Entries by Laurenp

Beans, Beans, Beans!

Once known as a “poor man’s food”, beans are becoming more popular due to their many health benefits and should be considered the “healthy man’s food”. Beans are full of protein, fiber, low in fat, and they deliver plenty of vitamins, minerals, and other healthful nutrients. There is an increased amount of research that links […]

Couscous Salad with Chickpeas

Ingredients 1 cup uncooked whole-wheat couscous 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup boiling water 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic Dash of sugar 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions 1/8 teaspoon smoked […]

Chipotle Bean Burritos

Ingredients 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup water 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium black beans, drained 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium kidney beans, drained 3 tablespoons refrigerated fresh salsa 6 (10-inch) reduced-fat flour tortillas (such as Mission) or whole wheat tortillas 1 cup (4 ounces) […]

Two-Bean Soup with Kale

Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped carrot 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 2 garlic cloves, minced 4 cups vegetable broth, divided 7 cups stemmed, chopped kale (about 1 bunch) 2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added cannellini beans, rinsed, drained, and divided 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed […]

The many layers of Yogurt… How do I choose?

Yogurt can be a good source of protein and calcium and can be used as a breakfast, snack or even dessert. Some yogurts contain added Vitamin D, such as Dannon, Silk, So Delicious, Stonyfield, YoCrunch, and Yoplait. Yogurt is made from two strains of bacteria that are added to milk. The question is, can yogurt’s […]

Broccoli Salad

Ingredients 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. lemon juice 1 tsp.honey 2 cups broccoli florets 1 cup grapes 1 carrot, sliced 1 celery stalk, sliced 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced 1 green onion, sliced 1/4 cup toasted walnut pieces Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste   Directions […]

The Time You’re Most Likely to Binge

With Labor Day weekend in sight, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be invited a cookout or two. While barbecues make for great outdoor parties, they can seriously sabotage your waistline: People are more likely to binge at barbecues than other meals, according to a new survey by Forza Supplements. For the survey, 8,000 people across […]

Breakfast vs. Dinner

Can eating a large breakfast and small dinner help with weight loss? In a recent study, scientists randomly assigned 74 overweight or obese women with metabolic syndrome (having at least 3 out of 5 of the following: low HDL “good” cholesterol; elevated blood pressure, blood sugar, and/or blood triglycerides; and increased waist size) into two […]

Fresh Tomato-Feta Pizza

Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 1 slice) Hands-on:35 Minutes Total:55 Minutes   Ingredients 1 pound refrigerated fresh pizza dough 4 plum tomatoes, sliced 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon cornmeal 4 ounces feta cheese 1 ounce pitted kalamata olives, halved (1/3 cup) 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves   Preparation […]

Baked Tomatoes with Quinoa, Corn and Green Chiles

Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 1 stuffed tomato) Hands-on:55 Minutes Total:1 Hour, 20 Minutes Ingredients 2 poblano chiles 2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 4 ears) 1 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon salt, divided 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon freshly […]