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!!

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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 you should include a Sandwich in the Lunchbox

Back to School!! Which means back to early mornings, the early morning traffic, getting uniforms ready, making lunches, and the rest of the commotion. But ensuring your children have a nutritious lunch can be stressful and hard at times, however did you know how nutritious a normal sandwich containing cheese, ham and lettuce really is?

Yes, a nutritional lunch is key for growth and development of your children and a Cheese, Ham and Lettuce Sambo will pack a nutritious one!

A Healthy Lunchbox:

  • 2 Slices White Bread
  • 2 tsp low fat butter
  • 1 Slice of Cheese
  • 3 Slices of Ham
  • 25g Lettuce

-> Add 200ml of Milk and 2 Mandarins for a fully nutritious lunch.

The sandwich alone provides your child with protein (81%), fibre (14%), calcium (53%), iron (22%), folic acid (38%) among more nutrients. Percentages represent the nutrient intake of RDA of a six-year-old child.

The overall lunchbox provides your child with energy (437kcals), calcium (100%), vitamin C (100%), vitamin B1 (86%), vitamin B2 (87%), vitamin B12 (100%), vitamin A (41%), omega 3 (33%) and omega 6 (30%) of their Recommended Daily Intake of nutrients.

With the combination of all these nutrients, you will be sure to be fuelling the healthy growth, development and lifestyle of your child.

Evening Snacking!

Do you always find your snacking before bed, sitting watching television and next thing find yourself half way through a tub of Ben & Jerry’s and leaving yourself feeling down and not great!? Well there is a solution!

Snacking is good and healthy and an evening snack can also be a good thing you just need to know the right foods to be snacking on.

Before bed there are snacking no no’s! These include caffeine (unless you plan to be awake all night, avoid the caffeine before bed to ensure you get a good sleep), alcohol, heavy meals (that will leave you feeling full and also contribute to weight gain) and packaged unhealthy snacks that are high in sugar and salt such as crisps and chocolate.

There are many reasons for evening snacking such as dehydration, boredom, low salt or sugar levels, lack of protein or genuinely hungry. Whatever the reason there are certain foods that snacking in the evening wont have you feeling guilty and will ensure you get a good night’s sleep! 🙂

Food’s high in protein are good as they leave you feeling fuller rather than foods high in carbohydrates. If you have evening cravings, first drink a glass of water and if this doesn’t satisfy your cravings small portions of high protein/fibre foods such as a granola bar, yoghurt , fresh fruit, veggie sticks, cereal (with low-fat milk), hardboiled egg, mixed nuts or seeds and plain popcorn are good healthy evening snacks.

So before you go to grab the quickest option to munch in front of the telly, first consider the evening snacking no no’s, try a glass of water and if this doesn’t work try a low-fat, high protein or fibre, small serving size snack, you will be feeling more positive and feeling overall better.

Remember a small change can have bigger benefits! 🙂

Quick, Easy, Healthy, Lunch Recipe!

Never know what to make for lunch? Tired of snacking on junk food in work?
Need a quick, easy and healthy option to bring to the office with you?
This recipe will have your colleagues green with envy…..

TANDOORI CHICKEN SALAD

What you will need: (for two people)

• 50g tandoori paste
• 37g natural yoghurt
• 25g baby spinach
• 375g chicken fillets
• tbsp olive oil
• a green shallot
• 125g grape tomatoes
• pinch of mint leaves
• half cucumber

For salad dressing you will need:
• 35g natural yoghurt
• tbsp olive oil
• 30g fresh lemon juice

How?

1. Mix the yoghurt and paste in a bag and add the chopped chicken fillets. Mix well so chicken is covered.
2. The chicken will need to be left in the fridge for at least an hour so the best thing to do is leave it in the fridge overnight.
3. Fry the chicken in the olive oil until piping hot.
4. Mix the sliced cucumber , chopped shallots, spinach, tomatoes and mint in a bowl and add the cooked chicken pieces.
5. Make the dressing by mixing the yoghurt, fresh lemon juice and olive oil, add pinch salt and pepper if wanted.

  • Serve with a pitta bread or naan bread

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Healthy Dinner Suggestion: Two

CAJUN CHICKEN PASTA

Approx 1 and 1/2 cups = 329 calories

• Cook 105g of lean chicken breast (3 servings). Season with cajun spices, 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 onion, clove garlic, 1/2 tablespoon of flour, 1/2 can of crushed tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of reduced fat sour cream.
•Add 113g of whole wheat fusilli

•Chicken is a rich source of protein which is responsible for every body cell function (each 35g serving contains nearly 11 grams of protein).

 Chicken also contains B vitamins which help reduce the chance of age related diseases, contribute to a healthy immune system, assist the completion of metabolic reactions and help regulation of insulin.

 Chicken has high phosphorus content which has many benefits to one’s well-being and health.

•Pasta (whole-wheat) is high in fibre which aids the burning of fat in the body during the breakdown process, therefore it can aid weight loss.

 Whole-wheat pasta is full of minerals and vitamins that will help you towards a healthier heart, cardiovascular system and reduce the chance of certain cancer and other diseases.

• After a meal like this you should be left feeling satisfied and not worried on snacking!