August 4, 2015

Quick Tip: Crouton-less crunch

Replace salad croutons with a few chopped walnuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds. They’re a great source of healthy fats and fiber.


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Photo courtesy of Flickr user Mariya Chorna

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July 31, 2015

Skinny Recipe: Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jill G

 

If you have never tried Frozen Hot Chocolate, then I recommend you stop what you are doing and try this recipe. Frozen Hot Chocolate is the perfect treat for any day of the year, but especially for those warmer days. This easy recipe is the perfect sweet to enjoy as we wrap up National Ice Cream Month.

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July 30, 2015

Quick Tip: Stock up on veggie superstars


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Photo courtesy of Flickr user Collin Brace

Add these veggie superstars to your line up for lots of flavor, water and fiber all in one:  1 cup of spinach (40 calories) 1 tomato (25 calories) or 1 cup of radishes (20 calories).

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July 29, 2015

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month the SOLC Way

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Scorching summer days call for frosty ice cream nights. There’s nothing better on a warm summer evening, especially after a few hours of mowing the lawn, pulling weeds out of the garden or an afternoon of baseball or swimming. It doesn’t matter if the vanilla bean ice cream or the rich chocolate ice cream makes an appearance in the cone or dish, what does matter are the toppings that are pulled out to go with it.

You can find restaurants devoted just to ice cream and an array of toppings pretty easily. Why not take that idea and try it at home? An ice cream sundae bar is the perfect after dinner dessert and it’s a simple entertaining idea for inviting the neighbors over for an impromptu get together. Here’s the scoop:

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July 28, 2015

Make Healthier Choices a No-Brainer

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Overeating and obesity have been discussed ad nauseam in the US. Think about the last time you probably ate too much in one sitting. Was it that extra piece of chocolate cake at dinner last week? Or maybe the buffet you went to with your co-workers to celebrate an anniversary?

As nutritional scientist Brian Wansink  talks about in his book Mindless Eating, Why We Eat More Than We Think, it’s likely that none of the times you can remember actually had a significant impact on your weight. It’s most likely the eating you can’t remember that’s having the biggest effect. Every rushed lunch in front of your computer at work or those times you eat fast food in the car between running errands and going to practice or when you’re watching your favorite TV show with the whole bag of chips on the coffee table in front of you and when the show is done you have no idea where the entire bag went.

According to Wansink, “the best diet is the one you don’t know you’re on.” As Director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, Wansink conducted 250 experiments demonstrating that people from all walks of life have no idea how much they are putting in their mouths or for what reason. Wansink believes that if we change our “mindless” eating habits we will eat less and healthier.

There is good news that habits are changing- just yesterday a study was published that suggests Americans are eating less calories and obesity rates have appeared to stop rising. The following tips can help you achieve that without sacrificing your favorite treats or activities. (more…)

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