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Shaking Portobello Mushrooms

Shaking beef is a very famous Vietnamese dish that gets its American name from the constant shaking of the pan to cook the beef and onions without burning. It is traditionally served on a bed of watercress and with a dipping sauce of lime juice and pepper. This dish borrows from the famous original but […]

Dine in or take out: Order well at any restaurant

Holiday to-do list have you on the go?  From celebrating with family, to dashing around town for those last minute gifts, the holiday season can interfere with your plans for healthy, home-cooked meals. Below are tips to help you choose healthier options when eating out or ordering takeout. The more vegetables the better. Many restaurants now […]

Reading Nutrition Labels

Reading the Nutrition Facts labels on foods is an important skill that can help us make healthier choices and stay within our calorie budget. Understanding the nutrients and ingredients in the foods you buy makes you a more informed consumer and gives you a better understanding of the foods you are putting into your body. […]

Simple Med Instead of Meds Recipes: 6 Ingredients or Less

When you are busy, the last thing you want to do is prepare a meal with an endless ingredient list. Having a few simple, healthy recipe ideas on hand for the days you do not have a lot of time to cook is a great way to still have a healthy meal at home or […]

Can I Cook with Olive Oil?

I get this question all the time. Shouldn’t I cook with an oil other than olive oil? The answer to this is yes and no. If you have a $40 bottle of olive oil, I would save that for a special splash on top of a salad or use it as a dipping oil for […]

Is Chickpea Pasta a Good Option?

Chickpea pasta has been on the shelves for a few years now but is still a relatively new type of pasta that many of us may not be familiar with or may not have tried yet. It is a good option if you are looking to try a new type of pasta. It is also […]

Proper Portions

The amount of food we eat is just as – if not more – important as the types of foods we eat when it comes to weight maintenance or weight loss. This is another reason why tracking food intake is critical to weight management. We tend to think we are better at estimating the amount […]

Is it ok to eat a hot dog every now and then?

For most of us, we should strive to eat healthy most days of the week. However, “cheat” days are part of our lives and on some eating plans, encouraged. So what do you eat on splurge days? Pizza, pasta, hamburgers, sweets or hotdogs? Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of […]

US Salt Intake to Decrease with New FDA Guidelines

With almost 75% of the sodium intake of most Americans coming from processed foods, it is not the salt shaker on the table that is to blame for high salt intake. The Food and Drug Administration released new guidelines asking food service, restaurants, and food manufacturers to voluntarily reduce sodium levels in over 150 categories […]

Banana Nut Med Muffins

Next time you have overripe bananas lying around, don’t throw them out – make these delicious and healthy muffins instead!  Most muffins are just a step away from cake with lots of added sugar and unhealthy fat. Not these med muffins! These muffins utilize ripe bananas for natural sweetness and nuts for heart-healthy fats. Great […]