It may sound contrary to your healthy eating plan, but the human body actually needs some types of fat for heart and brain health. One common source is cooking oil, such as olive oil. Of the cooking oils most commonly used in North America, such as olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil and various vegetable oils, olive oil contains the most monounsaturated fat, which is widely recognized for its potential role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. In fact, beginning in 2016, olive oils will display the American Heart Association's Heart Check-Mark to alert consumers about olive oil's heart-healthy benefits. Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Valentine's Day is a time for couples to express their affection and appreciation for each other. Such expressions can be made in a variety of ways, from a grandiose gesture like a surprise trip to Paris to more traditional approach involving a bouquet of roses and a night out on the town. Those who want to go the extra mile for their special someone can do so with a little home cooking. Preparing a meal for a loved one is a great way to show that person how much you appreciate him or her, and such meals can even include the element of surprise. Preparing breakfast in bed is a great way to surprise a loved one on Valentine's Day, and the following recipe for "Mini Banana Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cakes" from Marguerite Marceau Henderson's "Small Sweet Treats" (Gibbs Smith) can make a great addition to the most important meal of the day. Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Moms pride themselves on serving their families wholesome, homemade meals. But here's the reality: 60 percent of moms think that coming up with dinner ideas is more difficult than getting their children to go to bed on time. Moreover, 61 percent of moms frequently order takeout or go out to eat because they don't have the ingredients on-hand to make dinner. It's time for a new strategy.
Tired of the same New Year's resolution? The popular yet undefined goal to make healthy choices often fails after a few weeks as we get tired of pursuing such a lofty goal. This year, get specific with your goal and commit to making the most of each day by increasing your protein intake at breakfast. Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Making a New Year's resolution? Don't forget salt. Most Americans consume about a 1,000 milligrams of sodium over the amount recommended by nutrition and health experts. New research shows cooking with spices and herbs could help you ditch the salt shaker and meet sodium recommendations. Keeping a resolution to cut salt from your diet is easy. Use simple spice swaps to create tasty, low-sodium meals. From seasoning eggs with basil instead of salt to adding spices and herbs to no-salt tomato sauce, the McCormick Kitchens offer these easy tips and recipes to make low-sodium meals full of flavor: Wednesday, December 23, 2015