Halloween can be a special time of year for children, but parents may be stressed about sugar overload. Candy is intentionally excluded from the Kid’s Healthy Eating Plate, but one night a year of extra sweetness is not the main problem. The concern is that the candy rarely lasts one night. Leftovers often linger, and … Continue reading “5 Quick Tips for Dealing with Sugary Halloween Leftovers”
When cold weather hits, it’s easy to prioritize hibernating over health—abandoning outdoor activities and opting for comfort foods and the couch. However, you can keep up your healthy habits–and even add some new ones–even if you’re stuck inside.
During the holidays, “more” is a popular motto. Whether that means spending more money on gifts or eating more food more often, the holidays typically encourage excess. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are six simple tips to indulge without overindulging.
As we become a more food-savvy society, consumers are looking beyond the supermarket shelf and exploring how their food is produced. Where does all this food come from? Consider that, for example, livestock production – which includes meat, milk and eggs – contributes 40 percent of global agricultural gross domestic product, and uses one-third of … Continue reading “5 tips for sustainable eating”
Overeating – commonplace during the holidays – is something people encounter all year long. There are two “types” of overeating: Initiating an eating episode when there is no physiological need Eating too much during an eating episode
1. Use liquid vegetable oils for cooking and baking. Olive, canola, and other plant-based oils are rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Try dressing up a salad or roasted vegetables with an olive oil-based vinaigrette. 2. Avoid trans fat. Read labels to find foods without trans fats. You should also scan the ingredient list to make … Continue reading “How to choose healthy fats”
1. Upgrade the protein on your plate. The Healthy Eating Plate encourages you to eat protein-rich foods like beans, nuts, tofu, fish, chicken, or eggs in place of less-healthy options like red and processed meats. For example, try a turkey or black bean burger instead of a traditional beef burger. Or slice up a fresh-roasted … Continue reading “5 Quick tips: Choosing healthy protein foods”
Eating a healthy diet isn’t simply a matter of knowing what to eat – though that’s a major factor. It’s also about knowing how to acquire and prepare such foods, and last but certainly not least, it’s about being able to afford these healthier foods. One of the biggest barriers to healthy eating is the … Continue reading “Eating well for your waistline and wallet”
The holiday season brings parties, presents and an endless array of festive foods. Some people adopt a holiday eating or exercise strategy to offset all the snacking and sipping, while others willingly overindulge, planning to start the new year with a clean slate and new diet plan — the popular but usually ineffective “I’ll start … Continue reading “Re-thinking your New Year’s resolutions”
Shared meals are a highlight of the holidays. And while it’s easy to overindulge when there are so many delicious dishes on the table, desserts can be especially easy to overeat. A 2013 study examining how sugar and fat affect regions of the brain related to overeating showed that when it comes to food cravings, … Continue reading “Develop a “sugar strategy” for healthy holiday eating”