From your Henry Mayo Nutritionist: Liz Tarabour, MS, RDN
When the holidays end, diet seems to be the word on the street. To most people, the word diet equals restricting something in order to lose weight. According to the dictionary, the word “diet” means “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats”. While weight loss is recommended for some people in order to keep their bodies healthy, a HEALTHFUL DIET is recommended for all people. Based on quality reviews and research, Time and U.S. News just released their best and worst diets of 2018. You can find full lists on the Internet. Here, I’m providing the top 2, in 2 different categories:
Courtesy of Time Magazine:
Best Overall Diets (these would be for anyone wanting to stay healthy)
DASH Diet - The DASH diet was designed to help people lower their high blood pressure, and it’s characterized by a mix of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. People on this diet are told to avoid saturated fat, sugary beverages, sweets, full-fat dairy and some oils—and to eat less salt overall.
Mediterranean Diet - The diet gets its’ name from the eating habits of people living in Mediterranean countries and has been linked to better health and longevity. The Mediterranean Diet meal plan is high in fruits, vegetables, and healthful fats like fish, nuts and olive oil.
Best Weight Loss Diets
Weight Watchers - Weight Watchers is an especially popular diet, promoted by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey. It works on a points system, where each food is given a number of points, and people are told a total number to aim for each day. Foods that are high in nutrients and are filling have fewer points overall. Sweets, on the other hand, are high in points.
Flexitarian Diet - A blend of the words flexible and vegetarian, the Flexitarian diet encourages people to eat vegetarian most of the time for better health, but doesn’t call for cutting out meat entirely.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup milk
- 1 banana
- 1 Tbsp honey or other sweetener (if desired)
- Option 1: 2 Tbsp flaxseed (for Omega-3 and fiber boost + yummy nuttiness)
- Option 2: Handful of spinach (for antioxidant & vitamin boost)
- Option 3: A few strawberries (for added tanginess, vitamins, and extra fiber)
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.