Health & Diet

5 Healthy Ways to Beat Your Afternoon Snack Cravings — Tips from The Kitchn

Sometimes when you start dreaming of Doritos during that yawning space between an early lunch and a late dinner, it's because you are actually hungry and really need a snack. And sometimes it's because you're exhausted, bored, or just craving a little social interaction after hours of screen time. For those afternoons when your snack cravings are about more than simple hunger, here are a few suggestions for beating them — in five healthy, satisfying ways.


This Is How I’m Eating More Vegetables — Micro Resolutions for 2016

Last month when I made my confession about the lack of daily vegetables in my diet, what felt like a failure to admit quickly became a support-group moment for me. Reader suggestions pointed me to both easy solutions and delicious adventures. Several weeks in, green things and vegetables overall are definitely making a more noticeable appearance in my diet, and I've realized that the path to a consistent diet of healthy foods is laid with both intention and preparation.


Recipe: Cheetos-Style Chickpeas — Vegan Munchies by Gina Eykemans

I’m all about snacks. Whether it’s something to crunch on during a movie, or giving dinner guests something to munch on while dinner’s in the oven, any new additions to my snack game are welcome.

If I can make those snacks healthy, that's even better. If I can somehow give chickpeas the addictive crunch and cheesy taste of a bag of Cheetos? Holy moly — hold me back from going into full-on snack-attack mode.


This Is How I’m Moving More — Micro Resolutions for 2016

In the month or so since I announced my intention to move more, we had a juggernaut of a snowstorm here on the East Coast. Perhaps you experienced that, too? Ironically, the snowstorm was good for my walking plan. Over the wintry weekend, I walked more than 25,000 steps (definitely above average) — and it was exhilarating!

Of course, those two days were the exception to the rule, but I'd say my efforts have been at least moderately successful. And I've learned some important lessons, too.


Tips on Eating for Better Sleep — Sweet Dreams from The Kitchn

Sleep is a hot topic in health right now – and the general consensus is that we’re not getting enough. The latest findings from the National Sleep Foundation (yes, it exists) report that adults need approximately seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but according to the National Institutes of Health, a third of us are getting six hours or fewer.


5 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy This Valentine’s Day — Tips from The Kitchn

This time of year, hearts are abundant in every way, shape, and form. There are the classic heart-shaped candies, of course, but also cookies, cupcakes, and pizzas. Even breakfast gets in on the action with heart-shaped eggs and bacon! (See all the heart-shaped things here.) But it's rare we actually stop to think about our real heart — and I'm not talking about in the emotional sense.


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