Health & Diet

7 Things I Learned About Eating Better from Reddit — Tips from The Kitchn

Name just about any subculture, fandom, hobby, or niche obsession, and there's likely a space for talking about it on Reddit. The massive online discussion site currently hosts over one million discussion communities (known as subreddits), focused on just about every subject matter or interest you could imagine. The topic of food alone encompasses subreddits one might expect (think: budget eating, beginner cooking tips, and grilling), along with many more you probably wouldn't (like spaces for passionate fast food debate, shower beer appreciation, and "avocados gone wild," to name a few). While Reddit's "bro-cooking community" has gotten a bad rap for gross, bachelor-worthy food hacks, plenty of healthy discussion about healthier eating does exist — you just have to know where to find it.

I first stumbled into the world of food, fitness, and healthy eating on Reddit a few years ago, when I started a regular exercise regimen and felt compelled to learn everything I possibly could. As someone who regularly downs beer with my pizza and would possibly die defending my love for a sack-full of soggy steamed Krystal burgers, I'm certainly nowhere close to a nutrition expert — but a few years of perusing the collective encyclopedic knowledge shared in some of Reddit's health-focused communities has armed me with plenty of recipe ideas, a new understanding of macros and portioning, and a newfound love for canned tuna packed in olive oil. Here are some of the tips, tricks, and acronyms I've soaked up along the way.


What’s the Deal with Halo Top Ice Cream? — On Trend

Ice cream is one of the most magical treats on the planet, but no one is ever going to tell you it's the "healthiest" option at the grocery store. If you have a hard time not finishing a pint when it's in your home and want to avoid temptation, the easy option is to skip the freezer aisle. But it turns out it doesn't have to be that way.

A quick stroll on Instagram — especially in the wellness and weight-loss community — and you'll notice brightly colored pints of ice cream with the label "Halo Top" on the lid. Halo Top is a low-calorie, low-sugar, high-protein ice cream. A single pint of ice cream from Halo Top has anywhere between 240 to 360 calories and up to 24 grams of protein. And the best part? It actually tastes pretty decent, too.


How To Make Baked Tofu for Salads, Sandwiches & Snacks — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Baked tofu is magical. When hot from the oven, it's crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle — amazing tossed into a stir-fry or just eaten as a snack with whatever dipping sauce happens to be handy.

After the tofu cools, it becomes wonderfully firm and chewy. Now it's perfect for tossing with a lunch salad, crumbling into a sauce, or even slicing into a sandwich. Don't bother buying baked tofu again: Here's how to make it yourself, and make it even better.


The Answer to Beating Stress Might Be in Your Crisper — Food News

Sources of stress are everywhere around us. For some, it's their workload or just life's responsibilities. For others, it's not being able to pick the best boozy brunch spot for the weekend. They are all valid.

But a new study has found a way to eat your way out of the psychological pressure. Scientists from the University of Sydney in Australia have found eating three to four servings of veggies a day can significantly lower psychological stress levels. (Which is seemingly counterintuitive, considering the notion of having to eat more vegetables is stress-inducing to many.)


Here’s How Whole30 Went for the Kitchn Team — 30 Days of Whole30

Throughout January and February, six Kitchn editors tried out the Whole30 program for the first time. In case you're not familiar, Whole30 is a program where you cut out added sugar, grains, alcohol, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites for 30 days. The program is supposed to help you reset and refocus on food and figure out what makes you feel good.

A couple of our editors loved the program and completed the full 30 days and reintroduction, while other editors had major problems with the program and decided to quit midway. Whole30 is different for every person who does it, and everyone's experience is valid.

Here's what each editor has to say about their experience with Whole30.


Moderate Drinkers Don’t Need to Give Up Alcohol to Lose Weight — Food News

Good news for anyone trying to shed a few pounds: You can have your wine and weight loss too. While alcohol does not make you lose weight — contrary to the viral claims a few years back stating that drinking is better for you than going to the gym — it isn't something you have to eliminate entirely from your diet.


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