I grew up on pancake mix. And I must tell you my grandmother made some pretty darn delicious pancakes out of that mix. They were always fluffy but brown and crispy on the edges. I never felt slighted in any way that we didn’t make homemade pancakes growing up, because … well, that was all I knew.
If you don’t readily recognize the word “pulses,” or know it is the official name for the category of food that includes dry peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils, you’re not alone. In fact, most Americans have no idea what pulses are. But many of those same people likely have a can of chickpeas, a bag of dried lentils or some black beans lurking on the shelves of their kitchen cupboards. And now that the United Nations has officially declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, it’s only a matter of time before this pantry staple also becomes a household word.
Pulses, it turns out, have a lot going for them in terms of nutrition, sustainability and affordability. Here are the top five reasons to start including more of them in your diet.
You’ve heard that breakfast is the most-important meal of the day. After fasting for many hours overnight (at least 6 hours recommended), it is important to refuel or jump-start the body with wholesome foods. The challenge, however, is trying to accomplish a million things before leaving the house for the day, and fixing a hearty breakfast — or any kind of breakfast, for that matter — simply may not happen. Perhaps that’s why convenient and portable items like overnight oats are widely popular (in addition to their delicious taste, of course). What’s another easy option besides perfect overnight oats? I introduce you to the Microwave Breakfast Cake for One, made in a Mason jar. Yes, you can prepare it the night before, and you certainly can enjoy it for breakfast or at any time of the day. In just minutes, you can fuel your body with a healthy dose of carbs, protein and fat!
If breakfast is the most-important meal of the day, and mornings are the most-hectic time of the day, how do you make a morning meal that’s healthy and timesaving? That conundrum led us to compile our favorite morning hacks.
Fish for brain health
You’ve heard fish is good brain food, but also worry about the effects of mercury in fish on your brain. What to do? New research tips the scales in fish’s favor. A recent study by Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, indicates that eating a serving of seafood per week may protect the brains of older adults from the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease — especially among those at a higher genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s. The study also concluded that, although those who ate seafood had higher levels of mercury in their brains, that mercury did not correlate to brain damage. “The evidence is quite clear that people who consume healthier forms of fish … are going to end up with healthier brains,” James T. Becker, an Alzheimer’s expert who was not involved in the study, told CNN.
Planning on hitting the slopes for some fun and exercise this winter? Common ski-resort offerings can cause an avalanche of fat and calories. Here are some of the worst offenders and how much ski time you’ll need to work them off.
Looking to get cooking with a countertop gadget? You can create dozens of healthy dishes with these convenient and affordable options; find out which is the best fit for your kitchen.
Cheese has a way of making everything better, whether it’s sprinkled on pasta, crumbled on salads or oozing out from between two slices of toasted bread. Now there’s even greater cause to celebrate its creamy superpowers: A new study from the University of Michigan suggests that nisin, a preservative that naturally grows in dairy products, aids in killing cancer cells and some types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But the dairy aisle’s sweetheart has been catching a lot of heat from health food crusaders insisting that cheese, or any milk product for that matter, should be cut out completely in order to achieve a healthy eating regimen and leaner figures. Supermodel Gisele Bündchen and her NFL quarterback husband, Tom Brady, especially piqued interest when they hopped aboard the no-dairy train. But … the creaminess. The melty, pull-apart goodness. And don’t forget the vitamin D! Let the stars keep their brown rice and wild salmon. We’ll be over here, enjoying chicken Parm, quiche and life in general.
Here are seven recipes that prove a cheesy dish can be good for you, too:
If you’re plagued with chronic inflammation, you may want to take a closer look at the foods you eat. Persistent inflammation of the cells has been linked to a variety of health conditions, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Here are six foods that may be contributing factors.