Tips for Better Health Houston 2017!  Houston… we have a problem; Houstonians love to eat.  In fact, Houston offers some of the best restaurants in the USA.  It is hard to pick the best bbq, seafood, tex-mex, etc. restaurant because they are all good.  Furthermore, the portion sizes are large here as well.  Therefore, all the good food is adding to our waist lines.  Your not alone… many are packing on pounds year over year.  Also, we are working harder than ever with longer hours thus making it important to enjoy a mid-afternoon snack.

What you can do to improve your health in Houston?

  • Knowing what healthy product choices offered in your workplace vending machine can help.
  • Many of the main stream manufactures, smaller ones too, are already improving calorie count, fat and sugar content per serving, and more.
  • When considering buying from vending machines, take the time to look over the nutrition fact sheet located on the back of the package or online.
  • Product companies now are adding the important nutrition facts on the front of the packages.  That way you can read the facts before purchasing.

Product companies have started adding some or more whole grain into baked goods.  For example, Cheez-Its now have the regular baked version and another made with whole grain.  Whole grains are packed with nutrients, including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer.

In summary

Sticking to lower fat, nutrition rich choices from vending machines can make a difference.   Furthermore, water choices have increased tremendously over the last few years.  Life Water (by Pepsi) is a purified water that is pH balanced with added electrolytes.  The electrolytes are for added flavor, making it easier to make the switch from unhealthy soda to water with your snack.


 

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