Keys to a Healthy Diet

As we march ahead into 2013, this is a good time to renew our commitment to healthier living. Our health is one of the most important aspects of our lives. With healthy bodies, we are able to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment.

Maintaining a healthy diet is fundamental to healthy living, so here are 3 keys to a healthy diet.

1. Get plenty of fibre. Dietary fibre provides nutrition, is filling and relatively low in calories. High-fibre foods include things like apples, carrots, beans and peas, and whole grains. One of the greatest benefits of fibre is that it lowers blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Fibre is an essential and vital part of a healthy, balanced diet.

2. Make your meals colourful. Green, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli and melon provide valuable antioxidants and other nutrients. These types of foods may help the body protect
 against cancers and other diseases. Ideally you should
  eat 5 servings per day.

3. Limit your sugar. Sugary foods, refined grain
   products like white bread and salty snacks
      are typically calorie-packed. These types
       of foods are usually convenience type
        food that offer very little in the way
         nutrition and actually work against a
          healthy and balanced diet. Just one can
          of pop per day may add up to 16 pounds
          of weight a year.

     Small changes to our diet can have a
    lasting and measurable impact on the
   quality of our life. Over the next couple of
  issues of the Balance we'll share more
keys to a healthy diet.

Spring Time!

March is the month of Spring. March 20th marks the first day of spring in Canada in 2013. Also known as the vernal equinox, the first day of spring brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures and the re-emergence of nature.

Depending on where you live in Canada, the signs of spring will start to appear – worms will emerge, ladybugs will appear, green buds will start to show themselves and flowers, like snowdrops, will bloom. Next time you're out and about take note of how Spring is revealing it's self in your region.

High-fibre Hitter

Increasing the amount of fibre in your diet is one of the most beneficial steps that you can take towards improving your over-all health. Making changes to your lifestyle doesn't have to be monumental – it really can start with one small step each day. Here's a simple recipe that takes just minutes to prepare.

Blueberry Yogurt

    1 cup of plain yogurt

    1 cup of fruit (you can use frozen blueberries, pineapple or peaches)

    ¾ cup of skim milk

    1 teaspoon of honey

Blend all ingredients with 1 cup of ice and enjoy.

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