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Is “healthy” comfort food an oxymoron?

by in Nutrition Science

Kitty Broihier

You might think that “comfort food” and “healthy” don’t go together naturally, and that might be. After all, many of our cozy favorites are not bursting with kale or quinoa. And sometimes you simply must have Grandma’s stuffed shells—just the way Grandma made it, made with regular pasta and lots of full fat cheese. That’s okay; I get it. If that’s what you want once in a while, that’s perfectly fine—enjoy. But if you’re one of those folks whose comfort food concoctions have become less a “special food” and more of a staple in your recipe rotation—you might want to consider a few easy recipe modifications in the name of healthfulness. These three basic tweaks are easy to achieve and go a long way toward moving your edible soothers onto the “everyday acceptable” list.

Is “healthy” comfort food an oxymoron?

Taking Comfort in Food

by in Nutrition Science

Kitty Broihier

Does this sound familiar? You had an especially tough day at work, or broke up with your significant other, or the weather is dreary/damp/dreadful (maybe you’ve been snowed in three times in the last week?) or you’re down in the dumps for any of the other myriad reasons we all encounter, and your thoughts start turning to that specific food (or foods) that always makes you feel better…and later you stop and get that food at a restaurant or take-out joint, or purchase the required ingredients on your way home. Soon you’re “self-medicating” with the comfort food of your choice (and perhaps snuggling in your favorite comfy jammies for an extra measure of soothing). It’s okay: most of us have been there too

Taking Comfort in Food

Bone Broth Brouhaha

by in Nutrition Science

Kitty Broihier

The swirl of publicity surrounding this simple broth is astounding. If one believes the proponents, daily bone broth consumption can prevent or cure all manner of ills, from aiding in digestion to repairing and strengthening bones to giving a glow to skin and a gloss to hair—and that’s just a partial list of the purported benefits. So does this old-fashioned food live up to the hype, or is the bone broth trend a load of bunk? Let’s take a look…

Bone Broth Brouhaha

Using Mindfulness to Create a Healthy Half-Time Nosh

by in Nutrition Science

Kitty Broihier

The game is on! According to some estimates, Super Bowl Sunday is the second-biggest eating day (after Thanksgiving) for Americans. That’s a LOT of wings, chips, guacamole, pizza, beer and brownies. But you don’t have to resign yourself to a day-long snacking binge—after all, we aren’t playing the game: we’re just sitting around watching it. Nevertheless, you can provide your guests with a tasty half-time spread that won’t require abandoning New Year’s resolutions or adding extra holes to belts. Maybe some of these recipe tweaks and tips for mindfully making your football party more healthy will work for your event.

Using Mindfulness to Create a Healthy Half-Time Nosh

January in the Mediterranean

by in Nutrition Science

Kitty Broihier

If, like me, you’re not lucky enough to be jetting off to the sunny warmth of the French Riviera or Greece this winter, that doesn’t mean we have to lose out completely. Yes, I’m talking food here—we can cook like we’re in the Mediterranean, enjoying their tasty cuisine and giving our winter-chilled bodies a nutrition boost, too

January in the Mediterranean

Troubleshooting Holiday Tummy Trouble

by in Healthy Holidays, Nutrition Science

Kitty Broihier

Does the holiday season give you more tummy trouble than usual? (And by this, I do not mean the increasing size of one’s tummy, but rather, increasing incidence of discomfort.) You’re not alone. With all the party food, higher-than-usual alcohol intake, and yes—stress—lots of times our GI systems bear the brunt of the season’s soirees. Here are a few ideas for minimizing tummy issues so you can feel healthy and ready for all the festive fun this season.

Troubleshooting Holiday Tummy Trouble

Holiday Spice is Nice (and Healthy)!

by in Nutrition Science

Kitty Broihier

One of the best things about baking for the holidays (aside from eating delicious results, that is) is the aroma in the house, am I right? Part of what makes those aromas so comforting is the spices in those baked goods. Think gingerbread, apple pie, eggnog bread pudding, etc. And, though you might not have thought about it before, those same spices that make your holiday favorites taste so good are also good for you! What luck! So, as you ring in the season this year, here are a few more reasons to make room in your diet for holiday treats (as if any of us needed extra reasons…).

Holiday Spice is Nice (and Healthy)!