Living Well Blog

February 21, 2018
Considering that this minestrone soup incorporates mostly frozen vegetables, it is remarkably savory and aromatic. Look for frozen soup or stew vegetables with potatoes, carrots, celery and onion in the mix to give the soup the best flavor. Although pepperoni isn't traditionally part of minestrone… See more
By Janet Tiberian
February 16, 2018
Plant-based diets are credited with preventing, treating and even reversing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. For a dedicated omnivore, plant-based proteins probably don’t sound very appealing. Who wants to swap a T-bone steak for a mushroom-lentil loaf?  But a new… See more
February 14, 2018
This zesty Cajun-style pasta is full of lean chicken, peppers and onions. Serve with sautéed green beans. Ingredients 8 ounces whole-wheat fusilli or rotini 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 slices bacon, chopped 1 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced 1 pound boneless,… See more
February 7, 2018
The chocolate will stiffen if it gets cold, so enjoy it while it's still warm. Skewer and dip anything you like—pear slices, dried apricots, even marshmallows. Ingredients 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1 tablespoon brewed espresso, (see… See more
February 1, 2018
A fresh salsa of avocado and corn is great with simple sautéed fish or just about anything Mexican-inspired—huevos rancheros, a quick quesadilla or atop rice and beans.   Ingredients 4 servings 1 medium avocado, diced Hass Avocados 3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed 1/2 cup quartered… See more
January 17, 2018
Artificial sweeteners are not as new as you might think. They date back to the 19th Century when saccharin was first discovered accidentally in 1879 by scientists doing an unrelated experiment. Since then, there has been debate across decades over the safety of artificial sweeteners. Fast forward… See more
January 17, 2018
If you think your diet soda habit of three, four, five or more cans every day helps keep your calorie intake down, think before you drink. Research shows that the sugar substitutes in beverages damage our diet and may be detrimental to our health. Studies have linked artificial sweeteners to an… See more
January 17, 2018
Added sugar is everywhere. It’s where you expect it – soft drinks, ice cream, cakes and cookies — and places where you might not — sports drinks, instant oatmeal, barbecue sauce and yogurt. Here’s a list of processed foods that probably contain more added sugar than you might expect: See more
January 17, 2018
You know too much sugar and artificial sweeteners are bad for you. Here are some tips to help you reduce their role on your diet: Become a label reader.
The best way to avoid added sugar and artificial sweeteners is to recognize the foods manufactures put them in. It also… See more
January 17, 2018
The long list of products containing artificial sugar substitutes continues to grow. The following may surprise you*. *Not all brands contain synthetic sugars. Always check the label. Alcoholic beverages Chewing gum Chewable vitamins Cough syrup and liquid medicines Electrolyte water… See more
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