Many families are hitting the beach or the slopes for some quality time. If your vacations are usually filled with junk food, here are some simple strategies to upgrade your travel food game.
It’s true: You can have your cheese and eat it, too, especially on this national food holiday. Many cheeses are naturally lower in fat and calories, like Parmesan and Romano. Use the size of your thumb for measuring the proper portion, which is about an ounce of cheese. One ounce of Parmesan has more protein than the same amount of red meat (10 grams) and clocks in at 111 calories, 7 grams of fat and 5 grams of saturated fat. An ounce of whole-milk mozzarella has 85 calories, 6 grams of fat and 4 grams of saturated fat. Cheese also has calcium, vitamin B12 and phosphorus, and counts towards the USDA’s recommendation of three daily servings of dairy.
Have you taken a stroll down the frozen-foods aisle lately? Dinner options are a lot different than you might remember. There are way more choices to select from, including many that claim to be a healthier choice. As if that weren’t confusing enough, there are also delivery services that bring frozen meals to your doorstep. But are these frozen meals really healthier, quick alternatives to a home-cooked meal? Here are four you may want to give a try.
After New Year’s Day, when I’m back from holiday travel and indulging, my body craves a clean-eating detox diet. Light and flavorful seafood dishes hit the spot, since they’re packed with protein and good fats. Alas, fresh wild Alaskan salmon is out of season, so what’s a girl to do? It’s frozen salmon to the rescue. Since the texture of seafood changes from freezing, it’s important to add moisture back in and cook it right. I’ve also discovered that cutting salmon into bite-size pieces, like those in a stir-fry, also enhances the texture of this omega-3-rich fish.
This neighborhood grill and bar is a convenient spot to take the family any night of the week. But does it offer the healthy choices you and your family deserve?
It’s soup season, and serving homemade bread makes even ordinary soup from a can taste better. This savory quick bread lives up to its “quick bread” name in that it mixes up in a jiffy and requires no yeast rising time.
Resolve to Forgive Yourself
If you’ve already blown your New Year’s resolution to diet, don’t be too hard on yourself; it may be evolution’s fault. According to researchers at the University of Exeter, in England, humans have a natural urge to overeat in the winter because our ancestors needed to build and maintain body fat to survive when food was scarce. “Storing fat is an insurance against the risk of failing to find food, which for pre-industrial humans was most likely in winter,” Andrew Higginson, the study’s lead author, said in a news release. “This suggests that New Year’s Day is the worst possible time to start a new diet.” Now they tell us.
It’s the New Year, and perhaps, like many people, you’ve set a goal to eat healthier and lose weight. However, if you don’t change your habits and your environment, then you’ll find yourself revisiting the same goal come next year. Sometimes, though, despite best efforts life gets in the way, making it impossible to put healthy eating at the top of the priority list. One solution is mug meals.
Carbohydrates had a rough year in 2015. While kale enjoyed another season of sweet success, bread, rice and pasta faced increased scrutiny from wary shoppers on a quest for svelte figures. But with the new year upon us, food industry experts believe carbs are ready for a big comeback — and we couldn’t be happier. Why?
Well, when you stick to the recommended serving size, pasta can be the foundation for nutritious and satisfying meals. It’s generally paired with nutrient-dense sidekicks, like fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart-healthy fish, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce, and protein-packed cheeses, poultry and lean meats. Using whole grain pasta will add even more fiber to your diet and help meet the daily goal to make half your grains whole (as per the latest version of the dietary guidelines). Once you delve into the myriad different shapes (spaghetti, shells and orecchiette — just to name a few), that’s when the real fun begins. This month, celebrate pasta’s glorious return with these simple, comforting and budget-friendly recipes. (If needed, you can absolutely substitute a gluten-free pasta in any of the dishes below.)
Have you put white sugar on the chopping block for 2016? You’re not alone. And there are a ton of sweetener alternatives popping up. Is there a better option?