Snack Hacks

Is snacking a healthy way to manage hunger and avoid overeating or just another opportunity to eat too much food? As with most things nutrition, the answer depends on the details. Snacking can be a healthy part of any nutrition plan or it can lead to unhealthy food behaviors. First- the Downside of Snacking Culture…

Saucy as You Want to Be

When it comes to food, flavor is king. Healthy food should taste good! Last week I explored how to enjoy vegetables to power up your health. Another key to composing a delicious meal is to consider the finishing touch – the sauce. You can become a competent cook who can open the fridge and create…

Eat Your Healthy Veggies and Enjoy Them Too!

The health benefits of vegetables are legion, and yet the average American eats just 1 1/2 cups per day, while the recommendation is for 2-3 cups. Additionally, the most commonly eaten vegetables are potatoes and tomatoes. Now, these are healthy foods, but not in the form of french fries, potato chips or pizza, which are…

Salad Days of Summer

Salads can be big and filling, flavorful and exciting. Get into the salad routine and you can have a salad bar in your fridge ready for a quick meal or an easy five-minute prep to pack a lunch. This is salad as the main course and one that should keep you full. It’s not a…

Embrace the Bean

Call them beans or legumes, lentils or dhal; the nutrient-packed dried bean is a one of the healthiest foods, providing a wide range of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. And yet, most of us don’t include beans in our regular meals. While some people feel they just don’t like beans, many don’t know how…

Summer is for Simple Cooking

The long days of summer often allow for a bit more active time and present an opportunity to learn some new tricks. As I wrote about last week, thinking of cooking as a hobby where you use time when you have it can help turn you into a competent cook who enjoys throwing together a…

Who is Feeding You?

Finding time to cook will transform your diet. Many people struggle to make time for cooking, US adults spend an average of 30 minutes per day preparing their food. Making this a priority in your life will mean you consume more nutrients and fiber and less sugar, processed fats, salt and refined grains. This works…

Protein: too much of a good thing?

High protein diets like paleo and ketogenic have become popular over the last decade. Research shows this can be an effective way to control blood sugar levels and maybe lose weight. However, we are starting to understand the potential negatives to long term health. Several studies in the last few years indicate that these high…

Flex Your Food

You don’t have to become a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy the health benefits of plants as new research reported on Medscape and presented at the European Congress on Obestity shows. In several studies from around the world, researchers describe how higher intakes of vegetables benefits health- from weight loss to reducing cancer risk. In…

The Dietary Disconnect

The Importance of Information The principles of healthy nutrition are pretty basic; concepts most of us learn as children like eat more fruits and vegetables and eat less fried foods and desserts. Education is an important aspect of improving the quality of people’s diet and yet it is not a magic bullet. It’s not like we…