I’m running a half-marathon this month, and throughout the training I’ve become obsessed with smoothies. There's no better pre- or post-workout fuel, and they're perfect remedy for those extra fruits and veggies on the verge in your fridge. Smoothies aren't just for the workout-inclined -- they make a great breakfast or snack for those looking to shake up their meals (pun intended). Read on to learn how to become a smoothie pro.
After a long week you’ve earned a serious kick-back session. But let's be honest, it's never easy to stop with just one on the weekend, which typically ends in a rough Monday morning. It's a challenge for many of us, but you CAN have your cake and eat it too (just not ALL of it) on the weekend. The key is, as always, making smart decisions. Read on and discover how you can enjoy yourself and break the chain of endless nutritional 'lost weekends' —Stephanie
Healthy eating is not just about healthy meals: it's what happens in between that often wipes out a day's worth of smart choices. Everyone, from bonafide grazers and night eaters to those who — gasp! —don't snack at all needs a smart, flexible snack strategy. Whether you're designing from scratch, fine tuning or in need of a complete makeover, I'll help you avoid the diet that's done in by 1,000 nibbles.—Stephanie
Chocolate is one of my favorite foods. And like Valentine's Day, it can deal out both romance and heartbreak , but what else would you expect of something so desirable? Today, though, I want to celebrate chocolate's many charms and spread the good news: a little bit every day can do wonders for the body AND mind AND soul. What's more, chocolate is like a utility man; it can play any position, and play it well. It's also the perfect companion for a blizzard.
This dish is festive enough for a holiday brunch, but also easy and portable for weekdays. The frittatas can be mixed in advance and baked to order. Or baked, frozen and heated up for an individual egg breakfast at the office.
One of my favorite new year's resolutions is to cook crock-pot recipes on Sunday or Monday nights (when I know I'll be home and have time) so that I can have healthy leftovers that I can brown-bag to work during the week. For my first slow-cooker recipe of the year, I decided to make this bold, beautiful, brothy stew from EatingWell.com. You can't go wrong with low-cal spinach – one of the most nutritious foods on the planet – and fiber-rich chickpeas combined with Middle Eastern spices.
I hope all of you are safe and sound after Hurricane Sandy, and have the help of friends and family where it counts. As the holidays approach, I'm looking forward to reconnecting with loved ones, and feel thankful for the chance to take a break, draw up a chair, and share quality time.
New York gets back into gear in fall, but it's also a time bursting with temptations, such as holiday get togethers and heavier meals. Good thing fall offers activities from exercise festivals to picking apples—plus new cookbooks worth perusing on evenings at home. And the seasonal produce? It's going strong, and in New York it can show up on your doorstep.
Stephanie provides tips on how to make the most of wrapping, stacking and packing it all up to take with you. She also provides a list of non-perishable food items to keep stalked at the office, car or purse.