Americans typically eat 1.5 times the recommended sodium limit of 2,300 mg. According to new research, the average restaurant meal at a full-service restaurant delivered more than 3,500 mg of sodium (yikes!). That’s why cooking healthier meals is key to limiting your salt intake. You can boost flavor without reaching for the salt shaker (or at least use less salt) by using herbs and spices and adding vinegar or citrus to foods. Try a squeeze of lemon on fish or chicken, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil over salad, or dried herbs like oregano and rosemary in soups.
Recipe to Try: Salmon with Toasted Israeli Couscous
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You can greatly improve your diet and clean it up in a snap by cutting back on processed and packaged foods, which can be full of sodium, added sugars and sometimes ingredients we can’t pronounce. Try cooking up a stir-fry at home instead of getting takeout, or making homemade pizza instead of frozen.
Recipe to Try: Clementine & Five Spice Chicken
Even if you are experienced in the kitchen, there are always a few recipes that can throw you off your game. I went to culinary school, I’ve worked in restaurants and bakeries, and I’ve been testing and developing recipes for six years in the EatingWell Test Kitchen—and still I struggle with a few things. For me, they mostly involve desserts, because a dessert is often less forgiving if you make a mistake. There’s no magic fix if your chocolate mousse deflates or you overbake a meringue. Sometimes the challenges stem from trying to make dessert a little healthier—as is the case with pie crust. Fortunately, along the way I’ve learned a few helpful lessons from my mistakes. Below are 5 recipes that used to trip me up, but I’ve since learned to master. With the help of some insider tips, I now end up with spectacular results, and so can you!...read full post »
If your recent restaurant dining involved a super-savory dish that made you drool or a salad dressing that knocked your socks off, the chef might have been using a secret ingredient: anchovies. These tiny cured fish pack a wallop of flavor in tiny amounts and because of that, chefs like to add them to everything from salad dressing to beef stew. You might be turning up your nose, thinking of those salty, shriveled bits on pizza. However, canned or cured anchovies are a totally different taste experience. That’s because they deliver umami—a taste that’s loosely defined as particularly “savory” (the other tastes are bitter, sweet, salty and sour). Umami is an mmm-inducing flavor with multiple layers. Give anchovies a try and wow the eaters in your home. Here are five ways you can use anchovies in obvious (and not so obvious) ways to pump up the flavor...read full post »
Imagine if there was a food (or category of foods) that could single-handedly lengthen your life.
Well, such a wonder food may actually exist.
A new study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), showed that people who ate a 1-ounce serving of nuts seven or more times each week had a 20 percent lower death rate than those who didn’t eat any.
It’s important to note this was merely an observational study, and not one where researchers controlled which group of participants ate nuts (and how much) and then studied who lived longer. Yet the positive findings in this study support the abundance of other data demonstrating the health benefits of eating nuts, including lowering risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke.
For example, another recent study—this one published in Metabolism—showed men and...read full post »