Can food really boost your libido? The skeptic in me says it can’t be true, but the romantic part of me hopes that it is (especially this year when Valentine’s Day follows a week of stress and long days at work).
For centuries, people all over the world have been claiming that oysters, chocolate, chile peppers and more so-called aphrodisiacs—including asparagus, bananas, strawberries and you-fill-in-the-blank—stoke sex drive. With my romantic dinner plans on the line, I eagerly read the facts and fiction Milton Stokes, M.P.H., R.D., found when he looked into whether certain foods really can get you in the mood.
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Special occasions like Valentine’s Day can be tough on dieters, but there are plenty of healthy Valentine’s Day treats that won’t break the calorie bank (or your diet). Check out these delicious ideas that won’t leave you, or your sweetie, feeling deprived:
• Take the traditional approach of offering your significant other rich and delicious chocolate confections. Dark chocolate contains heart-healthy antioxidants and, savored in small doses, absolutely fits into a weight-friendly diet. A tasty (but trim) option: chocolate fondue. Or make the gift an even bigger show of your love by taking the time to find yummy and...read full post »
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 »