Eech, eetch, itch, metch! Delish & quick bulgur recipe!

Nutritional information is included at the bottom of this recipe.

Bulgur wheat is a versatile and healthy way to get in your whole grains. Bulgur is a type of dried, cracked wheat, often used in European and Middle Eastern dishes, such as tabbouleh. The thing I like most about bulgur is its chewy, nutty texture.bulgur recipe - low fat

My favorite bulgur recipe is a simple but delicious Armenian dish called metch. It’s also known as eetch, itch or etch. It’s got very few ingredients, and because bulgur is par boiled before it’s dried and sold for retail, you don’t even have to cook it! You just let it  Continue reading

Pawesome pupcake recipe from OneGreenPlanet.org!

LoveLowFat-Diggy-Pupcake-recipe-from-onegreenplanetOur little elderly Chihuahua recently celebrated her one year adoption anniversary. She’s about 13 or 14 years old, but she’s one year new to us! She goes by the name of Diggy Smalls and weighs under 7 pounds, but she amounts to a TON of love!

We decided we wanted to make a “pupcake” for her special day, so we scoured the web to find a healthy, dog friendly recipe for Continue reading

Nespresso milk frother review

One thing I really love about coffee from a coffeehouse is being able to get frothy milk in my fresh brew. A fancy coffee is such a treat and makes me feel “ahhh”. And most reputable coffee shops these days have healthier soy or almond milk options so it makes it even more appealing.

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What I don’t like about getting fancy coffee drinks is the fancy price that goes along with it. That makes me feel “hmph”.  Also, the amount of milk a barista puts in can really vary, so it might not always be exactly to your liking.

Most of the time I just make my own coffee at home. It was always pretty good and drinkable, but until recently mine was never an “ahhhh” cup of coffee. Then one day I saw Continue reading

Young women with higher dietary fiber intake may have lower breast cancer risk

Maybe this Valentine’s Day, in addition to jewelry or chocolates, get the young women in your life a big fresh basket of fruit.

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A new large scale study published by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reveals that women who eat more high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables and beans during adolescence and young adulthood may have significantly lower risk of getting breast cancer.

Share this with the women you love!

Fruits and veggies taking a bite out of skin cancer

LoveLowFat-dot-com-antioxidantsEating fruits and vegetables has a long list of benefits.  Helping to prevent skin cancer may be another reason to make sure you get your daily doses.

A new study has found that while consuming alcohol before sun exposure can increase sun damage, eating plants based foods rich in antioxidants may actually help reduce the amount of damage.

Oil vs Nuts – What are healthy fats?

People are constantly referring to olive oil as a “healthy fat”. Many people think it’s “good for you”, and some even go as far as to claim people “need” to eat oils. Olive oil certainly tastes good, but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? And how do oils compare to nuts as a source for fats? We think it’s important to look at the whole picture.

Dr. Michael Greger of Nutritionfacts.org puts it pretty succinctly in this short video:

 

Kids are seriously under-hydrated

We need to take better care of our country’s kids. It’s bad enough that they are being led to childhood obesity with unhealthful school lunches. But now we’re discovering that more than half of children and adolescents are under-hydrated!

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This, according to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, can lead to serious physical, cognitive and emotional health issues.

The study also found that almost one fourth of our children drink Continue reading

Homemade soy yogurt recipe

Nutritional information is included at the bottom of this recipe.

Did you know that many yogurts out on the market are just as bad for you as a Twinkie? Not only is dairy being revealed as linked to numerous health issues, but the sugar content in many store bought yogurts is mind blowing.

You might think a Twinkie is tooth-ache sweet with 19 grams of sugar. Well many of the popular brands of yogurt have up to 29 grams of sugar per serving! With the American Heart Association recommending no more than 30 grams of sugar per day for women, we might be better off with the Twinkie! Although we are not recommending that either.

The options out in the world for plain, unsweetened soy yogurt are slim. And if you can find it, it’s usually pretty expensive. Luckily it’s easy to make at home.

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I’ve been making my own soy yogurt for years and someone recently Continue reading

School lunchroom becoming the gateway to obesity and disease

It’s hard to escape the ubiquitous junk food advertisements everywhere we go. It’s no wonder childhood obesity in the United States is becoming more and more rampant.

You would think that kids would at least be shielded from such marketing at school. But sadly, that’s not the case. If anything, it turns out that schools have become the perfect liaisons for selling to future sugar and fat addicts. And we’re not just talking about snack vending machines, we’re talking about school lunches!

Why is this? Because there’s lots of cash to be made. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine just released a report revealing who is making the dough off of overweight children, and how they are doing it.

To paraphrase Bill Maher: “They don’t want you dead, but they don’t want you healthy. They want you sick, because that’s where the money is.” As adults, at least we can take responsibility for our own choices. But it’s just plain wrong that that they are targeting kids at their place of learning.

Killer sugary drinks – literally

Well we can’t say we’re surprised, but the numbers are pretty staggering: a comprehensive new study that has been ongoing since 1980 attributes as many as 184,000 deaths annually world wide to the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. The United States alone had more than 25,000 deaths per year attributed to the drinks.

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The study was conducted by researchers from Harvard in association with several other universities. The research included 62 dietary surveys in 51 countries, with Continue reading