Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Food briefs

November 21, 2001


Keeping comfort food fit for a healthy lifestyle

Washington Sticking to a few basic nutrition guidelines can make all the difference when trying to keep comfort foods from clashing with a healthy lifestyle.

To help, Brie Turner-McGrievy, dietitian for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has composed a list of what to eat and what to avoid when trying to take a bite out of stress.

"The best solution? Low-fat, high-fiber, carbohydrate-rich meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables," said Turner-McGrievy, whose nonprofit group studies diet and health. "They soothe us without sapping our energy."

Foods to include:

High-fiber, carbohydrate-rich dishes, such as baked sweet potatoes, minestrone soup and rice stir fry. These foods provide a feeling of fullness without a heavy calorie load.

Fruits and vegetables, especially antioxidant-rich squash and carrots. And don't forget citrus fruits, which are packed with vitamin C.

Foods to avoid:

High-fat foods, such as meats and cheeses, which take more energy to digest and can prompt lethargic, tired feelings.

Caffeine, which can interrupt sleep and make it difficult to relax.

Simple sugars (such as white sugar), which cause blood sugar levels to rise and crash quickly.

Recipes for at least 10,000 tastes

New York Better Homes and Gardens' online Recipe Center makes its debut for this year's holiday season with more than 10,000 triple-tested recipes.

With a few clicks, visitors to the site can carry out searches, do printing, menu planning and personalized recipe-keeping, and check out daily featured dishes.

To compile the collection, editors incorporated recipes from Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Midwest Living and Hometown Cooking magazines, published by Meredith Corp.

Members to the site were also invited to add their family favorites to the collection. The result is a variety of recipes for all types of cooking styles.

More information is available at and (for holiday-related material).

Free diabetes cookbook available

Philadelphia A cookbook, "Celebrity Chefs Across America The Ingredients for Managing Diabetes," available free during November, offers healthy recipes, cooking tips and information about diabetes.

The 96-page book, written by Anthony Dias Blue, food writer and wine editor of Bon Appetit magazine, is illustrated with color photos and detailed recipes from 15 renowned chefs from all regions of the country.

The book offer is part of an educational campaign, "Let's Face Diabetes," led by actress Jane Seymour and New York City chef Michel Nischan, both of whom have family experience of diabetes. Favorite recipes from both are included in the cookbook. The American Association of Diabetes Educators and health care company GlaxoSmithKline are co-sponsors of the campaign.

The diabetes-friendly cookbook is available by calling toll-free (888) 844-8156.

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