Making smarter food choices As every mom knows, kids can do wonders with an old shoebox. When my son and daughter were just five and four years old respectively, they cut a hole in the top of one, filled it with different types of cereal and called it “Mama-O’s.” What impressed me most was that my kids even drew a Nutrition Facts table on the back of the “cereal box,” showing … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Raise a Healthy Eater
Beware bad habits Nobody is a saint when it comes to eating right, not even dietitians. But it helps to be aware of your not-so-nutritious eating habits so you can prevent them from wreaking havoc on your health. Here are the 8 worst offenders: … [Read more...] about The 8 Worst Eating Habits: Do You Follow Any of Them?
I tell my husband not to take it personally, but I would rather get a good night’s sleep than head out for a night on the town. Sleep is a huge part of my healthy lifestyle, right up there with nutritious eating and exercising. Not only is sleep crucial for our mental health, but emerging research also points to it as an important factor for our weight and eating habits. A 2012 … [Read more...] about Why Sleep Helps You Lose Weight (And 6 Proven Ways to Get More Sleep)
My dad, a chef and restaurateur, spent most of his time working at our restaurant and was rarely home to eat dinner with us. But on his day off—every Monday—Dad would devote the day to preparing an extraordinary family dinner of Chinese food. He’d spend all morning shopping for the freshest ingredients, and all afternoon cooking up nothing less than an eight-course meal with … [Read more...] about 5 Steps to Simpler, Healthier Family Meals
1. Sodium-reduced broth It tastes just as great as the regular broth, but has 25 percent less sodium. I use it in homemade soups and for cooking risotto and couscous. 2. Canned salmon It’s cheaper than fresh salmon and still provides omega-3 fats. Choose sodium-reduced versions and toss it into a large green salad, or make salmon salad sandwiches on those nights when you … [Read more...] about 19 Foods You Should Stock for a Healthy Pantry
I work from a home office and, for the first time in 10 years, I am lunching alone on weekdays. Both of our kids are now in schools that are far enough away that they won’t be coming home for lunch anymore. I’ll miss their company. I am a big advocate of eating together as often as possible; the benefits of family meals (breakfast, lunch, or dinner all count) are so … [Read more...] about Family Meals: How to Get the Kids Talking More