Oatmeal, quinoa, millet and grits are healthy alternatives to traditional breakfast cereals, which can be loaded with sugar, writes Scott Swartz, an assistant professor of culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America. Cook the grains in the oven or rice cooker for 20 to 30 minutes and add spices and fruit for a hearty, nutritious and easy-to-make breakfast.
About 85% of Americans say eating with family is a favorite time of the day, and 71% said they eat family meals as often or more than they did when they were children, a survey by Welch's indicates. "Parents are making mealtimes a priority in order to share a moment with their children," said Sarah-Jane Bedwell, a registered dietitian and a member of Welch's Health and Nutrition Advisory Panel.
Canadian researchers have developed an online salt calculator to help people reduce dietary sodium. The calculator estimates sodium intake using a survey about eating habits, and researcher and dietitian JoAnne Arcand says people often are surprised by how much salt they consume.
Cauliflower may top kale as this year's "it" vegetable as restaurants embrace its versatility, and braise, fry and puree it onto menus. The mild cousin of broccoli has a nutty flavor and contains as many beneficial nutritional properties as other superfoods, Joy Manning writes.
Fiber is essential if you want to fill up and slim down, but most people get barely half the 25 to 30 grams they need daily, Dr. Marie Savard told ABC's Good Morning America. Good sources of fiber include bran cereals, whole grain products, brown rice, quinoa seeds, almonds, apples, figs, broccoli and black beans.