Fat has been demonized — by nutritionists, doctors and the Dietary Guidelines — for so long now that it’s hard to even remember a time when low- and no-fat foods weren’t all the rage. But one man is on a mission to change that attitude. Mark Hyman, M.D., director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, is the author of Eat Fat, Get Thin (Little, Brown and Company, 2016). “For 35 years we’ve been told to eat low fat, but the result is that we’ve cut fat and eaten a ton of carbs and sugar,” he says, which accounts for the corresponding surge in obesity, diabetes and other related ills over the same time period.
Some muffins you find at your local bakery, supermarket or even in your own recipe box should really be labeled “cupcakes.” But there’s no reason why muffins can’t taste good — and be good for you. Take your pick from the recipes below for protein (Banana-Peanut Butter Swirl Muffins), mood enhancement (Triple Chocolate-Maca Muffins) or an Omega boost (Seeds-n-Roots Farmer’s Muffins).
Heading to the market to purchase meat? Before putting anything into your cart, you should always examine it to ensure that it is safe to eat. Here’s what you should be looking for.
Arsenic in rice cereal
One of the first foods many parents feed their babies is about to get safer and healthier. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a cap on the amount of inorganic arsenic (a potentially toxic and carcinogenic substance in some pesticides and insecticides) in infant rice cereals to 100 parts per billion, similar to Europe’s recommended limit. Rice cereal is the chief source of arsenic exposure for babies, the FDA said, noting that its testing determined that many U.S. retail brands are in already compliance with the new recommended guidelines, according to the Associated Press. Although the FDA has not recommended that parents avoid feeding their babies rice cereal altogether, the agency advised not relying on it exclusively and offering infants other iron-fortified baby cereals — such as oatmeal, barley or multigrain ones — as well. “The proposed limit is a prudent and achievable step,” the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Susan Mayne told the AP.
If you’ve visited your local farmers market lately, you may have noticed a spike in arugula, bok choy and other salad greens. The return of these leafy vegetables signals the end of produce purgatory, a period otherwise known as winter, when the only produce available to us seems to be root vegetables and cabbage. If you feel your diet’s been lacking in fiber these last few months, then grab these springtime vegetables and start pairing your dinners with leafy green side salads. Here are five recipes that require little time and effort, but a whole lot of in-season produce.
Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts
You can find spinach year-round at most grocery stores, but the tender green peaks in freshness during the spring. Skip the saute pan for a change, and serve fresh spinach in its tender uncooked state with a red wine vinaigrette, chunks of tangy goat cheese and toasted walnuts. Add some grilled chicken for a simple yet balanced weeknight dinner.
There are plenty of options out there when it comes to liquid refreshment. But while it doesn’t take anything more complicated than plain old tap water to keep you hydrated, the newest beverages aren’t content to stop there. Functional beverages are drinks with a little something extra included — designed to protect your skin, boost your brainpower, reduce inflammation or help you get a better night’s sleep. The idea behind them is simple (to help you get more out of every sip), but the formulations are complex blends of vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and more.
When it opened in Westport, Conn., in 2006, the Dressing Room — which, sadly, was shuttered in 2014 — was a pioneer of the region’s now ubiquitous farm-to-table movement. Co-founded by Chef Michel Nischan and the late actor Paul Newman, the restaurant embraced local and organic ingredients in such dishes as Iroquois White Corn Soup and Hook-and-Line Crisp Baked Chatham Cod. Here, many a meal began with the crisp, easy-to-eat “Use a Spoon” Chopped Salad, an antidote to the plethora of bowls dominated by unwieldy iceberg chunks.
Here’s a one-pan chicken recipe for dinner to add to your arsenal. It’s complete with plenty of protein and gives you a double serving of dark leafy greens, which are loaded with beta carotene and also plentiful in vitamin C, folate and iron. You can prep and cook this dish in under 30 minutes, not counting the time for marinating, which tenderizes the chicken and infuses it with a bright and mellow lemony flavor.
When I was asked to endorse the book Should I Scoop Out My Bagel? I was hesitant at first. I couldn’t believe that co-authors Ilyse Schapiro, M.S., R.D., CDN, and Hallie Rich could come up with close to 100 nutrition and fitness myths. After reviewing it, I was pleasantly surprised by their answers to all the common nutrition myths I’ve been hearing for years! I recently spoke with Ilyse and Hallie about their newly released book and why there’s so much misinformation about nutrition out there.