So many drinks, so many calories. Beverages seem so innocuous. But like anything else that goes into your mouth, they can quickly become a major diet trap. Take soda for instance. One cup of cola has 136 calories and 9 teaspoons of sugar. An eight ounce serving of Mountain Dew is 110 calories and 31 grams of sugar. Think juices are a low-calorie choice? Not so much. A cup of apple juice is 117 calories and 27 grams. And who really... Read More
Preparing foods that are both nutritious and delicious is always a challenge. If, like most families, you have a picky eater or two, there are a few tricks you can use to boost the nutritional value of the foods your family loves. One such trick is to "sneak" or "hide" nutrition in food to give it a healthy makeover.
Think about the foods your family already enjoys. Even foods that may not seem very nutritious at first can actually be quite... Read More
Make this Mother's Day unforgettable with one of these breakfast menus, or use your imagination and substitute.
Quick and easy but delicious, the breakfast casserole is put together the night before. A delicious cantaloupe smoothie and easy muffins make this breakfast memorable.
Western Ham and Egg Casserole Make this casserole the night before, then refrigerate and pop it in the oven in the morning.... Read More
by Lisa Parker
Great dinners do not always require advanced planning. Sometimes you just have to wing it with what you have on hand. If you keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked with some basic supplies - and a few surprises - you will never be at a loss when you have to whip up something great for dinner... Read More
Is juicing the secret to Jack LaLanne's good health?
The benefits of fruits and vegetables are well documented. The Department of Food Science at Cornell University released a report in December of 2004, citing numerous peer reviewed studies that suggest that increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables can reduce overall risk for all chronic illnesses. Further, the report insists that it is the synergistic effect of... Read More
It's a major challenge for many of us to limit the sugar in our diets, mainly because the white stuff is everywhere, especially in processed foods. Take a look at your diet and the sneaky ways sugar makes its way in there, even in seemingly healthful foods. Many fruit juices are more like liquid candy than liquid fruit. For example, Ocean Spray Cran-Apple has 35 grams of sugar in an 8-ounce serving (more than Pepsi) and the ingredient... Read More
You know you're supposed to drink those eight glasses a day, but water can be so...boring. But take heart - there are lots of ways to incorporate water into your daily diet without having to tote around a gallon jug of H2O. When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you should do is guzzle a glass. It'll help rehydrate your body and skin. If you drink juice with breakfast, then fill your glass halfway with water and halfway with... Read More
By now, it's common knowledge that consuming five a day - vegetables and fruit, that is - can have some major bennies on your overall health and wellness. Fresh produce is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber that prevents deadly conditions such as heart disease, stroke and cancer. Stocking your diet full of fruits and vegetables instead of other high-calorie foods can also help you shed those extra pounds. Keep your... Read More
Most of us know what foods to choose - and which to avoid - when trying to lose weight. But the average American gets one-fifth of his or her calories from drinks, so it pays to take a look at the liquid refreshment you choose. It's especially important to stay hydrated when it's hot outside, so keep drinking...wisely. The clear diet drink winner is, of course, water. It's the best way to keep your body cool and hydrated, your... Read More
It's no secret that the choices offered in most school cafeterias leave something to be desired, both nutritionally and taste-wise. And convenience "kid" lunches-you know, those pre-packaged cracker, cheese and meat slice combos you find in the refrigerated section at the store-aren't a great alternative. They're loaded with sodium, artificial flavors, preservatives, extraneous packaging and do little to teach your child about healthy... Read More