I’m pretty good in the kitchen, but there are a few areas that I feel I could improve upon. It’s the simple things that trip me up the most–maybe because I don’t feel like I really need to follow the recipe (it’s so easy!) or pay that much attention to the specifics.
I love everything about cheesecake—the sweet taste with just a hint of saltiness, the creamy texture and the sweet graham cracker crust. What’s not to love? Well, I can think of one thing: how I feel after I’ve eaten only a small slice. That would be guilt mixed with the sensation that I just swallowed a brick. Cheesecake may have the reputation of being tasty, but being healthy has never been one of its virtues.
Recipes to Try: 10 Light and Healthy Cheesecake Recipes
It’s the holidays and you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself! Problem is, you’re reading all these blogs about how fattening eggnog is, so you’ll have to borrow Santa’s pants after the string of holiday soirees you’ve got lined up.
Today, I’d like to bring you a little good cheer, to tell you about three holiday foods that might actually help you lose weight. Cue: Little Drummer Boy… Drumroll, please.
The holiday season is nutty, and when you’re running around in 20 different directions and your brain has gone fa-la-la chances are, you’re not thinking quite so much about what, and how much, you’re eating. (Discover how to indulge without the bulge during the holidays!) So let me help you out: here are 4 things that might be sabotaging your diet—and mine—this holiday season, plus easy fix-it solutions.
I’ve never been a fan of low-carb diets: our bodies and our brains need carbohydrates to work effectively. (Find out 6 more reasons your body needs carbohydrates here.)
We can talk till we’re blue in the face about making good choices at holiday parties—but sometimes you want to throw calorie-caution to the wind and simply celebrate the season. (Not at that point? Then read about which Holiday Foods to Avoid (and What to Eat Instead.)
For the past couple of years, we’ve grilled our turkey outside on our charcoal grill. I love the subtle smokiness of the meat and I love the way it frees up space in the oven. But there is one downfall. The gravy suffers. Why? The secret to the perfect gravy (flavor-wise) is those delicious brown caramelized bits you get at the bottom of the roasting pan. And you can really only achieve those if you roast your bird in the oven.
Turkey Day is around the corner and many of us are gearing up for a big Thanksgiving feast. As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I’m often asked about the healthiest and worst holiday foods. (Green Bean Casserole or Sweet Potato Casserole? Gravy or Cranberry Sauce? Find out the Best & Worst Thanksgiving Foods.)
I’m lucky that I don’t (usually) have trouble falling—or staying—asleep. But there are definitely nights, sometimes even stretches of nights, where I don’t get enough sleep—and I’m not alone: an estimated 50-70 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control, don’t get enough sleep. (Get 3 simple tips to help you beat insomnia here.)