Why Asparagus Is Good For You

Why Asparagus Is Good For YouWhen asparagus appears, spring is officially here. British is best, and it should be served fresh as possible

When the first spears of English asparagus appear, we can wave a joyful goodbye to the freezing weeks that marked the “hungry gap” (the low point of the British horticultural calendar) and celebrate springtime proper – that revivifying time of year when the first flush of the new season’s vegetables come on stream.

Sweet and juicy, British asparagus is streets ahead of the jet-lagged, bitter?tasting Peruvian spears that sit on supermarket shelves year-round, and it will usually knock the spots off the cheaper Spanish crop, which too often arrives dehydrated from its road trip across Europe. [Read more...]

Make Avocado Treats You’ll Surely Love

Make Avocado Treats You'll Surely LoveThis creamy flavor-filled fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients. It helps fight cancer, keeps your heart healthy and can also delay aging.

Avocados are getting popular as your neighborhood fruits vendor too has begun to stock them. This creamy, delicious fruit contain many essential nutrients such as folic acid, potassium, fiber, vitamin E, B-vitamins. In addition this fruit is known as a nutrient-booster as it aids better nutrient absorption. [Read more...]

Top Ideas For A Retro Wedding

Top Ideas For A Retro WeddingWedding dress

Your wedding dress is one of the most effective ways to embody your wedding theme. Fashion is synonymous with its era and can be so iconic for a particular decade. For a retro wedding, your key wedding dress style is a calf or ankle-length dress with a full, A-line skirt, sweetheart neckline and a slim belt or sash around the waist. Lace is the ultimate retro fabric and looks beautiful against your skin if you choose a halter neck or cap-sleeves. Underskirts will help create that full look popular in the ‘50s, while tiny fabric buttons down a long sleeve will add that retro edge. [Read more...]

Tree Nuts Good For Health, Heart

Tree Nuts Good For Health, HeartThree new studies have explored the health benefits of consumption of tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts).

Researchers found that tree nut consumption was associated with a better nutrient profile and diet quality; lower body weight and lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome; and a decrease in several cardiovascular risk factors compared to those seen among non-consumers.

First, researchers at Loma Linda University studied 803 adults using a validated food frequency questionnaire and assessed both tree nut and peanut intake together and separately. [Read more...]

Most Restaurant Kids’ Meals Far From Healthy, Group Warns

Most Restaurant Kids' Meals Far From Healthy, Group WarnsEven though children’s nutrition has received lots of attention the past few years, you’re still more likely to find chicken fingers and fries on kids’ menus than wraps and salads.

Ninety-seven percent of major restaurant-chain children’s meals were deemed unhealthful in a report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer-advocacy group.

“I think what most restaurants have done is just add one or two meals that meet nutrition standards and left the rest of the menu very unhealthy,” said Margo Wootan, nutrition policy director for the Washington-based organization. “They’re still serving up the same old junk they always have.” [Read more...]

The Good, Bad And Bottom Line On Coconut Diet

The Good, Bad And Bottom Line On Coconut DietThe coconut diet touted in “The Coconut Diet” by Cherie Calbom has a die-hard following. The theory is that when coconut oil is combined with a low-carb diet, it will help melt the pounds away. This is due to the fact that coconut oil is made from medium-chained triglycerides, which are more easily absorbed by the body than long-chained triglycerides found in most other oils.

The secret ingredient to this weight-loss plan is eating two to three tablespoons of coconut oil every day. The diet discourages high-carb foods like refined grains, potatoes, sugars, desserts and alcohol while encouraging antioxidant-rich veggies and lean protein. After following this plan, it promises that you’ll lose weight — a staggering 10 pounds or more in the first three weeks, which then slows to 1-2 pounds a week — and your food cravings.

The plan is divided into four phases — a 21-day weight-loss kick-off where food choices are limited and you’re supposed to lose 10 pounds; a month of cleansing your system; a reintroduction of healthy carbs; and, finally, life maintenance. [Read more...]

Healthy Eating On A Budget Is All In The Choices

Healthy Eating On A Budget Is All In The ChoicesThe world would be a healthier place, or at least people would have the knowledge to eat healthier, if everyone could tour a grocery store at least once with a dietitian.

Registered dietitian Laura Stepp of Lexington Medical Center agreed to take us on just such a tour of a Lexington-area Publix. She starts with handouts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on making healthy choices, creating a comprehensive shopping list and adding more vegetables to a diet.

She also suggests picking up sales circulars from a kiosk near the store entrance and maybe even stopping by the customer desk to ask for any special store coupons. [Read more...]