The Twelve

Easy Tips to Help You Get Going with Grains in the Morning

Why is it that on weekends, we’ll indulge ourselves with a breakfast that spans two meals, but on the weekdays we skimp, forget, and leave ourselves making up for a missed breakfast all day long? It’s typically weekdays where we need that food: those are the work days, the commute days, the get-the-kids-out-to-door-before-your-9:30-meeting-with-the-boss days. And yet, as I write this, I realize […]

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Fresh Right Now: Morel Mushrooms

Morel madness sets in with seasonal-food fiends this time of year. If you haven’t had a fresh morel, the $30-a-pound price might seem insane. But you don’t need many to get that morel essence, and they’re not heavy. What you get is this: a delightfully chewy texture and woodsy, almost smoky flavor in a mushroom that has a pleasing honeycomb […]

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What’s in a Squirt, a Squeeze, and a Pour?

Here’s what you’re getting when you self-serve a restaurant condiment. Ketchup Pump One 2-ounce paper cup holds 1/4 cup of ketchup, and two full pumps from the ketchup dispenser will fill it. 1/4 cup ketchup = 80 calories, 0g fat, 640mg sodium Soy Sauce Splash It takes just under 4 seconds to pour 1 tablespoon. 1 tablespoon soy sauce = 10 calories, 0g fat, […]

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How A Busy Mom Finds A Way To Cook “More”

Where did all the time go? In my 20s, cooking was fun–experimenting in my own kitchen, with no one’s rules or tastes but my own to worry about; friends; dinner parties; cooking what I wanted, when I wanted. Then I got married and became a stepparent, so I had more mouths to feed, which made it more fun to experiment. […]

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Get Moving with Gadgets

This month, we’re challenging you (and ourselves, of course) to get moving more! Read our best tips for meeting this 12 Healthy Habits goal, and find some techniques that can help you get up and get going, too. While you’re at it, keep tabs on how much you’re moving with these wearable devices and apps that track fitness and motivate […]

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Do We Know What a Serving Is?

A portion is what you actually serve yourself. A serving is what the math says you ought to serve yourself, based on nutrition guidelines for healthy women and men. At Cooking Light, we use those guidelines (2,000 calories per day for women and 2,700 for men under 50) to set serving sizes for snacks and meals. Similar math drives the […]

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Five on Friday: Vegetarian Awareness Month

Each Friday, we share five things that are getting buzz around the Cooking Light offices—from what we’re reading around the Web, to what’s hot on Instagram, or even our latest favorite ingredient. Happy October, and happy Vegetarian Awareness Month! We’ve many times espoused the merits of going meatless at least once a week (Meatless Mondays, anyone?), and we’ve also tackled the concerns and […]

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Allison’s Sodium Shakedown

Healthy Habits Coach Allison Fishman Task clears the confusion and explains what to look for (and avoid) on labels. What’s the difference between salt and sodium? Salt contains sodium—40% of salt is sodium (the rest is chloride). Sodium is the real culprit in hypertension issues, but the two terms are often used interchangeably. Are reduced-sodium items the best choice? “Reduced […]

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Oh You’re Vegetarian?… You Must Not Get Enough Protein

There are many criticisms that us vegetarian get from our meat-loving friends and family: Aren’t you always cold? You need meat to live! Meat just tastes so good; you’re missing out! You must not get any protein. While I roll my eyes at the first three, the last one did concern me. I am conscious about eating a variety of […]

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Help Your Family Go Meatless

Our Healthy Habits Coach shoots down common roadblocks to making healthier, tastier meat-free meals for the whole household. EXCUSE: My son is very athletic. He’s worried he won’t have enough energy without meat. SOLUTION: People of all ages need protein each day, but daily recommendations for protein are easily met. Great vegetarian sources include whole-grain carbs, eggs (one egg has […]

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