healthy eating

Reduce Depression and Enhance Happiness with the Seven-a-Day Diet

Posted on 10/24/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthCan peas replace Prozac pills and apples replace Abilify tablets? Hippocrates, who believed in the healing power of nature, may have been on to something when he advised us nearly 25 centuries ago to make food our medicine and medicine our food. In the intervening centuries, though, we seem to have ignored the first half of Hippocrates’s counsel—to make food our medicine—and misinterpreted his advice to make medicine our food. How else can we explain the record number of Americans …

Beans Replace Shortening in Yellow Cake? Really?

Posted on 10/18/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthI’ve been experimenting with a recipe that replaces shortening in brownies with an equivalent amount of black beans. I first noticed the recipe on Heidi Swanson’s wonderful Web site 101 Cookbooks. Heidi wished she had created the recipe but instead credited Ania Catalano’s new cookbook, Baking with Agave Nectar, as the source. Applesauce or vanilla yogurt had been my go-to replacements in the past. But the idea of using black beans in place of shortening intrigued me, and I couldn’t …

Eating Done Right: Mangoes – Food of the Week

Posted on 10/11/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthConsidered sacred in India, many Indians believe that the mango tree has the power to grant wishes for wealth, health immortality—and even grandchildren. Given the belief in the mystical quality of the mango, Indians use the leaves in weddings to assure the future fertility of newlyweds. Mango trees, which sometimes reach 60 feet, grow best in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and most of the mangoes eaten in the United States come from Mexico. Hailed as the king of fruitorfruit of …

Eating Done Right: Cucumbers – Food of the Week

Posted on 10/4/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthNo doubt you’ve heard the saying cool as a cucumber, but did you know that cucumbers boast a number of excellent nutritional benefits? Cucumbers have long been a go-to nutritional source. Because of their ability to stave off hunger pangs, cucumbers were a popular quick meal for European traders; however, the popularity of cucumbers goes back much further. Cucumbers are mentioned in the Bible, and the Roman Emperor Tiberius reportedly kept them on the table for every meal. Cucumbers, like …

Eating Done Right: Grapes – Food of the Week

Posted on 09/27/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthFrom wine to jelly to raisins, grapes can be enjoyed in a number of ways. So it’s no wonder that grapes are the second-most popular fruit (they come in a close second to oranges) and that growing and processing grapes is one of the world’s largest food industries. One of the earliest cultivated fruits, grapes were introduced in biblical times, and the consumption of wine is an important motif in both Old and New Testament literature. Grapes come in a …

Angry Spaghetti! Making Calories Count

Posted on 09/20/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthMy neighbor Richard Scammell is a wonderful cook. Cooking is Richard’s hobby, but when it comes to food preparation, Richard is a highly skilled and well-educated professional. (He’s even traveled to Europe to take cooking classes.) Richard and I share a love of creative, healthful cooking. When I asked him for ideas that I could share with readers, he sent this simple recipe for Spaghetti all’Arrabbiata, or Angry Spaghetti. Although the sauce can be served over whole-grain spaghetti, it can …