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The Latest Hot Crop: Sorghum

by in Healthy Tips, March 29, 2015

This gluten-free whole grain has been gaining popularity. But did you know that worldwide only about 50 percent of sorghum is used as food for humans? That’s a shame, since sorghum has so many nutritional benefits. Here’s more information about this whole grain, and ways you can try it at home. Read more

The New Green Leaves and Vegetables, and How to Use Them

by in Healthy Tips, March 28, 2015

If you want to get more healthy greens in your diet but are burning out on kale, you’re in luck: There are new greens in town. In general, green vegetables tend to be high in vitamins A, C and K, plus those in the cabbage family have phytochemicals that have been linked to lower risk of certain cancers. Read more

5 Healthy Ways to Use Canned Beans

by in Healthy Tips, March 24, 2015

Put canned beans — a healthy pantry staple — in the spotlight. Beans boast protein, fiber, folate and lots of minerals, like iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. If you’re worried about sodium, rinse and drain beans before using to cut back on the salt by as much as 40 percent. Read more

Thinking Outside the Guac: New Uses for Avocados

by in Healthy Tips, March 20, 2015

Don’t get us wrong — we love guacamole as much as the next person. But if that’s all you do with avocados, you’re missing out on a host of other healthy possibilities. This versatile fruit (yes, it is technically a fruit, not a vegetable) can be whipped into soups, pureed in a smoothie, blended into salad dressing, spread on a sandwich — or even slathered onto your skin for beautifying benefits. Avocados get a bad rap for being high in fat. While it’s true that 80 percent of their calories come from fat, over 75 percent of the fat is from the healthy unsaturated kind. Plus, that fat helps the body absorb more fat-soluble vitamins, like A, D, E and K. Read more

Searching for a Sugar Substitute? Five Alternatives to Classic Sugar

by in Healthy Tips, March 19, 2015

White sugar is a standby in the kitchen, but there are plenty of reasons to seek out alternatives. Alternative sweeteners lend a different flavor to foods — be they baked goods, salad dressings or cocktails — and some of them even have health benefits. (Keep in mind, though, that added sugar is added sugar, no matter the source. For your health, that should be limited to 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 teaspoons for men.) Read more

Tick Tock: What’s Meal Time Got to Do with the Clock?

by in Healthy Tips, March 15, 2015

We’re all on different schedules and have different body clocks, and our hunger kicks in at different times. If you’re someone for whom the (lunch) bell doesn’t toll until 1:30 p.m. or who likes to dine after 9 p.m. like the Spaniards, is that a problem? Read more

What’s Lean and What’s Mean: Incorporating Meat Into a Healthy Diet

by in Healthy Tips, March 12, 2015

If you’re a meat lover and concerned you’re not following the path to healthy living, don’t fret. You can incorporate meat into your diet as long as you learn the rules. Read more

Is Organic Wine Better for You?

by in Healthy Tips, March 11, 2015

The Environmental Working Group ranks grapes No. 3 on the dirty dozen list due to the high level of pesticide residue found on conventionally farmed grapes. Thus, the nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization encourages shoppers to purchase organically grown grapes as the healthier alternative. Grapes are also, obviously, the main ingredient in wine. So the question is, how important is it that your vino also be organic? Are pesticides the only consideration when making that decision? What additional benefits are there to purchasing organic wines? And most importantly: How does organically produced wine differ in taste? We put the questions to two experts — Joe Campanale, executive beverage director of Epicurean Management, the team behind New York’s wine-centric dell’anima, L’Artusi, L’Apicio and Anfora, and Appellation Wine & Spirits owner Scott Pactor — to help you make an informed decision during your next night out on the town or visit to the local wine shop. Read more

Not All Olive Oil Is Created Equal

by in Healthy Tips, March 9, 2015

A cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil contains healthy monounsaturated fatty acids — believed to protect against cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. No wonder Homer deemed olive oil “liquid gold.” But not all olive oil is created equal. We spoke with olive oil expert Joanne Lacina of OliveOilLovers.com to get the lowdown on what makes a great olive oil, why extra virgin is so important, and the reason higher-quality oils are worth their weight. Read more