In 1997, Franklin Becker was a 27-year-old chef whose star was on the rise. That same year, he was also diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. The disease not only changed the way he ate, but it also changed the way he cooked. Becker, who was most recently the corporate chef of the EMM Group, overseeing menus for New York City restaurants Abe & Arthurs, CATCH and Lexington Brass, learned to use simple ingredients, to cook with more vegetables and to add flavor to food by using good fats such as olive oil, nuts and avocados.”I realized that if certain ingredients were bad for me to eat, they were probably not great for my guests to eat either,” Becker says.
Chilled noodle salads make perfect warmer weather meals as they are simultaneously refreshing and satisfying. Here, the earthy flavor of soba noodles, made from a combination of buckwheat and wheat, are enlivened by tangy rice-vinegar-pickled cucumbers and a zippy dressing made with ginger and shiso. Read more
We’ve told you how to enjoy avocados these 5 basic ways—but here are 5 more creative ways you can use them in recipes. Which will you try?
Although the fat in this recipe slightly exceeds our Healthy Eats guidelines, it’s the heart-healthy, unsaturated type. Since fat takes longer to digest, this low-calorie snack will help keep hunger at bay.
Recipe: Avocado Boats
When you eat the rainbow, you get a rainbow of nutrients, so each month, we’re offering up 10 ways to eat foods of a different color. With both St. Patty’s Day and spring just around the corner, what better color to focus on than green? March is also National Nutrition Month and this year the focus is eating a variety of colors, so be sure to check out some yummy orange and red-colored foods, too.
Eat your way to a more relaxed state — and no, we don’t mean pigging out on high-calorie junk food. While there isn’t a cure-all food to magically erase frustration, you can get some stress relief with a combo of exercising, eating small meals throughout the day and getting more of these 10 fresh goodies.
Figuring out what to eat can be tough. Some foods may be marketed as “healthy” but they’re hardly that. Other foods may have a bad reputation (dark meat, anyone?) and you’re passing them up. Here are 10 foods you may be avoiding unnecessarily.
Pep up your next fiesta with this dip made with a bunch of healthy trimmings — beans, cheese, corn, tomatoes, avocados and a touch of spice. With a half-cup of dip per 140 calorie serving, you’ll be able to indulge without much worry. Offer a colorful display of veggies or baked tortilla chips for dipping. If you — or your guests — need the real deal, remember 15 tortilla chips (about an ounce) is our recommended maximum serving.
Ever made your own sushi? If you’re a newbie, try this vegeterian, kid-friendly version. The raw fish is switched with a variety of vitamin-packed veggies — radishes, carrots, scallions, peppers and some avocado. Don’t forget about nori (sushi’s green wrapper). This traditional Japanese sea vegetable is high in fiber, potassium and vitamins A and C (both antioxidants). Sushi makes for an easy work or school lunch; I pack cucumber and avocado rolls in my first grader’s lunch box every week!
You can use them in soup, dip, salad, drinks and, heck, even ice cream. Avocados are certainly a wonder fruit (yep, they’re a fruit). With such versatility, we can’t help but like them, but add their health benefits to the list and we’re in love.