Your Questions About Healthy Foods

Thomas asks…

What are some healthy foods for someone with colon infection to eat?

The lady i babysit went to the doctor the other day and she found out she has a colon infection. She always eats fast food and she isn’t aloud to eat fast food anymore. What are some foods she might be able to eat that she will actually like. She hates eating healthy food and i know its kind of impossible to find foods she can eat that she will actually like, but any suggestions?

admin answers:

The lady with the infection ought to have gotten some specific information from her doctor about what she can and can’t eat. If she has diverticulitis, she should be on a semi-liquid diet for a day or two (taking heavy doses of antibiotics) and then move to the BRAT diet for another day or two. That’s bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. Then she can eat whatever she likes as long as it’s very low in fiber. Once the infection is gone, her doctor will tell her to eat lots of high-fiber foods, aiming at 30-35 grams a day.

If it’s another type of infection, she should still be on antibiotics, but a different form of diet may be required. Avoiding fast food isn’t enough. Really, her doctor is the one to advise her and there are alternatives to fast food — maybe some veggie burgers would help. But she’s got to get her physician’s okay on whatever she eats.

Sandra asks…

What are some healthy foods/recipes that are easy to make?

My boyfriend has high blood pressure and is 40 pounds over weight for his age, only 19 years old. He eats very unhealthy foods, like fast food every day. I want to help him change that, and get healthy. By doing so, im willing to make him food everyday that is good for him, but im not to sure of anything that is healthy, yet still tastes good to eat. Please send me recipes or just ideas of what I could make him. Thanks =]

admin answers:

There are lots of options to be healthy, but remember to include some good fats and flavor in your recipies because otherwise he won’t want to stick to his new diet and will end up binging. Not good. Also, no frying (!) and the less butter or oil you use the better.

Any kind of chicken or fish broiled or grilled (with creative seasonings to change it up) is great paired with fresh steamed veggies w/ salt and pepper. Sounds boring but it’s great if you spice it up with herbs, light cheeses, lemon zest, etc., you can have different flavors all the time.

Get light italian dressing and drizzle over sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and low fat feta cheese for a side dish.

My favorite snack right now is baby carrots with hummus (roasted red pepper flavor) and it’s awesome. Filling and flavorful and light on calories. If ever in doubt, wrap your favorite salad, easy on dressing, in a pita or something.

These are only ideas, nothing fancy, but hopefully it helps!

Mandy asks…

What kind of healthy foods should I buy?

Well I want to start this new “healthy diet” because I believe that im very unhealthy and eat wayyy too much junk food. It’s also so I can lose a few pounds, and I also heard eating healthier enhances your beauty. What are some healthy foods I should buy?

admin answers:

Here’s a link to the top ten healthiest foods:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/956809/top_ten_healthiest_foods.html

I hope this helps! Good luck!

Richard asks…

What are some good healthy foods that actually taste good?

I would like to start eating more healthily and in order to do so I must start eating more vegitables and healthy foods. However, I don’t like them at all. Can any one suggest some good healthy foods that you think taste good?

admin answers:

Try combining them … Apple slices with a little cheese , baby carrots and a little low fat ranch dressing , cucumber slices with tomatoes and a bit of italian dressing (add a bit of purple onion if you like). It’s really best with a little olive oil and vinegar and a touch of garlic salt and parsley but bottled italian dressing is fine too. Easy of the cheese, dresssings it’s just to add a little flavor to it. Add spinach, mushrooms, green or red pepper to your omellette . Add a bit of shredded carrot to your meatloaf , or throw some in your speghetti sauce. Experiment with some of the oriental vegetables / stir fry them / bok choy and the cabbages / baby pea pods are excellent. Chinese brocolli is good. For sweets think fruits . Any fruit is great with a little cottage cheese or vanilla yogurt. Mandarin oranges, peaches, pineapple, mango, nectarines. Popcorn is a good healthy snack.

Chris asks…

What healthy foods do you like to prepare in advance?

I love brown rice with veggies and tahini sauce thrown in, and hard boiled eggs, but I’m looking for more quick and healthy foods that I could make in large amounts to have on hand for the week. Thanks!

admin answers:

Are you looking for easy to grab foods to use as snacks, or entire meals?
These are items I keep handy (I have lost 20 lbs)
If its snacks:
1. Keep a few carrots, celery and brocolli in a dish that you can snack on with ranch dressing.
2. Deviled eggs, or just hard boiled
3. Fruits, I love mango’s, and pineapples, sliced apples and bananas. Having them already peeled, cored, & sliced.
4. Waldorf salad (it has apples and celery and pecans in it) so you know its good for you.
5. Keep peanut butter on hand, its good on celery and apples, and its good for you.

If it meals: these are a few of my favorites
1. Fish (like tuna salad) is healthy
2. Broccoli w/ rice
3. Salads with Lettuce, carrots, celery, broccoli, sprouts, sunflower seeds, cheese (you can keep each item seperate so you can eat it as a salad or dip them as a snack)

Hope these help:

PS
Granola is a great healthy snack:
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, peanuts, almonds, or pecans
1 cup honey
1/2 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients.
In a 2-quart saucepan, heat the honey, oil and vanilla until syrupy.
Add to the dry ingredients and mix well.
Spread on a jellyroll pan.
Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
Store in a covered container.
Variations:
add one or more of these
1 cup coconut, 1/2 cup any dried fruits (apples, cranberries, raisins)
and you can omit the wheat germ (if you don’t have any on hand)

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