December 2, 2013
2 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
1/2 fresh lemon, juice only
6 cups thinly sliced kale (or spinach)
3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons mustard
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
November 27, 2013
Fall vegetables are hearty and full of vitamins and fiber. Most will hold up well to cooking and will keep for a lot longer than more delicate vegetables like lettuce, beans and tomatoes. Let's take a look at the top fall vegetables, along with some suggestions on how to prepare them.
November 25, 2013
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association just released new cholesterol guidelines to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk -- and the change from the previous version, last updated in 2004, is profound. Here are three things you need to know about these new guidelines.
First, the guidelines have moved away from achieving target cholesterol levels.
November 21, 2013
1 (1-pound) bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed
1 (8-ounce) bunch Broccolini, trimmed
2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 1/2 cups chopped onion, divided
10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced and divided
1/4 cup dry white wine
4 cups grape tomatoes
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, divided
1 (15-ounce) carton part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as Dell'Amore)
9 cooked lasagna noodles
3 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)
November 19, 2013
Smoothies aren't just for breakfast. Whipping one up and taking it with you can be a great way to sidestep processed alternatives. For the best nutritional balance, and to stay full and satisfied, include a combination of good carbs, lean protein, and healthy fat.
Reach for: frozen fruit and a handful of leafy greens; organic skim milk or almond milk and a plant-based protein powder like pea protein; a dollop of almond butter; and a small scoop of old fashioned rolled oats. To add flavor, aroma, and an extra dose of antioxidants, season your smoothie with spices, like cinnamon or ginger.
For convenience, make a few smoothies at a time, stock them in the freezer, then transfer to the fridge to thaw a bit before you head out the door.
November 18, 2013
Your mom probably never gave you better advice than when she said, "Eat your fruits and veggies."
But eating healthy may seem harder come fall, when favorite produce options dwindle and less familiar ones appear.
Never fear. Now that warm months are gone -- and with them the berries, corn and other produce we find easier to incorporate into our diets -- a new menu of foods is available to keep you healthy and happy.
November 14, 2013
2 2/3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups fat-free (skim) milk
2 medium apples or pears, chopped (2 cups)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Additional fat-free (skim) milk, if desired
November 11, 2013
Demonstrate: this is the most important thing. If a kid rarely sees their parent(s) eating veggies, or their parent only eats broccoli with cheese, the child's eating habits are likely going to match. When we are born, our taste preferences are a blank palate. What the child is consistently exposed to will shape their preferences and habits. No, we don't have an innate chicken nugget, pizza and french fry devotion -- we are just offered that a lot as kids.
November 7, 2013
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
November 4, 2013
There's no argument that a plant-based diet is a healthy one. Eating less meat is linked with protection from heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer. Vegetarian diets can also help lower elevated blood cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
The following strategies will help you transition - rather than jump in immediately - to a plant-based diet and perhaps, eventually, eat a meat-free diet.
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