This holiday favorite is a not-too-sweet comfort food made even healthier with whole-wheat flour. Tasty beyond St. Patrick’s Day, it’s wonderful served as a light finish to a hearty dinner, or as an accompaniment to teatime in the afternoon.
Here’s your hearty-but-healthy (and budget-conscious) main dish for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration — or anytime! Much less time-intensive than original stuffed cabbage (just 5 minutes prep and only 25 minutes to cook), this unstuffed soup version is warm and satisfying.
A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report cited that Americans spend over $3,000 each year on eating out, in general. (Spending an average of $10 per out-of-office lunch per work week alone can set you back $2,500 per year!) According to a 2016 study from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 92 percent of restaurant meals have too many calories.
Couponing is attractive when you’re on a budget. But it’s important to only buy what you need, what you can consume, and what you can store without waste to make it worthwhile. There’s no reason to purchase something if it’s not remotely something that you know you’ll use, unless it’s to give something a one-item try via a specific promotion.
Even an indoor “picnic” needs a classic campfire treat, reminiscent of the great outdoors. S’mores, those gooey, chocolate-graham cracker-marshmallow taste treats from childhood, get elevated to a romantic dessert when made as a parfait. Create this sweet variation inside, and surprise your valentine (but feel free to eat it by the fireplace or fire pit, too!).
Classic fried chicken from the fry pan is tough to resist — but really not so good for you when you add up the calories, fat, and sodium. This oven-fried chicken recipe is low in all of those things, but big on flavor and just as crispy when baked! At just 117 calories, 3 g of fat, 49 mg cholesterol, and 67 mg of sodium per serving, this may just become the new family favorite. (A kale or mixed greens salad would be a nice side dish to this main attraction.)
Face it: You just feel better when you eat right, and exercise more. From lean chicken and fish, to healthy fruits, and veggies; from low-fat or skim dairy (or vitamin-fortified soy milk, or yogurt), to whole grains – plus water for optimal hydration – good food is like fuel for your body. What you eat and how much you move matters when it comes to weight or developing a chronic condition like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure. Making wise choices now can have a huge impact on both longevity and quality of life as you age.
Time is of the essence when it comes to potentially surviving a heart attack on the spot, when it happens. The fact is, you only have about four to six minutes to try and save a life when someone goes into cardiac arrest
If your blood pressure numbers are on the rise, it’s important to know that your risk for high blood pressure (hypertension) increases with age. (For men, it’s around age 45; for women, it’s around age 65+.) Maybe there’s been some family, financial, or work stress. If you use tobacco in any form (smoking or smokeless), quit now. Maybe you’ve been grabbing fast food on the run, or not getting enough exercise or sleep. You may even have a family history of high blood pressure. (If you’re African-American, it’s more common.) Stress and unwise lifestyle choices add up – and may lead to a heart attack or stroke.