Healthy Baking Ideas

Go ahead. Have your cake and eat it too—without guilt. Baked goodies do have a place in a healthy diet. That's if you sneak in these tweaks for better-for-you treats. And no, you won't be sacrificing flavor. 1. Get stingy with sugar. Try reducing the amount of sugar in a recipe by one-quarter to one-third. Chances are, you won't notice the difference. 2. Make over muffins and quick breads. You can usually cut saturated fat and calories by trading applesauce for the oil in recipes. 3. Be fu...

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8/29/2018 11:43:00 AM Comments(0)

How to choose healthy fats

Fat has quite the reputation as a dietary supervillain, but there's more to fat than that. A little dietary fat is essential for good health. In addition, some types of fat in modest amounts may even help protect your health. Other fats, however, may harm your health if you eat them too much. Here's a closer look at these bad and good fats. The bad guys: Saturated and trans fats These two fats raise LDL blood cholesterol—and with it your risk of heart disease and stroke: Saturated fat. Thi...

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8/11/2017 2:45:00 PM Comments(0)

Savor Some Sorghum

Sorghum. Say it out loud, and it sounds like a complaint about dental pain, but it's actually a healthy whole grain that fits nicely into a gluten-free diet, spurring new popularity for the grain in this country. What is it? Sorghum is an ancient cereal grain from Africa and India. For people living in those areas, it's food. In the U.S., sorghum has until recently been used mostly for livestock feed—except in the South, where it's made into a sweet syrup. What does it look like? Sorg...

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5/22/2017 10:38:00 AM Comments(0)

Farmers Markets: Local Treasures

From farm to table. That's a popular phrase that makes anything it's referring to sound better. You just know that honey straight from a nearby farm is going to taste amazing. The same goes for any of the plentiful produce waiting for you at a farmers market. Freshness is what makes farmers markets attractive. Most of the food you'll find there has been picked at the peak of its freshness and flavor. If you like peaches from the grocery store, you're going to love peaches from the farmers' marke...

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5/22/2017 10:37:00 AM Comments(0)

Mad about Melons

At last! Melon season is fast approaching. That means soon you'll be treating yourself to one of summer's true delights: a ripe, juicy, sweet melon. Besides tasting oh-so-good, melons are good for you. They are rich in vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system. Cantaloupes are an especially good source of the vitamin. A little less than a half cup of this warm-weather favorite provides up to two-thirds of the current recommended amount of daily vitamin C. Some melons are also an excellent s...

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4/24/2017 3:33:00 PM Comments(0)

Please Pass the Potassium

It's hard to overstate all the good things potassium does for you. This mineral helps your nerves work, your muscles contract and your heartbeat stay regular. It moves nutrients into cells and waste products out of them. And potassium helps keep your blood pressure in a healthy range by blunting the effects of sodium. Even though potassium is crucial to for good health, chances are you're not getting enough of it. The average adult is encouraged to get 4,700 milligrams of potassium every day. Bu...

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2/20/2017 4:31:00 PM Comments(1)

Put red and green on your Christmas dish list

Chances are, you plan to deck the halls for a very merry holiday season and what better way to evoke the spirit of Christmas past, present and future than with a traditional red and green color scheme? Bring those holiday hues into your festive feasts, and you're sure to keep good health on the menu—even as you sample the occasional treat. A number of fresh reds and greens are in the produce aisles now, waiting to star in your winter meals. Look for red foods, such as apples, beets, cranbe...

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12/20/2016 12:52:00 PM Comments(1)

Five ways to cut back on added sugars

If you pay attention to dietary headlines, you've probably heard the fuss over foods with added sugars. And you might wonder: How could something so deliciously sweet be so potentially bad for your health? First, it's important to remember that sugars occur naturally in many foods, from milk to fruit. But that's not the issue here. Instead, we're talking sugars, syrups and caloric sweeteners that are added to foods when they're processed or prepared. If their calories make up too much of your di...

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12/20/2016 12:46:00 PM Comments(0)

Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

The Florida Department of Health in Polk County DOH-Polk recognizes March as National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme, Savor the Flavor of Eating Right , encourages individuals to discover new flavors and appreciate good food while experiencing the social aspects food can bring. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. There are many innovative ways people can include healthy and fresh ingredients into their daily diet, says Dr. Joy Jackson, director of the Florida Department of...

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3/29/2016 9:16:00 AM Comments(0)

Broccoli Stalks Are a Tasty Treat

Of all the perfectly edible foods that routinely get tossed in the trash, broccoli stalks would probably rank near the top. Most of us throw them out without a parting glance. And that's a shame. The stalks we spurn are as flavorful as the florets we routinely eat. Broccoli stalks are also an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps fight infections, and folate, which may protect against both cancer and heart disease. Plus broccoli stalks are packed with fiber, which can help you feel full. No...

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6/24/2015 11:56:00 AM Comments(0)

Healthy Eating: Tips for Staying on Course

Making healthy lifestyle changes can feel overwhelming at times. However, taking these small steps one at a time may lead to more profound changes over time. Watson Clinic dietitians recommend the following: 1 Rethink how you view your food and lifestyle choices. Avoid using the phrase "dieting," which has a temporary connotation attached to it. Instead, commit to making healthy lifestyle changes that will stay with you throughout your life. 2 Find one or two friends who also want to make health...

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3/12/2015 1:18:00 PM Comments(0)