by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, July 26, 2013
by Dana Angelo White in Food Fight, Healthy Tips, July 22, 2013
The hot weather brings with it a bounty of delicious, seasonal foods that may seem healthy but are anything but. Be in-the-know and avoid some of these health-halo booby traps.
#1: Light Beer
I love kicking back with a light beer on a hot summer day. But if you’re guzzling 4 or 5 beers—the calories will quickly overflow. If you want to booze it up, the USDA’s recommendations are 1 beer per day for women and two for men. (And no, you can’t save all your drinks for a Saturday night.)
Although they may start out at a reasonable amount of calories (about 100 to 140 per half cup), many people eat WAY more. And when you add toppers like crushed cookies, syrups and other goodies, you sabotage a perfectly calorie-friendly treat. Keep a mindful watch on portions (especially from fro-yo machines) and go light on the toppings.
by Dana Angelo White in Taste Test, July 17, 2013
Looking to quench your thirst with one of these summertime classics? First, check out which drink came out on top in this battle of the beverages.
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, May 20, 2012
Looking for a refreshing beverage to beat the summer heat? See the results of this taste test before popping open a bottle of sweetened iced tea.
This taste test focused on sweetened teas with lemon (no other flavors for this challenge). Close attention was paid to ingredient quality, calories and sugar, and each tea was rated using a 5-point scale (5 being the highest). Although the teas came in various sized containers, all teas were scaled to 16-fluid ounces, the most popular size.
One thing that varied widely was sugar content, something worth keeping an eye on. The tea with the highest amount contained 48 grams, while the top-rated bottle had fewer than 10 grams. (To help put things in perspective, a 16-ounce soda/cola contains 52 grams of sugar.)
Here’s how the teas stacked up!
by Dana Angelo White in Meal Makeovers, June 29, 2009
This country is on a never-ending sugar high! We consume over three times the daily recommended amount of added sugar each day. One easy way to drop your sugar intake is to skip the sugary mixes and bottled beverages and take control of how much sugar’s in your drinks.
The American Heart Association recommends that women should eat no more than 6 teaspoons (100 calories) of sugar each day, while men shouldn’t eat more than 9 teaspoons (150 calories). Studies reveal that we’re overindulging on added sugar, consuming 475 calories of added sugar every day.
Close to 40% of added sugar comes from sugary drinks like soda, sports and energy drinks, according to published data in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. A 16-fluid ounce container of a sports drink has 7 teaspoons of added sugar (105 calories) while the same amount of soda has over 12 teaspoons of added sugar (180 calories). Energy drinks are full of added sugar too, with an 8.3 fluid ounce can of a popular brand containing 6.5 teaspoons (98 calories).
by Toby Amidor in Meal Makeovers, June 3, 2009
There’s nothing better than than an icy glass of lemonade on a hot day, but who needs all those extra calories from added sweeteners? Instead of turning to sugary, packaged mixes, make your own light and fresh versions. Here are our tricks.
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by Kristine Brabson in Healthy Recipes, April 25, 2009
A tall glass of iced tea is perfect for chilling — and rehydrating — in the summer heat. You can make a large batch in no time (please, none of that powdered stuff!), but knowing what to put in it is the important part. Here are some tips and recipes you might to try.
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by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, January 9, 2009
It’s insanely — and unseasonably — hot in the northeast today, and tomorrow it’s supposed to be warmer. This iced tea is just what the weatherman ordered. Antioxidant-rich white tea is the base. It gets a boost from fresh lemon slices (vitamin C), chopped fresh ginger (a bit of spice), honey (a simple, natural sugar) and the piece de resistance: frozen raspberry cubes! Okay, I’m too excited about these ice cubes. By the way, this bright bevvy is under 80 calories a serving. Way better than the bottled stuff.
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Legend says that in 2737 B.C., tea leaves blew into a Chinese emperor’s pot of boiling water and voilà, tea was born! January is National Tea Month (bet you didn’t know that?), and to honor one of our favorite hot — and cold — beverages, we put together a short-and-sweet guide to this 5,000-year-old delight.