Top Salad Additions To Keep Lunch Interesting

We all know leafy greens are good for you: They’re chock-full of antioxidants and vitamins. But it can be easy to pass over a boring garden salad with the same four ingredients – cucumbers, chopped carrots, tomatoes and peppers – and reach for a more interesting, flavorful dish. There are a few quick, easy ways you can dress up your salad and make it the star of your lunch again. Check out these options to Continue reading Top Salad Additions To Keep Lunch Interesting

How Portion Control Can Help You Reach Your Weight-Loss Goals

How Portion Control Can Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goal - Fit & Fresh Blog

Portion control sounds a lot easier in theory than in practice. Sit down at a restaurant and notice how big the plates are: According to the Daily Mail, plate sizes have increased by four times since the 1950s. In addition, restaurant chefs have a rule of thumb in the kitchen – add salt to every layer of the dish. As a result, we can end up overeating because our brains get tricked by the plates in front Continue reading How Portion Control Can Help You Reach Your Weight-Loss Goals

Get Your Chocolate Fix With These Chocolate Avocado Truffles

Maintaining a healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to forgo chocolate. The next time you have a craving for chocolate truffles, whip up a batch using avocados instead of heavy cream. Avocados offer the same velvety texture along with additional health benefits: The New York Times noted that the fruit is high in vitamins like vitamin E and vitamin C – both of which contribute to smooth skin to help you look and feel your Continue reading Get Your Chocolate Fix With These Chocolate Avocado Truffles

What Is Clean Eating – And How Do I Start?

What Is Clean Eating & How Do I Start? - Fit & Fresh Blog

As you prep your grocery shopping list for the week, take a look at how many items come in boxes. You may be surprised – and while some boxed products aren’t all bad, many contain additives and chemicals that extend a food’s shelf life from days to weeks. The latest food trend to arise is called clean eating – and it may be worth investigating. What is clean eating? Clean eating, as defined by  Good Housekeeping Continue reading What Is Clean Eating – And How Do I Start?

Try These Healthy White Rice Alternatives

Try These Healthy White Rice Alternatives - Fit & Fresh Blog

There are some foods that go together, like curry and white rice. As much as we love white rice, it does have some drawbacks. Anyone who’s watching their carbohydrate intake may be astounded to learn that one cup of cooked rice has 44 grams of carbs in it. In addition, white rice has a higher glycemic index than brown rice, according to Livestrong. Your body will transform it into energy faster – but that can Continue reading Try These Healthy White Rice Alternatives

Stay Hydrated With These Healthy Drinks

Stay Hydrated with These Healthy Drinks - Fit & Fresh Blog

Water is critical to keeping us hydrated all year round. Remember the advice to drink eight glasses per day? However, the taste of water can leave you feeling bored and more interested in reaching for something like fruit juice or coffee. And when the average American is chronically dehydrated, this can make the problem even worse while also adding more calories into the daily diet. Some products that promise water plus added electrolytes can also Continue reading Stay Hydrated With These Healthy Drinks

Make Healthier Bread With These Ingredients

Make Healthier Bread With These Ingredients - Fit & Fresh Blog

The next time you’re grocery shopping, take a look at the ingredients list on a loaf of bread. It’s loaded with sweeteners like honey, brown sugar and molasses, along with additives meant to extend the shelf life. Eating that kind of bread can be a quick way to sabotage your healthy eating. However, you can make a version of the store-bought stuff that is loaded with good-for-you ingredients. Bread, as a base, is only made Continue reading Make Healthier Bread With These Ingredients

4 New Ways To Use Cauliflower

4 New Ways to Use Cauliflower - Fit & Fresh Blog

Watching your carb intake in the new year? It’s hard to say goodbye to favorite dishes like pizza and mashed potatoes, even if it’s just for a short amount of time. However, you may not have to: Cauliflower, versatile veggie that it is, can transform these tasty dishes into healthy dinner additions. You’ll be able to get an extra dose of vegetables and enjoy these foods guilt-free. It can even take center stage as a Continue reading 4 New Ways To Use Cauliflower

Healthy Alternatives To Soda

Healthy Alternatives To Soda - Fit & Fresh Blog

If you’ve ever wondered how bad soda really is for you, pour a glass of cola, drop a leftover chicken bone in it and let it sit overnight. By the next morning, the bone will have dissolved in the drink. The reasons that soda is unhealthy are wide and varied. Regular soda has come under scrutiny for its use of high-fructose corn syrup, a cheap replacement for cane sugar. The fructose in HFCS gets processed by Continue reading Healthy Alternatives To Soda

Healthy Alternatives To Potato Chips

Ah, the classic potato chip. Invented in Saratoga Springs in the late 1850s, this now-iconic snack actually started out as a fluke: A chef sliced his potatoes too thin and loved the crispy, salty result. Nearly one hundred years later, Lay’s made the potato chip iconic with its slogan “Betcha can’t eat just one.” Like the best catch phrases, it rang true. However, snacking on potato chips can quickly turn into “mindless eating,” according to Michael Moss, author Continue reading Healthy Alternatives To Potato Chips

How To Make A Week’s Worth Of Meals

The average supermarket carries nearly 40,000 items, according to the Food Marketing Institute. And as you meander around the store, food companies have utilized consumer psychology hacks to draw your attention to mouthwatering snacks. No wonder shopping for healthy lunch ideas for work is a fraught experience. However, researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that preparing home-cooked meals in place of eating out results in consuming fewer carbohydrates and sugars. Bringing a Continue reading How To Make A Week’s Worth Of Meals

4 Alternatives For Butter In Dessert

Sometimes, you just need to indulge – and fortunately, there are smart ways to enjoy your guilty-pleasure desserts. One strategy is to replace the butter in baked goods with healthier alternatives. Here are four substitutions for butter when making desserts: Coconut oil  Coconut oil has a similar consistency to butter, which makes it a great alternative ingredient in baked goods. There is research that shows coconut oil may contain heart-healthy fats, and the oil adds Continue reading 4 Alternatives For Butter In Dessert

Olive Oil vs Coconut Oil: Which Is Better?

It’s not hard to notice that coconut oil has become the big, trendy It product for health, cooking and beauty purposes. From moisturizing hair and skin to being a sweetener in desserts, a look at social media would make you think that there isn’t anything coconut oil can’t do. More recently, coconut oil is being pitted against that kitchen staple, olive oil. This important oil of the Mediterranean diet has long been applauded as part Continue reading Olive Oil vs Coconut Oil: Which Is Better?