Thursday February 27, 2014
At long last, the FDA is proposing an overhaul of the nutrition facts label
, recognizing that some of the information presented is outdated, some of it unhelpful, and some of it confusing. One of the main reasons change is needed is that for all the data presented, people still don't really understand the difference between servings and portions
. The FDA's proposals also include adding information about added sugars -- right now, food labels simply call out "sugars"; eliminating detail concerning calories from fat, as the type of fat is considered more important than the amount of fat in a food; declaring information on Vitamin D and potassium (instead of Vitamins A and C), in which many people are deficient; and revising the daily value for nutrients such as sodium and dietary fiber.
The goal of making these changes is to make it easier for people to understand the nutritional value of foods so they can make healthier choices. The FDA's proposals are open to public comment for 90 days before a final decision is made.
Thursday February 27, 2014
There is no magic bullet, or pill, when it comes to sensible, sustainable weight loss. Sure, there are products out there that will help you lose some weight quickly, but they're a temporary fix at best, and in some cases, the ingredients, while touted as safe, may have adverse effects. So if you are looking to lose weight, you should look at a range of factors from exercise to what you should cut back on in your diet, but also to what you should be adding to your diet. If you are choosing to eat low fat, rest assured that you are not committing to a life of deprivation. If you focus on protein- and fiber-rich foods
, you can enjoy a satisfying and sustainable diet that will curb your appetite for high-calorie, high-fat, high-sugar snacks and foods.
It's important to add that if you do work to include these foods in your everyday diet, you must also exercise some portion control and burn some calories -- not necessarily at the gym, although that's great if you can do it, but committing to setting aside even just a half hour of your day to walking, or dusting off the bicycle in the garage and going for a ride. Everyone loses weight differently, so there are no hard and fast guarantees. But if you make these adjustments to your lifestyle, you will almost certainly feel healthier.
Vitamin-rich Broth-based Soup Photo © Fiona Haynes
Monday February 24, 2014
There are many ways to lower the amount of fat you eat in your everyday diet. One excellent way to do so is to eat more beans, or legumes. Beans are a great subsitute for meat, especially in chilis and stews. They're also yummy as alternatives to burgers in the summer time. But perhaps my favorite way to enjoy beans is in soup. Packed with protein and fiber, beans will help you feel fuller for longer. Here are some great low fat recipes featuring beans and lentils
Lentil and Black Bean Soup Photo, licensed to About.com
Saturday February 22, 2014
Chicken pot pie is one of my favorite comfort foods, with its creamy chicken filling topped with a flaky crust. Unfortunately, it comes loaded with fat and calories. Indeed, some store-bought 10-ounce frozen chicken pot pies contain more than 600 calories per serving, nearly 40 grams of fat, and between 14 and 18 grams of unhealthy saturated fat. Plus, they're usually high in sodium. So unable to give up pot pie altogether, I worked on making a healthier, lighter, yet still creamy perfectly portioned chicken pot pie
topped with a flaky phyllo crust.
Chicken Pot Pie Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com
Tuesday February 18, 2014
Eggs are an excellent source of protein, but if you have been advised to watch your intake of cholesterol, you might be interested in this ultra-healthy low-fat herbed egg white and spinach omelet
. This omelet makes a perfect breakfast or light lunch dish for one. Spice it up with a little hot sauce or with a spoonful of pico de gallo or salsa on the side.
Herbed Egg White and Spinach Omelet © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com
Friday February 14, 2014
If you eat low fat, chances are you eat a lot of chicken. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts tend to serve our purpose best, but sometimes we should indulge in chicken thighs, which are rich, moist and flavorful. Both chicken breasts and chicken thighs are excellent sources of lean protein. While chicken thighs are higher in fat, it's easier to eat less thigh meat because of its richness. Now, if you are tired of eating the same old chicken recipes week in week out, here are 10 ideas for cooking with chicken
. For the most part, they're quick and easy to prepare, and family friendly, too.
Lemon Parsley Chicken Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com
Sunday February 9, 2014
When it comes to Valentine's Day, flowers are a lovely but overpriced treat. A box of chocolates is nice to receive, but I find I eat more than I should. Instead, why not make your sweetie a special dessert. Here are 10 Low Fat Valentine's Day desserts to choose from. From strawberries dipped in dark chocolate to delightful heart-shaped meringue cookies, there's something for everyone.
Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and Chocolate Sauce © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com
Tuesday February 4, 2014
Think chocolate is off the menu when you eat low fat? Well, for the most part, it should be, but an occasional indulgence, say, on Valentine's Day, is fine -- beneficial, even. How can this be?
Studies link the consumption of small amounts of dark chocolate with a lowering of blood pressure, lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, increased insulin sensitivity, and improved blood-vessel function -- all of which reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. How can a high-fat, high-calorie food like chocolate be so apparently healthy? Find out about chocolate's dark secret.
Dark Chocolate Pieces © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Friday January 31, 2014
Forget fad diets and crash diets. Instead take some easy, common-sense steps to improve your diet. This way, you'll find that you can cut fat and calories without feeling that you're making big sacrifices. You can enjoy a variety of healthy and delicious foods that will not only keep hunger at bay, but also help control your weight, and lessen your risk of certain diseases. So here are six steps to healthy eating
Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Wednesday January 29, 2014
Super Bowl Sunday is almost here, and for many, it's not just about the Seahawks or the Broncos; it's the occasion, complete with ads, the half-time show, and, of course, the food. Second only to Thanksgiving, Super Bowl food consumption is staggering. About 8 million pounds of popcorn will be eaten, 28 million pounds of potato chips will be crunched, 90 million pounds of chicken wings will be consumed, and millions of pizzas will be delivered. All this food will be washed down with around 50 million cases of beer. But if you're trying to eat healthy, what can you do? Try some of my tips and suggestions for planning a lower fat Super Bowl Party
Sloppy Joes Photo © Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com