Chocolate is definitely the way to my heart (and I make sure my heart gets some TLC at least twice a day!). I can think of very few things with chocolate that I don’t like (chocolate-covered potato chips, gummi bears or bugs).
Since I indulge regularly, I’m lucky that chocolate is actually good for me. Researchers have discovered that moderate amounts of flavanol-rich dark chocolate (my favorite) have a blood-thinning effect, which can benefit cardiovascular health, and it may also boost the immune system by reducing inflammation.
All the more reason to whip up some healthy chocolate recipes to satisfy my cravings.
Here are 4 quick chocolate desserts:
The first time I baked bread from scratch was 10 years ago when I spent an entire weekend cooking and baking. I’d armed myself with the ingredients for a simple loaf of whole-wheat bread and went for it. I was rewarded with an apartment filled with the warm aroma of homemade bread.
What better way to add some whole-grain goodness to your diet? (People who eat plenty of whole grains tend to be leaner and healthier than those who don’t.)
I was really excited when award-winning cookbook author Nancy Baggett shared 5 of her easy, amazing recipes for no-knead breads. I love dunking chunks of Crunchy-Munchy Corn & Millet Bread—a rustic round loaf that’s crunchy on the outside and moist and soft on the inside—into creamy chowder. And chewy-crisp and fragrant...read full post »
I’m pretty savvy when it comes to making healthy food choices. And at the very least, when I do make unhealthy choices, I usually know what I’m getting into. Waffles, however, seem to trip me up. When I selected healthy breakfast recipes for our cookbook EatingWell for a Healthy Heart with Dr. Philip Ades, I was surprised when I compared our healthy waffle recipes with traditional versions—waffles can be really unhealthy!
Many traditional waffle recipes use melted butter in the batter. But for Dr. Ades, a leading cardiac researcher at the University of Vermont, using butter in recipes is an absolute “no-no.” He’s adamant about the importance of limiting saturated fat as part of a ...read full post »
I want to (and know I should) exercise more. I actually like to run—but I often go long stretches (weeks!) without running. I find all kinds of excuses to skip exercise: the baby didn’t sleep well, I’m too busy at work to break at lunch, I’m too hungry at dinner to run first. You know what I mean, life stuff.
When I get into these ruts, I try to remind myself that even President Obama makes time to exercise. But that sort of reasoning doesn’t really get me out the door on a run.
What does work for me? These are my 4 tricks to get myself to exercise more:
My biggest diet downfall is tortilla chips. The problem isn’t so much that chips are unhealthy, it’s that I don’t stop at one serving. Or two. For a time, I tried to keep the chips out of the house but that wasn’t really fair to my husband, Jon. Plus, I missed them.
So I figured out that I could enjoy my chips without going overboard by pairing them with yummy, low-cal Chile Con Queso. It may seem counterintuitive that eating more would help me to eat less. But it works for me—and here’s why: Grabbing a couple of chips on the fly always results in eating a few more chips… until I’ve eaten three or four times what I should. But my chip-and-dip combo is a legitimate “snack.” I measure out a portion of the dip—a quarter cup, which has only 84 calories—and count out one serving of chips....read full post »