I’m Ms. Choice and I’m here to provide information and assist in promoting and implementing wellness and healthier snacking at work sites and schools. INC has collected 6 unusual habits of exceptionally creative people, see below:
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I’m Ms. Choice and I’m here to provide information and assist in promoting and implementing wellness and healthier snacking at work sites and schools. An article from Food Business News suggests that Millennials are more likely to ditch a diet mentality than previous generations:
Millennials more likely to ditch diet mentality
11/12/2015 | Monica Watrous
from Food Business News
WASHINGTON — In matters of health and wellness, millennials are less concerned about calories and fat than the general population, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC)’s 2015 Food and Health Survey. Millennial consumers also are more likely to use technology to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
|“Millennials are a unique generation, and their approach to health and fitness is no exception,” said Sarah Romotsky, R.D., director of health and wellness for the IFIC Foundation. “This research gave us an inside look at how millennials are optimistic about the future of food, they look to their friends and family for support, they use technology as a tool to reach their health goals, and they have shifting attitudes about the value of certain nutrients.”|
Like the general population, millennial consumers agree moderate sugar intake may be part of a healthy diet and that there are differences in the healthfulness of naturally occurring sugars compared with other types of sweeteners. However, millennial perceptions of fat and protein differ from those of the general population. Fewer millennials (54% vs. 61% of the general population) claim to have reduced consumption of solid fats, and one in three millennials recently have changed his or her opinion on the healthfulness of saturated fat, with millennial men more likely to view it more favorably. Additionally, one in five millennials say higher-protein foods may have many unhealthful components, compared to one in seven of the general population.
Moreover, millennials are less likely to count or limit calories than other age groups, and 20% of millennials claim all sources of calories have an equal effect on weight gain, compared to 27% of the general population.
More than a third (36%) of millennials track daily food and beverage intake using an app or other means, compared with 22% of the population, and 12% of millennials use an on-line support group or community to pursue wellness goals, compared with 6%. Millennials also are more optimistic than other age groups about future food innovations and inventions that may support healthful living.
Millennials also are more likely to trust a health or nutrition blogger for accurate food information (33% vs. 24% of the general population) and rely on support of family and friends to improve eating behaviors (45% vs. 32%).
“It’s encouraging to see that millennials are interested in learning more about eating well,” said Kris Sollid, R.D., director of nutrient communications for the IFIC Foundation. “Developing a positive relationship with food is one of the most important things young people can do for their health.”
March means spring break is coming up, and spring break means road trip, right? Honestly, I used to think people who packed up a bunch of kids and drove for fifteen hours and called that fun were completely, certifiably insane. There are times when fifteenminutes in the car with kids who won’t stop bugging each other is almost more than I can handle. However, I’ve realized that with the right preparation, a road trip with kids can be rather less miserable than expected – maybe even fun. All sorts of smart people have posted their favorite tips for road trips with kids online, and I’ve sorted through to find the best ones (and thrown in a few of my own). From preparing the car and organizing your supplies to packing snacks and prepping activities, this post has you covered. You’ll find links to hundreds of ideas to make your road trip with kids a little less horrible and a lot more fun.
8. This post by Toni Spilsbury is actually about organizing snacks at home, but her “fridge snacks” example would be perfect for putting in the cooler for healthy road trip snacks. She also includes a price breakdown showing how much you can save by packing your own snacks instead of buying at the gas station or drive through.
9. Babble has rounded up 25 great ideas for road trip snacks for kids, including easy ways to transport veggies and dips, homemade versions of classics like fruit leather, fruits snacks and cheez-its, and this munchable necklace that will keep little ones busy for a while (originally from And this is how the story goes):
10. Kids are sure to love these tackle boxes turned mega snack packs, from Inner Child Crochet. I like the idea of giving one to each child and letting them control when and what they snack on, so I don’t have to rummage through the snack container every fifteen minutes to find someone more food. I’d be a little nervous about one getting tipped over, however, so I might look for a divided container that has separated lids so you can open just one compartment at a time (maybe in the jewelry making section).
11. Use straws for yogurt and applesauce – genius! I love this idea. This isn’t my photo, it’s one floating around Pinterest without a good link, but we’ve done this plenty of times in the car, and even as a healthy snack at Disneyland. Cut straws in half so they’re not so long and tape on to the side of each snack in advance.
With modern day stressors, it can be hard to maintain a balanced lifestyle. Here are some great guidelines from Huffington Post on coming back to your center…and whenever chocolate is a positive suggestion, you know I am on board!
Health Tips: 10 Simple Rules For A Healthy Life
09/03/2012 9:47 am EDT
By Jené Luciani for
These days, it takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. With hectic lifestyles and bad habits like skipping sleep, excess alcohol consumption and sky-high stress levels, it’s harder than ever for most people to stay fit and healthy, much less take extra steps to reduce your risk of diseases like cancer, stroke and heart disease.
Check out these delicious re-invented summer snack ideas from Huffington Post…
getting your daily fruits and veggies never seemed so SWEET!
100-Calorie Snacks: 16 Refreshing Healthy Summer Eats
Some of the best fruits and veggies are ripe for the picking in the warm weather, and yet somehow summer eating still gets a bad rap. You can blame the barbecues or theice cream trucks, or you can decide to take things into your own hands. Literally.
With a few homemade treats up your sleeve, you can guarantee refreshing, tasty summer snacks that are easy on your waistline. The 16 below require minimal ingredients and almost no time to assemble — all for under 100 calories.
I have some great news about chocolate and its relationship with heart health! Below is an article courtesy of Vending Market Watch suggesting that people who indulge in chocolate can receive many associated health benefits:
Eating up to 100 g of chocolate every day is linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk, finds research published online in the journal Heart.
There doesn’t seem to be any evidence for cutting out chocolate to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, conclude the researchers.
They base their findings on almost 21,000 adults taking part in the EPIC-Norfolk study, which is tracking the impact of diet on the long term health of 25,000 men and women in Norfolk, England, using food frequency and lifestyle questionnaires.
The researchers also carried out a systematic review of the available international published evidence on the links between chocolate and cardiovascular disease, involving almost 158,000 people—including the EPIC study participants.
The EPIC-Norfolk participants (9,214 men and 11,737 women) were monitored for an average of almost 12 years, during which time 3013 (14%) people experienced either an episode of fatal or non-fatal coronary heart disease or stroke.
Around one in five (20%) participants said they did not eat any chocolate, but among the others, daily consumption averaged 7 g, with some eating up to 100 g.
Higher levels of consumption were associated with younger age and lower weight (BMI), waist: hip ratio, systolic blood pressure, inflammatory proteins, diabetes and more regular physical activity…
I’m Ms. Choice and I’m here to provide information and assist in promoting and implementing wellness and healthier snacking at work sites and schools.
• Top off your fuel tank several times a day with snacks; you’ll feel energized and satisfied throughout the day.
• It’s unrealistic to give up sweet treats if you really enjoy them. Like anything else, eat them “smartly” and in moderation.
• Focus on fiber and protein. Choose cereal bars or granola bars with a little protein (check the Nutrition Facts) and some fiber to help keep you full longer.
• Pretzels or baked chips are a great low-fat, low-calorie way to satisfy the mid-day munchies.
• Craving cookies? Animal crackers, fig bars, ginger snaps, pop tarts or graham crackers are great tasting lower fat choices. Pair these with low-fat milk, a protein-rich food, and you’ve satisfied that craving.
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Use the Healthy schools Product Calculator to determine if a snack food or side item meets the Alliance’s Guidelines for Competitive Foods: