Meatless Monday Articles

Nutritional Glossary

May 21st, 2009

Understanding all the words and terms nutritionists use can be confusing. That’s why we’ve taken the time to put them all down in one place and define them. Please use the glossary in conjunction with our weekly articles, and let us know if you’d like to see other terms added

Protein: Healthy Amount, Healthy Sources

May 20th, 2009

Found in every cell of your body, protein is essential to life. It builds and maintains muscles, bones, skin, and other tissues. It regulates basic processes like metabolism and digestion. Protein is one of life’s basic building blocks

Calcium: An Essential Mineral

May 20th, 2009

Calcium is best known as the mineral that builds and maintains strong teeth and bones. In addition, calcium is essential for the body’s basic functions, including nerve transmission, blood pressure and clotting, heartbeat and hormone regulation

The Facts on Fat

May 20th, 2009

Fats are a necessary part of our diet and something our body needs to function properly. In addition to being an energy supply, fat is used to produce cell membranes and certain hormone-like compounds that regulate blood pressure, heart rate, blood vessel constriction, blood clotting, and the nervous system

Carbohydrates: the Good, the Bad and the Complex

May 20th, 2009

Carbohydrates are the body’s most important and readily available source of energy. Even though they’ve gotten a bad rap recently, "carbs” are a necessary part of a healthy diet

The Cholesterol / Saturated Fat Connection

May 20th, 2009

Cholesterol is a type of fat your body needs to produce cell membranes and hormones. Most (65-85%) of the cholesterol in your body is produced by your liver. Additional cholesterol in our bodies comes from foods such as meat, high-fat dairy and eggs

Antioxidants in Food

May 20th, 2009

Antioxidants are compounds that help prevent and repair oxidative stress, a process that damages cells within the body and has been linked to the development of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease

Healthy Snacking

May 19th, 2009

Your stomach is growling, but lunch is hours away. You’re eying the cookies on the counter, but know the guilt indulgence brings. If you think your best option is to avoid a snack altogether, think again

Kitchen Gardening 101

May 1st, 2009

There’s no better way to get excited about veggies and herbs than to grow them yourself! Gardening relieves stress, beautifies your home and can save you money, too

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Holiday Parties

May 1st, 2009

Even if you serve up healthier holiday meals, you’re probably obliged to make an appearance at one or more holiday parties that don’t serve a full dinner, and filling up on appetizers without overdoing it can be tricky. Here are a few pointers for navigating the snack tables

Meatless Grilling

May 1st, 2009

You don’t have to load up the grill with meat during this year’s backyard BBQ season. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a festive outdoor meal without the usual burgers and hotdogs.

Creative School Lunch Making

April 30th, 2009

A parent who packs lunches for just one kid every day from kindergarten through seventh grade packs over 1,500 meals. That means 1,500 chances for your child to develop a taste for healthy meat-free foods.

Healthier Fast Food

April 30th, 2009

Every day, 1 out of 4 adults and 1 out of 3 kids eat something from a fast food restaurant. High in calories, loaded with salt and fat, short on vitamins and minerals, fast food may be quick, but it’s often light on basic nutrition. Here are a few tips to help you find a good meal in the fast lane

Eating on the Road

April 30th, 2009

Eating right is hard enough on its own, but trying to maintain a healthy diet on a road trip is an even bigger challenge. Fortunately, a little preparation goes along way. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy on the highway

Healthy Tailgating Tips

April 30th, 2009

Before heading out to the pre-game party, make a game plan. Visit your grocery store to stock up on the foods you want. Focus on fruits and veggies and follow these few tips