The Checkup: To See Results, Is It Better to Work Out on an Empty Stomach?

• The workout question of all workout questions: Is it better, when it comes to seeing results, to work out on an empty stomach or not? Here, an expert gives the pros — for one, fasted cardio can be good for short-term weight loss — and the cons, like your body having less protein available to rebuild muscle post-workout. [Ace Fitness]
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The Checkup: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Healthy With Very Little Time

• The other day, I ordered Indian food and the delivery guy, who usually delivers from another neighborhood spot, asked me if I was “cheating on Ekta?” That’s when I realized: I should probably cook more. If you’re in the same boat, here, over 100 recipes that are oh-so-easy to make when you don’t have a ton of time on your hands. I’m talking’ done-in-under-15-minutes easy. [Greatist] Read more »

10 Unexpected Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Salads

When my funds are running low (or I’m feeling really lazy) and I need to stuff my face with something healthy, a simple salad with a little dressing is my go-to. It’s a relatively cheap meal, easy to make, and can be pretty tasty, too. Salad has never done me wrong, or so I thought (insert dramatic music here).

Salad has been getting a bad rap lately, with folks saying the green stuff and what goes on top of it isn’t nearly as nutritious as we think it is. Not to mention that restaurant chains will slap some lettuce on anything and call it a salad (Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion Salad, I’m looking at you). So what is a poor salad eater to do? This poor salad eater decided to talk to Juliet Burgh, Nutrition Director at Unite Fitness Studio, to find out what exactly I might be doing to make my salads so unhealthy.  Read more »

What to Eat This Week: Breakfast Bowls for Dinner

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Simply put, a breakfast bowl is the upgraded eggs with toast. And since I often eat eggs with toast for dinner — and I’m guessing some of you guys do, too — I figure a breakfast bowl for dinner is a perfectly acceptable way to up my dinner game. But this week’s recipes aren’t all about eggs, because that would be kind of boring, don’t you think? We’ve also got a breakfast bowl with a scrambled chickpea concoction, and a raspberry breakfast bowl that’s basically dessert for dinner. You are welcome. Read more »

Help! It Is Impossible to Be Vegetarian and Not Eat Soy

As I type this, I am eating Milk House french fries for lunch. And don’t get me wrong, they are delicious. But they are also defeat french fries. You see, for the past two weeks, after chatting with Naomi Fenlin about how my sky-high soy intake could be screwing with my skin, I’ve been avoiding soy products like the plague and turning to, well, that’s the problem: I don’t know what to turn to. Cue the french fries. (But don’t worry, I’ve paired them with a kombucha, because balance.) Read more »

The Checkup: This Is Your Brain on Food Porn 

• A new review done by a team of psychologists and neuroscientists at Oxford, published in the journal Brain and Cognition, takes a look at how all those pizza and egg-sandwich Instagrams you drool over on the daily are impacting your brain — and your waistline. Hint: The findings aren’t quite as pretty as a freshly made Nutella-stuffed donut. (Insert drool here.) [Science of Us] Read more »

This Common Kitchen Habit Says A Lot About Your Weight, New Study Shows

Hide your cereal boxes, hide your soda cans, hide it all, people. Well, except for the fruit bowl. A new study done at Cornell found that women who kept cereal boxes on their kitchen counters were heavier — by an average of 20 pounds! — than those who didn’t. And it only gets worse when you add soda to the kitchen-counter equation. Read more »

The Checkup: The Case for Ditching Salad and Ordering Tacos at Chipotle Instead

• If you’ve stared at neighboring tables’ tacos while filling your mouth with salsa-topped lettuce on every Chipotle trip for the past decade, no more: Turns out, a measly two-ounce serving of the chain’s vinaigrette will cost you a whopping 270 calories. To give you some perspective, three sofritas tacos — when ordered thoughtfully — will only run you 380 calories. Yeah, tacos win, right? [TIME] Read more »

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