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January 27, 2017 - 9:39am

Unless my team is playing, the Super Bowl is all about the food. I want to be able to eat and serve foods that my friends will love, but are still healthier than your typical store-bought or takeout options, which can be sky-high in calories and sodium. Cooking at home means I get to control the ingredients and sneak in vegetables when possible. Everyone still gets to enjoy classic game-day eats, like guacamole, wings, chili, pizza and dip. Plus, if someone's eating gluten-free, vegan, Paleo or Whole30 style—they can still enjoy some of the spread. Here are my favorite copycat recipes with something for everyone to enjoy on game day.

Related: Best Healthy Super Bowl Recipes


Chicken Wings:...

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January 23, 2017 - 9:20am


For kids and adults alike, the same old breakfast can start to feel a little boring.

But without giving in to artificially-dyed rainbow bagels or some sort of breakfast "for one" that has three types of carbs and breakfast meats (you know the ones I'm talking about) how can you punch up your morning meal while still keeping it healthy?

Start with the basic building block of a healthy breakfast: whole grains, fruits, vegetables and protein. And then put a fun little spin on them. Here are 4 ideas to make your healthy breakfasts a little more enticing.

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January 20, 2017 - 9:19am

I'm a morning exerciser. Sometimes it's hard to set my alarm for an early wake-up (and not hit snooze when it goes off). But I work out because I love the way it makes me feel—stronger, faster, healthier, less stressed, the list goes on. Regular exercise does more than help you lose and maintain your weight. It also helps keep your brain sharp. And, studies indicate that people who regularly exercise live longer. Since I want to get the most out of each workout I eat breakfast after my workout.

If you hold off on breakfast until after your workout, you'll likely burn more fat. A small 2015 study published in EBioMedicine found that exercising pre-breakfast helped men burn about 250 more fat calories per day, compared to when they did the same workout post-lunch or post-dinner. Plus, other research found people who fueled up with a...

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January 18, 2017 - 9:49am

You've seen the headline: "Sitting is the new smoking." Study after study on sitting habits had linked sitting too long with earlier death—­regardless of exercise. So what can you do if you sit for too long? New research from the University of Cambridge changes the story.

Reviewing 16 studies spanning 13 years and compiling data from over 1 million people, the researchers found that one hour of moderate-intensity exercise a day (such as brisk walking or casual biking) can eliminate the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle, or sitting for more than eight hours a day. This is the first systematic review of the topic. The researchers say that, individually, the studies may have been too narrow to capture the impact of exercise. Collectively, however, the benefit comes through.

The one caveat: if you spend five or more hours...

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January 5, 2017 - 9:35am

After a bit of "KIND" nudging (via a citizens' petition filed a year ago by KIND snacks), the FDA is redefining the criteria foods must meet to use "healthy" on a label, and is seeking suggestions. Here are mine.

Featured recipe: Shrimp Pad Thai Salad

1. Healthy food promotes health.

"Health" is notoriously challenging to define because being healthy manifests itself in different ways—from how one feels to mood and mental health to disease risk factors detectable only with a blood test. But here's my assertion: health is a state of general vitality combined with a good probability of longevity. This includes a low risk for chronic diseases (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, cancer) and low likelihood of risk factors (e.g., high...

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