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Here are some of the ways that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss:

Reduced hunger. Eating breakfast may reduce your hunger later in the day, which may make it easier to avoid overeating. When you skip breakfast, you may feel ravenous later and be tempted to reach for a quick fix — such as vending machine candy or doughnuts at the office. In addition, the prolonged fasting that occurs when you skip breakfast can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain. In fact, skipping breakfast actually increases your risk of obesity.


Healthy choices. Eating breakfast may get you on track to make healthy choices all day. When you eat breakfast, you tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. When you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day, too.


More energy. Eating breakfast may give you energy, increasing your physical activity during the day. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity.

So, if you skip breakfast — whether you’re trying to save time or cut calories — you may want to reconsider, especially if you’re trying to control your weight.

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Didja know…Dark Chocolate is Healthy Chocolate?

Dark chocolate — not white chocolate — lowers high blood pressure, say Dirk Taubert, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Cologne, Germany. But that’s no license to go on a chocolate binge. Eating more dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure — if you’ve reached a certain age and have mild high blood pressure, say the researchers. But you have to balance the extra calories by eating less of other things.

Dark chocolate — but not milk chocolate or dark chocolate eaten with milk — is a potent antioxidant, report Mauro Serafini, PhD, of Italy’s National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research in Rome, and colleagues. Their report appears in the Aug. 28 issue of Nature. Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments.

"Our findings indicate that milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate … and may therefore negate the potential health benefits that can be derived from eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate."

Translation: Say “Dark, please,” when ordering at the chocolate counter. Don’t even think of washing it down with milk. And if health is your excuse for eating chocolate, remember the word “moderate” as you nibble.

What is it about dark chocolate? The answer is plant phenols — cocoa phenols, to be exact. These compounds are known to lower blood pressure.

Chocolates made in Europe are generally richer in cocoa phenols than those made in the U.S. So if you’re going to try this at home, remember: Darker is better.

Just remember to balance the calories. A 100-gram serving of Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar has 531 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If you ate that much raw apple you’d only take in 52 calories. But then, you’d miss out on the delicious blood pressure benefit.

A hint: Don’t replace healthy foods with chocolate. Most people’s diets have plenty of sweets. Switch those for some chocolate if you’re going to try the truffle treatment.

author: Daniel J. DeNoon, WebMD Health News

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Surprising Health Benefits of Watermelon

Some foods are fun to eat, and watermelon is definitely one of them. That triangular wedge of bright red/white/green, sweet juiciness forbids us to take life too seriously and shouts, “SUMMER!!!” As if that weren’t enough, watermelon is packed full of nutrition, hydrates and is low-fat. While many of us think of watermelon as a great snack option, when you tally up its nutritive value, you might consider making this all-star a feature player in your cuisine.

Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promote healthy teeth and gums; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy.

Tomatoes have been highly touted as a great source for lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight heart disease and several types of cancer — prostate cancer in particular. Watermelon, however, has the highest concentrations of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable.

If your little ones don’t dig into their swiss chard, lima beans or spinach — all great sources of potassium — consider offering them a serving of watermelon instead. It is a great source of potassium, which helps muscle and nerve function, helps maintain the body’s proper electrolyte and acid-base balance, and helps lower the risk of high blood pressure.

Watermelon also contains the amino acids citrulline and arginine, which can help maintain arteries, blood flow and overall cardiovascular function.

Alone or in a fruit salad are the most common ways many of us eat watermelon. While eating the meat of the fruit is the best way to take advantage of all of its nutrients, this is one of my favorite bits of summer refreshment. I get a version of this from my local burrito truck. The key to making this great: don’t oversweeten it. With just a touch of sweetness, it’s heavenly.

credits: Terri Hall-Jackson

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Tossed loves choices (and healthy ones at that!) “Design Your Own” salad is not the only menu item that gives you the freedom of choice. We have 2 wonderful, local bread selections for your sandwich!

Ciabatta, and multi-grain are offered for any of our sandwiches. If you ever doubted that healthy tastes delicious then get a load of our multi-grain!

Multi-Grain Bread: 

Calories

A 1-slice serving of multi-grain bread contains 69 calories. One slice accounts for 3.4 percent of the calories you should consume daily if you follow a 2,000 calorie diet, but two slices — the amount you commonly eat in a sandwich — represents roughly 7 percent of your total calories. Speak to a nutritionist or your physician about how many calories you should consume to meet your nutritional goals.

 

Macronutrients

One serving of multi-grain bread is low in fat, with only 1.1 g. A fat intake of 20 to 35 percent of your daily calories can help you avoid weight gain. Most of the calories in a slice of bread come from carbohydrates; each serving contains 11.2 g. This quantity fulfills a low portion of your daily needs of 225 to 325 g, but the ingredients you add to this bread may increase your fat intake. You also take in 3.4 g of protein in a serving of multi-grain bread. As common bread toppings include butter, lunch meats, cheese and seafood salads, your protein consumption may be higher. You require 46 to 56 g of protein per day for optimal health.

 

Fiber

Multi-grain bread can introduce more fiber into your diet than other types of bread. One serving of miscellaneous multi-grain bread contains 1.9 g of fiber. This is 5 to 7.6 percent of the amount you should consume each day. For additional fiber, look for bread containing quinoa. However, seeking out multi-grain breads containing rye and bran may help you if you are male. Following a small study published in the December 2010 issue of “The Journal of Nutrition,” researchers theorize that the fiber in rye whole grain and bran products may decrease the progression of prostate cancer.

 

Manganese

Include a slice of multi-grain bread in your diet, and you take in 26 percent of the daily recommended intake of manganese. The manganese in this food is critical for the production of blood-clotting factors and connective tissues as well as the regulation of blood sugar and brain function. Evidence in the September 2010 edition of “Biological Trace Elements Research” also links manganese deficiency with night blindness, although more studies are needed to confirm this possible finding. The University of Maryland Medical Center website notes that as many as 37 percent of Americans do not take in enough manganese, so consuming multi-grain bread can reduce your risk of a deficiency.

 

Other Vitamins and Minerals

Multi-grain provides 12 percent of the selenium you need each day per serving. You also take in 6 percent or less of thiamin, folate, vitamin B-6, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and copper. The B vitamins in this food help convert food to energy

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Use Yogurt As A Healthy Alternative To Mayo In Your Salad Dressings. WE DO!! 

Tossed uses yogurt to make our creamy and ever so popular, fat free cucumber dill dressing. Aside from being absolutely delicious, using yogurt has an array of health benefits. See for yourself…

The health benefits of yogurt have been cited for centuries, but many people still don’t realize just how valuable yogurt can be to living a healthy lifestyle. Yogurt can actually benefit your health in a variety of ways, and it should definitely be added to your shopping list the next time you head out to the grocery store.
Yogurt is not just a delicious snack with fruits on the bottom, it has great health benefits. It is an excellent source of protein, calcium, riboflavin, and vitamin B 12. When yogurt is compared to milk, yogurt contains more calcium and protein because of the added cultures in the yogurt.
Yogurt must contain active and living cultures to be yogurt. Cultures are composed of unique living microorganisms which are responsible for many of the health and nutritional benefits of yogurt.


Some of the health benefits of yogurt are: 

Some people have trouble digesting lactose, a carbohydrate in milk and milk products, because of the deficiency of enzyme lactase in the body. Live yogurt cultures produce lactase and break down the lactose. Yogurt is a healthy way to get the calcium the body needs, for the people who can not tolerate milk products.
Since yogurt is made from dairy products, it is very high in calcium, which is highly beneficial for bone and teeth health. Calcium is especially important for those seeking to prevent bone density loss and osteoporosis.
Healthy levels of calcium also encourage the body to maintain and lose weight. 
Yogurt is also a good source of protein, which helps give the body energy to keep you going throughout the day. Protein is an essential building block for many systems in the body, including your muscles. Protein is also good for curbing your appetite and helping you feel full for a longer period of time.
Yogurt can be incorporated into your diet in a variety of ways. By adding fruit, berries, granola, nuts, or chocolate candies to your yogurt, you can turn it into a delicious replacement for your usual dessert. You can also substitute yogurt for milk in many recipes for foods like pancakes, waffles, and even pumpkin pie.

 
Live and Active Cultures in The Yogurt:
 The most outstanding benefit of yogurt comes right from the unique way yogurt is made. Yogurt is simply milk or cream that is cultured with active live cultures. These cultures are the key to many of yogurt’s health benefits. Active live cultures are basically good bacteria that are necessary for the body to function at its best. These good bacteria prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that cause bacterial infections and diseases. They may help to boost the immune system. They encourage the right kind of bacteria to multiply in the gut. These bacteria help to digest food and prevent stomach infections. Also, they help to provide relief from vaginal infections. If you are taking antibiotics, they may be destroying the good bacteria present in your body. Eating yogurt regularly can help restore your good bacteria levels.

If you are taking antibiotics, they may be destroying the good bacteria present in your body. Eating yogurt regularly can help restore your good bacteria levels.

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WHY GOAT CHEESE?

Lower in Fat and Calories

When it comes to fat and calories, goat cheese has the advantage over cheese made from cow’s milk. Goat cheese clocks in at eighty calories and six grams of fat per ounce, compared to cow’s milk cheese, which generally has around 100 calories and 10 g of fat per ounce. This means goat cheese is the better choice for staying fit and thin.

Metabolism-Boosting

Diets higher in calcium have been proven to assist the body’s burning of fat after meals. The need for hormone release to maintain calcium levels is banished, which correlates with a higher rate of fat oxidation.

Higher in Protein

There are five grams of protein in a single ounce of goat cheese! Goat’s milk is a good source of low-cost high-quality protein, providing 8.7 grams of protein (17.4% of the daily value for protein) in one cup versus cow’s milk, which provides 8.1 grams.

Higher in Calcium

The amount of calcium in goat cheese can vary from around forty grams in soft cheese up to 240 grams in hard goat cheese. This clocks in slightly higher than cow’s milk cheese, which has about 200 grams in the hard version. Lower in calories and higher in the good stuff? We like it.

Great Source for a Variety of Other Nutrients

Goat’s milk and goats milk cheese are great sources of a number of important nutrients and vitamins:

  • the amino acid tryptophan
  • phosphorus
  • riboflavin or vitamin B2 (which plays important roles in the body’s energy production)
  • potassium (which helps prevent high blood pressure and protects against arteriosclerosis)
  • goat’s milk contains 25 percent more vitamin B-6 than cow’s
  • vitamin A is 47% higher in goat’s milk, too!
  • three times as much niacin. It is also four times higher in copper.
  • Goat’s milk also contains 27 percent more of the antioxidant selenium than cow’s milk.

It’s Easier to Digest

People who are lactose intolerant (about a quarter of the American population!) are sometimes able to tolerate goat cheese even if they have problems digesting cheese made from cow’s milk. The levels of lactose are similar, but the fat molecules in goat cheese are shorter, making them more digestible. Even people who don’t have a lactose intolerance will find that goat cheese appears to be more easily digested than conventional dairy products.

Part of Dr. Oz’s “Blue Zone” Diets

Sardinia, a Mediterranean island 120 miles off the coast of Italy, is a blue zone, an area with a high rate of healthy citizens.

Sardinians drink goat’s milk, which is high in calcium and good for your heart. “Plus, researchers believe it could protect against Alzheimer’s and heart disease,” Dr. Oz says.

Not only is goat’s milk healthy, it’s easier for your stomach to digest and is also good for people who are lactose intolerant. “It has tryptophan, that same sort of mellowing agent that turkey has,” Dr. Oz says. “The fat particles in goat milk are much smaller than in cow milk, so you don’t have to mix it up. And when you mix up fat globules, in some people it makes enzymes that irritate your stomach.” Goat’s milk is available in most grocery store dairy departments, just look for it in a smaller size than a gallon. (Source: http://www.oprah.com/health/The-Secrets-of-the-Blue-Zones/8)

All Good, All Natural

Our goat cheese has no additives, preservatives, or bovine growth hormones that can be found in cow’s milk cheeses.

Contains Probiotics

Goat cheeses contain moderate levels of probiotics, the “good” bacteria that aid gastrointestinal health in the human body. Just what do probiotics do?

  • help melt postpartum belly fat
  • build elderly immune systems by tackling the age-related deterioration of the immune system.
  • they enhance immune system response
  • reduce negative affects of taking many types of antibiotics
  • aid in preventing and treating colon inflammation following surgery
  • help to prevent eczema in youth
  • increase ability to digest food
  • are therapeutic for viral respiratory tract infections by enhancing the overall immune system
  • reduce lactose intolerance
  • reduce incidence of yeast infection, vaginitis and candidiasis
  • increase ability to assimilate the nutrients from food
  • alleviate many common digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhea and IBS
  • act as a treatment for halitosis (bad breath)
  • increase ability to synthesize vitamin B
  • increase ability to absorb calcium
  • promote anti-tumor and anti-cancer activity in the body

History of Goat Cheese

Worldwide, more people drink goat’s milk than cow’s milk.
Goats have played a role in food culture since time immemorial with ancient cave paintings showing the hunting of goats. They are also one of the oldest domesticated animals since the herding of goats is thought to have evolved about 10,000 years ago in the mountains of Iran.

Goat milk and the cheese made from it were revered in ancient Egypt with some pharaohs supposedly having these foods placed among the other treasures in their burial chambers. Goat milk was also widely consumed by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Goat milk has remained popular throughout history and still is consumed on a more extensive basis worldwide than cow’s milk.

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NOT ONLY DELICIOUS, BUT PACKED WITH NUTRITION AS WELL 

A comfort food. Mangos really can make you feel better! Beyond being delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, mangos contain an enzyme with stomach soothing properties similar to papain found in papayas. These comforting enzymes act as a digestive aid and can be held partially responsible for that feeling of contentment we experience during and after our daily mango ritual. Yes, it is quite natural to crave those mangos!

Mango, both in its green and ripe form is a very good tenderizing agent due to these same enzymes, therefore ideal to include in any marinade (see Mango Marinade under Sauces category in our Recipe Guide). In India they use a sour mango powder containing ground up green mangos called Amchur, both as a seasoning and tenderizing aid.

We all know the importance of fiber in our diets. If you are eating your mango-a-day, irregularity is not a problem for you and so we’ll spare the gruesome details regarding constipation, piles and spastic colon. Research has shown that dietary fiber has a protective effect against degenerative diseases, especially with regards to the heart; may help prevent certain types of cancer, as well as lowering blood cholesterol levels. An average sized mango can contain up to 40% of your daily fiber requirement. For those of you who are physically active, whether working out or constantly on the go, mangos are also a great way to replenish that lost potassium. Deliciously rich in anti-oxidants, potassium and fiber - the mango is the perfect fruit! Truly ‘the king of fruit’.

Its mango season! Mix it up and add this awesome fruit to your Tossed salad!

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Tossed is happy to be doing their part for gluten sufferers, We offer some gluten free menu items. Why gluten free? Well read on!

 

Why Choose a Gluten-Free Diet?

21.12.2010 | Author: Dominic Lin | Posted in Alternative Medicine

For those who may not have food allergies, gluten-free diets are perhaps a mystery to them. However, those with food sensitivities often have to pursue specific food diets so that they eat right and do not have any bad effects from their meal choices. Here are some reasons why a diet free of gluten is necessary and the benefits associated with it:

Why Do Some Individuals need it?

Some individuals have various sensitivities or medical conditions which call for a diet without gluten. Those who are allergic to wheat often have to pursue a gluten-free diet in addition to people who have celiac disease. There are also other medical conditions which may make an individual choose a gluten-free diet for their health. A holistic doctor Florida can often review your symptoms and diagnose medical conditions to tell you if this diet is advisable or not.

What Are The Benefits?

There are many benefits. First, if you have a medical condition or food allergy which requires you to follow a diet without gluten you will benefit from eating the right foods and not consuming anything which may be harmful to you. Also, gluten-free diets can be much tastier and healthier overall than some may expect. Individuals who are newly diagnosed with certain medical conditions or allergies which require them to go on a gluten-free diet may be worried that their menu choices will be limited. However, with all that is known today about gluten-free diets, there are plenty of new and improved gluten-free recipes to follow and enjoy. Plus, even if you don’t have to pursue this diet, you may want to in order to stay healthy and maintain a good weight.

Holistic doctors Florida can evaluate your current health and tell you if this diet is right for you.

Korunda Medical Institute, a holistic doctor Florida offers primary care and family care medical services in Naples FL. For more information about holistic doctors Floridavisit http://www.korundamd.com.

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