healthy food alternatives

We know eating healthy can at times be overwhelming. Especially with new super foods being found all the time, healthy and organic price tags and a general confusion over what is healthy. We have outlined 5 health foods, and their even healthier counterparts for you to enjoy!

Recently, I’ve started trying to live a healthier lifestyle. After converting to vegetarianism, I thought the next logical step would be to exercise more. I’ve been going to the gym more regularly, and let me be frank: I hate it. However, I am 25 pounds slimmer than I was 6 months ago, so I won’t complain. To take my health-consciousness to the next level, I decided I’d start incorporating more green tea, dark chocolate, and wine into my diet. The dark chocolate and wine you’ll never hear me complain about, but the green tea is another story. I find myself asking the question: does anyone actually like this stuff?

Healthy Falafel Burgers

Veggie burgers are my new favorite junk foods now that I’m on a plant-based diet. Falafel are one of my go-to snacks now, too. If you think I’m speaking a foreign language, I kind of am, but they’re nothing weird. They’re just chickpeas that are ground, formed into balls, and fried. Sounds good? It is. Anyway, I was in my mad-scientist mode last weekend and decided to try making falafel into burgers. I succeeded, and keep reading for the recipe!


This week, we’re happy to welcome Merilee Kern, Executive Editor of The Luxe List to discuss her thoughts on what it means to be a foodie.

Food prepared for Thanksgiving

Let me make one thing clear: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. We all get the day off, dress up, come together with our family, and eat like crazy. The food is delicious, but we can still enjoy it without eating 3,000 calories. Here are some healthy tips I’ve come up with over the past few holidays so we can avoid looking like we belong in the parade with an army of people guiding us through the streets of New York:

At Running With Mascara, we have our favorite blogs that we love to read each week, and She Runs, She Eats is definitely one of those blogs. Christina posts on a variety of topics, from food to workouts, and hosts lots of great giveaways for her readers. Keep reading for a chance to learn more about the girl behind She Runs, She Eats! 

Be honest -  how many of you stay away from margarine because of trans fats, avoid eating fish because of mercury or avoid eggs because of fear of raising your cholesterol?  I know I have dealt with some of these issues before.  But the truth is there are many nutritional myths out there – myths that people actually live their life around. So before you give up eggs, fish and margarine, get the facts straight right here!

MYTH: Carbs make you gain weight.
FACT: The most efficient and effective form of energy is a carbohydrate. For more energy and improved brain function, be sure to focus on eating the right types of carbs (high fiber) in the appropriate amounts.

The holidays are almost an impossible time to stick to a diet, unless you have more will power than…nope, I still maintain that it’s impossible.  With sweets and desserts every which way you look, it truly is the most wonderful time of year, except when you’re looking to lose a couple of pounds or just stay on track!

Even if you are trying to stick to a diet during the holiday season, it can easily transform you into a grump. Nobody enjoys turning down delightful desserts just to stay within a designated calorie range. But this season, take control of the dessert options and offer to bring them to the parties and gatherings. Why? Because Fit&Fab Living has 10 healthy holiday desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth without causing you to pack on the pounds.  Bring these healthier dessert options and you’ll be able to indulge a bit without damage to your diet.

Chocolate bar

Last week, there was a fascinating article about the food-mood connection in the Chicago Tribune! We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” With that idea, many people believe that the foods we eat play a major role in how we feel.

Who doesn’t believe that chocolate lifts spirits and high-carb snacks make us calmer and more relaxed?

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just trying to eat healthier, knowing what foods to eat and which to stay away from can be difficult! Knowing what foods to stay away from is usually easier than knowing which foods are essential to giving our bodies all the nutrients it needs.  We know to stay away from cake, cookies, processed grains, trans fats, fried foods, packaged foods — the list goes on. But how realistic is it to block out all those foods from our diet?

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