This week I noticed many news media outlets were reporting that high-fructose corn syrup causes more weight gain than sugar does. The study everyone is referring to is out of Princeton and reported that rats given access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those exposed to table sugar, even when they consumed the same number of calories overall. My first reaction was, “Oh no! Had we gotten it all wrong?” In May 2009, EatingWell did a comprehensive report on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), found in many processed foods, particularly in sweetened beverages. Then, after talking with top-notch nutrition researchers about everything from...read full post »
I can’t wait to dye Easter eggs with my son for the first time this year. I know he’s really going to enjoy it because, at 1 year old, he’s really into dipping things. I like dyeing Easter eggs for two reasons: exercising artistic flair with my egg decoration and having leftover hard-boiled eggs. Hard-boiling eggs is quite possibly one of the easiest things to cook, but I still feel like it’s a treat to have them around for egg salad or to chop up and put in a green salad. Think eggs aren’t good for your health? Think again. Find out why they made the list of 5 “bad” foods you should be eating.
I’m not the only one who feels that way—yesterday I brought egg salad for lunch and everyone at...read full post »
I’m hosting Easter brunch this year. As if looking through my billions of brunch recipes trying to decide what to make wasn’t enough of a challenge, I’m also putting a cap on how much I spend. Budget-friendly recipes are a must. Can I really pull off holiday entertaining on a budget? I can, if I choose my menu wisely.
This year, I’ll skip the expensive spiral ham I usually serve and make a frittata with ham in it instead. That way I can still have ham (what’s a brunch without ham?!) but I can buy it in a smaller quantity. I’m going to keep it simple, but it’s still going to be delicious—...read full post »
March Madness means sports madness in my house. My husband loves to kick back and watch big games, playoffs and tournaments, like March Madness, with friends at our house. And because he’s a man (sorry for the stereotype), he rarely gives me much advance notice that his friends are coming over to watch the game. I’m lucky if he tells me before I walk in the door from work. Typically on the heels of telling me his friends are on their way, he throws in a request for something to snack on. And if I could make it healthy, he’d like that too.
I’m more than happy to oblige with chips and dips—my go-to snack. We always have healthy baked chips and vegetables around and I can whip up a...read full post »
It’s officially spring. And after the long winter my taste buds AND my kitchen are just crying for the light, crisp flavors of spring veggies: fresh salad greens, peas, asparagus and tender new potatoes.
For a quick spring dinner, light and easy is the name of the game. I like to make recipes I can pull together quickly for a nice meal with my husband after work (our favorite spring dinner is the Lemony Asparagus Pasta—it makes just enough for the two of us). And if my friends decide to pop over at the last minute, a satisfying salad is the perfect in-an-instant solution for company. Just toss all the ingredients into a gigantic bowl and dinner...read full post »