Blog - #gardenfriday and Better Food

On this page you will find all contributions to the #gardenfriday and the topic of better food. The #gardenfriday was a one-year project with the AOK in which we presented you every week a current vegetable, fruit or spice of the season. The Better Food section will replace the #gardenfriday. In the future we will present you articles of the AOK, which should help you to eat better and healthier, so that you are fitter and motivated during your studies.

AOK - Contributions for a better and healthier diet

March 22 2023

Healthy fast food - delicious alternatives to the classics

Fast food tends to have a bad reputation, and for good reason: the food is often too high in sugar, salt and fat. These ingredients can promote an unhealthy diet and are therefore a cause for concern. Nevertheless, there are some tricks you can use to make popular fast food dishes healthy and balanced, too.

March 15 2023

No time to cook? Tips for quick healthy dishes

Healthy eating is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but it can be difficult to stick to a healthy diet consistently, especially when you have little time. Many people believe that eating healthy requires a lot of time and energy, and therefore can be considered a full-time job. Fortunately, however, this is not the case.

March 08 2023

Superfoods: What's behind them and how healthy they really are

Superfoods, such as goji berries, açaí, spirulina and wheatgrass, are enjoying continued popularity in the diet. They are said to offer a variety of health benefits and keep the body fit. But is this promise really realistic and sustainable? And aren't there homegrown alternatives that are just as healthy and nutrient-rich?

15 Feb. 2023

Alternative to sugar - Is stevia unhealthy or safe?

For many people, a healthy diet starts with avoiding sugar. Sugar not only contains many calories, but also promotes the development of caries and has an unfavorable effect on blood sugar levels. So it's no wonder that alternative sweeteners such as stevia or xylitol are becoming increasingly popular. However, sugar alternatives should also be used with caution, because they also have some disadvantages.

08 Feb 2023

Healthy snacks for the small hunger

The German Nutrition Society recommends three solid meals without snacks in between. However, it is not always possible to implement this in everyday life, because when the small hunger becomes a big one, many people like to reach for unhealthy snacks. But this does not have to be the case. In such cases, healthy snacks should be the better choice to promote our health, quality of life and performance. With the right shopping list, healthy snacks can also be on hand at all times and are just as delicious as candy bars, cookies and the like.

01 Feb 2023

Eating healthy despite little money - this is how it works

A healthy diet is the key to a healthy life. But for many, it's hard to eat a balanced diet on a limited budget. Fortunately, there are ways to plan a nutritious diet on a limited budget. With a little knowledge and organization, it is possible to eat healthy without breaking the budget.

Jan 25 2023

Anti-inflammatory foods - counteract inflammation with vegetables and fruits

Nutrition has a great influence on our well-being and health. It is important for our health to prevent chronic inflammation in the body, which often develops insidiously and remains unnoticed for a long time. Here you can learn which foods help against inflammation and thus prevent diseases.

Jan 11, 2023

Cheap and yet healthy - tips for cooking and shopping

Cheap cooking and a healthy diet are not mutually exclusive. These tips will help you save money, eat delicious food and provide your body with all the nutrients it needs.

Dec. 14, 2022

Medicinal plants as natural home remedies

It feels so good to hold your cold nose over a steaming cup of tea with medicinal herbs and warm your hands. Especially for colds, local herbs work wonders. This article tells you what you need to know to use them to alleviate your symptoms.

Dec 07, 2022

Studies prove - Cooking yourself is healthier

People who cook for themselves eat healthier. That's what researchers at John Hopkins University in Baltimore found in a study. But what does a home-cooked, wholesome meal look like? And what tricks are there for singles and families when there is little time to cook?

Nov. 30, 2022

Vitamin C - How much do we need?

Vitamin C is by far the best known vitamin. It is contained in numerous foods and we can do a lot ourselves to keep our vitamin levels at just the right level. However, our need increases during special physical stress. In this article, you will learn how you can prepare yourself to provide your body with the best possible supply and what else you should know about vitamin C.

Nov. 23, 2022

Vitamins in winter - regional superfoods for your immune system

In the cold winter months, good defenses are especially important. Vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables help your body stay fit and healthy. You don't have to resort to exotic fruits for this, because there are just as many tasty vitamin bombs in this country.

Nov. 16, 2022

7 healthy breakfast ideas

To start the day with full power, a healthy breakfast is essential. Whether fresh fruit, a whole-grain sandwich or homemade muesli - read how important a balanced breakfast is and what ideas are available to be supplied with essential vitamins and minerals every day.

Nov 09, 2022

Vegan diet - These are the pros and cons

Vegan nutrition means abstaining from meat and fish as well as all animal products, i.e. dairy products, eggs and honey, among others. Even though grain products, fruits and vegetables are considered very healthy foods, critics warn of deficiency symptoms. Is living vegan healthy?

Nov 02, 2022

Vegetarian diet - how healthy is it?

There are numerous reasons that speak for a vegetarian diet. Many vegetarians are concerned about the welfare of animals or the protection of the climate, others do without fish, meat and poultry for their health. What are the actual benefits of this type of diet? Is a deficiency of certain nutrients likely?

Oct. 26, 2022

Ordering food online: practical or superfluous?

It is a convenient alternative for those who have little time: simply order the groceries online. No long queues, nothing heavy to carry - just a few clicks and you can have milk, vegetables, cheese and other groceries delivered. What you should know about ordering groceries online.

19 Oct. 2022

How healthy are canned foods?

Food from a tin can can be kept for years. That explains why the cans are in the pantry of almost every household. But what about the nutritional content of the food? Can cans release harmful substances into the food?

Oct. 12, 2022

Alcohol and sport: Why this is not a good combination

Alcohol is taboo before important games and competitions. However, many athletes are unaware that even a few beers can reduce training success. Alcohol not only inhibits muscle growth, it also prevents fat loss, makes you tired and reduces your ability to react. In the worst case, this can lead to injuries.

05 Oct. 2022

Misconceptions and myths about alcohol in the fact check

Alcohol poisoning can be dangerous because outsiders often misjudge the situation and do not realize that the person needs help. However, there are symptoms when a doctor should be notified immediately.

28 Sept. 2022

Misconceptions and myths about alcohol in the fact check

Can women really tolerate less alcohol than men and does a counter beer help against the hangover afterwards? Many popular sayings have become established around the subject of alcohol. But by no means all of them are true. Find out which ones can live up to their reputation and which ones are just booze ideas in the AOK fact check.

21 Sept. 2022

Eating with a cold: these foods help

Every adult suffers from two to five colds a year - children can even have up to eight minor infections. Can certain foods speed up the healing process?

July 27, 2022

How healthy is our water?

One hundred and twenty-five liters - that's how much drinking water was consumed per inhabitant in Germany in 2019. But can you actually drink the water from the tap without hesitation? Isn't store-bought mineral water better? Find out here about the quality of our drinking water and how healthy it is.

July 20, 2022

Why a healthy lifestyle and climate protection go hand in hand

Ditch the car and hop on the bike or skip the meat dish in the cafeteria? Both not only protect the climate, but also prevent chronic diseases: A classic win-win situation.

July 13, 2022

Drinking: How much water does man need?

Water makes up about 60 percent of our body. To balance our fluid intake, we should drink a lot. But how much is enough? And why do different conditions apply to athletes, babies and seniors?

06 July 2022

Smart snacking

Whether at work or at school, people who feel ravenous reach for croissants and chocolate bars more often than apples. As a result, a not insignificant portion of energy intake comes from the consumption of unhealthy snacks. The problem is that these are available almost everywhere. Unhealthy because they are often particularly high in calories and their nutritional value is low. Reason enough, therefore, to prepare for cravings and have wholesome, healthy and tasty snacks on hand in the future.

June 29, 2022

Midnight snack - Does eating late really make you fat?

Everything we eat late at night goes straight to our hips - everyone has probably stumbled over this statement at some point in their lives. But is it true? What role the timing of our meals plays in digestion.

June 22, 2022

Is sugar addictive?

People who love sweets usually want more of them. Some people polish off an entire bar of chocolate in one evening. Is that addictive behavior? And is it really sugar that triggers this addiction? Experts are divided on this.

#gardenfriday contributions

Woodruff - star for the may punch

Small, light green and rather inconspicuous, woodruff grows in almost every deciduous forest. In spring, the herb is one of the first plants to sprout from the ground again after winter. Depending...

Goji berry - queen of superfoods

Goji berry is considered a miracle fruit due to its many positive properties. Many models swear by the berry, which comes from China, as a source of their beauty. In addition, the small shriveled...

Rhubarb - quite sour

Is rhubarb a fruit or a vegetable? In fact, due to its origin, it is classified as a vegetable. However, because of the way it is prepared, it is often mistakenly classified as a fruit. Quite funny is...

Radicchio - a real Italian

Although it has been known in our country for only a few decades, radicchio has been winning over southern Europeans since ancient times. For us, the leafy vegetable is just another variety of lettuce. However, can...

Asparagus - Noble and fine

Year after year, many gourmets enjoy the asparagus season. The noble vegetable is not only super versatile in use, but at the same time transforms any dish into a delicacy....

Spinach - Green and Fine

"Eat your spinach and you'll be as strong as Popeye" - I'm sure many of us heard this phrase as a small child. Popeye is especially famous for...