Health

Implementing a Tax on Unhealthy Foods

One of the most difficult to solve problems facing Americans today is obesity. People across the spectrum are gaining weight and becoming unhealthy and obese as a result. One of the reasons that people have become so obese is the cheap cost of unhealthy food. In order to provide an incentive to pick something healthier, a "fat tax" should be implemented. This would be a tax on foods that are unhealthy, hopefully to reduce the consumption of these foods overall. Children are among those most harmed by obesity and schools need to take notice and do something about it. In addition to the tax on unhealthy foods people should have better nutritional education. The tax could increase the number of healthy foods available and force consumers to take a hard look at what they're really eating

At the moment, the cheapest calories are also the emptiest calories. In a vending machine for less than one dollar, a multitude of junk food can be purchased from potato chips to candy bars to donuts. For a person who doesn't have much money this cheap food source is very alluring. According to a journal article
/How to Add Healthy New Twists to Old Breakfast Recipes/Many of us have breakfast recipes that we enjoy on a daily basis! Sometimes by changing recipes just a little, it's possible to make them healthier. Following are some twists to old breakfast recipes that make them healthier for you.

Breakfast Recipe #1: Scrambled eggs

Instead of plain old scrambled eggs, why not add some veggies? Veggies provide vitamins and nutrients. Simply saute your choice of veggies such as diced tomatoes, zucchini, green or red peppers, mushrooms, etc. in a bit of olive oil. After a few minutes, drain liquid from the pan and add 1 or 2 beaten eggs. Cook until the eggs are done.

Breakfast Recipe #2: Whole wheat toast with peanut butter

This is just too simple! Instead of having a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter on top, just add fruit, like sliced bananas, to the top of the peanut butter. Or blueberries, or blackberries, or strawberries, etc.

Breakfast Recipe #3: Toasted bagel

Choosing the right kind of bagel can make a big difference in its nutritional value. Sesame seed bagels and poppy seed bagels will provide much needed essential minerals such as potassium and magnesium. Instead of adding cream cheese to your bagel, add smoked salmon with just a touch of light cream cheese. Or add a touch of almond butter instead of cream cheese. Almond butter is rich in protein and fiber. Another great topping idea for a bagel is sliced avocados and tomatoes.

Breakfast Recipe #4: Yogurt

Yogurt is rich in calcium and a great choice for breakfast. You can add fruits, nuts, honey, etc. to the yogurt and make it even healthier. The variations are endless. Try bananas, strawberries and walnuts; or peaches and almonds; or raisins and coconut; or blueberries and crushed granola or wheat germ. Even dried fruit tastes great in yogurt.

As you can see, it's easy to add healthy new twists to old breakfast recipes. You can cut up the veggies and fruit ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for use as you need them.