Dessert lovers, rejoice! According to a new study, eating cake, chocolate or cookies with our breakfast can help us lose weight. Something about feeling fuller, satisfying cravings, blah, blah, blah…all we know is that they had us at dessert. But is this too good to be true? More
As the battle to point the finger at someone for our nation’s childhood obesity epidemic continues, one top New York City Department of Health official now says that the free breakfast program in city schools is to blame. It’s what she says is causing poor kids to get fat, but in reality, she couldn’t be more wrong–or more insensitive.
That tray of breakfast tricked you, didn’t it? What looks like eggs, bacon, toast, baked beans and blood sausage is, in fact, just dessert disguised as breakfast. Which, sadly, is a much more impressive disguise than food companies and restaurants have been giving their desserts-served-before-noon for the past few decades. More
America, you’re bumming us out. What’s the one nutrition rule that your parents, teachers, friends and doctor can all agree on? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But 31 million of you are skipping breakfast, daily. Which makes us wonder: Were 31 million Americans raised by a pack of wolves? More
This recipe comes from nutritionist Lauren Talbot, who blogs at Diary of a Nutritionist. I dig Lauren because her healthy-eating philosophy is based on incremental change, instead of all-at-once overhauls (or counting calorie type diets), and because though she often cooks raw and vegan, she’s not big on labels (for herself or her clients). “I do not cook all vegan,” Talbot writes. “However, I like the challenge of ‘veganizing’” recipes. Here’s a recipe from her blog for vegan pancakes. More
This week on Pimp My Health, we’re going to pimp your pancakes–everyone’s favorite hearty breakfast that tastes especially awesome on a cool fall morning after a great workout. If you’re not careful though, pancakes can be loaded with tons of empty carbs and sugar, but with a few simple twists, you can make them a much healthier morning (or evening) meal. More
Yesterday on the Today Show, Matt Lauer interviewed chef Michael White as he demonstrated how to make lobster eggs benedict. That’s just wrong, I thought while envisioning the enormous amount of calories, fat and cholesterol in this breakfast dish. “Here’s the problem with eggs benedict,” said Lauer. “It’s all about the timing.” No, here’s the problem, I said back to his HD image. It’s gonna kill you. More
To eat or not to eat before a morning workout: Throughout my athletic endeavors, I, like many of you, have been given conflicting advice here.
“You should consume a light meal before a workout so you have more carbs and energy to burn,” professed one group of exercise enthusiasts. “Have some water or a cup of sports drink right beforehand, but nothing else so your body burns fat not carbs,” preached another group. So for years, I’ve been stuck in a flip-flopping routine of eating, not eating, eating and not eating before my a.m. runs, swims and/or bike rides. I have continually stocked my kitchen with bananas and bagels each week never knowing whether I should eat them or not; sometimes they just sat there collecting mold as I opted for “not.”
As I stood in line to pay for my tall, decaf, non-fat, extra-hot mocha the other day at Starbucks, I was tempted by an orange-cranberry scone in the pastry case that seemed to be staring at me. “How bad can a scone be?” I wondered. “It’s not like it’s one of those glazed apple fritters or oversized blueberry muffins in there,” I rationalized. But before I could make up my mind, the perky Starbucks girl was asking for my debit card. Lucky for me; when I got home, I decided to research that beckoning scone, and it turns out, it has a whopping 490 calories and 18 grams of fat. Crisis averted. More
Daylight Savings has vastly improved our after-work affairs, but it’s also given us a week of rude wake-up calls and mornings that seem to go wrong before we’ve gotten out of bed. A healthy, stress-free morning routine doesn’t just help us get to work on time; it just seems to make life better. If you think that’s out of reach, think again: You don’t have to get in bed by nine and wake up at five to start the day out right. Try these six simple ingredients for a better morning routine: More
Nutri-Grain newest advertisement, below, claims we’ll “feel great” after eating one of their breakfast bars (great enough to quit our jobs, get married, and punch each other in the stomachs, apparently). But just like we suspect that most Americans are over Jerry Maguire jokes, we also hope they’re over the idea that Nutri-Grain bars can really make you feel good at all: Despite their updated flavors and packaging claiming antioxidant power and healthy dose of fiber, the brand is just selling glorified cookies for breakfast. Last time we checked, that didn’t make us feel too great. More
Food manufacturers often use cleverly-phrased health claims and trendy buzzwords to make consumers choose their products. While I believe that consumers should always take such advertising with a grain of salt (and research), I also think that shrewd advertising is at least partly to blame for our country’s major problems with obesity: We’re so inundated with food advertising disguised as “nutritional” advice, often from doctors who are on big food’s payroll, that it’s hard to tell who has our best interests at heart, and who’s just shilling for the newest processed foods. As a result, many of us either throw our hands up and head to McDonald’s or go with Oprah’s latest favorite thing, then wonder why we’re gaining weight, only to begin a new search for the best “diet” foods to get us back on track. It’s a vicious cycle, and lots of us are getting fed up with it, including Athena Hohenberg, who’s suing Nutella in America’s latest false advertising lawsuit. More
Health magazine just announced the 10 best fast food breakfasts, giving health-conscious, time-starved consumers the green light to stop at Starbucks for breakfast-on-the-go. Their nutritional criteria are straightforward – all meals had to be under 400 calories, low in saturated fat, and contain a good mix of proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats, according to Health‘s Editor-in-Chief, Ellen Kunes. The full list of approved fast food breakfasts is in the magazine for now, but their top ten breakfasts are quickly flooding health and news sites.
In general, we hope our readers can reserve at least a few mornings per week to get up early and make their own eggs and not-bacon, because even if the following meals are balanced and low-calorie, they’re still processed and packaged. But we’re not immune to busy mornings with no time to cook, either, so here’s our take on the ten happiest meals you can eat from a fast-food restaurant before noon, plus nutrition facts to help you make an educated decision, even if you haven’t had your coffee yet: More