EatingWell Blogs (Page 3)
Kale’s über-healthy reputation is in part thanks to the cancer-fighting compounds it boasts called glucosinolates. But there’s a compound within glucosinolates that interferes with your thyroid function—and some may worry that eating too much kale could hurt their thyroid and possibly even cause hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). (Why does that matter, you ask? Your thyroid regulates many body functions—and top on the list is metabolism.)
But there’s more to the story.
Dig a little deeper and you’ll learn a chain of reactions has to happen for those thyroid-interfering compounds—called thiocyanates—to be released. Cooking kale stops that chain of reactions from happening. However, chopping raw kale for a salad or chewing it does allow thiocyanates to form. But the quantity of thiocyanates in a few ounces of raw...
Research shows your partner can either help you succeed or sabotage your efforts. Here are 3 tips to get—and give—support in your relationship.
Discuss your goals
The first step in almost any diet plan is to make a goal, but it’s equally crucial to talk about those goals with the important people in your life.
If your partner reacts negatively to your new diet, try to find middle ground.
Ask questions about small changes he or she may be willing to start with, says Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC, a psychotherapist and relationship coach in Virginia.
“Could we eat at 7 p.m. instead of 8? Could we go for a walk together? Could we try eating some different foods together?” are all great examples.
Don’t be bossy
Research shows when one spouse makes positive health changes, the other is more inclined...read full post »
I thought I had it good with my CSA midsummer, but the first weeks of September are truly a vegetable-lover’s gold mine.
Not only am I still getting perfect summer tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, but cooler-weather crops like beets and dark leafy greens are back in rotation too. Last week’s share added huge leaves of curly kale, Chioggia beets and some of the best carrots I’ve ever eaten to my larder.
I’m almost overwhelmed with the amount of vegetables spilling out of my fridge—but in a good way.
Here are EatingWell’s kale, beet and carrot recipes that I can’t wait to cook up—as well as a helpful hint on storing each if you need to.
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No matter how hard I try to be organized, I’m always scrambling to get out the door in the morning.
There are lunches to make, school supplies to organize, the question of “Do I need to defrost anything for dinner?” to answer. I’m lucky if I gulp down some coffee, let alone eat breakfast. But I know if I skip my morning meal, I’ll be “hangry” by 10 a.m.
Don’t Miss: Kick-Start Your Metabolism with Breakfast
To start the new school year off on the right foot, I’m trying something new.
I’m making breakfast ahead of time. I’m either cooking ahead over the weekend and tucking individual portions away in my freezer to reheat or whipping something up the night before.
Either way, I...read full post »
Picking healthy snack foods can feel pretty confusing. There are thousands of items to choose from at the grocery store, yet it’s hard to come up with ideas for healthy and satisfying snacks.
You want something that packs in nutrients and keeps you feeling full if you’re out for a hike or on the go all day. We put two snack foods head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? Granola bars or trail mix?
The Winner: Trail mix, as Joyce Hendley first reported for EatingWell.
Both of these snacks have such healthy halos, they almost gleam—but if you choose wisely, trail mix—sometimes called gorp—tends to have a little more real health value.
Here’s where the differences lie:
Trail Mix:If you choose trail mix instead of a bar, you can see exactly what you’re getting....read full post »