Each year, U.S. News evaluates and ranks 35 diets with input from a panel of health experts. This year, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet snagged the top spot yet again. In order to be top-ranked, the diet must be easy to follow, nutritious, safe and effective for weight loss and help protect against heart disease and diabetes. To get the real deal on the DASH Diet, I spoke to Marla Heller, MS, RDN, a New York Times best-selling author of The DASH Diet Action Plan, The DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution, The Everyday DASH Diet Cookbook and The DASH Diet Younger You.
In this week’s news: Organic milk may not be all that; a paltry few of us follow proper poultry protocol; working out may benefit your brain as well as your abs.
It may seem like a daunting task, but there’s so much to be gained from eating as a family. It’s not just a great way to spend time together; it can actually help children develop social skills and improve learning ability. A study published in 2014 revealed that the social involvement that takes place at the family table may reduce the risk of childhood obesity. But let’s get real – in order to get those meals on the table, they’ve got to be quick, easy and user-friendly. Here are five tips and recipes to help you make 2015 a year of delicious and healthy family dinners.
Be guilt-free this Super Bowl Sunday with these lightened-up versions of your favorite game-day party snacks. They include healthy swaps like a protein-packed cheesy cashew nacho sauce replacing the calorie-busting jarred classic in stuffed mushrooms. Good fats like unflavored coconut oil and olive oil replace less healthy options. No doubt these made-over finger foods will give your Super Bowl crowd something to cheer about.
School food may not be widely considered cool (sorry, cafeteria workers), but food trucks are. So, to entice trend-aware students to eat a healthy breakfast or lunch, a number of public school districts around the country have thrown open the cafeteria doors and taken lunchtime to the streets, revving things up with a new kind of meals on wheels.
You may have read about Dr. Frank Lipman if you’ve ever Googled “Gwyneth Paltrow diet.” Or Arianna Huffington. Or Donna Karan. Or Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon. They are all patients of Lipman and fans of his wellness center, Eleven Eleven, which he established in 1992, well before alternative medicine became mainstream. Born in South Africa, Lipman first explored alternative medicine while working at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, N.Y., eventually becoming the hospital’s chief medical resident. He’s the author of two previous nutrition books, and his latest book, The New Health Rules, which he co-authored with Danielle Claro, offers intelligent tidbits on how to eat, how to sleep, how to breathe and even how to think. It’s what Lipman describes as a wellness guide for the modern age.
It’s the dead of winter in most of the country, and a salad of sweet, juicy oranges is like sitting in the warmth of the summer sun. Gerard Craft, the five-time James Beard-nominated Best Chef: Midwest, is serving a beautiful Orange Salad tossed with picholine olives, tarragon leaves, red onion and extra virgin olive oil at Pastaria, one of his four St. Louis restaurants (others are Niche, Brasserie by Niche and Taste by Niche).
Leave store-bought chips and dips behind. Instead, score big this season by making your own game day spread. One bite and your crowd will be cheering for more of these healthy, melt-in-your-mouth fan favorites. The secret? Ingredients that pack loads of flavor without piling on a ton of calories.
One of the challenges of trying to cook in harmony with the seasons is that by this time of year, local produce is hard to find. It’s especially difficult for me because I draw my inspiration primarily from what I see while strolling through the farmers market or the grocery department of my local health food store. More often than not, a striking vegetable will catch my attention and inspire a recipe. During these wintry months there isn’t much that’s particularly pretty or interesting about the vegetables that are available (in New York City) and the only locally grown produce are roots that have been stored since the fall.
If you’re as excited as I am about the Super Bowl, you’ve already started planning the menu. My game-day spread includes better-for-you versions from the four football food groups – dips, chili, wings and nachos!