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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan

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Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan.
Dash to a healthier you! Voted by health experts as the best overall diet three years in a row, the DASH Diet originally developed to fight high blood pressure – is a safe and easy-to-follow eating plan that fights diseases and can even help you lose weight. Incorporate this two-phase plan The DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution with bonus sample day menus for both phases. Find out if the DASH Diet is right for you.

The overall goal of the DASH Diet – short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – is to lower your consumption of sodium, which aids in lowering your blood pressure. Since the diet focuses on eating the right foods with the right portions, it's also effective for short- and long-term weight loss. Find out more about the DASH Diet and if it's right for you.

The DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution, is divided into two Steps:

Step 1: Two Weeks to Shrink Your Waistline
During the 14 days of phase 1, you will learn how to satisfy your hunger and, as a result, feel fuller longer. To regulate your blood sugar and help curb your cravings, avoid fruit and whole grains, which have a lot of natural sugar, and alcohol, which also contain sugars. That said, you can enjoy 2-3 servings of low-fat dairy per day. This would include 1 cup of skim milk or low-fat yogurt. Avoid regular or even fat-free cheese because they are often high in sodium.
By avoiding starchy foods with sugar, you’re helping to regulate your blood sugar and diminish cravings. Try leafy greens like lettuce and spinach or cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cabbage. You can also eat cucumbers, squash, peppers and tomatoes.
You can also enjoy up to 6 ounces of lean meats, fish and poultry a day. Aim for 4 to 5 servings of beans or lentils a week.
Opt for protein-rich foods that have healthy fats, like fresh nuts and seeds, or fatty fish like salmon or mackerel. Avocados are loaded with monounsaturated fats as well as antioxidants lutein, vitamin E and beta-carotene. Toss them in a salad along with vegetable oils, especially olive, canola and nut oils, which you can use as salad dressing.

Step 2: Kick It Up a Notch!
After the first 14 days, you will continue to eat the foods from Phase 1 but re-introduce some other healthy foods that will help you continue your weight loss. How long does Phase 2 last? It’s your life plan, so it should last forever so you can keep your blood pressure low and keep weight off.

Whole Grains: Choose from cereals, breads and pasta. Aim for 6 to 8 servings a day.
Fruit: Make fruit (fresh or frozen) a part of your diet every day. Aim for 4 to 5 servings a day.
Low-Fat Milk or Yogurt: Stick to 2 to 3 servings a day as in Phase 1.
Sugar: You can have 3 to 4 servings of sugary foods each week.
Alcohol: You can have a small glass of red wine occasionally, which represents one fruit serving.

Step 1: Two Weeks to Shrink Your Waistline
Day 1
Breakfast
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Hard-boiled egg. (Hint: Make several hard-boiled eggs, and peel. Store in a zipper bag in the refrigerator. Then you will have them when you need them for super-quick breakfasts. You can also find prepackaged, peeled hard-boiled eggs in some stores). Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan.
  • 1 or 2 slices Canadian bacon
  • 6 ounces tomato juice, low-sodium

Midmorning Snack 

  • 1 stick light cheese
  • Baby carrots
Lunch
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Acapulco Tuna Salad
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Small side salad: dressed with Italian or oil and vinegar dressing
  • Strawberry Jell‑O cup, sugar-free

Midafternoon Snack

  • 4 ounces lemon light yogurt, fat-free, artificially sweetened
  • 18 cashews (1 ounce by weight, 1/4 cup by volume, or small handful)

Before-Dinner Snack (Optional)

  • Pepper strips. (Hint: To make the strips quickly, cut off the tops and bottoms of some red, yellow, or orange bell peppers. Remove seeds and cut in half. Flatten each half and take a very sharp knife and cut along the surface, removing the membranes. Then cut into 1‑inch strips. These are great to dip into guacamole, as a chip substitute).
  • 2 ounces guacamole, which is about 1/4 cup

Dinner
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Crispy Grilled Chicken
  • 1 cup (or more) mixed carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower blend: steamed or microwaved
  • Salad: Romaine blend with Italian dressing
  • Raspberry Jell‑O cup, sugar-free

Day 2
Breakfast
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Mini-Egg Beaters Southwestern Style omelet. Spray microwave-safe dish or cup with cooking spray. Add 1/4-1/2 cup Egg Beaters Southwestern Style. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir, and cook an additional 15 seconds.
  • 4-6 ounces tomato juice, low-sodium

Midmorning Snack

  • 1 light cheese wedge
  • 6 grape tomatoes

Lunch
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • 2-3 Turkey-Swiss roll-ups. Cheese on the outside, as the wrap. Deli turkey slices for the meat. Add whatever condiments you like, such as mustard. You could also add lettuce as the outermost layer of the wrap.
  • 1/2-1 cup coleslaw
  • Raw snow peas or sugar snap pea pods (as much as you like)
  • Orange Jell‑O cup, sugar-free

Midafternoon Snack

  • 1 stick light cheese
  • Baby carrots

Before-Dinner Snack (Optional)

  • 10 peanuts in the shell (20 individual peanuts) (Hint: Shelling nuts slows you down, so you are less likely to overeat them.)

Dinner
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Roasted sliced turkey
  • Sautéed carrots and onions. Sauté 1 medium onion, thinly sliced, in 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil. Add about 8 ounces sliced carrots, and continue to sauté until the carrots are soft. Add 1 thin pat of butter at the end. (Hints: Top the turkey with the sautéed carrots for extra flavor. If you like very soft carrots, microwave first before sautéing.)
  • Side salad topped with Italian dressing
  • Lime Jell‑O cup, sugar-free

Day 3
Breakfast
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Scrambled eggs
  • 1-2 slices Canadian bacon
  • 4-6 ounces diet cranberry juice

Midmorning Snack

  • 4 ounces raspberry light yogurt, nonfat, artificially sweetened
  • 23 almonds (1 ounce by weight, 1/4 cup by volume) Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan

Lunch
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Cold fried chicken breast (don’t eat the skin or coating) [Hint: The chicken doesn’t have to be cold. This could be a fast-food lunch but only if you can choose whole chicken parts. (Definitely do not choose chicken tenders, patties, crispy chicken, or nuggets. They have too much breading for the amount of meat.) Most fried chicken places have coleslaw as a side. When you get back to your office, you can have the carrots and Jell‑O.]
  • Coleslaw
  • Baby carrots
  • Lemon Jell‑O cup, sugar-free

Midafternoon Snack

  • 1-2 light cheese wedges
  • 6 grape tomatoes

Before-Dinner Snack (Optional)

  • Pepper strips
  • Guacamole

Dinner 
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Super-Savory Sliders
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • Side salad with balsamic dressing
  • 1-2 strawberry Jell‑O cups, sugar-free

Step 2: Kick It Up a Notch!
Day 1
Breakfast
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • 3/4 cup Wheaties (1 ounce by weight)
  • 8 ounces skim milk
  • 4-6 ounces strawberries or raspberries
Midmorning Snack (Optional)
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • 1-2 light cheese wedges
  • Grape tomatoes
Lunch 
  • 2-3 turkey and Swiss roll-ups
  • Baby carrots
  • Small plum
Midafternoon Snack
  • 6 ounces blueberry light yogurt
  • 10 cashews 
Before-Dinner Snack (Optional)
  • 10 peanuts in the shell (20 individual peanuts)
Dinner
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Pan-seared tilapia. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook about 4 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Before finishing, place about 1 pat of butter or margarine in the pan, and allow the melted butter to coat all the pieces. (To serve four, choose four 4‑ounce tilapia filets.)
  • Mango-Melon Salsa
  • Fresh asparagus
  • Strawberry Jello‑O cup, sugar-free
Day 2
Breakfast
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Hot chocolate. To 8 ounces skim milk, add 1 heaping teaspoon unsweetened cocoa and 2 packets Splenda or Truvia. Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • 1-2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 6-8 ounces light cranberry juice. Hint: Light cranberry juice has more calories than the diet version, but you may prefer it.
  • 4-6 ounces strawberries
Midmorning Snack (Optional)
  • 6 ounces key lime light yogurt, nonfat, artificially sweetened
  • 10 ounces almonds
Lunch
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Turkey and Swiss sandwich. Put 2-4 ounces turkey and a slice of reduced-fat Swiss cheese on two pieces light whole wheat bread; add lettuce, tomato, and any other veggies or condiments that you choose.
  • Pepper strips
  • Coleslaw or side salad
  • Raspberry Jell‑O cup, artificially sweetened
Midafternoon Snack
  • 1 clementine orange
  • 1-2 light cheese wedges
Before-Dinner Snack (Optional)
  • Pepper strips
  • 1/4-1/2 cup hummus
Dinner
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Meaty Sauce Over Spaghetti Squash
  • Side salad, with Italian, oil and vinegar, or vinaigrette dressing
  • Fudge bar
Day 3
Breakfast
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal, cooked: topped with cinnamon, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, or Truvia, and 1 tablespoon chopped almonds (optional)
  • 1/2 banana, medium or large
  • 4-6 ounces tomato juice, low-sodium
  • Latte: 8 ounces skim milk, 2 ounces espresso
Midmorning Snack (Optional)
  • 1 stick light cheese
  • Baby carrots
Lunch
  • Acapulco Tuna Salad in 1/2 whole wheat pita pocket. (Hint: Feel free to add other veggies, such as lettuce, tomatoes, red cabbage, and grated carrots).
  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Orange Jello‑O cup, artificially sweetened
Midafternoon Snack
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • 4-6 ounces strawberries
  • 10 cashews
Before-Dinner Snack (Optional)
  • 10 peanuts in the shell (20 individual peanuts)
Dinner
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Naked Chicken Piccata
  • Green beans
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Side salad, with Italian dressing
  • 4-6 ounces raspberries on 1/2-1 cup frozen yogurt, nonfat, artificially sweetened
Day 4
Breakfast
  • 1-3 scrambled eggs
  • 1 slice whole-wheat toast (light, if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon jelly or jam
  • 4-6 ounces orange juice
  • Latte or 8 ounces skim milk
Midmorning Snack (Optional)
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • 4-6 ounces blueberries
  • 10 almonds
Lunch
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • 2-3 Muenster cheese and roast beef roll-ups. (Hint: Accessorize per your taste. You could add lettuce for the wrap and stuff with grated carrots or red cabbage in the center.)
  • Italian coleslaw (Hint: This is regular coleslaw with thin pepper strips, grated carrots, and an oil and vinegar dressing.) Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan.
  • Small peach
Midafternoon Snack
  • 6 ounces strawberry light yogurt, nonfat, artificially sweetened
Before-Dinner Snack (Optional)
  • Baby carrots dipped in 2 tablespoons peanut butter
Dinner
Health Tips for Today - DASH Diet Meal Plan
  • Zucchini Lasagna
  • Side salad: Lettuce, grape tomatoes, red cabbage and blue cheese crumbles or small slice of goat cheese, with oil and vinegar or vinaigrette dressing.
  • Fudge bar or other low-calorie, low-sugar, low-fat ice cream bar
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