Saturday, November 12, 2011

Nutrition Facts about Processed Foods.

Balance nutrition is very important to each and every one of us especially children who is growing up.  Their diet can impact directly the development of the physical well being for long term. However, it is very hard to make children to eat food that they don’t like although it is good for them. Sometimes if we allow the children to eat whatever they like, you’ll find that they are hardly eating any foods that are nutritious enough for their growth.
As all of us are having a hectic life, it is kind of hard to prepare a proper meal for everyone every day. Imagine waking up in the morning, you will need to prepare the breakfast and lunch altogether. And you only have like 30 to 40 minutes at most. When the children are awake, you need to make sure they brush their teeth, dress up and take their breakfast before they go to school.
I think all working mums can really understand the busy and rushing morning that is describe here.
Since we are in a rush, maybe the instant food can replace a proper meal? In our daily life now, instant food or processed foods have become a norm or necessity. But in fact the processed food hardly contains all nutrients that you need as the natural food. There are so much additional chemical to make the flavor of the food rather than using the natural ingredients for lower cost. Take an example, fruit juice in the market are made of chemical, coloring and artificial sweetener and maybe a little bit of genuine fruit juice. How much nutrients can we expect from such combination? A glass of home made fresh squeeze orange juice is definitely better than a bottled orange juice.
So, how to squeeze in the time for cooking in our busy schedule? Here are some tips.
Sauce for spaghetti can be prepared during the weekend and keep in the fridge for about a week. When you need it, just cook the spaghetti and heat up the sauce, simple and easy.
Use chicken breast meat to replace hot dogs and processed meats. If you like to bake, marinate it the night before or whenever you are free and keep it in the fridge. When you need it, just take it out, defrost and bake.
Homemade meatball can be prepared during the weekend and keep in fridge for later. We can add in vegetables like cabbage or carrots in it.
Vegetable like tomato, capsicum can be wash and keep. Once you need it, just take out and cut.
If you do not have time to wash or soak the vegetables, buy organic or plant your own.
Cooking your own meal can be easy and fast. If the ingredients are prepared during the weekend and kept in fridge, cooking won’t take up much time. Of course, it might take more times than ordering pizza or microwave foods but it is much more nutritious. I like the scene where my family gather around the table and enjoy home cook foods and times together. How about you?
Joanne Faye, a writer who believe a happy life have to be a healthy and balance life. Please visit Orange Juice Nutrition Facts for more information.
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