Make The Switch

Make the Switch in 2014!

As we come into a state of consciousness we realize our diets and way of life will be our demise. Good news, with healthier snacking and making the switch from commercial snack brands to cleaner snack brands made with organic and non-GMO ingredients without the preservatives is one step in the right direction.

Healthy snacking improves overall health, curbs cravings, fights weight gain, regulates mood, boosts brain power and gives you the energy you need to keep going all day.

Here are some examples of making the switch from your conventional commercial brands to clean, pure, organic and GMO free brands:

Commercial Brands Organic- GMO free Brands
Doritos Whale Tails Tortilla Chips
Lays Good Boy Organics BOPS Baked Potato Chips
Arizona Tea Two Leaves and A Bud Organic Tea
Slim Jim Viana Vegan Snack Sausage
Lipton Recipe Secrets Dip Mixes Simple Organic Greek Yogurt Dip Mixes
Power Bar Protein Bars The Simply Bar
Little Debbies Brownies Brownie Delights- Kur Organic Superfoods
Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups UNREAL Candy
Jiffy Pop Kettle Pop Popcorn

 

 

Chia Seeds Big on Health Benefits

Chia Seeds are Small but Big on Health Benefits:

Chia seeds are often thought of as the tiny seeds meant to turn novelty pottery shapes into living forms of questionable art.  However, this little seed is gaining a reputation that will gain them more respect as more people are discovering the little seed with superfood powers.  With numerous health benefits and an affordable price point it is making its way to more supermarket shelves as demand grows. Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 3.57.31 PM

It is most of all a great source of omega-3 fats and fiber and easy to add to smoothies, bake goods and include in other food preparations such as dressings and toppings.

The seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family.  It was important to the Aztec community and remained mostly obscure and unknown in North America until a few decades ago.

Research studies have shown the chia seed is promising in providing positive health benefits that include energy boosting, aiding digestion, lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, improving sleep and aiding in cardiovascular health.

Chia seeds range in color from white to black and they contain calcium, protein, manganese, phosphorus and healthy doses of omega-3 fats.  They can be eaten whole or milled which makes them easy to use and consume.  It is important to choose high quality sources for the seed and avoid buying weed seeds of the chia plant species that are sold as quick sprouting plants for novelty gifts.  Red seeds are immature chia seeds and should be avoided as they do not contain nutritional benefits of the white, brown, and black seeds.  Buying from a trusted health centered food market is the best choice.

Because the seeds are tasteless they are easy to add to foods.  Because chia seeds are small they can go unnoticed in foods and are simple to add to salads, gravies, deserts, muffins, cookies, breads, and to toppings such as honey, preserves, or apple butter.  High quality chia seeds are easy to sprout and add to meals too.

A Green fork-N-spoon Box is a good source to gain introduction to new snacks and quick foods that are healthy and tasty.  Gifting of a Box or subscription is affordable and the receiver will be thrilled with such a gift.  Start out the New Year right with a Green fork-N-spoon Box filled to the brim with new family snack favorites

Antibacterial Products to Be Targeted by FDA

Antibacterial Products to Be Targeted by FDA:

Antibacterials and antimicrobials are getting examined under the watchful eye of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with their latest announcement to start regulating the antibacterial chemicals that are showing up in so many American used products. Many people quickly reach for antibacterial products believing them to be the best choice of other options but experts have long warned that the over use of these chemicals could be harmful. In a study conducted on the chemicals by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) it was found that the chemicals can be found in 75% of the urine of Americans.

Monday the FDA announced they would begin with requiring soap manufacturers to demonstrate that the chemicals found in their products were safe or to delete them from the products completely.Antibacterial FDA

Advocates for more regulation argue that the chemicals such as triclosan and triclocarban which are often found in antibacterial soaps can disrupt healthy reproductive development and metabolism in animals and could do the same in humans. Antibacterial properties through chemical additives are found in products beyond soaps. There are found in fabrics, baby products such as pacifiers, and even mouthwashes and toothpastes.

The FDA is basing their new decision on information from the scientific community that warns of the long term use of the chemicals found in antibacterial products. They are also viewing the safety evidence alongside the studies that have shown the chemicals to be no more effective than using plain soap with water in fighting harmful germs.

Consumers are warned that the FDA announcement does not mean that products with antibacterial chemicals will be taken off the market quickly. It means that companies will have a time period of one year to prove the chemicals they use in their products are safe and effective for consumer use. If they cannot prove their usefulness and safety then the chemicals will have to be removed from the products. Since the products will not be removed immediately from products it is important for consumers to watch products themselves that contain these chemicals and make their own decisions as to whether to use them or not.

Hand sanitizers will be viewed separately by the FDA and are not subject to the current announcement.
Antibacterial hand soaps are thought to be a $450 million industry for manufacturers.

Last week the FDA ruled that the use of antibiotics in animals raised for meat consumption would be phased out.
For those looking for safe, healthy, tasty snacks that you can trust to be good for you and your family try a Green fork-N-spoon Box. It is the perfect way to try new snack favorites before you buy in your neighborhood health conscious supermarket. It is also a great way to start out the New Year with consideration for a healthier lifestyle in 2014.

Winter Weather Car Emergency Kit

Snacks for Your Winter Weather Car Emergency Kit:

Winter weather driving requires extra precaution and while one needs to avoid putting themselves in a situation where they could be stranded sometimes it happens. Winter weather can be unpredictable and can change in an instant. When it does and a driver is on the road it can lead to difficult driving conditions and becoming stranded can be a real possibility.Winter Weather Emergency Kit

Most people that live and drive in areas where winter weather could cause problems usually have a winter weather car emergency kit but there are many items that could be overlooked that need to be packed.

A few important items are:
• A whistle can help rescuers find your car or help a passerby become aware of your car if it has slid off the road and is not readily visible. Whistles are easier to hear than a voice and it can be sustained longer than yelling.
• A one-time quick charge device for a mobile phone.
• Extra socks, gloves, hats, scarves, and sweat shirts with hoods could prove helpful.
• A crank operated radio and flashlight.
• Hand warmers.
• LED safety road light.
• Extra medication that might be needed.
• Water should be included in the emergency kit but to keep it from freezing while being stored it can be kept in an insulated cooler.

A very important item to store in a winter weather car emergency kit is snacks. Snacks are definitely important. The snacks should be non-perishable and should be small amounts separately wrapped. They should have a good mix of both good protein and readily used carbohydrates. It is important to have a variety of snacks and a larger than expected supply to accommodate any passengers that might be stranded along with the driver.

To discover tasty and healthy snacks that are ready to put in your winter weather emergency kit for the car or home get a Green Fork ‘N Spoon Box. You can “try before you buy” healthy snacks that are tasty and sure to become a family favorite.

Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss

Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss:

Many people focusing on weight loss feel snacking is no longer an option. While smart snacking is one of the best ways to maintain a strong metabolism and aid in weight loss, irresponsible choices can turn weight loss into an even bigger challenge. The fundamental reasons for snacking are to provide a boost of energy and maintain a normal blood sugar level. With good choices, these two goals can be accomplished without sabotaging all the effort going into weight loss.

Smart snacking and weight loss can have a peaceful coexistence. The idea of snacking while trying to lose weight typically repels one another, but there are smart food choices which can actually help in the effort to lose weight.Healthy Snacks for Weight loss

High protein and low carbs are the winning combination to a healthy snack while focusing on weight loss. There are many snack choices which fit the bill. Here is just a small list of smart healthy snacks for weight loss that can support your goals versus sabotaging it:

Nonfat yogurt with almonds

Lentil salad

Dry roasted edamame

Beef jerky

Soynuts

Grapes with cottage cheese

Greek yogurt

High protein based granola

Nuts such as almonds and pistachios

There are many other snacks which are safe, smart choices for those focusing on weight loss. A hard-boiled egg or a couple tablespoons of unsalted peanut butter also provide a boost of energy and many grams of protein. The advantage to choosing protein based snacks is feeling fuller longer. In contrast, high carb snacks increase blood sugar level and can give you a feeling of meltdown in a short period of time.

High protein snacks can offer the perfect pickup to any afternoon without “cheating” on a diet plan. Focusing on high protein and small portions will provide anyone with a healthy snack choice. It is perfectly fine to snack while seeking to lose a few pounds if smart choices are made, in fact it can actually support your effort by keeping your willpower in check.

For smart, tasty, healthy snacks for weight loss seek out a Green fork-N-spoon Box and Make The Switch for 20141 where you can discover new snacks, try them before you buy them, and affordably, quickly, and conveniently be introduced to food treats that will support your new healthy lifestyle efforts.