Steel-cut oats are trending! According to fitness and nutrition app MyFitnessPal, members are eating steel-cut oats more than ever — tracking of the breakfast food is up 18.5 percent over last year. With a high fiber content, oatmeal can help prevent spikes in blood sugar, making it a great option for breakfast. But what about regular old rolled oats? They’re still good for you too! Steel-cut oats might be more satisfying, however, thanks to that high fiber content, which keeps you fuller longer and lets you eat a smaller portion and still feel satisfied. Additional data from MyFitnessPal shows that the average user breakfast of 265 calories contains about 14 grams of sugar, or 56 calories of sugar, which means that about 21 percent of people’s breakfast calories are coming from sugar. The World Health Organization recommends that less than 10 percent of total calorie intake be from added sugar. At just 2 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup, this makes steel-cut oats a great choice for your morning meal, instead of sugary cereal or instant oatmeal packs. Plus, this versatile grain is also great when you give it a savory spin by using it for risotto. Read more
Kale is going national. Not only is it being explored by McDonald’s and Olive Garden, but it’s also making its debut in more than 4,300 Starbucks locations. The Sweet Greens Evolution Smoothie includes a juice base of celery, mango, apple, banana, cucumber, spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, lime and parsley, plus nonfat Greek yogurt. Additional smoothie options on the menu include Strawberry and Mango Carrot. Customers can also add in fresh kale or additional yogurt upon ordering. The 16-ounce serving clocks in at 170 Calories, with 0.5 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein, 36 carbohydrates, 32 grams of sugar and 2 grams of fiber, which makes it a healthy choice for breakfast or an afternoon snack. “You are actually taking in three food groups: veggies, fruit and dairy, and getting the nutrients that come with it,” says registered dietitian Toby Amidor. Can’t get to your local coffee location? Make our favorite smoothies, below. Read more
In honor of American Heart Month, we sat down with dietitian Ellie Krieger, in partnership with Campbell Soup Company, to discuss the importance of leading a heart-healthy lifestyle. The cookbook author gave us a peek into her daily eating and fitness routine.
For someone who is constantly around food, Ellie knows the importance of not overindulging, “I’ll try to plan recipe testing around lunch, and I do try to just have a few tastes if I’m making multiple recipes and try not to have full servings of food,” she says. “Fortunately, I’m cooking my food so it lends itself to not weighing you down. If I was testing cookies all day, it would be hard.” But it’s not just about nutrition, she notes: “Being active, working out, is my ticket to physical well-being and sanity. You know how people are hardcore? I’m softcore. But I like to sweat and push myself. I love vinyasa yoga, and I love to be outside, biking around Central Park or hiking. I’m much more of a jogger than a runner, but I’m getting my heart rate up and I’m feeling good.”
Restaurant: Impossible host Robert Irvine calls his diet “clean and super.” And his passion for clean eating is not surprising considering he chatted with us at a recent event in his workout gear. Though he’s often on the road filming a new episode or making appearances, he keeps his eating habits in check with these easy tips:
1. Snack Right: Robert snacks on almonds, oatmeal and egg whites. He also makes a “peanut butter hummus” (if you’re curious, try Alton’s recipe) that’s chock full of protein.
2. Protein-Pack Your Breakfast: Robert eats oatmeal the minute he wakes up, then has a serving of protein: either egg whites or turkey bacon and whole-wheat toast.