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Because no one wants pizza sauce on their eyebrow
Try surviving one of these sloppy date foods!
There may not be a more common date activity than going out for a bite to eat. So how funny is it that what you choose to order and how you’re going to look eating it can be such a cause of distress?
Is it going to get stuck in my teeth? Will it make my breath smell bad? Am I going to look like a fatty? What if it spills on my outfit?
Really, this is not where your focus should be on a date. Better to concentrate on getting to know the person sitting across from you at the table, and he you… including your love of bacon cheeseburgers. (Besides, if you order what you want and the date’s a bust, at least you’ll enjoy the meal.)
Nevertheless, here are some pointers for how to better approach five "tricky" date foods.
Maryse Chevriere, How About We
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Fat-free (0%) unsweetened greek yogurt has a pleasant tartness that’s a perfect foil for the natural sweetness of berries, bananas, or your favorite whole-grain cereal. It’s strained, so even the 0% fat versions are thick and creamy. And the lost liquid means that the yogurt that’s left has twice the protein of ordinary yogurt (but less calcium)—about 15 grams in 5 ounces of plain 0% greek yogurt.
What Foods Are Best to Eat on an Intermittent Fasting Diet?
Although the word “fasting” sounds pretty ominous, intermittent fasting (IF) is causing quite a stir in the overcrowded world of dieting.
A decent amount of research (although with less-than-massive sample sizes) suggests that the diet can lead to weight loss and improved blood sugar levels. Stockman M-C, et al. (2018). Intermittent fasting: Is the wait worth the weight? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5959807/ No wonder everyone and their aunt seems to be jumping on the IF bandwagon.
Maybe the appeal is in the lack of food rules: There are restrictions on when you can eat but not necessarily on what you can eat.
However, the what is also important. Should you be downing pints of ice cream and bags of chips in between fasts? Probably not. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of the best foods to include in your IF life.
“There are no specifications or restrictions about what type or how much food to eat while following intermittent fasting,” says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club.
But Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, chair of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, counters that by advising that “the benefits [of IF] are not likely to accompany consistent meals of Big Macs.”
Pincus and Purdy agree that a well-balanced diet is the key to losing weight, maintaining energy levels, and sticking with the diet.
“Anyone attempting to lose weight should focus on nutrient-dense foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, beans, seeds, as well as dairy and lean proteins,” suggests Pincus.
Purdy adds, “My recommendations wouldn’t be very different from the foods I might normally suggest for improved health — high-fiber, unprocessed, whole foods that offer variety and flavor.”
In other words, eat plenty of the below foods and you won’t end up in a hangry rage while fasting.
OK, OK, so this isn’t technically a food, but it’s gosh-danged important for getting through IF.
Water is central to the health of basically every major organ in your body. You’d be foolish to avoid this as part of your fast. Your organs are pretty important for, ya know, being alive.
The amount of water each person should drink varies based on sex, height, weight, activity level, and climate. Meinders A-J, et al. (2010). How much water do we really need to drink? https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20356431/ But a good measure is the color of your urine. You want it to be pale yellow at all times.
Dark yellow urine suggests dehydration, which can cause headaches, fatigue, and lightheadedness. Couple that with limited food and you’ve got a recipe for disaster — or, at the very least, really dark pee.
If the thought of plain water doesn’t excite you, add a squeeze of lemon juice, a few mint leaves, or some cucumber slices to your water.
It may seem counterintuitive to eat the highest-calorie fruit while trying to lose weight. But, due to their high unsaturated fat content, avocados will keep you full during even the fastiest of fasting periods.
Research suggests unsaturated fats help keep your body full even when you don’t feel full. Stevenson JL, et al. (2017). Hunger and satiety responses to high-fat meals after a high-polyunsaturated fat diet: A randomized trial. DOI: 10.1016/j.nut.2017.03.008 Your body gives off signs that it has enough food and isn’t about to go into emergency starvation mode. Unsaturated fats keep these signs going for longer, even if you feel a bit hungry in the middle of a fasting period.
Another study even found that adding half an avocado to your lunch may keep you full for hours longer than if you didn’t eat that green, mushy gem. Wien M. (2013). A randomized 3×3 crossover study to evaluate the effect of Hass avocado intake on post-ingestive satiety, glucose and insulin levels, and subsequent energy intake in overweight adults. DOI: 10.1186/1475-2891-12-155
Out of inspiration? We’ve got 36 avocado recipes to blow your mind.
3. Fish and seafood
There’s a reason the Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest eating two to three 4-ounce servings of fish per week.
In addition to being rich in healthy fats and protein, Hosomi R, et al. (2012). Seafood consumption and components for health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4776937/ it contains ample amounts of vitamin D. Güttler N, et al. (2012). Seafood consumption and components for health. DOI: 10.1155/2012/729670
And if eating during limited windows is your bag, don’t you want more nutritional bang for your buck when you do chow down?
There are so many ways to cook fish that you’ll never run out of ideas.
4. Cruciferous veggies
Foods like broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower are all full of the f-word — fiber! (We know what you were thinking, and no, the f-word is not “farts.”)
When you’re eating during certain intervals, it’s crucial to eat fiber-rich foods that will keep you regular and help your poop factory run smoothly.
Fiber can also make you feel full, which may be a good thing if you can’t eat again for 16 hours. Clarke MJ, et al. (2013). The effect of fiber on satiety and food intake: A systematic review. DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2013.791194 Woof.
Cruciferous veggies can also reduce your cancer risk. Learn more about anticancer foods here.
Repeat after us: Not all white foods are bad.
Case in point: Research in the ’90s found that potatoes were one of the most satiating foods. Holt SH, et al. (1995). A satiety index of common foods. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7498104/ And a 2012 study found that eating potatoes as part of a healthy diet could help with weight loss. Randolph JM, et al. (2014). Potatoes, glycemic index, and weight loss in free-living individuals: Practical implications. DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2013.875441 (Sorry, but french fries and potato chips don’t count.)
5. Beans and legumes
Your favorite addition to chili may be your best friend on the IF lifestyle.
Food, specifically carbs, supplies energy for activity. We’re not telling you to carb-load to ridiculous levels, but it definitely wouldn’t hurt to throw some low calorie carbs like beans and legumes into your eating plan. This can keep you perked up during your fasting hours.
Plus, foods like chickpeas, black beans, peas, and lentils have been shown to decrease body weight, even without calorie restriction. Clark S, et al. (2017). The role of pulses in satiety, food intake and body weight management. DOI: 10.1016/j.jff.2017.03.044
You know what the little critters in your gut like the most? Consistency and diversity. That means they aren’t happy when they’re hungry. And when your gut isn’t happy, you may experience some irritating side effects, like constipation. Zhao Y, et al. (2016). Intestinal microbiota and chronic constipation. DOI: 10.1186/s40064-016-2821-1
To counteract this unpleasantness, add probiotic-rich foods — like kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut — to your diet.
We spoke with the experts about how probiotics work in the body.
These staples of your favorite smoothie are ripe with vital nutrients. And that’s not even the best part.
A 2016 study found that people who consumed a whole bunch of flavonoids, such as those in blueberries and strawberries, had smaller increases in BMI over a 14-year period than people who didn’t eat berries. Bertoia ML. (2016) Dietary flavonoid intake and weight maintenance: Three prospective cohorts of 124 086 US men and women followed for up to 24 years. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.i17
One large egg provides 6.24 grams of protein and cooks up in minutes. And getting as much protein as possible is important for keeping full and building muscle, especially when you’re eating less.
A 2010 study found that men who ate an egg breakfast instead of a bagel were less hungry and ate less throughout the day. Ratliff J, et al. (2010). Consuming eggs for breakfast influences plasma glucose and ghrelin, while reducing energy intake during the next 24 hours in adult men. DOI: 10.1016/j.nutres.2010.01.002
In other words, when you’re looking for something to do during your fasting period, why not hard-boil the heck out of some eggs? Then, you can eat them when the time is right.
They may be higher in calories than many other snacks, but nuts contain something most snack foods don’t: good fats.
And if you’re worried about calories, don’t be! A 2012 study found that a 1-ounce serving of almonds (about 23 nuts) has 20 percent fewer calories than listed on the label. Novotny JA, et al. (2012). Discrepancy between the Atwater factor predicted and empirically measured energy values of almonds in human diets. DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.112.035782
According to the study, chewing doesn’t completely break down almond cell walls. This leaves a portion of the nut intact, and your body doesn’t absorb it during digestion. So if you eat almonds, they might not make as big a dent in your daily calorie intake as you thought.
10. Whole grains
Being on a diet and eating carbs seem like they belong in two different buckets. You’ll be super relieved to know that this isn’t always the case. Whole grains provide lots of fiber and protein, so eating a little goes a long way toward keeping you full. Venn B, et al. (2012). Whole grains, legumes, and health. DOI: 10.1155/2012/903767
So go ahead and venture out of your comfort zone toward a whole-grain utopia of farro, bulgur, spelt, kamut, amaranth, millet, sorghum, or freekeh.
We put whole-wheat and white pasta up against each other to see who’s best.
Best Meals for Pregnant Women
Are you wondering – What should I eat for dinner when pregnant?
Figuring out WHAT to eat during pregnancy can be a BIG challenge. There is so much conflicting information out there when it comes to what you should and shouldn’t eat during pregnancy.
Should you eat whole grains? Is sushi ok to eat? How much should you eat?
I know I was super confused the first time (or 2) as to what to eat during pregnancy. I thought I was eating a healthy diet, but it wasn’t until I started suffering from severe acne and eczema that I realized I had a problem.
With the encouragement of my midwife, I started changing my pregnancy diet. I eliminated gluten and started eating more nutrient dense foods. Read more about the diet mistakes I made the first time (and how to avoid them) here!!
The thing is, it’s not so much about the foods you should avoid, as it is about what foods you should add to your pregnancy diet!
Want to eat what’s best for your baby? There is an awesome book called Real Food for Pregnancy that really breaks down what is BEST to eat during pregnancy.
The author is a nutritionist and a Mom who dug into all the studies and research on pregnancy diet and best food for healthy pregnancy outcomes. There are over 30 pages of citations, so you know the info she shares is research backed!
The cool thing is that she explains everything in easy to understand way and offers simple suggestions on how to improve pregnancy diet without going nuts, or spending a ton of money.
Here are the top foods that you should be eating during pregnancy (from Real Food for Pregnancy):
- Bone Broth
- Meat – on the Bone and slow cooked
- Vegetables especially leafy greens
- Salmon, Fatty Fish and other seafood
- Full fat and fermented dairy products
In this phase, you’ll trim calories slightly to help drop body fat, although protein intake will stay steady to make sure your metabolism remains high and you’re not losing muscle tissue along with the fat. Feel free to keep referring to the Food Swaps list on page one. And keep up your fluid intake, drinking at least one gallon of water per day.
- 3 egg whites
- 2 oz 99% fat-free ground turkey breast
- ⅓ cup (uncooked) instant oatmeal
Totals: 214 calories, 29g protein, 19g carbs, 3g fat
75 Easy Dinner Ideas Everyone in Your Family Will Devour
Just remember: Less time cooking means more time eating.
There's nothing we love more than saving new recipes in the hopes of churning out creative, exciting family meals. In reality, we tend to produce the same handful of meals recycled week after week. Ugh! If you're stuck in this type of cooking rut, check out these easy dinner ideas that home chefs of any cooking level can master with little to no fuss. With outside-the-box pasta recipes and delicious chicken dishes included, these dinners are guaranteed to make everyone at the table sing your praises.
Whether you're cooking for young, picky eaters or you're looking for some creative 30 minute meals, these dinner ideas cover a wide range of palates. If you're looking for recipes that are just as easy as they are imaginative, you definitely need shrimp and grits, crispy chicken Florentine, or turkey taco skillet in your life. There are also several dishes that you can put together quickly and leave to bake. For these, check out the chicken Alfredo stuffed shells or chicken enchiladas.
While you could always opt for Crock-Pot or Instant Pot recipes for easy dinner recipes, check out these ideas that are just as simple, but don't require any special kitchen gadgets. If you're really pressed on time, Ree Drummond's 16-minute meals are a great go-to!
Gastropub Goodies: 10 Bar Food Recipes
Spicy jalapenos are stuffed with cheese, then rolled in cornmeal and deep-fried to make these addictive snacks.
A big plate of nachos offers lots of different flavors, so you can mix up a perfect bite of spicy, salty, and creamy.
Roast the beef for these cheesesteaks in advance, then assemble with caramelized onions, peppers, and melted provolone just before your guests arrive.
Red and green cabbage and bright orange carrots make this side dish a festive, colorful addition to any buffet.
Coconut, caramel, and nuts elevate plain popcorn into a perfect party snack.
Fried garbanzo beans add unexpected flavor and crunch to a chopped salad you can serve family style.
Caramelized onions and hot dogs are finger-food ready when wrapped in rich butter pastry.
This salad has everything you need for a delicious meal. It's simple and provides protein and servings of vegetables tossed together in one dish.
Crush one or two tortilla chips over this chili for a little crunch and wash it down with an ice-cold beer.
Spicy homemade mayonnaise adds an extra kick to these crowd-pleasing crab cake sliders.
The 80/10/10 Diet
The 80/10/10 diet taught by sports nutritionist Dr. Doug Graham is:
- Carbohydrates, e.g. fruits &mdash 80% of calories
- Proteins, e.g. leafy greens &mdash 10% of calories
- Fats, e.g. avocado, seeds, nuts &mdash 10% of calories
For an average need of 2,000-calories a day, 80/10/10 is about one pound of leafy greens, about an ounce of fat (one tablespoon of seeds like sunflower or sesame, or a small handful of nuts) and as many fruits as you can eat.
If you have blood sugar problems, then it's best to focus on the vegetable fruits like cucumber and summer squash. My teeth were so painful when I came to raw food, that I was unable to eat sweet fruits! The juice of a pear or orange seeping into a tooth was unbearable.
Today I often eat sweet fruits all day. Then in the evening have my greens, which is none too wise, because greens are high in protein. If I eat too many sunflower greens at night, I can't sleep. Discover what's right for you today!
Interestingly, and unwittingly, Clent on my Green Smoothie page who lost 240 pounds, PROVED that Doug Graham is correct. Clent does not know this. But yours truly sees it :)
Dr. Doug Graham points out that you can fill a barrel with fresh fruits & vegetables, take out any five, and you'll enjoy roughly your 80/10/10 ratio. You need very little extra fat because every single cell of every fruit and vegetable is snuggling within a membrane of polyunsatured fats. Same for all the little organelles within each cell, they're all protected within a fatty membrane.
Clent drinks carrot & wheatgrass juice for breakfast &mdash plenty of calories in carrots though not my choice of juice, the sugar in hybridized carrots bypass your liver and upset your blood sugar balance. Then he makes a gallon of Green Smoothie which he drinks throughout the day. And he snacks on a wide variety of veggies such as celery sticks, baby carrots, asparagus, sweet peppers, zucchini, broccoli.
The only fat Clent eats is half an avocado or 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed in his Smoothie. He writes in Victoria Boutenko's Green Smoothie Revolution:
"I cut out animal products, fat, and dairy . I consume fruit in moderation. I do not add any nuts, seeds, salt, or oils. I drink lots of water all day long. . I don't have any hanging skin. My skin has tightened without any need for surgery."
You see that? Incredible health when you follow 80/10/10 &mdash a raw food diet of fresh leafy greens, fruit and vegetables. Watch those nuts! They'll give you a tummy-ache.
I know a rawfooder who lost tons of weight, who suffers from that hanging lizard-like skin which only surgery can remove. Why? I believe because he ate too much fat. His recipe book has all those nut-rich recipes typical of rawfood uncookbooks.
Is Clent's skin 100% normal because of Green Smoothies? Or because he LEAVES OUT FAT? I believe it's because he was following the 80/10/10 diet, without knowing that's what he was doing.
Does canned food go bad?
Canned foods that are kept in good condition are actually safe to eat indefinitely, according to the USDA. However, there are several factors that may affect their shelf life, such as can corrosion and rusting, high temperatures, and other container problems. Over the years, many canned foods will experience taste and texture changes, and may eventually lose their nutritional value &mdash which is why it's recommended to consume different types of canned products by a certain time for the best quality. (Accordingly, the "use-by" or "best-by" dates that are often printed on cans are for quality, not safety.)
So is it safe to eat canned food past its "expiration" date? While canned goods past their "best-by" date may not taste optimal, there's actually no real health risk in consuming canned goods as long as they remain in good condition. Just make sure that you never buy bulging, rusted, leaking, or dented cans, and that you always store canned goods in a cool, dry place &mdash in fact, the USDA says to never store them in any place exposed to high or low temperatures, or in places such as under the sink, above or beside the stove, or in a damp garage or basement.
And of course, after opening canned foods, make sure to store leftovers and unused portions in the refrigerator for best preservation of quality and flavor, you should store it in a glass or a plastic storage container.
What to Eat Before Your Period – Keep It Light
If there’s an excessive amount of estrogen in your body, you may experience premenstrual tension, breast tenderness, abdominal distension, fatigue, irritability or insomnia, the so-called Premenstrual Syndromes.
Certain foods can help your body process estrogen more efficiently, and therefore reduce or eliminate PMS symptoms.
The following dietary guidelines are recommended during the 10 days before your period…
1. Eat light, easy-to-digest, nutritious and balanced meals.
Include beans and legumes, fish, leafy greens and fruits in your diet.
2. Drink a lot of water.
Water promotes regular and smooth bowel movement, which helps reduce bloating and stagnation in the abdominal area.
3. Avoid spicy and stimulating foods.
These foods include cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, etc. I must admit that this is very hard for me, as I absolutely adore spicy foods. Since I don’t want to completely avoid them, I use them sparingly.
4. Reduce the consumption of greasy and oily foods and sweets.
Since hormones are metabolized through our digestive systems, a healthy gut is essential to maintaining a harmonious menstrual cycle. These types of foods tend to cause inflammation and are hard to digest. They may be tasty, but are NOT cycle friendly.
5. Cut down on salt.
Too much salt impairs the functioning of your blood vessels and kidneys, which can cause headache, irritability, and an accumulation of fluids in the body.
6. Take Dim Plus.
DIM-plus contains diindolylmethane, a phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. It supports the activity of enzymes that improve estrogen metabolism.
If you’re looking for a supplement that helps your body to metabolize estrogen more effeciently, I recommend Nature’s Way Dim-Plus Capsules.
For additional PMS support, visit my PMS Blog.
How to tell if Mayonnaise is bad, rotten or spoiled?
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.
Mayonnaise will begin to look a little more yellow instead of its normal creamy white color and then will get thicker and lumpy over time as it ages. Always discard the entire container if any mold (mould) is visible. With mayonnaise the advice is - when in doubt, throw it out! There are health risks with consuming bad or spoiled mayonnaise.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!