Water definitely does a body good. In one 2010 study, people who drank 2 cups of water before meals lost more weight than those who didn’t. Plus, drinking water can help edge out calories from calorie-laden beverages like juice, soda and even sweetened tea or coffee. Unsweetened tea, coffee and seltzer are all good zero-calorie options to try. Try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to iced tea and seltzer to make them more flavorful.
Find out how much water you should drink each day.
Do This Today: Carry a reusable water bottle with you or pack other calorie-free options (seltzer or unsweetened tea or coffee).
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Eating more produce can help you slim down because produce is low in calories and high in fiber. In fact, vegetables were ranked as the No. 1 food to eat for weight loss by Harvard University. On a 1,500-calorie diet, you should eat 1 1/2 cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables. At breakfast, add sliced fruit to toast or veggies to an egg scramble. For lunch, eat a big salad or pack a wrap with baby spinach. For snacks, try grapefruit, apple slices or carrot sticks. And at dinner, start your meal with a bowl of vegetable soup or salad and be sure to include produce in your meal.
Do This Today: Eat at least one serving of fruits or vegetables at every meal.
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Having a plan helps you reach for healthy foods when you get home ravenous or need a snack in a pinch when you’re on the go, instead of relying on convenience foods or vending machines. When you make a plan and stock your fridge with cut-up fruits, veggies and other healthy snacks, these nutritious choices become “convenience” food because they’re ready when you need them. If you are following our meal plan, you’re in luck—all the meals and snacks are planned for you. And if you’re not, check it out here—you might like to try it.
What you eat is only part of your weight-loss success. To burn calories and fat, you need to get moving. Just like you’ve started to plan your week of meals, plan your exercise by putting it on your calendar. The recommended weekly...read full post »
I can hardly wait for strawberry-picking season to roll around each summer—and then, when we finally get to go pick strawberries, I can hardly wait to get them home before eating most of them. But next time I have a bounty of ruby-sweet berries, I’m committed to saving at least 3 cups of them for a refreshing and super-simple desert that celebrate the best of strawberries.
This recipe for Vanilla Strawberries with Lemon Ricotta is by sustainable-food advocate and chef Jesse Ziff Cool. (To read more about sustainable organic strawberry farming,...read full post »
Tofu may not be the first protein you think of when planning dinner, but here are 4 new recipes that will make tofu the star of your next menu. These vegetarian tofu dinner recipes are super-satisfying, bursting with flavor and take less than 45 minutes to make. Even diehard meat lovers will be won over!
Plus, tofu’s nutrition profile is impressive. Low in fat and for vegetarians a good source of protein, one 3-ounce serving of extra-firm tofu has around 80 calories, 0 grams of saturated fat and 8 grams of protein. There’s been some misleading information churning out from the rumor mill claiming that soy’s isoflavones (compounds similar to estrogen) are harmful, but there’s no supporting evidence. In fact, they may actually have a protective effect. Studies show isoflavones may help play a role in reducing the risk of breast and prostate cancers as...read full post »