Nice and Easy, Fresh Peppers with Fish

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“Let’s keep it nice and easy.” I’m with Frank Sinatra on this, in cooking as well as in love. To give fish big flavor, pan-searing filets coated with crushed black peppercorns is as nice and easy as it gets. Good for salmon and swordfish, it turns even bland tilapia into a treat. (Chicken cutlets and a lean cut of beef like iron steak like it as well.)

Chefs who obsess about ingredients go on about salt, specifying when to choose coarse or fine-grained salt and whether to use kosher, sea salt—and from which waters—or pink salt from the Himalayas. On pepper, “freshly ground” is pretty much all they say. Read more… “Nice and Easy, Fresh Peppers with Fish”

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    Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help

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    I’m so excited for the launch of our newly designed and updated New American Plate Challenge website! I love this program because it takes you on a journey of eating and physical activity changes, rather than a prescribed, one size fits all weight loss diet. Each week you’ll take on a new challenge for a healthier life – the goal is to find a way that works for you and practice it until eventually you make it a lifelong habit.

    Making changes is hard, especially long held eating habits and trying to get more active, so we provide plenty of tips, recipes and support from the NAP Challenge dietitians and other participants to help you succeed. You may also decide to go at your own pace and just work on a few of the challenges and skip some as we go along. Read more… “Changing Habits is Hard – Why Our Challenge Will Help”

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      In 10 minutes, swap that cold-cut sandwich for this veggie wrap

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      Give yourself a midday energy boost by swapping out a traditional cold cut sandwich for these bright, flavorful chickpea and avocado wraps.

      Many sandwiches leave you feeling lethargic and weighed down. The refined carbohydrates in white bread break down quickly in your body, leading to a temporary rise in blood glucose (sugar), followed by a quick crash. This crash is apt to leave you tired and lethargic – the last thing that is going to help you power through the rest of your day. Additionally, most sandwiches are made with cured meats, which may lead to increased cancer risk.

      VeggieWraps Sonja Aug16 CroppedI love these chickpea avocado wraps as an alternative because they are tasty and satisfying without weighing you down.

      Read more… “In 10 minutes, swap that cold-cut sandwich for this veggie wrap”

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