January 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm , by jbrown
* Eating healthy doesn’t have to be dull. Perk up your diet with almond butter, black garlic (I had no idea such a thing existed), popcorn (seriously) and 9 other nutritious, un-boring picks. (HuffPo)
* Tempted to try weight-loss supplements? Fitbie explains why these quick fixes aren’t worth it. (Fitbie)
* Your sluggish metabolism makes you chunky, plus 9 other health myths that just won’t go away. (Lifehacker)
* Does caffeine help you drop pounds? Umm, kind of. (LA Times)
* Smart weight-loss tips tailored to your personality. (Wall Street Journal)
January 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm , by jbrown
* “I’ll get over my carbophobia.” You need carbs, we swear. Add these 6 healthy ones to your diet—they can help you feel full and melt body fat. (Eating Well)
* “I’ll stop using lack of time as an excuse for not exercising.” You don’t have to spend hours at a gym or run marathons to get fit. Here’s 10 (realistic!) ways to work exercise into your schedule. (SparkPeople)
* “I’ll make the most of the time I do have to workout.” Leisurely cardio sessions and too-wimpy strength-training routines are just two ways you may be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. (FitSugar)
* “I won’t get fooled by misleading food labels.” How natural is “natural”? Does “no trans fat” really mean there isn’t even a drop in there? Learn the truth behind these and 8 other tricky food labels. (HuffPo)
December 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm , by Lauren Piro
How does chef Tiffany Derry (of Top Chef fan-favorite fame) handle holiday parties for her 70-person (!) family?
“My grandmother is really the only one who can wrangle all of us,” she says. “But I know you also need to plan ahead and make as much as you can the day before. That’s why I love my gnudi pasta dish—you can roll the balls and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook. Then all you need to do is boil some water, grab a sauté pan, and you’re good to go.”
If you’ve never heard of gnudi, it’s an addicting “naked ravioli” dish (click here for the recipe). Tiffany serves a variation with oxtails at her new restaurant in Dallas, Private Social, but for for the home cook, she’s created a recipe that swaps in easy-to-use mushrooms to complement the savory, gotta-have-it brown butter, and of course, lots of cheese. That’s why she’s teamed up with Sargento—the makers of the natural, unprocessed cheeses Tiffany likes cook with—this holiday season. When the cheese is the star of your dish, quality and flavor matter!
“When you cut into it and you see the melting cheese, you think, ‘Oh yeah, it’s going to be good!’ ” Tiffany says.
What makes me a lady:
My southern hospitality charm.
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Foie gras. I’m not a big dessert or chocolate fan, but if you give me some foie gras … oh my gosh. I tell people in my group, if we order it for the table, it’s okay if you don’t want any!
Three things on my life list:
I want to visit Thailand—I love Asian cuisine. In fact, I’d also like to go back to China and study their food for two months. And, if I ever slow down, I would love to have a child.
I could have a super power, it would be:
I would have twin so that I could be everywhere. I’d have one that stays at my restaurant, and one that travels the world and does all of the events. I would have the best of both worlds, and nothing would be lacking.
A lady I admire:
Oprah Winfrey. How can you not? She is the ultimate woman. I love that with hard work and just going after her dreams, she made it happen. And now she has her own network. Are you kidding me? How many people have their own network?
November 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm , by jbrown
* If you’re like me and you spent the week of Thanksgiving eating pumpkin whoopie pies (oops), you’ll need this list of 25 shockingly low-calorie foods just as much as I do. (Fitbie)
* D’oh! Americans weigh about 20 pounds more today than we did 20 years ago. (Medical News Today)
* Working up a sweat may help you sleep a whole lot better, according to a new study. People who exercised at a moderate to vigorous level for at least 150 minutes a week had a 65 percent better sleep quality than people who exercised less. (HuffPo)
* Why mid-morning snacking could be sabotaging your weight-loss goals. (MSNBC)
* Which fitness gadgets are a waste of money? Check out SparkPeople’s 10 ways to spot a scam. (SparkPeople)
November 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm , by jbrown
* How will you get back into your healthy-eating routine after the Thanksgiving food fest? Follow EatingWell’s “1,500-Calorie Day-After-Thanksgiving Detox Plan.” (EatingWell)
* Many diets can help you drop pounds but they’re not necessarily great for your health. Find out which popular plans earn the highest marks for weight loss and health gains. (NY Daily News)
* Firm up in just 5 minutes with this workout from celeb trainer Rich Barretta. (Vital Juice)
* If you’re having a tough time losing weight, consider putting money on it. Check out how this guy made $700 by shedding 50 pounds! (MSNBC)
* Certain types of exercise build long, lean muscles, and four more strength training myths that just won’t die. (Spark People)
October 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm , by jbrown
* Ah, coffee—is there anything it can’t do? New research suggests that drinking more than three cups of caffeinated java daily may help reduce your risk of basal cell carcinoma (the world’s most common cancer) by 20 percent. (HuffPo)
* The healthy recipe we can’t wait to try: black bean and butternut squash burritos. (Oh She Glows)
October 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm , by jbrown
* Not all fall foods are unhealthy. These seven autumnal ingredients are slimming, satisfying and pack tons of nutrients. (HuffPo)
* Trying to lose weight? Tweet about it! Senator Claire McCaskill used Twitter to hold herself accountable to her slim-down plan and now she’s 50 pounds lighter. (CNN)
* If you can’t afford a personal trainer, don’t sweat it—just steal the pros’ get-fit tricks. (FitSugar)
* Eating several mini meals a day instead of three squares is best for weight loss, right? Here’s why that may be more fiction than fact. (EatingWell)
* Oh, KFC: I’m going to withhold my commentary on your new Cheesy Bacon Bowl—a combo of cheese, bacon, fried chicken, corn and mashed potatoes with gravy—and instead quote comedian Patton Oswalt’s now-classic riff on your Famous Bowls. (The NSFWish video is here.) “Stop right there! Can you pile all of those items into a single bowl and just kinda make them into a wet mound of starch that I can eat with a spoon like I’m a death-row prisoner on suicide watch?…Is there a way that the bowl can play This Mortal Coil’s It’ll End in Tears album while I’m eating it at 2:00 in the morning in my darkened apartment, just kind of staring into the distance?…If you could put my lunch in a blender and liquefy it and put it into a caulking gun and then inject it right into my femoral artery, even better. But until you invent the lunch gun, I would like a failure pile in a sadness bowl.” (Eater)