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Helpful Info

Hello friends. Here are a few helpful tips you may want to take note of. More to come in the near future. Big smiles, Pam 🙂

Its always important to stay hydrated, especially during the hot summer days. Here is a list of ten hydrating foods that may help you plan your day. Now you’ll know you will have the right foods to keep you nice and  hydrated:

  1. Cucumbers top the list with 96% water. Not only are they a great source of vitamin C, they are crunchy and delicious. Toss them in a salad or just eat them by themselves.
  2. Celery comes in at number 2 with 96% water. What a great, healthy dipping veggie. Just slice them up and get some salsa and dip away.
  3. Lettuce is 95% water. The greener, leafy kind has more nutrients than iceberg (even though I have to admit, it’s still my favorite). When it’s hot outside, what’s better than a nice cold salad for lunch or dinner?
  4. Zucchini, which is also 95% water, has vitamins C and potassium. It tastes great on the grill or sautéed in a little olive oil.
    Don’t worry, fruits are on the way!
  5. Tomatoes, coming in at 94% water, also have vitamin C and A. Toss them in a salad with some fresh basil and olive oil and it’s just delish.
  6. Watermelon, which has 92% water, is my all-time favorite summer fruit. I just read that it is more hydrating than some sports drinks and much healthier in my opinion. Watermelon also has vitamin A and C and is beyond sweet and refreshing.
  7. Bell peppers, which I just eat like an apple, have 92% water. My son loves the orange ones and eats them the same way. They have beta carotene, vitamin B and C, plus many more benefits.
  8. Strawberries have 92% water. I love the fiber they have and of course the vitamins to boot. Toss them over a salad or have them as a cool, refreshing dessert.
  9. Cantaloupes have 92% water; my whole family loves them and we enjoy them year round. They have vitamin A and C along with potassium. Cantaloupes are easy to find throughout the year at most markets.
  10. Peaches, yummy, sweet peaches. At 88% water, they’re also an excellent source of vitamin A and potassium. Just like cantaloupes, they’re easy to find most times of the year. They might be a little pricey, but splurge once or twice and enjoy them.

Hope this helps a little in finding some good choices for yummy hydrating foods for any time of year.

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Try using non fat Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream or sour cream. It tastes so thick and decadent. Check out my shortcake recipe. You won’t believe how delish it is and it’s made with Greek yogurt.

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Meal makeover!
Try to eat more whole grain foods by replacing some refined grains in your daily diet with whole grains. Here are a few ideas.

Instead of:Choose:
refined grainswhole grains
white bread100% whole wheat bread
corn flakesbran flakes
white pastawhole wheat pasta
white ricebrown rice

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We all love to eat yummy treats (like the ones on skinnysweetsdaily), and even though these recipes are much lower in fat and calories, we still need to maintain a healthy balance between our meals and snacks. Eating healthy is important, and if we eat whole grains, veggies, fruits and lean protein on a regular basis, then yes, let’s have some healthy sweets and not feel guilty about it! I already provided some examples of switching from refined grains to whole grains, but I also want to tell you about the anatomy of a whole grain.

  • Bran… Is the outer layer of the whole grain. This is where all the fiber is.
  • Germ… This is the center of the whole grain which contains antioxidants, in addition to many different vitamins such as B and E, minerals, essential fats and nutrients.
  • Endosperm… The majority of the grain that contains carbohydrates and proteins that give us energy.

I hope this gives you a bit more insight on the goodness of eating healthy, and trying to include whole grains in our meals in addition to veggies, fruits and lean protein.

I’ll be back with some more bits and tips in the near future. Keep smiling! Pam

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