Tag Archives: healthy eating

My Story: Food Sensitivities

It was summer of 2016 when I started having problems eating the same foods I used to eat all the time. One night after eating dinner, I was lying in bed, trying to fall asleep, when a started to get intense stomach pains. It was my first time experiencing this and was quite painful that I started crying. Then I rushed to the bathroom and felt all better afterwards; no more pains. My first thought was that I had some weird illness that was affecting my insides. Later on, I realized that it was a food problem when a started …

 

Healthy Thanksgiving

 
Healthy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. For someone who wants to stay fit and healthy, being surround by food can be overwhelming. You love the holidays, but fear gaining weight. The average person gains 1-2 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Below are some tips to eating a healthy meal and not overeating during the holidays.
Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you should over indulge with unhealthy foods. A good tip to not overeating is portioning your food. Choose the healthier foods and only give yourself a certain amount so you …

 

Corn, Tomato, and Basil Salad

 In yesterday’s blog, we shared an incredible corn salad recipe. Today we share one from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Ingredients:

4 ears of corn, shucked and sliced off the cob (or 3 cups frozen corn)
1 cup shelled edamame, cooked
1 small red onion, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lime, juiced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 avocado, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and garlic; set aside.
In a medium-sized pot, bring water to …

 

Shakshuka

I hope everyone’s been using this week as an excuse to indulge at local bakeries and restaurants. Boston is full of delicious desserts, and restaurants participating in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer are donating a portion to their profits in the name of breast cancer research and patient care. See the complete list here!
Since you’ve got dessert covered, let’s talk dinner.

It seems like shakshuka has been all over the food blogs in the past few months, and for good reason. I had never had it until my friend suggested I make it, and since then, it’s become an almost weekly …

 

New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas

Happy New Year! In the American South, black-eyed peas are considered lucky when eaten on New Year’s Day. Plus, they’re a great source of lean protein and easier to use than other dried beans. Instead of soaking overnight, you can add dried black-eyed peas right to the pot and they’ll cook in about 1.5 hours.
We made duck for Thanksgiving this year, and have been enjoying the duck fat and stock we made from the leftovers ever since. This is the perfect recipe to use it! The silkiness of duck stock is enhanced by ham hocks, but don’t worry if you …

 

Festive flavored water

I know what you’re thinking. Festive….water? 
But hear me out! Especially around the holidays, it’s hard to keep up with healthy eating habits. Drinking enough water is one of those things that seems so simple, and yet sometimes, it’s hard to get those 8 glasses a day in. An easy way to encourage yourself to drink more water is to make it more fun to drink. Adding fruit and herbs to your water not only makes it pretty to look at, it turns drinking water into something festive.

Try serving a pitcher at a holiday party, or keeping one in the refrigerator …

 

Vegetarian chili for a crowd

I made this recipe last winter and I’ve come back to it several times. It’s always good to have a recipe that feeds a crowd, especially with the holidays coming up. This chili also freezes quite well, so if you aren’t expecting a hoard, you could freeze half the batch and come back to it later.

This recipe doesn’t have any meat, but it’s so flavorful meat-eaters won’t miss it. I think the added step of making a chipotle chile paste really takes it to the next level.

Chipotle chile paste
4-5 chipotle chiles (dried, smoked jalapenos)
2 small onions, chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
4 …

 

Healthy Thanksgiving side: Carrot slaw

Thanksgiving is about family and food and tradition. We all have those go-to dishes that we need to make, or it just isn’t Thanksgiving. But since most of those dishes are on the decadent and fatty end of the food spectrum, that makes it hard to stick to a healthy eating plan.
I remember one Thanksgiving, I decided to add a healthy, raw recipe to the mix. I made a light carrot slaw, studded with dried cranberries, with a yogurt and whole grain mustard dressing instead of mayo. Although it isn’t one of the “standard” Thanksgiving dishes, it’s one of the most memorable.
I …

 

Elements of a good salad

One of the best ways to be healthier is to bring your own lunch to work. Buying every day can get expensive, and restaurant or fast food meals are usually more fatty and salty. It can be hard to keep up with all that cooking, but throwing together a quick, delicious salad is relatively simple!

The greens
I like a mixture of spinach and arugula, which contains cancer-fighting beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. I also like sprinkling some sprouts on top, after I add any other goodies.
The texture
A good salad is visually interesting and includes lots of textures and tastes. It should …

 

The Summer Grain Bowl

Ah, the Grain Bowl. It has many iterations, and although the little tea room that once sold it has gone out of business, I make it my business to revive it every so often.
The basic elements of a Grain Bowl are raw vegetables (the green salad that makes up the base), a hot grain (or in this case, lentils), and cooked vegetables over the top. In the fall, I like to make Grain Bowls with roast ed maple root vegetables. But in the summer, I love some roasted asparagus and tomatoes, fresh basil, and spinach dressed in balsamic.
Making each component takes …