Keeping Food Costs Down: What Fruits and Vegetables Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck?

One of the best changes that people can make to improve the quality of their diet is to increase fruits and vegetables.  However, despite the fact that many people know this, very few Americans eat the recommended 5 servings of produce per day.  One barrier is that people often say that fruits and vegetables are too expensive and they can’t afford to eat them.  Because of this, I was very int...
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Recipe: Pumpkin Ginger Bread

I would like to share a great recipe for a bread that is perfect for the fall/winter seasons...Pumpkin Ginger Bread.  I love cooking with pumpkin because not only does it taste great, but it is tremendously healthy.  It is a good source of fiber, and it's loaded with antioxidants such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E.  In fact, it is one of the vegetables with the highest amount of vitamin A ...
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Are Your Food Choices Influencing Your Child’s Health?

Many parents are very concerned with their children’s eating habits.  They often want to know how to get their children to eat more “healthy foods” and/or how to limit their intake of “junk foods”.  They get concerned about whether their kids are eating enough to meet their nutrient needs and/or if their kids are eating too much.  Today, I came across an article by Melissa Halas-Liang...
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Beans: They are Good for More Than Just Your Heart

Beans are an incredibly nutrient-packed food and they are also a very affordable ingredient when cooking on a budget (not to mention the great taste and texture that they add to many popular dishes).  Some of the health benefits of beans come from the following properties: They are high in fiber which helps keeps our bowls regular, reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, reduces our risk...
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Caffeine Content of Foods and Effects in the Body

Caffeine naturally occurs in many beverages and foods such as coffee, tea, chocolate, etc.  If you are one of the many people who rely on caffeine’s stimulant to get yourself moving in the morning, you may have wondered how much is too much.  To start, let’s take a look at what caffeine does in your body.  Caffiene stimulates the central nervous system and stimulates the heart, dilates bloo...
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Tips for Making a Lean Burger Flavorful and Juicey

It has been said many times that burgers are best if they are made from 80% lean ground beef because the extra fat makes them moist and juicy.  However, the added fat comes at a cost.  It adds a lot of extra calories and saturated fat which raises cholesterol levels and is not good for heart health.  In fact the following shows the difference between a quarter pound burger (4 oz) that is made w...
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Review of Apps to Track Food Intakes

In the Spring Issue of Food & Nutrition Magazine, there was a review of the 10 most popular, free weight-management apps.  Since more and more people are using smart phone, I frequently get questions about which apps are good to track intakes/calories.  So, I thought I would share the results of the review, which are as follows: App Rating Key points of what the review said Cal...
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Herbs & Spices: A Healthy Way to Add Flavor to any Dish

Cooking with spices and herbs can be a great way to add a pop flavor to dishes without needing the added salt and fat.  In addition most herbs and spices contain antioxidants and many have other health benefits.  For example, garlic may help with blood pressure, ginger can help with nausea and many spices and herbs have anti-inflammatory properties. While so many people seem to recognize how ...
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Book Recommendation: Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

Many times when people are trying to lose weight or eat healthy, they ask me if there are any books that I recommend.  One of my top picks would have to be “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think” by Brian Wansink.  The author of this book conducts some of the most well know research on the psychology of why we make certain food choices and how the environment influences not only...
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Your Brain Can Help You Eat Better: Article Summary

I was reading an interesting article in one of my professional newsletters that listed key points from a seminar entitled “Your Brain Can Help You Eat Better” which was held at Harvard Medical School.  At this seminar researchers discussed how the brain influences our food choices and the following are some of the key points that I think are worth sharing: Imagined food consumption affect...
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