How to Read Ingredient Lists for Choosing Healthy Foods

How to Read Ingredient Lists for Choosing Healthy Foods

Have you ever looked at the front of a package and read the words “All-Natural” or “Heart-Healthy,” only to look at the ingredients list and find it is packed with salt, sugar, and chemicals you can’t even pronounce? The front of a food package has one purpose: to make you buy the product. It is not always fact-based and does not indicate the healthiness of the food inside. In order to know what you are truly buying, you need to understand how to read and properly interpret the ingredient list and nutrition information label on food packages. You may be shocked when you begin to discover what’s really in the food you buy! Yet learning this very simple task will help make you an informed consumer. The key to remember is that ingredients are listed from highest to lowest proportions. That is, the first two or three ingredients are the majority of what the food contains. The last few ingredients make up very little of the product. If you want to ensure that you are buying foods that are truly healthy – high-quality, nutritious, unprocessed – then follow the tips below. Quick Overview: Rules for Reading Ingredient Lists 
1. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it/don’t eat it. 2. Ingredients are listed in order of quantity, with the largest quantity of ingredients listed first. 3. Choose foods with less than five ingredients; this means they are minimally processed. 4. Avoid chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors, and colors. 5. Avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and trans fats The Details: Choosing Healthy Foods by their Ingredient List Whole Grains...
His Love Reaches Me

His Love Reaches Me

 “Your love, O LORD reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies.” In spite of our sinful nature God reaches from heaven and pours unconditional love on His children. He is love and He is faithful —period. Heaven is naturally “unreachable” and the depth of His love is unexplainable. God’s love cannot be measured according to man’s tools or standards. We must know that God uses every hard thing and hurt for a greater plan. Sitting on my back porch early one morning, I watched the beautiful sunrise. I was in awe of His amazing creation as the sun tipped over the treetops painting the morning sky. The colors were inviting, beautiful, lovely, and full of glory as a reflection of my Creator. I basked in His presence and worshipped Him. The breath of God blew across my face and consumed my thoughts with His love and faithfulness. With my eyes closed I felt a gentle “tap-tap” on my shoulder. I turned and locked eyes with my handsome eleven-year-old son standing in his boxers with messy morning hair. I stretched out my arms inviting him to sit with me, and he accepted. I covered him with the warmth of the blanket enveloping him with all that I had. As he rested his head on my chest my heart was full. I thought to myself, “If only I could keep him resting in my lap and under the shelter of my arms I would protect, defend, and embrace him forever. Yes, I would take “it all” for him.” In that moment a revelation of truth pricked my heart and...
Crockpot Coconut Chicken with Mango Chipolte

Crockpot Coconut Chicken with Mango Chipolte

I love chipotle. It brings spiciness to life. Chipotle has a distinctive, smokey, sweet, meaty flavor with a wonderful warming kick.  If you are looking for a fresh, easy, and tasty recipe for this busy week – try this! Ingredients: 1 pound of free range chicken (breasts or thighs). 1 can of coconut milk 1 large sized mango or 2 small mangos. 1 tablespoon of dried chipotle flakes or ground chipotle seasoning. (can half for less spiciness) sea salt to taste 3 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil 2 tsp garlic powder Directions: Pour the can of coconut milk into your slow cooker. Peel your mango and cut it into large and medium cubes. Throw your mango cubes along with the mango’s pit into your slow cooker. The meat on the pit will add flavor. Cut your chicken into strips and add to cooker. as well. Add your chipotle flakes/seasoning, sea salt, cilantro, basil, and garlic powder, and stir well. Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5 to 6 hours.   Serve with a fresh garden salad and a few slices of fresh a avocado. ENJOY  ...
Which is better, being right or being at peace?

Which is better, being right or being at peace?

Which is better, being right or being at peace? In the middle of a reoccurring conflict with her loved one she lost perspective and ignored this question. She felt justified and decided to stand her ground. Her feelings took charge and she vowed to no longer be taken advantage of. Her firm stance caused both to push away magnifying the problem. Each harped on the others mistakes causing defensive feelings to rise. Neither allowed the value of their relationship nor the actual solution to be the focus and forgiveness flew out the window. How long would they allow this to draw a wedge between them? Would either seek truth or peace? Have you been pitted against a loved one? Have you ever been so determined to be right that it drove you to self-centeredness, which led to more conflict? Many arguments grow from a reoccurring conflict, un-forgiveness, self-centeredness, and or a difference in opinion. Perhaps you and your loved one fundamentally disagree on a sensitive subject, or you handle situations differently and it rubs the other the wrong way. Engrained differences in character and perspective can lead to a loop of endless arguments. Fighting about it again and again does not usually resolve the root of the problem. Acknowledging that you both may never be on the same page about a certain issue and, discovering how you can create a pattern that’s productive and supports the relationship can be the beginning of healing and conflict resolution. Sincere forgiveness can also be a tremendous relief and a simple strategy to overcome conflict. Remember everyone is human, makes mistakes, and comes...