Sweets Minus Guilt = Better-For-You Holiday Cookie Recipes

This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. I’m committed to my healthy lifestyle, but the idea of a holiday without cookies makes me really sad. That’s why I was so excited to find not just one, but several collections of better-for-you holiday cookies. They all include healthy swaps to help cut the fat, calories and guilt that often go hand-in-hand with holiday sweets. A word of caution, however – even though these cookies …

Try a Baggie-Brunch for Affordable, Fun Entertaining

My wife and I invited two other couples over for brunch last Sunday. We like getting together with friends, particularly in our home instead of an expensive restaurant. We’d rather see friends more often over a simple, home cooked meal, than less frequently for a pricey dinner out. Although we host a lot of potlucks, we’ve found that brunches tend to be the most budget-friendly entertaining option. 

Dr. John LaPuma: Culinary Medicine

From Kim Barnes Dr. John LaPuma, also known as the ChefMD and the author of “ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover’s Road Map to Losing Losing Weight, Preventing Disease and Getting Really Healthy,” gave his audience basic tips for storing and preparing food to help reduce issues with impotence, premature wrinkling, many cancers, arthritis and others. Among his tips: Marinate meats with rosemary Store watermelon outside the refrigerator Eat 1O walnuts 10 minutes before eating fast food …

Great Depression Cooking

I am in love with this woman. Clara, 93-year old cook and great grandmother, not only shows us how food was cooked during the Great Depression, but tells us stories from her childhood during that time. It’s a wonderful way to learn how to cook while listening to some intriguing tales. You can also check out her website here. Cook on, Clara!