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Myth: To optimize cardio exercise, you need a carbohydrate supplement

TRUTH:  Research that looks at the ingestion of whole food carbohydrates is seriously lacking.  Now that the local, organic, and whole food industries are taking off, the research is quickly following.  There’s been a recent influx of information about using whole foods instead of sports drinks and chews (or goos).  However, two very important studies […]

Recipe: Whole Fruit Pops

One of my biggest issues with summer desserts is that it is very often unhealthy.  Ice cream, gelato, sorbet with added sugar, fruit pies and cobblers, and chilled cheesecakes often top the list of sugary sweets.  Not necessary!  Making refreshing desserts doesn’t have to be highly caloric. Try using some creative molds to make these […]

Easy at-work lunches stored in your desk

You’re running to work and you don’t have a lunch packed, again.  You’re probably annoyed, frustrated, and feeling like your goal to eat healthy has been foiled, again.  Lunch at work can be difficult, particularly if you’re not a home cook.  If you want something fast, easy, and that can be stored in your desk, […]

Myth: The best way to cut salt is by avoiding the salt shaker

TRUTH: This is simple math. The Dietary Guidelines recommend we get 2300 mg or less per day (or, in some cases, 1500mmg). But most Americans get closer to 3500 mg every day, mostly from processed and prepared foods. We all know that fast food and deli meats have a lot of added salt (for flavor and […]

Recipe: Tomato Baba Ganoush

I almost titled this recipe “lazy” baba ganoush but I think that gives the wrong impression of this recipe.  However, it conveys what I want it to convey – this is the most simple baba (for short) recipe that I’ve ever made; and it’s delicious because most of the ingredients are raw. When you think […]

Recipe: Raw Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo salsa (aka salsa verde) is very common in Mexican and Latin American cuisine – sometimes spicy, sometimes sweet.  Though they’re typically green, there’s also a purple variety that tastes very similar. Usually the best way to bring out the sweet flavor of tomatillos is by roasting them – but boiling is not uncommon either.  […]

Recipe: Lemony Spaghetti Squash

When steamed and scooped with a fork, spaghetti squash turns into pasta-like strands with fewer calories and good squash-y flavor.  If you want something lighter than pasta, it’s a great alternative – one cup only has 42 calories! This recipe is a great side dish and a way to combine fresh and frozen ingredients – […]

Recipe: Sweet Pumpkin Tamales

Tamales are a traditional Latin American food – often made with corn flour (masa harina), lard, and a filling wrapped in a husk or leaf and steamed.  The lard produces a soft, moist, almost buttery texture.  They’re delicious but incredibly unhealthy!  I think this recipe is still a great alternative! Tamales are incredibly versatile – […]

Recipe: Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

It’s almost been a week and you still have Thanksgiving leftovers? Here are a few recipe suggestions for creative ways to use the last of your bounty. Cranberry Relish/Sauce: If the sauce is fresh (with uncooked cranberries) Add it to sangria or spiced wine Add it to yogurt with a little brown sugar or maple […]

Myth: Granola bars are a quick and healthy snack

TRUTH:  When working out or just in passing I see a lot of people eating energy bars and drinking fortified waters.  To me, these are (usually) the nutritional equivalent of candy bars and sugar water. Energy bars are not what they seem – but the name is very telling.  They provide energy (aka calories), and […]