I love that many restaurants and food chains offer up nutrition information—on the actual menu or on their company website. I like knowing that scrumptious-sounding salad is actually a healthy choice or if the dessert I'm eyeing will blow my calorie budget.
But some restaurants don't offer nutrition information. And, according to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the average meal at an independent or small chain restaurant is 1,300 calories. (At least in Boston, where the study was conducted.) Some even delivered 2,000 or more calories. Yikes!
So how can I—and you...read full post »
Don’t be fooled by the book title. The FastDiet (Atria, 2013), by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, doesn’t call for a total fast—or eating quickly. Also known as the 5:2 diet, it has you adopt a lifelong pattern of fasting two days a week and being “gloriously free from calorie counting” for five days. On those two fasting days, you can eat 500 or 600 calories—for women and men, respectively.
The promise is steady weight loss (about a pound per week). And in theory you don’t pig out on your eat-what-you-want days because your stomach shrinks and can’t handle large volumes of food. The added benefit is better health. The science supporting fasting is growing: research findings from lab animals suggest intermittent fasting may lower your risk of cancer, delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s and improve your body’s sensitivity to...read full post »
A veggie-filled omelet is a great way to incorporate vegetables into your morning meal. Ready in seconds, an omelet can be made with almost any cooked or raw vegetable you have on hand—broccoli, onions, spinach, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes are all classic ingredients.read full post »
Who says a salad has to just be a side? Turn your salad into a meal by including these 4 key ingredients of a power salad, which will help you feel full longer.
1. Greens. Start with 1 to 2 cups of lettuce per serving. Combine different types to balance textures and flavors. Try tender, mild Boston lettuce with crisp romaine and bold escarole.
2. Vegetables. Add plenty of vegetables for crunch, flavor and color.
3. Protein. Add lean chicken, ham, turkey, fish or beans, which will help you feel full longer. Starches, such as potatoes, brown rice, whole-wheat croutons or whole-wheat pasta, add nutrients and staying power.
4. Dressing. Fats in the dressing...read full post »
Roasting brings out sweet flavors, transforming even the most challenging-to-love vegetables, such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, or root vegetables, such as carrots, beets, parsnips and sweet potatoes, into something that can taste as sweet as candy.
Here are 3 Secrets to Perfectly Roasted Vegetables Every Time:
1. Make sure you cut the vegetables into equal-size pieces. That way they’ll all cook at the same rate.
2. Spread the vegetables evenly on your baking sheet or roasting pan so they don’t touch. Crowded vegetables just create extra moisture and steam in the pan. (When in doubt, use two pans.)
3. Stir once or twice while cooking so the vegetables get nicely browned on all sides.
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