Research shows consumers which fads to ditch and which kitchen staples stand the test of time. Here are a few health fads that aren’t as nutritious as you may have heard:
Cooking with coconut oil: A recent study by MB Clinical Research found that coconut oil increases cholesterol.
Juice diets and cleanses: While it’s important to include fruits and vegetables in your diet, a diet limited to cold-pressed juices won’t provide enough essential vitamins and minerals for a healthy diet.
Skipping dessert: Harsh dietary restrictions, especially on the foods you love, may lead to short-term results, but aren’t sustainable in the long run.
Granola bars: Packed with whole grains, granola bars seem like the perfect snack, but many contain an unhealthy amount of sugar.
Buffalo Blue Cheese Grilled Corn on the Cob
— 4 ears of corn
— 1/4 cup hot wing sauce
— 1/2 cup crumbled Salemville Blue Cheese
Heat grill over low heat. Peel and clean corn. Brush each ear with hot wing sauce and wrap in aluminum foil, being careful to fully seal corn in foil. Place on the top rack of the grill and close the lid, cooking until fork tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the grill, carefully open the aluminum foil and brush with additional hot wing sauce. Place on plates and sprinkle each ear with blue cheese. Serve immediately.
Time-saving pizza-party recipe
Whether it’s just your family enjoying Friday night or you’re inviting over a big group of guests, a pizza party is always a winning entertaining idea. This recipe involves the kids and includes fresh veggies with a time-saving twist.
— Tombstone Original 5 Cheese Pizza
— Your choice of colorful chopped vegetables (like peppers, broccoli or tomato)
— 1 teaspoon olive oil
— Pinch of salt and pepper
Warm oven according to package instructions. Then place unwrapped pizza directly on center rack and bake for two to three minutes until cheese softens. Remove from oven and help kids arrange the veggies in a rainbow pattern starting along the crust of the pizza. Then, drizzle with one teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Return to oven and bake pizza 10 to 15 more minutes. Remove and let stand 5 minutes before serving.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Here are ways moms cope with everything from household chaos to mealtime madness, according to a survey of 1,000 U.S. moms of children ages 3-17 by Wakefield Research.
— More than 60 percent have stayed up until midnight or later to finish chores they couldn’t complete during the day. More than 1 in 4 moms have stayed up until 2 a.m. or later.
— Strategies include prioritizing (81 percent) and posting lists (73 percent). More than a third (34 percent) look to mom blogs for tips.
— Moms crave help so often, nearly half (48 percent) agree they would choose a day of housekeeping and caretaking versus a day of spa treatments.
— Eighty percent believe pizza would quiet their kids quicker than an air horn; 65 percent agree having pizza to give their kids at the end of the day is just as relaxing to moms as wine. To learn more, visit redbaron.com.