Healthy Food

Wellness for the Family: Healthy & Simple Alternatives for Junk Food Cravings

We all have a our go-to snack cravings and sometimes they’re not the healthiest. Plus, National Junk Food Day is Wednesday, July 21st and with that in mind, registered dietician with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Shanthi Appelo has some tips for healthy alternatives.

Check out the Zoom video above for details on the recipe that Shanthi recommends.

Click here to connect with Shanthi and to see more recipes through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

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New report: CNY produces lots of food. It also has areas of food scarcity

Central New York is blessed with rich, fertile farmland and relatively good access to food distribution networks.

Yet those assets are under some strain, and the region also has pockets and neighborhoods where residents sometimes have difficulty finding enough nutritious food.

A new study and report released today makes recommendations for strengthening the region’s food-related economy while also addressing the inequalities in food access.

The report, called FoodPlanCNY, was commissioned by the Onondaga County Agriculture Council and prepared through a partnership of local governments and academic institutions and an assist from a relatively new “food systems” group.

“This is more

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Evaluating peers’ food choices may improve healthy eating habits among young adolescents

According to the World Health Organization, over 340 million children and adolescents (aged 5 to 10 years old) were classified as overweight or obese in 2016, a statistic that has risen from 14% since 1975. Childhood obesity is associated with a wide range of severe health complications and an increased risk of premature onset of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. Without intervention, children and young adolescents classified as obese are likely to remain so throughout adolescence and adulthood.

A new study conducted in the United Arab Emirates investigates whether asking early adolescents to evaluate the food choices of peers

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Best 5 Spots For Healthy Food Near You In Plano

While hot chicken and taco restaurants have seemingly popped up everywhere over the past year, many of us are still only wanting to indulge in these types of treats more sparingly and find more healthy food nearby.

Fortunately, several health conscious spots have opened in Collin County as well. While the list of all the healthful options in the county could go on and on, we’ve decided to break them up for you city-by-city. Here are five of our favorites near you in Plano!

Salad and Go

1400 Coit Road, Plano |

Salad and Go’s buffalo chicken salad is
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25 Foods That Are Good for Your Heart

Every year, 647,000 Americans die from heart disease and heart-related conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, it’s the leading cause of death in the United States.

In terms of prevention, living a healthy lifestyle is the best thing you can do. Some activities that can increase risk of developing heart disease include smoking, a lack of exercise, heavily drinking alcohol, and eating a diet high in cholesterol, fat, salt, and sugar. To stay as heart-healthy as possible, it’s best to avoid this activities and try to eat a diet that consists of heart

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Robotic food mindset can boost healthy eating or backfire

A pop-up pantry will offer free produce to the Springfield public at Matheny-Withrow Elementary School on Wednesdays.

Vendors at the Old Capitol Farmers Market will be donating any remaining produce to the YMCA of Springfield as part of its Healthy Community Initiatives.

See also: Farmers markets return for summer season with samples, live music and social distancing

The produce will be available at Matheny-Withrow, 1200 S. Pope Ave., from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Healthy Community Initiatives is a nationwide movement where community leaders partner with YMCAs to provide access to healthier choices and lifestyles. 

The program will specifically

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Growing farmers market options help Humble, Kingwood residents eat healthy

Local markets

Redemption Square Farmers & Specialty Market

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Generation Park, 250 Assay Street, Houston

Kingwood Farmers Market

When: Thursday 2 p.m.-6 p.m. in Standard Time, 3 p.m.-7 pm during Daylight Savings Time

Where: Town Center Park. 8 N. Main Street, Kingwood

Fall Creek Farmers’ Market

When: Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: The Park at Fall Creek, 7930 Fall Creek Bend Drive, Humble

Eagle Springs Farmers’ Market

When: Tuesday 3-7 p.m.

Where: Valley Springs Clubhouse, 13555 Valley Lodge Parkway, Atascocita

The Groves Marketplace

When: Thursday 3-7 p.m.

Where: The Hearth, 11939 Madera Run Pkwy, Atascocita

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Why it’s not always our fault if we choose unhealthy foods

Man eating a hamburger Szabo Viktor on Unsplash

It takes us less than half a second, on average, to decide whether a food tastes good but twice as long to decide how healthy it is, according to new research from LSE’s Department of Management.

The paper, published in Nature Human Behaviour, explains why we sometimes fail to be self-controlled when it comes to unhealthy food – our brain processes how healthy a food is slower than it processes how tasty it is.

Researchers asked 79 adults to choose between two foods – some of which were healthy

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Healthy food swaps for effective weight loss

Many people work extremely hard to lose weight. But in the process, they often forget that cutting out entire food groups can hamper the progress instead of aiding it. This is because rather than fully eliminating food groups, resorting to extreme dieting, or depriving oneself of favourite foods, the key lies in making some simple diet tweaks, and replacing high-calorie foods with low-calorie, healthy alternatives.

Throwing some light on such food swaps, nutritionist Lovneet Batra shared a post on Instagram.

According to her, instead of overhauling the entire diet to shed unwanted pounds, one should opt to “substitute healthier,

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