We all know stress reduction is essential to stay healthy. What better way to enjoy a heart-healthy lifestyle than to cook a delicious meal and relax in the process? More and more health experts are recognizing the therapeutic benefits of cooking. Research published in 2004 showed that mental health patients benefited from baking classes, helping … Continue reading Bask in the Benefits of Culinary Therapy
Peach season is one of my favorites—whether I am baking a peach pie or crisp, dicing peaches for salsa to accompany chicken or simply biting into a blushing peach out of my hand, with the juice running down my arm. According to tradition, each summer I bake a peach pie for Dan, whose birthday falls … Continue reading Peaches and Pastry
A friend shared recently that her cousin had a heart attack. Several months later, he was regularly hitting the drive-through at his favorite fast-food chain. “What could he be thinking?” she asked. I nodded as I listened. I understood all too well. When someone puts you on an austere diet and tells you that you … Continue reading Heart Health: Balancing the Straight and Narrow
Do tight deadlines and stress drive you to the nearest vending machine or the breakroom at work? You aren’t alone. Recent research has shown that people tend to eat foods at work that are high in fat, added sugar and sodium. Based on data from more than 5,000 employees throughout the country, researchers found that … Continue reading Healthy Strategies to Stave Off a Snack Attack at Work
After I gave a talk on holiday health pitfalls, one of the attendees asked about healthy coffee creamers. Although I’m not a coffee aficionado, my husband is. After his heart attack, he began using fat-free half-and-half. However, I hated to admit that it does contain corn syrup. When searching for low-fat and fat-free alternatives, you … Continue reading Sniffing Out Stealth Sugars
Since retiring a few years ago, Dan has taken over some of the meal preparation at dinnertime, which is a relief on days when I’m working on deadline. As I finish work for the day, I’ll often hear clattering utensils, cabinet doors opening and closing, and strains of Andrea Bocelli drifting from the kitchen as … Continue reading Salade Niçoise a la Dan
In March I wrote about the emergence of sheet pan meals. A similar trend has been the rise of snack trays for dinner—and even for breakfast! Cooking Light has offered many ideas for snack dinners on Instagram, which simply amount to collecting ingredients from your pantry and fridge and arranging them on a tray—lean meats … Continue reading Snacks for a Heart-Healthy Meal?