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The Iovine Bottom Line - Tips on Living Well

The Plate Update

Experts suggest that you fill half your plate with colorful, non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli, asparagus, carrots, dark leafy greens, zucchini, beans, and peppers. The other half should be divided with a lean protein (3 or 4 oz.) and whole grains, starchy vegetables, or fruit. And remember, your plate size should be about 10 inches in diameter!

Iovine and the Ivy League

We love our customers and we've been telling them for years about the health benefits of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. We're proud to say that we're in good company. The Harvard School of Public Health says that people should aim for at least nine servings (about 4½ cups) of fruit and vegetables every day. You should go for a variety of produce to ensure that your body gets a good mix of nutrients. Focus on dark leafy greens, cooked tomatoes, and bright yellow, orange and red produce. It's good to be healthy... and smart!

Exercise Completes the Equation

We know that eating right is only half the story to a better you. The other component is exercise. Back in 1999, Men's Health Magazine crowned Philly with the title of fattest city in America. We've fought our way down the list to #20 this year and we're still fighting!

In addition to eating your nine servings of fruits and veggies everyday, see your doctor and start a healthy routine of exercise to take you to the next level of fitness. There are dozens of walks, hikes, and races every month in our area. Check out the following links for inspiration:

Don't forget that the longest journey begins with a single step...

Be a Health "Nut"

Nuts were once relegated to the junk food category. Thanks to research from some prominent sources, nuts are finally getting the respect they deserve. Nuts have lots of protein, fiber, healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. And studies have shown that nuts have powerful cholesterol-lowering effects.

According to the Mayo Clinic, nuts can be a healthy part of your diet. Researchers are finding that nuts lower the LDL (low-density lipoprotein, or bad cholesterol) level in the blood. Nuts also improve the lining of your arteries and reduce your risk of developing blood clots.

Not only are nuts thought to be good for your heart, but they are inexpensive, easy to store, and easy to transport. Check out our large selection of nuts, snacks, and dried fruit that is perfect for any occasion. Oh, did we mention that they're delicious, too?