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In the Kitchen

  • How to reduce inflammation

    When most people think of inflammation, they think about swollen joints and arthritis.

    That said, limiting the amount of inflammation in your body might not be on your radar screen at all, especially if you don’t have joint problems. But inflammation is way more than arthritis, and reducing the amount of inflammation your body encounters should be on everyone’s radar.

  • Bottoms up for breakfast

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    Taking care of ourselves is how we manage our health; there’s no other way around it. It may be a simple concept, but it’s overlooked every single day in favor of taking care of everyone and everything else. Just like breakfast. We skip breakfast thinking we don’t need it. We aren’t hungry — we just want our coffee and all will be right in our worlds. Or so we think.

    The problem is that nothing will be right in our worlds if we perpetually do this.

  • Food for thought: Cast your vote for cast iron

    If you feel that cooking in cast iron is more your grandmother’s speed than your own, you might want to rethink that out-dated belief.

    Cast iron is an efficient way to cook and it’s a healthy option, too.

    I think those old-fashioned cast iron skillets deserve a place in even the most modern of kitchens.

  • Keep your cool with these useful meat storage tips

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    I got some great feedback on a post I shared recently about how to maximize the life of your produce by learning where to store it in the fridge. So, I thought it would be a great idea to expand on that theme a bit by talking about how long you should be keeping that expensive local, grass-fed and organic meat and wild caught fish you’ve been investing in. Y’all make me so proud!

    Poultry storage

  • Take advantage of these tips to optimize freezer space

    LEANNE ELY CNC
    THE DINNER DIVA

    Leanne Ely is a New York Times bestselling author of Body Clutter and the Saving Dinner series. Visit www.savingdinner.com today and see what’s cooking.

    If there’s an avalanche of food spilling out of the freezer compartment of your refrigerator every time you open it, or if stuff is buried so deep in your chest freezer that you’ve stopped even trying to search for things, it’s time to get your freezer situation under control!

  • You should eat as if your life depended on it

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    What if every bite you put in your mouth gave your body something that would make you stronger and healthier?

    How many times have you wished it could be easier to lose weight, to get healthier?

    Yes it can be a struggle to get on (and stay on) that healthy path.

    But what if you simply started by focusing on replacing empty calories with calories that deliver nutrition to your body?

    Here are three things for you to think about — some food for thought if you will:

  • Learn the importance of eating a protein-rich diet

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    Getting adequate protein is essential for optimal health. Proteins are required for giving strength and structure to your body’s tissues and cells. We need protein to control biochemical reactions and to help the immune system run smoothly. Protein regulates the body’s metabolism, and they are also responsible for the regulation of hormones and the activities hormones control.

  • Which vitamins reduce the toxicity of nitrates?

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    I cringe when I hear of schools serving hotdogs for lunch. And those packaged “lunches” you see in the grocery store containing processed cheese, crackers and luncheon meats? Well, don’t even get me started on those.

  • Looking for food? Let’s go local

    LEANNE ELY CNC, THE DINNER DIVA

    There’s something happening in cities and towns throughout North America right now that’s been a long time coming. More and more consumers are shopping for local food sources and demanding that their local grocery stores stock local options for meat, produce and dairy.

     The local food movement is alive and well, and so it should be!

  • Mushrooms make for fast and easy holiday side dishes

    StatePoint

    Whether you have only a few minutes to put together a meal this holiday season or days to prepare, mushrooms are a great addition for marvelous flavor and minimal fuss.

    Explore new varieties and delight holiday guests. The key is choosing the right mushrooms and herbs to suit your cooking method and available time. Here are some simple tips from the experts at Whole Foods Market, to create memorable combinations in minutes: