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Healthy Kitchen = Healthy Body

March 23rd, 2010

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A Healthy Kitchen leads to Healthy Eating.  With Spring just around the corner, we’re all on the hunt to get our bodies back in shape – and that can only mean one thing: time to stop the carbs and junk food and start eating right by stocking up your healthy kitchen.  Let’s explore some easy, inexpensive foods to keep in your kitchen at all times.

When diets start, carbs are usually the first things that are cut.  Between pasta, rice and bread, it can be hard to find healthy side dishes when diets are restricted.  Luckily, an incredibly tasty and healthy grain is quinoa. NOW Foods Quinoa is certified organic and is filled with nutrition.  Just one fifty-gram serving has 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein.  Although it is a carbohydrate, it’s low-glycemic and filling.  And the best part?  It doesn’t take forty minutes like rice – only about fifteen.

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Another great item to have on hand is whey protein.  There are tons of brands and flavors to choose from.  With a vanilla or chocolate flavor you can whip up a healthy, protein filled snack or light meal – which is especially great on those warm days, when you’re craving ice cream or a milkshake. But you don’t have to be confined to a cold, icy shake.  Spring is known to be a light sweater season and on those cold days when curling up with a cup of tea and scone hits the spot, unflavored protein can be added to make those delightful treats healthier and more filling.  NOW Foods 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate is a very cost-efficient, healthy way to make even the most “comforting” foods healthier.

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It’s important to remember that while Spring is the time to get ready for bikini season, it’s also the season of love.  And what says love like warm brownies, a movie and some blankets.  Just because its date night, doesn’t mean you have to spend it over-indulging and counting the number of calories you’ll have to burn at the gym the next day.  Fortified brownies are a perfect dessert: gluten free and 7 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving.

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