By Brandi Koskie - Senior Editor for DietsInReview.com
The Class of 2010 is making its way across stages nationwide. After they toss their caps to the sky, they will likely find themselves at parties celebrating their accomplishments, be it high school or college. If you find yourself hosting one of these celebrations, here are some ideas for ensuring it's as healthy as it is flavorful and memorable.
Serve the cake and eat it, too!
Grocery store or bakery cakes come loaded with unbelievable amounts of calories, fat and sugar. Not only that, they're often made with unsavory ingredients like partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat) and high fructose corn syrup. A few ways to still serve a cake you can feel good about:
1. Make it from scratch so that you can control the ingredients. Replace fats like oil or butter with Greek yogurt without affecting flavor or texture.
2. Serve a sugar-free angel food cake and top it with fruit tossed in honey. You don't need frosting for school colors
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There are a lot of catchy buzzwords related to health and nutrition that marketers cling to to convince us to use their product or eat their food in order to lose weight. Dieters also cling to these because it may be that magic bullet they've been hoping for.
Well, there are no magic bullets, and while some nutrients can be overhyped, consuming the right ones in moderation can have positive impact on your overall health. The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are two such nutrients. You hear a lot about them, and might even make an effort to include them in your diet, but could you say why you do?
While both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids belong to the polyunsaturated fats, they have distinct differences. They are both considered "essential" because they are necessary to sustain a healthy body. The importance is underlined by the fact that our bodies can't produce these nutrients, so we must gain them via dietary sources.
Omega-3s get most of the
Memorial Day is fast approaching. It's a day set aside to honor the men and women who died in military service. As we anticipate the beginning of lazy summer days at the beach, hot dogs on the grill, late nights and frozen treats, many communities celebrate the festivities with picnics. If you aren't careful, you could easily eat a day - or more - worth of fat and calories in just one meal. Take this easy quiz and see how knowledgeable you are when it comes to making healthy choices at your picnic.
Kids Are Eating Fruit in Creative WaysIf you are a parent struggling to get fruit in your kids' diets you have probably tried the technique of sneaking fruits and vegetables in their food, or even giving the vegetables funny names which I spoke about "in the news" for our Natural Health newsletter.
According to a study done by Dutch researchers, one effective way to get kids to eat their produce is to make the food look appealing and fun. In children ages 4 to 7 years old, kids ate close to twice as much when the fruit was presented in a fun and likable way.
In the test, one group of apples, grapes and strawberries were skewered with flagged cocktail sticks and stuck into watermelon for kids to grab. The other group of fruit was just put out on a regular plate. The research team was not able to conclude why, when the fruit was more visually appealing, kids ate significantly more, especially when they knew that regardless of presentation the food would taste the same.
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Perhaps you have already cast your ballot for the winner of the 136th Kentucky Derby, selected your most decorative hat yet, and sent out the invitations to your Derby party. Now, all you need are the recipes for your Southern style menu.
Usually when we think of Southern food, fried, breaded, crumbled and cheesy come to mind. There is no question Southern favorites are delicious but they can also send your arteries into a frenzy.
But worry no more: DietsInReview.com has compiled a list of our favorite Southern-inspired recipes that are just as good as they are good for you. From crispy chicken to berry crumble, we have healthy recipe makeovers that are so filled with Southern hospitality and yumminess that even Paula Deen might put down her donut burger and sample a few of your tasty and nutritious dishes.
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Mexican food can certainly be one of the more challenging cuisines when eating out, as there aren't many low-fat items to choose from, and several dishes are full of fried foods. Add on calorie-filled margaritas and tortilla chips to start and you are already filling up on unneeded fat and calories before having even ordered your main course. Dishes at Mexican restaurants are usually on the larger side with the addition of rice and beans accompanying the meal.
To help prevent overeating, I would first suggest ordering a house salad, which should entail tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and some avocado for your healthy fat. This starter salad will also help in the avoidance of eating the full entree when it arrives or you can ask for half the portion to be put in a to-go container.
Some terms that you should look to avoid on the menu are: fried, crispy, refried, breaded and cheese. Instead look for items that are baked or grilled and request sauces on the side so you can control the amount
By Mathue Johnson - DietsInReview.com
Summer is lurking just around the corner, and that means swimsuit season is, too. If you haven't already, now is the time to kick your workouts in to gear. Especially if you're after those bikini abs.
A common misconception is that doing endless crunches will yield a flat, sexy stomach. However, this can be filed under fitness myths because it's not true. Crunches shouldn't be discounted, though, as they build core endurance and will obviously help with the defining of those ab muscles. To get the bikini belly you seek, you'll need to burn both fat tissue and muscle tissue.
It might be a surprise, but diet and cardio are the most important ingredients in the weight loss and muscle-toning recipe. Add to that a third ingredient of weight training and you've got the combination for success.
The diet is the most important area to focus on in the coming weeks.
- Reduce calories, carbohydrates, fat, and sodium
- Don't skip meals
- Control portion
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Whether hitting the road, rails or skies this summer, traveling can be a some-what overwhelming venture for some. Planning, budgeting, shopping, packing and even arranging a caretaker for the dog can really make you feel like you need a vacation, as if you didn't already feel that way. Well, to add one more thing to your frantic pre-trip to-do list, don't forget to keep your health in mind.
Odds are you've spent the better part of this first half of the year burning winter weight and keeping your sights set on that hot new bikini so that you could take this trip and enjoy every minute without worrying about that love handle or this arm jiggle. So don't hang up your hat now. Taking your diet and fitness habits on the trip with you is as good idea as packing your passport and SPF 50.
So how do you balance the carefree days of vacation with not falling off the wagon? You do just that - balance. Whether at home, the beach or
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You can start working on a fit and toned tummy for summer now, and it can be as simple as one yoga move: Navasana, or Boat Pose.
Not only do fit and trim abs look great in a bikini, but studies show that keeping these muscles in shape improves posture and reduces lower back pain. A well-maintained and strong core improves the stability of your torso, which in turn prevents your back from common aches and pains. While a regular cardio routine, a healthy, balanced diet and even a little weight work
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If you find yourself traveling this spring or summer, whether for business or pleasure, take in the sights by foot. Just because you're traveling doesn't mean you have to leave your fitness regimen at home. Swap a pair of heels for a pair of sneakers in your bag and you're set!
Going for a walk, jog or run while you're visiting a new place is a great way to see parts of the city you would have otherwise missed. This is especially true for those in-and-out business travelers; wake a little earlier and get in a run before the big meeting and you'll be able to report back that you saw this park or that building, instead of just the inside of the airport and your hotel room. Not only that, you'll awaken your metabolism and be more alert.
For vacationers, taking this daily jaunt is a great way to burn a few extra calories that inevitably get consumed while traveling. New restaurants, indulgent desserts and plenty of lounging at the