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Lunches A La Carte

As an alternative to sandwiches or salads, or as accompanying side items, here are some additional wholesome, lunch bag-friendly options. Keep the three basic building blocks (smart proteins, fiber-rich carbs, and a calcium rich food) in mind to put together a winning a la carte lunch. -Finger-friendly or cut up fresh fruit—fresh strawberries or blackberries, […]

Past studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners may actually work against our efforts to lose weight. Now, Harvard researchers may have uncovered why. In a series of laboratory experiments, the researchers found that aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) actually blocked an enzyme called intestinal AP that plays an important role in maintaining normal metabolic function. When this […]

The perils of sugary beverages strike again. In a new evaluation from the famed Framingham Heart Study, scientist found that even modest consumption of sugary beverages was tied to a significant risk of developing prediabetes. For this study scientists followed the diets and health status of 1,685 adults over a 14-year period. Study subjects consuming […]

Nut’s stellar reputation as a workhorse for fighting disease just scored a huge scientific victory. In one of the largest studies to date, scientist found that simply consuming a daily, modest handful (20 grams) of nuts (any variety to include peanuts) was linked to the following health benefits: A 30 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease […]

Consuming too much sodium increases blood pressure and damages your arteries. The average American consumes more than double the amount of recommended sodium. About 80% of the excess sodium in our diets comes from processed and restaurant foods, not the saltshaker on your table. Some restaurant and fast food meals contain more than a day’s […]

For ages now, we have all heard that breakfast is the number one ingredient in the recipe for an energized, productive day.  When it comes to your weight, it is doubly true.  A solid body of science affirms that people who eat breakfast regularly are leaner than those that don’t and much less apt to develop […]

Steel Cut Oats (I love the Coach’s Oats  “cracked and toasted” brand in large bag from Costco) Black Rice (I buy the large bag of Village Harvest brand, or whatever offered, from Costco) Quinoa (I buy the large bag of Organic Quinoa from Costco) Basmati Brown Rice (Organic 10 lb bag from Costco) Dried Lentils […]

Because life happens for me too – sometimes fast food is my only option. Here is how I handle this precarious situation. If I am really pressed for time, my first choice is Subway. Fortunately, Subways are everywhere and now outnumber any other fast food chain. Here is exactly what I order: Turkey and provolone […]

  What you eat affects every aspect of your being, even your sleep! In an intriguing new clinical trial researchers found that diet quality had a significant impact on various aspects of sleep quality. For this tightly controlled study, researchers had 26 healthy adults (half male and half female) spend five straight nights in a […]

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Fill up first on foods that have lots of bulk, but minimal calories, i.e. the “big, yet skinny” fruits and veggies. Physical bulk in the GI tract provides great appetite suppression!  At a holiday cocktail party go straight to the fruit and veggie platter first and really indulge; use high-fat dips sparingly. If available, make […]

This is a great health tip that will get you even more nutritional oomph from your salad veggies. All you have to do is throw in some eggs. Researchers from Purdue University found that when whole eggs (yolks required!) were added to a salad of mixed veggies, the absorption of vitamin E increased up to 4 […]

Healthy eating can be easy and delicious. Here are 10 simple ways to dramatically boost the nutrition and flavor of your dishes in less than 10 seconds. 1.  Add 1-2 TBS of toasted wheat germ or shelled hemp seeds (hemp kernels) to your morning cereal, oatmeal, yogurt or smoothies. Both have a slightly sweet, yet nutty […]