It may seem like a daunting task, but there’s so much to be gained from eating as a family. It’s not just a great way to spend time together; it can actually help children develop social skills and improve learning ability. A study published in 2014 revealed that the social involvement that takes place at the family table may reduce the risk of childhood obesity. But let’s get real – in order to get those meals on the table, they’ve got to be quick, easy and user-friendly. Here are five tips and recipes to help you make 2015 a year of delicious and healthy family dinners.
If you’re as excited as I am about the Super Bowl, you’ve already started planning the menu. My game-day spread includes better-for-you versions from the four football food groups – dips, chili, wings and nachos!
Look over on your kitchen counter — are they sitting there? Those super-ripe bananas must be used ASAP or else they’ll get tossed. Let these 10 healthy recipes — smoothies, muffins, pancakes and more — come to the rescue!
It’s the best time of year for warm and cozy slow-cooker recipes. Keep things healthy for snacks, mains, sides and even dessert with these make-ahead creations.
Tea is well-established as a healthy drink for many reasons – it’s low in calories and filled with antioxidants, just to name a couple. But are you in tune with the vast array of options and flavors? Get better acquainted with this ancient brewed beverage.
Coconut water used to be that fun drink you had on vacation — down at the beach, the hot sun on your back, a big bowling ball-sized coconut between your hands, a straw in your mouth. Nowadays, it’s in stock at virtually every deli, grocery and specialty food market. And it only continues to gain popularity. Here’s the skinny on its nutritional value, and our favorite brands to drink right now.
Don’t let your belly shake like a bowl full of jelly this Christmas. Use our guide to indulge and burn it off. Whether you ice skate, sled or just start dancing around, be sure to busta move!
Crunching the Numbers
Everyone burns calories a little differently. The values below are averages based on a 155-pound person.
6 stuffed mushrooms = 400 calories = 45 minutes ice hockey
6 cheese puffs = 365 calories = 30 minutes cross-country skiing
6 ounces prime rib = 529 calories = 1 hour, 15 minutes shoveling snow
6 ounces baked ham = 250 calories = 30 minutes chopping wood
1 cup au gratin potatoes = 323 calories = 2 hours yoga
1 cup homemade mac and cheese = 450 calories = 40 minutes running at 6 mph
12 fluid ounces eggnog = 515 calories = 3 hours of housecleaning
12 fluid ounces peppermint latte = 475 calories = 1 hour snowshoeing
5 sugar cookies = 425 calories = 1 hour snowboarding
1 cinnamon bun (frosted) = 380 calories = 45 minutes sledding
1 slice fruitcake = 200 calories = 30 minutes ice skating
Don’t let your holiday spirit turn “bah, humbug.” Use these tips to help make the most of your holiday favorites.
- Don’t skip the fruit and veggies – save calories by incorporating both into all holiday meals.
- Allow yourself a few small “cheats” here and there, then stick to calorie-free beverages.
- Treat sweets like treats – enjoy sometimes, not always!
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.
Sure, you can head to your next holiday gathering with a nice bottle of wine or a tin of holiday cookies for your hostess. But what about something homemade that’s festive, delicious and healthy too? Here are seven recipes for goodies that will have you at the top of your hostess’s guest list for next season. Just add ribbon and you’re ready to ring in the holidays.
A box of chocolates is sweet, indeed, but how ’bout getting a bit more creative (and healthful) with the holiday cheer this season. Check out these delicious, good-for-you mail order gifts that will delight your family and friends.
Curious about this ancient — yet newly revitalized — culinary concept? Find out what the hype is over sprouted grains.