Are All Processed Foods Bad for You?

by in Healthy Tips, May 13, 2015

It’s clear that all processed foods are bad for you — or are they? Get to the bottom of this mainstream food mystery. Find out which processed foods you should shun and which you should make a run for. Read more

Overnight Oats for Breakfast

by in Healthy Recipes, May 13, 2015

It’s no secret that adding breakfast to your daily routine is part of a healthy diet. Not only will it fill you up, but it will also boost your energy level, set you up for a better eating pattern and enhance your productivity throughout the day. It’s even been shown to help with better weight management over extended periods of time. Whether you’re always in a rush to get out the door or you’re someone who prefers to ease into the day without spending too much time in the kitchen, overnight oats are the perfect solution. And, just in time for warmer weather, you’ll get all of the goodness you love about hot oatmeal without having to turn on the stove. Overnight oats are super-easy to prepare, portable, inexpensive and a delicious way to get your day off on the right foot.

Think of these overnight oats as a creamy blank canvas on which you can customize to your heart’s content. Use the below suggestions as a guideline to conjure up your own tasty concoctions! Read more

The Ultimate Healthy Cooking Playlist

by in Healthy Recipes, May 12, 2015

When it comes time to rustle up a meal, you might prefer soothing jazz or even classical music in your kitchen. Or maybe you get down to 1970s-era Elton John, just like Alton Brown. Unless you prefer serene silence, it can be helpful to have a backbeat energizing your latest cooking venture. Here’s a playlist to inspire some healthy creations at home. Read more

Have You Tried: Tiger Nuts?

by in Healthy Tips, May 12, 2015

Have you tasted an “earth almond” or a “yellow nut sedge”? Those are alter egos for the tiger nut, an intriguing superfood that is gaining some serious popularity in the United States.

One of the most-interesting facts about these nuts is that they aren’t actually nuts at all. Read more

Matcha Madness

by in Food News, May 11, 2015

Matcha, the trendy green tea beverage, is nothing new. In fact, it has been an integral part of Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries. It’s only in the past year or so that it’s made the move from zen to chic and started showing up in hip coffee shops. And now matcha is going mainstream — you can even find your matcha latte fix at your local Starbucks (careful, this coffee chain adds sweeteners to its mix). Read more

5 Recipes to Fight Inflammation

by in Healthy Recipes, May 11, 2015

It’s always great to hear about studies that tout the anti-inflammatory benefits of certain foods. Step it up a notch by combining these anti-inflammatory foods into scrumptious dishes. Here are five ways to do so.

Creamy Broccoli Salad
A March 2014 study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics examined whether consumption of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli may relate to inflammation. Researchers analyzed the diets of more than 1,000 middle-aged Chinese women as part of the Shanghai Women’s Health Study and found those who ate the most cruciferous vegetables had the lowest inflammation compared with women who ate a diet with fewer of these veggies.

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A Lighter Mother’s Day Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, May 10, 2015

It’s natural to want to spoil Mom with decadent treats on Mother’s Day. But today is about what she wants, even if that means trimming the calories from her celebratory meal. If creamy pastas and dense chocolate cake aren’t her preference this year, don’t worry: There are plenty of light, seasonal options to work with. Here are a few recipes for a fresh and colorful celebration that will leave Mom feeling satisfied, energized and appreciated. Read more

Treat Mom to These 8 Recipes in Bed

by in Healthy Recipes, May 9, 2015

Nothing says Happy Mother’s Day more than waking Mom up with a delicious surprise. Don’t worry, we’ve got those beginner cooks covered (you too, Dad!) with these simple recipes. Read more

Nutrition News: Defining “Natural,” Healthy Kids’ Meals, Calorie Counts in Question, and a Coconut Oil Warning

by in Food News, May 8, 2015

It’s only “natural.”

What is “natural”? Food writer and thinker Michael Pollan, in a New York Times Magazine essay, mulls the specious use of the word on labels for everything from cheese puffs to chicken nuggets — and the Food and Drug Administration’s reluctance to clearly define the word and therefore open the way for the legal system to adjudicate claims of its misuse. Pollan argues that the FDA may be right to demur, because the word “natural” itself has come to mean nothing, at least if we define it as something that hasn’t been altered by humanity. Still, Pollan says, we can rely on our common sense. “It’s not hard to say which of two things is ‘more natural’ than the other: cane sugar or high-fructose corn syrup? Chicken or chicken nuggets? G.M.O.s or heirloom seeds?” he writes. “The most natural foods in the supermarket seldom bother with the word; any food product that feels compelled to tell you it’s natural in all likelihood is not.” Naturally.

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10 Desserts That Are Healthier Than You Think

by in Healthy Recipes, May 8, 2015

 

Dessert isn’t meant to be health food per se, but it can certainly have a better-for-you spin. Here are 12 decent treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your diet. Read more