Healthy Food & Drink Resources (08)

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Eating For Energy: Which Foods are Best?
Do we really need a Powerbar as opposed to a Snickers bar to have more energy? Athletes, according to this article, need to consume carbs as well as energy bars and energy drinks. But for the rest of us, energy drinks and foods are just as convenient. The danger is getting too many calories. This articles argues that energy density is the key to healthy, high-volume eating, and that by choosing foods low in energy density, we can eat more food and feel fuller, yet take in fewer calories.

Healthy Drinks for Better Health
Instead of bottled fruit drinks, try these fresh options. Full of fresh fruit and other healthy ingredients, these health drinks are sure to optimize your health to its very best. Recipes include breakfast drinks such as papaya yogurt, honeydew yogurt, kiwi and tea yogurt, fruit and dairy, avocado milk, banana berry milk, Chinese apricot and grapefruit tonic, French apple and cinnamon tea and more. More links at the bottom for a valuable collection of health drinks that you can make yourself.

Tahitian Noni: History of this Health Drink
Morinda citrifolia is the scientific name of the noni plant. This web site gives an overview for the history of this seemingly magical plant. Ancient manuscripts handed down from generation to generation, describe many uses for this plant. It is known among the people of the tropics worldwide. In Malaysia, it is known as Mengkudu. In Southeast Asia it is known as Nhau. In the islands of the South Pacific the plant is known as Nonu. In Hawaii, noni juice has become and integral part of the Polynesian culture. An important source of food, the fruit of the Morinda citrifolia tree has been used for centuries as a food source. Early Polynesians recognized its pure value and consumed it in times of famine.

Increasing Calcium-Rich Foods for Better Health
The newly released 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans give positive advice on eating more nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. This article says Paulelda Gilbert, ISU Extension nutrition and health specialist for Greene County, says the guidelines serve as a practical plan for achieving good health and disease prevention through diet. Gilbert says eating a well-balanced diet with dairy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will help Americans meet their nutrient needs and prevent chronic disease. The guidelines recommend that Americans eat 4 1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables and three servings of whole grains each day.


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