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How to Make Your Favorite Foods Healthier

After the whirlwind of the holiday season, the season of resolutions takes over. Many people to resolve to live healthier, and they may not have to give up their favorite foods to do so. Research from the National Institutes of Health suggests American adults between the ages of 18 and 49 gain an average of one to two pounds every year. Grazing and overeating tends to increase when the weather cools down. A 2005 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that, in the fall, people tend to consume more calories, total fat and saturated fat. In the spring, people seem to prefer more carbohydrates. In addition, less powerful sunshine in winter coupled with people bundling up translates into less vitamin D being absorbed by the body. Some researchers believe there is a link between vitamin D deficiency and weight gain as well. To ensure that certain foods do not sabotage healthy eating plans, people can employ some easy modifications and make healthier versions of the foods they like to eat.

• Choose crunchy foods. Those who are prone to snacking can reach for noisy foods. These include crunchy items like apples, carrots and pretzels. Scientists say that when people listen to what they are chewing — called the “crunch effect” — they eat less of that item.

• Tone down the cream. Delicious dishes like fettuccine alfredo typically are made with lots of butter and cream. Replace cream sauces with a healthier base made of low-fat milk thickened with flour. Increase the flavor with favorite spices.

• Fry with care. Use healthy oils like olive or coconut sparingly. Many foods that are traditionally fried also can be lightly coated with cooking spray and baked for a crunchy texture.

• Choose sodium-free seasonings. The USCA recommends limiting sodium to less than 1 teaspoon of salt per day. Try options like fresh herbs or lemon juice to add some sodium-free flavor.

• Increase fiber content. Fiber helps one feel fuller longer and can also be helpful for digestion and heart health. Choose the “brown” varieties of rice, pasta and breads.

• Replace meat with leaner forms of protein. Lean chicken, turkey and pork can replace red meats in many recipes. Some traditional meat dishes, such as burgers, also can be modified using vegetables or seafood. Lean meats dry out quickly, so keep foods moist by watching cooking times.

• Stock up on yogurt. Greek and other varieties of yogurt can replace sour cream and mayonnaise in many dishes.

Resolving to eat healthier can be easy by making some simple swaps when preparing your favorite foods.

Top Organizing Tips

Tired of clutter? Can’t find what you need? Time to get organized! Getting organized can be simpler than it seems. Here is some top advice we found when it comes to getting back on track!

*Vacuum seal bulky items like winter sweaters and blankets during the summer to save space!

*Declutter your countertop by adding hanging utensil containers from the kitchen wall & magnet spice holders on the fridge!

*Consider re-selling or donating gently used items to a local charity

*Tackle the junk drawer! Use a silverware holder to organize miscellaneous items.

Ways to Save Money In the New Year

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At-Home Workout Tips

Did you know….?

Building a home gym can be a huge benefit to your workout routine! Don’t have time to go to the gym? No problem! There are a lot of at-home tips you can use to keep you on track to staying healthy for 2015!

*Lighting – Bright lighting, whether natural or artificial can lift spirits and get you energized and moving!

*Music – Get excited for a good sweat when you’ve got the right playlist! Workouts can be motivated by upbeat music and now there are plenty of pre-mixed playlists and ideas available online!

Check out some of these great links: athomeworkout

2015 Top Workout Songs (Shape Magazine) 

19 Best Workout Songs for 2015 (Fuse) 

100 Top Workout Songs (Fitness Magazine)

*De-clutter – Keep distractions down to a minimum. If you don’t have a dedicated space for working out, take 5 minutes prior to starting your workout to declutter your area so you’re mind won’t be distracted on cleaning while you’re trying to get your sweat on! (*Bonus points – while you’re clearing the clutter, try to use this time as a warm up and stretch and reach extra while cleaning!) water

*Water – 8 glasses a day! (*Minimum!) It may sound like a simple task but many of us don’t get enough! Keep water close at hand during tough workouts to make sure you’re not walking back and forth to the kitchen for a drink.

*Healthy snacks – You may want to refuel before or after your workout and it’s important to have healthy snacks easy to reach for when you need them. Plan ahead to make healthy choices and your waistline will show your rewards!

 The Franklin Shopper Classified Ads are a great place to find gently used workout equipment at a fraction of the original cost! $ave some money & get on track to a healthy 2015!

 Do you prefer to workout at home or at the gym? Leave your answer in our Comment section!