What’s Lean and What’s Mean: Incorporating Meat Into a Healthy Diet

by in Healthy Tips, March 12, 2015

If you’re a meat lover and concerned you’re not following the path to healthy living, don’t fret. You can incorporate meat into your diet as long as you learn the rules. Read more

Is Organic Wine Better for You?

by in Healthy Tips, March 11, 2015

The Environmental Working Group ranks grapes No. 3 on the dirty dozen list due to the high level of pesticide residue found on conventionally farmed grapes. Thus, the nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization encourages shoppers to purchase organically grown grapes as the healthier alternative. Grapes are also, obviously, the main ingredient in wine. So the question is, how important is it that your vino also be organic? Are pesticides the only consideration when making that decision? What additional benefits are there to purchasing organic wines? And most importantly: How does organically produced wine differ in taste? We put the questions to two experts — Joe Campanale, executive beverage director of Epicurean Management, the team behind New York’s wine-centric dell’anima, L’Artusi, L’Apicio and Anfora, and Appellation Wine & Spirits owner Scott Pactor — to help you make an informed decision during your next night out on the town or visit to the local wine shop. Read more

Oily Fish May Mend Your Broken Heart

by in Food News, March 11, 2015

University of Reading researchers have found that oily fish may not only help keep your heart in tip-top shape by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, but these omega-3-rich fish perhaps fix already damaged blood vessels faster. Essentially, their findings would mean fish oil mends a broken heart, quite literally.

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Soup’s On! Are Soup Cleanses the New Juice?

by in Product Reviews, March 9, 2015

Juice cleanses have taken a back seat to the next detox that’s emerged: soup cleanses. Instead of juicing, people are — you got it — souping. Soup is synonymous with comfort and nourishment, which is exactly what these “cleanses” aim to provide: a more satisfying experience that doesn’t leave users starved, tired or dying for solid food. While nutritionists do not recommend cleanses, they do recommend a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. And that is what these soups offer. Whether they’re part of a detox program or not, soups can pack nutrition into the body. While homemade is the best variety, here are a few souping brands on the rise. Read more

Not All Olive Oil Is Created Equal

by in Healthy Tips, March 9, 2015

A cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil contains healthy monounsaturated fatty acids — believed to protect against cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. No wonder Homer deemed olive oil “liquid gold.” But not all olive oil is created equal. We spoke with olive oil expert Joanne Lacina of OliveOilLovers.com to get the lowdown on what makes a great olive oil, why extra virgin is so important, and the reason higher-quality oils are worth their weight. Read more

5 Slimming Soups

by in Healthy Recipes, March 8, 2015

Dive into a warm bowl of goodness during this bone-chilling weather. With the right combo of healthy ingredients and a low-calorie stock or broth, soup can be a delicious way to get many good-for-you nutrients without packing on the pounds. Here are five slimming soups to choose from. Read more

7 Foods That Are Ruining Your Diet

by in Healthy Tips, March 7, 2015

Your intentions are healthy, but your choices may not be. Prevent diet sabotage by keeping an eye out for these seven foods.

1. Snack Mixes

Trail mix and other sweet-salty-crunchy concoctions may be handy snacks, but be careful that you’re not mindlessly munching on not-so-healthy versions. Many packaged varieties come filled with sugary candies and super-salty seasoned munchies. Some also contain highly processed sweeteners and partially hydrogenated oils (aka trans fats). Read more

Hot Stuff: Spicy Recipes to Bolster Your Immune System

by in Gluten-Free, March 6, 2015

Next time you feel a cold coming on, reach for your spice cabinet and your fridge’s produce drawer to help rev up your immune system. With antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and sometimes even antibacterial properties, spices have long been prized for their medicinal qualities. From breakfast to dinner, spicy ingredients like cinnamon, allspice, cayenne, Chinese 5-spice powder, turmeric, curry powder and chile peppers step up to the plate to help keep you healthy. all day long. Read more

Nutrition News: Fast Health, Fat-Fueled Sports and Another Reason to Drink Coffee

by in Food News, March 6, 2015

In this week’s news: A study finds benefits in intermittent fasting; a high-fat diet may be good for athletes, but not everyone; and if you drink coffee, your arteries may be spick-and-span. Read more