I'm a big fan of fatty fish—salmon, tuna and, for the first time this past weekend, grilled sardines! Of course these fish taste delicious, but they also deliver a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids. (Get some of my favorite salmon recipes here: Salmon Burgers with Green Goddess Sauce, below, and Cashew Salmon with Apricot Couscous)
Why do I care about eating omega-3s? You've likely heard that they help keep arteries clear and hearts strong, and they've been linked with quite a few other health benefits: they strengthen the immune system and eyesight, improve mental health and boost brain power and even protect skin from UV damage. But perhaps the most intriguing to me these days is that...read full post »
Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort foods. Although it's not exactly the most stellar meal nutritionally, its cheesy goodness is irresistible. But with a few easy swaps, you can make your favorite lasagna recipe healthier. Lasagna actually has quite a lot going for it, health-wise—it's all in how you assemble it.read full post »
If you asked me to name the one ingredient I cannot live without in my kitchen, I'd say garlic. I use garlic in just about every sauce, salsa, stir-fry or soup I make. I love it for its flavor and I'm protecting my health while I tickle my taste buds—that's great news! Studies show garlic may lower breast, colon, stomach, throat and skin cancer risks. It's heart-healthy, too, as it's been shown to prevent clotting. Find out the secret to all these health benefits and
try these kitchen tricks to make the most of garlic's cancer-fighting properties.
Garlic is harvested in the fall, so look for it now at your local farmers' market and use it in these delicious garlicky...
When I get home after work I’m hungry. But even though my husband and I are ready to eat, the baby wants to play, the dog needs to go for a walk and someone still needs to cook dinner! In our house, dinner must be super-quick, easy and healthy. Our solution? Pull out a big pot and make one of these 6 speedy soups, ready in 30 minutes or less. These recipes are loaded with healthy vegetables, whole grains and just enough lean protein to fill us up. And at $3 or less per serving, they’re all budget-friendly. Plus, there’s enough for leftovers so we don’t have to make lunch the next day. Genius!read full post »
With all the media hype about the H1N1 flu virus and the seasonal flu, I’m finding it hard not to be worried about getting sick this winter. I want to keep my immune system as healthy as possible, so I’m going to include these 3 immunity boosters in my diet. (Get the facts about 5 common “cold cures” here.) Plus, I’ll wash my hands, take a multi-vitamin and try to get enough sleep too.
1. Chicken Soup
It turns out there is something to chicken soup after all. In one study, hot chicken soup was more effective than hot or cold water at making noses run—a good thing since nasal secretions help rid the body of pathogenic viruses and bacteria. Like any hot liquid, soup also helps you to stay hydrated and raises the temperature...read full post »