by Dana Angelo White in Food & Nutrition Experts, March 24, 2017
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, June 19, 2013
Cooking more healthfully doesn’t need to be a painful task, but if you’re falling into these common traps you may be fighting an uphill battle. How many of these habits do you need to break?
You don’t measure high calorie ingredients
There is such thing as “too much of a good thing.” While there’s no disputing that ingredients like olive oil, nuts, avocado and nut butters offer healthy fats, inflated portions can lead to inflated waistlines. When each tablespoon of olive oil contains 120 calories and 14 grams of fat, and each cup of cooked whole grain pasta adds up to 200 calories, it’s important to measure out these ingredients to avoid a calorie overload.
You defrost meat on the countertop
Is it common practice for you to toss that package of frozen chicken on the countertop before you leave for work? This is a food safety nightmare waiting to happen. The drastic temperature shift from freezer to counter rolls out the red carpet for potentially harmful bacteria and foodborne illness. Instead defrost meat safely overnight in the fridge. Or if you’re in a time crunch, defrost in the microwave then cook immediately. Read more
by Robin Miller in Uncategorized, February 16, 2013
Having hectic work schedules, family life, and a social life leaves us pressed for time when it comes to taking care of ourselves. Although folks are starting to cook more at home, new data shows that it may be cutting into our exercise time. Are we stuck in a new catch-22 or can we find time to do it all?
Data from the U.S. Census from over 112,000 U.S. adults found that when folks take an additional 10-minutes to prepare meals, they are more likely to exercise for 10 fewer minutes. This was found in both men and women, single and married people and those with and without kids. On average, participants spent an average of less than an hour on both exercise and meal prep on the same day. The big takeaway from this study is that one healthy behavior can take time away from another. It also highlights the importance of planning out your meals and exercise time.
by Dana Angelo White in Ask the Experts, Healthy Tips, July 20, 2010
Make good use of kitchen gadgets and you’ll save time, energy, avoid messy clean-ups and enjoy healthier meal preparation with ease.
• Make homemade pestos in your blender; make them lighter by replacing most of the oil with good-quality, reduced-sodium broth
• Puree fruits and vegetables to make smoothies and shakes
• Use your blender to make creamy pureed soups
• Puree fresh and frozen berries to make fruit coulis (a fat-free sauce made from just fruit to pour on low-fat frozen yogurt and angel food cake)
• For a fresh spice flavor (versus pre-ground, bottled spices), toast whole seeds of cardamom, cumin and fennel and then process until finely ground
Food Processor and Mini Prep Machines:
• Quickly chop herbs to add flavor and zing to practically ANYTHING (add fresh herbs just before serving)
• Use shredder attachment to shred carrots and zucchini for quick breads and muffins
by Karen Ostergren in Healthy Tips, December 21, 2009
Healthy cooking isn’t rocket science, but there are mistakes many folks make that keep their foods from being as nutritious as they could be. Last month, we polled nutrition experts about the foods they avoid; this month we polled more top nutritionists and registered dietitians to find out the most common healthy cooking faux pas.
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by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, July 23, 2009
We covered everything from apples to zucchini this year, with a lot of healthy eating ideas in between. We’re counting down our 15 most popular posts this year.
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We shared our Top 5 Kitchen Tools before, but there are many more helpful ones out there. Here are a few more that I use daily, especially during the summer months.
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