9.09.2016

This is Why You Can't Stop Eating Bread and Pasta


Do you know of anyone who hates bread or pasta? I sure don't. A study from Oregon State University in Corvallis suggests that "starchy" might be the sixth flavor,  joining primary tastes salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami (savory).

According to researcher Juyun Lim, every culture has a major source of complex carbohydrate, and the idea that we can't taste what we're eating doesn't make sense.

"Complex carbohydrates such as starch are made of chains of sugar molecules and are an important source of energy in our diets. However, food scientists have tended to ignore the idea that we might be able to specifically taste them," says Lim. "Because enzymes in our saliva break starch down into shorter chains and simple sugars, many assumed we detect starch by tasting these sweet molecules."

For the study, researchers gave participants a range of different carbohydrate solutions containing long and short carbohydrate chains. As it turns out, the subjects were able to detect "starchy" flavors, even when they were given compounds that block the receptors on the tongue for making out sweet tastes.

However, starch does not meet all the requirements to be classified as a primary taste because researchers have yet to identify specific starch receptors on the tongue.

9.03.2016

Oh, Hello Fall: How to Transition Summer Pieces Into Fall


Don't forgo your summer pieces just yet, you can segue your warm-weather wardrobe into the fall season with just a few simple tricks:

Add a Blazer
As the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler, a blazer is the perfect layering piece for air-conditioned offices and nippy morning commutes

Bring a Scarf
Tuck a scarf into your handbag and you'll be prepared for unexpected temperature shifts

Go longer
Opt for longer blouses, tunics and cardigans for better coverage. Be sure to choose breathable fabrics so you don't get overheated

Change Your Shoe Game
Elevate floral dresses by changing up your footwear. For added warmth,  pair your favorite booties with textured tights

Keep Your Flared Skirts
Before you relegate your maxis to the back of your closet, remember you can still style them with chunky-knit sweaters and knotted chambray shirts. Bonus points, if you cinch you waist with a wide belt 

7.23.2016

My Top Three Skincare Products


I have combination skin, so sometimes it can seem like my skin suffers from dissociative identity disorder. I'd have an oily t-zone one day and flaky skin the next. Fortunately, over the years I have found these go-to products to keep my skin in tip-top shape. Check them out and let me know what you think in the comments below.
I've fallen in love with this toner! It's light, refreshing and, best of all, it isn't harsh on my sensitive skin because it's alcohol free.
Contrary to what you might have heard, you can still use a face oil if you have oily skin, but be sure to apply it every other day. When my skin needs extra care, I dab some argan oil on my face at nighttime and wake up with soft, dewy skin in the morning.

This facial cleanser works wonders! I'm prone to breakouts, especially when I'm stressedand this stuff clears them right up. 

7.16.2016

The Summer Accessory You Never Knew You Were Missing: Skinny Scarf


Want to make your basic jean and t-shirt ensemble instantly cooler? Just add a skinny scarf. Skinny scarves are not what you would think of as your typical summer accessory, but if you choose a breathable fabric, you can wear one in lieu of a necklace. Have fun with this unexpected summer trendbest of all, you can tie them up in different ways. See here. 

7.03.2016

Have a Happy, Healthy and Safe 4th of July

Get ready to celebrate your 4th of July with these healthy and delicious twists on your favorite summer foods.

It’s no secret that the 4th of July can make or break a diet because it includes everything necessary for a great celebration: family and friends, delicious barbecue and refreshing cocktails. When the good times start rolling, chances are you’ll end up reaching for whatever food that’s around — and at a 4th of July cookout, hot dogs, burgers and ice cream are never in short supply. So when you get hungry today, remember not to let all of your healthy eating habits fall by the wayside— because you can eat healthy and still enjoy the holiday to its fullest.
Photos: Honestly Yum

Reinvent the Burger
Like apple-pies, burgers are a 4th of July party staple, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try something a little different that’s just as flavorful as what you’re used to. Swap high fat meats with lower fat ingredients like turkey, fresh salmon and even lentils. Instead of white bread, try a whole-wheat bun — or ditch the bun altogether for a lettuce wrap topped with avocadoes, caramelized onions and tomatoes.

Choose Better Sides
When it’s time to hit the buffet line, you’re better off skimping on high-calorie side dishes like potato salad and loading up on brown rice, squash and beans. They’ll make you feel fuller longer and they pack serious amounts of fiber — and they can even help lower the “bad” cholesterol LDL.

Stay Off the Sauce
Barbecue sauces, salad dressings and gravies are notorious for being high in fat— and fat-free options aren’t any better because they substitute fat with lots of carbohydrates. If you’re looking to add a punch of flavor to your meal this weekend, your best bet is to use spices like garlic, cumin, oregano —and if you want a kick, chili pepper.

Stir-Up Your Own Drinks
You don’t want the majority of your calories to come from your drinks. So skip sugary sodas and lemonades, and try making your own drink by infusing seltzer water with lemon wedges, blueberries and raspberries— you can even add herbs for a different flavor profile — and your batch will be just as refreshing and delicious as high-calorie cocktails. If homemade drinks aren’t an option, and if you’re planning on having a cocktail or two, try alternating them with water.

Stick to Guilt-Free Desserts
You can still satisfy your sweet tooth without torpedoing your diet. Treat yourself to a parfait with low-fat yogurt and a drizzle of honey, a fruit-infused popsicle or simply munch on some dark chocolate squares (don’t go overboard). Remember, there’s no harm in having a piece of chocolate cake. But if you’re having a big piece, be sure to use the buddy system and share some with a friend. Then sit back and enjoy the fireworks!

6.27.2016

Jesse Williams' Impassioned Speech About Racism

Nothing I say will ever compare to Jesse Williams' poignant speech about race relations in America at this year's BET Awards. He simply said it all. For those of you who still doubt racism exists - I invite you to watch, really listen and learn.

6.18.2016

Easy, Creamy Mushroom Risotto


Risotto is one of those time-consuming dishes that you try to make to impress your new in-laws and pray comes out marginally edible. But once you've mastered this dish, it doesn't take more than half-an-hour to make. 
Luckily for you, Laura from A Beautiful Plate has a foolproof recipe that requires zero stirring. How awesome is that? Her classic mushroom and herb risotto definitely needs to be added to your repertoire ASAP!

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