June 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Three Great Recipes That Use Potatoes

This week we’re going to look at three great recipes that use potatoes.

Potatoes have a mild flavor that goes well with a wide variety of dishes. Potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates making them easy for your body to break down, and making them a good source of carbs when you’re trying to lose weight.  Potatoes have also been proven to help with digestive problems, and they contain vitamins and minerals that keep your skin looking healthy. So try a new recipe with potatoes in it today!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Three Great Recipes That Use Beets

This week we’re going to take a look at three great recipes that use beets.

Beets have a unique flavor fit for a variety of recipes. In addition to their great taste, beets have zero trans fats, and zero saturated fats. If that’s not enough beets are also extremely low in calories. Beets are high in carbohydrates making them a great source of quick energy. Studies have even shown that beets can help to prevent cancer! So give beets a try today. 


Monday, June 10, 2013

Three Great Recipes That Use Pineapple

This week we’re going to take a look at three great recipes that use pineapple.

Pineapple tastes great; it’s got a smooth sweet citrus flavor that’s both tasty and refreshing. Pineapple also helps to boost your immune system thanks to the high amount of vitamin C it contains.  Pineapples also contain manganese which means they can help to build strong bones. Pineapples taste great and they’re good for you! Pick some up today!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Yogurts to Avoid in Your Supermarket

Yogurt is extremely good for you. However in the last years it as turned into a fad.

Yogurt or Calorie Loaded Desert?

The good news is that now we have a wide variety of yogurts available in super markets with live cultures (great for probiotics!). The bad news is that instead of making healthy wholesome food most yogurts are more like a calorie loaded dessert. To give yogurt a dessert flavor they add extra sugars' or artificial sweeteners! YUCK! 

It's easy to be confused when shopping for yogurt in the dairy aisle, as there are hundreds of varieties.

Some yogurts are made with cow’s milk, goat’s milk or soy milk. What’s the difference? Some are made with live cultures such as Lactobacillius, acidophilus and bifidus.  The bacteria in these yogurts help the gut to heal faster after taking oral antibiotics.

To make it easier on my VegFusion readers, I created a simply cheat sheet to make your yogurt shopping experience super easy :)

Simple Healthy Yogurt Cheat Sheet

1. Get plain yogurt without added sugar, corn syrup or flavor.
2. Add your own fruit.

3. Avoid the artificial sweeteners like aspartame etc.

4. Find a locally produced yogurt without gum, fillers,thickeners, or stabilizers such as carrageen, modified food starch Example: Seven Star Yogurt from whole food.
5. Know what to look for on the labels. Specifically, you are interested in yogurts that contain the live cultures Lactobacillus, Acidophilus and bifidus. There may be two or three other types of live cultures, but these are the most common and easiest to assimilate for most people.
6. Remember that even nonfat, organic, live culture yogurt has natural sugar. A one-cup serving of this kind of yogurt provides live cultures, 14 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat and 10 grams of sugar. That is not added sugar, but simply sugar from the milk from which it it is made. This is to say all things in moderation.

Yoplait original  99% fat free  cherry orchard has 170 calories with 27gms of sugar with 1.5g of fat.(Unhealthy-loads of sugar)

Dannon all natural vanilla has 150 calories and 25gms of sugar. (Unhealthy-loads of sugar)

Breyers cream savers has 240 calories with 3.5 gms of total fat,

dried corn syrup. artificial cream flavor, gelatin, and artificial

color red 40 blue.(Unhealthy-Added artificial colors)

The whole soy yogurt has 150

calories, 12gms of sugar  and

Fage has 90 calories, 7 gms of

sugar and 15 gms of protein.

(Highly Recommended)

 I always try to make yogurt at home using 2% reduced fat milk, 

but if I'm going to buy yogurt I would recommend the veg fusion 

readers  stick to one of the healthier examples above.  Visit my 

blog for a detailed version of making yogurt at home. 

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    Monday, June 3, 2013

    Three Great Recipes That Use Mozzarella Cheese

    This week we’re going to take a look at three great recipes that use mozzarella cheese.

    Mozzarella cheese has a great flavor that’s fit for a wide variety of recipes. It’s commonly associated with Italian recipes, but it can be used in all sorts of great dishes. Mozzarella cheese is rich in calcium which your body needs to build bone tissue and hair among other things. Mozzarella is also rich in protein. Mozzarella cheese tastes great, and offers some great health benefits so pick some up today!