A healthy diet is a key component of good overall health. Your body needs a variety of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, to maintain itself throughout your life. In addition to dance classes and yoga lessons in Tucson, the Animas Center also features educational classes that include lectures on maintaining weight and managing conditions such as diabetes through diet.
Whether you are trying to manage your weight, your sodium intake, or your insulin levels, there are a variety of healthy recipes you can enjoy. One of the best choices for a pre-workout lunch is a barley and black bean salad. The base for this delicious dish is one cup of uncooked barley, one can of black beans, a pint of cherry tomatoes, half a cup of chopped bell pepper, and half a cup of cubed Monterey Jack cheese. Cook and drain the barley, then halve the tomatoes and add them to the dish. Toss in the pepper and the cheese, then add 1/3 cup lemon juice and two tablespoons of olive oil; mix thoroughly for a tasty and filling lunchtime delight.
The true power behind any healthy recipe is its ingredients. Foods such as barley and beans contain fiber, which is essential for digestive health and helps you to feel more satisfied, curbing the urge to snack. Beans also contain protein, an essential building block for strong, healthy muscles. Ingredients such as fresh tomatoes and peppers contain carotenoids and antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce your risk of chronic illness, including cancer. Cheese contains protein as well as calcium, which is a key component of strong bones.
Choosing good food is just one of the many parts of living a full and healthy life. You can find out more about health and fitness when you visit the Animas Center online to explore our studio and our class schedule. If you have questions or are ready to sign up for a class, please call (520) 989-0766 to reach our staff.