healthy food alternatives

We know eating healthy can at times be overwhelming. Especially with new super foods being found all the time, healthy and organic price tags and a general confusion over what is healthy. We have outlined 5 health foods, and their even healthier counterparts for you to enjoy!

I think that most of us could agree that smoothies totally rock! Who doesn’t enjoy hitting up Jamba Juice on warm, sunny afternoons? But buying smoothies isn’t cheap! In fact, I’m always shocked at how much I end up spending on them -  usually between $3 – $5, depending on size and ingredients. And if you like those fancy shots of wheat grass and such, that’s extra.

It finally hit me that I could start making my own smoothies – and not only would I save a lot of time, but I could control the ingredients. No added sugar here! All you need is a blender or food processor and you’re good to go.

Be honest -  how many of you stay away from margarine because of trans fats, avoid eating fish because of mercury or avoid eggs because of fear of raising your cholesterol?  I know I have dealt with some of these issues before.  But the truth is there are many nutritional myths out there – myths that people actually live their life around. So before you give up eggs, fish and margarine, get the facts straight right here!

MYTH: Carbs make you gain weight.
FACT: The most efficient and effective form of energy is a carbohydrate. For more energy and improved brain function, be sure to focus on eating the right types of carbs (high fiber) in the appropriate amounts.

While food can’t boost your IQ to an Albert Einstein level, they can certainly help improve your brain’s function.  Several foods, many of which you probably already have in your kitchen, can enhance your memory and alertness!  Keep reading to find out which snacks can actually make you smarter!

To read the full article, click here or keep reading after the jump for more about smart foods!

Almost every morning, I eat a small container of Fage 0% Greek yogurt. But I never, ever eat it plain. I know I probably should; it would save me a ton of calories, but I like to mix things up a bit and try a bunch of different flavors to create a totally satisfying and creative breakfast. Keep reading for my ideas!

Jackie Warner

Fit&Fab Living editors were lucky enough to interview Jackie Warner a few weeks ago, and we were able to get tons of great nutrition and fitness information.  Have you see Jackie Warner?  She’s obviously a great health and fitness resource!  Today, we have the 4 foods you should eat every day to increase your fat-burning potential.  If you eat these foods, you’ll be well on your way to losing weight!

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