Most Americans—me included—are looking for ways to lower their grocery bills. I don’t bother trying to crunch numbers at the grocery store because I’m not very good at doing math in my head. (And I wouldn’t want to be seen walking around with a calculator.) So, to stick to my food budget, I start with an affordable and nutritious main ingredient and use these recipes to build a budget-friendly meal around it.read full post »
On the off chance that we run into each other at the grocery store, I guarantee you’ll find me poring over the ingredient list on the back of a package. I love food shopping and often spend hours perusing the aisles in search of the healthiest—and cheapest—items on the shelves. Then I head home to make delicious budget-friendly meals. But when I go to the store with my fiancé (who hates to shop), it has to be a quick in-and-out. Only price comparisons allowed! There’s no time to find the most nutritious cereal, pasta sauce, soup, etc. It’s sooo frustrating!
My savior: The latest rating system to hit supermarkets awards points to foods based on how nutritious...read full post »
Are all saturated fats created equal?
I know (and most experts agree) that saturated fats raise levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood. And when excessive LDL accumulates in artery walls, you’re at greater risk for a heart attack or stroke.
We also know that when it comes to heart health, unsaturated fats, such as those in oils, salmon, nuts and avocados, are better choices than the saturated fats in fatty meats, cheese and butter.
If you’re in your thirties, you may not think you need to worry about heart problems yet, but what you eat now can affect your health in the long term. To keep your heart healthy you can:
I’m not exactly worried about the signs of age-related macular degeneration yet—after all I’m only in my twenties and AMD doesn’t show up until much later in life. But because AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 60 and much of the damage occurs decades earlier (read: now!), I am interested in the research that suggests the nutrients in some foods may help to prevent the development of AMD. (And delay the progression of AMD for those of you whose parents or grandparents are affected.)
Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., R.D., EatingWell’s senior nutrition advisor and a professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont, dug...read full post »
I know that one of the secrets to successful dieting is planning ahead—and that includes snacks. I also know that for me, I absolutely have to have a game plan in place to stay on track—and avoid the candy dish and snacks at work—when hunger strikes.
So I stock my fridge with ingredients for quick, healthy and low-calorie snacks. But when I get tired of my go-to snacks, I get creative in the kitchen. These 10 easy snack recipes under 100 calories are my secret to staying lean.
10 days of my favorite 100 calorie (or less) snacks:
Day 1. Chocolate & Nut Butter Bites
Top each chocolate square with 1/2 teaspoon nut butter for sweet satisfaction in seconds. Make...