Junk News XIX: ‘Healthy’ foods that can pack on the pounds

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I personally had no idea that quinoa can pack on pounds. Dried Fruit is very well-known for packing on pounds because of its sugar content. Nuts and seeds have lots of “good” fats but fat is fat and if it’s not processed by the body properly, it sits there on your gut or your butt.

Fruit smoothies are along the lines of dried fruit…just another way for a lot of sugar to get into your system (same with fruit juices) but hummus? I figured that’s one of the low-calorie ones!!

I just want to mention something about salads. Instead of adding cheese, bacon, or shrimp, try adding other kinds of greens (instead of lettuce) such as watercress, arugula, or even endives. These bitter and sweet greens can add to the flavor of the salad without having to add a meat or fat filled or too much salad dressing (the main culprit behind the increased calories of a salad).

So the ‘moral of the story’ is that moderation is key!! Almonds are super healthy for you…one of the best things you can put in your mouth. But you have enough common sense that too much of anything is no longer healthy and fat enriched foods like nuts¬† will add to your gain if you eat like 10 handfuls at once!! Don’t go crazy and feel guilty if you eat too much of one of these foods (dried fruit and almonds are my passion). Don’t be so literal in your train of thought. Enjoy your healthy junk and even more so, enjoy your healthy outlook on the junk you consume.

I missed you guys…I hope you missed me too. ūüėČ

and remember…if you’re gonna consume junk, it might as well be Healthy Junk!

Junk News XVI: Sale of junk food to be banned in Ontario schools (with a little extra)

Sale of junk food to be banned in Ontario schools.

I won’t say that this is a good idea…but I won’t say that this is a bad idea either. Ontario has good intentions but banning junk food in the school is not going to just “solve the problem.” That doesn’t mean that banning junk off altogether is the answer either.

What does help is manifold:

  • In banning junk foods, they can sell healthier alternatives, such as fruits and nuts or snacks that cater to a healthier crowd. Children need snacks to keep them going throughout the day. Why not have a fruit/nut/water stand?
  • At the same time, schools MUST reinstate extra-curricular activities, such as gym or even playing a music instrument. We have become a continent so focused on learning and the future that we stopped looking at the present – children need a balance between learning and doing so that they can become well-rounded and successful individuals in the future.
  • At the end of the day, schools are only a part of the sum. Parents much also do what they can to educate their children. This does not mean to tell them to eat right and you do the total opposite. This is one of the times where children are going to have to learn by your example.

Junk Food (and other junk we consume) should be considered a “luxury.” Something that we can indulge in every so often, but it has to be earned. It cannot be a crutch. That doesn’t mean that they can’t have junk food at all. Children need to learn new ways of eating and appreciate health so that if they do eat a candy bar, it’s not going ot affect their overall health. They won’t overindulge and they will be able to cope with exercise and a positive and focused attitude.

In other words, it has to be a holistic and balanced approach.

two healthy junk foods

When I found this blog post, I had to put it in this post. Who better to put their money where their mouth is but me? I doesn’t make sense for me to talk about how much junk food is NOT good for you and not provide those healthier alternatives I was talking about. I’m only now learning to cook for myself (I baked an organic chicken the other day- the first time in years!) and soon I will be able to try this out and make it taste good for me. If you’re a fan of cooking and want to try this out, post a comment letting me know how it went. If you’re already a pro in the kitchen, leave any tips you can – for me and my readers.

Thanks so much for keeping up with me. No matter what happens in life, always keep a positive attitude and get rid of the junk in your life.

Always remember…if you’re gonna consume junk, it might as well be Healthy Junk! (l)

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Junk News XV: How to Eat Better and Slash the Grocery Bill

How to Eat Better and Slash the Grocery Bill.

I got this in Oprah‘s Newsletter yesterday and I love it! :D

It’s a great way for us to save money and eat healthy, giving you more reason to cut out the junk foods we consume and getting some Healthy Junk in our lives!

It’s my first post for Healthy Junk in 2010! Sorry it took so long but yesterday was my birthday! (l) Don’t worry…we still have over 300 days to get it together.

So always remember…

if you’re gonna consume junk, it might as well be Healthy Junk!

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Welcome to my new Healthy Junkyard!

Hey Hey Hey! :D

Discount Grocery Outlet Sells Overstocked And Out-Of-Date Food

Welcome to my new digs. I hope you like the new design and features of this site. I’m going to miss Tumblr but I have a feeling that here, Healthy Junk will feel right at home. Just call me Mrs. Fred G. Sanford, ok! ;)

As I said on Tumblr, I’m going through some things right now in my personal life but I’m not going to let that stop me from living my life to the fullest – in the healthiest way possible. In this recession, Healthy Junk is needed now, more than ever, to help you transition from processed foods/goods to healthier alternatives ON A BUDGET. Yes, we all have to sacrifice certain things. Let Healthy Junk be the way for you to keep your health AND your wealth (or what little you have, depending on your situation).

So sit back, relax, and fasten your seatbelts. This ain’t your average junk nor your average blog! I can’t wait to get this show on the road! :D

If you’re gonna eat junk, it might as well be HEALTHY JUNK.