If you only eat broccoli when it comes dripping in sweet and sour sauce from the Chinese take-out place, it's time to reconsider. The Etruscans were the first to fall in love with broccoli, and the Romans couldn't get enough of it either. Studies show broccoli helps prevent cancer and also boosts your immunity for more everyday concerns like fighting off the sniffles. A cup of broccoli has as much calcium as 4 oz. of milk and as much vitamin C as an orange, plus those adorable broccoli florets are packed with detoxifying beta carotene. So eat up. We've got five ideas for making it even more delicious than it already is:More...
Dinner last night was delicious, so I wanted to pass on my recipe...
Quinoa with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I thought this would serve two but I think my husband was a little hungry afterward. Maybe do 1 1/2 the recipe as a main course or leave it as-is for a side dish.
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubesMore...
Studies show that swapping nuts for the equivalent amount of carbs could result in a 30% reduction of risk for heart disease. They're packed with healthy monosaturated fats that can actually help lower your cholesterol. And their swift dose of protein keeps your energy up and your blood sugar level. Plus they're loaded with magnesium and potassium, great for balancing your electrolytes and speeding the delivery of oxygen to your muscles. So maybe you're thinking you should eat more almonds. That's what we're thinking too! And we've got five easy ways to work them into your routine.More...
Eating news: The more complicated a diet is the less likely you are to stick with it. Researchers at Indiana University found that people were much more likely to quit diets that required complicated tracking and calculation than they were to quit diets that required less obsessive tracking and had fewer rules. Apparently it's all about "cognitive environment," and our brains prefer a few simple lines to a jumble of curlicues. So basically, you're likelier to eat healthy with something like the Whole Grainy Feat than you are with an elaborate calorie spreadsheet. Just sayin.
Struggling with the New Year's Edition Challenge Go Fish Feat? Start by stealing ideas from your fellow challengers, like anitak's grilled hake or Fraidy's citrus teriyaki salmon. But for more help, check out the treasure trove of quick, healthy seafood recipes from our friends over at the thekitchn.com. Seared scallops with tomatillo guacamole, seared char with Asian kale, and a whole bunch more — in short, a nice kickstart to your three-times-a-week fish-eating achievements.
The various food-related feats of the New Year's Edition challenge, i.e. Sugar-Free, Swap Meat, Go Fish, Locavore, Whole Grainy, and Home Food, take some planning. But your fellow challengers are on it. Steal their recipes, even the weird ones like Psteiner's mustard and Laughing Cow wrap:
- Volcane09's poached eggs and dark rye sourdough breakfast
- NatalieRios26's whole wheat pitas with grilled chicken, feta, and greens
- Psteiner's bell pepper, dijon, Laughing Cow spinach wrap
- Za's scallops, white beans, and grape tomatoes dinner
- Gleam's apple oatmeal and wheat berry breakfast.
- Eating whole grains and Omega 3 fatty acids will save you in the long run, but contaminated food will kill you in the short run. Peanut butter, cheese, salsa, and a whole bunch of other foods sold at Whole Foods, Costco, Safeway, Target, and a whole bunch of other stores are being recalled because of Listeria bacteria contamination. Check the list to check your stuff and make sure you're okay.
- And watch what you're drinking too. BPA, the chemical additive in plastic that is now banned from baby bottles in some states, has been shown for the first time to have negative effects on adults as well. High BPA levels in adults are associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and abnormal liver enzyme concentrations. So if you haven't already, check your water bottle and make sure it's BPA-free.
[Lauren Antonucci is a Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Sports Dietitian, the owner and director of Nutrition Energy, and a nutrition consultant for the New York Road Runners. ~The Eds.]
What I like about nutrition and health and fitness is that you can take control over your health and your life at whatever point you’re ready to do that. It’s really individual empowerment and control. I’ve been practicing on my own since 2003, and I’ve been a dietician since ’99. I worked in a hospital for a few years. I gravitate towards conditions or places where people can make the biggest change. I love to take somebody who has medical conditions and doesn’t think they can do anything about it and show them that they can.More...
The U.S. Ski Team has a new "mobile lunch box" which is what they've dubbed the new feed trailer that follows them around. They get regular meals at their hotels, but when you're burning a gazillion calories a day on the slopes a giant dinner just isn't enough. You need Mexican food between slaloms, at least according to the U.S. Olympic Committee Nutritionist and chef Adam Korzun. "They'll have the main dinner up there [at the hotel]" Korzun tells the AP while cooking away, "but they'll also have these quesadillas to give them something extra, to give them more volume, more calories, more protein." Thanks to the mobile lunch box, burritos, quesadillas, and fajitas are all on the snack menu.
You work out, too. Maybe not Olympic level workouts. But quesadillas are now an officially approved recovery food.
Oh, by the way, the Olympics are coming up. February 12-28 in Vancouver. Is this catching anyone else by surprise? Does the lack of rumble have something to do with Canada?