Blog Posts by Ali Wentworth

  • How to Cook the Perfect Steak

    As the founder and CEO of Uncle Jack's Steakhouse in New York City, Willie Degel knows a thing or two about cooking a great steak. The "Restaurant Stakeout" host stopped by Daily Shot to share his wisdom on the subject of cooking the perfect piece of meat.

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    Willie says there are two major mistakes the home cook makes when preparing steak. "They don't season it properly, and they overflip it. They'll flip it four or five times during the process at home," he explains. Flipping just once will preserve the flavor and keep the meat from drying out. As for proper seasoning, only three ingredients are needed: a great olive oil or butter, kosher salt, and pepper.

    Not sure what to look for when choosing meat? "If you really want a great steak, you want more fat and marbling, and you want a little fat around the perimeter." The fat will caramelize and add moisture to the meat, helping to develop a nice, crispy crust.

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  • Surprising Kitchen Cures for Acne, Love Handles & More

    Want to get rid of your muffin top? It may be as easy as looking in your pantry. Peggy Kotsopoulos, a nutritionist and the author of "Kitchen Cures," says certain foods can help alleviate common health complaints.

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    If you're looking for shinier hair, Peggy says to turn to foods high in fats and protein, like wild salmon. "An oily fish helps to hydrate (from the) inside out," She says. But if you need a quick fix, try rinsing your hair with vinegar. "It cuts through the debris and all the buildup in your hair ... so your hair will be so shiny after," she explains.

    In need of a libido boost? One surprising kitchen cure is garlic. "It dilutes your blood vessels, so blood can actually flow faster to your genitals," she says. Pumpkin seeds, which are high in zinc, are another libido booster. "Zinc is an important mineral to help boost testosterone production," Peggy explains. Testosterone production is important for men as well as women, she said.

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  • Five Powerful Age-Defying Foods

    It’s no secret that a great diet can help you look and feel younger, but you might be surprised to learn about some specific foods that have age-defying properties. Elisa Zied is a nutritionist and author of “Younger Next Week,” and she stopped by Daily Shot to share her favorite age-defying foods:

    1. Popcorn. “It’s 100 percent whole grain and it’s also a great source of fiber,” Elisa says. Popcorn also has great plant chemicals called polyphenols which have anti-oxidant properties. “They fight the free radicals that are in your body and in the environment that ruin skin and other body cells,” she adds.

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    2. Potatoes. While low-carb enthusiasts might be shocked to see the potatoes presence on a power food list, Elisa says “carbs are so essential because they give your body, your brain, your red blood cells, your whole nervous system the basic glucose that you need to be energized.” They also enhance the production of serotonin, “that wonderful

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  • Health Secrets From the Victoria's Secret Trainer

    Former champion boxer and fitness expert Michael Olajide, Jr. famously helped model Adriana Lima get back in shape for the 2012 Victoria's Secret fashion show — just eight weeks after she gave birth. "We kind of had to override nature in a way," Michael says about the postbaby transformation. He scheduled workouts with Adriana twice a day, using a mix of jump rope, shadowboxing, and sculpting maneuvers. "Before you know it ... she was onstage," Michael says.

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    Michael insists that you don't have to be a supermodel to undergo a body transformation. His new program "Sleekify" is all about using cardiovascular workouts to build muscle endurance - and best of all, there are no weights necessary So, with workouts that burn around 1,000 calories, there are sure to be results.

    If you think jumping rope is just for boxers and young girls, think again. Michael says this workout is essential for getting in tip-top shape. "So many people have not

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  • Three Healthy Snacks to Beat the Wintertime Blues

    Looking for great recipes for a healthier 2014? Sarah Carey, host of "Everyday Food," shares her favorite guilt-free comfort foods.

    Recipes courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

    Chili-Lime Popcorn
    Serves: 8

    Ingredients
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 1/4 teaspoons chili powder
    1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
    1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
    1 large lime wedge (about 2 limes total)

    Directions
    1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil with 3 popcorn kernels in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. When kernels pop, add remainder of the 1/2 cup kernels. Cook, covered, shaking pan occasionally, until popping slows, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove pan from heat; let stand, covered, 1 minute.
    2. Stir together spices, salt, and zest in a small bowl. Toss hot popcorn with remaining tablespoon oil in a large bowl; sprinkle with spice mixture. Squeeze lime wedge over popcorn. Toss to coat. (58 calories per 1-cup serving)

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    Spiced Nuts and Seeds
    Serves: 16

    Ingredients
    3 cups whole

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  • Kitchen 101: Fridge vs. Cupboard

    If you shove your groceries in the fridge without a second thought, you could be causing certain foods to expire faster. Bahar Takhtechian, editor-at-large of Shape magazine, plays "fridge versus cupboard" and reveals what produce should and shouldn't be kept in the cooler.

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    Potatoes? Keep in the cupboard, not the fridge. "Potatoes have starch, and when they're exposed to cold temperatures, it actually makes the potato sweeter," Bahar says. "Keep them in a brown bag, and then store it away in a dark place."

    Tomatoes should also be stored in the cupboard. "Tomatoes need to be kept out of the fridge because a lot of times those cold temperatures change the texture, and it makes them ripen unevenly," she explains.

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    What about bread? "You'd think that you should store it in the fridge because that would prevent mold," Bahar says. "However, when you do that, that makes the bread get stale faster." She recommends splitting

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  • Trista Sutter: I Was Depressed After Plastic Surgery

    The newest season of "The Bachelor" kicks off next week, and Trista Sutter is proof that the dating show can actually end in real love. As the very first "Bachelorette," she met firefighter Ryan Sutter and got married on national television. Now, the couple has two kids and is celebrating 10 years of happy marriage.

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    "It can work!" Trista says about the show. She credits the success of their union to openness, laughter, and lots of sex. "We've just learned a lot from each other over the years, and I think we're both open to continuing to learn."

    Despite her happy marriage, Trista says she struggled with depression after making the decision to have plastic surgery to correct a droopy eye. She was allergic to her antibiotic and ended up getting sick for weeks afterward. "I went into clinical depression," she says. "I was like a shell of myself. It was horrible."

    Trista eventually came out of the tough stage of her life, and she credits gratitude with helping

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  • Seven Seeds You Should Be Eating

    You probably hear a lot about the healthy superfoods you should be eating, but have you heard of superseeds? Lucy Danziger, editor in chief of Self magazine, stopped by the "Daily Shot" studios to talk about how small seeds can make a big difference in your health and wellness.

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    "They're little nutrition powerhouses that give you more nutrition per square inch than any other thing you can eat," she says. "If you could sprinkle these on salads, or put them in your smoothie, you are going to emerge healthier, slenderer, and younger-looking."

    1. Pomegranate seeds. Looking to stay slim? Pomegranates have large amounts of vitamin C, which raises metabolism and cuts fat storage.

    2. Hemp seeds. Another superseed that is great for maintaining your figure, hemp is loaded with fiber. "Fiber will speed up your metabolism," Lucy says. "You will be able to eat more calories, and they won't stick."

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  • The 5 Healthy Foods You're Not Eating

    Have you ever heard of kefir? What about MCT oil? Mira and Jayson Calton are nutritionists and the authors of "Naked Calories," and they say these two foods can be powerful tools to help you slim down and get healthier.

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    Kefir is a yogurt drink popular in the Middle East that's starting to gain esteem in the United States. A source of calcium, protein, and phosphorus, kefir was found to help people to stay thinner longer in a study described in a 2011 New England Journal of Medicine article.

    Craving carbs? Mira and Jayson suggest baking with coconut flour. "It's lower in carbohydrates than regular wheat flour," Mira says. "And it has something called lauric acid, which is great for raising the good cholesterol."

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    Mira and Jayson recommend cooking with MCT oil in place of other oils. Jayson says it's "popular with high-performance athletes but has never really made it into the kitchen." The oil causes a

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  • Megan Hilty: "I Thought I Would Never Get Married"

    Megan Hilty is the face (and voice) behind such hits as "Smash" and "Sean Saves the World," but the recent event that has her gushing happened offscreen. This past November, she married fellow actor Brian Gallagher. The kicker? The two wed just nine days after getting engaged.

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    "We just wanted to be married," Megan says, "so we called our parents and our siblings and said, 'Listen, in nine days we will be in Vegas. Be there.' And everybody showed up!"

    The newlywed insists marriage was not something she had on the brain prior to meeting her husband. "I thought I was going to be single my whole life," the actress says. "It was never something that I wanted. I was never one of those girls. I'm very career-oriented."

    Megan and her hubby kept things low-key for their nuptials. "Our reception was a pajama party," she says. "We all raced upstairs, put on our pajamas, had our dinner, and got hammered."

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