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Archive for the ‘ Smart Fuel ’ Category

20 Mar

10 Easy Steps to Good Health

The Tuesday 10 It’s easy to get lost in the details – organic or local? wild or farmed? fresh or frozen? – and to me it seems like the majority of health news out there is just obsessing over the minutiae. No wonder we give up and go back to our old habits. The little […]

19 Mar

Ain’t No Thing But a Chicken Wing

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: Is it possible to combine compelling, handy health information with humor? Bees agree: it ain’t no thing! Get clickin’, Apples, and then scoot over to the forum to share your thoughts! Raising Insurance Rates Everywhere We know young male drivers get in more auto accidents than anyone. Apparently, it’s all the […]

16 Mar

Sick of Cereal?

Smart Fuel If you’re sick of cereal, or simply want to follow a healthy diet that is low in sugar and refined grains, you’re in the right place. There are plenty of alternatives to, well, the alternative: eggs, eggs and more eggs. 1. Blueberries ‘n Cream Why pour processed, sugary low-fat milk over dry little […]

6 Mar

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

The Tuesday 10 It can be frustrating to stick with a healthy diet when factors like cost and kids enter into the equation. Junior Apple Kathy Lee faces a challenge many moms are familiar with: how do you provide kid-friendly fare that is both nutritious and inexpensive? 10. Switch snacks to veggies A large part […]

2 Mar

Smarter Fuel?

Sara here, with some Big Moo musings for the girls. Dairy is one of those food debates that can go on ad infinitum, with plenty of good points on either side (much like vegetarianism). Raw vs. organic vs. regular vs. low-fat vs. full-fat…you get the idea. Dairy is just not, um, a black and white […]

23 Feb

Smart Fuel

Olives Did you know that this decadent little guy is actually one of the healthiest foods you can eat? (Pál Csonka photo) Olives are high in fat, but fortunately for us, it’s the good kind. Olives are fairly high in calories for a fruit, but you can certainly do a lot worse for snack fare […]

16 Feb

If I See 1 More Carrot-Cauli-Broccoli Blend, I’ll…

Smart Fuel You know what I am sick of? Boring vegetable blends! No wonder people don’t eat their vegetables. Every restaurant, catered buffet and frozen blend seems to feature the same old julienned carrots, pale broccoli chunks and soggy cauliflower (does anyone really, truly love cauliflower?). Let’s not forget the ubiquitous cucumber slices with bitter […]

9 Feb

Smart Fuel

Smart Fuel for the weekend: Berries may be class pet in the antioxidant department, but the humble artichoke is one of the most nutritious foods around. True, you can’t spread it on toast, but this relative of the thistle contains almost as many antioxidants as berries – and loads of other benefits: – cleanses the […]

26 Jan

Smart Apples Eat This

Here’s your smart fuel, just in time for the weekend! Wild Rice This chewy grain is not really a grain at all. It’s not even rice, technically speaking. It’s a grass shoot, more akin to bamboo. (Which, incidentally, is grass, not a tree. Imagine mowing that.) Wild rice is incredibly high in protein, low in […]

19 Jan

Smart Fuel

The Top 10 Smartest Foods…possibly even genius. 1. Broccoli Why: Fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, flavor. Broccoli is an internal scrub-brush – and it tastes better than oatmeal. 2. Dark greens Why: Again with the fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. Greens ought to be the basis of every diet. Low in calories, high in nutrition, and disease-preventing. 3. […]

12 Jan

Fat Food Is Smart Fuel

Smart Fuel, Just in Time for the Weekend… Want skin that Cindy Crawford would be jealous of? Eat fat. That’s right – fat! Many of us, especially women, tend to avoid fat because we’ve been told it’s bad for us. Mark will be posting later today on the fat debate (would you expect anything less […]

5 Jan

Smart Fuel

Smart Fuel, just in time for the weekend! End the work week on a healthy note with some piping hot green tea. Green tea (and in fact, all tea) is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols. These little nutritional buddies are great for your cardiovascular system and love your liver. The polyphenols in green tea – […]

29 Dec

Smart Fuel

SMART FUEL Avocados are at the tail end of their season right now, so you can scoop up these deliciously fatty treats for a great price. The best part about this rich fruit? The fat is good for you! Especially in winter, when skin is prone to dryness, an extra daily dose of beneficial fatty […]

22 Dec

Smart People Eat Sulfur

SMART FUEL This week’s Smart Fuel is a collection of foods that are sulfur-rich. Such foods are excellent for inflammation-related complaints ranging from arthritis to skin rashes. (Sulfur is necessary to help repair and rebuild tissues, bones and cartilage.) These foods are especially great to eat in winter, when both skin and joints can take […]

8 Dec

Be a Better Butternut

SMART FUEL Why eat “I’ll have diabetes with that” spuds when you can eat mellow, healthy butternut squash? This delicately-flavored squash typically comes cubed in the produce section. It’s also a popular soup puree. And it sure beats other starchy vegetables in the nutrition department. One serving gives you half your daily vitamin C requirement […]

24 Nov

Smart Fuel After Turkey Day

SMART FUEL Today’s Smart Fuel isn’t any particular item. Instead, let’s address the real topic at hand: the mountain of Thanksgiving leftovers lurking in the fridge. Perhaps you really indulged yesterday and felt more like a stuffed turkey yourself than a human about to eat one. Or, perhaps you were the model of restraint. No […]

17 Nov

This Is a Cringe-Free Headline about Nuts

SMART FUEL Just like our beloved eggs (oh, what a nutritional ball of goodness), nuts are victimized by painful puns: Get Nutty! We’re Nuts about Nuts! You’re Nuts if You Don’t Eat Them! We don’t do that here. Nuts are a Smart Fuel deserving of some smart words. Here’s why we think nuts are great […]

13 Nov

3 Superfoods to Eat Right Now

SMART FUEL You’re still here? Go eat these foods! Okay, we cringe a little bit at the word “superfood”. No food wears a cape. Still, there are foods that pack major nutritional punch. A few of our top picks: 1. Berries, because… – Blueberries are best, but blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries and bilberries are all […]

6 Nov

Sisson Says: Don’t “Loaf” Around

CARB CONCERNS Apples are asking what I think about bread. The short answer: not very much. But this is an ongoing issue worthy of some debate, so let’s get it started: In general, the best source of carbohydrates is a vegetable, not a grain (unless you are an athlete, in which case, you’re probably just […]

3 Nov

The Bitter Swiss

SMART FUEL Swiss Chard Don’t let the spinach scare stop you from getting copious greens in your diet. I recommend trying out chard in replacement of spinach, regardless of the current health scare. Chard is actually a member of the spinach family, but it is more substantial and greater in nutritional value than regular spinach. […]

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