Tag: lentils

Get to Know Potassium

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, June 18, 2016

Sure, you’ve heard of potassium, but how well do you really know this mineral? Potassium plays a very important role in maintaining good health, but it turns out that it’s a nutrient that many Americans regularly fall short on. In fact, according to a study published in 2012, less than 2 percent of adults get the amount of potassium recommended by the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board. Those recommendations call for adults to consume 4,700 milligrams of potassium daily.

“The best food sources of potassium are fruits and vegetables, and most Americans simply do not eat enough of them to get the potassium they need,” says Alissa Rumsey, M.S., R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Potassium is an important electrolyte, and it works in partnership with sodium (also an electrolyte) to help regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals. “Most people get too much sodium and not enough potassium, which can throw off this balance,” says Rumsey. Read more

Lentil-Crusted Chicken Parmesan

by in Healthy Recipes, April 27, 2016

The boneless, skinless chicken breast is one of the most convenient, affordable and healthy kitchen staples out there. Simple yet versatile, chicken can be prepared in many ways and is chameleon-like when it comes to flavor, easily taking on the attributes of seasonings and sauces. I usually roast a batch of seasoned chicken breasts on Sunday to enjoy throughout the week. Then I can add chicken to my salads and sandwiches, or make a stir-fry for dinner in a pinch.

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10 Healthy Foods You Aren’t Eating (But Should Be)

by in Healthy Tips, October 9, 2014

You may be loading up on chia seeds and kale, but there are nutrition powerhouses all around you. (Probably in your pantry right now!) Here are 10 super foods most folks are missing out on.
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The Chef’s Take: Lentil, Avocado and Kale Salad from Franklin Becker

by in Chefs and Restaurants, September 17, 2014

lentil salad
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.

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Top 5 Foods To Boost Your Mood

by in Healthy Tips, April 11, 2011
Healthy Pasta Recipe
One more reason pasta is so comforting: It helps raise mood-boosting serotonin levels.

Feeling a little down in the dumps? While it may not be able to cure all that ails you, what you eat can certainly affect how you feel. Make these 5 feel-good foods part of your regular routine.

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Legume to Love: Lentils

by in Healthy Recipes, July 15, 2009

Lentil and Rice Salad
Back in April, Toby gave us some great info on beans, and then earlier this month she talked all about peas. Now it’s time to give lentils some love. If you’re not already into these super-nutritious legumes, here are some great reasons to give them a try.

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Spotlight Recipe: Rack of Lamb with Warm Apple & Lentil Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, March 25, 2009

Rack of Lamb with Warm Apple and Lentil Salad
The lamb in this EatingWell dish is perfectly portioned to satisfy. The lentils add protein, B vitamins and fiber, and the Granny Smith apple complements the flavor. You might try it as a main plate for Easter, too. (More of a ham person? Check out our other Easter ideas.)

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