1. Four Tips to Spring Clean Your Diet

    Father Cutting PeppersEasy ways to start eating healthier – without overhauling your diet.

    Spring is the season of new beginnings, so you’re primed for some positive changes in your life. Wait a minute, isn’t that the way you felt back on Jan. 1 when you made the same lofty resolutions?

    If you failed to make good on your New Year’s resolutions, hope is not lost and spring is eternal, right? Here are some simple strategies for eating – and feeling – healthier in the weeks and months ahead:

  2. Healthy Meals that Don’t Require an Oven

    Healthy No-Cook MealHave you ever had days when even the thought of turning on the oven stresses you out? Chill out with a no-bake meal. Best of all, none of the following simple, yet tasty no-bake meals involve processed, pre-made foods or even requires you to turn on the microwave. Not only will you save on energy costs, your kitchen will stay cooler. You can incorporate lots of healthy fruits, veggies and nuts in a no-bake meal, just the way nature intended. Here are some no-cook meals the whole family will love:

  3. Quick Lunch Recipes for Working Parents

    Cucumber SaladWhether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or improve your overall health, eating more nutritious foods is a great way to start. Making positive changes to your diet can be difficult, especially if you already have a busy work schedule. Here are some healthy, no-heat lunches that can help you keep your cool when time is short.

  4. Food That Boosts Your Mood

    Mood-Boosting FoodsWhen you’re singing the blues, certain foods just seem to make you feel better, and researchers agree. Nature’s comfort foods contain compounds that can help stabilize your mood, improve mental function, fight stress and anxiety, and even ease depression. Foods that contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids contain naturally occurring molecules that closely resemble those found in certain prescription mood-stabilizers, according to researchers at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society. Here are a few mood-boosting foods to help you ward off the grumpies:

  5. Quick, Easy and Healthy Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day

    Woman Preparing Healthy BreakfastMom always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. As it turns out, Mom was right – and today’s research agrees.

    Recent studies indicate that eating breakfast reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart attack. Eating breakfast also helps lower LDL – or “bad” cholesterol – and triglyceride levels, and regulates blood sugar and insulin levels. Other studies show that people who eat breakfast tend to be leaner. In fact, skipping breakfast was associated with a 400% greater risk of obesity.

    To reap the many benefits of a well-rounded breakfast, choose healthy meals based on whole grains, low-fat dairy, and fruit. For mornings when you don’t have a lot of time, try one of these breakfasts: