5 Top Restaurant Nutrition Calculators

by in Dining Out, May 17, 2015

Chain restaurants with more than 20 locations are required to post their menus’ nutrition information online for all patrons to peruse, but some joints make it a lot easier than others. Here are five dining establishments that make it a breeze. Read more

Intermittent Fasting: Good or Bad?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, May 16, 2015

This “fast and feast” style of eating is the new way of dieting. One day you “fast” by limiting food to 500 calories, while the next you “feast” by eating as you normally would. But is this flip-flop lifestyle a healthy way to shed unwanted pounds, or just another fad?

The Intermittent Fasting Trend
Several books about intermittent fasting have recently been released. The Every Other Day Diet: The Diet That Lets You Eat All You Want (Half the Time) and Keep the Weight Off was written by Dr. Krista Varda, an assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois, who began studying the effects of intermittent fasting on mice. Based on her post-doctoral research conducted at the University of California Berkeley, she found that mice ate only 25 percent more on feast days and didn’t compensate for the lack of food provided on fast days.

A second popular book titled The Fast Diet, written by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, uses the same concept, except you can choose which two non-consecutive days each week to fast. This method of intermittent fasting is also known as the 5:2 approach (five days feasting, two days fasting). Read more

Nutrition News: Added-Sugar Labeling, Mediterranean Diet Benefits, Panera Bread Slices 150 Artificial Ingredients

by in Food News, May 15, 2015

Candy maker’s sweet surprise

The movement to limit the use of added sugars and to clearly label the amount of sugar on packaged foods now has an unlikely advocate: Mars, Inc. The candy company behind M&M’s, Milky Way, Snickers, Twix and other best-selling chocolate bars just sent the honchos at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture a letter saying it supports the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendation that people limit their added sugar consumption to no more than 10 percent of daily energy intake. Mars also endorsed the clear labeling of added sugars and “off-label nutrition education” to “help guide decisions about their sugar intake.” Wow — sweet! Read more

5 Creative Spins on Hummus

by in Healthy Recipes, May 15, 2015

I was raised on classic hummus and was thrilled when the chickpea-based spread was embraced in the United States. Over the past few years, however, I’ve seen hummus made from many other creative and healthful ingredients. Here are five delicious recipes that take hummus to the next level. Read more

10 Healthy Salad Dressings

by in Healthy Recipes, May 14, 2015

Spring is the perfect time to use seasonal veggies and fruit to create a delicious salad. However, you need to top them with the perfect vinaigrette. Instead of opting for bottled dressings with a laundry list of additives, you can easily whip up one of these 10 easy dressings with clean ingredients at home. Read more

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

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