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It doesn't take much to prepare healthy vegetable spring rolls

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Posted: April 14, 2014
These Mussels Fra Diavolo devilishly good, easy to make

Two restaurants near me feature Mussels Night every week. The portions are abundant, and for about $15.00, you can't beat the price. This value, plus their plump, sweet meat should be good enough, but in addition, mussels are protein- and nutrient-rich and modest in calories.

Posted: April 07, 2014
Study raises questions about health differences between fats

My doc was pleased that my blood tests had improved.

Posted: April 07, 2014
Salad is colorful and appetizing

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Posted: March 31, 2014
Curried mustard greens are a tasty Indian adventure

Mom says eat your greens. Health experts want you to choose the dark, leafy kind.

Posted: March 24, 2014
Raw milk doesn't help with lactose intolerance

A pilot study failed to show something many people believe - that drinking raw milk reduces the symptoms of lactose intolerance or malabsorption.

Posted: March 24, 2014
'Secret-weapon' foods to help lose weight

Want to boost chances of losing weight? Of course, the foundation for successful weight loss is eating well and exercising, but if you want to power up your efforts, check out this diet cheat sheet of foods that do a little of the work for you.

Research shows these secret-weapon foods can help you trim down:

Apples: For a mere 95 calories, a medium-sized apple contains 4 grams of fiber. And recent research, published in the Journal of Nutrition, suggests that boosting your fiber intake may help you to prevent weight gain - or even encourage weight loss.

Oatmeal: Eating a breakfast made with "slow-release" carbohydrates, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, three hours before you exercise may help you burn more fat, suggests a recent study in the Journal of Nutrition.

Soup: Research published in the journal Appetite has shown that people who start a meal with vegetable soup eat 20 percent fewer calories over the course of their meal.

Mushrooms: Research reports that when people ate mushroom-based entrees, they felt just as satisfied as when they'd eaten those same dishes made with beef--though they'd taken in a fraction of the calories and fat.

Eggs: In one study, dieters who ate eggs for breakfast felt full for longer and lost more than twice as much weight as those who got the same amount of calories from a bagel for breakfast. Think beyond breakfast, too: eggs boost a salad's staying power and make for a satisfying snack.

Hot chile peppers: In one study, consuming a little hot pepper (in tomato juice or in capsules) 30 minutes before a meal helped study participants feel less hungry and eat about 10 percent less.

Almonds: Chew more to curb hunger. That's what researchers concluded in a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in which they asked participants to chew a 2-ounce serving of almonds 10, 25 or 40 times. Participants got maximum satisfaction--they felt fuller longer--from the nuts when they chewed 40 times. ]]>

Posted: March 17, 2014
Kale frittata with tomato and basil takes advantage of seasonal produce

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Posted: March 17, 2014
Dining at your desk

Like most mothers, Kelly Hagan, of Ventnor, wears many hats in her family and finds it hard to stop everything to eat lunch.

Posted: March 10, 2014
Bison meatballs dress up this Moroccan Tagine

What is bison like? Seeing it at gourmet butchers and natural food stores, I wondered. But finding ground bison at Costco got me to finally try it.

Posted: March 10, 2014
Raisins have some health benefits

The health benefits of eating raisins are many. Several new studies on raisins and health were published in the June 2013 Journal of Food Science. One such study shows that raisins and grapes eaten as an afternoon snack led to a lower overall food intake among children, compared to eating other common snacks, such as chips or cookies.

Posted: March 10, 2014
Is it healthy to be dining at your desk?

Like most mothers, Kelly Hagan, of Ventnor, wears many hats in her family and finds it hard to stop everything to eat lunch.

Posted: March 10, 2014
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this healthy cabbage and turkey ragout

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Posted: March 03, 2014
With orthorexia, diet can never be 'pure' enough

One awful day, D.C. Copeland recalls, her perspective on her "pure" diet had become so distorted that she found herself crying in the produce section of a grocery store because she could not decide whether the kale or the chard was "better."

Posted: March 03, 2014
Studying the interplay between food, genes and health

Life is complicated. No, really. It's really complicated. That's my conclusion after wading through the recent position paper on "nutritional genomics" by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - the world's largest group of nutrition professionals.

Posted: February 24, 2014
Add flavor to a grilled tofu steak by glazing it with pomegranate

The first time I tasted tofu, as cubes in a steaming bowl of hot and sour soup, I was eight years old and delighted. I called it "white Jell-O."

Posted: February 24, 2014
'Organic' doesn't mean pesticides weren't used

Brian Leahy has an interesting history. In 1980, he operated a 900-acre organic rice farm in California. In the 1990's, he managed an 800-acre organic corn, soybean, alfalfa and cattle farm in Nebraska. In 2002, he became executive director of the California Cer-tified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Then in 2012, Leahy became the director of the California Depart-ment of Pesticide Regula-tions.

Posted: February 17, 2014
Using winter squash makes for colorful Valentine's Day dinner

Recently, a dish that made my heart beat faster was a stacked column of colorful winter squash slices topped with sauteed greens and a savory curl of Parmigiano cheese. It was so beautiful and lovingly assembled that I decided to recreate it myself on Valentine's Day.

Posted: February 10, 2014