Sep 24, 2009

Easy Way to Eat More Fruit

In the latest issue of the Nutrition Action newsletter (click here to subscribe -- it is fascinating), I learned how a diet rich in fruits & vegetables is the main way to achieve heart health. And although I've been obsessed with F&V for a long time, I now see even more reason to increase the amount in my diet. If you eat 2000 calories per day, you should aim for 11 servings...which sounds like a lot, but it's the equivalent of this:

a fruit with breakfast (1/2 cup)
a large serving of fruit for a snack (1 cup)
an entree salad for lunch (3-4 cups)
veggie-based stir fry, fajitas, ratatouille, tacos, etc. for dinner (2 cups)

And there you have it -- 11 servings!

Here's how I'm getting closer to my servings goal today --
pineapple & nectarines dipped in this:

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp limeade concentrate
1 cup Cool Whip Lite
(Mix yogurt & limeade together, then gently fold in Cool Whip with a spatula. Add lime zest if you'd like.)

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Sep 21, 2009

Don't reach for chips, reach for these!

I'm always scouring grocery shelves on the lookout for new products that will satisfy my crunchy-salty craving but also provide some fiber...and with any luck, some other nutrients too. With 130 calories, 4 grams fiber (unheard of for a chip), and only 4.5 grams fat (about 6 grams less than potato chips) in a 30-curl serving, these are my latest favorite. If you have Trader Joe's in your area, give them a try!

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Sep 14, 2009

Nectarine Cake

Going to someone's house for dinner & don't know what to bring? Impress them by bringing a homemade cake from this month's Gourmet Magazine -- it's easy as can be, but they'll never know.

Email me at to find out how to make this cake healthier...or to get ideas on how to alter it with other fruits & flavors.


Sep 10, 2009

A Sweet Splurge

In Boston a few weeks ago, we went to one of my favorite bakeries, Flour, to try their famed Sticky Buns. And let me tell you, these buns really lived up to the hype! I could have one of these every morning for the rest of my life (if they were only calorie-free). I highly recommend stopping by next time you're in the South End.