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5 Kitchen Skills Every Health-Loving Cook Should Learn

by in Healthy Tips, February 7, 2014

poached chicken
Even if you have no aspirations of becoming your generation’s Julia Child, knowing your way around the kitchen can make cooking easier, faster and more enjoyable. Learning a few key skills can mean the difference between a healthy home-cooked meal and yet another night of not-so-healthy take out. Libby Mills, RDN, a nutrition coach and chef, shares five techniques to try. With a little practice, you might be mistaken for Julia Child in the kitchen after all (just minus some of the butter).

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5 Surprisingly Sugary Foods

by in Healthy Tips, February 5, 2014

yogurtIt may not surprise anyone that a 20-ounce bottle of soda can contain anywhere from 15 to 22 teaspoons of sugar per serving, but sugar is also lurking in less obvious places. The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines suggest no more than 10 teaspoons a day of added sugar, but if you’re not paying attention, those spoonfuls can add up fast. Here are 5 sources of sugar found in seemingly healthy choices.

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Shrimp: Myths vs. Facts

by in Healthy Tips, January 30, 2014

shrimp trio
Are you shrimp lover but not sure if the shellfish is the smartest seafood choice? It’s time to dispel the biggest myths about these tiny (and tasty) crustaceans.

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Top Recipes for Cold and Flu Season (Beyond Chicken Soup)

by in Healthy Tips, January 29, 2014

kale

Cough, hack, sneeze — the sniffly season is upon us. Traditional go-to choices include tea (warm fluids are soothing, hydrating and some have antioxidants), orange juice (vitamin C!) and Grandma’s chicken noodle soup. But do these foods provide us with the nutrients needed to help the body recover? Or are there other options? The next time you’re sick, consider preparing — or having someone else prepare — one of the dishes below, which are chock-full of foods rich in immune-boosting nutrients.

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5 Shortcut Foods Nutrition Experts Love

by in Healthy Tips, January 27, 2014

spinach
True, cooking from scratch with the freshest ingredients is a surefire way to create a delicious and nutritious meal. But then there’s dinnertime reality: Getting home from work and needing to put a meal on the table in not a lot of time. Happily, not every store-bought item that makes it easier to prep dinner is overly processed or full of suspect ingredients. Here are some shortcut foods nutrition experts say they rely on when they’re in a hurry.

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Giada’s 5 Stay-Fit Strategies

by in Healthy Tips, January 18, 2014

She skips the gym!

Giada is definitely fit, but not from running. “The idea of being strapped to a treadmill every day is my worst nightmare,” she says. She takes walks on the beach, does an hour of yoga most mornings and paddleboards in the Pacific Ocean with her husband, Todd.

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5 Restaurant Ruses to Watch Out For

by in Healthy Tips, January 13, 2014

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A recent survey found that Americans eat 4.8 meals a week at restaurants instead of at home — which means we all have several opportunities to get duped into eating too much and making poor choices. And many times, the restaurants themselves are conspiring against our diet and our health. Here are five tricks to try to avoid.

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Grocery Store Traps to Avoid

by in Healthy Tips, January 6, 2014

shopping basket

You probably head to the store with the best of intentions — namely, to buy only the freshest healthiest food, stick to your list and stay within your budget. But by the time you reach the cashier, your cart inevitably holds several impulsive, and possibly less healthy, purchases. It’s not entirely your fault. Grocery stores have several tricks they use to tempt us to spend more and buy more than we bargained for. Here are a few sneaky things to look out for on your next shopping trip.

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Why You Need Prebiotics (and Where to Find Them)

by in Healthy Tips, January 4, 2014

 

smoothie
The food we eat should not only be enjoyable, but also nourishing as well. With the recent surge of research on digestive health, the promotion of probiotics has become common. But without the right “food,” those healthy bacteria won’t last long —  much like a seed can’t grow without water. Enter prebiotics!

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5 “Health” Foods That Are Overrated

by in Healthy Tips, December 27, 2013

energy bar
There are plenty of things that are — without debate — good for you. A plate of steamed vegetables with brown rice, for example. Or a bowl of fresh fruit. Or a piece of poached salmon. But there’s a long list of other foods that, despite wearing a so-called “health halo,” might not be the nutritional powerhouses everyone seems to think they are. Read more