Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Scout Healthy Food Tips

Here are some healthy eating tips from Scouting magazine:

  • Water instead of soda: -150 calories (12 oz. serving)
  • Pretzels instead of chips: -80 calories (2 oz. serving)
  • “Light butter” instead of “movie theater butter” microwave popcorn: -75 calories (5 cups)
  • Skim milk instead of whole: -60 calories (1 cup)
  • Whole-grain Fig Newtons instead of Chips Ahoy: -60 calories (per serving)
  • Subway Turkey Sandwich instead of McDonald’s Quarter Pounder With Cheese: -300 calories
These ideas are designed to help you switch various foods for something more healthy which will lead to a calorie reduction of at least 700.

Here are some camp food ideas:
  • Healthy trail mixes: dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and a healthy cereal (Grape Nuts or Kashi, for example)
  • Lowfat stews made with lean protein and veggies
  • Beans and rice
  • Fish or lean meat with vegetables in a foil pocket
  • Oatmeal with dried fruit and skim milk
Here are some other nutrition tips:
  • Adding 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber to your daily diet will reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 5 percent.
  • Adding a daily dose of 2 to 3 grams of plant-derived stanol and sterol esters (a supplement found in foods such as yogurt, orange juice, and margarine products) typically lowers LDL by 6 to 15 percent.
  • Adding fruits and vegetables, reducing sodium and alcohol intake, and increasing physical activity will reduce blood pressure by 2 to 14 mmHg.
Obviously it would be impossible to do all of these things at once but taking a few of these ideas even if you just take 1 and are super committed to it then you can make a big difference.

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616
Great Alaska COuncil
Eagle Scout OA Brotherhood Member
NSJ '05 WSJ '07 '11 Philmont AA '08

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