Brierley Wright's Blog
My kitchen is a no-butter zone! Well, with the exception of a teeny-tiny amount for toast. The worst part: it’s not my rule. It’s my fiance’s. He doesn’t loathe butter, he actually loves the stuff, but saturated fat is his #1 enemy. (Andy has high cholesterol and he’s one of a few fortunate people I know who can keep it in check with a healthy diet and regular exercise.) And because butter is basically straight-up fat, most of which is saturated, we opt instead for some of these low-fat EatingWell dinners.
Dr. Philip Ades who wrote EatingWell for a Healthy Heart agrees. (The book was just nominated for a James Beard Award as one of the best healthy cookbooks of the year.) And, in fact, his cookbook puts together more...read full post »
I love sugar. Not a lot of sugar, just a little. But the small scoop in my coffee every morning or the crunchy caramelized layer atop crème brulee is essential. My future sister-in-law, Amy, however, is my polar opposite: she sweetens her coffee with maple syrup and makes desserts using agave nectar. I had never bothered to try agave, but a few months ago I noticed that Amy wasn’t the only one trading white sugar for agave nectar. Agave nectar is popping up in the ingredient lists for chocolate, granola, energy bars and soda! (In 2008, 29 new products with agave hit supermarket shelves.) With agave nectar gaining popularity, I wanted to know: is it...read full post »
Broccoli is my go-to everyday vegetable: it’s affordable and available year-round. And the icing on the cake is that it frequently earns a top spot on “superfoods” lists. This is partially because it’s packed with an array of vitamins and minerals. And partly because it delivers a healthy dose of sulforaphane, a compound thought to thwart cancer by helping to stimulate the body’s detoxifying enzymes. EatingWell has dozens of delicious recipes for broccoli (try our Ginger Broccoli).
According to recent research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, raw broccoli provides significantly more of this beneficial nutrient than cooked. (Cooking locks sulforaphane in, making it unavailable...read full post »
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 »