I’m always looking for ways to get more out of my morning workout and eating the right breakfast might be my newfound secret. I was psyched to read that eating a breakfast made with “slow-release” carbohydrates, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, 3 hours before I exercise may help me burn more fat, according to a recent study. Here’s why: in the study eating “slow-release” carbohydrates didn’t spike blood sugar as high as eating refined carbohydrates, such as white toast. In turn, insulin levels didn’t spike as high and because insulin plays a role in signaling your body to store fat, having lower levels may help you burn fat.
While I like oatmeal, I can’t eat it every day. So here are 5 delicious breakfast...read full post »
Do you have any idea what a spurtle is? I didn’t, until my friend, Matthew Cox announced he was headed to Scotland to compete for the Golden Spurtle on October 11.
Now, Matt is a smart guy and a fit guy, but the Golden Spurtle contest is not about proving your genius or athletic prowess. It is simply about porridge, more precisely who can make the best porridge. A spurtle turns out to be the wooden stick that’s designed to stir oatmeal (much better than getting a spoon all gooey, it seems).
There are categories for straight-up porridge (oats, water, salt) and then there’s the...read full post »
My husband, Dan, has been charged with a mission: he has to lose 15 pounds in three months or the doctor ups his blood pressure medication. (Get a 28-day meal plan of delicious diet recipes for a skinnier you.)
Dan’s trying hard to lose weight: he’s exercising more, cutting down his portion sizes and drinking less beer. We’re also skipping easy but calorie-loaded takeout in favor of cooking more low-cal dinners at home. Here are 4 easy delicious dinners we’ve recently made that are 300 calories or less:
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Last week I blogged about what to eat right now for better breast health. I received a lot of comments—and concerns—from readers, mostly on the topic of soy. A few months ago, I too started wondering about the connection between soy and breast health. Soy is touted as a food that can prevent breast cancer—and also implicated as one that might promote it. In the last year, I’ve increased how much soy I eat each week because I’ve been eating a more vegetarian-based diet. (...read full post »
Just last week I posted a blog on “Guiltless Indulgences: Six 100-Calorie Desserts,” with diet-friendly versions of S’mores and more yummy treats. And for as many readers who loved the recipes as much as I do, there were a handful of people who wished I had included desserts that didn’t contain any added sugar. (Great feedback, thanks!) One of the many comments came from Rick, who said, “Can you come up with a dessert using much less sugar and one with fresh whole fruits instead?”
No problem. To continue my theme of guiltless indulgences, here are 5...read full post »