Health's Blog (Page 2)
There are plenty of ways to slip a few extra vegetables into your meals without changing the flavor and putting off picky eaters. Here are a few ideas:
You can tuck spinach or broccoli into creamy dishes like stuffed shells or macaroni and cheese or incorporate mild vegetables into a beloved dish where they’ll be dominated by other flavors.
Recipe of the Day: Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells
Finely shred or grate veggies like carrots or zucchini into meatloaf, pasta dishes or...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 »
Some vegetables add delicious creaminess to a smoothie while others add healthy fiber and flavor. Try avocados, leafy greens like kale and spinach, cucumbers or even canned pumpkin or cooked sweet potato for a tasty addition.
Try one of Eating Well’s Veggie-Filled Smoothie Recipes:
- Recipe of the Day: Use kale or other leafy greens in Green Smoothie
- Avocado and spinach shine in Good Green Tea Smoothie
- Use cucumber in Clean Breeze Smoothie
- Enjoy the creaminess of avocado in Raspberry-Avocado Smoothie
Whether it is possible to be healthy and heavy has been an ongoing debate among health professionals. And for a while the research seemed to favor being fat and healthy. Last year, for example, a review study of nearly 100 studies, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at close to 3 million people and found that people who are overweight (defined as a BMI of 25 to 29.9) live longer than normal-weight folks. (Obese people, however, didn’t have a lower risk of premature death.)
But newer research may be turning the tide. A study published in April in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology looked at 14,828 adults with no known heart disease and found those who had a BMI of over 25 had more early plaque buildup in their arteries than normal-weight adults, putting them at risk for heart...read full post »
Following the alkaline diet means eating mostly plants, limiting meat, skipping dairy, sweets, alcohol and caffeine and banishing processed food. Sounds like a healthy move, right?
Not so fast. Most of the touted health benefits of the alkaline diet aren’t research-backed. The theory behind it is that our Western diet (rich with saturated fat, simple sugars and sodium and lacking in potassium, magnesium and fiber) produces acid, driving our body’s pH down slightly, making it more acidic. So the thinking goes that having an acidic pH fuels chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and obesity and promotes ailments like bloating and chronic fatigue. Eating a diet that makes your body more alkaline staves off those health problems. Nice theory. The reality is that your body, especially your kidneys and lungs, maintains a steady pH regardless of what you...read full post »