Incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet is a great way to boost your health at all stages of life. A vegetarian diet has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer, thanks to more fiber and less saturated fat. In this 1-day vegetarian plan for healthy aging, we left out the meat but included lean sources of plant-based protein (like chickpeas and tofu) and added other healthy foods for aging like calcium-rich milk and yogurt, and fiber-filled berries, popcorn and flaxseed.
Butternut squash is perhaps the most versatile winter squash. It's sweet and light when cooked, but also substantial enough to stand up to both long cook times and quick sautés. Though available all year, winter squash is best enjoyed during harvest season—late summer through early winter. It's also a super-nutritious food. Like other varieties of winter squash, butternut squash is packed with antioxidants and fiber. This is your one-stop guide for how to shop for and store butternut squash, delicious ways to cook it, and why it's so good for you.
Oh, carbs. People love to love carbs and love to hate carbs. But carbohydrates aren't a demon food. In fact, they provide energy to our bodies and brains, and the right ones are packed with other nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals.
With all the health hype around protein—it helps keep you full, builds muscle and helps you maintain your weight—it's no wonder people want to eat more of it. Now, you can even get a protein boost in your candy bar. Mars is making protein-packed Snickers, Mars, Bounty and Milky Way bars. There are plenty of protein bars that have as much sugar as a candy bar, so maybe a candy bar company adding protein to their product isn't that much of a stretch. But are these protein bars a tasty way to get your fill, or is candy really just candy? Here's the scoop.
When you're pregnant, your body undergoes lots of changes to grow a healthy baby. One of the unfortunate side effects can be heartburn. If you know what might be causing your heartburn and ways you can help stop it, you may find some relief.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, hot dogs are a cookout staple. So if you're in charge of the shopping, here's what to keep in mind to pick franks that are reasonably healthy and tasty and buy the best hot dogs. The biggest stumbling block is sodium. We found several dogs with over 600 mg—and that's before the bun and condiments. Plus, know the terms on the package, as there's a whole host of confusing ones.
Broth, or stock, is the foundation of many soups, stews and sauces, so it's really important to find a brand you like or, better yet, make your own. One of the first recipes I learned in culinary school was how to make homemade chicken and vegetable stock.
Enjoy the blast of cool air as you open the freezer case to buy ice pops. Here's how to find ice pop brands that are healthy AND tasty.
Fruit pops range from all-fruit ones to confections made with sugar, coloring and fruit flavor. Stick with those that list fruit or fruit puree first on the ingredient list (or second after water). Many pops are made with fruit juice, which provides some of the same nutrients, but they usually have more total sugar. Look for ones that are 100% juice.