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
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.
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
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 Warningby Amy Reiter 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.
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
Just in time for Mother’s Day, we’re making a special toast (no, not the bubbly kind) that both moms and kids can enjoy. This crunchy, whole-grain breakfast option doesn’t even require a stovetop. Whether Mom has a sweet tooth or likes a savory breakfast (or both!), she’ll love these toasts. Plus, they’re perfectly portable, so you don’t even need a tray to serve her breakfast in bed. Kids can help with the prep and the spreads as well as the decorating. Read more
Want a reprieve from beef and turkey? Experiment with ground chicken — an underappreciated lean protein!
Ground Chicken Nutrition
Check labels carefully, as nutrition facts for ground chicken can vary significantly depending on the ratio of white to dark meat. On average, a 3-ounce portion of raw ground chicken contains 120 calories, 6 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat and 15 grams of protein. Read more
You may be comfortable with green veggies like spinach and kale, but how about eating a veggie from another part of the food chain? Find out why the popularity of this sea vegetable is on the rise. Read more
Kids and adults are likely to agree: Pizza is the perfect lunch, especially when it’s healthy. Kids will dig the fun factor of picking their own muffin mix-ins and parents will love the nutrition content of this easy-to-make, protein-packed lunch. Made with traditional pizza toppings like tomatoes, olives, Italian seasoning and mozzarella cheese, these pizzas are also easy to modify based on your kids’ imaginations; let them add their favorite cheese, seasonings and vegetables. Younger kids will probably nosh on one muffin; older kids will likely want two or more. Pack ‘em up in a lunchbox, then round out the meal with a side of carrots and fresh fruit. A fruit salad of sweet strawberries, juicy oranges and tangy kiwi is a delicious ending to this kid-friendly, parent-approved healthy lunch. Read more