My wedding is a mere 6 weeks away. And with my final dress fitting just around the corner I’m focused on not gaining—or losing—any weight. I’m on track weight-wise (now, if my arms could just look like Michelle Obama’s…), but lately my sweet tooth has been getting the better of me. So to satisfy my dessert cravings, but not go overboard, I’ve been whipping up some of these low-calorie dessert recipes—that way I only have to cut back a little bit at one of my other meals.
If you’re like me and trying to maintain your weight—or maybe even drop a few pounds—don’t feel like you need to banish dessert altogether. Indulge guiltlessly with these 100-calorie (or less!) desserts...read full post »
As a nutrition editor, I know the value of eating loads of fruits and vegetables. I prefer to buy local when I can, but I’ve never been a purist about eating only organic. Now that I’m a mom, there are some foods I feel more comfortable about buying organic. Apples are one of these foods. Apples still rank high on the nonprofit Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues. Long-term exposure to pesticides has been associated with cancer, infertility and neurologic conditions, such as Parkinson’s.
I know that pesticides are far more dangerous to children (whose bodies are smaller and whose nervous...read full post »
I think it’s fair to say that cauliflower was nearly forgotten—the lone vegetable left on the veggie platter after all others have been eaten or hidden under a blanket of cheese sauce. But cauliflower has recently been rediscovered as a skinny “starch” and is making a comeback on the menus of family-style restaurants and high-brow eateries alike as an alternative to the higher-carb potato.
Boasting a mere 29 calories per cup, and a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and fiber, cauliflower deserves its newfound “hot veggie” status as a go-to for side dishes, salads and as part of flavorful stews and main dishes.
Satisfy your carb cravings with these delicious cauliflower recipes.
In...read full post »
What’s your favorite thing about fall? The answer for me is an easy one: it’s soup-making time again!
I’m well-known in my circle of friends for my stellar soups. Whenever we have a party and it’s cool out, it’s pretty much a guarantee that soup will be on the menu. I even made 3 different ones for my birthday party last year.
Here are my 5 favorite soups starring fall produce.
Antioxidant-rich collard greens and fiber-packed black-eyed peas have a starring role in this nutritious Collard Green & Black-Eyed Pea Soup. There’s no need for loads of ham or salt pork—just a...read full post »
To me, carrots are a humble vegetable. However, the Greeks once thought carrots were the secret to great sex. And the vegetable’s amorous reputation followed it to Rome, where the emperor Caligula fed nothing but carrot dishes to the Roman Senate so he could watch them “rut like wild beasts.”
Unfortunately for the Roman Senate, and any of us who want to find foods to boost our libido, carrots’ powers in the bedroom have yet to be proven. On the other hand, the pigment that makes carrots orange—beta carotene—is the same compound the body converts to vitamin A, a vitamin essential for vision, healthy skin and the immune system. Get your fill of vitamin A and give your plate a splash of color with these...read full post »