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Editor's Note: I met Nicki Sizemore while we were working on some new videos for the site earlier this summer. She's a new culinary instructor and food stylist and writer who's also a new mom. Nicki is passionate about healthy living--her whole face lights up with enthusiasm when she talks food. I asked her to write a guest blog post for dailySpark. Enjoy!
We all know the benefits of eating more vegetables and whole grains, from shrinking our waistlines to warding off chronic diseases and cancer. If like me you have a busy job and a family to feed, however, getting whole, unprocessed foods on the table every night can seem daunting. Well, forget about falling back on processed foods or take-out! With these simple tips, you can throw together quick and delicious meals from scratch that are brimming with veggies and whole grains, any night of the week.
We’ve all done it—purchased an armload of produce at the market with no idea of what we’re going to make, only to watch it wither away, untouched, as the week passes. One way of ensuring that all of the produce you buy actually makes it to the table instead of ending up in the compost heap is to plan out the dishes that you’re going to make throughout the week ahead of time, either before shopping or right after you get home. It only takes a few minutes, but it will increase your chances exponentially (at least that’s my calculation) of actually eating your vegetables.
You can get as detailed with this as you want (“stir-fry with sautéed eggplant, spinach and cashews on Monday”) or keep it general (“stir-fry one night, pasta one night”).
Then, when you get home on Wednesday night, instead of looking in the fridge and seeing a whole bunch of random stuff, but nothing to make (you know what I mean), you’ll know instantly that you’re making a frittata with the fingerling potatoes and mustard greens, and you’ll get right to work instead of picking up the phone for pizza. Read More ›
There are many cost effective and nutrient rich foods. Brown rice is one choice frequently selected as a side dish or to stretch a casserole. We have known for a while that fruits such blueberries and blackberries are high in antioxidants. New research presented at the American Chemical Society meeting has found that black rice might top them both in the cost effective nutritious super food category.
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The dailySpark reader PCGOTMOOSE recently asked about the Whole Grains Council and the significance of their emblem on products at the supermarket.
According to a 2007 Hartman Group report, a majority of shoppers are aware of and trust packaging symbols such the American Heart Association heart-check mark, the U.S.D.A. Organic Symbol, standard Recycling symbols and the Whole Grains Stamp.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued in 2005 recommends three whole grain servings or more per day. Likewise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services define a complete serving as one that contains at least 16 grams of whole grains. The Whole Grains Stamp is not new but it can assist you in your quest for healthier eating.
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Sometimes the world works in mysterious ways. You know that when we review foods, sometimes we get sent the food, sometimes we ask for it, and other times we buy it at the supermarket. This is a combination of the three.
Our fabulous, cheerful and radiant office manager Kelly does the shopping for the SparkPeople team, and she stumbled upon microwavable cups of brown rice. We are huge fans of brown rice, but it's not exactly easy to make in our kitchenette. While it's nicely equipped and very generously stocked, we don't have a stove, and it would be really hard to make in a microwave.
She started adding these rice cups, cans of black bean and jars of salsa to the list in recent months, which makes for a tasty and satisfying lunch in no time flat. (Especially when topped with some cheddar cheese or diced avocado and plenty of hot sauce--yum!)
I put the Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice on my list of foods to review and snapped a couple of pictures of the rice we had in the pantry. Then, Minute's press rep contacted me and asked if I'd like to try some of the company's brown rice and wild rice products and host a giveaway. It's like she read my mind!
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Carbohydrates are important and necessary in our diets and have generated a great deal of attention over the past decade due to the low carbohydrate weight loss craze. Marketing trends have played off of that low carb craze and so have dieting plans that count "points" and provide different "rules" based on what carbs are being consumed. Could this confusing information and marketing ploy be affecting your weight loss success?
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We're kicking off a new feature on the dailySpark: food reviews written by you, our loyal readers!
Jessica Dudley aka MRSDUDLEY celebrated her first Spark-versary on July 7! Shortly before that remarkable day, she wrote the dailySpark to share with us a new product that she just loves. She wanted us to review it, but we asked her to do the honors, as she has such an affinity for this product. Read on to learn more about the food that gave bread the boot in her house!
By Jessica Dudley
What is the product called?
Arnold Select 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins. They are also available in Multi-Grain, Whole Grain White, and while I have not seen them in the store, their website shows them being available in Seedless Rye. (yummy...I'm thinking Reuben) Read More ›