Monday, September 30, 2013



Frozen yogurt at Yogurt Fusion contain high amounts of live and active beneficial probiotic cultures , essential for good health . Probiotic cultures to help arrest the body and suppress the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestinal tract , restoring and maintaining the balance of good bacteria and promotes improved digestive function , increase the absorption of vitamins and minerals , and build up your immune system stronger . By improving digestive function , nutrients can be better absorbed and helps strengthen teeth , cleanse the skin , improve gum health better and bring more energy and vitality into your life .
Yogurt is an important source of calcium , and vitamin D , which is a good combination to fight osteoporosis . Yogurt also contains potassium and vitamin B12 , important for your health . According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity ( January 11, 2005 ) , consumption of yogurt can promote weight loss .
Just one cup of your favorite yogurt every day can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure , cholesterol , and build strong bones .

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea for Healthy Living

There are many benefits of drinking green tea you can get if you do it every day . There are many studies that prove that drinking green tea has a significant effect on your body . If you have never consumed or not consumed it regularly , you can start drinking green tea from now . The following are the benefits of green tea you may have never known before .

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea
Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

prevent cancer
One of the benefits of drinking green tea is to prevent cancer . There are a variety of cancers that can be prevented just by drinking green tea on a regular basis , including breast , prostate , esophagus , lungs , bladder , stomach , pancreas and intestines . Cancer can be prevented because the substance catechin found in green tea . This substance is able to deactivate carcinogens , prevent and reduce the formation of cell mutation and tumor growth in your body . That is why , it is recommended that you drink at least four cups of green tea a day to get the benefits of anti - cancer .

Heart Health
You can also get other benefits from drinking green tea , such as heart health . Consuming green tea means you will have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke . There are many studies that show that drinking at least a cup of green tea on a regular basis every day can reduce the risk of heart attack by 44 percent . While , other studies have also shown that drinking green tea regularly can also lower cholesterol levels .

other benefits
As mentioned earlier , there are many benefits of drinking green tea . In addition to the two above -mentioned benefits , there are other benefits you can have as preventing rheumatoid arthritis , lower high cholesterol levels , prevent heart disease , treating infections and impaired immune function . The key to these benefits is to drink green tea on a regular basis every day . Note that you can consume each day about 3 to 4 cups .

What Makes Green Tea Offer ?
You may have learned the benefits of drinking green tea as mentioned above . With a variety of benefits , you may be wondering what makes green tea so special . Well , the real secret of green tea lies in the natural ingredients such as catechins and polyphenols , such as EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate . EGCG is a powerful antioxidant in the fight against cancer cells . This substance kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue . It also lowers cholesterol levels and inhibiting the formation of blood clots . With effective special , do not hesitate to drink it to get the benefits of drinking green tea .

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Omaid Bahar Fruit

Omaid Bahar Juice Concentrate recent Fruits process and Packaging Facility

The Omaid Bahar Fruit process Company is being hailed as a beacon of hope for the Afghan agriculture sector.It cracked 1st juice concentrate works conditions , designed primarily to show into a delicious pomegranate juice and purees for consumption reception and round the world .

About two hundred individuals , together with seventy girls , can add 2 shifts round the clock at the plant , whereas the govt estimates that fifty,000 farmers can profit directly from its creation .

Pomegranates - found all over in Afghanistan and praised by the individuals because the best within the world - are going to be the most fruit , though there ar plans to method apples , melons , peaches and apricots .

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture " Tom Vilsack " Visiting Omaid Bahar process Facility
Mustafa Sadiq , owner of Omaid Bahar process Facility and Tom Vilsack , U.S. Secretary of agriculture , exchanging greetings in Omaid Bahar process Facility .
Tom Vilsack , U.S. Secretary of agriculture , and Mustafa Sadiq , owner of Omaid Bahar process Facility , at a conference in Omaid Bahar process Facility .
Tom Vilsack and Mustafa Sadiq was at a conference in Omaid Bahar process Facility .
Tom Vilsack spoke to apple growers Omaid Bahar throughout a visit to the process Facility .
Grand gap Of Omaid Bahar Facility
Cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Omaid Bahar Fruit process Facility .
And Mooney , head of the party USAID Accelerated property Agriculture Program ( ASAP ) , pour the recent juice to Italian Ambassador and alternative officers .
Minister of Agriculture , Irrigation and stock prophet Asif Rahimi , the Governor of Wardak Hadim Fidai and Mustafa Sadiq , owner juice works , check the apples from Wardak province throughout a tour of facilities Omaid Bahar .
Workers prepare Omaid Bahar Fruit process and Juice Concentrate recent Fruit Packaging Facility .
The Omaid Bahar Fruit process Company opened the primary fruit process and juice facility in Afghanistan on Oct fifteen, 2009 . The plant can turn out pomegranate juice from Afghanistan , apples , melons , apricots , and peaches .
Minister of Agriculture , Irrigation and stock prophet Asif Rahimi and alternative guests witnessed the juice in Omaid Bahar fruit crush Concentrate process new and recent packaging facilities in Kabul .
Began in Omaid Bahar Juice Concentrate Juice recent Fruit process and Packaging Facility .
Fruit inspected by employees at the works Omaid Bahar .
The Omaid Bahar Fruit process Company employs concerning two hundred employees , several of them ar girls .
Pomegranate juice is processed to create new works Omaid Bahar Fruit process Company .
A employee at the Omaid Bahar Fruit process Company shows a contemporary producing facility . The plant can turn out from Afghanistan pomegranate juice , apples , melons , apricots , and peaches .
New Omaid Bahar Fruit process Company works makes high -quality pomegranate juice for domestic consumption and export .

Friday, September 6, 2013

Top Lunch Box Picks

If packing lunch is on your daily to do list this fall, check out some of my top picks to help build a healthy lunch that you children will actually eat! And stick to Skinny Rule #18: Eat Like a Kid and enjoy these tips for yourself too.

JUICE BOX: CapriSun Super V
These are nutritionally wonderful and what makes them standout is that they are a blend of 100% fruit and vegetable juice! They are 3/4 fruit juice and 1/4 vegetable juice.

JUICE BOX ALTERNATIVE: Horizon Organic Milk Boxes
When your kids are tired of juice, to switch it up, try shelf-stable (no refrigeration needed) milk boxes. Look for lowfat milk like these Horizon Organic milk boxes which are available in chocolate lowfat milk too.

CHOCOLATE MILK BOX: Silk Pure Almond Dark Chocolate Milk
This dark chocolate almond milk is delicious and tastes like a treat while delivering bone building calcium with 50% of daily calcium needs per cup. Although, keep it in the 'treat' category because there still is about 17 grams of sugar per serving.

YOGURT TUBE: Chobani Champions Yogurt Tubes
One major bonus with Chonabi's yogurt tubes is they take children more than a few seconds to slurp down thanks to the thick texture of Greek yogurt. Quick tip: freeze a these, then add then frozen to lunches to double as an ice pack.

PEANUT BUTTER: Justin's Honey Peanut Butter Packs
If you can send peanut butter to your school, these packets are great and perfect to send along with whole-grain crackers for a snack, each packet is a 2 tablespoon serving. Also available in a maple variety.

VEGGIE DIP: Sabra Single Serve Hummus Cups
Hummus is a delicious dip for vegetables and mini single serving cups is convenient!

These reusable bags come in snack size, sandwich size and big bags. They hold up wonderful and can be easily washed in the dishwasher. LunchSkins is also offering lunch kits which include ice packs, lunch bag and sandwich/snack bags. Check them out at

The major bonus to these reusable containers (aside from the football theme) is that they have a removable ice pack built into the lid. You simply snap in the frozen ice pack to the container. Check out the Fit & Fresh web site for more details.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Unhealthiest of “Health Foods”

By Dr. Mercola

If you grew up believing the best way to start your day was a bowl of cereal, a piece of whole wheat toast smeared with margarine, and a glass of orange juice, you’re in good company.
If your health is ailing and you’re reading this, chances are your lack of progress isn’t due to apathy or poorwill power but instead, confusion over which foods are good for you and which are not.
Many foods considered “health foods” are doing exactly the opposite of what is claimed, thanks to massively successful corporate advertising campaigns. There are solid scientific reasons why America’s waistline has continued to expand.
In an article by certified personal trainer and health enthusiast Kris Gunnars, 11 so-called health foods are discussed,1 and unlike most mainstream nutrition articles, I agree with all of them.
If you are stumped about why you aren’t making progress toward your health or fitness goals, you might just be a victim of your “health food.” It would help to take a look at those popular foods, starting with one of the most beloved beverages among children and adults alike: fruit juices.

Fruit Juices

In spite of beliefs to the contrary, there are several problems with fruit juice that make it a FAR cry from “health food.” Consider orange juice, for example—particularly nearly all commercially prepared OJ.
Most all commercially prepared orange juices are actually highly processed into a liquid that bears little nutritional resemblance to fresh orange juice, as Alissa Hamilton, author of the book Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice, explains in the interview below.
First of all, it is pasteurized which decimates its vitality. Then the juice is kept in giant tanks to ensure a year-round supply. In order to preserve it, all of the oxygen is removed, and therefore all of the natural compounds that give oranges their flavor are destroyed.
Some companies add artificial flavor packs, which are essentially chemical perfumes. A common one is ethyl butyrate. If the “Best Before” date is 60 days or more, you know you have a heavily processed juice. Fruit drinks are even worse, consisting mostly of high fructose corn syrup in a mélange of artificial ingredients. Many commercial orange juices are also contaminated with mold from damaged fruit.
Additionally, fruit juice is far worse than the whole fruit, especially if it is not freshly juiced and is stored in containers, as the methanol in the juice will dissociate from the pectin and actually increase your risk of M.S.
But even fresh, pure orange juice—even freshly squeezed—is very high in sugar that is separated from its beneficial fiber and therefore detrimental to your health. One eight-ounce glass contains about 8 teaspoons of sugar, compared to 10 teaspoons in a can of soda. 

Habitually downing this much sugar can increase your risk for gout, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease and a number of other serious health problems. And many commercial juices have been found to contain unacceptably high levels or arsenic

Consuming the whole fruit causes less of a problem as the sugar is modulated by the fiber and antioxidants in the fruit, so you’re better off eating fruit whole, but in moderation. If you want juice, making your own vegetable juice at home is an excellent option.

Whole Wheat and Other Grains

Contrary to what you’ve been hearing for years about the nutritional value of whole grains, there’s a sizeable body of scientific evidence that they frequently do more harm to your body than good. Grains contain anti-nutrients and lectins that can damage your gut. And it’s the fibrous portion of the grain—the bran—that actually contains most of the anti-nutrients. These components can cause inflammation, intestinal permeability and “leaky gut.”
Wheat and other glutinous grains are the worst of the bunch. Wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) has been found to be inflammatory, immunotoxic, cardiotoxic, and neurotoxic, and can pass through your blood-brain barrier and interfere with neurotransmitter function.
Gluten intolerance may be at the root of many chronic diseases, including many neurological and psychiatric conditions such as depression, ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Many people have gluten intolerance but are unaware of it, which makes it even more insidious. It’s important to realize that ALL types of grain contribute to insulin and leptin resistance, which are the primary underlying causes for most, if not all, chronic diseases—from diabetes to cancer.
Don’t be lured into believing that all products boasting the label “gluten free” or “low-carb” are good for you. Many of these items contain other grains that are highly processed, which make them no more nutritious than the average bag of chips as they will increase your insulin and leptin resistance. And many contain sophisticated combinations of ingredients specifically engineered to induce cravings.

Agave Syrup and Nectar

Agave still lines nutrition store shelves, as if you should be pouring it over everything. Most agave nectar or syrup is nothing more than a laboratory-generated super-condensed fructose syrup, devoid of virtually all nutrient value. Agave syrup is mostly fructose and is so highly processed and refined that it bears NO resemblance to the plant for which it’s named. Depending on how it’s processed, it may contain anywhere from 55 to 90 percent fructose. High fructose corn syrup is also about 55 percent fructose, so even in the best case, agave syrup offers no advantage.
The evidence is overwhelming that, when consumed in large quantities, fructose is the most damaging sugar you can eat. Fructose drives up uric acid, which is a direct pathway toward hypertension, insulin resistance, diabetes, kidney and liver disease. Better sweetener options are stevia (an herb), and raw organic honey, in small amounts. Honey is also a concentrated form of sugar, but at least it can offer some health benefits, provided it’s high quality.

Sports Drinks and Energy Bars

For most average exercisers and athletes, sports drinks are not only a waste of your money but can actually make your health worse. Most sports drinks are loaded with things you DON'T want, like high fructose corn syrup, sodium, and artificial colors and flavors. Less than one percent of those who use sports drinks actually benefit from them.
Sports drinks are up to 30 times more erosive to your teeth than water. And brushing your teeth won’t help because the citric acid in the sports drink will soften your tooth enamel so much it could be damaged simply by brushing. A far better alternative is coconut water, sporting a long list of beneficial nutritional compounds including natural electrolytes, enzymes, trace elements, amino acids, and antioxidants.
Coconut water also has anti-inflammatory and blood pressure-lowering properties, making it the perfect “sports drink.” But even coconut water is loaded with sugar and ideally should be limited to when you need to replace minerals and fluid, like after a sauna or long duration cardio. Energy bars are no better than sports drinks—essentially just overpriced junk food. Most commercial energy bars are comprised of cheap soy protein, high fructose corn syrup, synthetic vitamins, and waste products from industrial food production.

Vegetable Oils and Fake Butter

Americans’ massive over consumption of vegetable oils is largely due to the demonization of saturated fats that’s been going on for decades. As the push to avoid animal fats rages on, people are consuming unhealthy quantities of highly refined vegetable oils—corn, soy, canola, and safflower oil. Unfortunately, all of these are highly processed and have virtually no nutritional value. And they have turned the average American’s omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratios upside down, which is a major driver of chronic inflammation.
Soybean oil is one of the worst vegetable oils, and processed foods are positively loaded with it. Whether partially hydrogenated, organic, or made from newer soybean varieties modified in such a way as to not require hydrogenation, soybean oil can cause dysfunction and chaos in your body at a cellular level. More than 90 percent of the soybeans grown in the US are genetically engineered, and as a result contaminated with dangerous levels of the herbicide glyphosate, which compounds their toxicity.
Margarine is basically a heart attack in a tub, loaded with trans fats (from hydrogenation, the process of turning liquid vegetable oils into a solid). Trans fats contribute to heart disease, cancer, bone problems, hormone imbalance and infertility, as well as low birth weight, growth problems and learning disabilities in children. Butter, on the other hand, is the real health food—it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, CLA (if the cows are limited to eating grass and not grains), and many other nutrients your body needs.

Low-Fat and Fat-Free Foods

The low-fat craze has been one of the most damaging dietary fads in history, leaving many tens of millions with chronic illness in its wake. The idea that all fat (especially animal-derived fat) is bad for you is nothing more than a mistaken interpretation of science—one that has become “stuck” in Western culture. Of course, you want to avoid the previously touted “healthy” vegetable oils as not only are they highly processed but they have far too much omega-6 fats.
A healthier fat alternative that is not promoted by the media or most nutritionists, are saturated fats from animals and vegetables. They provide a source of a number of important health benefits. In fact, your body cannot function without saturated fats! They are needed for the proper function of your cell membranes, immune system, heart, brain and other organs. In fact, a recent “landmark” study provides compelling evidence that the type of fat you consume, not the amount, is what imparts the cardiovascular benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
When fats are removed from foods, it leaves them tasteless and unappealing. So manufacturers load them up with sugar and sodium and chemicals, in massive quantities. So stick with unaltered whole foods, including full-fat unpasteurized dairy. They’re much better for you—and they taste much better too!

Breakfast Cereals

 Breakfast cereals are a favorite way to start the day for many, but they are rife with toxic ingredients and misleading advertising. Of course, the first problem is that they are grain-based, which I’ve already covered. But even many of the so-called “natural” varieties are contaminated with toxic pesticides, carcinogenic fumigants and solvents, and genetically modified ingredients. The only label that can give you any peace of mind is the “USDA Certified 100% Organic” label.
In 2011, independent testing by the Cornucopia Institute had shown that several breakfast cereals marketed as “natural”—even some that claim to avoid genetically engineered ingredients contain high levels of genetically engineered ingredients. Typical American breakfast staples, such as cereal, muffins, and the like, are popular because of wildly successful corporate PR. You might even consider skipping breakfast altogether.
But wait—isn’t that the most important meal of your day? Compelling new research indicates differently. Skipping breakfastmay reduce your hunger, stimulate your metabolism, level out your blood sugar, and stabilize your insulin levels throughout the day. Properly done intermittent fasting will actually help eliminate most food cravings and help you achieve your ideal body weight.

Choose Real Food Instead!

When considering food—regardless of whether it’s organic, local, from a supermarket or from a farmer’s market, make sure you keep the following criteria in mind. Most often, the best place to find high-quality foods is from a sustainable agricultural group in your area. If you’re unsure of what foods you should be eating and in what proportions, or you just need some help getting started, please refer to my free nutrition plan. Make sure that your food is:
Grown/raised without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)Is fresh (if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh conventional produce, the latter may still be the better option as freshness is important for optimal nutrient content)
Not genetically engineeredNot grown/raised in a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO)
Contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugsGrown/raised with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free access to the outdoors)
Contains no preservatives, artificial sweeteners, or artificial anythingGrown/raised sustainably (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Snacks to Pack While Traveling

These foods can be packed in your bag and carried right on the bus with you. They are quick and easy snack ideas.
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Fresh fruit (apples, oranges, etc)
  • Bagel
  • Granola Bars
  • Granola
  • Nuts (almonds, cashews, etc)
  • Baked tortilla chips
  • Whole grain Fig Newtons
  • Banana chips 
If you have a cooler on board these foods can also provide the healthy snack you are craving.
  • Cheese stick
  • Yogurt
  • Baby carrots
  • Celery sticks (with peanut butter, if desired)
  • Sliced fresh fruit 
Guest Blogger: Duncan Anderson, USD Dietetic Intern

Monday, August 19, 2013

Trouble making a grocery list?

Eating a variety of foods will help ensure you are meeting your vitamin and mineral needs.
Here are some suggestions to add to your "usual" grocery list.

  • chicken breasts
  • sliced turkey
  • canned tuna
  • lean ground beef
  • eggs
  • peanut butter
  • canned beans
  • nuts
  • bread, bagels, and English muffins
  • cereal
  • rice, pasta
  • potatoes
  • corn, peas
  • crackers, pretzels, popcorn
  • snack bars
  • milk
  • yogurt
  • cheese
  • cottage cheese
  • tomato or V8 juice
  • tomato sauce
  • salsa
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • onions
  • garlic
  • apples
  • bananas
  • oranges or orange juice
  • pineapple
  • pears
  • peaches
  • raisins
  • olive or canola oil
  • butter
  • jam, jelly, honey
  • salad dressing
  • salt and pepper
  • cinnamon