Can your kitchen layout cut your calories and help with cancer prevention?

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Can seeing food in your kitchen and easy serving make a difference in how much you eat? A study authored by an architect and an environmental psychologist published this month suggests that may be an unintended outcome of the popular open kitchen design in homes.

That’s important because how many calories you eat affects your weight, and that affects cancer risk.

Published in Environment and Behavior the authors looked at how much the open plan – easy to see the food and get to the buffet – affected the amount of food participants (57 university students) ate, compared to a closed plan. For one dinner they ate in the open plan, for another they ate in the closed plan. They used a university food and dining research lab and made it mimic a closed plan by putting decorative wooden screens to block the diners’ view of food. Read more… “Can your kitchen layout cut your calories and help with cancer prevention?”

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    5-Minute Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

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    Although most of us know the importance of eating a solid breakfast every morning, busy schedules can make it hard to set the time aside. Grabbing a bar or a banana can provide a quick fix, but often leave you feeling lethargic and hungry soon after.

    Overnight oats are one of my weekday favorites because they are hearty and satisfying and can be grabbed while running out the door – even after hitting the snooze button a few extra times. They also only take 5 minutes of prep time the night before. Read more… “5-Minute Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats”

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      Health Talk: How many vegetables should I be eating? What about my kids?

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      Q: I keep seeing recommendations about cups of vegetables, but I’m confused about how many I should be eating. What about my kids?

      A: If you’re like most adults, you should be aiming for 2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day, as seen in the Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern from the Dietary Guidelines. This amount also holds for children ages 9 and older. Targets for children age 8 and under, are less – about 1 to 1.5 cups a day.

      “Cups” of vegetables mostly refers to a portion equal to one measuring cup for raw or cooked vegetables. For lettuce, spinach or other raw leafy vegetables however, two cups count as a cup. A medium carrot, celery stalk and small pepper each count as half a cup. If you don’t want to measure, an average adult fist is a rough guide to a 1-cup portion. So you can aim for one to two fist-size portions of vegetables at lunch and dinner each day. Read more… “Health Talk: How many vegetables should I be eating? What about my kids?”

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