12 Healthy Habits

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Eat More Fish with Tips from 12 Healthy Habits Hero, Lyf Gildersleeve

Despite the “eat more fish” push from healthy-eating advocates and nutrition researchers, Americans are eating less seafood each year, while red meat and poultry consumption climb. Does it matter? Well, it very well might. The primary fats in fish have been shown to protect the body against heart disease, reduce blood pressure and inflammation, and possibly lessen your chances of […]

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Go Meatless Once a Week with Healthy Habits Hero, Ivy Manning

Embracing meat-free meals requires a simple shift in plate balance. The country’s collective culinary focus is shifting from the meat to the potatoes (and kale, quinoa, and cauliflower). Chefs, many of whom have spent the past decade in a bacon-fat-fueled haze, are waking up to the pleasures of all things vegetal. Home cooks, whether driven by environmental or economic reasons, […]

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Cooking Vegetarian Dishes is Easy with Smart Meal Planning

by Allison Task, author of Lighten Up, America! and our 12 Healthy Habits Coach I am one of those people who, as soon as I’m told I can’t have something, I must have it. It doesn’t matter if I like or don’t like that thing; just tell me I can’t have it and it’s the only thing I crave. This personality […]

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Change Your Fat Focus

by Allison Task, author of Lighten Up, America! and our 12 Healthy Habits Coach When I think “Eat more healthy fat” my mind instantly gravitates to avocados as a daily snack, adding handfuls of roasted sunflower seeds to my salads, and finishing that grilled fish with a generous drizzle of olive oil. I think I’m starting to drool.  It’s nice to […]

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