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 »
It doesn’t really matter what you call them: wraps and flour tortillas are essentially one and the same—both made with flour, water, oil and salt. Regardless of how these bread-alternatives are labeled, here’s what you need to know before you shop.
Choose Whole-Wheat: Pick a wrap with whole-wheat flour listed as the first ingredient for a nutrient and fiber boost. Don’t be fooled by brightly colored spinach and tomato wraps—there’s no real vegetable bonus to speak of and they’re often colored with artificial dyes.
Two-for-One: Some wraps are so big that one wrap is actually two servings. If you’re counting calories, check the serving size so you know what you’re getting.
Ingredients to Avoid: Shortening, which is made with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, is still a main...read full post »
Summer vacation is here and it’s time to hit the road. Whether you're traveling long-distance or a regular on-the-go snacker, it's worth knowing about the growing variety at lots of quick stops.
Most gas stations, for example, now carry fresh fruit, cut-up veggies and hard-boiled eggs.
While those standards have been around for a while, we went looking for some of the tastier options you can find in a pinch. So even the tiniest convenience store can help you curb a craving healthfully.
Of course, the healthiest option, homemade take-along snacks, is best on a long trip.
Watch it! Some snacks sold in small bags deliver 2 or 3 servings per package. It's a good reminder to share with your road-trip buddies...read full post »
I love summer. There’s just so much going on. Summer concerts in the park. Hikes and bike rides. Barbecues with friends. Trips to the ice cream stand.
What I don’t love, though, is the hit my bank account seems to take right about now. Rather than cutting back on summer fun, I put my grocery budget on a financial diet. All these recipes clock in at $3 or less per serving, so I can spend more money on those fun summer activities. Added bonus? Not a one takes more than 30 minutes to get on the table, so we can play outside to our hearts’ content.
Here's what's on my menu this week:
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While I always have a decent selection of craft beers and a few bottles of wine in my fridge for the times when friends drop by for an impromptu summertime shindig, I’ve decided to make this The Summer of Sangria.
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I’ve never been much of a sangria fan. I’ve found most restaurant variations to be sickeningly sweet, so it wasn’t my first choice for summer drinking. What changed my mind? The killer sangria recipes the EatingWell Test Kitchen created for the July/August issue of the magazine. They skipped the sugar altogether and used zesty wines, flavorful liquors and tons of fresh fruit to make these sangria recipes a delight to all the senses. Worthy of a summer-long celebration of the original...read full post »