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A part of having a healthy body, in addition to exercising and taking steam showers (see The Health Benefits of a Steam Shower), including eating right. We need to put the right foods into our body to help it function and be the best it can be. Eating the right foods also makes us feel better mentally.
Take a look at some of these foods that seem healthy but may not actually be the healthiest options out there:
Dry Fruit – This makes a great, easy snack on the go, but it isn’t as healthy as fresh produce. Fresh produce has one third the calories of the dried versions; the dry versions also contain more sugar and preservatives.
Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter – The words “reduced” and “fat” are a red flag that other ingredients, like sugar, have been increased to make up for it. This food may be lower in fat content, but it usually contains added sugar.
Energy Bars – These can be deceiving because they’re marketed as being healthy; however, sometimes energy bars can be as unhealthy as a bar of candy. A lot of the energy bars on the market contain high amounts of fat and sugar.
Veggie Burgers – These are a great option for vegetarians and those trying to cut back on meat. If you really like having veggie burgers in your diet, then look for those that don’t contain hexane. Look for brands made with organic soy.
Microwave Popcorn – When popcorn is microwaved, it releases the chemical diacetyl, which is bad for the lungs. To avoid diacetyl, you can make stovetop popcorn, or use a hot air popcorn maker.
Gatorade – This is a sports drink, but it contains so much sugar and calories! It’s not really worth drinking unless you’re running a marathon or participating in a competitive sport.
Granola – This is another food item that contains a lot of sugar and calories for what it is. The higher level of these almost negates the good aspects of granola, like the nuts, fruits and oats. You can make granola at home to avoid this.
Fat-free yogurt – This is the peanut butter rule again. If something is reduced in fat, then it has to be made up for somewhere else. In most cases, this means more sugar. Choose a healthier yogurt instead.
Wheat bread – This can be a good food, but oftentimes bread is advertised as wheat and still contains unbleached enriched wheat flour and bleached flour. Read labels and choose the best option.
Bran muffins – This popular breakfast item has protein, fiber vitamin, but is usually served in huge portions and is high in calories.
Protein shakes – The actual amount of protein in these drinks is often exaggerated; you don’t actually need that much protein. Extra protein will just become fat in your body.
Packaged and sliced turkey – Turkey is a good choice, but pre-packaged, sliced turkey often contains high amounts of sodium and preservatives.
Applesauce – This is a delicious, childhood-favorite, but it has a third more calories than the equivalent in fresh apples. You can make applesauce from scratch at home. Just make sure not to add a ton of sugar to it.
We hope you’ve learned some tips and tricks to stay away from foods that are presented as healthy. Happy snacking!
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Last month, we posted July’s Book to Read in the Tub: Ender’s Game. This month’s book to read in the bathtub is also a science-fiction novel that is being adapted into a major feature film: The Giver. This novel currently sits at space number 5 on Amazon’s Best Sellers.
The Giver was originally published in 1993 and was written by Lois Lowry. The Giver tells the story of the main character Jonas, an 11-year-old living in a dystopian society in a time known as Sameness. In Jonas’ community, people do not feel love, fear, hate or pain. Everyone is emotionless and the society makes decisions for them. People are assigned jobs at the age of 12, are assigned spouses and are assigned children.
Jonas is assigned the job of Receiver of Memory. The position is designed to store memories of the time before Sameness, so society won’t make the same mistakes as it did in the past. The Giver passes on memories of happiness, love and the way things were to Jonas. He also gives him memories of horrible times. As Jonas learns more about the time before, he becomes more disillusioned and frustrated with the way things are.
About Lois Lowry
The Giver, written by Lois Lowry, is taught in many school curriculums and won the 1994 Newbery Medal. Lowry was born in 1977 and has studied English Literature at the graduate school level; she has also worked as a freelance writer and writes a blog. She is the 2007 recipient of the Margaret Edwards Award and the 1989 Newbery Medal for her novel Number the Stars.
-The Giver received the 1994 Newbery Medal and was one of the most challenged novels from 1990 to 2000.
-Over 10 million copies of The Giver have been sold.
-The Giver was made into a feature film by Walden Media and The Weinstein Company. It will premiere in 2014 and was directed by Phillip Noyce. It stars Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, Jeff Bridges as The Giver, Alexander Skarsgard as Jonas’ Father, Meryl Streep as The Chief Elder and Taylor Swift as Rosemary
Our Favorite Quotes from The Giver
“Memories are forever.”
“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
“It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?”
“I knew that there had been times in the past – terrible times – when people had destroyed others in haste, in fear, and had brought about their own destruction.”
More like The Giver
If you’re interested in reading more books like The Giver, Lowry wrote three other books in the same world: Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son.
We also recommend the following novels:
-Ender’s Game. Orson Scott Card
-Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
-Uglies, Scott Westerfield
-The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
-Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Grab a book, sit back in your bathtub and relax!