To make sure we get enough protein everyday, it is important to consider quality and quantity. When we think of protein, the first foods that come to mind are typically chicken, beef and maybe eggs. But what if you opt to get your protein from plants instead of animal sources? A diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, beans, soy foods, and nuts and seeds can provide enough protein.
It’s no secret that many Americans fall short when it comes to eating the recommended five daily servings of fruits and veggies, despite the health benefits. Many of us know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables. So, why aren’t we getting enough? Here are some common barriers to fruit and veggie consumption, and strategies to help you add more produce to your plate.
Just eight percent of people typically keep their New Year’s resolutions.
That stat seems like a good reason to start thinking outside of the box for new and more sustainable ideas. It’s admirable to set goals for the year ahead, but it’s easy to fall back on the defaults (i.e. eat better or exercise more). And there is good reason why the diet and fitness industries count on January as one of their most lucrative time periods, which is then followed by a drop-off period. In fact, they count on our failures to change.
You’ve heard it all: Sugar is bad. Sugar is toxic. Sugar will destroy your health.
Fear-mongering messages around sugar abound. They are extreme, unhelpful, and take the joy out of eating dessert. Bah Humbug.
Truthfully, it is not that simple – cutting out one ingredient (like sugar) or groups of food is not what will lead to better health. In fact, it can be detrimental to health.
Pumpkin pies and jack o lanterns have their place in this season’s festivities, but pumpkin can do so much more. They can be used from sweet breakfast dishes to savory dinner pastas. Plus, pumpkins are a good source of vitamin C and an excellent source of vitamin A, making them the perfect Superfood to pair with protein-packed peanuts.
Forty states are expected to have water shortages over the next ten years. U.S. communities are starting to face both quality and supply issues, unrelated to drought, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). America’s agriculture sector accounts for about 80 percent of U.S. water consumption, according to the USDA.
And peanuts are the most water efficient of all nuts, using only 4.7 gallons of water to produce one serving (1 ounce) compared to almonds, for example, which use 80.4 gallons per ounce. Worldwide peanut production contributes to just 1 percent of the global water footprint, which is the measure of water used to produce goods and services.
Search the hashtag “cleaneating” on Instagram and you will find images of super-lean women taking mirror selfies at the gym. There are also photos of low-calorie, “ice-cream” and “milkshakes,” plates of only vegetables, and a bunch of guys’ washboard abs. All of these photos are sending the same message: Eat clean, and you’ll be a much more attractive person with a better life than the one you already have – the one you have while you’re eating … dirty.
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