As a nutrition editor, I read the health headlines daily. After just a few weeks (forget 12 months!) the news all starts to blur together. But there are a handful of health news stories that stuck in my memory because the information is so useful. Here’s a look back at EatingWell’s 10 top health stories of 2009:
1. New study says organic food is not healthier—is that really true? In July researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine reported that there was no nutritional difference between organic and conventionally produced foods. End of story? We don’t think so. Some studies show organics are more nutritious. Consider these findings and find out which...read full post »
As much as I love the parties, cocktails and delicious food on New Year's Eve, I look forward to New Years Day much more. Why? Because I've started a tradition of making a New Year's Day brunch for friends. I love crawling out of bed at my leisure, going straight to my kitchen to start cooking up some of my favorite brunch recipes (see this year's picks below) and sharing the first meal of a new year with people I love.
Here's my New Year's Day brunch menu:
Cheesy Polenta & Egg Casserole This memorable brunch centerpiece is rich with cheesy polenta...read full post »
I've made a New Year's resolution that I think I'm actually going to stick to this year—I'm going to eat healthier. I know that to make this work, I'll need to prepare meals that are packed with healthful ingredients that keep me satisfied—such as whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables—so that I'm not tempted to reach for junk food.
Since my track record with keeping resolutions isn't good, I'm heading off a stumble right out of the gate by planning a dinner menu chock-full of healthy recipes for the first week of January. Here are some of the healthy winter recipes I'm going to make to keep my resolution alive for more than a couple of days.
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On Christmas Eve, one of my 5-year-old daughter Parker’s favorite things to do is put together a beautiful plate of cookies for Santa, complete with carrots for the reindeer and a glass of milk. A few days before Christmas, we spend an afternoon in the kitchen together baking delicious holiday cookies to give to friends, neighbors and the man in red. And even though my toddler son, Orson, is too young to really help out — unless he tastes what we’re making — he loves to be picked up so that he can see what’s cooking.
Here are the holiday cookie recipes we baked for...read full post »
At 19 months, my son Julian doesn’t know who Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob is, let alone request the yogurts adorned with their images—but I know that some of my friends who have older kids struggle with this very thing.
With them in mind, I was interested to read this week that officials from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control proposed restricting certain “unhealthy” foods for kids. It’s all part of a push to curb childhood obesity, a problem I care about both as a nutritionist and a mom. (Click here for tips on getting your kids to love healthy foods.)
The proposed guidelines focus on foods that exceed certain thresholds for saturated fat (1 gram),...read full post »