A Go-To Meatloaf

terrific-turkey-meatloafCraving a hearty dish to ward off the January blues? Rely on our Health-e-Recipe for Terrific Turkey Meatloaf for a tasty and healthy version of this favorite comfort food.

Onion and mushrooms sautéed in olive oil add cancer-preventive phytochemicals and fiber to ground turkey, a healthier choice of animal protein than ground beef (especially the leanest 7% fat kind). Worcester sauce and thyme season the meat, then egg and breadcrumbs create the perfect texture. Tomato paste and ketchup add lycopene, a phytochemical that research shows may help to prevent prostate cancer.

For only 238 calories and 6 grams of fat per serving, you get a substantial 30 grams of protein. This yummy entrée goes beautifully with mashed sweet potatoes and a steamed leafy garlicky greens. Round out your plate (and fit the New American Plate model) with a whole-grain roll, and you’ll be ready for whatever winter weather challenges that come your way!

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Study: Yearning for Watery Fruits and Veggies after Workout

If you were to go running there’s a good chance you’ll be yearning for an apple instead of a doughnut afterwards, suggests a recent brain imaging study, and that may be because your brain is pushing you towards water.bigstock-Silhouette-Of-Head-With-Fruits-47793388

Physical activity is one factor that can influence our appetite, possibly by its role in altering our brain signals related to hunger and pleasure. This study focused on bouts of a high-intensity activity: running.

The study was small — 15 lean men — but it may help explain how exercise relates to hunger and overall health. It was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

In the study, the men first ran for an hour and then at a later day, they rested for an hour. For each trial, the men had easy access to water.

Ten minutes after they ran or rested, researchers scanned specific areas of the men’s brain as they looked at two dozen food images. In random order, they saw images of high-calorie foods — such as brownies, ice cream, pizza and fried chicken — and low calorie foods, including grapes, apples, lettuce, and carrots. (They also saw two dozen images of non-food items.) Continue reading


Study: Activity and Weigh-Ins Help Weight Loss Stick

For many dieters, it’s not the losing weight that’s the hardest part, it’s the keeping it off. Now, just in time for those New Year resolutions, a new study finds that exercise and weighing yourself are among the key behavior strategies that may help sustain that weight loss for at least a decade.StripedSocksScale

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, draws from a select — but successful — group who were part of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) for 10 years. To enroll in the NWCR, you had to have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for over a year.

The findings are important because getting to and staying a healthy weight is one of the most important ways to reduce cancer risk. Overweight and obesity is a cause of seven cancers, along with increasing risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

For the study, almost 3,000 people answered questions about what weight-related behaviors they were doing one year after they enrolled in the NWCR. They reported their weight regularly throughout the decade. Continue reading