When I get home after work I’m hungry. But even though my husband and I are ready to eat, the baby wants to play, the dog needs to go for a walk and someone still needs to cook dinner! In our house, dinner must be super-quick, easy and healthy. Our solution? Pull out a big pot and make one of these 6 speedy soups, ready in 30 minutes or less. These recipes are loaded with healthy vegetables, whole grains and just enough lean protein to fill us up. And at $3 or less per serving, they’re all budget-friendly. Plus, there’s enough for leftovers so we don’t have to make lunch the next day. Genius!read full post »
With all the media hype about the H1N1 flu virus and the seasonal flu, I’m finding it hard not to be worried about getting sick this winter. I want to keep my immune system as healthy as possible, so I’m going to include these 3 immunity boosters in my diet. (Get the facts about 5 common “cold cures” here.) Plus, I’ll wash my hands, take a multi-vitamin and try to get enough sleep too.
1. Chicken Soup
It turns out there is something to chicken soup after all. In one study, hot chicken soup was more effective than hot or cold water at making noses run—a good thing since nasal secretions help rid the body of pathogenic viruses and bacteria. Like any hot liquid, soup also helps you to stay hydrated and raises the temperature...read full post »
In my house, fall means football. I grew up watching games on the weekends with my football-loving father, went to a big football college (yeah Penn State!) and married a guy who loves the game. On the weekends we invite our friends and their kids over to watch games and we make lots of yummy tailgating snacks for the crowd. (Find 36 healthy tailgating recipes for apps, drinks and more.)
No spread is complete without chips and dips, but since we try to eat healthy, I make my own lighter versions instead of opening a bag of high-fat chips and a carton of calorie-loaded dip. They actually taste better than the store-bought stuff and don’t take much time, especially the ...read full post »
When it comes to weight loss, it’s always the last few pounds that are the hardest, right? At least, that’s how it’s going for me. I want to be choosier about how much and what I eat, but I don’t have time to count calories. So I’m going to take the deliciously easy way out by using this yummy 28-day diet meal plan. That’s about the level of effort I can make at this point, and as a bonus I know I’ll be eating really delicious recipes so I won’t be tempted to cheat. It’s so simple: just pick your calorie level and voila!—...read full post »
I think it’s fair to say that cauliflower was nearly forgotten—the lone vegetable left on the veggie platter after all others have been eaten or hidden under a blanket of cheese sauce. But cauliflower has recently been rediscovered as a skinny “starch” and is making a comeback on the menus of family-style restaurants and high-brow eateries alike as an alternative to the higher-carb potato.
Boasting a mere 29 calories per cup, and a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and fiber, cauliflower deserves its newfound “hot veggie” status as a go-to for side dishes, salads and as part of flavorful stews and main dishes.
Satisfy your carb cravings with these delicious cauliflower recipes.
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