Food Labels to Get a (Much-Needed) Makeover

by in Food News, January 24, 2014

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Nutrition Facts Panels (aka “food labels”) are getting a much-deserved makeover. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), efforts will be made to upgrade the 20-year-old format found on current food packaging.

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10 Ways to Celebrate Peanut Butter Day

by in Healthy Recipes, January 24, 2014

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Oh yeah, it’s National Peanut Butter Day. And there’s much more to this popular spread than lunchbox sandwiches. Capitalize on the good-for-you fats found in the nut butter with these 10 recipes.

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Bobby Flay Fit, Episode 11: Inspire Others by Example

by in Bobby Flay Fit, January 23, 2014

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Bobby Flay Fit Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in the return of his Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.

The focus of Episode 11 is to inspire others by example: Demonstrating discipline in your personal fitness and healthy eating habits will inspire those around you to do the same. In turn, taking motivation from the workout regimens and nutrition choices of friends and co-workers will help you reach your goals.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, January 22, 2014

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In this week’s nutrition news: Yet another excuse to eat chocolate (yes, yes — in moderation); a calorie counter worthy of Star Trek; and two new protein powders muscle in on the scene.

Score One More for Chocolate?
A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that eating more foods containing flavonoids may offer protection against type 2 diabetes. Researchers analyzed close to 2,000 questionnaires completed by women between the ages of 18 and 76 and found that those who ate the most anthocyanins and flavones — varieties of flavonoids found in berries, red grapes and yes, chocolate and wine — had the lowest insulin resistance. England’s National Health Service website was quick to point out the study’s limitations and warn everyone not to go overboard on chocolate and red wine just yet. (Fair enough.)

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Bobby Flay Fit, Episode 10: Stay Fit on the Go

by in Bobby Flay Fit, January 22, 2014

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Bobby Flay Fit Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in the return of his his Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.

The focus of Episode 10 is staying fit on the go: When juggling a busy schedule and travel plans, ensure that your regular workout routine and healthy eating habits continue on the road by preparing nutritious meals to take along with you and choosing workouts that can be done anywhere.

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Dessert of the Month: Date and Oat Squares

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, January 21, 2014

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When it comes to sweet treats, I often find myself craving something with a chewy texture, a mild sweetness and a little nuttiness. These squares have plenty of body from the toasted oats plus all of the aforementioned flavors — along with a good dash of vanilla and orange zest to keep things interesting. Much of the sweetness comes from the dates, and the savory flavor of sesame seeds with a kiss of salt helps balance it out.

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Bobby Flay Fit, Episode 9: Make Smart Choices

by in Bobby Flay Fit, January 21, 2014

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Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in the return of his Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.

The focus of Episode 9 is to make smart choices: Planning a clear shopping list of healthy ingredients will help you make smarter choices at the grocery store and prevent the temptation to buy extra food while walking the aisles.

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Bobby Flay Fit, Episode 8: Stretch Yourself with Yoga

by in Bobby Flay Fit, January 20, 2014

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Bobby Flay Fit Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in the return of his Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.

Just in time for resolution season, Bobby Flay is back with brand-new episodes of his popular Web series, Bobby Flay Fit. With four new videos added to the lineup, he offers even more tips for staying fit and practicing a healthy lifestyle throughout the year.

The focus of Episode 8 is to stretch yourself: It’s important to break out of your comfort zone and attempt new types of workouts to keep fitness fun. Yoga provides a full-body workout while improving balance and focus through concentrated breathing.

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Kale Juice as the Next Cocktail Mixer? (Yes, It’s Happening.)

by in Trends, January 20, 2014

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In signs that enthusiasm for juicing shows no signs of flagging, it now extends to those who like to indulge in the occasional cocktail. As the New York Times reported last month, hip bars are embracing the world of fresh fruit and vegetable juices — taking the same concoctions people use to re-energize after a workout or up their intake of leafy greens — and adding a shot of vodka, gin or tequila. Besides being pro-produce, health-minded booze buffs, it seems, are also drawn to the idea of mixers that preclude the usual sugary sodas and syrups.

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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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