Warm Sweet Potato Salad

warm sweet potato salad 1I love sweet potatoes.  They are nutritionally equivalent to white potatoes but they add a lot more flavor which means you need less quantity to get better quality in terms of flavor.  If you want to add protein and make it a meal, throw in some chicken breast to make it more substantial.  Regardless, this recipe is a good low calorie healthy one with a bit of spice thrown in to help you keep warm in the cold winter months.  I got this one from http://deliciouslyella.com.  Enjoy!

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Why you shouldn’t listen to TV doctors

The doctors

There you were at the holiday table filled with your closest friends and family.  Inevitably somebody at the table has traded in their love of soap opera stars for an obsession with those handsome daytime TV doctors.   Good looking, smart, and oh so helpful.  So your aunt Martha is going on and on between helpings of stuffing about all the latest advances and advice she has learned from her dapper daytime medical consultants.  You listen with an open mind and most of it sounds interesting and plausible but generally you’re a bit skeptical.  Maybe you think Martha is a bit of a nut for believing everything she sees on TV.    She is after all wiping her mouth with her new ShamWow she bought on QVC and she did bring beef, turkey, chicken, and vegetable jerky from her new Jerky machine.  But maybe what she learned is true, the TV doctors are real doctors after all. Continue reading

Warm Chicken Salad With Chili and Spinach

warm chicken spinach salad4It’s freezing cold outside here in Baltimore and, against all our wishes, we are all trapped in our homes for fear of losing digits if exposed to the elements.  One of the problems with being stuck inside is that boredom can lead to snacking and the snacks one eats when bored are not generally good for losing weight.  For that reason, it takes some thought and planning to find meals that will keep you warm and keep you healthy.  The key to staying in control is a small amount of forethought and a bit of determination.  To help you my wife found this gem of a recipe which is both nutritionally balanced in the right way (high protein, low carbs), easy to make, and a bit spicy to warm you up on the inside.  In fact, this recipe in my opinion has too few calories per serving as posted on their blog.  I would recommend having it serve one or two people and will calculate the nutrition facts as such.  The spicy part is optional for those of you who have tender taste buds.  This one comes from foodmanna.net so give them some love and check out their other recipes. Enjoy!

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What 2,000 calories looks like…

cdc-time-to-scale-back-infographicIt is clear when exploring the research on obesity  that people have no idea how many calories they are consuming (see my prior post on the topic Why you can’t be trusted for more info).  What has happened is that the size and calories of our foods have steadily increased over the past few decades in an imperceptible way.  In addition, the size of our population has also grown.  What this creates is a situation where a new normal is created.  We all judge what is normal by an evaluation of the world around us.  If everyone around you is a healthy weight, then a healthy weight is normal.  If everyone around you is overweight then overweight becomes the new normal.   Continue reading

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup | gimmesomeoven.com #crockpotSince we’re heading into the depths of winter, I think it’s important to find for you some recipes to warm you up.  I think the slow cooker is the way to keep you warm this winter.  You throw a bunch of ingredients into the pot, turn it on, and crawl back in your warm bed for a few hours.  That’s my kind of cooking!  My wife found this one on www.gimmesomeoven.com.  It’s a great high protein recipe that’s easy to put together with only 10 minutes of prep time.  Enjoy!

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This is what happens when you drink 10 cans of Coke every day….

c039ab8a39a2431d5c508e76ef6f5b3eIt think it all started with the attempts by former NYC mayor Bloomberg to restrict the size of sugary drinks sold in the big apple.  Like, many, the idea seemed ridiculous.  I mean, what’s the difference between a large coke and a piece of chocolate cake?  Calories are calories, right?  I was inspired set off on a bit of a research project and came across some interesting literature about the difference between drinking your calories and eating them (you can click here to read more about that).  I also became fascinated about the research on the difference between calories obtained from carbs vs. other nutrition sources.  I can already feel your boredom.  Ugh, there he goes again with all that boring science.  I hear you.   Continue reading

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Slow-Cooker-Turkey-Breast-02I had such a great response from my previous slow cooker recipe (slow cooker honey chicken) that I thought I’d go back to that well and find a slow cooker recipe that is Thanksgiving friendly.  This one is a healthy alternative to the carb-heavy mainstays of turkey day.  The key to avoiding major weight gains on a heavy-eating day like Thanksgiving is to plan ahead.   Don’t just sit at the table and start chowing away, have a gameplan.  Think ahead about what you will and won’t eat and decide how much you’re going to eat (I recommend stopping at one plate).   Continue reading