Have you ever been eating say… French fries, your favorite flavor of ice cream, a package of Oreos or tortilla chips and said (or just thought) OMG I am SO addicted to these… Now think, have you ever been eating baby carrots or a kale salad or cucumbers, and thought the same thing? Yeah. Me neither. Turns out, someone paid researchers at the University of Michigan to confirm what we all know is true. Highly processed and junk foods are more addictive than healthy foods. Continue Reading..
Happy Recipe ReDux day friends! Hey – who says Valentine’s is just one day? It’s still February, which means we can continue with the chocolate love, and oh boy are we ever! This month, members of the Recipe ReDux were challenged to find a friend (or two) for chocolate and to share our healthier chocolate combo recipes.
The funny thing is — chocolate does not need my help to find a friend. It’s gotta be the most popular kid on the block, because I personally couldn’t think of anything that doesn’t go perfectly with chocolate. Let’s see… milk, peanut butter, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, coffee, nuts, coconut, peppermint… you get the picture. Continue Reading..
When it comes to heart disease, there’s a lot to know. What’s good to eat, and what’s not so good. Will this raise my cholesterol, or lower it? Good fat, bad fat – or is it more about sugar? How much exercise is recommended? Good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, blood pressure, and what they heck are triglycerides?
Yep. It’s complicated. Your heart (and everything that goes along with it to keep it pumping for a long, long time), is really complex, and part of the reason it gets confusing for the average consumer AKA you – is that we’re always learning more about it, and sometimes, what we thought was true wasn’t. Case point, the latest research on saturated fat, and the newest suggestion just last week that we drop the concerns about dietary cholesterol. Sigh… Research… Continue Reading..
Remember when avocados used to be that exotic and curiously interesting food found only in Mexican restaurants? Well, times have changed, and avocados are definitely now the cool kids on the block – the fruit that every other member of the produce aisle wants to be! They’re lovely, luscious and deliciously decadent to eat, and now they’re popping up everywhere – even in dessert.
Even though they’re high in fat (that’s what makes them so buttery and luscious), avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They’re full of monounsaturated fat that can help to reduce your cholesterol. Here’s another bit of news – a very recent study showed that avocados could help with weight loss, and keep your insulin levels more stable, if you eat ½ of an avocado at lunch. They’re also full of lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and they help to boost the nutrients in other foods you eat. So – no, they’re not just a pretty green thing to put on your chips anymore. Continue Reading..
Fashion, interior design, electronics – pretty much any industry you can think of – they all have trends. It’s what keeps you wanting the latest and greatest. But did you ever think about food trends? Sure – the food industry has to keep things interesting too. Food trends are based a lots of different things – nutrition research is always important (you didn’t think all of the hype about avocados came from nowhere did you?), marketing dollars, of course, and sometimes it’s just lots of creative input from food scientists and what you – the consumer is demanding.
I’ve been reading lots of predictions for this coming year – some are interesting and I’m looking forward to trying. Others… I’m not so sure about. I’m pleasantly surprised that I’ve already written about and created recipes for many of these trends! What do you think about these predicted trends? Continue Reading..
Juuuust in case you’re looking for something special to serve for Valentine’s Day – or just for yourself – you can stop looking ‘cause you’ve found it! There is no dessert more delicious and Valentine’s Day worthy than Molten Chocolate Cake. Warm and rich with an explosion of melted chocolate-y amazingness inside. Holy I’ve Just Died and Gone to Chocolate Heaven. Continue Reading..
February is American Heart Month, and time to show yourself some love. Heart disease is the leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the US, so make some time this month to give your heart a check up.
While there’s not much we can do about risk factors like age, genetics, race and ethnicity, there’s a LOT we can and should do to control any other risk factors. Things like quitting smoking if you’re a smoker, limiting excess alcohol use, taking medications for cholesterol, blood pressure or diabetes as prescribed, exercising regularly, aiming for a healthy weight, and eating a healthy diet – are completely in our control, so do what you can here, especially if you have a family history of heart disease. Continue Reading..
This is the time of year that most of us start to lose it. The days are still too short – at least for a few more weeks. The snow is piled up so high you can’t see around the corners. Ice storms mean you either take your life in your hands if you have to go out, or else you’re housebound. And I’m pretty sure that damn groundhog predicted another 6 weeks of winter. Again. Has anyone checked to make sure he doesn’t need glasses? Continue Reading..
A few weeks ago, I did a review of The MD Factor Diet by Caroline Cederquist MD. One of the big takeaways for me is that I really need to focus on eating more protein and less carbs. It’s not that I eat an unhealthy diet – I think compared to the typical American, it’s actually really healthy, and I’m definitely not overweight. But I’ve noticed for probably the past five years or so, my metabolism has come to a screeching halt, and I really have to watch what I eat, or I will gain weight. I’m also a lot more tired, and my stomach in particular, has been expanding. Yep, I have the meno-pot and all of the joys that come with it. Continue Reading..
I feel sorry for prunes. There is probably no other fruit that’s so closely associated with old people and bowel habits. And that’s not a knock on old people, because I’m practically one myself. Just the word P-R-U-N-E has a negative connotation. Wrinkly. Laxative. Think I’m wrong? Just try to ask the kid who stocks the dried fruit aisle at the grocery store where you can find the prunes, without feeling like you have to whisper. Oh. You have that problem. Smirk. Middle of aisle on the left. How many other fruits do you know that had to change their name for marketing purposes? Dried Plums – I’m talking about you. Continue Reading..
Holy Deflated Super Balls! Is it really that time already? Time has totally been flying by for me. I’ve been knee-deep in bedroom, bathroom, closet and now landscaping reno projects, and didn’t even take note that the Super Bowl is right around the corner. Yikes! Wasn’t I just eating turkey and stuffing like, yesterday? Can you tell I’m not much of a football watcher?
For many, the Super Bowl really is about cheering on your team, but if your team didn’t make it quite far enough this year, it really is all about the party. And the food. In fact, I’ve heard that Super Bowl calorie consumption can rank right up there with Thanksgiving if your party starts early enough. But, not to worry, I’ve got you covered with some healthier and much more creative alternatives to chili, wings and nachos. Make or bring one of these recipes to the party, and you’ll score major points with everyone. Continue Reading..
Energy bars are such a convenient way to provide some quick energy when you really need a boost. They’re great for a pre-hike or a post workout snack, or sometimes even that 3:00 pm slump, but unfortunately they’re not all the healthiest choices. Some protein or energy bars have lots of sugar, which can of course pack the calories that you just burned off, right back on. Others might have ingredients that you can’t, or don’t want. And let’s face it – keeping your pantry stocked with energy bars can make a huge dent in your wallet. Continue Reading..