Every once in a while a gal's gotta chill out. Stay close to home.
Kick back and relax. But ya still gotta eat, right? So, stick around.
We're going to give you the real deal on how to eat in without packing
on the pounds. From those gotta have 'em kitchen utensils to the
latest dish on sweeteners, we'll fill you in on how healthy eating
can be a cinch, if you've got the "right stuff" on hand.
The basics to eating healthy when you eat in are all in The Dish
Divas' Eat-More Rules. We're going to start you off with rule number
1: Ya gotta get whole grains! Okay, so it's not
news to a smart girl like you that whole grains are awesome sources
of fiber and antioxidants (in the same class as fruits and vegetables).
That's important, especially when you consider new research out
of California that suggests women may actually need more antioxidants
than men. And a whole slew of studies have found that eating a lot
of whole grains is good for your health--lowering your risk for
heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few diseases
we would all like to dodge. Think whole grains and you probably
conjure up whole-wheat bread, barley, oats, and brown rice, but
there is so much more than that. Don't disregard more adventurous
whole grains like amaranth, quinoa, spelt, or triticale. (BTW: When
you've got the munchies, popcorn and baked tortilla chips are also
considered whole grains.) Sorry, but that palate-pleasing polenta
you had last night doesn't count. Wild rice, which isn't actually
a grain at all, but a type of grass, is high fiber, so go ahead
and lump it in with whole grains. And that's just the beginning.
Why all this obsessing over whole grains? It's about the fiber!