Blog Posts by DietsInReview

  • 10 Healthy Snacks to Satisfy Road Trip Munchies

    By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at

    It's that time of year - the kids are out of school, and for many families, that means one thing - Road trip! There's something deeply American about loading the family into the car and striking out for the great unknown. Exploring the country by car is exciting and fulfilling, but it also takes time. Spend a lot of time in the car, and pretty soon, you'll get the munchies. Fail to pack snacks and you'll end up stopping in drive-thrus and convenience stores snacking on French fries, potato chips, and candy. Take time to plan for your foods for your trip and you won't arrive at your destination bloated and five pounds heavier.

    Here are ten of my top choices for healthy, easy to pack travel foods that kid- and parent-friendly! These are easily transported and filling enough to help fuel an all day trip. Freeze water bottles, insert them into a cooler with ice, and add your snacks. The water bottles will stay cool and the snacks will

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  • The Best Swimsuits for Your Body Type

    By Nicole Brewer -

    Swimsuit season is here, and with it, the oftentimes frantic quest for the right suit for your body type. Celebrity stylist and former Biggest Loser Contestant (Season 7) Nicole Brewer offers simple tips for shopping for swimwear that fit your lifestyle and your curves!

    Real women have curves, so choose your swimsuits like you would your clothes. Look for silhouettes that flatter your body. Think about your shape first, your size second - that way you'll be drawn to suits that will accentuate your assets and downplay the rest. If you're plus size, shop for swimwear like you would your shape wear. You may not want to cut corners - there's too much at stake. Consider making the investment in supportive fabrics with Lycra® and Spandex, as well as built-in bras that work to shape your body beautifully. You'll quickly discover that it's totally worth it!

    Whether you're top heavy, bottom heavy, or have a full midsection in between, view the

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  • 7 Healthy Must-Reads for the Beach this Summer

    By Jennipher Walters -

    Now that summer has unofficially begun, it's time to sit back and relax -- with a book. Leisurely reading a book on the beach or at the pool is a fantastic way to de-stress and learn something new. We rounded up the best health- and nutrition-related books that will keep your interest and maybe even inspire you to be just a little bit fitter and happier!

    1. Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life. This book is penned by Jillian Michaels and is a deep-dive into helping you figure out what's holding you back -- be it with your weight, your inability to stick to a workout program, or even relationships issues. This is the closest you can get to talking to the former Biggest Loser trainer herself!

    2. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. This title is a tale of what we eat, where it comes from and, really, why we should care. Author Michael Pollan takes you on a fascinating adventure into what's really on your plate. For

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  • Food Fight: Meal Delivery Plans Vie for Supremacy

    By Jason Knapfel -

    So, you say that you just don't have time to think about what it takes to eat a healthy diet? While we should all make healthy eating a top priority, sometimes it gets lost in the busy shuffle of life. That's probably why meal delivery services have become a growing trend in the diet industry.

    While Nutrisystem controls more than half of the meal delivery market, according to Marketdata Enterprises, an independent market research company, the other companies are catching up. For instance, eDiets saw sales for their meal delivery service rise 85 percent in the first quarter of 2011.

    The benefits to healthy meal delivery services are obvious: you get the convenience of healthy food sent right to your doorstep with all the thinking done for you. All you have to do is work on your willpower. If you prefer the convenience, here are some of the more popular meal delivery plans available:

    Bistro M.D.

    Created by Dr. Caroline Cederquist, there are a few

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  • June's In-Season Produce Inspires Fresh Recipes

    By Brandi Koskie -

    Surely we're not the only ones rejoicing that our weekends can now begin with a trip to the farmers market to pick up the best produce the season has to offer. The only thing better than the R&R that naturally comes with the lazy days of summer are the endless choices of fruits and vegetables. The colors, aromas, and flavors make eating during this time of year tastier than any other.

    The first day of summer isn't on the calendar until June 21, but its produce is already available in many parts of the country.

    Whether you're harvesting your own backyard garden, or reaping the benefits of a local farmer's harvest, here is a list of the in-season produce for June, as well as recipes to help you enjoy them.

    In-season vegetables include asparagus, artichokes, and green beans; for fruits, you'll want to look for strawberries, cherries, and grapes.

    Strawberry Salsa

    Skinny b---- Chicken Salad Sandwich

    Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms with Rosemary

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  • 5 Summer Activities That Prove Burning Calories is Fun

    By Jason Knapfel -

    With the unofficial start to summer behind us and the official start just weeks away, we're ready to take on some of our favorite activities of the season. Summer is a great time to bond with family and friends, but it also presents opportunities to easily fit in more exercise, too. All you have to do is hit the great outdoors!

    Here are a few calorie-burning summer activities that you'll enjoy so much you won't even realize you're getting in a workout. They also serve as a gentle reminder that exercise doesn't require a gym and a monotonous hour on the treadmill. Get out and move, play, and have fun. When you think of exercise in these terms, it stops being a chore.

    Burn 700 Calories Golfing. Hitting the links is an easy way to walk a few miles while getting your competitive juices flowing (even if it's only against yourself). According to a study by Neil Wolkodoff, director of the Rose Center for Health and Sports Sciences in Denver, putting in

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  • 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Healthy Camping Trip

    By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at

    Sleeping under the stars, cooking on a fire, taking in the beauty of the great outdoors - what's not to love about camping? Camping is the quintessential family- and budget-friendly activity; both inexpensive and offering plenty of quality time together. While supplies like a tent, sleeping bag, and flash light are obvious, what will you eat? It doesn't take long to realize being outdoors works up a tremendous appetite, but most of the traditional camping foods aren't healthy enough to give you the fuel you need, especially perennial favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers, and gooey S'mores. So, is there a way to enjoy a traditional camping trip without resorting to those quick-fix food staples?

    No different than any other time, one of the main secrets to eating healthy on a camping trip is planning. It's much easier to grab a pack of hot dogs and some buns and leave town, but a little bit of thinking ahead will help you avoid resorting

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  • Inca Peanuts are Healthy but Not a Weight Loss Wonder

    By Theresa DeLay -

    It's the newest "it" food of the moment - Inca peanuts. Thanks to a recent endorsement by Dr. Oz, plugging these as a new super food, everyone wants to know more about these little nuts. Also called sacha inchi nuts, they are cultivated in the Andes Mountains of Peru. They've been enjoyed for centuries by the Incas and are making their debut here in the states as the must-have health food of the summer.

    Historians believe that the sacha inchi plant (which produces the seeds known as Inca peanuts) has been used by the natives of Peru for more than 3,000 years. The seeds are shelled and eaten in a number of ways: raw, roasted, topped with sugar, or as an oil in traditional Peruvian recipes. It's even been used as a cosmetic facial cream in some areas.

    For those of us living far from the Andes, Inca peanuts remain elusive. It can be hard to find them and the high cost for ordering can be a deterrent. Your best chance for finding them is in specialty

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  • 7 Memorial Day Burger Recipes for a Healthier Cookout

    By Brandi Koskie -

    With some parts of the country experiencing record-early 100 degree days this week, there can be no doubt that summer is just around the corner. Even closer is the unofficial start of summer - Memorial Day.

    You've probably already dusted off the grill and made a few dinners on your patio, but that practice will likely increase exponentially once the first major holiday of summer hits in just three weeks. If your plan is to grill up as many burgers as possible to honor this U.S. holiday, there are a few things you should know to ensure you're serving up the healthiest meal possible.

    When grilling your favorite burger recipe, keep it delicious and lean by following these simple steps:

    Choose a lean cut of meat: 90% or higher ground beef (organic if possible), chicken breasts, or lean ground turkey (white meat only). Even consider a vegetarian option - a large portobello mushroom cap.

    Choose a wholesome bun: Nature's Own makes a delicious whole wheat

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  • 6 Recipes Inspired by In-Season Produce for May

    By Brandi Koskie -

    Who doesn't love the crisp, sweet and fresh-tasting produce that is available during the spring and summer? It makes healthy eating even more enticing! When you've spent months bundled up during the winter eating heavy comfort foods, eating the first picks of the spring harvest can be quite refreshing. These fruits and vegetables are, of course, best when fresh, and at their peak.
    This year, consider eating the freshest produce possible, by eating seasonally and locally. The benefits are numerous: supports local farmers and thus the local economy, it reduces your carbon footprint by limiting the miles traveled from farm to plate, and the flavor is incomparable.

    You can eat seasonally and locally in a number of ways:

    • Try container gardening if you're in an urban area. You can build a small garden in your suburban backyard or terrace, and grow family favorites.
    • Visit your local farmers market, where you'll not only find fresh produce
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