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Gretel H. Schueller's Blog (Page 3)

July 1, 2013 - 10:31am

Who knew the solution to overcooking dark leafy greens to make them palatable was actually not cooking them at all? It turns out there’s an amazing tool for transforming bitter dark leafy greens into a tender, melts-in-your-mouth salad packed with punchy citrus, garlic and Parmesan. And it’s only an arm’s length away: your hands! A few minutes of judicious massaging (think Rolfing, not Reiki) will completely transform kale, mustard greens or broccoli rabe into something velvety and soft. The secret is in the squeezing: when you squeeze the greens you actually start to break down the cell walls, releasing enzymes that split apart the bitter-tasting compounds. That’s great news for anyone who’s wanted to enjoy these greens’ amazing benefits (they’re packed with dietary fiber and bone-healthy vitamin K) but couldn’t learn to love the taste. Turns out that if you...

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July 1, 2013 - 10:23am

Filling up on fiber- and water-rich foods at the beginning of a meal can help prevent you from eating too much high-calorie fare later. Research out of Penn State shows that eating a first-course salad can reduce overall calorie intake at a meal by up to 12 percent. A small side salad is an easy way to work more nutritious vegetables into your diet. But not the kind of salad with a leaf of iceberg, loads of croutons and heavy dressing. Start with a salad of greens as the foundation, then add an assortment of vegetables for crunch, flavor and color. The more colors of vegetables you add, the more disease-fighting nutrients you get. Here are more than 40 ideas to make an almost endless variety of tasty, wholesome salads: How...

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July 1, 2013 - 10:13am

Make vegetable prep easier by using frozen produce. It may even be healthier than fresh. Frozen vegetables are processed at their peak ripeness, a time when—as a general rule—they are most nutrient-packed. Freezing locks in all that fresh-picked nutrition and flavor. Plus, it doesn’t get any easier: washed and typically prechopped, frozen vegetables can literally go straight from freezer to pot. And they can be stored for long periods of time, ready and waiting for you.

Recipe of the Day: Quick Vegetable Sauté
Easy Recipes for Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

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March 20, 2013 - 2:06pm

Breakfast often gets the short end in the morning dash out the door. But skipping breakfast primes your brain to seek out high-calorie foods and means you’ll eat more later. While you probably know a breakfast sandwich from a fast-food chain isn’t a great option either, you’d be surprised by just how unhealthy it can be. A recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology found that eating even one typical fast-food breakfast sandwich can actually change how your arteries perform.

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Doctors at the Montreal Heart Institute had 28 men eat a sausage, cheese and egg sandwich with hash browns—loaded with 50 grams of fat, most of it saturated. Then they checked...

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March 1, 2013 - 10:10am

There’s nothing worse than meeting someone and realizing that your breath smells like your tuna lunch, stale coffee or worse. What you eat and poor oral hygiene are the two main causes of halitosis, or bad breath.

When you think about it, the mouth is a dirty worksite: more than 600 kinds of bacteria live in the average mouth. Many produce smelly gases as they digest the tiny food particles lodged between your teeth and on your tongue. Some of the most offensive gases produced by mouth bacteria are sulfur compounds, which are formed during the breakdown of proteins. Garlic and onion also contain many sulfur compounds. A proper oral-hygiene routine, which includes brushing, flossing, rinsing, tongue cleansing and regular visits to the dentist, is an important first step.

But even with good dental hygiene your breath can still stink....

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