Nutrition

  • The 2009 Get Healthy & Stay Healthy Guide

    We’ve all heard the same advice a million times, no matter what our health concerns: Eat better, exercise more, and stress less. But why is that so hard for many of us to do?

    While most nutritionists and doctors tell us to eat plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and spices—they don’t really explain how we can do that in three meals a day.

    By Lindsay Wilson, Nicole Duncan, Erin Quinn, Kate Hanley
  • Eat to Beat the Blues

    Ever wonder why you can’t resist the urge to overdo it on unhealthy foods when you’re feeling down? Turns out there’s a physiological reason we eat too much bread, ice cream, and other “comfort” foods when we’re depressed: The sugar and carbs they typically contain give us a mental and physical lift.

    36 foods to stave off— and cure—depression.
    By Lisa Turner
  • Chickpea and Red Pepper Salad With Lemon-Garlic Dressing

    1/2 cup silken tofu
    1/4 cup olive oil
    Juice of 1/2 lemon
    1 small garlic clove, pressed
    1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons
    fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
    4 cups mesclun mix
    4 cups arugula
    1 15-ounce can chickpeas
    1 small red pepper, cored and
    cut into thin strips
    1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
    1/2 cup black olives
    1/2 cup almonds
    Additional whole basil leaves for garnish

    1. To make dressing, combine tofu, olive oil and lemon juice in a blender, and puree until smooth and creamy. Add garlic and puree again for 5 seconds. Add 2 tablespoons of the basil leaves and pulse briefly to combine, leaving some visible pieces of basil. Set aside.
    2. In a medium salad bowl, combine mesclun mix, arugula, remaining basil, chickpeas, red pepper, and onion. Add just enough dressing to very lightly coat, and toss to mix. Divide salad among four individual plates and top each with olives and almonds. Garnish with additional basil leaves, if desired, and serve immediately.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 387 calories; 26.1 g fat; 2.9 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 11.7 g protein; 30.2 g carbohydrates; 7.8 g fiber; 433.8 mg sodium

  • Warm Artichoke and Crab Dip

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
    3 medium garlic cloves, crushed
    1 15-ounce can artichoke hearts, chopped
    1 small Serrano chile, seeded and finely minced
    6 scallions, thinly sliced (include some green tops)
    1/2 cup Montrachet, or other creamy goat cheese
    1/2 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over
    1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
    1/4 cup finely chopped raw walnuts

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    2. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté red pepper and garlic until red pepper is tender. Remove from heat and stir in artichokes, Serrano chile, scallions, and goat cheese. Gently fold in crabmeat.

    3. Transfer to a lightly oiled baking dish. Sprinkle with grated Asiago and walnuts. Bake on middle rack about 20 minutes.

    4. Remove from oven and serve warm, with sliced whole-grain baguette or crackers.

    nutrition info per serving (6 to 8): 210.4 calories; 15.3 g fat; 4.8 g saturated fat; 21.1 mg cholesterol; 9.4 g protein; 10.6 g carbohydrates; 3.6 g fiber; 296.8 mg sodium

  • Spiced Nut and Seed Mix

    1 tablespoon melted butter
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 tablespoon agave nectar
    1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
    1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup walnuts
    1 cup almonds
    1/2 cup pumpkinseeds
    1/4 cup sunflower seeds
    2 tablespoons flaxseeds

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, olive oil, agave, and spices. Cook on low heat for one minute. Add nuts and seeds; coat well.
    3. Spread in a single layer on baking sheet. Roast 5 minutes, or until nuts are golden.

    nutrition info: 203.4 calories; 17.7 g fat; 2.3 g saturated fat; 3.1 mg cholesterol; 5.9 g protein;
    8.5 g carbohydrates; 3.4 g fiber; 118.9 mg sodium

  • Poached Salmon Over Spinach With Mango Salsa

    1 cup fresh or frozen and thawed mango cubes
    1 Serrano chile, seeded and minced
    1/2 cup red onion, diced
    1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
    Juice of 1/2 lime
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    4 6-ounce salmon fillets
    4 teaspoons low-sodium
    Soy sauce
    4 large garlic cloves, minced
    1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1 10-ounce bag baby
    Spinach leaves

    1. To make salsa, in a medium bowl combine mango, chile, onion, cilantro, and lime; stir to mix. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

    2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Place salmon fillets, flesh side down, in a skillet and cook for 1 minute, or until lightly browned. Turn fillets over and place in skillet, skin side down. Sprinkle fish with soy sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Add 1/2 inch of water to skillet, cover, and cook on medium until fish is opaque, 6 to 10 minutes.

    3. Remove fish from the skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Add spinach to the skillet and cook for 1 minute, or until just wilted. Remove spinach and divide among four individual plates. Top each plate with a salmon fillet; garnish with salsa.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 366 calories; 18 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 92 mg cholesterol; 37 g protein; 15 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 311 mg sodium

     

  • Natural Ways to Turn Down the Heat

    The holidays are always a good excuse to indulge in unhealthy foods—so it’s no surprise that a recent survey from The National Heartburn Alliance found that 37 percent of adults say they’re more likely to suffer from heartburn during this season than any other time of year.

    By Celia Shatzman
  • Go Nuts

    Turns out it might not be an apple a day that keeps the doc away: A new study in the Journal of Nutrition reports that eating a handful of nuts five or more times a week can reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Reach for almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, and walnuts, says Sari Greaves, RD, a nutritionist in Bedminster, New Jersey.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Magic Mushrooms

    Unlike the kind you heard about in college, the chemicals in these ’shrooms won’t give you special powers—or get you arrested for that matter—but they are creating quite a buzz. Developed in Japan in the mid 1980s, active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) is produced from the fermented extract of a hybrid of several medicinal mushrooms.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Focus On Food: Children's Nutrition

    Through his work as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, William Sears, MD, has found that as many as 50 percent of the kids who get diagnosed with ADD or ADHD also have poor nutrition. Sears believes they actually suffer from what he calls Nutrition Deficiency Disorder (NDD).

    By Nora Simmons