Healthy Cooking Magazine – April/May 2009

Taste of Home has released the April/May 2009 issue of Healthy Cooking. Featured in this magazine are articles on beating diabetes, 4 contest winning recipes with 7g of fat or less, using a rainbow palette to pick healthy food, Caroline Shively, salad dressing recipes, and stretching to stay fit.

Eat to Beat Diabetes
Nowadays, the idea of enjoying a little sugar isn’t so hard to swallow

A new day has dawned for those with diabetes, and the future is filled with sweet possibilities. That’s because sugar is no longer considered the culprit it used to be.

Doctors once solely blamed sugar for increasing glucose and wreaking havoc on the body. Studies later revealed that sugar has the same effect on blood glucose as other carbohydrates.

Today, experts recommend monitoring the total amount of carbs in a meal plan as opposed to focusing on sugar alone.

This means that most diabetics may include a sensible amount of sugar in their diet … and that’s sweet news.

By the Numbers
Contest-winning recipes with 7 g of fat or less

You liked them so much, we’ve pleased to give you even more main-dish recipes with 7 g of fat or less! As a bonus, all these recipes are previous contest winners! Do you have a recipe that’s good enough to win?

  • Sausage Pasta Stew
  • Three Bean Casserole
  • Stir-Fried Veggies With Pasta
  • Tangy Meat Sauce

Color it Healthy
A rainbow’s palette provides the perfect guide to help pick foods that boost your health.

Did you enjoy the colorful recipes from pages 38-52 in our April/May 2009 issue? Read on for even more health info and 10 bonus recipes!

From vitamins and fiber to powerful antioxidants that may help keep cancer at bay, vibrant violets are some of the best good-for-you foods around. We focused on eggplant and plums in the bonus recipes.

Red foods such as tomatoes may help prevent breast and prostate cancer and heart disease. Strawberries contain powerful antioxidants, which may protect brain cells and boost our immune system.

Gorgeous greens vary in flavor from mild to sweet to peppery and offer many health benefits. You’ll find fiber and vitamins in green produce, as well as antioxidants that promote vision and reduce the risk of some cancers. Brussels sprouts and kale are two healthy choices.

Yellow and orange foods pack a hefty dose of antioxidants! From vitamin C to beta-carotene, orange and yellow fruits and veggies keep your eyes perky and your immune system healthy. Try these recipes featuring carrots and pineapple.

My Healthy Life
Fox News correspondent Caroline Shively shares her cooking secrets

This issue, we got to know a little about one of our readers, Caroline Shively of Fox News. Turns out she reads our magazine and enjoys cooking from it!

So what did we learn from her? When Caroline’s not on the go covering national headlines, she’s busy cooking, spending time with her husband and trying to stay fit. Try her bonus recipe and read more of our interview. And learn even more about her on the Fox News site.

Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes
Zesty salad dressings to help you use your calories wisely

Salads can be deceptive – while the vegetables are healthy, the dressing and other toppings can blow a day’s worth of calories in one sitting if you aren’t careful.

These delicious dressings will add extra flavor to your salads while helping you stay on your diet.

Stretching to Stay Fit
This reader has an easy and affordable way to “reach” toward his fitness goal every day.

Looking for a simple way to integrate fitness into your day? Trying to improve or expand an existing workout? It’s not too much of a stretch to say that the solution is stretching!

Not only is stretching simple and economical, but it increases your flexibility and agility and helps keep you feeling your best.

Seemingly passive activities like sitting on the couch watching television can cause unused muscles and tendons to tighten. So, if your idea of stretching is reaching for the TV remote control, it might be time to loosen up those muscles…and do some stretching exercises!

It’s well-documented that stretching reduces the risk of injury and improves workouts, but stretching can enhance your daily life, too. Stretching primes your body for everything from golfing and snow shoveling to shopping at the mall and playing with the kids.

Stretching every day also reduces stress, improves your posture and can even help ease back pain. Plus, stretching doesn’t involve expensive equipment…and there’s always time to sneak in a stretch or two—no matter where you are.

A Tour of the Healthy Heart
What is the healthy heart? It’s the heart that most people are born with—a powerful, four-chambered miracle of efficiency about the size of a clenched fist.

A healthy adult heart pumps five quarts of blood through 60,000 miles of flexible, smooth tubing every minute. Arteries carry blood away from the heart, bringing oxygen and nutrients to every part of the body, including the heart muscle. On the return trip through the veins, the blood carries very little oxygen.

For the healthy heart, “tired blood” flowing into the right side of the heart is an easy problem to solve. The heart pumps the blood into the lungs, where waste such as carbon dioxide is discharged. After loading up with oxygen, the blood flows back to the left side of the heart, which—once again—pumps it to every tissue in the body.


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