For many of us, holiday overeating is a tradition, a ritual that leads to weight gain, not to mention enormous guilt. The good news is, there are plenty of wise food choices at most soirees, so you can enjoy the revelry, nosh on great food, and still feel great in the morning. Here are some strategies to help you navigate any party spread.
There are always a couple of trendy foods du jour — currently, it’s kale and chia seeds — that seem to get all of the attention. But there are many unsung healthy heroes that should find their way into your diet on a regular basis. Here, nutrition experts weigh in on the top five foods you may not be eating — but should be.
True, time in the kitchen can be relaxing and therapeutic — but that doesn’t mean efficiency is a bad thing. There are lots of shortcuts that make cooking a healthy meal quicker and simpler. Here are ten favorite tricks of the trade.
• Pomegranate seeds are like gold — especially if you have to take your time to pick them out individually. Try this instead: Cut the pomegranate in half, and gently loosen it with your hands. Holding the cut side down over a bowl, whack the skin with a spoon. The seeds will pop right out!
• For easy cutting of fruits and vegetables, start by cutting a small piece from one side of the ingredient to form a wide, flat surface. Then use the flat surface to stabilize the produce. The food will be less likely to roll around (and you’ll be less likely to cut yourself).
Planning your holiday shindig? Here are a whole lot of delicious party foods for under 300 calories a serving.
Pass the Cocktail Nuts
A recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine (and reported by the New York Times) looked at data from over 119,000 women and men in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Researchers found that study participants who ate nuts seven or more times a week had a 20% lower death rate than those who didn’t eat nuts over the same period of time. Even for those who only ate nuts less than once a week, the death rate was 11% lower. Participants ate a variety of nuts including pistachios, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, cashews, pecans, pine nuts, peanuts, walnuts and macadamias.
Make coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, iced drinks and more at home with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo. A cup of joe turns out to have some surprising healthy benefits, including an impressive amount of antioxidants.
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So tell us: How do you drink your coffee? Black? With cream and sugar?
The crunchy texture of sliced red cabbage, paired with the sweet flavor of roasted carrots and lots of chopped parsley, makes a pretty great salad. But when these ingredients are tossed with a flavorful creamy dressing, this simple salad is taken to another level.
There’s a new super food in town. Is the oddly gorgeous dragon fruit poised to be the next pomegranate?
Traditional artichoke dip is delicious, but the calories and fat lurking in every bite may surprise you: 1/4 cup has 200 calories and 7 grams of saturated fat. That’s without crackers or chips (and assuming anyone stops at 1/4 cup!). Most recipes are made with an overload of mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese. The good news is, there are quick and easy ways to lighten things up, including swapping in nonfat Greek yogurt. Put crudité on the side, and serve the dip at a holiday party or any time.
Ask any gluten-free chef or home cook about baking and the response is unanimous: Creating delicious treats without gluten is tricky.