After a weekend of food focused gatherings, the temptation is to send out for a pizza. Unfortunately, that decision, while easy, will significantly raise the sodium and fat content of your daily log. Simmer this simple pizza sauce on the weekend and keep it in the refrigerator. When the urge to order pizza hits, ladel the sauce on an English muffin, a slice of flat bread, or a batch of baking powder biscuits. Load the mini pizzas with veggies, and enjoy.Continue reading...
Nicole is committed to her diet, but she is also realistic. She knows dieting takes hard work and patience. She doesn’t weight herself every day, she makes smart choices, and she finds ways to get moving. Now, after losing over 90 pounds, Nicole is already feeling better, and well on her way to her goal weight.Continue reading...
A busy day calls for a nutritious and delicious start, but who would think of pancakes as a healthy option? If you’re making them with fiber-less white flour and smothering them in molasses, they most definitely aren’t. Not all pancakes are created equal though. Try this version, made using simple ingredients that you probably already have stocked.
What is real Italian homestyle cooking? There is a lot more to it than pasta and meatballs! The Silver Spoon, a massive cookery book by Phaidon Press, has long been the go-to source for traditional Italian family recipes. One of my favorites is Spinach and Rice, a nearly addictive blend of subtle yet aromatic flavors. Fortunately, it also goes for the nutritional win with a unique method of saving every bit of nutrition from simple boiled spinachContinue reading...
Do you skip certain sections of a cookery book because you don't eat meat? When you read the words "butter" or "cheese", do you immediately turn the page in search of a different recipe? Instead of bypassing those recipes, look at them as if they were nothing but ingredient suggestions. Then choose to keep or change each idea until the recipe fits your healthier way of eating. What changes would you make to this delicious Great Northern Stew recipe?Continue reading...
With the holiday season now in full swing, weight-loss plans are often the first thing to be abandoned. The combination of schedule changes, added responsibilities and an abundance of available food can be potent. Are you worried you’ll overeat to cope with increased demands on your time? Do you dread visiting that one relative who grates on your nerves sending you for extra helpings to calm your anger? If you eat for emotional reasons, this added stress may feel especially challenging.Continue reading...
As cold and flu season rolls in, let your food be your medicine. Compounds found in some everyday foods act as anti-microbials, boosting your immune system and giving you extra protection against pesky germs. Combined with proper sleep, a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine you’re set to survive the season. The best part is you can simply incorporate these ingredients into a main meal or as a side, no hassle required.
Nicholas started losing weight by counting his calories and adjusting his food intake so he would lose at a reasonable pace. After bad days, when he would slip up or return to his old habits, he simply started again the next day. Nicholas lost over 130 pounds by not giving up, taking care of himself, and listening to his doctors. Now, his liver enzymes are back to normal levels, he feels better, and he uses his determination to maintain his current weight.Continue reading...
Have you ever delayed your scheduled workouts because you had no idea what to wear? I have a whole shelf of workout clothes yet find myself standing in front of the closet, at a loss, time and again. Whatever you choose, the bottom line should always be that it’s comfortable, you feel comfortable in it, and that it doesn’t hinder your workout. There’s always the “you can’t go wrong” outfit, but sometimes specific sports call for specific wardrobe measures.
Have you ever stopped to think about where the calories, fats, and sugars in your favorite energy bar come from? A quick look at ingredient labels shows that natural ingredients are on the rise. This means that the high, seemingly unhealthy numbers have a healthy source. As always, portion size is key, but when given the choice forget the empty-calorie artificial sweeteners and fortifiers and look for the following popular ingredients instead.
If you are still full from yesterday's celebratory eating, a bit of mindfulness applied to digestion is just the thing for you! Slow down with these tips and soothe your tummy with this delicious Leftover Turkey Vegetable Ravioli Soup. Then go for a nice walk.Continue reading...
Need an extra side dish for today's Thanksgiving meal? Take one bunch of tender carrots, mix in a bit of minced ginger, and in about 20 minutes, you will have the savory sweet goodness of Browned Butter Ginger Carrots and Onions on the table. The secret to this side dish is in the quality of the carrotsContinue reading...
Butternut squash makes an incredible swap for starchy sweet potatoes! Serve this at your Turkey Day table, and brace yourself for OOHs and AHHs...Continue reading...
One of the most shameful kitchen sights has to be a trash can full of leftovers and rotting produce, a sign of wasted money, time, and food. It’s sad to see, but sometimes the situation is hard to prevent! Lack of time and ideas, poor planning, an abundance of food…multiple excuses can leave you with no choice but to toss things. Sound like a common occurrence? Here are a few tips for putting good food into your body instead of into the trash (and keeping more cash in your pocket).
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