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Heart-Friendly Treats for Valentine’s Day


No doubt visions of truffles and lava cakes are dancing in your resolution-wavering head this week with Valentine’s Day approaching! Lucky for you, you can enjoy sweet, delicious treats this weekend without busting out of that sexy little dress a bit too soon in the evening.
Strawberries and Raspberries
Berries are packed with antioxidants, not calories. Enjoy […]

Weight-Loss Wish List: Scale the Food Pyramid


The holidays may be right around the corner, but there’s still a number of shopping days left. If you’re looking to expand your wish list (but not your waistline) during this festive season, consider asking for the item that will become your best weight-loss friend: a scale.
No, no, don’t leave!
Not that kind of scale. This […]

My Top 10 List of Dairy-Free (or Vegan) Books for Holiday Giving


I review a lot of books and cookbooks, and would venture to label myself as a self-proclaimed “expert” in the field.  That said, there are many different types of books out there for the special diet foodie … some are practical, some are simply fun, and then there is that special category of gift-worthy.
To be gift-worthy, a […]

“Good Housekeeping” Puts Healthier Thanksgiving Fare on the Menu


November means Turkey Day, and this month’s Good Housekeeping puts a spin on the usual Thanksgiving recipe roundup by offering healthy spins on all the standards, as well as “traditional” and “twist” versions of each dish. Check out these recipes to make your holiday spread less heart-stopping:

Roast Turkey with Roasted-Garlic Gravy (scroll to the bottom […]

Test Your Thanksgiving Nutrition Knowledge


Health.com has posted a fun (or scary, depending on your perspective) Thanksgiving dinner quiz in their Healthy Eating section.
Wondering what sides to indulge in and which to avoid? Or what dessert is closest to guilt-free? Go take the quiz!
I scored an abysmal 2 out of 6. On the upside, I was overestimating the number of […]

Warm Winter Beverages, Light Yet Fulfilling


For roughly seven years, we lived in the mountains of Lake Tahoe. It was around year six that the novelty of shoveling piles of snow began to wear off. Nonetheless, I do often miss those relaxing days by the fire, nestled in a soft blanket with a hot beverage in hand, just watching […]

Giving the Gift of Fitness


With the Christmas holidays nearly upon us, the folks at Shape magazine have put together a shopping guide that just may help you cross your favorite workout lover off your shopping list:

Gold’s Gym Alpine Tech adjustable weight jumprope ($11 at Wal-Mart)
CherryMax Hammerhead sled to give you total control on steep or icy hills ($299 at […]

Simply Healthy Appetizer Ideas for Hosting Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Guests


The holidays are here, which means swarms of social events, tables filled with food, and a variety of palates to cater to. With each passing year, more and more people are dreading this holiday smörgåsbord, as special diets seem to be moving closer to the norm than the exception. While very few guests […]

Gift Ideas for the Health Savvy in Your Life


Who is health savvy?
Do you need a healthy gift for a health savvy person? Healthy people are into living well in all aspects of their lives. Health savvy people probably exercise frequently and maintain a fit physique (or are working toward a more fit body). They likely are conscious of what food they eat and […]