12 Healthy Habits

Is Tap Water Safe to Drink?

“If it’s healthy tap water here in America, absolutely yes,” says Douglas Casa, PhD, a kinesiology professor at the University of Connecticut. “I think it’s a colossal waste of money to buy bottled water. It’s also obviously horrible for the environment, too.” “Tap water is more regulated than bottled water, and a lot of bottled water is just municipal tap […]

Read More

Skip the Excuses: Why You Can (and Should) Eat Breakfast Every Day

  Despite what we’ve all heard from health advocates and Mom about breakfast being the most important meal, we’re a nation of breakfast-skippers. Thirty-one million of us go without it, according to the market research firm NPD Group. That’s a bad dietary strategy, says nutrition expert Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, author of Read It Before You Eat It. “Ditching breakfast can […]

Read More

Try Two New Whole Grains

Fiber-rich whole grains’ many benefits range from lowering your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even dementia to helping you shed more belly fat. But that’s not the only reason to eat more grains. The latest research, says Kelly Toups, RD, program manager of the Whole Grains Council at Oldways, reveals that whole grains “have levels of antioxidants […]

Read More

A Place at the Christmas Table for a Jewish Person

Christmas has always proposed a bit of a challenge for me, as it does for many Jews. It’s tough to take part, as it is a religious holiday from a religion that I am not a member. But it has transcended religion in this country and has become part of our culture. When people say, “Merry Christmas” to me, I […]

Read More

Reducing Portions? A Great Excuse to Go Shopping!

It’s Thanksgiving, and at my family get-togethers there’s one story that’s always told. When I was in high school, I was a bit heavy for my height and looking to drop some weight. I read somewhere that serving Thanksgiving dinner on smaller plates helps you to eat less. It struck me as brilliant at the time. So when it came […]

Read More

Q&A with Sodium Girl Jess Goldman Foung

Last year, we featured Jess Goldman Foung, AKA Sodium Girl in our magazine as our Healthy Habits here for reducing salt. We can’t get enough of Jess; her joy and love of food is infectious. We asked her some questions about how her life and cooking has changed in the last year, and if she could share some lower-sodium ideas […]

Read More

Healthy Habits Challenge: Give Back to Your Community

It’s Tuesday night in the Cooking Light Test Kitchen, and 9-year-old Maurice stands atop a step stool, gently shaving carrots on a cutting board. Nearby, his father, Tony, is chopping tilapia fillets into bite-sized nuggets. Maurice, Tony, and several other families are taking part in a cooking skills program created by Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF), an urban farm in […]

Read More

Be Portion-Smart with Tips from Healthy Habits Hero Dr. Jim Painter

This time of year, more than any other, it’s far easier to be happy about the foods we eat than the amount we eat. How much healthier would it be to skate from Thanksgiving to New Year’s without having to make midnight resolutions on December 31 about “eating better” that mostly reflect five weeks’ worth of overindulging? Resolutions often spring […]

Read More

Eat fish with your kids, and they’ll eat fish.

Picky eaters have always been a pet peeve of mine. When I had children, I wanted to do whatever I could to ensure that they were not picky eaters. As soon as they started eating solid food, I was determined to expose them to a wide variety of options. Fish, being brain food and all, was high up on my […]

Read More

Ease Up On Salt with Tips from 12 Healthy Habits Hero, Jeremy Bearman

This summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a plan to focus its attention on the notoriously high sodium levels found in some restaurant food. Details were still being worked out as of press time, but restaurants are logical targets: Fast-food meals can exceed the whole-day sodium recommendations for adults. Chain restaurants publish their nutrition numbers, but few chefs […]

Read More