February 19, 2014 Edition

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Eating well

Vivian Heyl
Staff Writer

As a mother and grandmother cooking and serving wholesome meals and snacks is important to me. While eating healthy is a major concern for most people. I've found the argument that finding food that tastes good and is good for you poses a problem for many families

If it's not from a fast food restaurant or the snack aisle it can't taste good is a standard assessment by many youngsters.

Trading a diet which is high in starch, refined sugar and simple carbohydrates for one that is made up of fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats and whole grains will not only increase energy levels, it will lead to a healthier body and increase our brain power.

As a diabetic I heartily encourage everyone to follow The National Diabetes Association recommendation of adding lean protein and fiber to snacks as well as to our meals.

Eating fresh fruit will satisfy a sweet craving and combining fruit with unsalted nuts or an ounce of cheese will stop midmorning or afternoon hunger pains. Fresh fruits are healthy and surprisingly low in sugar.

Whole grain bread with natural nut butters such as almond, cashew and peanut is a much healthier alternative than a trip to the snack machine or down the cookie aisle.

Since March is National Nutrition Month it is a good time to reassess our eating habits. Eating well can be both delicious and nutritious. A diet that is rich in whole foods will not only taste wonderful, it will make us feel better.

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