrees.  While it’s cooking, we make some rice…and serve the chicken and veggies with that.  It’s a healthy and low-fat meal that’s quick and easy to make.

There are a whole bunch of solutions to a busy schedule, you just need to find one that works for you.

“You can only improve!!”

Page 6: Books/Recipes

Some of my favorite dinners have been dinners that I have cooked with my family. Sometimes your parents will have really good family recipes, or you could look in a cookbook for some new tasty ones. Some of my favorite recipes come from the Rachel Ray magazines and cookbooks. I need something that I can understand and is fast to make. I also need something that has the ingredients that I will either have at home, or can easily get in the store. I think that she does a great job of coming up with good healthy recipes.

Another way that you can learn more about food and how they make it is by reading some informative books. One book that I read and absolutely loved was Chew On This by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson. Eric Schlosser has also written Fast Food Nation, a great book that has gotten many raving reviews, that is the adult version of Chew On ThisChew On This talks about fast food. It is a marvelous book, and I really suggest reading it.

“You can only improve!!”

Page 5: Calories

Did you know that 3 Oreos – a serving – is 160 calories, and 60 of those calories come from fat? YIKES! A 12 FL oz bottle of Mountain Dew is 170 calories. But you could have a 16.9 FL oz bottle of water for zero calories. While both quench your thirst, which is healthier? If you choose to eat/drink the healthier thing you will feel better. Mountain Dew might get you really energized for 10 minutes – it’s all the sugar – but then your energy will drop, whereas water is a healthier choice.

Other places where you might find more interesting facts like these are: Carsons12 Weblog or Highway To A Healthier Generation

“You can only improve!!”

Page 3: Lunch Decisons

Lunch is usually the toughest meal of the day. You are either at work, school, or at home. Some of these thoughts might run through your head: “What if I don’t like what they are serving in the cafeteria???” “I am swamped! I’ll have to skip lunch.” I don’t want to go and cook!”. My advice is to just IGNORE those thoughts. 

Instead of eating a full on lunch, you could just eat an apple, or crackers. The problem with not eating lunch is HUGE!! If you don’t eat lunch, you will have a massive dinner, but what happens if you can’t have dinner?  You could really hurt yourself. So just have a healthy snack that will hold you over until a time that you can have a bigger meal. There are several different ways to solve the problem, you just have to find one that works for you!

“You can only improve!!”