Most tortilla chips contain just corn, oil and salt and less than 150 calories per serving—not bad stats for a food that normally gets relegated to the “junk food” aisle. We searched out the healthiest options (that still taste great). Here’s what we found:
Bye-Bye, Baked: The taste and texture of baked chips often leaves much to be desired and there’s no real nutritional benefit. Baked have about the same calories as fried chips, but more carbs and sodium.
Ditch the Bag: As tempting as it is, don’t eat straight from the bag. Research shows we eat up to 80% more from a large container or bowl. Instead, measure out a single serving to enjoy.
Sing the Blues: Blue corn tortilla chips get their color from anthocyanins, brain-boosting flavanoids, and...read full post »
I love the pumped-up energy I have after a good workout. Plus I feel stronger—I am this close to being able to do a real pull-up. But if we’re being honest, I also love the way exercising helps my body look. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with being able to zip up my skinny jeans easily. So when I’m diligently hitting the gym but my clothes feel like they’re actually getting more snug, it can be frustrating to say the least. It turns out, when it comes to exercise, it’s possible to get too much of a good thing when it comes to weight loss.
Doing more exercise does not always mean you’ll lose more weight. As Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D...read full post »
When the EatingWell Test Kitchen started talking about the “flautas” they were making, I admit I needed a translation. But when I tasted Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos, I knew just what they were: deliciously crispy rolled-up little tacos filled with beef—and a healthy surprise.
Taquitos are a standard item on fast-food menus. Typically they’re deep-fried and can be greasy, rolled up in calories and fat. It’s not hard to understand why they’d be popular. We’ve kept that crispy goodness, but our version is baked and so much better for you. We use lean ground beef for the filling and a whole zucchini, shredded and mixed in with the spices so its presence is subtle (some might say sneaky). Top it with some yummy sharp Cheddar, roll it up and bake for less than 20 minutes for an easy, healthier Mexican fast-food...read full post »
Annually, the average American consumes 38 percent more white meat than dark meat from chicken. We’d like to buck the trend and give some love to one of our favorite cuts: boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Why are thighs so great? Sans skin and after a quick trim, they fall into the lean category, with 166 calories, 8 grams of fat and just 2 grams of saturated fat per 3-ounce portion. That is only 26 calories, 5 grams fat and 1 gram saturated fat more than 3 ounces of chicken breast. But with slightly more calories and fat come huge culinary advantages: that little bit of extra fat helps keep chicken thighs tender, so they can simmer away in a ramen soup with bok choy without drying out. Plus dark meat has more flavor than light, so it goes with bold ingredients like hot sauce and blue cheese in a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Chicken thighs contain...read full post »
For the first time in our lifetime, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will be celebrated on the same day, Thursday, November 28, 2013. (This won’t happen again for another 77,000 years!) For my multicultural family (my dad is Chinese and Buddhist, my mom’s a Jewish New Yorker), the convergence of these two holidays is special because both commemorate freedom and gratitude. Another perk of this rare holiday combination means two food-centric meals merge into one delicious menu that honors both celebrations.
The menu I put together represents a mix of traditional favorites from each holiday that complement each other. While this menu isn’t for a kosher meal, you can easily adapt the menu: just swap oil for butter in the Brussels sprouts and take a break between dinner and dessert—something you’ll probably want to do anyway to fully savor this “historical” blend...read full post »