When New York City announced a plan to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces this week, it sparked debate about the health implications and even the legality of this type of public health policy. The move by the city will prevent the sale of supersized sodas and other sugary beverages, including some fruit drinks—those that are less than 70% juice—and sweetened coffee or tea at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts. (Milk-based drinks, diet sodas, juices and drinks that deliver fewer than 25 calories per 8 ounces are unaffected by the ban.)
It’s summer—that amazing time of year when fresh produce abounds. As a dietitian and nutrition editor I love that there’s an abundance of fresh, delicious and healthy choices. Better yet: many of summer’s fruits and vegetables are brimming with secret health benefits. Here are some of my favorites and why they’re a particularly good choice in the summer—as reported on in EatingWell Magazine:
I think one of the biggest obstacles people have in getting creative with their grill is not understanding the incredible range of foods that can be cooked on it. Hot dogs and burgers are great, but they only scratch the surface of what a grill can do. One of the tastiest things I ever cooked on a grill wasn’t even meat! Last summer, as part of a weekend grilling spectacular, my friends and I seared big, flat watermelon “steaks” on the grill. The results tasted great.
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For some reason, food eaten outdoors under the sun tastes better. There is nothing like a burger or hot dog cooked on a grill with a side of macaroni salad, coleslaw or watermelon to celebrate summer.
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Macaroni salad is one of those dishes that you just have to have at a Memorial Day gathering. The ingredients are cheap, it’s easy to make (and make a lot of) and has a wonderfully creamy texture and mild flavor that everyone loves.
But if you think your typical macaroni salad is harmless, think again. Right when you’re about to squeeze back into that bikini, good old macaroni salad will make that task a little more difficult. A typical 1-cup serving packs 370 calories and 22 grams of fat. Yikes.
A few months ago, I took on an ambitious cooking project that made my wife scratch her head. It left our kitchen a mess and the entire house smelling like smoke; it took up an entire Saturday and, worst of all, it didn’t even produce a viable meal! My poor spouse thought I was crazy: what had I gained from all that effort? But then she tasted the result.
Ever heard of yonanas? It’s a one-ingredient frozen dessert made with ripe bananas that has the texture of soft serve ice cream without any added fat or sugar. Sounds pretty good to me, except that I’d have to purchase a $50 machine to make it and I’ve made a commitment not to buy single use appliances. But I am curious to try this wonder dessert.
Summer is around the corner and you know what that means—shedding layers, baring skin and wanting to look (and feel) your best. And there’s good news. I’ve put together a 4-week plan that can help you lose that stubborn extra weight, while giving you healthy eating tools and strategies that you can keep using to continue and maintain your weight loss.
Here’s your 4-week plan to slim down for summer:
Water accounts for 60 percent of our body (or about 11 gallons or 92 pounds inside a 155-pound person) and is essential to every cell. So it’s not to surprising that new research—reported on at the recent British Psychological Society Annual Conference in London—found that college students who brought water with them into an exam scored higher marks than their counterparts who didn’t have water.