Last week I blogged about what to eat right now for better breast health. I received a lot of comments—and concerns—from readers, mostly on the topic of soy. A few months ago, I too started wondering about the connection between soy and breast health. Soy is touted as a food that can prevent breast cancer—and also implicated as one that might promote it.
Just last week I posted a blog on “Guiltless Indulgences: Six 100-Calorie Desserts,” with diet-friendly versions of S’mores and more yummy treats. And for as many readers who loved the recipes as much as I do, there were a handful of people who wished I had included desserts that didn’t contain any added sugar.
If I was stranded on a desert island and could eat only one food for the rest of my life, it would have to be potatoes. I never get tired of them. Apparently, neither does Oprah Winfrey. She’s been quoted as saying, “My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.”
In my house, fall means football. I grew up watching games on the weekends with my football-loving father, went to a big football college (yeah Penn State!) and married a guy who loves the game. On the weekends we invite our friends and their kids over to watch games and we make lots of yummy tailgating snacks for the crowd. (Find 36 healthy tailgating recipes for apps, drinks and more.)
When it comes to weight loss, it’s always the last few pounds that are the hardest, right? At least, that’s how it’s going for me. I want to be choosier about how much and what I eat, but I don’t have time to count calories. So I’m going to take the deliciously easy way out by using this yummy 28-day diet meal plan. That’s about the level of effort I can make at this point, and as a bonus I know I’ll be eating really delicious recipes so I won’t be tempted to cheat.
Whenever I see ground beef on sale, I stock up. Knowing I have a few packages stashed away in my freezer helps solve the nightly question of “What’s for dinner?” I just pull out some ground beef the night before I plan to use it and let it defrost in my refrigerator. When I get home from work the next day I can cook up any of these delicious recipes using ground beef in 45 minutes or less. Bonus: they’re all $3 or less per serving.
At a few years shy of 30, I’m far from the age when the majority of breast cancer cases occur (50+). And then there are the factors that increase my risk of breast cancer that I can’t control, like family history, getting older and, um, the obvious…being a woman.
I’m sad to see summer go, but it means that fall is here, and I’ve got some delicious fall recipes ready for the occasion. Fall has a lot to offer in the produce department—including sweet apples and pears, tart cranberries and savory Brussels sprouts and fennel. All this fresh produce inspires me to whip up some warming dishes on cool fall nights.
My wedding is a mere 6 weeks away. And with my final dress fitting just around the corner I’m focused on not gaining—or losing—any weight. I’m on track weight-wise (now, if my arms could just look like Michelle Obama’s…), but lately my sweet tooth has been getting the better of me. So to satisfy my dessert cravings, but not go overboard, I’ve been whipping up some of these low-calorie dessert recipes—that way I only have to cut back a little bit at one of my other meals.
As a nutrition editor, I know the value of eating loads of fruits and vegetables. I prefer to buy local when I can, but I’ve never been a purist about eating only organic. Now that I’m a mom, there are some foods I feel more comfortable about buying organic. Apples are one of these foods.