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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Don't let the names of exotic grains like millet keep you from trying them. They're as easy to make as standard white rice yet far more nutritious.

Millet is the seed of a grass that grows in Africa. It has a fluffy, dry texture and tastes similar to corn. Millet has a wide variety of nutrients, including many minerals, protein and fiber.

MONDAY, Oct. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want to add pizzazz to your morning bowl of oats? Here's how to spice things up and boost the nutrition.

Oats are rich in important minerals like manganese, which plays a role in controlling blood sugar. They also happen to be very high in fiber, important for gut and heart health. Nuts and seeds are great toppings for oats that you might be ...

THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Looking for a simple yet delicious way to enjoy whole grains? Start with nutritious, easy-to-cook barley, a great swap for processed grains like white rice.

When shopping, choose hulled barley instead of pearl. Hulled barley retains more of the outer bran layer with its fiber and nutrients. Pearl parley has had most of the bran layer "polish...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You might think of a slow cooker as your grandma's favorite timesaver, but this countertop device has many modern benefits -- from making healthier meals and cutting calories to saving you time at the stove.

Because almost all you need to do is cut, measure and add ingredients, you can set a slow cooker in the morning and have a meal ready ...

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been relegating parsnips to the stock pot (their sweetness enhances both chicken and vegetable broth) or have been skipping over them altogether, you're missing out on a hearty side-dish choice for fall evenings and winter holidays alike.

Think of parsnips as a healthy comfort food, because cooking them brings out their naturally cre...

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cooking food has a fundamental impact on what bacteria live in your gut, a new study finds.

"Our lab and others have studied how different kinds of diet -- such as vegetarian versus meat-based diets -- impact the microbiome [gut bacteria]," said senior study author Peter Turnbaugh, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the U...

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pickled foods are still on trend and so are do-it-yourself recipes since homemade fermented foods taste much better than store-bought versions.

Making your own fermented foods is easier than you think and the ideal way to introduce good gut bacteria into your microbiome. The key is prepping the veggies correctly and then just letting them rest ...

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Love those artichoke appetizers you get at restaurants but stop in your tracks when you see them on display at the store? Yes, artichokes look intimidating, but once you know the secret of artichoke prep, you'll look for opportunities to prepare them at home.

Artichokes, a plant in the thistle family, are one of the healthiest foods around, ric...

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Love the taste of hot wings, but looking for something healthier? If you're a fan of this game day favorite, you'll go wild over Buffalo cauliflower.

Making the simple swap from chicken wings to cauliflower gets more veggies into your diet and adds a world of nutrition. Cauliflower is a superfood rich in a long list of nutrients from v...

FRIDAY, Sept. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With pumpkin spice lattes already hitting coffee shops, it's never too soon to rethink favorite seasonal sips and cut calories without sacrificing flavor.

Here are four to try from now until the holidays really begin! Each recipe makes two drinks.

Pear Bellini: Pears make the perfect puree to add to champagne, Prosecco or sp...

THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Love the taste of wild rice, but aren't sure how to make it yourself? It's easier than you think once you know how to prep and cook it the correct way.

Wild rice is not actually rice, but rather the seed of an aquatic grass. It's a Native American food that has a delicious, chewy texture. Like other seeds and grains, it's high in mineral co...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want to warm up as the temperature cools down and get in more nutrients, too? Roasted vegetables are a delicious way to do both.

Starchier root veggies, like carrots, parsnips and potatoes, lend themselves to roasting since their natural sugars intensify as they cook. Carrots have beta carotene for skin health. The parsnips are high in vit...

MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's hard to beat the comfort quotient of a hot, bubbling dish of macaroni and cheese, but the fat and calorie overload can be a health disaster. Here's how to make a lighter version with all the taste intact.

Start by choosing a whole grain pasta such as spelt or a gluten-free quinoa pasta. These typically have double the fiber of processed ...

FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- This year, when the gang comes over to watch football, score big with these healthy treats.

Rich and creamy onion dip with chips is a favorite and so easy to make by mixing sour cream into a flavor packet. But most dip mixes are loaded with MSG, sodium and artificial flavors, plus they have zero nutrition. Instead, make your own in a snap. Y...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and apples are all amazing fall superfoods and the perfect reason to get cooking.

Cheap and versatile, butternut squash is loaded with fiber and vitamin A. For an easy butternut squash mash, cut the squash in half, discard the seeds and roast for about 1 hour at 350 degrees. Scoop out the flesh and mash w...

THURSDAY, Sept. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Move over button mushrooms. Exotic varieties are becoming more and more popular, and are available at farmers markets and even local grocery stores.

In ancient healing traditions, mushrooms have always been one of the top medicinal foods, and now science is discovering why. Mushrooms contain potent antibacterial and antifungal compounds tha...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's a pricy mainstay on restaurant menus, but avocado toast is an easy and healthy breakfast or lunch that you can make at home.

Avocados are full of healthy fats and vitamins C, E and B6. They're fiber all-stars, too, with 10 grams per cup. Best known as the base for guacamole, because of its creaminess, avocado is now being turned into ...

TUESDAY, Sept. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Make the most of your farmers market bounty with fast salads that highlight end-of-summer's best produce, like a filling Cobb salad with tomatoes, corn, and green and red lettuces.

Some simple prep tips make it an easy lunch or dinner, and smart swaps help streamline the traditional version's calorie count.

Start by prepping your ...

MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When made at home, smoothies can be delicious and nutritious (store-bought versions often contain lots of sugar and an abundance of calories). But when it comes to feeling satisfied, a rich, thick soup has them beat.

There's science behind the diet tip to eat filling soup when the soup is a thick, blended puree. A study published in the Jou...

FRIDAY, Sept. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Spices add not only great flavor to foods, but also micronutrients for a healthy diet.

Spice blends can be especially zesty, but many on grocery store shelves are loaded with sodium, which can spike your salt intake and detract from the spices' benefits. Mix your own blends instead.

A very versatile mix is taco seasoning. It's grea...

THURSDAY, Sept. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Few ingredients span the range of international cuisines as much as garlic. Garlic has a rich and interesting history as both a flavoring and a medicinal food.

The bulb of a plant in the allium family (along with onions and chives), garlic contains potent antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and is immensely flavorful while being ex...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Looking for an elegant dessert that's healthy, too?

Poached pears are ideal because they're sweet and hold their shape well during cooking. They can also be topped with a sweet finish or a surprisingly tangy one. Either way, you can wow guests at your next dinner party.

Pears are a filling fruit, high in fiber and a long list of ...

MONDAY, Sept. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The word on eggs changes faster than you can say "sunny-side up." One day their cholesterol isn't a concern and the next day it is.

After a 2018 study found an egg a day was fine for healthy people, a 2019 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that this amount could raise the risk for cardiovascular d...

THURSDAY, Aug. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The right tools make healthy cooking so much easier. Just a few gadgets can make all the difference.

Olive, safflower and other plant-based oils are great unsaturated fat choices, but they do add calories. Cut the amount of oil you use with an oil mister. This simple gadget delivers a fine spray of oil, perfect for dressing a salad and light...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Getting kids to eat right can be a challenge, but an easy place to start is with the lunch they bring to school. Make the contents of their lunchbox more fun, and they'll be more likely to eat what you pack. These creative tips will make this meal more nutritious, too.

Begin with a sandwich makeover. Use a soft whole-wheat bread, or a glute...

TUESDAY, Aug. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Creamy chocolate pudding is major comfort food, but most store-bought and even homemade versions have loads of sugar and little nutrition. Yet it is possible to make a super chocolatey pudding that's also good for you.

The key ingredients are rich avocado, high in healthy fats and vitamins K, E and B plus loads of fiber; and banana for creamin...

MONDAY, Aug. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Do you love restaurant-style scallops but feel nervous about making them at home? Here's the 101 to cooking the perfect scallop every time.

The trick to creating tasty scallop dishes is to choose "dry" scallops -- these aren't treated with phosphates, which can give them an off-taste and make them stringy when cooked. Scallops pair deliciously...

FRIDAY, Aug. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Eating the rainbow" is a great way to harness the different micronutrients in fruits and vegetables.

Among the reds (and yellows), naturally sweet beets are a great source of folate, the B vitamin, fiber and potassium. If you shied away from beets as a kid, it's time to give them a try.

A fun introduction involves using a spiraliz...

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Americans eat three times as much cheese as just 50 years ago, but not because we're enjoying careful indulgences like a cheese plate with fruit and whole grain crackers.

Experts point to the cheese overload in pizza and other Italian dishes, Tex-Mex favorites and the ubiquitous mac-and-cheese.

That's a lot of saturated fat and ca...

THURSDAY, Aug. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a chili pepper lover who can take the heat, then take it to the next level with super spicy habaneros.

Habaneros aren't for the faint of heart. They rank among some of the world's hottest chilies on the Scoville scale, which is used to measure the heat of all types of peppers. Habaneros have a round, almost pumpkin-like shape and c...

MONDAY, Aug. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Guacamole is one party dip that's actually good for you, and it's easy to make at home.

Hass avocados -- with green skins that turn brown-black when ripe -- are rich and creamy. They're filled with healthy fats, vitamins and fiber. The rest of the fresh ingredients in guacamole are filled with nutrients and few calories.

To test if...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Are you craving a seafood bonanza but can't get to the beach? Here's how to make a clambake right in your own kitchen.

Traditional clambakes serve up more than clams. This special one-pot meal typically includes other seafood, such as lobster and mussels, plus hearty sausage, potatoes and corn. This may look like a decadent meal, but the sea...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Leeks may look like scallions grown out of control, but they can add subtle flavor to many dishes, from soup to sides.

Leeks are part of the onion and garlic family and are a good source of nutrients, including antioxidants. But unlike their cousins, leeks aren't usually eaten raw.

The first step in any leek recipe is to properly c...

WEDNESDAY, July 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- To get the most out of a whole chicken, roasting is the way to go. It's an easy and flavorful way to prepare this protein-rich, lean meat, plus you'll have dinner for two and lunch for the next day.

Simple prep steps make the job easy. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions not to rinse chicken of any kind -- the dropl...

TUESDAY, July 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Looking for a fresh way to top your burger, seafood and other proteins? Use hot peppers to create a zesty alternative to mayo or butter-based sauces.

Homemade pepper-based salsas are a healthy and flavorful way to liven up all kinds of dishes. And using fruit, such as mango, adds sweetness and plenty of flavor to spicy peppers like jalapenos...

FRIDAY, July 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Research continues to unlock the benefits of eating whole grains, already thought to promote better digestive health, along with being very filling.

A review of 12 studies involving nearly 800,000 participants published in the journal Circulation found that eating three to four servings of whole grains every day can lower the death rat...

THURSDAY, July 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for a frozen treat that won't give your healthy eating plan the cold shoulder, pass on store-bought pops and make your own.

Some prepackaged pops might be calorie-friendly, but many have dyes and preservatives. Making your own is easy, and you can use gut-friendly ingredients like kefir (a cultured dairy drink), fresh fruit...

WEDNESDAY, July 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Love the idea of using more exotic fresh herbs in your cooking, but not sure where to begin? Thai basil and tarragon are two to try.

Thai basil and tarragon are richly flavored, leafy green herbs -- both have the aroma of anise or licorice -- that can add interest to mild-tasting vegetables, fruits and proteins as well as sauces, dressings ...

TUESDAY, July 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Crave more crunch in your meals but want to avoid calories? Don't overlook low-cal celery.

With only 6 calories per cup, celery is a perfect warm weather refresher, helping you stay hydrated, thanks to its high water content. But there's no reason to limit yourself to the same old sticks. Celery is a great addition to a summertime favorite, t...

FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In the quest to lighten up on carbs and refined grains, cauliflower rice is the hands-down favorite substitute. But you don't have to buy pricy, pre-riced bags of cauliflower when a simple countertop appliance can do the job for you quickly and easily.

Cauliflower is one of the healthiest vegetables around, high in vitamins C and K, fiber and ...

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking to change up that sugary bowl of cold cereal, quinoa and amaranth are nutritious alternatives.

These tiny grains (they're actually seeds) make excellent and hearty breakfasts, and are rich in iron, protein and magnesium along with many other vital nutrients. Cinnamon is the ideal spice to boost the flavor of these hearty ...

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet plums and peaches are great on their own, a good source of potassium and a sweet low-cal snack with only 40 calories each. But you can also use them as the foundation of dishes perfect for summer entertaining.

When it comes to picking out the best stone fruit, look for firm, unblemished skins -- no scratches or bruises. If they're firm ...

FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet corn is an irresistible summer veggie and a good source of fiber. Ideally, you want to eat it as soon as possible after it's picked, but you can store corn for up to one week -- keep the husks on and refrigerate in produce bags.

There's nothing quite like biting into fresh corn on the cob, but you can turn this "fruit" of summer from sid...

THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Eggplant is a high-fiber food that will leave you feeling satisfied and well-nourished. Most people think of the classic purple-colored vegetable, but eggplant comes in many varieties, colors and even shapes. All are perfect for a lighter take on a classic eggplant dish that your whole family will love.

One secret to making this Italian stan...

TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Shopping for a gift for a friend or loved one? Instead of wracking your brain over which sweater to buy, keep in mind that gifts for good health are always the right size.

You can be extravagant with a gym membership or a state-of-the-art piece of home equipment, but there are also many choices that will fit even a frugal budget.

For...

MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High in lycopene, low in calories, and rich in vitamins A and C, tomatoes are delicious fruits that can be turned into savory dishes. Try this simple fresh tomato sauce to make good use of this summer favorite.

Fast Fresh Tomato Sauce

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, ...

THURSDAY, July 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Craving a burger but seeking a break from red meat? For a meal that looks decadent but is healthy, too, a juicy turkey burger is the answer.

Though turkey burgers can be dry, a simple addition keeps ground turkey from drying out: Mix a low-sugar BBQ sauce into the meat before cooking. Then enhance the taste with a flavorful condiment t...

WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that omega-3 fatty acids, or omega-3s for short, are important anti-inflammatory nutrients that, along with many other functions, reduce heart disease risk. What's unclear is whether you can get these benefits from a capsule. Studies involving supplements have recently been called into question.

That's why it makes sense to f...

TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pickled vegetables are healthy and crunchy treats, and when you make them yourself, they'll have great savory flavor with a lot less sodium than packaged varieties.

Note that pickled foods are different from fermented foods, such as yogurt and kimchi. Pickling is soaking a food in a salty or acidic solution. Fermentation is the result of a re...

FRIDAY, June 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Looking to boost your fiber and vitamin C in one bite? Forget dietary supplements -- emerald green broccoli is the answer.

Cup for cup, broccoli has more vitamin C than oranges, and only half the calories. It's also rich in folate and vitamin K, the minerals potassium and calcium, and many phytochemicals that may play a role in cancer prevent...