Healthy Eating Strategies

Juice: A Drinker’s Guide to the Good, the Bad & the Healthy

Juice recently lost its health halo, when it turned out to be just as sugary as soda, but it’s still hard to completely write off the fruity liquid as unhealthy. If you’d like to be able to have your fruit and drink it too, here’s the lowdown on the good, the bad and the healthy when it comes to juice. The Good: You Get a Quick Hit of...

Trick Yourself Into Never Wanting Treats Again

There’s a reason why candy, cookies, chips and fast-food tastes oh. so. delicious. Many food items are engineered by scientists to deliver an irresistible “bliss point”—a term that describes the optimization of a tasty ingredient like sugar, salt, or fat that drives you to reach for more. But just because food scientists have worked...

7 Savory Places Sugar Likes to Hide

If something doesn’t taste sweet, it’s probably not high in sugar, right? Not always. Many foods are loaded with the sweet stuff, and not just the obvious ones, like soft drinks, frosted cereals, and candy. Not only does it add tastebud-tantalizing sweetness, sugar also helps processed foods stay fresh longer, balance acidity, feel good in our...

Fat Face Off: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil vs. Virgin Coconut Oil

Did you jump for joy when you heard coconut oil was no longer on the “bad foods” list? If you’re one of the many doing cartwheels down supermarket aisles and piling your cart high with every coconut item on the shelf, you may want to read on to find out if your jubilation is truly justified. When comparing coconut oil to other fats, it does...

8 Delicious Ways to Eat More Vegetables

Chances are you eat fewer vegetables than you should. And you’re not alone: Nine out of ten Americans struggle to get in the recommended three plus servings of veggies a day. You know how good they are for you—fresh produce is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and fabulous phytonutrients (plant chemicals) that you can’t get by simply...

Do You Really Need that Post-Workout Smoothie?

If you’re burning more calories than you’re taking in by cranking up your exercise, you should notice nice, steady weight loss. But there’s often a glitch in thinking when people ramp up their exercise. Some people feel they deserve a reward for their increased efforts, and more often than not that reward is edible—it’s something I like...

Watching Your Sugar Intake? Avoid These 5 Foods!

Harley Pasternak's 5 Foods High in Sugar

Not every “healthy” food deserves a halo. As it turns out, there are a number of seemingly “good for you” choices that just plain aren’t. Here are five foods I’ve found that are surprisingly high in sugar. 1. Oatmeal Traditional oatmeal is a healthier alternative to sugary cereals, but be careful when...

6 Healthy, Guilt-Free Pizza Options (Yes, Pizza!)

Healthy Pizza

Last night, I had a meeting with a fairly new nutrition client. I provided him with ways to make a healthier version of his beloved egg sandwich (omega-3-rich eggs, sprouted English muffin, avocado) and other sensible swaps. “This plan is so livable,” he remarked. Which is exactly the point—any eating plan you follow must be livable, even...