Slow … down
If family dinner with your kids sometimes feels like a race to the clean-plate finish line, nutrition educator Casey Seidenberg knows how you feel. Writing in The Washington Post, Seidenberg suggests explaining to your kids, as she has to her sons, the digestive ramifications of all that rushing: “shoveling our food creates all kinds of issues, such as indigestion, constipation, inflammation and malabsorption of nutrients, which can then contribute to larger health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis and heart disease.” So it makes a lot of health sense to eat meals a bit slower, rather than wolfing them down. Take a moment to “cherish” the way your meal smells and tastes, she advises; then chew the heck out of it. “In this fast and furious world, any time to slow down together sounds awfully nice,” she says. Hard to argue. Read more
They used to be the stuff that fueled childhood nightmares: forkfuls of overcooked broccoli or endless orbs of bitter Brussels sprouts that had to be endured in order to tackle, finally, the chocolate ice cream. But today’s renditions of green vegetables don’t require nose-holding or the camouflage of cheese in order to win over legions of fans. From the once-maligned spinach that only Popeye fancied to the leafy kale that went on to wildly successful oversaturation, here’s a passel of formerly shunned vegetables (and a few equally undesirable fruits) that chefs have helped give miraculous makeovers. Read more
Enjoy this ruby-colored fruit dried or fresh, sweet or savory — you can even get a little crafty with cranberries! Here are 31 ways to love these holiday treats.
1. It’s prime time for cranberries: they’re in season from October through December.
2. Homemade Cranberry Orange Vodka makes a great homemade gift.
3. Dried cranberries are a classic ingredient in homemade trail mix.
4. This recipe for cranberry sauce lives up to its name.
We’ve been taught to brush twice a day and floss, but eating the right foods also contributes to clean and shiny teeth and gums. Keep your mouth happy by chomping on these 10 foods.
During the winter, in-season fresh fruits are limited in many parts of the country. Luckily, we can turn to dried fruit with all its nutritional goodness.
Each color contains different nutrients, so a rainbow-colored plate of fruits and veggies is likely a well-rounded, healthy one! In this occasional series, we explain what each color has to offer. We told you all about orange foods, and this month, in honor of Valentine’s Day and Heart Health month, we’ve got the scoop on red-hued eats.
There’s no lack of choices at Thanksgiving, but certain seasonal foods should take top priority. If you’re going to indulge, why not fill up on the flavor-filled, good-for-you stuff? Here’s our top 10 picks for your plate.
I love cranberry sauce any time of year, but it’s a must-have for Thanksgiving. When fall hits, I’m all about finding creative new recipes to try. Ditch the canned stuff — it’s usually packed with high-fructose corn syrup — and discover the taste of real, homemade cranberry sauce.
This week’s list of favorite user comments touch on cooking with cranberries, making use of that leftover chicken and healthy tailgating. Plus, some readers shared how they avoid caving to unhealthy snacks (and high prices) at the airport.