Fresh vs. Frozen Vegetables: Are we giving up nutrition for convenience?

Pictured Recipe: Vegetable Fried Rice

Americans typically eat only one-third of the recommended daily intake (three servings instead of nine) of fruits and vegetables, so if you’re in a bind, a vegetable in any form is better than no vegetable at all.

Foods to keep your blood sugar in check

Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 14:51

Chances are you know someone with diabetes. You might even have it yourself. It’s one of the most common and fastest growing lifestyle diseases today—by one report, 1 in 2 Americans could have diabetes by 2020. It’s a costly disease that can affect other parts of your health—it’s often seen together with heart and kidney disease and if left untreated can even lead to blindness and amputations. It is the sixth leading cause of death.

8 Italian foods you should be eating

Submitted by admin on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 11:14

There are certain foods I can’t get enough of and, incidentally, most of them fall within the Italian diet. Luckily for my health, Italian cuisine follows the Mediterranean pattern of eating—it focuses on simple, natural ingredients, such as tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, dark leafy greens and whole grains, making it one of the world’s healthiest diets. Research suggests that the benefits of a Mediterranean-style eating pattern may include improved weight loss, better control of blood-glucose (sugar) levels and reduced risk of depression.

Breakfast Challenge: Day 5

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 15:44

Fight fat with breakfast.

Yes, you read that correctly! A recent study in The Journal of Nutrition found that eating a breakfast made with “slow-release” carbohydrates, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, 3 hours before you exercise may help you burn more fat. Here’s why: in the study eating “slow-release” carbohydrates didn’t spike blood sugar as high as eating refined carbohydrates, such as white toast. In turn, insulin levels didn’t spike as high and because insulin plays a role in signaling your body to store fat, having lower levels may help you burn fat.

Breakfast Challenge: Day 4

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 15:42

Power up with protein.

Protein provides staying power, helping to keep you feeling full long after you've eaten, which is why it's such a great choice for breakfast. Better yet, recent research has shown that if you work out in the morning and re-fuel afterwards with a protein-packed breakfast you can boost muscle building. Find out just how much protein you need to eat here and get delicious protein-rich breakfast recipes.


Breakfast Challenge: Day 3

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 15:39

Do you exercise in the morning?

If you do, consider pushing your morning meal to after your workout—as it may help your weight loss efforts, according to new research in The Journal of Physiology. During the six-week study, participants who ate a high-cal, high-fat breakfast before hitting the gym packed on an average of three pounds. The after-workout eaters? They gained almost no weight—although they ate the same breakfast. Find out why here.