Better-For-You Baked Ziti

by in Robin's Healthy Take, January 9, 2014

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Baked ziti is a comfort food staple. But with loads of full-fat ricotta, mozzarella and sometimes even sour cream too, one serving can rack up the calories and saturated fat.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, January 8, 2014

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In this week’s news: A high-tech fork tells eaters to proceed with caution; a cereal giant goes GMO-free; and a panel announces the best overall diet for 2014.

The Next Take on Slow Food?
A recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics examined the relationship between eating speed (fast or slow) and meal satisfaction. The result: Subjects who ate food at a slower rate were more satisfied than those who were asked to eat quickly. Eating at a slower pace can also translate into eating fewer calories.

In related news: A reporter for the Wall Street Journal recently tested an electric fork that helps moderate eating speed. When the eater scarfs down food too quickly — taking multiple bites in 10 seconds — the fork vibrates.

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7 Days of Healthy Snacks

by in Healthy Recipes, January 8, 2014

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Well-balanced snacks can help keep you satisfied until your next meal. Think of them of as mini meals that provide your body with important nutrients like calcium and fiber. The ideal number of snacks depends on the individual but is usually one to two daily. And calorie-wise, snacks should be in the 150 to 200 range.

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Smoothie of the Month: Pomegranate and Red Berries

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, January 7, 2014

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When making a smoothie, it’s often a good idea to think about the color as well as the nutritional value and flavor of the final drink. Instead of throwing everything into the blender and ending up with an odd-colored smoothie that doesn’t taste much of anything, it’s helpful to stick to a theme. In this case I chose red fruits — pomegranate, strawberries, raspberries and goji berries — for a tasty and pretty result.

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Grocery Store Traps to Avoid

by in Healthy Tips, January 6, 2014

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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

 

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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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7 Health Food Trends for 2014

by in Food News, January 3, 2014

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What new health food trends are on the horizon? Which ingredients will be in health food stores everywhere? And what will restaurant menus be peddling? Here’s the scoop for 2014.

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5 Pieces of Diet Advice You’re Better Off Skipping

by in Diets & Weight Loss, January 2, 2014

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When the New Year arrives and the weight loss promises are made, the diet advice soon follows — and lots of it. But you’re better off ignoring these five “helpful” suggestions.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, January 1, 2014

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In this week’s news: Vending machines may soon have to dispense more than just candy bars; nutrition professionals say count kale in (again) for 2014; and a dietitian explains the secret to making realistic New Year’s resolutions.

2014: Kale Still Ready For Its Close-Up
According to a survey of 500 dietitians on diet and nutrition trends for 2014, kale, coconut oil and chia seeds will remain on the scene; ancient grains are the next new thing; “low-fat” diets will lose some of their heft; and nutrition blogs will continue to boom (starting right here, of course).

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