Diet Books: Nutritionists’ Look

Diet Books

Diet books should promote healthy, balanced meals (like this salmon dish with vegetables).

In a departure from my usual focus on food, this week I’d like to shed light on popular diet books. After all, maybe you’re looking for a late-summer read. Or maybe you’re thinking about losing those last 5 pounds for Labor Day festivities. Or maybe you’re thinking ahead to September, and getting a jump start on putting your healthy habits back on track. Or maybe you’re simply fascinated by diet books! Whatever the reason may be for perusing the diet book aisle (whether in store or on-line), be armed with a professional opinion on some of the most popular choices.

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3 Hidden Gems in the Produce Aisle

Mangosteenr

Don't be scared! Mangosteens are both delicious and good for you too!

Apples, oranges, broccoli and carrots may all be good for you (they are!), but if these are your only go-to fruits and veggies, you may be missing out on discovering the tastes, textures, and health benefits of lesser known gems in the produce aisle.

Tickle your taste buds and give in to your fascination with food by getting to know mangosteen, pluots and fennel. Read more about them here, and then try them at home with quick and easy meal ideas.

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Pop Quiz: Food Safety Smarts

Creamy Coleslaw

Safety first! Keep picnic foods like creamy salads in coolers filled with ice.

Not much could spoil an outdoor summer picnic or BBQ more than food poisoning. While it’s more common in the summer, the good news is that there are simple ways to keep food safe for enjoying al fresco on a sunny day. Test your food safety smarts with our 7-point quiz!

Why is it important? Keeping food safe to eat for you and your loved ones is especially important in the summer months, the time of year when foodborne illnesses peak. Most bacteria love warmth and moisture — and summer weather supplies both!…

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What to Eat to Keep Your Cool

Watermelon to keep your cool

Watermelon is a great way to keep your cool!

Summer can be brutally hot! When it’s humid and there’s more water in the air than usual, the body has a harder time cooling itself down.

If the body over-heats, it can even be dangerous (always call your doctor or even 911 if you suspect heat stroke). Symptoms may include headache, nausea, high blood pressure, fatigue and fainting. At the very least, it can be uncomfortable.

The good news is that there are simple preventative things you can do to beat the heat!…

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The One-Day Fresh Food Challenge

I challenge any willing takers to prove to yourself and those around you (I’m looking at all you role models out there!) that eating healthfully is possible, delicious and feels great.

Choose a meal-sized salad

Choose a meal-sized salad

Keep reading for the reasons why a One-Day Fresh Food Challenge is important, and my meal and snack ideas to get you started.

Why am I asking you to focus on just one day? As sure as a journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step, the diet to get to 100 years starts with a single bite.

Most of us need to make changes to the way we eat; many of us want to; and change is hard. So simply getting started is a big part of the battle!…

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17 Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Eats

School’s out for summer! For some of us, the change in schedules means more family meals at home. Parents may be looking for new ideas that are healthy and easy to prepare; it certainly was a hot topic among parents last week at a nutrition workshop I hosted, so it’s been on my mind a lot lately!

Seasonal Fruit Salad

Seasonal Fruit Salad

I’ve gathered some of my favorite ideas to share from MyPlate, USDA, American Dietetic Association, and some of my own from my days teaching nutrition after-school programs in NYC elementary schools. Most of these kid-friendly ideas work just as well for adults looking for simple, healthy solutions. …

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Healthier Ways to Grill

Four out of five Americans will be enjoying meals hot off an outdoor grill this summer. This can be good news and bad news for the health-conscious eater.

Turkey Burger from Pat LaFrieda

Turkey Burger from Pat LaFrieda

Bad news, part 1:
A round-up of typical BBQ foods like burgers, steaks, sausages, creamy deli salads, and calorie-rich drinks (e.g. sodas, lemonade, beers, mixed drinks) can quickly add up to more than an entire day’s worth (if not multiple days’ worth) of calories, fat and sodium in one sitting. …

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When a Plate Topples a Pyramid

Last week, a mighty pyramid was toppled by the humble dinner plate.

ChooseMyPlate.gov

ChooseMyPlate.gov

For nearly a century (since 1916), the USDA has provided nutrition and food guidance to Americans, and the food guide pyramid has been a big part of that for the better part of the last 20 years.

After fiddling around with flow-charts, food wheels, brochures, and pyramids, USDA nutrition guidance looks to be coming back to the dinner table….

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3 Reasons to Go Fish (on the Grill)

Summertime means it’s time to get out the grill.

Salmon & Vegetable Kabobs

Salmon & Vegetable Kabobs

If you keep charring to a minimum (and therefore, the harmful chemicals formed in the charring process), grilling is one of the healthiest ways to prepare meals. For delicious, seasonal meals that also nourish the body for good health, Go Fish!

Get seafood on the grill for a meal that tastes great and is good for you, your friends and your family. …

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My Survival Kit for New Parents

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of meeting our close friends’ newborn. The new parents were glowing and proud, but also exhausted, a little delirious, and largely housebound (heavily nesting, by choice).

FreshDirect Box of Vegetables

Vegetables: Nutrition & Hydration

In a surge of maternal feelings of my own, I very much wanted to take care of our friends and help them navigate their way in taking care of their newborn son.

They had more than enough to handle at home with the newborn, mom recovering, nonna staying in the spare room, and a regular stream of well-wishers visiting, so I crafted a special FreshDirect delivery of my favorite foods custom-picked for them….

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