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The Importance of Family Dinner

by in Food News, January 6, 2012

In my years of practice, I found that many families don’t eat dinner together – or any meal for that matter. A recent study released by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University revealed what a big difference family meals make in your children’s lives.

About the Study
Family mealtime has drastically decreased since the 1950’s. Although you may not initially see the connection, family meals play a huge role in your kids’ lives. Yes, it’s important to eat together in order to sit down and catch up on the day, but there’s more to it. The study called The Importance of Family Dinners VI dug deep to see if there was a connection between the frequency of family meals and teen substance abuse. It also explored what teens thought about the concept of family dinners. The results will shock you.

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Happy National Spaghetti Day!

by in Food News, Healthy Recipes, January 4, 2012

Today’s National Spaghetti Day, but do you really need a holiday to give you an excuse to cozy up to a bowl of hot, comforting pasta? We encourage you to celebrate this festive day with one of our favorite spaghetti recipes, and in case you need more of a reason to eat some spaghetti, a few of our best posts on why we love the stuff.

12 Reasons to Celebrate National Spaghetti Day

Ellie Krieger’s Pasta Puttanesca

Serve Ellie’s traditional Italian sauce, made with tomatoes, olives, capers and arugula over your favorite pasta any day, but for today, we recommend whole-wheat spaghetti.

Spaghetti and Meatballs: Healthier Than You Think

Find out why this classic dish made our list of 10 Foods That are Healthier Than You Think.

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What’s Out, What’s In For 2012

by in Food News, January 1, 2012
Giant food is out this year.

Each year new nutrition fads appear and old ones head out the door. Here’s a look at what’s hot for 2012 and what’s fizzled out.

Out: “Toning” shoes
The makers of the shoes that claimed to help tone the lower body, agreed to pay $25 million settlement for making false claims.
In: Fun exercise classes
Zumba, kickboxing, boot camp, pilates and spin classes are just some of the ways Americans have been getting in shape.

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Best of Healthy Eats: Top Posts of 2011

by in Food News, December 31, 2011

We covered a lot in 2011: the Dukan Diet, homemade salad dressing, the worst exercise habits and the best ways to eat peanut butter. Before we kick off 2012, let’s take a look back at the most popular posts of 2011.

#10. The Top 10 Worst Eating Habits

Too many meals away from home, too much sugar and  believe it or not, not eating enough are some of the top offenders on this list. Which are you guilty of?

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Food Network Kitchens Predicts Angel/Devil Eating in 2012

by in Food News, December 30, 2011

The Food Network Kitchens has come up with its annual list of the top trends that will define 2012 in food. Check out one of the trends here, then visit Food Network’s Dish and Cooking Channel’s Devour for the rest of the list.

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Nutrition News: EWG Exposes Sugary Cereals

by in Food News, December 7, 2011

I’m always warning parents about the amount of sugar lurking in their kids’ favorite breakfast cereals. Even brands that market themselves as whole-grain-filled, healthy choices rank up there with candy. Our friends at Environmental Working Group (EWG) are weighing in with some shocking facts. Are you serving your kids dessert for breakfast?

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Get The Facts: Melon Safety

by in Food News, Food Safety, November 9, 2011
Is your melon safe?

The recent Listeria outbreak has made us aware that our food supply isn’t as safe as we may think. This isn’t the first time melon has caused illness or even death. Here’s a look at melon outbreaks and simple tips to keep your loved ones safe.

Past Melon Outbreaks
Sliced melon is no stranger to foodborne illness. It’s considered a potentially hazardous food, meaning a food that has the ability for bacteria to grow and thrive. One of the most memorable stories I can recall happened in 2000. A 2-year old girl fell ill and died after eating at a Milwaukee Sizzler. Although the girl never ate the E. Coli tainted ground beef, it was argued that the sliced melon she ate contained the bacteria. The alleged faux pas made during preparation was cross-contamination.

The recent outbreak of cantaloupe has shed light on the importance of keeping melon safe. As of today, 133 people have become ill and 28 have died throughout 26 states from Listeria-tainted cantaloupe. Although Jensen Farms in Colorado recalled the cantaloupes on September 14, symptoms of Listeria can take up to 2 months to appear. So the numbers can still go up through November.

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US News Releases List of the Best Diets For Healthy Eating

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Food News, November 1, 2011
health and diet
Which diet plan is the best?

With the holidays around the corner, the idea fitting into sparkly holiday outfit is starting to make some folks sweat. Many are tempted by diets that’ll help them lose 5 or 10 pounds in a flash. But is that really healthy or safe? U.S. News just released a new list of the healthiest diets, ranking the most popular diets from 1-20. You’ll want to give this a read.

What Are U.S. News Best Diets Rankings?
Many clients and friends ask me, “Which is the best diet?” That’s the million dollar question U.S. News set out to answer. To do so, they spent 6 months researching and analyzing 20 diets. In June, Twenty-two experts — medical doctors, dietitians, health educators — then rated each diet from 1 to 5 (5 being highest) in seven categories such as how easy it is to follow, short and long-term weight loss and its ability to prevent or manage heart disease or diabetes. Each diet was then ranked in 5 categories: Best Diets Overall, Best Weight Loss Diets, Best Diabetes Diets, Best Heart-Healthy Diets, and Best Commercial Diet Plans. You can see the results here. Today, US News added an additional category: The Best Diets for Healthy Eating.

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Food News: Senate Votes to Keep Potatoes in Schools

by in Food News, October 30, 2011
french fries
Should fries be blocked from school lunch menus?

Spuds are sticking around the school lunch line — for now anyway. The Senate voted to block an Obama administration proposal to reduce the amount of French fries available in schools. The proposed Agriculture Department’s rules would allow only two servings of potatoes at lunch a week. Those fighting back argue the USDA should focus on how the potato is prepared instead, citing the vegetable as a good source of fiber and potassium.

In the end, the Senate voted to accept an amendment that would block the USDA from putting serving limits on potatoes, or other vegetables, in school lunches. Because of the way it’s worded, however, the USDA would still be allowed to regulate the way potatoes are prepared.

Read the full article here.

And the fries in the photo, here.

Tell us: Do you think schools should ban potatoes from the lunch line?

Food News: Hotels Debut Healthier Menus

by in Food News, October 28, 2011
hotel breakfast
Healthier fare, coming to a hotel near you.

Fairmont Hotels and Westin Hotels & Resorts are setting the standard for new hotel meal options. Both companies have rolled out healthy menus for even the pickiest of eaters.

Travelers with diet-dependent conditions like diabetes, heart disease and food allergies can rest easy when staying at a Fairmont thanks to the company’s new Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menu, which includes a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts that focus on health and well-being.

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