For the holidays, baking shifts into gear with cookies, pies, candy and cakes. We seem to be surrounded by temptation at every holiday party and event.
While you may not be able to avoid or resist all the creamy desserts, there are ways to make your own baking healthier.
Here are a few tips to help with that goal:
Choose whole grains. Use at ...Read more
Here's proof that it's never too late to start that walk or trip to the gym: In a new study, the American Institute for Cancer Research found that exercise helped prevent and slow breast tumor growth -- even among women who had been diagnosed and were waiting for surgery.
Granted, this was a small study -- only 49 women -- but it convinced me ...Read more
Winning Sports Nutrition
While we're all watching the World Series, we don't often think about the nutrition that fuels players on both teams. But players on both the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals work with registered dietitians to provide them with a healthy eating plan.
Roberta Anding, the Houston Astros' dietitian, is in her ...Read more
Most of us can remember our mothers telling us breakfast is the most important meal of day. And Mom was right; it's not a meal we want to skip. It literally "breaks the fast" and kick-starts our metabolism, helping burn calories throughout the day.
Breakfast also provides energy to get things done and focus. Studies have linked eating breakfast...Read more
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to grains. Should you eat grains? What is a whole grain? How do you cook them? Here are some answers from a Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers conference held in Boston.
Grains worldwide provide nearly 50% of the calories eaten. All grains start out as whole grains, which contain all three original edible ...Read more
Now that it's October, pumpkins seem to be everywhere. And our grocery store shelves are full of all things pumpkin-spiced -- from oatmeal and baking chips (like chocolate chips) to muffins and coffee. Starbucks hangs their fall on the sale of pumpkin spice lattes. The pumpkin spice products seem to announce the arrival of fall -- earlier and ...Read more
My mom was the queen of doing her meal planning based on the grocery store flyer sales. When the flyer arrived in the mail, she would sit down and decide her menu for the week.
Canned vegetables (at 3 for $1) were gathered to make a healthy chili for football season. When a bottom round roast went on sale, she would put it in the slow cooker ...Read more
Breast milk, infant formula, water and plain milk are part of a new set of comprehensive beverage recommendations for children. The recommendations come from a well-respected group -- the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.
The ...Read more
Dieting is nothing new to the U.S., but various diets come in and out of vogue. Remember Atkins, South Beach, the Zone, "eat for your blood type" and that recurring cabbage soup diet? Some of the diets making headlines now include paleo, ketogenic, intermittent fasting ... and the list goes on. So what makes a diet stick around, and, more ...Read more
Do we all worry about getting cancer? Hasn't it affected someone close to you in some way? My mother survived breast cancer twice. Two friends succumbed to ovarian cancer. Another very young friend is battling a rare cancer of the blood. The lifetime risk of cancer in the U.S. is 1 in 3, according to the American Cancer Society.
Here's the good...Read more
Too often, we focus on what NOT to eat rather than what TO include in a healthy diet. The "nots" often leave us feeling deprived and full of cravings.
I'm not one to promote certain things as superfoods, but I do think there are certain foods that should be included in a healthy diet. These are foods that have great nutritional benefits. My ...Read more
As a supermarket dietitian, I get quite a few questions about those who may have been diagnosed as prediabetic. What exactly does that mean?
Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal (typically over 100 when fasting) but not yet high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes (a blood glucose level of 126 or higher ...Read more