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Super Foods That Burn Fat

Super Foods That Burn Fat

1. Tomatoes
2. Oranges
3. Oats
4. Spices
5. Sweet Potatoes
6. Apples
7. Nuts
8. Quinoa
9. Beans
10. Egg Whites
11. Grapefoot
12. Chicken Breast
13. Bananas
14. Pears
15. Pine Nuts
16. Mushrooms
17. Letils
18. Hot Peppers
19. Broccoli
20. Organic Lean Meats
21. Cantaloupe
22. Spinach
23. Green Tea
24. Cinnamon
25. Asparagus
26. Avocado
27. Peanut Butter
28. Salmon
29. Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
30. Greek Yogurt
31. Olive Oil
32. Blueberries
33. Turkey Breast
34. Flax Seeds


Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup

Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup

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Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup
This hearty but lean meal will be sure to satisfy everyone in your family!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine chicken broth, onion, celery, carrots, parsley, pepper, thyme, and bay leaf in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low; simmer until the onion and celery begin to soften, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir chicken into the simmering broth; cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove and discard bay leaf. Stir rice and lime juice into the broth; cook and stir just until rice is hot and grains separate, about 1 minute. Garnish with lime slices.
Recipe Notes

Tip: aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month

National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Drinking and Driving

A Threat to Everyone

 

Martini glass and car keys112M
Adults reported drinking and driving about 112 million times in 2010.

Beer mug85%
85% of drinking and driving episodes were reported by binge drinkers.

4 in 5 people4 in 5
Four in 5 people who drink and drive are men.

US adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010. Though episodes of driving after drinking too much (“drinking and driving”) have gone down by 30% during the past 5 years, it remains a serious problem in the US. Alcohol-impaired drivers* are involved in about 1 in 3 crash deaths, resulting in nearly 11,000 deaths in 2009.
Driving drunk is never OK. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.
*These drivers had blood alcohol concentrations of at least 0.08%. This is the illegal blood alcohol concentration level for adult drivers in the United States.

SOURCE: CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, US 2010

 

Drinking and driving episodes by gender and age, 2010
 Drinking and driving episodes by gender and age, 2010
SOURCE: CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, US 2010

 

Some likely effects on driving
 Some likely effects on driving
Adapted from The ABCs of BAC, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2005, and How to Control Your Drinking, WR Miller and RF Munoz, University of New Mexico, 1982.

 

Self-reported annual drinking and driving episodes
 Self-reported annual drinking and driving episodes
SOURCE: CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, US 2006, 2008 and 2010


Fruits & Veggies: Add more to your diet!

Fruits & Veggies: Add more to your diet!

Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh, filling and heart-healthy, fruits and vegetables are an important part of your overall healthy eating plan. They are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber and low in fat and calories. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and your blood pressure.

Mom was right; eat your peas and carrots (and grapes and oranges).

The American Heart Association recommends eating eight or more fruit and vegetable servings every day. An average adult consuming 2,000 calories daily should aim for 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. Also, variety matters, so try a wide range of fruits and veggies.

When added sugars and sodium hide, you must seek:

Any product that contains fruit has some natural sugars. However, sugars are often added to packaged or prepared fruit and may be disguised as many different names on the list of ingredients. The line for “sugars,” as you see on a Nutrition Facts panel, includes both added and naturally occurring sugars. Learn more about sugars.

Sodium is also often added to canned or frozen vegetables. Check the amount on the Nutrition Facts panel (link to the Reading Food Labels page) and choose reduced or sodium-free products. Limiting sodium can help you reduce the risk for heart disease. Learn more about sodium.

Tips to boost fruits and vegetables to your diet

  • Keep it colorful. Challenge yourself to try fruits and vegetables of different colors. Make it a red/green/orange day (apple, lettuce, carrot), or see if you can consume a rainbow of fruits and vegetables during the week.
  • Add it on. Add fruit and vegetables to foods you love. Try adding frozen peas to mac’n’cheese, veggies on top of pizza and slices of fruit on top of breakfast cereals or low-fat ice cream.
  • Mix them up. Add fruits and vegetables to food that’s cooked or baked, or mix vegetables in with pasta sauces, lasagnas, casseroles, soups and omelets. Mixing fresh or frozen berries into pancakes, waffles or muffins is another great way to make fruits and veggies a part of every meal.
  • Roast away. Try roasting vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions, carrots, tomatoes or eggplant. Long exposure to high heat will cause these foods to caramelize, which enhances their natural sweetness and reduces bitterness.
  • Use healthier cooking methods. Steaming, grilling, sautéing, roasting, baking and microwaving vegetables are ideal preparation methods. Use fats and oils low in saturated fats sparingly; don’t use trans fats.
  • Enjoy vegetable dippers. Chop raw vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Try bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower and celery, and dip your favorites into low-fat or fat-free dressings. Dip tip: Read the food label of sauces and dressings to make sure they are not overloaded with saturated fat and salt.
  • Sip smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to increase the amount of fruit you eat and they’re really easy to make. A basic smoothie is just frozen fruit, some low-fat or non-fat milk and/or yogurt, and 100% fruit juice all processed together in a blender until smooth. Experiment with different fruits to find out what you really like. Note that some cholesterol-lowering medications may interact with grapefruit, grapefruit juice, pomegranate and pomegranate juice. Please talk to your health care provider about any potential risks.
  • Try fruit pops. Put 100% fruit juice in an ice tray and freeze it overnight. You can eat the fruit cubes as mini-popsicles or put them in other juices. Frozen seedless grapes make natural mini-popsicles and are a great summer treat.
  • Enjoy fruit desserts. Fresh or canned fruit in light syrup or natural fruit juice, gelatin containing fruit and dried fruit are good choices for a dessert.