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Your Heart (and Your Taste Buds) Will Love This Old-Fashioned Oatmeal

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Feb 13, 2016 3:10:09 PM

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For American Heart Month, we're turning to a breakfast staple of a heart-healthy diet. Oatmeal comes in many varieties for many cooking methods — you may reach for a canister of round flakes for quick boiling, or tear open a flavored packet for 'instant' results. But in order to have our oats ready faster and faster, they need to be processed: smashed, toasted, and steamed. The end result may be fast, but it may also be mushy and pasty. But there's another cooking method that we think is worth the wait: the old-fashioned way. 

This recipe calls for 'steel-cut' (or 'Irish') oats, which are less processed than their flattened ('rolled') counterparts. Nutritionally, oats are very similar across processing styles, but the intact grains of steel-cut is digested more slowly, keeping you full for longer and with less of a blood sugar spike. This variety has a more distinct texture and keeps well in the refrigerator, so you can cook a big batch and have homemade breakfast for days.

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Topics: Recipe, Nutrition

Eating for Disease Management? This Healthier Cookie Is a Sweet Cheat

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jan 15, 2016 4:05:09 PM

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Healthy food choices are often at the heart of managing chronic disease. When temptation hits, these healthier cookies can take the (place of) cake.Desserts and sweets can be among the first casualties of better eating. These foods are often packed with sugar (a danger for diabetes) and fat (an enemy of heart health), and represent ‘extra’ calories outside the realm of the sensible meal. By the same token, sweets pose a big temptation, one that we may not always be able to resist. Trying to abstain completely can sometimes result in the opposite: giving in for something especially rich, and quite possibly going overboard.

Instead of banning sweets forever, consider allowing yourself a healthier indulgence…in moderation. These hearty cookies contain almost no fat, thanks to an ingenious substitute for butter, and less sugar than many recipes. Using egg whites only wipes out unhealthy cholesterol. Raisins add natural sweetness, and oatmeal provides texture and dietary fiber. At less than 100 calories per cookie, it's a sensible way to indulge a sweet tooth while staying mindful of dietary restrictions.

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Post-Holiday Dietary Detox: A Wholesome Bean-and-Grain Recovery Meal

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Dec 26, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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With healthy nutrients and lean protein, this flavorful adaptation of rice and beans can help your body energize and recover from holiday indulgence.Did you overdo it this holiday season? Are you feeling tired, bloated, and listless? It’s happened to the best of us. But despite empty promises never to eat again, you’ll have to eat something — and eating better can help get you on the fast track to feeling better. Our latest recipe is a flavorful dish that can help your body energize and recover with healthy nutrients and lean protein.

This recipe is adapted from the Cuban version of rice and beans. Here, the rice is replaced with quinoa, an ancient Incan super-grain full of fortifying nutrients. Black beans are also high in protein and fiber, and low in fat and cholesterol. These basics are cooked together in a single pot to merge flavors and create a filling dish that will jump-start your return to healthier eating habits.

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Health News Round-Up: Dementia Considerations and Holiday Expectations

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Dec 22, 2015 4:52:00 PM

Balancing Holiday Traditions with Dementia Changes

Recent health news from across the Web: dementia and holiday traditions, brain fitness, medication management tips, and more.This compassionate piece centers on one family adapting to a mother’s advancing Alzheimer’s disease, and how it has changed their holiday customs. They make fewer social appearances and do extra preparation to preserve her routines, while still missing her old presence. The article includes some helpful tips for including loved ones with dementia in the holiday hubbub while minimizing potential agitation.

(When Mom Has Alzheimer’s, A Stranger Comes For Christmas; NPR)

On the same topic, author Marguerite Manteau-Rao raises some tough points about the difficulties of factoring a loved one with dementia into a busy holiday schedule. Pointing out that individuals with dementia may not remember a visit the day before or after, but can feel hurt when external cues remind them of the holiday, she pulls no punches.

(How to Be With a Loved One With Dementia During the Holidays; Huffington Post)

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Topics: Dementia, Diabetes, Health News, Nutrition, Medication Management, Stroke, Heart Disease, Fitness, Emotional Health, Lung Disease

Here’s to Your Holiday Health: Sensible Dining for a Festive Season

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Dec 8, 2015 4:31:09 PM

Registered dietitian Laura returns with advice on how to balance seasonal splurging with sensible choices at those fattening year-end feasts.Year-end holiday weight gain is so commonplace that it’s become a regular punch line. But this health hazard is no laughing matter; more importantly, it doesn’t have to be the norm. Eating is fundamental to how our bodies feel and perform. When disease management enters the picture, what we choose to eat — and how much — has an even more profound effect. And that doesn’t change just because it's a holiday.

Today, registered dietitian Laura returns with advice on how to face those fattening December feasts with your health in mind. Read on for her suggestions on how to balance seasonal splurging with sensible choices.

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Topics: Nutrition