Nutrition News: Craft-Beer Labeling, Gluten Sensitivity, Healthier Checkout Lanes

by in Food News, December 18, 2015

Craft beer clarity

Pretty soon, when you order a craft beer at a chain restaurant or brewpub, you’ll know a lot more about its nutritional value and calorie count than you do now. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new regulations that would require craft breweries to list nutritional information on the beers offered at chain eateries, specifying a December 2016 deadline. Although the new rules may be costly for small brewers to implement, many have embraced the move toward greater transparency, ABC15, in Arizona, reports. “Craft brewers would love ingredients to be listed as well … because that’s really what separates us as ‘craft,’” Mike Lawinski, owner of Fate Brewing Company, in Boulder, Colo., told the station, “and a lot of the bigger breweries are using GMO ingredients and high-fructose ingredients.” Read more

Fast and Easy Christmas Brunch

by in Healthy Recipes, December 18, 2015

With all the pressures of the holidays, the last thing you need is a complicated brunch plan. These three dishes give you options from make-ahead to 10 minutes or less — without sacrificing flavor or healthy choices. Prep the quinoa squares or muffins the night before, then bake before brunch, or make breakfast nachos on the fly.

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7 Holiday Sides That Won’t Spoil Dessert — Fall Fest

by in Healthy Holidays, December 17, 2015

A holiday meal is a true marathon, with one mouthwatering dish after the next — and you won’t want to miss a single one. This year, avoid the mistake of overexerting yourself in the earlier rounds so that you’re out of the running by the time that luscious fruit pie or chocolate cake hits the table. Read more

Healthy No-Cook Mint Chocolate Fudge

by in Healthy Recipes, December 16, 2015

Healthy No-Cook Mint Chocolate Fudge 1

Because I grew up in Korea, making fudge was not a family holiday tradition. However, I quickly learned from my friends that homemade fudge makes for a delicious and thoughtful gift. Traditionally, fudge consists of copious amounts of butter, milk, refined sugar and other flavoring agents, not to mention that the ingredients need to be boiled together in a pot. Now, what if I told you there’s a much easier and healthier way to prepare this delightful treat without sacrificing the rich and silky-smooth texture? Read more

9 Healthy Stocking Stuffers

by in Dining Out, December 15, 2015

Instead of filling up stockings with junk and trinkets, aim for gifts that are fun, delicious, and have a health and fitness focus. Read more

5-Ingredient Roasted Citrus-Brined Turkey Breast

by in Healthy Recipes, December 14, 2015

5-Ingredient Roasted Citrus-Brined Turkey Breasts

If the thought of cooking a whole turkey for Christmas dinner scares you, consider roasting just a turkey breast. With its smaller size, cooking takes half the time, and it requires less room in your fridge and oven — a dream come true! You don’t have to worry about sumo wrestling it into submission or trussing, either. Carving it is a cinch. Marinating the turkey in fresh orange juice produces a juicy interior and crackly brown exterior with a delicately orange-infused, slightly sweet taste. The acidity of the citrus perks up the taste, while reducing the need for added salt. Cooking turkey with the bone in results in a juicier, more flavorful roast.

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7 Weight-Loss Mistakes You’re Likely Making

by in Healthy Tips, December 14, 2015

Trying to lose weight but having a tough time? Here are seven common roadblocks that often thwart progress.

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Kitchen Gifts That Are Worth the Splurge

by in Healthy Tips, December 13, 2015

Equipping your kitchen is much like assembling your wardrobe. You can get a lot of bang for your buck by buying high-quality, versatile staples that will last you for years to come. Whether you’re gifting yourself upgraded kitchenware or looking for the perfect splurge-y gift for a loved one, these items show their value in their versatility, quality and long-lastingness.

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6 Holiday Indulgences Nutritionists Can’t Live Without

by in Healthy Tips, December 12, 2015

Sweet Potato Casserole
They may know a lot more about healthy eating than the rest of us, but it turns out that even those who talk nutrition for a living are still human when it comes to holiday treats. We polled six nutritionists to find out what they’re craving this holiday season — and how they plan to work those indulgences into their otherwise healthy diets.

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Nutrition News: Coke-Funded Group’s Demise, Bite Counting and Portion Reduction

by in Food News, December 11, 2015

Coke-funded obesity group goes belly-up

That didn’t take long. The Global Energy Balance Network, a nonprofit organization that played down the role of calories from food and beverages in the obesity epidemic  (and which, a New York Times expose revealed in August, was funded by Coca-Cola), announced last week that it would shutter immediately “due to resource limitations.” In November, the University of Colorado, where the organization’s leader is a professor, said it would return a $1 million donation from Coca-Cola, while the University of South Carolina, where another of the group’s leaders is on the faculty, says it plans to keep a $500,000 donation from the beverage giant. The announcement came only days after Coke’s chief science and health officer, Rhona S. Applebaum, who helped orchestrate the Global Energy Balance Network’s establishment, announced her retirement.

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