Farmers markets have recently grown in popularity. But with so many options for fresh fruits and vegetables, it can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing produce. Knowing what's in season is a useful tool for deciding what will taste great.
As winter gives way to spring, leaves of all sorts begin to turn green. Most notably, leafy green vegetables are ready for picking. Lettuce, spinach, chard and other... Read More
Does it ever feel like time isn't on your side, especially when you've got hungry mouths to feed? Between rushing from school to work to extracurricular activities, satisfying those big appetites can seem nearly impossible. In fact, it often feels like the drive-thru is the only place where you'll achieve instant gratification. Of course, fast food comes at a price - in cost and calories. What you need are a few simple and easy ideas... Read More
We all ingest lots of chemicals, one way or another. We breathe them, we drink them, and we eat them. The most troublesome are pesticides in produce. It makes me uncomfortable to think that while we are eating fruits and vegetables in reality we are also ingesting poisons that can accumulate in our bodies and make us very sick. This is food that supposes to be healthy and good for us!
Even if the most... Read More
by Kari Nichols
Eating is something we all do -- when we're hungry, when it's meal time or when we're bored. Dining is the delight we take in eating some special, tasty, wonderful food, not just a boring fulfillment of a growling stomach or necessary nutrition. Those who love food and love to share that affection may be called "foodies." For them, food may be simple but is never... Read More
Fruit is a perfect diet food, especially for those of us who have a mean sweet tooth. It can curb cravings, boost antioxidants and offers a multitude of other health benefits. But the kind of fruit you eat is almost less important than how it's packaged. Whether you prefer canned, frozen, dry or fresh, weigh the pros and cons and the impact they have on your diet. Dried fruit is certainly convenient, portable and tasty. But it's also easy... Read More
While raw foods are not new, eating plans that follow this trend in healthy eating appear to be gaining strength across the country. The focus of the diet is on eating uncooked, highly nutritious foods -- fruits and vegetables. Of course, these foods are low in calories and extremely good for you, but eating them raw or uncooked is favored as it is believed that they lose nutritional value when cooked.
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With Spring Break coming up and full-on swim season not far behind, you might be stressing about how to get your body ready for its close-up. If you slacked off on workouts and healthy eating all winter, then now's the time to get into summer shape. Reduce calories to 1,500-1,800 per day by increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet and decreasing fatty protein sources. If you've gotten too comfortable with eating all... Read More
Cook in bulk. Life is hectic, and the last thing you want to do after a long day of work is slave over a hot stove. Designate Sunday as the day you prepare a week's worth of food. Cook stews, soups and casseroles in batch. Then during the week simply warm up the dishes, and you'll have dinner on the table in no time. Also, an added convenience is that you can freeze these meals for a later date. By cooking ahead of time, you'll take... Read More
As a dietitian and a mom of three young children, I naturally have a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table. You may think that this has always been the case. The truth is that it wasn't. The practice of having fresh fruit sitting out didn't occur to me until I had a friend from out of town visit me. This was during the time when I only had one young child and was studying nutrition. The light bulb went off. I realized fruit wasn't a big... Read More
It sounds like a dieter's delight - a big bowl of healthy salad. However, if you don't know how to dress your green and leafy favorites, you could be in trouble. A salad can make the transformation from healthy to unhealthy quicker than you can say crouton. The foundation of the salad isn't at issue. Leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, onions and other popular produce are loaded with vitamins and nutrients. When it comes to... Read More