Showing posts from September, 2011

Zucchini “Fettuccine” Recipe

PREP 30 Min * COOK NONE * SERVES 4To make dressing, whisk 1/2 cup vinegar (I prefer white wine or Apple Cider), 4 TSP EVOO, 1/2 TSP salt, and 1/4 TSP black pepper in large bowl until blended. Stir in 2 thinly sliced shallots. With swivel blade vegetable peeler, peel each of 4 green zucchini and 4 golden zucchini  or yellow squash lengthwise in 3/4-inch-wide strips, stopping at seeded center of each. Discard seeded centers. Add zucchini strips and 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves to dressing; toss. Let stand until flavors are blended, about 4 – 5 minutes. Divide mixture among 4 serving bowls. Top evenly with 4 seeded and diced tomatoes and 6TBSP crumbled low-fat goat cheese or feta cheese. PER SERVING (generous 1 1/2 cups): 176 calories, 9g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 6mg cholesterol, 377mg sodium, 20g total carbs, 11g total sugar, 5g fiber, 9g protein, 119mg calcium.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

Parents. . .Eat Your Words!Are you pleased with your progress toward healthful nutrition and fitness habits, but frustrated with that of your children?Do you suspect that the lunches you send to school are traded or thrown away? Do you shudder at the sight of your pantry shelves displaying high-fat snacks and sugary cereals that you vowed you would never buy? Can you really win the battle against advertising, peer pressure and kids’ love affairs with sugar and fat?The Bad News and the Good NewsKids today are fatter and less fit than previous generations. The rates of childhood obesity began to level off around 2006, but are still high at around 16%. And research shows that overweight children are more likely to become overweight or obese adults. Being overweight as a child even puts youngsters at risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes at a young age.Food companies spend millions of dollars on television advertising to convince children that high-fat, high-sugar, processed…

5 Steps to Conquering Your Over-40 Belly

Muffin top. Love handles. The slang makes it sound oh so adorable. But if you’re like most women over 40, this overspill of flesh is anything but that. In fact, belly fat ranks as your number-one biggest body complaint. Beyond making you cringe when you look in the mirror, belly fat is even more frightening on the inside, increasing your risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes.Unfortunately, belly fat simply expands as we age. This is tied to an increased production of cortisol, the stress hormone. Combined with other hormonal factors such as low androgens, fat cells become inflamed and tissues expand to create fat where you want it least – around your middle. Called omentum, this blubbery tissue pumps out chemicals that keep you fat, creating a vicious cycle and potential health issues you can’t hide from, even with an oversized shirt.To conquer your over-40 belly once and for all, follow Dr. Oz’s easy 5-step plan:1. Eat in ReverseHow would you like to blast off belly fat by eati…

High Blood Pressure Diet

Most people know about the strong link between a healthy diet and disease prevention. But did you know that what you eat -- or don't eat -- may lower or prevent high blood pressure? Also, weight loss, if you are overweight or obese, is a safe and effective way to lower blood pressure.By changing a few simple dietary habits, including counting calories and watching portion sizes to boost weight loss, you may be able to lower your blood pressure -- a proven risk for heart disease. Here's the latest diet information you need.Is Your Blood Pressure in Check?Does weight affect blood pressure?High blood pressure is more common in people who are overweight or obese. But studies show that losing weight has benefits in lowering high blood pressure. Losing weight may also help reduce medications needed to control high blood pressure.If you are overweight, talk to your doctor about a healthy weight loss plan. The best way to lose weight is to move around more -- burning more calories tha…