Insights from the Editor

Silver Dollar Banana Blueberry Pancakes

posted by Liz Weiss, RD on May 10, 2012 11:05 AM


I love to be pampered. Admittedly, I spend a lot of time cooking meals for my family, so the thought of breakfast in bed on Mother's Day is pretty appealing. Heck, having someone make me breakfast at the kitchen table would be a bonus. I'll definitely be dropping a few hints to my hubby and kiddos this week. And if I have my way, I'll ask them to cook up a stack of these flavorful, nutritious, and easy-to-make silver dollar pancakes.

As a dietitian, the addition of wheat germ, oats, and two fruits --- bananas and blueberries --- makes me happy.

Mom's Silver Dollar Banana Blueberry Pancakes
Makes thirty 2-inch pancakes, 4 to 5 servings

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, beaten
1½ cups 1% low-fat milk
1 ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (plus more for topping)
1 cup frozen or...

Enjoy the Super Bowl Without Overeating

posted by Sean Kelley on January 31, 2012 10:13 AM


Americans eat more on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year except Thanksgiving. Here are four ways to keep from overeating at your Super Bowl party:

Eat before you go
Make yourself a healthy, filling meal before you go. You'll be less likely to graze.

Set a drink limit
Drinks aren't calorie free, and drinking, especially in social settings, can lead to overeating.

Skip the pizza
Look for healthy alternatives like carrots and other veggies. Or bring our low-cal salsa.

Make your own halftime show
Instead of sitting on the couch, go outside and toss a football.

Are you planning a Super Bowl party? Here are three dishes you can put out Sunday--guilt-free:

A Healthy Super Bowl Party Menu

Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars

posted by Liz Weiss, RD on January 4, 2012 11:42 AM


Makes 30 servings; serving size 1 bar

This remake of a cookie classic has only 160 calories and 2.5 grams of saturated fat. Not bad for a sweet dessert and a lot better than traditional Seven Layer Bars.

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
One 14-ounce can low-fat sweetened condensed milk

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil or coat a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. Spread the oats evenly on a baking sheet and bake until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure even browning. Remove and set aside. Place the walnuts on the same baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes....

Does Paying People to Exercise Really Work?

posted by Sean Kelley on December 14, 2011 10:49 AM


For much of the last year, my wife's constant companion has been a work-issued pedometer. She wears it everywhere we walk--on hikes, to dinner and to events. ("Can you please take your pedometer off when you come to bed, dear?")

She has bought completely into her employer's walking-based wellness program. The pedometer tracks all her steps and uploads them via computer to a program. Those steps can be traded for incentives--from restaurant and store gift cards to $500 cash. She hit the latter level in October and turned her 2011 walking effort into Christmas gifts for the family.

Watching her strategically place the pedometer on an outfit for a nighttime wedding ("You get a lot of steps dancing.") got me wondering: Does paying people to exercise really work?

I've worked for two companies that reimbursed gym membership fees, but I've never been offered cash in exchange for achieving a certain goal. Would this kind of incentive help me exercise more and maybe lose weight?

Most people already have plenty of reason to exercise. Studies have found that people exercise to improve...

Are You Allergic to Your Christmas Tree?

posted by Sean Kelley on December 6, 2011 1:38 PM


There's nothing quite like the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree. That is, unless it makes your nose run and your eyes turn red. For many allergy sufferers, real trees are a source of discomfort during the holidays, even if the tree itself isn't to blame.

That's right. Very few people actually have an allergy to the tree itself, according to the American Academy of Asthma and Immunology. For some people, the tree's piny fragrance may be irritating, but in most cases the offending allergens probably hitched a ride on the tree.

Trees spend years gathering pollen, dust and mold spores while standing vigil on tree farms and in the forests. When you chop one down and take it home, you drag those allergens into your house.

The Academy recommends letting real trees dry in a garage or enclosed porch for a week and giving them a good shake before bringing them inside.

Another option: If you sneeze or wheeze around Christmas trees but still want one, get someone else to set it up and decorate it in a room...

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About the Authors

Robert Davis

Robert J. Davis, PhD is President and Editor-in-Chief of Everwell.

An award-winning health journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, WebMD and in The Wall Street Journal, he is the author of The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting Through the Hype About Your Health. Read more.

Sean Kelley

Sean Kelley is an award-winning health journalist and blogger. His work has appeared on, in Health magazine, and in numerous online and print publications. Read more.

Carolyn O'Neil

Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD is a noted nutrition expert and television personality. A registered dietitian and award-winning author and journalist, O'Neil reported on food and health at CNN for nearly 20 years. Carolyn is the co-author of The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous!. Carolyn is an AOL Diet & Fitness Coach with online weight control workshops and appears on the Food Network as “The Lady of the Refrigerator,” a recurring nutrition expert on Alton Brown’s hit program Good Eats. Read more.

Stephen Threlkeld, M.D.

Stephen Threlkeld, M.D., is Chairman of Everwell's Medical Advisory Board. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, he specializes in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He is frequently interviewed on television and in newspaper reports about health issues.

Liz Weiss, R.D.

Liz Weiss is a registered dietitian and one of the nation's top experts on family nutrition. She is the co-author of The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers, Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time and No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms. She also runs the website, where she blogs and has a weekly radio podcast, Cooking with the Moms.

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