Category Archives for "Healthy Cooking"

Shortcuts and Strategies for Planning Family Dinners

Most people know it is a good idea to plan menus for family dinners, but they still do not make time to do it. Here are some shortcuts and strategies to get meal planning done fast, save time and reduce your stress.

  1. Plan one night for leftovers and one night for a freezer meal. Make a double batch of select recipes and freeze one for later. Alternately, the second batch can serve as a simple leftover meal towards the end of the week.

Regular Coffee Drinkers Have “Cleaner” Arteries

Korean researchers have found that drinking a few cups of coffee each day may be linked to clean arteries- preventing clogging, a risk factor for heart disease. A study looked at over 25,000 men and women and explained that those who drank three to five cups of coffee per day were “less likely to have early signs of heart disease on their medical scans.” The debate surrounding coffee’s heath benefits continues, as some studies have found it linked to higher cholesterol or blood pressure, while other studies suggest that it may relieve these symptoms. In this study, however, coffee is linked to prevention of fatty material build-up in the artery walls.

Click here to read the full article by Michelle Roberts for BBC News Health.

Banana Ginger Smoothie Recipe

Looking to soothe stomach troubles such as nausea, heartburn, and digestion? This banana ginger smoothie will be a great natural remedy and a yummy treat to enjoy.


1 banana, sliced
3/4 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger.

Combine the four ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve fresh. Makes two servings.

Click here for more healthy smoothie recipes from Prevention.

Five Methods for Creating Healthy Recipes

Before you toss out a family recipe because it is unhealthy, consider modifying it into healthy recipes with just a few simple changes. You will find that developing a talent for ingredient substitution can help transform just about any unhealthy recipe into a healthy one, without diminishing the texture or taste of the foods that you grew up loving. Here are five methods to help you transform recipes into healthy alternatives. 

NEDA Week: Shining A Light On Extreme Healthy Eating

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and for this reason we want to shine a light on a topic that is often not spoken about. Orthorexia is an eating disorder associated with the compulsive desire to eat healthy, clean, unprocessed foods to the point where it becomes extreme and unhealthy. Although the condition does not have a formal medical classification, it may bear resemblance to obsessive-compulsive methodology that is focused on “righteous eating, eating only ‘pure’ foods and trying to avoid contamination by food…Orthorexia isn’t the same as following a specific eating plan for ethical reasons, or because of food intolerances. Yet the line between the two is often blurred, which is why orthorexia can go undetected or unnoticed, as in the fitness industry.”

How Can Your Fridge Help You Lose Weight?

It may seem that the refrigerator is your biggest enemy while you’re on a diet– but this doesn’t have to be the case! Organizing your fridge to show off the wonderful healthy foods you have stocked can do wonders for your healthy eating regimen. Declutter your fridge by using plastic storage bins that will allow you to organize and see what you have available to you. Place easy-to-grab snacks in the center of your fridge that can be go-to snacks. Keep precut veggies in the fridge so that they are ready to eat. A fruit bowl is also a great snack to keep in sight, so that you choose fruit over unhealthy dessert options. Do an overhaul of everything in your fridge, tossing everything that might run you off-course from your healthy eating plan. Last but not least, store healthy alternatives to your favorite foods to avoid deprivation.

Click here to read the full article by Jenny Sugar for PopSugar.