During the busy holiday season it is common to eat mindlessly—ironically, missing the joy available in every bite. Mindful eating offers many gifts—including pleasure and health.Continue reading...
If there were such a thing as a calorie-counting nightmare, it would probably involve a buffet. While some find it best to avoid the endless options and large portions, having a plan can help with a healthy outing, especially when you can’t avoid a buffet-style meal. Family-style meals are popular during the holiday season. Just like a buffet, there are multiple delicious dishes to choose from, not to mention desserts and the occasional unsupportive family member. Keep your eating smart with these tips no matter where you dine.
Olive oil often takes center stage as a healthy oil, perfect for sautés and salad dressings (and as a bread dip!). Being one of the healthiest oil options doesn’t mean it should be the only option. There are already a variety of olive oils to choose from, but consider other oils that are making headlines too.Continue reading...
The snowman outside your window is a clear indication that this is not the peak harvesting time for your part of the world. What's a healthy eating person to do if you live in a part of the world with only a few short months for a growing season? You might stock up on frozen or canned. Perhaps you just go ahead and buy whatever is in the fresh produce section even though you know it cannot be too fresh after the long drive to the store. Is there one best option?Continue reading...
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 worry about the mountain of butter, gluten, carbs, meat, and sweets on the typical holiday table? Instead of fretting, make a decision and a plan that will put you back in control. Mix in a few of these tweaks and workarounds. Then enjoy the healthy goodness in the happy company of friends and family.Continue reading...
You hear a lot about how to prevent overeating during the holidays but what do you do after you’ve overeaten anyway?
Enjoying decadent food is just one part of the job of being a great chef. The other part is making sure deliciousness and fitness work together. What's a chef to do? Read what the winner of Bravo's Top Chef All-Stars, Richard Blais, has to say about fitness, family, and food.Continue reading...
When you look at your calorie log each day, do you spend time getting upset over the numbers, turning the day's food into one long stream of regret? Do you dread the days of healthy eating that lie ahead? Remain aware of the calorie and nutrition numbers, but not fixated on them. You can stop that never ending battle with food, if you eat mindfully.Continue reading...
It’s National Oatmeal Day! Delicious, filling, and fiber-packed, you can't go wrong with enjoying a bowl for breakfast. Turns out you can add oats to salads and baked goods, too. Start celebrating by learning about the different varieties and cooking up one of the recipes below.
The best part of working out may be the post-workout rush, that natural high that has us planning tomorrow’s workout before we’re done with today’s. Slow down though! Don’t forget the importance of fueling and refueling your body. The options for shake ingredients are endless though! Deciphering the world of additives, supplements, fortifiers, and protein powders can be a daunting task, so keep your shakes simple (and natural!) with these top ingredients.
What does a healthy eating family do when the kids bring home huge bags of Halloween candy? Can you minimize sugar and not end up with egg on the house? Handle the first by turning the holiday into a teachable moment. Take on the second by getting the entire gang in on the preparation of these scary treatsContinue reading...
It comes in green, purple, dark opal, boxwood, lemon, cinnamon, cardinal, spicy globe, Holy, Thai, Greek, and Genovese, but did you know that basil is more than just tasty. It also helps build your resistance to these three types of food borne bacteriaContinue reading...
October through December can be a minefield of challenges for those who struggle with the eat-repent-repeat cycle. Food is everywhere, from your television to your child’s trick-or-treat stash. The constant exposure may eventually lead to cravings, overeating, holiday buffet-hangovers, guilt, and vows to do better tomorrow—or on January 2nd.Continue reading...
While finding the most fresh spices my farmer’s market has to offer, learning how to mix them well to give familiar dishes a flavorful pick-me-up, is my latest food endeavor. Here are 7 sauces on my list that are under 120 calories per serving.Continue reading...
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