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If you are vegetarian, or almost vegetarian, getting enough good quality protein into your weekly diet is important.

Protein is necessary to build strong muscles, repair tissues, and maintain a healthy immune and hormonal system.

However, there is a popular misconception that meat is the only real source of protein. This is simply untrue. Click to read more…

How often do you eat nuts and seeds?

In my opinion nuts and seeds are the ultimate “superfoods!” They’re such a top source of energy, protein, fat, and nutrients.

But, if you’re worried about the fat content – with the exception of coconut and pine nuts – it’s mostly unsaturated fat, so no need to avoid them, just watch your portion size.

Okay…here are some juicy facts and figures for you:

1. Almonds

  • almondsAre a good source of protein, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and iron, as well as some B vitamins
  • They contain the most calcium of all the nuts
  • Look out for almond flour, almond nut milk, and almond nut butter
  • 1 ounce (24 kernels) of almonds contains around 163 calories Click to read more…

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Having a good stock of healthy snack ideas is critical if you want to be able to go from breakfast to lunch without eating junk.

Snacking is not bad, and hunger is not the enemy.

Loads of us feel the need for a snack between meals, myself included. You just need to ensure you equipped with some healthy snack ideas, and I hope to help you with that below.

Fuelling up regularly for many people, is a vital way to prevent binging on unhealthy foods and eating too much at main meals. Even if you’re trying to lose weight, there are plenty of healthy snacks for weight loss.

NOTE: I have a complete healthy snacks resource you should check out.

Healthy snack ideas: what’s the best option?

Preferably the snack should be something that offers a complex carbohydrate and a source of protein to keep you feeling sustained throughout the day.

Here’s a typical schedule you can rework to fit your daily routine:

  • Breakfast at 8am
  • Mid-morning snack around 10.30am
  • Lunch around 1pm
  • Mid-afternoon snack around 3.30pm
  • Evening meal around 6pm.

With a schedule like this, your blood sugar levels are maintained at an even level, preventing ravenous hunger that often leads to overeating and poor food choices.

So if you’re after some healthy snacks for weight loss, or just some snack ideas, check these out… Click to read more…

Note: You might be interested in the five part series on Vegetarianism I wrote some time ago.

Someone once said, “Simplicity is the keynote of good taste and saves a lot of time.”

An apt observation, don’t you think, which applies as much to what we eat, as it does in other areas of our lives?

At present I’m in the process of moving from South Australia, back to the UK. We’re staying in Perth for a couple of weeks, and circumstances have again reminded me that eating a simple diet is key to maintaining good health.

Some of the simplest, healthiest foods available have to be oats, peas, beans and barley.
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Most of us can relate to the difficulty of maintaining a healthy way of life from day to day.

Often, the challenge is even greater when we travel, whether this takes the form of business trips, or family holidays — we often find ourselves sitting at the airport wondering what we’re going to eat.

If you’re an athlete, you may find it particularly challenging, especially if you travel considerably to compete in events, and are trying to stick with a prescribed eating plan.

How can you continue to eat healthy while you travel?

#1 Pre-travel preparation

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Alternatives to meat

Vegetarians can easily meet all of their nutritional needs by eating a variety of different foods each day. Plant-based foods are particularly important in achieving a balanced vegetarian diet. These foods help to ensure you receive adequate protein, iron and zinc, from sources other than meat.

The foods listed below are similar to meat, poultry, and fish in their contribution of nutrients, so make sure you’re getting enough of these each day.

Suitable alternatives to meat include:

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There are just so many fantastic foods that I found it difficult to pick only five. However, the foods I’ve chosen are packed full of nutritional goodness, being excellent sources of fibre, vitamins, minerals, some are also high in phytonutrients and antioxidants.

1) Vegetables – those amazingly colourful plants!

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