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Make Popcorn a Healthy Snack

By Shaquasia, Albert & Nicole

Are you trying to #ChangeOneThing? Here at EATWISE we practice what we preach so we wanted to give you some quick and easy tips to make small changes in what you eat, which will lead to better health.

Popcorn is a good example of changing an unhealthy snack into a healthy snack. A “regular size” movie theatre popcorn can have 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat! Try our microwave popcorn hack to healthy, whole grain popcorn quickly and easily. Just pour 2 tablespoons plain popcorn kernels into a paper lunch bag, fold over the top twice and microwave for about 2 minutes (or until popping slows to a few seconds between pops). This popcorn has only 30 calories per cup and is full of fiber!

If plain popcorn doesn’t appeal to you try adding (to add pour the seasonings into your paper bag and shake!)

  • A small amount of olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper
  • Hot sauce and a dash of coarse sea salt
  • Nutritional yeast, a vegan source of vitamin B-12, for cheesy flavor
  • Chop herbs like rosemary and thyme super small and sprinkle over popcorn

Invite your friends over for movie night and serve them your healthy, homemade popcorn. It will taste so good they won’t even know they are making a healthy change!

Have a #ChangeOneThing tip for us? Tweet it and include #ChangeOneThing or #EATWISETEENS!

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EATWISE Rap

source: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Healthy_Food

Cookie Monster rhymes about the importance of eating more than just cookies. Source: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Healthy_Food

EATWISE this year
makes me wanna cheer.
Healthy foods everyday
makes me wanna say hurray!
Lessons on culture, lessons on fuel
in our presentations everyday at school.

Healthy,
we do it.
Teach it,
we preach it.

Unhealthy food?
No we don’t eat it.
Sugar and school foods
slow down my mood.

thanks for your time
hope you enjoyed this rhyme

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Eating healthy? Not easy, but worth it.

Beyonce eatting an apple

How often do you see celebrities promoting whole fruits and vegetables?
Screen grab from Let’s Move

by Emilio De Los Angles

There are lots of things that can impact the way you determine and view what you eat and your activities. Today the media is used to introduce us to the latest fad diets and weight loss pills. We are being influenced to consume cheap food with low nutrition content. This also includes the stereotypical personas shown to us on those ads or commercials. These portrayals only make us narrow our notions of what we can eat and do.

 

But let’s go back one step, let’s talk about you and your goal of becoming more healthy and stronger. The easiest way to start is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole wheat, lean proteins, and reading the nutrition labels of the products you are going to consume! Obesity is increasing in America, this means that people are beginning to experience the side effects of an unbalanced diet. These include heart problems, cholesterol, and diabetes. Ask yourself, “Am I ready to give more effort and time to be more cautious for the sake of my health?”. You will often find yourself blocked by the lack of support, and the confusing nutrition labels, but you can do it if you want it. Make sure your circle of friends and family knows about your decision and if they value you they will give their support. “Am I ready to begin eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and reading nutrition labels carefully?” If your answer to both of these questions were yes, I congratulate you; you are taking a step that will take you far in life.

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No, Seriously. Eat Breakfast!

no, seriously. eat breakfast!

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By Russell, Nehemah, Annum

Do you eat breakfast every day? A granola bar or an apple in the morning can make all the difference! Breakfast kick starts your metabolism for the day. Do you know what breakfast means?  Breakfast literally means when you “break your fast” from the night before.

Breakfast helps to increase concentration.  Breakfast also increases your energy to seize the day. One drawback of skipping breakfast is eating too much later in the day. This leads to weight gain.  Studies have shown kids who eat breakfast do better in school than kids who don’t. There are many examples of ideal breakfast foods.  Some of these are (but aren’t limited to): milk, oatmeal, eggs and fruit. Basically breakfast should be high in carbs, rich in nutrients and low in fat. Although it may be tempting, don’t have an energy drink or double shot latte. The caffeine may give you energy but it doesn’t have the nutrients you need for a well rounded breakfast. Also, it probably has lots of added sugars, which you definitely don’t need.

Having breakfast everyday isn’t hard, a little bit of time and effort beforehand can help you make the breakfast you need for the day. Don’t have enough time?  The easiest thing to do is to buy a healthy breakfast, like an apple and yogurt.

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It’s Time to Change One Thing

The #ChangeOneThing truck
by EATWISE

Eating healthy all the time can seem like a major lifestyle change, but we’ve simplified it for you: Change One Thing. Instead of trying to change your whole diet overnight, choose instead to Change One Thing each day. Choose a glass of water instead of a soda with your lunch, or choose a ripe summer peach as a snack instead of a bag of chips. Changing one thing is something you can control in the moment and will eventually lead toward a lifelong habit. By changing one thing you’re  working to improve your health and overall lifestyle without denying yourself the joy of eating the foods you love.

 

To help teens in the movement to Change One Thing, Food Bank for New York City has rolled out their Change One Thing truck. It’s the big blue truck with the orange slices handing out free healthy snacks; keep an eye out for it in your neighborhood! Although it may look like an ice cream truck the Change One Thing truck provides snacks that are healthier and equally enjoyable. And did I mention they’re also free! Snacks include sunflower seeds and dried fruit, and you’ll also get a free recipe booklet designed just for teens. The truck can be found at recreational centers, basketball courts and pools throughout New York City until the end of the summer. To find out where the Change One Thing truck will be today follow @FoodBank4NYC on twitter, locations are announced daily.

 

If you’ve seen the Change One Thing ads on buses or at bus stops around New York City, heard advertisements on the radio or seen the Change One Thing truck driving though your neighborhood, join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with #ChangeOneThing.

 

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Summer Time, Summer Meal

SummerMeal

by EATWISE

When I think back on summers growing up as a child in New York City I remember eating and enjoying summer meals with my friends and family. I didn’t realize that my family and community were the target audience for Summer Meals. There was plenty of food in my house, and my family and I were hardly hungry for meals. However, since I lived in a low-income community, we were the target population for the summer meals program- whether our pantries at home were stocked with food or empty with dust.

 

I enjoyed summer meals because it was a different spin on school lunch. I appreciated the subtle changes made to meals that recognized the summer season. For example, children were given the drink option of orange juice as well as the standard milk and sometimes fruit pops or ices were given as dessert. The Summer Meals program is a great way for children who consume the majority of their meals at school to continue to get healthy meals even when school is out and they no longer have access to school lunch. The highlight of it all was being able to enjoy a balanced lunch with my friends from school while enjoying the freedom of summer.

 

Fortunately the Summer Meals program continues today, and free lunch and breakfast is available for all children in New York City. To find out more about participating Summer Meals sites in your neighborhood call 311 or text “NYCMeals” to 877-877.

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Food Cravings: What your body is telling you

By Sherlwyn T. | Body & Fitness – Beautiful You on Yahoo!
We have all experienced food cravings before. Usually it’s something sweet, salty, or creamy — something you just have to have. So, what are your food cravings really telling you? Here are a few of the most common cravings and the nutrients your body may be lacking.

 

If you crave this: Chocolate

What you really need: Magnesium
Healthier alternatives: Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits

 

If you crave this: Sweets

What you really need: Chromium
Healthier alternatives: Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken

What you really need: Carbon
Healthier alternatives: Fresh fruits

What you really need: Phosphorus
Healthier alternatives: Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains

What you really need: Sulfur
Healthier alternatives: Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous, vegetables, kale, cabbage

What you really need: Tryptophan
Healthier alternatives: Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach

 

If you crave this: Bread, toast

What you really need: Nitrogen
Healthier alternatives: High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans

If you crave this: Oily snacks, fatty foods

What you really need: Calcium
Healthier alternatives: Mustard, and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame

 

If you crave this: Coffee or tea

What you really need: Phosphorus
Healthier alternatives: Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes

What you really need: Sulfur
Healthier alternatives: Egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous, vegetables

What you really need: NaC1 (Salt)
Healthier alternatives: Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)

What you really need: Iron
Healthier alternatives: Meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries

 

If you crave this: Chewing ice

What you really need: Iron
Healthier alternatives: Meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries

 

If you crave this: Burnt food

What you really need: Carbon
Healthier alternatives: Fresh fruits

 

If you crave this: Soda and other carbonated drinks

What you really need: Calcium
Healthier alternatives: Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame

 

If you crave this: Salty foods

What you really need: Chloride
Healthier alternatives: Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt

 

If you crave this: Acid foods

What you really need: Magnesium
Healthier alternatives: Raw nuts, and seeds, legumes, fruits

 

If you have preference for liquids than solids

What you really need: Water
Healthier alternatives: Flavoured water with lemon or lime. You will need 8-10 glasses a day

 

If you have preference for solids than liquids

What you really need: Water
Healthier alternatives: You have been so dehydrated for so long that you have lost your thirst. Flavoured water with lemon or lime. You will need 8-10 glasses a day

 

If you crave this: Cool drinks

What you really need: Manganese
Healthier alternatives: Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries

 

If you have pre-menstrual cravings

What you really need: Zinc
Healthier alternatives: Red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables

 

If you experience general overeating

What you really need: Silicon
Healthier alternatives: Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches

What you really need: Tryptophan
Healthier alternatives: Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach

What you really need: Tyrosine
Healthier alternatives: Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables

 

If you lack appetite

What you really need: Vitamin B1
Healthier alternatives: Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats

What you really need: Vitamin B3
Healthier alternatives: Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes

What you really need: Manganese
Healthier alternatives: Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries

What you really need: Chloride
Healthier alternatives: Raw goat milk, unrefined salt

 

 

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Spotlight: Validus Preparatory High School , Bronx

Validus Prep, a small high school of about 350 students in the Claremont section of the Bronx, has been an over-achiever for years in the EATWISE program. They’ve done it again this year, with the introduction of an internship class, which has provided our EATWISE intern for this year. The class, led by Ms. Perez, aims to get teens active in their communities and professional settings. The school also partners with Outward Bound (their full school name is Validus Preparatory High School: An Expeditionary Learning School) which supports getting students out into the great outdoors. Their PSAL double dutch team is one of the best in the city!  Over the years, Validus has supported all sorts of initiatives to help their students and families live healthier lives, including distributing fresh produce through the school. Many thanks to the school, Deyla, Moneia, Mariama, Zhamedra, Maria, and Chasity for their hard work over the years!
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Why You Can’t Just Burn Those Cookies Off

You can't out exercise a bad diet.

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by Erika Nicole Kendall

I get so tired of people telling me “Oh, I’m not worried about it. I can just burn this dinner off tonight on the treadmill.”

 

All I keep thinking, as I glance at their plate, is “Oh, really?” I’d never say that, though. I kind of just smile and say “Wow, well…hey!”

 

This video is why.

 

[youtube height=”480″ width=”640″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQbuzsY_34Q&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

 

So…for all you people who swear that people only need to “move more” in order to lose that weight? Stop lying to people, and stop lying to yourselves. That’s why I write so much about food – if you think that you can eat calorie-heavy dishes and “just burn it off” at the gym… you’re sorely mistaken. Weight loss is, at least, 85% diet. If you never eat it, you never have to worry about burning it. It’s just that simple.

 

Here’s to making better decisions!

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Spotlight: Brooklyn International High School, Brooklyn

Brooklyn International is another very special high school that we work with in EATWISE.  Located in a building overlooking the Manhattan Bridge, BIHS houses about 350 students, all of whom are recent immigrants to the USA.  I love walking around their school seeing the mix of faces and hearing the various languages that are spoken there. We’ve worked with students from Haiti, Equador, Mexico, and many more. The school fits in really well with the program, as everyone that attends the school is learning English, and assimilating to American culture.  I’ve heard some amazing discussion at BIHS about the food system in the US compared to countries all over the word, as well as some rough stories about lives in developing countries.  The school is one of EATWISE’s oldest partners dating back to the days before the program was even named! Many thanks to Ms. Rucker and Ms. Borgese for their support and Katherine, Joselyn, Kassandra, Mishka, Adler, Maria, and Tony for all the hard work!
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