Naked, homemade, air-popped popcorn is a super-healthy snack—it’s a whole grain with 4 grams of fiber per serving and almost no salt, sugar or fat. But let’s be honest—plain popcorn is a little bland. Fortunately, there are plenty of flavorful options popping up in stores. Here’s how to pick a better bag.
Go for the Good Oils: Most bagged popcorn is made with neutral vegetable oils, but some are popped with olive, coconut or avocado oils for a hint of flavor. Some use trans-fat-laden partially hydrogenated oil—so check the label.
Watch out for Sneaky Salt: Salt and popcorn are a classic pairing, but sodium is especially problematic when it comes to cheese-...read full post »
Busy mornings get a little easier when you can “just add water” and have breakfast ready in minutes. Instant oatmeal is filling, fast and has plenty of flavor variations to try, but not all of them live up to oatmeal’s healthy reputation. Here’s our advice to keep this quick breakfast healthy.
Know Your Fiber: Some oatmeals (especially “high fiber” oatmeals) use guar gum to inflate their fiber number. Guar gum is a safe ingredient, but be aware that it only has soluble fiber, not insoluble.
Read more: Soluble vs. Insoluble Fiber
Be a Sodium Sleuth: If you’re eating a whole-grain breakfast with your health in mind, double check the sodium. Even if your bowl doesn’t taste salty, some flavored...read full post »
Based on the abundance of cleanses on the market, you'd think a regular detox regimen is a must-do. Not so. Our bodies are pretty adept at eliminating most harmful substances we encounter, thanks to our kidneys, liver, lungs and GI system. And, buyer beware: the cleanses and detox diets out there vary widely and often aren't based in science. There are, however, a few foods that research shows can amp up your body's natural detox process.
Pictured Recipe: Roasted Broccoli with Lemon
There are plenty of health reasons to...read full post »
It's nice to have a homemade salad dressing on hand, but c'mon, life gets busy and the convenience of store-bought salad dressings sometimes wins. But with the right dressing, you can take a plate of greens from dull to delightful. Here's how to pick a healthy salad dressing at the grocery store that doesn't undo the work of those veggies.
Forget Fat-Free Salad Dressing
The promise that "fat-free" is better for you is really outdated science. Research shows that your body needs some fat to absorb the healthy nutrients in veggies. To make matters worse, low-fat dressings often...read full post »
Some habits can be tough to break. When it comes to cooking, you may have some bad habits that you’re not even aware of. Some may be keeping your meal just short of reaching perfection while others may actually be hazardous to your health. Below are 10 common bad cooking habits that you should break:
1. Heating Oil Until It Smokes–Most recipes start with heating oil in a pan. It usually takes a little time for the stove to warm up, so we pour the oil and then turn our backs on the pan to do something else while it heats. Before you know it, you see wisps of smoke, which means the pan is hot and ready for cooking, right? Wrong! Not only do many oils taste bad once they have been heated to or past their smoke point, but when oils are heated to their smoke point or reheated repeatedly, they start to break down, destroying the...read full post »