Few things are sexier than being healthy. These 5 red foods-which are packed with antioxidants and vitamins-will help keep you and your sweetie going strong on Valentine's Day and all year long.
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Can food really boost your libido? The skeptic in me says it can't be true, but the romantic part of me hopes that it is (especially this year when Valentine's Day follows a week of stress and long days at work).
For centuries, people all over the world have been claiming that oysters, chocolate, chile peppers and more so-called aphrodisiacs-including asparagus, bananas, strawberries and you-fill-in-the-blank-stoke sex drive. With my romantic dinner plans on the line, I eagerly read the facts and fiction Milton Stokes, M.P.H., R.D., found when he looked into whether certain foods really can get you in the mood.
Before you stock up on "aphrodisiacs" for your Valentine's dinner, check out the facts:
• Sparking libido with food is more fable than fact, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which reviewed the science on the subject. So why, then, do some people report heightened arousal after eating "aphrodisiacs"? Experts tell us it's all in the mind-and inRead More »from Can food boost your libido?
Chocolate FondueSpecial occasions like Valentine's Day can be tough on dieters, but there are plenty of healthy Valentine's Day treats that won't break the calorie bank (or your diet). Check out these delicious ideas that won't leave you, or your sweetie, feeling deprived:
• Take the traditional approach of offering your significant other rich and delicious chocolate confections. Dark chocolate contains heart-healthy antioxidants and, savored in small doses, absolutely fits into a weight-friendly diet. A tasty (but trim) option: chocolate fondue (recipe below). Or make the gift an even bigger show of your love by taking the time to find yummy and healthy chocolate recipes and whip up a batch of "bite-size" treats.
• Or go for the campy approach. Package up some almonds (like Spiced Spanish Almonds), which have as many antioxidants as a serving of broccoli or green tea, according to a 2006 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and add a silly "I'm nuts about you" note.Read More »from Hot fondue for a skinny Valentineâ€™s
Chocolate is definitely the way to my heart (and I make sure my heart gets some TLC at least twice a day!). I can think of very few things with chocolate that I don't like (chocolate-covered potato chips, gummi bears or bugs).
Honey Oat Quick BreadThe first time I baked bread from scratch was 10 years ago when I spent an entire weekend cooking and baking. I'd armed myself with the ingredients for a simple loaf of whole-wheat bread and went for it. I was rewarded with an apartment filled with the warm aroma of homemade bread.
What better way to add some whole-grain goodness to your diet? (People who eat plenty of whole grains tend to be leaner and healthier than those who don't.)
I was really excited when award-winning cookbook author Nancy Baggett shared 5 of her easy, amazing recipes for no-knead breads. I love dunking chunks of Crunchy-Munchy Corn & Millet Bread-a rustic round loaf that's crunchy on the outside and moist and soft on the inside-into creamy chowder. And chewy-crisp and fragrant Parmesan-Herb Focaccia goes well with any Italian food.
Try Nancy's 6 tips for great no-knead breads and you'll be baking homemade bread in no time.
Try this Honey Oat Quick Bread (recipe below). It has a yummy flavorRead More »from Hot bread for a healthy bod
For a time, I tried to keep the chips out of the house but that wasn't really fair to my husband, Jon. Plus, I missed them.
So I figured out that I could enjoy my chips without going overboard by pairing them with yummy, low-cal Chile Con Queso. It may seem counter-intuitive that eating more would help me to eat less.
But it works for me-and here's why: Grabbing a couple of chips on the fly always results in eating a few more chips… until I've eaten three or four times what I should. But my chip-and-dip combo is a legitimate "snack." I measure out a portion of the dip-a quarter cup, which has only 84 calories-and count out one serving of chips. Putting it all on a plate (where I can see it) makes me accountable in the same way that writing down what you eat does.
Not everyone has an issue with chips. For you, maybe it'sRead More »from 4 ways to stop cheating (on your diet!)
EatingWell WafflesI'm pretty savvy when it comes to making healthy food choices. And at the very least, when I do make unhealthy choices, I usually know what I'm getting into. Waffles, however, seem to trip me up. When I selected healthy breakfast recipes for our cookbook EatingWell for a Healthy Heart with Dr. Philip Ades, I was surprised when I compared our healthy waffle recipes with traditional versions-waffles can be really unhealthy!
Many traditional waffle recipes use melted butter in the batter. But for Dr. Ades, a leading cardiac researcher at the University of Vermont, using butter in recipes is an absolute "no-no." He's adamant about the importance of limiting saturated fat as part of a heart-healthy diet. (We had to keep all the recipes butter-free in EatingWell for a Healthy Heart, including our recipe for Amazing No-Butter Apple Pie!)
Anyway, we developed this delicious waffle recipe (recipe below) that even Dr. Ades could approve of. Here's how we made it healthier:
There are plenty of people in Vermont who relish the freezing temperatures and snow that come during the heart of winter. I'm not one. While my friends are out skiing, I'm in the kitchen, dressed in my most comfortable sweatshirt, looking for new dinner recipes that are low in calories, but big in flavor.
Here are my 5 all-time favorite winter recipes (all with less than 370 calories and packed with lean protein and fiber-rich vegetables):
Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans (recipe below): In this one-skillet supper, toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella. Serve with a mixed green salad with vinaigrette.
Turkey & Squash Soup: This Southwestern-inspired turkey-and-squash soup gets a little kick from crushed red pepper and some zing from fresh lime juice. You can use leftover turkey or chicken (instead of the cutlets); dice it and add a few minutes before serving. Serve with cornbread.
EatingWell's Pepperoni PizzaDiet fads may come and go, but I know that I can always stay at a healthy weight by eating foods I love. I try to make most of my food choices smart ones but there's a place for pizza in every diet plan. No food is off limits as long as I keep calories in mind (and remember that 3,500 extra ones will cause me to gain a pound).
Here are my 4 favorite tricks for keeping the weight off:
1. I seek out yummy recipes that seem decadent but actually are low in calories and packed with healthful ingredients. One of the quick low-cal dinners I've been making a lot recently is Pepperoni Pizza (see recipe below): its cheesy, saucy topping hides the fact that it delivers only 280 calories per serving. (And it provides a healthy 25 percent of the daily value for calcium and it takes only about a half hour to make! What's not to love?)
2. I know how many calories my body needs and generally what that looks like in a day of eating. If the pounds start creeping on, I write downRead More »from 4 tricks for keeping the weight off
Boneless Buffalo Wings with Spicy Blue Cheese DipWhen it comes to watching the Super Bowl, I'm all about appetizers. So when I planned my Super Bowl party menu this year, the only hard part was deciding which of my favorites to make. Boneless Buffalo Wings with Spicy Blue Cheese Dip (see recipe below) made the cut without question.
Not only are they incredibly easy to make, they're boneless so I don't have to worry about our dog sneaking discarded bones off the coffee table during the game. EatingWell's version is made with healthy white-meat chicken tenders dredged in seasoned whole-wheat flour and cornmeal, then pan-fried in just a small amount of oil and drizzled with a tangy hot pepper sauce.
More awesome appetizer recipes for watching the big game:
Southwestern Layered Bean Dip: Plenty of black beans, salsa and chopped fresh vegetables mean a healthy amount of dietary fiber inRead More »from Incredibly easy Buffalo wings