Healthy Eating

Tofu Mushroom tacos

Tofu Mushroom Tacos

Ingredients 8 oz extra firm tofu, drained and pressed for best results 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1½ cups finely chopped mushrooms (any kind) 2 green onions (scallions), diced 1 medium garlic clove, minced 2 Tbsp low sodium salsa, plus ½ cup for serving 1 tsp taco seasoning 1 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce […]
If you need to put on some weight, bulk up your meals and between-meal drinks with healthy choices.

Q. I’m recovering from illness and need to put on a few pounds. Any...

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Gaining weight is all about adding calories, but that doesn’t mean you can eat all the junk food you want! To support your health and recovery, avoid or limit ‘empty-calorie’ foods like soft drinks, candy, and cake. To increase calories, […]
Strawberry salad

Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad

Ingredients: ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup fresh basil 1 cup dried quinoa, cooked (makes about 3 cups) 1½ cups fresh strawberries, sliced or chopped ¼ cup shelled pistachios, chopped Salt and pepper to taste, optional Crumbled feta cheese, optional Steps: To flavor the olive oil with basil, in small pan, heat the olive oil […]
Brightly colored, juicy, and sweet, berries are a healthy treat.

Making the Most of Berry Season

Summertime is peak berry season! There’s much to love about these juicy gems. Berries are a good source of fiber, nutrients, and phytochemicals (plant compounds that are active in our bodies). Let’s explore why and how to include nutritious, delicious, and widely available berries in a healthy dietary pattern—now, and all year long. Berries and […]
Dry beans take a bit more forethought than canned, but they’re not hard to prepare.

Q. You encourage your readers to eat more beans. How do I use dry...

A. Helen Rasmussen, PhD, RD, a senior research dietitian in the Metabolic Research Unit of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging answers: “Beans are a healthy food choice that contain a variety of nutrients, including protein, fiber, and potassium. They count as both a vegetable and a source of protein. Canned beans are convenient […]
Cutting back on meat (especially processed meats) doesn’t have to make you feel deprived.

The Carnivore’s Guide to Cutting Back

Replacing some meat, especially processed meat, with healthier choices doesn’t need to be daunting or difficult. Read on for ways even dedicated carnivores can cut back. Meat and Your Health: Consumption of processed meats like ham, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, salami, jerky, and deli meats (including processed turkey, chicken, ham, and beef) is associated with […]
Black Bean Bulgar Orange Salad

Black Bean Bulgur Orange Salad

Ingredients 1 cup bulgur (or any other grain) 1 orange, zest and juice 2 tsp wine vinegar 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp cumin 1 (15 oz) can black (or other) beans, drained and rinsed 1 red bell pepper, chopped in small pieces (or any crunchy vegetable) 4 scallions, chopped in small pieces […]

Diabetes Prevention: Tufts Experts Weigh In


(Minimally Processed) Low Fat vs. Ketogenic Diet: No Clear Winner

A controlled feeding trial conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found no evidence that a healthy ketogenic diet was better than a healthy low fat, high carbohydrate diet for hunger or fat accumulation over two weeks. Participants lived in a lab at the NIH for four weeks. For two weeks, participants were provided […]

Healthy Takeout

We’re taking out food more than ever these days—more than 65 percent of us are regularly ordering meals out, according to the National Restaurant Association. Getting food “to go” can be a bit of a challenge when you’re trying to eat healthy: a recent Tufts study found that 50 percent of meals consumed by Americans […]