IstockPhoto/ThinkStockWith the rise of eating-related issues like type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, the need to improve the overall health of our country is becoming more urgent - it's time to make some changes in our daily habits and eating patterns.
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Of course, no one wants to be thought of as the picky eater (the one who brings their own dressing to restaurants or refuses to order anything as is on the menu), but sometimes embracing a healthier way of life means doing new things that probably won't feel natural at first. We're not talking about extreme measures here, but little habits like starting the morning with a big glass of water and eating more vegetables and less processed foods.
For expert opinions and advice, we turned to two well-respected nutritionists, Marion Nestle, a professor at NYU and author of Food Politics as well as numerous other books, and Keri Glassman, author and founder of Nutritious Life in New York City. As Glassman says,
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IstockPhoto/ThinkStockWith the rise of eating-related issues like type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, the need to improve the overall health of our country is becoming more urgent - it's time to make some changes in our daily habits and eating patterns.Read More »from Easy Ways to Improve Your Eating Habits
Thinkstock/iStockphotoIt's the morning after a big night - your lips are dry, your head is throbbing and foggy, and your stomach is queasy. As much as it feels like your body is wrongly punishing you for what, as far as you can remember, was only a few drinks, it's only trying to atone for what you made it endure the night before.Read More »from Foods that Will Help You Cure Your Hangover
Water, aspirin, and in many cases, greasy foods like fries and pizza are what we most frequently use to treat a hangover, but you may be surprised to hear that there are some healthy foods that can help cure your hangover woes, too.
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To understand what you should be eating to treat a hangover, think of it as a simple give and take formula, because all you need to know is what you took away from your body the night before. While you may know that you're dehydrated after a night of drinking, nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, and protein take a hit as well, and there are particular foods that you can eat that will help you replenish them.
Flickr/vinylmeisterSurprisingly enough, not every country in the world is home to a McDonald's. According to NPR's The Salt, Vietnam is actually expecting their first franchise in Ho Chi Minh City in the next year.Read More »from Are There Countries Without McDonald's?
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Research shows that there are still 105 countries that have yet to be infiltrated by the global chain, including Bolivia, Ghana, Jamaica, Yemen, Tajikstan. More surprisingly, in other countries, McDonald's franchises have had to close due to slow economic sales.
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However, according to consumer goods policy analyst Jack Russo, two thirds of McDonald's total revenue comes from outside the United States.
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Today, there are 34,480 restaurants in 119 countries. Exceptions to the chain exist however, such as the fact that you won't find a Big Mac at the Vatican or in North Korea.
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Franchises don't always
LaureyWGlennA beautiful kitchen is composed of much more than what meets the eye. In our quest to find the most beautiful kitchens in America, we decided to enlist the experts. Landmark magazines including ELLE Decor, VERANDA, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, and Southern Living all contributed photos and descriptions of what they felt to be the most beautiful kitchens they encountered.Read More »from America's 5 Most Beautiful Home Kitchens
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These submissions, spanning the country, ranged in design from country chic to sleek and modern, family friendly, and white-washed and pristine. Each photo came with a description on the appliances, design inspiration, story, functionality, owners, layout, or general kitchen theme.
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The interior design experts we selected to be on our panel are all top-ranked in both interior and kitchen design. They have been recognized by publications such as Good Housekeeping, ELLE Decor, New York Magazine, House
Shutterstock.comWhat meals are Americans cooking these days? There are a number of ways to answer that question, from finding out what the most searched recipes are to determining the popular food trends of the year. But while we could turn to search engines for help and base our opinions off popular forecast data, we decided to take one, narrow route to create a list of America's favorite recipes, and it all starts with you.Read More »from America’s 5 Favorite Home-Cooked Dishes
All in all, our list shows us that we as Americans are simple creatures when it comes to cooking - we seek out the most familiar and simple foods that we can find. We certainly like our baked goods, as recipes like chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake made the list, but we can pinpoint trending tastes in savory recipes as well. Macaroni and cheese appeared not once but twice on our list, and other comfort foods like lasagna, chicken pot pie, and pot roast were on the list, too.
We didn't just stop there, though, because once we found out the most popular recipes on the
Martha Stewart, cherryblossomsandfaeriewings, The Knot, Cake Chooser, Brides.comIf you are looking for a way to incorporate something traditionally French into your wedding cake (or your Blair Waldorf senses happen to be tingling), consider adding macarons to your wedding plan!Read More »from Trending Now: Macaron Wedding Cakes
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Bring a little bit of Paris to your wedding with these irresistible colored sweets that, ever since the days of Marie Antoinette, have been associated with refinement, glamour, and style. Trendy to the wedding cake scene, macaron towers are a new wedding cake replacement, as macarons can be tinted in any color to perfectly match your event and can come in almost any flavor.
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Macaron towers are commonly used as dessert table elements and even centerpieces, but more and more adventurous brides are choosing a macaron tower over the traditional wedding cake. If you are a bride who isn't feeling bold or adventurous enough to go along with the new trend, consider decorating your wedding cake with macarons,
Hannah CanvasserIt's time to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to breading, and we're not talking about the whole cat breading craze. To stray away from the familiar, we're introducing some new ways to bread your food that go far beyond the boring old breadcrumb.Read More »from Surprising Ways to Coat Your Cutlet
From nuts to potato chips, we have new ideas for you to add some crunch to your cutlet. Do you love barbecue chicken wings? So do we, and we figured out how to make them with a little texture using something else we love: barbecue potato chips. Along with potato chips, we also show you that there's more to honey mustard pretzels than just dirty fingers, that cereal isn't just for breakfast, and that pistachios don't always have to be a struggle to eat.
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While we're all about stretching the boundaries with breading, there are some basic rules you need to stick by so that you get tender and moist meat and a perfect golden-brown exterior. While variations exist in breading techniques, we
iStockphoto/ThinkstockMany people know surprisingly little about olive oil, a commodity that so often makes the news - at times the subject of public esteem (as when a study is released about new health benefits), and at other times, scandal (as when more fraud is uncovered). Part of the lack of general knowledge is a result of all the crazy marketing out there: Peruse the olive oils in the cooking oil aisle of a typical grocery store and you'll be greeted by all kinds of terminology. Some of it is confusing - like "pure" and "extra-virgin" - which is better? Other terms are just pointless - "cold-pressed" for example, doesn't really mean much; basically, all extra-virgin olive oil is cold-pressed. And part of it is still a relative lack of popularity - according to Tom Mueller, author of Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, "The Greeks eat more [olive] oil than any other nationality, 21 liters per capita every year as compared with 13 liters in Italy and Spain, 1 liter inRead More »from 5 Olive Oil Myths
Pasta FitsOne of the fastest, easiest things to make in the middle of a busy workweek is a pasta dish. But what to make? Surely not cacio e pepe or spaghetti with garlic and olive oil again - although those are classic and delicious dishes, and we do love them. So, if you're in need of new cooking ideas, we're here to help.Read More »from 5 Easy 15-Minute Pasta Recipes
Just how much can be accomplished in 15 minutes? Surprisingly, a lot. The trick is to strategize and stay organized. The first thing to do is to get a pot of water boiling as soon as you walk into the kitchen. There's a bit more to this first task than meets the eye, though.
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For example, how much water should go into the pot? A glance at the package directions for a box of dried pasta, or the directions in many cookbooks, will tell you six quarts per pound of pasta. But in an article in The New York Times, Lidia Bastianich once told Harold McGee that one could cut that down to four quarts with no ill effects, and The Daily Meal's
Istock/MmeEmilLet's face it, if you're reading this, you live to eat rather than eat to live. And in ways, that is great. Food has long been a celebration of culture and happiness, and is a big part of everyone's life. The problem occurs when the enjoyment of food turns into overindulgence and doesn't leave you feeling good about yourself or what you ate.Read More »from Diet Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
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Even if you've eaten well during the week by packing your lunches and cooking dinner at home, social situations arise where your control is put to the test. Not that a treat is bad - in fact, it's important to indulge, but it has to be when you're in control and feeling good about the decision.
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The fact is, most situations pose the potential to overeat - almost every activity and celebration involves a heaping pile of glorious food. Watching TV, attending a party, and even simply spending time with friends