If you're like most people, the holidays came and went in the blink of an eye. A whirlwind of food and drink that left you in desperate need of a detox. It's so difficult to say no to all the decadent party treats (and you shouldn't have to). All this indulging does add up — in the form of bloating, tummy troubles and pants that fit a little tighter than we may like. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to start implementing some new, healthy recipes into your week.
Let's talk about winter hunger. We don't know if it's due to the lack of daylight or the brutal weather, but winter hunger pangs are the realest. Don't even think about offering us a wimpy spinach salad. Get outta here with those steamed veggies. Winter appetites call for buttery mashed potatoes, cheesy noodles and other dairy- and carb-laden comfort foods.
There's nothing worse than getting home after a long day and having to worry about cooking dinner, especially if you've got multiple mouths to feed. You're tired, and you don't want to think about how to quickly turn the contents of your fridge into something that's edible and satisfying. That's where meal prep comes in.
Ladies, we get it. Figuring out how to slim down can be as perplexing as figuring out where all of our bobby pins have gone over the years. It's just sort of a mystery. But what if we told you there was a way to lose body fat...by eating? This sounds-too-good-to-be-true approach to how to weight loss comes courtesy of a few fat burning foods.
So, you've decided to go on a diet. Welcome to the club. An estimated 45 million Americans are trying to lose weight right now, as you read this. Though the weight-loss industry is constantly booming, I think we can all agree that dieting isn't exactly fun. Reason No. 1? Whether you've decided to get old school and join Weight Watchers or get new school with raw food, the first thing to go when you start any diet is, of course, the most fun: booze.
Ah, Thanksgiving. The long holiday weekend where you have a chance to spend quality time with the fam, get a jump on your holiday shopping and eat an obscene amount of mashed potatoes, turkey, pumpkin pie and insert-your-favorite-Thanksgiving-calorie-bomb here.
Ah, Thanksgiving -- time for turkey, family bonding and plotting our plan of attack for Black Friday sales. But there are also some time-honored Thanksgiving traditions that can leave us feeling a little less than thankful. You know what we're talking about: the pressure to prepare the perfect meal, the inevitable questions about our love lives from nosy relatives and, of course, the epic food coma that makes us feel like we need to go into hibernation until the New Year.
You can call pumpkin basic all you want -- but there's a reason why it's the core of a whole slew of much-anticipated seasonal treats and recipes. It's unique, nostalgic and deliciously autumnal -- and perhaps most importantly of all, there's really nothing else like it out there that evokes the same set of feelings. When you think about it that way, it's really not difficult to understand the mass appeal of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Let's not sugarcoat things: Eating healthy is hard. And, if you're like certain Total Beauty editors, vanquishing the sweet tooth is one of the most difficult tasks of all. After all, how can you possibly cut back on calories when you're daydreaming of Sprinkles cupcakes and frappuccinos piled high with whipped cream all day, every day? Luckily, there are some great low-calorie desserts out there to help you keep your meal plans in check; from popsicles made with real fruit juice, to miniature ice cream cones that combine portion control with novelty -- so, you don't have to deprive yourself too much.
With chillier fall temps approaching, we're ready to get back to those warm comfort foods that pair so perfectly with the season. While pasta will always be a go-to, there are clever ways to put fun twists on classic dishes that deliver all the flavor without all the carbs. One easy update that'll satisfy even the pickiest of eaters (not to mention, the laziest of cooks)? Spaghetti squash.
Unless you've been living under a rock -- without access to social media -- chances are, you've heard at least some of your Facebook friends evangelize about Whole30. For the uninitiated, this popular diet involves eliminating foods like dairy, sugar and grains, while amping up your intake of veggies, unprocessed meats and seafood for, you guessed it, 30 days.
One thing all doctors can agree on -- whether they're trained to cure skin diseases or specialized in treating conditions of the heart -- is that healthy eating is the key to a long and fulfilling life. As the old adage goes, we are what we eat. Doctors know this to be especially true, as they see first-hand the extent of physical, mental and emotional damage a poor diet can wreak on the lives of their patients.
As appealing as Pinterest tries to make it look, no amount of mason jars or color-coded plastic containers can make meal prep actually fun. Even if you have the foresight (and time and energy) to meal prep all at once, meal planning usually involves sacrificing precious Sunday hours to grocery shopping, chopping, seasoning, roasting and packing a week's worth of meals -- and then you're stuck with the same meal for every meal, which usually isn't improved upon as the days of the week slip by.
The verdict is in: Plant-based diets are more popular than ever, and with good reason. There's now convincing evidence that yes, bacon and hot dogs are bad for you -- eating them and other processed meats in excess has even been linked to significantly higher chances of certain cancers. Evidence shows that choosing a plant-based diet can ward off high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even acne and wrinkles. At this point, it isn't really rocket science: Eating more fruits and vegetables, vegan or not, is definitely, definitely good for you.
If you've recently gone Paleo, or just looking to lower your carb intake, cauliflower rice is a satisfying, healthy alternative to rice, pasta and all those other carb-centric staples. And just about everyone is obsessed with it these days. Case in point: Trader Joe's recently announced it was rationing its cauliflower rice in certain locations due to high demand.
It's not that you just-can't eat healthy; it's that you just-don't always have time. While staying busy might make you productive and feel more accomplished, tight schedules don't allow for much wiggle room to prepare nutritious snacks. You might grab for whatever is nearest when you're starved between meal times, but what you digest can make or break the rest of your day.
As beauty editors, we fiercely love our anti-aging lotions and potions. But what you put in your face (or rather, your mouth) is just as important as what you put on it -- and maybe, according to dermatologist Jessica Wu, MD, even more so. Research shows that when you feed yourself, you feed your skin -- and all of those salty snacks and sweet treats have a way of mucking up your complexion.
Look, it's summer. It's hot. You can't think of anything worse than turning on the oven and making your place even hotter. Plus, you're feeling lazy, and you're in dire need of sustenance that won't leave you feeling heavy and bloated. Luckily, there are meals out there that fit all those requirements: Quick, easy, refreshing and best of all? No oven required.
On a hot day, or after a weekend of unrestricted brunching, a salad starts to look like the perfect meal (or perfect penance). And if you give any thought to the food pyramid, a salad is a super-easy way to squeeze in your daily rec of four servings of vegetables.
If you're making an effort to eat healthy, protein balls are kind of a must. Packed with nutrients, flavor, and protein, they're both filling and delicious. They're a great way to start off a busy day, plus they make for great pre/post-workout snacks. Perhaps best of all, they can be a great way to sate sweets cravings -- after all, many protein ball recipes happen to be inspired by your favorite desserts, from Almond Joy candy bars to fudgy brownies to good old fashioned cookie dough.