Learning to Cook: Resources to Make Home-Cooked Meals a Reality

Home-cooked meals seem to be becoming more and more a thing of the past.  In fact, the average American family spends 40% of their food budget on foods eaten outside of the house, and many of the foods they are eating at home are prepackaged foods that just need to be heated.  Eating out and using some convenience foods doesn’t necessarily always mean that you are eating less healthy.  Howeve...
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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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Snickers Bar vs. Slim Fast Bar: Are They Really All that Different?

My last post, I wrote about one of my favorite products I tried at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition Conference this year.  This week, I am doing the opposite, and I am going to write about a product that I would not recommend.  At the conference, there were so many nutrition bars that were handed out to be sampled.  Some with healthy ingredients but most that seemed ...
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Cooking With Herbs and Spices Just Got Easier: Product Review

Last week, I attended the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Annual Conference (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association).  I enjoy going to the conference because I learn about some of the most up-to-date nutrition research and trends, and I also get to sample new food products that are on the market.  Over the next few weeks, I will try to pass along some of the interesting infor...
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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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Can I Eat Anything I Want with Exercise? A Closer Look at the Calories In vs. Calories Out Equation

Many people falsely believe that because they exercise that they can eat anything that they want and they will meet their weight loss goals or will be able to maintain their weight.  This is simply not the case because it is very easy to “undo” the hard work that you put in at the gym with a poor food choice or two.  Nutrition and exercise go hand and hand for overall health and weight manag...
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Protein: Updates on Recommended Levels and Timing of Intakes

In the latest issue of my Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Newsletter, I read in interesting article with some updates to the current protein recommendations. To start, it is important to understand that one of the main functions of protein in the body is to build and maintain muscle mass.  Without adequate protein each day, we will begin to lose muscle which ultimately will lead ...
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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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