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Recipes of Low-Fat Dressings

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dressingWe think of salad as a 'slimming' food, and most salad vegetables are very low in calories, avocado being a notable high-fat exception. The problem comes with the added dressing. Check the fat content on labels carefully and make low-fat dressings your first choice.

Learn to Overcome Obesity in Children

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Obesity-in-Children_cAny parent who has tried to prise a child off the sofa or away from their computer to go outside and get some exercise will know that children are becoming increasingly sedentary, more often than not moving nothing but a few fingers on the television or video remote control. In a recent survey, 40 per cent of boys and 60 per cent of girls failed to meet the recommended minimum of 1 hour a day of moderate exercise.

Roasting Chicken in Microwave

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Roasting-Chicken-in-Microwave_cChicken stays moist and full of flavour when cooked in the microwave, however, it will not have its lovely crisp skin. Since my family enjoy the skin on a chicken and like it golden and crispy, I three-quarters cook the chicken in the microwave, then transfer it to the top of a very hot oven for about 15 minutes to finish cooking. However, if I am cooking the chicken to use in a different dish, or to serve in a salad, then I usually cook it totally in the microwave.

What Chocolate Is Better for Your Health

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Chocolate_cFirst consumed as a fairly bitter-tasting hot drink, chocolate has developed into confectionery, an ingredient in cakes and desserts and an addiction for many of us! But we know that all types of chocolate are high in fat. Should we still eat it? Which type of chocolate is healthier and which is bad for health?

Healthy Snacks for Children

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rybkaYoung children require a large amount of energy in comparison to their body size but they cannot cope with large quantities of food at any one time. Some toddlers may survive quite happily on three meals a day but you will probably find that your child will also need snacks between meals to keep up her energy level. As babies become increasingly mobile and expend a lot of energy it is important that you have plenty of healthy snacks on hand rather than let her fill herself up on empty calories like sweet biscuits and potato crisps. Offer healthy snacks like cheese, dried or fresh fruit or sandwiches with nutritious fillings like peanut butter, Marmite or Promite.

What Parts of Chicken Are Low-Fat

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chickenThis inexpensive meat is easily available: fresh, frozen or chilled, in portions or whole. Choose from standard chickens to corn-fed, free-range and organic. An excellent source of low-fat protein, chicken can be prepared and cooked in a multitude of ways. Most of the fat in chicken is contained in the skin.

Eat Cereals for Breakfast

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cereals_cBreakfast cereals are a good way to start the day or to eat as a snack perhaps before bed. The range of cereals available is enormous - choose varieties that you and your family enjoy eating, but do check out the nutritional value. Choose cereals with little or no added sugar or salt. To sweeten your cereals, choose natural sweeteners such as fruit or yogurt.

Cheese Is Great for Your Health

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cheeseCheese is made and eaten in nearly every country in the world. Most is made from cow's milk, but goat and sheep cheeses are also widely available. Soya beans are used to produce a milk-free option. Alternative cheeses made with non-animal rennet are available for vegetarians.

What Cakes to Include in Your Diet

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Cake_cCakes come in all shapes and sizes - some may be very high in fat and sugar while others have a relatively low-fat, high-fibre content. The secret of a good diet is not so much what you eat, but how often you eat it. Enjoy a piece of cake as a treat now and them.

Nutritional Content of Butter and Butter Alternatives

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butterButter is obtained by skimming milk, then churning the cream until the fat separates from the liquid buttermilk. The result is almost pure fat, with only a small amount of water and a trace of the solid part of the milk remaining. Butter contains more than 80 per cent fat, most of which is saturated.

Feeding fussy children

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fussy-baby_cBabies grow more rapidly in their first year than at any other time in their lives, but after twelve months, a child's growth and weight-gain generally slow down. It is not so surprising, therefore, that many children who were good eaters in their first year become more fussy and the second year is often a time when food is used to assert independence.

What Foods to Give Children for Breakfast

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breakfastThere is a lot of truth in that old saying 'Breakfast like a king, lunch like a knave and dine like a pauper'. However, up to 17 per cent of school children skip breakfast before school. The first meal of the day is the most important as your child will probably have fasted for up to 12 hours. Our bodies release glucose from our stores shortly before we wake up to help us arise from bed.

What Beverages to Drink to Be Healthy

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teaCoffee, tea and hot chocolate are popular beverages and can be beneficial if drunk in moderation. Cold beverages like fruit juices, fruit drinks and carbonated soft drinks are also favourite beverages, especially among children. Lower sugar or diet alternative drinks have artificial sweeteners that reduce their calorie values.

Beans Help Vegetarians to Get Enough Protein

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beansBeans contain varying amounts of protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent source of fibre, especially soluble fibre, which helps to lower blood cholesterol levels. They are also low in fat.

Give Your Children Apples as a Snack

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applesApples are a delicious and versatile food that can be used in many ways. They can be eaten raw as a crunchy snack or baked, cooked, made into sauce or puree and cooked in pies or cakes. When children ask for a snack, give them an apple rather than a biscuit or crisps and remember that a crispy apple makes a delicious addition to a packed lunch.

What First Baby Foods to Give to Your Child

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baby-foodMilk from the breast or bottle is the only food a baby needs in the first weeks of life. Solid foods should not be introduced too early - preferably not before 6 months - but some hungry babies will need to start solids before others. The first solid food given is often baby rice, mixed with the baby's usual milk, or pureed fruit or vegetables.

Teach Your Baby to Chew

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chew_cThe final quarter of a baby's first year is a time of rapid change as babies will progress from sitting to crawling and maybe even walking. By this age, your baby should have gained some teeth and graduated to a high chair so now it is important to introduce coarser textures in order to encourage your baby to chew.

Alcohol. What Is Your Normal Intake Level

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wineFor many of us drinking alcohol is an enjoyable social activity. A glass of wine with a meal or a drink in the pub with friends is a pleasant way to relax at the end of the day. But it is wise to keep your intake of alcohol to sensible levels. One way is to check how many units you consume on a regular basis.

The Food Pyramid for Daily Diet

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pyramid_avaThis diagram shows the recommended balance of the five different food groups in your daily diet The largest group is the starchy carbohydrates, followed by fruit and vegetables. Protein and dairy foods are next, with the smallest group containing the fatty and sugary foods. Around half the total calories you need should come from the starchy carbohydrates and 33-35 per cent from fats.

Choose Your Daily Diet and Balance Your Food

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balanceWe begin a new cycle of publications connected with diets and healthy eating. In our materials you'll read about counting fat, carbohydrate and fibre. Learn to balance the amounts of fat, carbohydrate and fibre you consume daily, because your good health depends on them.

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