How to Be Smarter About Paleo

by in Diets & Weight Loss, January 19, 2014

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Love them or hate them, caveman-style eating plans like Paleo are the fad diets du jour. While there’s nothing wrong with getting back to basics and giving processed foods the heave-ho, diets like these tend to be too restrictive. Followers are often left hungry, frustrated and nutrient-deficient — and they frequently aren’t sure of what else they’re “allowed” to eat.

If you’ve decided this is the right diet for you, at least make sure you’re being smart about it. Here are some meal ideas and recipes to help you along.

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Giada’s 5 Stay-Fit Strategies

by in Healthy Tips, January 18, 2014

She skips the gym!

Giada is definitely fit, but not from running. “The idea of being strapped to a treadmill every day is my worst nightmare,” she says. She takes walks on the beach, does an hour of yoga most mornings and paddleboards in the Pacific Ocean with her husband, Todd.

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How to Eat a Rainbow (Even in Winter)

by in Cookbooks, January 17, 2014

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We’ve all heard that half of our plates should be filled with colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal. But is eating a rainbow of recipes possible all of the time, even in the dead of winter? (And can you really get picky youngsters to eat a spectrum of produce?) Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, author of Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family, shares some tips from her new cookbook.

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Easy Strategies for Planning Healthy Meals

by in Grocery Shopping, January 16, 2014

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One of the toughest parts of getting on track with healthy eating is getting organized — but there are ways to take a smarter approach to meal planning and shopping.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, January 15, 2014

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In this week’s nutrition news: Students and politicians embrace Greek yogurt; avocado enthusiasts have more reasons to rejoice; and caffeine generates buzz in a study on memory.

Greek Yogurt to Hit Cafeteria Trays?
A 3-month federal program conducted in four states attempted to gauge students’ interest in Greek yogurt as a protein source in school lunches. During the pilot program, students scarfed down approximately 200,000 pounds of the thick yogurt, prompting politicians to push for an expansion of the test. (The program’s proponents include Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York — home of Greek yogurt giant Chobani.)

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Giada’s Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

by in Healthy Recipes, January 15, 2014

Right after she wakes up, Giada De Laurentiis drinks two glasses of warm water with lemon. She does an hour of yoga, then eats a protein-rich breakfast, like this Chia Seed Pudding. “You don’t need to eat a lot,” she says. “It’s very substantial.”

Chia seeds are packed with fiber, protein and antioxidants. Look for them at health-food stores.

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Salad of the Month: Mustard Greens with Beets and Goat Cheese

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, January 14, 2014

winter salad
Whenever I want to add a layer of flavor, texture and some interest to a salad, I heat the oven and roast any vegetables I have on hand to toss with the greens.

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5 Restaurant Ruses to Watch Out For

by in Healthy Tips, January 13, 2014

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A recent survey found that Americans eat 4.8 meals a week at restaurants instead of at home — which means we all have several opportunities to get duped into eating too much and making poor choices. And many times, the restaurants themselves are conspiring against our diet and our health. Here are five tricks to try to avoid.

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Is This Syrup the Next Trendy Sweetener?

by in Food News, January 11, 2014

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Yacon syrup has been dubbed a “game-changer” for slow metabolism — and social media is exploding with promises of weight loss. But is the syrup worth the hype?

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