Health Project

By: Kaleigh Keyes, Alexis Martinez, Wendy Avila

Recipes

Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Raspberry Cheesecake Oatmeal

Ingredients:
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup water, unsweetened almond milk, or skim milk
1/2 mashed medium banana
Splash of vanilla
2 tablespoons cream cheese (softened for 5 second in microwave)
1 teaspoon powdered sugar (more or less to taste)
Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
1 tablespoon raspberry preserves


Healthy Lunch Recipe

Salad in a Jar: Use old plastic or glass mason jars to house your lunch salad. Pour a tablespoon of your favorite salad dressing into the bottom of a large jar. Layer vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes hold up well), chicken or canned beans, and salad greens. You will be the envy of the work or school lunchroom. By keeping the dressing on bottom your lettuce, which is on top, will stay crisp until lunchtime. Just shake and eat.


Healthy Recipe

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients :


  • 1 2/3 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 8 1/2 cookie sheets)
  • 7 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped salted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup shaved milk chocolate (about 1 ounce)


Current Events

Review of MTV’s “I used to be fat.”

In this current review it restores an opinion of a fellow human on the show on MTV named “I use to be fat”. This show is a story telling of an overweight, emotional teenager trying to turn their life around from being unhealthy to healthy and is only giving the summer to loose enormous amount of weight. The fellow human says that one of the reasons she likes this show is because some of the themes in most episodes it shows how the overweight teenager starts to have Self-Motivation and taking personal responsibility. And over all that’s what every human, no matter what shape they are, have a hard time having Self-motivation. This person also says that she loves the focus on Mental Health. For example the trainers also talk about building confidence in your own abilities and talking out issues with your friends and family. Because being healthy doesn't necessarily mean physically but also mentally. The person also said that she loves “that the show makes healthy living about more than just the number on the scale.” The only thing this person disagrees with is the fact that they do a lot of works out that aren't much health. In other words some of the teenagers even starve just so they can be thin, but what they don’t understand is that that’s not healthy what so ever.Your body needs fuel to boost you up and for you to have energy. But overall the show is one of the better weight-loss shows because it’s not a competition and focuses on real emotions.

Nutrition can prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Yes it is true that genetics and your family history play a big part in this disease, but diet and fitness expert Dr. Melina Jampolis also found out that what you eat and how much you exercise can also prevent you from this disease.
One way to help prevent Alzheimer's disease is to get more vitamin E. What exactly does that mean? Well to get more vitamin E, you should eat more things like nuts, seeds, and green veggies. Eating more fish is another great way to prevent Alzheimer’s. Getting about four ounce servings of fish a week lowers your levels of DHA, which is associated with mental functions. Another good thing to do is to move more. Being active now actually helps you as an adult! Moderate to heavy exercise can decrease your risk of getting this disease by %45.

Even yard work and just climbing stairs is a way of moderate exercise. Being fit has been shown to decrease brain shrinkage and helps fight depression, which is common in Alzheimer's patients. One last thing you can do is to spice up your food. Did you know that Indian’s have a lower portion of people with Alzheimer's disease? It’s believed that their extensive use of turmeric(a compound of curry) is the reason why. Turmeric contains a powerful phytonutrient called curcumin which may help protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease. Research is currently being done on this.

Now you may be asking yourself how these things can help prevent this disease. Well according to Dr. Jampolis, brain health and heart health are very closely related. Make changes to your lifestyle today, and be consistent, to decrease your risk of Alzheimer's disease. All of the things mentioned above work much better for prevention this terrible disease.



Vegetation Health

Many researchers have discovered that being a vegetarian lowers the risk of many heart diseases. Being a vegetarian lowers the risk of heart disease by a third. Vegetarians have a much lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels, weigh less and are also less likely to ever get diabetes than someone who does actually eat meat on a regular basis. This study proves that vegetarians are 23% less likely to get any type of heart disease. Yet, only approximately 3 to 5% of the world’s population is vegetarian. Also the number one cause of death in both the United States and Europe is heart disease so being a vegetarian has many perks. Many scientist have started to encourage the world to, not necessarily become a vegetarian, but eat more of a plant based diet with more fruits, vegetables and a lot more whole grain. Also the scientist want people to lower the amount of red meat in your diet. Many scientists encourage and are hopeful that more people might eat healthier or go vegetarian or vegan for the sake of their health. There is a group of people in Europe who are investigating the dieting and health of a large group of people. Approximately a third of this group is in fact vegetarian. The researchers can conclude from their results that out of everybody in this experiment the vegetarians are the healthiest and are the least likely to get a heart disease or any other disease. Most of the difference between the vegetarians and nonvegetarians is their cholesterol levels and blood pressure and the effects that they have on their bodies. So all in all it proves that it is much healthier to be a vegetarian than someone who eats meat and it lowers the risk of ever getting any sort of heart disease.



Wendy, Kaleigh, Alexis salad in a jar