Be Bright, Eat Right

Orion Cleaning is on a health kick – yours.  We love keeping you healthy by keeping you carpets and upholstery clean. 

That’s the external you staying healthy, but, what about the internal you staying healthy? What about the foods that you are putting into your system? Eating right is “about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health and stabilizing your mood.”

Eating healthy is actually quite simple.  If you did away with all processed foods and substituted real food, you would look and feel great.  Don’t follow diets that eliminate groups of foods.  Instead search out the healthiest foods in each category.

We have simplified the process by making a list for you:

  1. Protein –High quality protein is needed for energy, cognitive functioning and mood. Some examples of good sources of protein are meat, poultry and seafood. However, your protein choices don’t have to be animal protein. There are many plant-based proteins that are just as good, such as peas, lentils, chickpeas, peanuts and almonds.
  2. Fat – good, healthy fats, such as Omega-3’s, protect your brain and heart. Cut way back on solid fats. Americans eat far too much pizza and cookies and cakes.
  3. Fiber – grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans – makes your skin bright, helps in weight loss and lowers your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Grains should be whole grains like whole wheat, brown rice, bulgur, quinoa, and oatmeal.
  4. Calcium – calcium should be combined with vitamins D and K to do a better job. Calcium is important in your diet to prevent osteoporosis.
  5. Carbohydrates – should come from complex unrefined carbs such as vegetables, whole grains and fruit. In fact, you should make sure that half your plate is made up of fruits and vegetables. Some examples given by the US Department of Health and Human Services are tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.
  6. Water – Drink plenty of water. Substitute a bottle of water for a can of soda.

We at Orion hope this list helps you to understand about healthy eating plans.

To help you get started we are giving you one of our favorite recipes from Brenda Killeen.

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

¾ teaspoon salt, divided

1 ripe avocado

1 cup packed fresh basil leaves

¼ cup unsalted shelled pistachios

2 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

¼ cup olive oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided

3 cloves garlic, minced

1-pound raw shrimp (21-25 count) peeled and deveined, tails left on if desired

1-2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

  1. Using a spiral vegetable slicer or a vegetable peeler, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands or strips. Stop when you reach the seeds in the middle. (You can also purchase the zucchini strips at Heinen’s and Miles Farmers Market). Place the zucchini “noodles” in a colander and toss with ½ teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess water.
  2. Meanwhile, combine avocado, basil, pistachios, lemon juice, pepper and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add ¼ cup oil and process until smooth.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and sprinkle with Old Bay; cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is almost cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and gently toss until hot, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl, add the pesto and gently toss to combine.
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