8 High-Sodium Bloat Bombs at Chain Restaurants

  You already know that eating out can be a minefield of too-large portions, deceptive marketing (we see you, 1,000-calorie salads) and the temptation of fried appetizers and rich desserts. Being the savvy diner that you are, you already have strategies for dealing with all of the above. But the sneaky monster of next-day bloat can be harder to fight. Why? It comes from the high sodium count in many restaurant dishes, which can be harder to sleuth out just from a menu description. It’s enough of an issue that New York City now requires chains to put a little salt shaker
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This Protein-Packed Bean Recipe Takes Literally 10 Minutes—and Dinner Is Done 

There are days when you come home from work or errands in a hot panic of hangry. You look in the fridge and flip when you realize you won’t be eating in the next 10 minutes. There are no leftovers, no frozen burritos to microwave. No bread. No eggs. No salvation. These are often also the days when you order panicky pizzas or sit on the couch with a jar of peanut butter and crackers. There’s nothing wrong with either scenario, but I’d like to float another idea—one that takes 10 minutes to make, soup to nuts, and comprises mostly
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This Instagrammer Proves How Simple Healthy Meal Prep Can Be

For most of us, Sunday calls for two things: rest and relaxation. But for people who meal prep, Sunday means spending lots of time in the kitchen, preparing or making lunches and dinners for the week ahead. If you like the idea of prepping meals but can’t bear the idea of spending hours over the weekend in your kitchen, we've got a brilliant solution.  Shannon Eng, a California-based fitness influencer, meal preps without slaving over the stove or ruining her entire Sunday. With simple ingredients and step-by-step videos on her YouTube page, Eng shows her followers how to eat clean with ease. Here are
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5 Ways to Use Your Instant Pot Instead of Your Stove (and Keep You Kitchen Cooler All Summer)

No matter how much you love summer, most of us are not inclined to pop the oven up to 500 degrees when it’s 90 degrees out there. Nor crank it to 400 for roast chicken when it’s 85. Nor even deal with a boiling pot of water when it’s 80. Whether you’re struggling with a couple of cantankerous, wheezing A/C units or have the luxury of central air, there’s no need to restrict yourself to cold salads, raw foods, or a single can of tuna, eaten as you sit in front of the blast from the box fan. You can
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Whole-Grain Meals: Vegetarian Dish Packed With Protein

HOWARD LEE PUCKETT The whole story: The quinoa in this Toasted Quinoa With Chiles and Corn recipe has more protein than any other grain, so it makes a fantastic vegetarian main dish or side. Prep: 8 minutes Cook: 23 minutes Makes 4 servings Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked quinoa 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 cup canned no salt-added whole-kernel corn, drained 1/3 cup jalapeño peppers, chopped 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions 2 tablespoons lime juice Instructions: 1. Add the quinoa to a 2-quart saucepan with a tight-fitting
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Whole-Grain Meals: Lamb Chops High in Fiber and Heart-Healthy Fat

HOWARD LEE PUCKETT Make the nutty, satisfying bulgur in this Lamb Chops With Lemony Bulgur recipe a staple in your kitchen. Its great in salads and pilafs. Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 11 minutes Makes 4 servings Ingredients: 12 (2-ounce) French-cut lamb rib chops, trimmed 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint 1 14-ounce can fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 cup uncooked bulgur 1 large carrot, julienne cut 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Cooking spray 2 teaspoons black pepper Instructions: 1. Place
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Whole-Grain Meals: Fast and Low-Fat Chicken Dish

HOWARD LEE PUCKETT This recipe for Quick Saffron Chicken With Couscous requires just 10 minutes of prep for a flavorful dinner that wont put on the pounds. Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 16 minutes Makes 5 servings Ingredients: 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/3 cup chopped shallot 3/4 teaspoon paprika, divided 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 cup frozen shelled edamame 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1 cup uncooked couscous 4 ounces chopped bottled roasted red peppers, rinsed 3/4 pound chicken breast Instructions: 1. In a 4-quart pot
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Healthy Cooking on the Cheap: Springtime Split Pea Soup, Egg Salad With Carrot Fries, and Health(ier) Brownies

  I'm really hoping that these April showers bring some beautiful May flowers because the weather this past weekend in Northern California has been terrible! We've had lots of cold rain and wind and all I want to do is nestle by the fire and eat belly-warming stews. Maybe it's the gorgeous green color, but I find that split pea soup has that springtime appeal. I like adding hard-boiled eggs to make this a hearty, one-bowl meal. So I've added a dozen eggs to my shopping list this week, which I'll hard boil to have on hand for my soup.
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6 Surprising Reasons Eating Right Pays Off

  Eating healthy can make you look and feel better, but it can also be great for your wallet. Whether by reducing medical costs or helping you earn more, a healthy diet has benefits beyond a slimmer waistline. Consider these ways your diet can improve your finances:           Overweight? The Skinny on Insurance Sitting at Your Desk Is Killing You. Here's What it Costs to Stop the Destruction 3 Sporty Gadgets That Will Make You Better, Faster, Stronger       1. You’ll Lower the Likelihood of Needing to Take a Sick Day Fruits and vegetables
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What This Woman Learned About Her Body After Eating a Cookie Every Day for a Week

Social media is a minefield of personal stories about health and nutrition. You know the type—an influencer or random person extols the virtues of eating a certain food or sticking to a specific diet, telling followers that if they want to get healthy or lose weight, just do what they did (or don't do it, if that's the case). So when we came across a recent bikini selfie from California-based fitness influencer Shannon Eng that teased a headline about what happened to her body after she ate a cookie every day for a week, we just couldn't turn away.  So what did happen, according to
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