Why a little chocolate can help your kids eat healthier

Submitted by admin on Mon, 07/26/2010 - 11:43

What can you do when your kid refuses to eat the very foods he needs most? As a nutrition expert, I know that the correct answer is to keep introducing them. As a mom, I know that technique alone doesn’t always work. Sometimes, when it doesn’t, the “spoonful of sugar” method—pairing the rejected food with something the kid likes—does.

Related Link: 5 “Bad” Foods You Should Be Eating

The best and worst movie-theater snacks (plus, what to eat at home)

Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 12:02

Blockbusters and air conditioning make going to the movie theater one of my favorite summer indulgences. But the treats at the concession stand can turn an afternoon of laughs into a calorie-and fat-laden horror show. For example, if you go wild and order the biggest popcorn, a large soda and then eat half your friends’ M&Ms, you could consume nearly 2,400 calories—that’s like eating nearly an entire large Pizza Hut pepperoni pizza by yourself.

What’s Fresh: How to make homemade salsa

Submitted by admin on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 11:24

What’s a girl to do with buckets of fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions from her garden? Make fresh homemade salsa, of course!

Usually I’m the boss in the kitchen, but when it comes to salsa, my husband, Russ, is the man. His mother is from Mexico City, so he’s been eating salsa since birth. Good salsa, that she made by the gallon to feed her five kids for a little pre-dinner snack.

Finally! A pill that might actually boost weight loss

Submitted by admin on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 10:55

I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine: I don’t take a multivitamin. I know, I know, I’m a registered dietitian, how could I not take a multivitamin? Like some people go on and off the diet bandwagon, I go on and off the multivitamin bandwagon. It’s not for lack of trying, it’s just a habit that never stuck because I don’t remember everyday—and I get most of the nutrients I need from the food I eat anyway.

4 healthy-sounding fast-food breakfasts that aren’t (and what to eat instead)

Submitted by admin on Thu, 07/01/2010 - 10:29

We’ve all been there, me included: standing in line at a fast-food spot or convenience store for a quick breakfast trying to decide what the healthiest meal is to order.

You scan the menu for healthy descriptors—reduced fat, yogurt—and order accordingly. And then, if you’re like me, you log on to the chain’s website later to find out how many calories you actually ate, only to discover that healthy-sounding food was actually a diet-buster.