February 21, 2013

February 21, 2013
How to Make Healthy Food Choices

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Healthy nutrition should be a goal of everyone but it is especially important for people living with HIV and AIDS. So today and tomorrow I am going to blog about how to make healthy food choices.

Changing your diet to improve health does not have to be overwhelming. Take small steps by choosing wisely as you prepare meals and select snacks. Here are some ideas.

Blueberries vs. Cereal Bar

Blueberries have 80 calories per cup and no fat. They boost brain power and fight inflammation. A typical cereal bar has 130 calories and little nutritional value.

Whole Wheat vs. White Bread

Whole wheat or whole grain in bread helps maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The refined flour in white bread provides fewer benefits.

Nuts vs. Crackers

Nuts lower the odds of heart attacks and reduce "bad" cholesterol. They are relatively high in calories, so eat sparingly.

Grilled vs. Fried Chicken

Roasted or grilled chicken is a better choice than fried or breaded chicken because it is lower in calories and fat.

Dark vs. White Chocolate

Dark chocolate has been shown to fight high blood pressure and may help remove plaque (fatty deposits) from arteries. It has a low glycemic index, meaning it is absorbed into the bloodstream slowly, curbing appetite and reducing hunger.

Tomorrow I will conclude blogging about how to make healthy food choices. Hope you have a beary safe and great Thursday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab