Corn : Is it beneficial?

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I have always loved eating corn but was never sure whether it contained any benefits. So today I decided to find out a little bit more about it.

Here is the nutritional contents of an average cup of corn (149grams) :

~Fibre 14.3% RDA
~Vitamin C. 13.6% RDA
~B3. 12.5% RDA
~Manganese. 12.5% RDA
~B3. 11.8% RDA
~Calories. 7% RDA

Corn is a whole grain food that is high in fibre, low in fat and provides our body with essential nutrients, beneficial methinks!?

Corn provides our body with two important carotenoids: lutein and leaxanthin which both support our eyes, reducing the chance of eye disease and slow cataracts. Lutein also reduces the chance of stroke or heart attack as it prevents hardening of arteries.

Corn also contains folate which supports out cardiovascular system and vitamin B1 that helps our body convert carbs into energy and aids the functioning of our heart, muscles and nervous systems.

As you can see corn is high in fibre; both soluble and insoluble. Dietary fibre is the soluble fibre which reduces chance of heart disease and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure levels, whereas the insoluble fibre helps prevent constipation. This can also be good for dieting as the fibre makes you feel more satisfied, meaning you eat less, aiding weight loss.

An average sized corn ear only contains about 80 Calories and over 10% of our RDA of fibre!!

So is corn beneficial?

I definitely think so!!

3 WEEK: 3 MOVE CHALLENGE – DAY 1

As promised I started the 3week : 3day challenge this morning! Yes as soon as I got up this morning it was down to business. I decided to split my workout up into sets:
• 25 sit ups
• 8 push ups
• 25 sit ups
• 8 push ups
• 25 sit ups
• 10 push ups
• 25 sit ups

REMEMBER!! You don’t have to do your daily workout routine all at the one time, you can break it up over your day as you please, this is just easier for me as the morning before work is the most time I have in the day! For example you could do 50 sit ups in the morning, 13 push ups at lunch, 50 sit ups at dinner and 13 push ups in the evening. Do what suits you best, you will still reap the same results! Designing your workout plan to suit your timetable is essential in order to help you stick to the plan and not miss a day!

Don’t forget to take the stairs at any chance you get today, that ELEVATOR IS YOUR ENEMY! 🙂 Lucky for me I work on the fifth floor of a very big building, all the more walking!

Get in those pints of lemon water too! They will leave you feeling energised , rejuvenated and it is a great alkaline booster, improves digestion, cleanses your liver, boosts your immune system, helping to fight infections and provides the body with antioxidants.

I was running a little late this morning with my new routine in place so may not of drank my morning pint of lemon water but there’s always the rest of the day to squeeze it in! Its never to late! If you haven’t started already you always can now! 🙂

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The Good Snack!

Recently I came across this range of new snacks called the Good Snack , the healthy option! They make a range of snack sized bags that contain a range of different peanuts, chocolate raisins, dried fruit and seed mixes. They don’t contain anything artificial!!

Remember! Snacking is good, you just need to snack good. Meaning… Snacking is not a bad thing in fact it can be better than eating three big meals without snacking and it helps metabolism too, however you need to choose the right food to snack on.

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• Veggie sticks: Celery is a great snack!
• Sliced tomato and feta cheese.
• Piece of fruit
• Yogurt
• Granola bar
• Air popped popcorn
• Egg whites and wholegrain toast.

Why water is so important!

Everyone is always told water is good for you, that you should drink water and so on, but do you really know why?

Water has many functions in the human body and it makes up to 75% of the human body.Water is essential for survival! It plays a role in every cell in the body and is needed by every system and organ. Lack of water can lead to a condition known as dehydration which can mean headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness, fatigue and more.

Water has many health benefits as well as being essential for life.

The picture below shows just 10 functions and health benefits of drinking water.

It is recommended that a person should drink at least 8 pints of water a day! Water also has better benefits depending on when you drink, for example drinking a pint of water in the morning helps activate internal organs and drinking a glass of water after a meal aids digestion.

Sooo…..

Get drinking!!🍻🍻🍻🍻

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Fruit of the Day 4: Apples!! (“)

Apples are probably the most common fruit (or at least the oldest?), however today I decided they were well worth a mention. Apples are packed full of nutrition that provide many health benefits! They are also delicious to taste and come in loads of different varieties’ :)🍎🍏🍎

Apples contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. These minerals aid healthy bones and can prevent the development of osteoporosis which can develop especially in older women.

Polyphenols are also found in apples and have great health benefits such as anti-aging. These polyphenols also have a role in fat management and can help the maintainance of weight or aid weight loss. Polyphenols in apples reduce LDL cholesterol and lower plasma total, therefore help our cardiovascular systems and reduce chance of developing lung cancer and asthma.

An average apple contains approx. 17% dietary fibre. Fibre contains properties that aid digestion and weight loss and also reduce cholesterol and the slow release of energy helps in blood sugar regulation.

Not only are apples good for our bones, cardiovascular system and digestion system but eating an apple could also mean whiter teeth :D, prevent development of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, help prevent development of cancers, diabetes and gallstones, control irritable bowel syndrome, aid towards a healthier heart, boost your immune system and detoxify your liver!

With all these benefits, why wouldn’t you like apples ???

Make Your Own Smoothie!

All you need is:
• Frozen mixed berries
• Natural yoghurt
• Ice if required

Simply pour 2-3 cups of natural yoghurt into the blender and add 1-2 cups of frozen berries and blend until smooth.
As frozen ingredients are being used ice is not needed, however if you choose to use fresh fruit , ice will ensure your smoothie is still refreshing and cool.

Tip: You can use extra protein or vitamin supplements in your drinks to suit your lifestyle and preference.