Health Tips by Tasneem Legohn, RD

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables that look like mini cabbage. They are an excellent source of vitamin c, vitamin k, b-vitamins, and fiber; and they also contain glucosinates, a phytonutrient, which are believed to have anti-cancer properties. Brussels sprouts are best prepared by first by cutting them in half then either steaming until tender or roasting with olive oil and seasonings until crisp and golden on the outside. Eat Well, Live Well

Choose Whole Foods

Always choose whole foods when you can to avoid processed junk. For instance, when choosing a peanut butter, there are many options. Some brands have added sugar, corn syrup and hydrogenated oils while other brands just have peanuts. Making your own peanut butter is another option to be in control of ingredients. The same principles apply to common processed foods items like jams, nut milks, breads, sauces, etc. Eat Well, Live Well Pic: Google images

GI Transit

It takes on average 2-3 days for the GI tract to digest what we eat and empty from our...well...you know what! Most of the food contents spend time in our large intestines. That is a long time for food to be in our GI system and this is where the importance of adequate hydration and fiber come into play to help keep our system regular. Think about the effect that certain inflammatory foods like processed meat/foods, trans fat and added sugars may have on the GI system after being in our gut for days.,,yikes! Focus on adequate water intake, fiber, and low-inflammatory foods like fruit, veggies and nut to keep your gut happy and flowing smoothly! Eat Well, Live Well. Picture credit: Google Ima

Sweet Melon

Give yourself the sweet reward of ripe summer melons like watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, canary or hami. Melons are a great snack that are low in calories, high in water and a good source of vitamin C. Be sure to wash your melon before cutting it to wash away bacteria and prevent foodborne illness. Eat Well, Live Well Pic: dissolve.com

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