Junk News: Healthy Substitutes for the Junk We Love!!
This is a great article from “young Chicago authors,” that lean towards the High School crowd. The only point I would like to make is that you need to be very specific with teens at times, especially since they are prone to hear what they want to hear OR will figure out ways to go around what you say.
Take this quote for instance:
“If there are so many available junk substitutes why aren’t people eating them? Although there are many substitutes for junk food, it’s hard for us to break away from bad habits. I don’t expect that right after you read this you’re going to throw all the junk food out of your house, but gradually try to eat healthier food more often.”
This is great for teens (and adults) to understand. It makes us think about all of our habits and do our own work to help ourselves.
Now take a look at this:
“For lunch, try making your own salad. It’s cheaper than buying a lunch and it tastes even better if you make it the morning of. You can add tasty ingredients like mandarin oranges and dried cranberries, both of which are sweet yet healthy.”
Now making a salad for lunch is a great idea! It’s great for a teen to learn how to be independent with their food choices anbe serious about health. The only issue is that the author needs to specify to be careful with salad dressing!! Salads aren’t unhealthy!! But too much salad dressing can add to calories and at times have ingredients that aren’t conducive to health. Since most teens (and adults) are sugar & salt fanatics, they will practically drown the poor salad with dressing to make sure that it tastes just the way they like it! Not a healthy move!!
Overall, I love this article!! It gives just the right amount of information and leaves questions in the reader’s mind. Questions that the reader will have to answer for him or herself. You can always find a Health Coach (such as myself) to help you answer all your questions and allow you to DO RIGHT FORYOURSELF!!
Always remember…the next time you consume junk, make sure it’s Healthy Junk!
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High Cost of Health Food Means Kids Eat More Junk
If I were a parent reading this article, it would raise many more questions than answers:
- How can I buy healthier choices for my kids and save money?
- How does increased prices on raw materials (milk, corn, etc.) affect food prices in supermarkets?
- How can I introduce healthier alternatives to snacks, etc. into my children’s lives without “force” feeding them?
- What is the easiest thing I can do to start this healthy process…in myself and in my children?
There are numerous blogs, websites, experts, and companies that gives you a plethora of information that can overload our brains. Many times, a solution provided by one of these methods often result in spending more money, which may help in the short run but leaves for more issues in the long run. The better question is: How can I make simple lifestyle changes that will affect my future decisions in maintaining health and wellness?
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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. 😉
and remember…if you’re gonna consume junk, it might as well be Healthy Junk!
Shop in a convenience store for food? How about a supermarket that doesn’t exclusively organic or more natural food? Check out these tips from health.com to help you out!
Bon appetit (and don’t forget to wash your hands before handling food)!
health food or junk food – Health.com.
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!