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Replacing some calories from carbohydrates (particularly refined carbs) with calories from foods rich in unsaturated fats is a health-promoting choice.

Replacing Some Carbs with Healthy Fats Is Good for Blood Cholesterol Levels

A recent analysis added to our understanding of the relationship between type of dietary fat and blood cholesterol levels. Dietary changes that raise blood levels of “good” (HDL) cholesterol and lower “bad” (non-HDL) cholesterol can decrease risk for cardiovascular disease. (Non-HDL cholesterol is a combination of LDL and other lipids.) The study, which combined information […]
Simple tricks can help your veggies explode with flavor.

Flavor!

If you equate healthy dietary choices to eating like a rabbit or you’re simply tired of the same old veggies, take heart! Open that spice drawer, stock up on tasty (and nutritious) toppings, and get ready for easy, delicious dishes.       Science Says. There’s no question that vegetables are a health-promoting choice. “Dietary […]
CHIMICHURRI

Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients: 1 cup parsley (or ½ cup parsley and ½ cup cilantro) 2 Tbsp fresh oregano (or 2 tsp dried) ¼ cup red wine or cider vinegar 3 cloves garlic Pinch red pepper flakes (optional) 1/3 cup olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste Steps: Pulse parsley, oregano, vinegar, garlic, and red pepper flakes several […]
pickled vegetables

Pickled Vegetables

Ingredients: ½ cup water ½ cup white vinegar Salt to taste (½ to 1 tsp) Sugar to taste (0 to 1 tsp) ½ lb raw vegetables* (about 1½ cups), cut into bite-sized pieces, matchsticks, florets, or rings Optional flavor add-ins: 1 or 2 sprigs fresh herbs or ½ to 1 tsp dried herbs (dill, thyme, […]
Plant Based

“Plant-Based” Diets Done Right

Plant-based diets (patterns that maximize plant-derived foods and minimize animal-derived foods) are a good choice for your health. They are consistently associated with lower risk of various chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. And plant-based foods are generally better for the environment. But not all plant-based choices are equally healthful. Highly processed […]
Lentils

Lentils with Blistered Tomatoes and Kale

Ingredients Tomatoes: 2 tsp olive oil ½ lb tomatoes, cherry or grape; halved Pinch of salt Lentils: 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp shallot or onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 2 cups green or brown lentils, cooked OR 1 (15 oz) can lentils, drained and rinsed 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar ½ tsp salt […]
The gut wall controls what gets absorbed into the bloodstream. A loosening of this barrier could potentially have negative health effects.

Food Choices May Increase Inflammatory Gut Microbes

The bacteria that live in our gut have a critical role in helping or hurting our health. A new study found intake of some foods was consistently associated with the presence of “bad” bacteria, and others with “good” bacteria. The researchers examined bacteria in the stool of over 1,400 individuals in the Netherlands and compared […]
Dinner time...again. Getting a delicious, healthy meal on the table does not have to be a time-consuming chore.

Dinner Time! Making it Quick and Healthy

Like all meals, dinner should include plenty of minimally processed plant foods (non-starchy vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds) along with healthy sources of protein like beans, lentils, soy products, and seafood, as well as poultry or an occasional lean cut of unprocessed red meat. Many people organize dinner around an animal protein, but […]
We eat more when we’re hungry. The right food choices can help us feel happily satisfied longer—and support our health.

Staying Satisfied while Losing Weight

Hunger matters: research suggests we have an easier time eating less if we feel less hungry. Scientists have learned a lot in recent years about the physiological factors involved in hunger, and about how what we eat interacts with our body’s hunger and satiety systems (satiety is the feeling of being fully satisfied). “Importantly,” says […]
Delicious, nutritious, and versatile, soy foods area a great (and safe) protein choice in any dietary pattern.

Embracing Soy Foods

Soy foods—like edamame, tofu, soymilk, and tempeh—are nutrient-rich, easy to use, and an excellent source of sustainable plant-based protein. If you’re unfamiliar with these foods, think they’re bland and unappealing, or even harbor a few concerns about soy food safety—it’s time to take a closer look. Big Benefits, No Risks. Soy protein is equivalent to […]