The New Cholesterol Guidelines: Do They Affect Your Diet?

by in Food News, November 13, 2013

vegetables heart shape
News broke yesterday regarding new guidelines for prescribing statin medications. Doctors are being urged to use a revised set of criteria, established by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, to determine who should be prescribed cholesterol lowering medications.

Eating for Heart Health
The new guidelines also include recommendations for following a “healthy lifestyle” that entails exercising, not smoking and following a heart-healthy diet. In accordance with the American Heart Association paper, the American College of Cardiology recently released a Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk. Here is a summary of the dietary guidelines they lay out to help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

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Baked Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

by in Robin's Healthy Take, November 13, 2013

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One typical serving of cheese-filled ravioli (four squares) can dish out up to 850 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat, and 1,600 milligrams of sodium. And that’s without sauce. But by making homemade ravioli with healthy fillings and wonton wrappers, you can eliminate loads of unnecessary calories and sodium, and bump up nutrients by adding antioxidant-rich spinach. Thanks to the wonton wrappers (just 23 calories each), they’re a snap to prepare. And since the ravioli are baked (not boiled in water), you get to enjoy a golden-brown, toasted ravioli with a creamy, cheesy middle.

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Win This Carving Set!

by in Giveaway, November 13, 2013

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The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving are busy enough; worrying about having the right tools for the feast needn’t add to the stress. With Joseph Joseph’s Duo Carve, a two-in-one Japanese stainless steel knife set, you’ll slice the holiday bird with ease. The 8-inch carving knife and 7 1/2-inch carving fork come with a protective cover for storage.

You can buy your own Joseph Joseph Duo Carve or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite Thanksgiving dish. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, November 15 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one Joseph Joseph Duo Carve to one randomly-selected commenter. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on November 13 and 5 p.m. EST on November 15, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Is it the bird? The sides?

Can Pinterest Help You Eat a Healthy Diet?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, November 11, 2013

pinterest diet book

Can Pinterest help people live a healthier lifestyle? That’s the premise behind The Pinterest Diet. Healthy Eats recently posed some questions to author Mitzi Dulan, a registered dietitian and team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals baseball team.

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Healthy Barbecue Chicken (Really!)

by in Robin's Healthy Take, November 10, 2013

mango chicken

This barbecue sauce is an incredible blend of sweet and tangy ingredients (mango, onion, red pepper, jalapeno, cumin, cloves, cider vinegar, molasses and more), creating a mouth-watering topping that’s excellent with grilled chicken. It’s also fabulous on pork chops, tuna steaks, salmon fillets, shrimp and flank steak.

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5 New Ways to Prepare Pears

by in Healthy Recipes, November 9, 2013

pears
It’s a fabulous time of year for pears! Take advantage of the fruit’s sweet flavor and dose of fiber and potassium by making these innovative recipes. (Wondering if that pear is ripe? Check the neck.)

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Trans Fats: What the News Means

by in Food News, November 8, 2013

doughnut
Everyone is talking about the FDA’s call for the complete removal of artificial trans fats from the food supply. What does this mean for the future of your diet?

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The Veggie Table: Navigating Thanksgiving

by in The Veggie Table, November 8, 2013

spinach gratin

Maybe this is your first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian, or perhaps you’re hosting your first vegan guests at a holiday dinner. Just because the traditional turkey takes center stage, it doesn’t mean there can’t be delicious plant-based options for both main dishes and sides that will satisfy you or all of your guests this year. I asked some top plant-based RDs how they navigate Thanksgiving and the winter holidays while still getting to enjoy festive foods. After all, isn’t that the best part about the season?

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10 Make-Ahead Weeknight Dinners (Plus Dessert!)

by in Healthy Recipes, November 7, 2013

enchiladas
Too busy to cook during the week? Instead of relying on take-out, prep one of these recipes ahead of time and you’ll have a healthy dinner at the ready when you come home.

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