We all love to eat out whether it’s lunch at the office or dinner at the newest restaurant in town with friends. And yes, you can eat out and still eat healthy. A little planning and some tips to navigate the menu will set you up for dining success!
Chocolate is one treat that I have few qualms prescribing. When done right, high-quality dark chocolate is akin to a bittersweet multivitamin, capable of reducing oxidative stress (a root cause of illness and aging), countering inflammation, lowering blood pressure, boosting mental focus and cognitive longevity. Score! The secret of this stuff the ancient Mesoamericans called ‘food of the gods’ is its key nutrient-rich ingredient, cacao.
The best rule of thumb when it comes to cookware may be this: look for materials that have been proven safe and effective over hundreds - if not thousands - of years. This means choosing pots and pans made of cast iron, stainless steel, glass, enamel, or ceramic.
Everyone loves a good health hack and one of my favorites is tea. While black, green, white and red teas have numerous benefits and are great ways to start the day, herbal teas have loads of pluses too, and no caffeine, so they won’t keep you up at night, no matter when you imbibe. Teas under the herbal umbrella -- made from flowers, dried fruits, spices and herbs -- are rich in antioxidant polyphenols which can help reduce the risk for chronic disease. We’re all for that.
Making your meat choices in the store can be confusing, so keep the following tips and definitions in mind. Buy the best meat you can afford. If price is a concern – and yes, the good stuff will invariably be more pricey – then consider buying less, and use meats as an ‘accent’ in stews and soups.