Chances are you’ve heard of the Blue Zones — the mystical-sounding places where a shockingly high proportion of residents live to be 100 years old. While researchers have uncovered several secrets to their longevity, perhaps the most-remarkable factor is that these longest-living people get 90 to 100 percent of their diets from plant foods. And chief among those? Beans.
Feeding your kids is always a challenge. Feeding them healthy food that’s easy for you to make and fun for them to eat is the Holy Grail of parenting. Luckily, the top five food trends for kids this year fit all of those criteria. “These foods are fun, but not because they have tons of sugar or artificial fluorescent colors,” says Kate Geagan, M.S., RDN, author of Go Green, Get Lean.
They may know a lot more about healthy eating than the rest of us, but it turns out that even those who talk nutrition for a living are still human when it comes to holiday treats. We polled six nutritionists to find out what they’re craving this holiday season — and how they plan to work those indulgences into their otherwise healthy diets.
Holiday dinners get a bad rap for being unhealthy occasions rife with overindulgence. And while that may be true to some extent (think bottomless cups of eggnog or all-you-can eat dessert buffets), holiday eating can actually be surprisingly healthy. In fact, think of your upcoming gathering as an opportunity to experiment with superfoods that taste delicious and add a nutritious boost to your holiday dishes.
While studying for a master’s degree, Eve Turow started noticing something interesting happening among her friends and classmates. “Everyone was always talking about food,” she recalls. That simple observation spawned a four-year research project and eventually the book A Taste of Generation Yum (Pronoun, 2015). In it Turow examines why millennials (also known as Generation Y) — the 80 million people born between 1980 and 2000 — have traded in the bright-orange mac and cheese of their childhood for craft beers, artisanal cheeses and organic, free-range everything.
Whether you’re exercising or just working up a sweat on your commute to work, summer is prime time to focus on staying well-hydrated. You could just hit the sink to fill your water bottle, but considering all of the other options now available may leave you wondering if there isn’t something better to drink. Read more
Chef Robert Irvine has built a career on helping people achieve things they thought couldn’t be done. On his Food Network shows “Dinner: Impossible” and “Restaurant: Impossible” he routinely turns around seemingly doomed situations — challenging both himself and the others involved to dig deep in order to succeed. Read more
If you’re one of the more than 70 million Americans who deal with high cholesterol (or worry you might join the club), you’re probably concerned about whether the cholesterol in your food will wind up as unhealthy cholesterol levels in your blood. For years, cholesterol in food has been demonized, and dietary guidelines recommended limiting your intake. But the tide seems to be turning — leaving would-be healthy eaters puzzled about which fats to seek out and which to avoid, just in time for National Cholesterol Education Month. Read more
According to the National Restaurant Association, Americans eat an average of five restaurant meals every week. That’s a lot of time spent not really in control of what ends up on your plate (which might also have something to do with our national epidemics of obesity and related diseases like diabetes). But with a little knowledge, a few skills and a bit of willpower, dining out doesn’t have to be a diet wrecker, says Hope Warshaw, R.D., author of Eat Out, Eat Well: The Guide to Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant (American Diabetic Association, 2015). Here, she shares her advice with Healthy Eats. Read more
What started as a hobby farm back in 2005 and then became a “farm stay” bed and breakfast grew into a major egg business — sort of by accident. “Our customers at the B&B kept raving about how incredible our eggs tasted, so we decided to figure out what we were doing differently that made them so good,” says Betsy Babcock, who started Handsome Brook Farm with her husband, Brian. Turns out, what they were doing was just letting chickens be chickens and allowing them to forage in pastures (instead of keeping them confined in cages or barns). And according to a 2010 study at Penn State, those pasture-raised chickens produce eggs that not only taste better, but they’re better for you. The researchers found that eggs from pasture hens had twice as much vitamin E and long-chain Omega-3 fats than conventional eggs, plus there were higher concentrations of vitamin A — a difference attributed to the hens’ diet. Read more