Whats a healthy snack before bed – You Ask?

Popcorn!

If you are like a lot of people and don’t want to get the juicer out just before bed time but your appetite need quashing, you may be asking yourself; whats a healthy snack before bed,  You are hungry and need to supress your appetite!  OK this is not juicing I hear you say,  but it is much better than grabbing biscuits ou crisps when the munchy monster arrives.

So grabbing for anything unhealthy goes against the grain so to speak! But reality has it that the grain becomes our friend in the form of the corn grain. Thats if it is the popable kind.  Those little minuscule cute cornels of corn, that can be made so easily at home, that is popcorn could be the answer to the midnight feast you have been looking for.

Whats a healhty snack before bed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture credit: Piyato

 

Full of goodness, roughage and low in fat is can stave off any hunger pains quickly whilst giving you untold amounts of healthy benefits before bed.

Yes popcorn is our friend its official, not only for bed time snacks but also for a healthy snack at work, or anytime even during the day!

Whats a healthy snack before bed?

SUZANNAH HILLS Writes;

“As well as being a great diet food, popcorn also contains a high level of antioxidents, which help fight harmful molecules.

Plain popcorn has already been hailed as a great diet food for its low calorie content but now a group of scientists claim it may even top fruits and vegetables in antioxidant levels.

Antioxidants – known as polyphenols – have huge health benefits as they help fight harmful molecules that damage cells.

Popcorn was found to have a high level of concentrated antioxidants because it is made up of just four percent water while they are more diluted in fruits and vegetables because they are made up of up to 90 percent water.

Researchers discovered one serving of popcorn has up to 300mg of antioxidants – nearly double the 160mg for all fruits per serving.

They also found that the crunchy hulls of the popcorn have the highest concentration of antioxidants and fiber.

The scientists from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania unveiled their discovery at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego.

Researcher Joe Vinson said: ‘Those hulls deserve more respect. They are nutritional gold nuggets.”

 

Personally I have loved these golden nuggets for years. Growing up as a child, my Mum freshly making it on the hob, but even now as an adult made freshly for my children, the bowl is never left empty! So why not eat popcorn all the time and do away with the juicer?

 

“But Mr Vinson warned that people can’t forgo their five-a-day in favour of popcorn – as it doesn’t contain vital vitamins and nutrients found in fruit and vegetables.

Although he added that popcorn has many other health benefits, stating: ‘Popcorn may be the perfect snack food.

But researchers warn that while popcorn has a higher concentration of antioxidents it doesn’t contain any of the vital vitamins or other nutrients found in fruit and vegetables

‘It’s the only snack that is 100 per cent unprocessed whole grain. ‘One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 per cent of the daily intake of whole grain.

Mr Vinson added: ‘Air-popped popcorn has the lowest number of calories while microwave popcorn has twice as many calories as air-popped.'”

Click here and the full article.

 

So buy your corn grains from a wholefood shop or supermarket and heat them up your self.  What they forgot to say is the cost of doing it your self is much less in price and three times the fun.  To hear those little grain cracking and popping (don’t for get the lid on the pan otherwise they will be all over your kitchen like the blender juice without the lid on!) is a delight in its self.

So you may say popcorn before bed hey Hmmm?… Well look at it this way;   You get lots and lots of antioxidents (polyphenols) that work whilst your sleep (or whilst your awake) helping you to keep your system healthy and they fight the harmful cell damaging molecules. Also you get loads of great unadulterated undiluted fibre, good for the bowels and digestive track, that will help your cleansing process,  clearing toxins and waste from the colon wall.

What a healhty snack before bed? 2Picture credit: Carlos Porto

It should be said again that there is no particular vitamin or nutrient content to shout about in popcorn so your regular juicing and eating habits should not be abandoned for this golden nugget of a grain.  But do make it yourself if you are bothered about dieting and the calories involved form eating it as a ready made purchased product.

OK  it can’t be juiced but it can bridge the gap from eating junk food.

So if your just looking for whats a healthy snack before bed then popcorn is one of your best bets. But dont forget to clean you teeth as the husks of the grain have tendency to make very good friends with you and get stuck between your teeth.

 

 

 

 

How Can I Change My Diet?

How Can I Change My Diet!

You are what you eat, That’s a given here at the Juice Junkie Journal.

So what if you are asking yourself how can I change my diet? You could start by looking at your belief systems about food and where do those beliefs come from which will have created the eating patterns you have?

Image: Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

By studying food and its effects on the body we have to consider where our food habits come from? The reality is that they have been passed down from our parents, grandparents and so forth. Our social societies and cultures that surround us as we grow up have a massive efffect on our eating habits with regard to what we think is normal and what we consider abnormal. Because it is natural we follow what we have been taught by our parents, which usually is a copy of their mothers and fathers patterns.

For instance if you were brought up in a jungle region you would most likely have a great diet of raw fresh fruits, certain vegetable and berries, some meat and fish etc. If you were brought up as an Inuit (fromerly known as Eskimo’s) in the northern hemisphere your normal diet would be made up of 75% protein and fat obtained from fish and whale meat.

I know for my self, as the son of a butcher (as was also my father), who was brought on a high protein diet of meat and meat products that I am more likely to get prostrate cancer and other illnesses (because of the high protein content) compared to someone brought up as a vegetarian. Ironically I remember whilst studying for the family business, as a meat technologogist at college, I had the thought how can people not eat meat and just eat vegetables and plants to survive – how stupid were they? It was a few years after that (whilst studying with Tony Robbins) I realised it was me that was so stupid and my ignorance had been innocently instilled into my subconciousness from my conditioning and background.

So I asked my self

How can I Change My Diet?

Our histories don’t seem to have helped us as Dr. Mercola points out below

The foods eaten by most Westerners today bear little resemblance to the foods our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate. And our lifestyles are equally non-reflective of our roots. Our bodies evolved to weather the cycles of feast and famine; to accumulate body fat easily in order to make it through times when food was scarce. But the famine never comes now, so all we have is the feast. And feast upon feast upon feast adds up to a LOT of extra body fat.

Hunter-gatherers consumed foods with high nutrition and low calories. Today, most Americans are getting the converse—high calories and low nutrition. Many are overfed, yet starving to death. Their bodies are accumulating fat and pollutants from intentional AND unintentional contaminants in our food supply, causing their biological systems to shut down and be vulnerable to a variety of chronic diseases.

Adding to the caloric excess is an exercise deficit.

As a culture, we’ve gotten away from farms and moved to cities, adopting an indoor lifestyle that expends far fewer calories. Instead of walking, we ride in cars. Instead of running from tigers, we chase cursors around a screen. We have completely lost touch with where our food comes from and what goes into creating it. Our very relationship with food has changed, and not for the better.

Very interestingly Dr Mercola also points out how we have become addicted to the food stuff presented to us by the modern day producers of processed food . Every day you learn more, who would have thought that there are correlations between the tabbaco industry and the processed food industries as he points out here;

Processed food has become a multi-billion dollar industry that dangles the carrot of “convenience.” However, the price you pay for convenience is your very health and vitality. Hungry For Change exposes the dark side of the food industry’s marketing plan—namely, the addition of certain chemicals that secretly can get you addicted and make you a perpetual customer (they hope). You can probably already see the parallels with the tobacco industry that, in the 1960s, began increasing the nicotine level in cigarettes, which kept smokers coming back for more.

One example of an addictive food additive is MSG (monosodium glutamate), which is added to 80 percent of all flavored foods. MSG excites the part of your brain that’s in charge of your fat programs. MSG is what’s known as an excitotoxin, but it’s also used to fatten up mice for scientific study. Yes, MSG is the perfect obesity drug. If you want to achieve your ideal body weight and health, avoid MSG at all costs.

Dr Mercola also expands on what was said in the opening paragraphs of this post;

People of vastly different cultures and environments thrive on all sorts of diets, from high fat and high protein to high carbohydrate; some mostly animal products and others largely vegetarian. Yet, as varied as native diets are, most native populations have very low rates of chronic disease when compared with Americans and other Western cultures. Eskimos thrive on diets rich in animal fat and muscle and organ meats, but tropical natives thrive on abundant fresh plants, fish and fruit. Yet both cultures are healthy!

So what’s the common denominator?

Native diets consist mostly of natural, whole foods (whether plant- or animal-based) rather than processed foods that come in a box or a can. Americans are eating overcooked, overprocessed and chemically manipulated fake foods, instead of REAL foods.

Native diets, in general, are largely made up of whole vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and meats. Not cooked down, refined, dehydrated and reconstituted, boxed-up pretend foods that aren’t really foods at all. Eating wisely requires a gradual transition toward the consumption of natural, whole foods that are unaltered by a lab. The closer to nature a food is, the more nutritious it will be. A change away from the cultural “norm” won’t be accomplished over night. Start gradually. As good foods are added into your diet, bad foods will eventually be crowded out.

Suat Eman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Without being derogatory to our own upbringings It is perhaps pertinent, if you are at all concerned with your diet, that you look back at your own conditioning and knowlegde of the food stuffs you eat. Through education you can change your future and your childrens futures and on and so forth… to make for a healthier life and exiistence for all concerned from here on in.

So by asking your self How Can I Change My Diet, you are probably already on the road to doing so. By looking at your food belief structures and where they have come from will give you lots of clues. A little bit of studying will help enormously in acheiving your goal and so putting you on a path to a healtier new you. Juicing for change with the beneficial juice of raw foods  may be the way to go to break those bad unhealthy eating habits.

Tags: How can I change my diet, Juice diet, juicing, juicing raw food

Click here to visit the original source of this post