Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Food Fight!!

Ok so you have probably heard many different theories about different foods and how they are good for you and what they accomplish in your body and so on and so on, right? Well, which "like foods" would win in a battle i.e. tuna v. salmon? Cow v. goat milk?

Let's get ready to rumble!

Popcorn kernels v. Microwave popcorn

Usually this tasty treat gets a bad rap because of the nasty movie theater butter option, however, if properly prepared, it can be a great, low-calorie snack! Popped kernels are packed with fiber, but stick to those found in jars or bulk bins. The bagged versions can have a load of carcinogens in the packaging, not to mention a load on your wallet.

Get creative: Fancy it up! Top your popcorn with curry powder, cayenne pepper, old bay, smoked salt, or grated dark chocolate to satisfy other cravings!

Whole Wheat Bread v. Rye Bread

Many of us believe that whole wheat bread is the greatest thing on Earth. But did you know that rye bread has almost twice as much fiber per slice?? For us ladies especially, keeping our fiber levels up can help with controlling our weight, keeping a healthy digestive tract, and maintaining blood sugar. Make sure to look for "rye meal" or "whole rye flour" as the main ingredient though! There are many impostors out there!

The Champ? RYE BREAD
Get creative: Use rye to make sandwiches or as your toast in the morning!

Goat's Milk v. Cow's Milk

Sure they both have essential amino acids needed for muscle building, but goat's milk also contains omega-3 fatty acids AND the bone-building trio: calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Lactose intolerant? Goat milk contains less lactose in its protein!

The Champ? GOAT'S MILK
Get creative: Use it in cereal, coffee, or smoothies!

Frozen v. Fresh Blueberries

Besides the price difference, frozen actually has more health benefits than you may think. Frozen fruit is usually known to be picked at peak ripeness and then soon after frozen. This is known to lock in antioxidants, flavor, and nutrients.

Get creative: Toss berries into oatmeal, smoothies, or pancake batters to give your meal a little more "oopmh!"

Canned Tuna v. Canned Salmon

I hate to break it to you but salmon ranks superior in this battle. It contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids as well as Vitamin D.

Get creative: Use canned salmon instead of beef when making meatloaf or cooking burgers!

Green bell v. Red bell pepper

No contest here, too! Ok so red bell peppers are just green peppers that have ripened, but they also have TONS more Vitamin C and beta-carotene (helps boost your immune system)! Higher intake in Vitamin C can reduce your risk of upper respiratory tract infections too! In these cold months, you need all the help you can get, right?

Get creative: Add slices of this sucker to salads, tacos, sandwiches, salsa, and slaws!

The champions have spoken! We have our winners and all with good reason!

Have you checked out my Jog for January challenge ?? Keep up with it for your chance to win a GOSportID !

So when it comes to a battle of the foods, I hope you notice what is better for you. Though all of these are/can be healthy choices, it is always good to know which ones are the best so that you can live life to the fullest... and on your own two feet...

Until the next step bloggers...

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