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  • Lean and lovin' it: Modernist spin on health-conscious cuisine Mar 13, 2013 3:34 PM
    As frequently said on Monty Python's Flying Circus: "And now for something completely different." Today I'm diving into new waters called modernist cuisine. I recently received a copy of "Modernist Cuisine at Home" (aka MC@H) by Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet and have this to say about it: If you're hungry, do not open MC@H without a bib or napkin handy because you're guaranteed to drool after just a few pages.

  • ‘Soupbox’ book brimming with healthy recipes Feb 18, 2013 1:18 PM
    I'm a big soup fan from way back. Decades ago, Grandmother Mauer guided me through the soup-making process and soup helped me on my weight-loss journey. So I could barely wait to page through "The Soupbox Cookbook: Sensational Soups for Healthy Living" (Race Point Publishing, $27).

  • Don Mauer digests “Fat Chance” Jan 31, 2013 11:33 AM
    "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Foods, and Disease" by Dr. Robert Lustig, M.D. is not a how-to diet book with menu's, shopping lists and recipes. And, even though Dr. Lustig simplified his explanations to make it easier for non-medical readers, it's also not the easiest of reads. What Fat Chance has is solid, study-backed information about why there's a world-wide obesity epidemic.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Start the year with drug-free meat Jan 7, 2013 10:16 AM
    Consumer demand for leaner pork (as lean as chicken) may have led to drug-enhanced pork. Don Mauer learned about this from a recent Consumer Reports study. The magazine, a source I highly trust for product evaluation and information, tested pork chops and ground pork for possible bacterial contamination.

  • Lean and lovin it: Tips for selecting, cooking holiday ham Dec 19, 2012 10:14 AM
    Is ham in the plan this holiday season? Is so then you'll want to read Don Mauer's tips for selecting and cooking a Christmas ham. One of his hints: toss the flavoring packet that comes with some brands and opt for a his homemade apple-mustard sauce.

  • Don Mauer's picks for cookbook gifting Dec 5, 2012 8:40 AM
    Cookbooks can be this year's gift-giving solution for everyone on your list. Don Mauer runs down his favorites from the past year and shares a lower-fat guacamole recipe.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Ordering healthy when eating out not always easy Nov 9, 2012 7:39 AM
    Finding the healthiest item at a restaurant isn't always as easy as you might think. Don Mauer shares his recent experience at a popular Italian chain.

  • Don marks 20 years of lovin' the lean life Oct 9, 2012 6:18 AM
    On Oct. 8, 1992, Don Mauer's Lean and lovin' it appeared in the Daily Herald for the first time. Little did he think that 20 years and almost 900 columns later he'd still be lovin' it. When the column started Don had shed 105 pounds and had kept it off for two-plus years by cooking great-tasting, low-fat and lower-calorie meals. Through the years he's shared healthier, low-fat recipes to inspire others to eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Olive a more healthful option for all kinds of cooking Sep 26, 2012 3:33 PM
    Leave the shortening in the can and use olive oil or butter or margarine (where the words "partially hydrogenated" never appear). Olive oil has become my go-to cooking oil for almost everything, including popping popcorn.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Sorting out organic and natural cereals in your morning bowl Sep 11, 2012 6:00 AM
    What does the word "natural" mean to you? When it comes to the word "natural" appearing on any foods other than meat and poultry, the USDA has no standardized meaning. And that can be confusing for consumers. For those food items, "natural" is simply a marketing tool, appealing to consumers hoping to purchase a minimally processed food free of "unnatural" ingredients.

  • Itís a brand new day for this peanut butter loving guy Aug 29, 2012 10:05 AM
    Several years ago reduced-fat peanut butter appeared at my supermarket, and I was one excited guy, until I looked at the Food Fact label and found that it delivered 190 calories and 12 fat grams. Sure, reduced-fat peanut butter had less fat, but they added carbohydrates, which kept the calories the same. Those carbs seemed to make reduced-fat peanut taste sweeter to me, too. Not much of an advantage.

  • A little mushroom history, facts and tips, too Aug 22, 2012 5:00 AM
    A mushroom is a mushroom is a mushroom; right? Sure they're all fungi, but not all mushrooms are created equal. Let's look at the basic button mushroom. Button, or white, mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) are the most common mushroom. They command the most space in the produce section and are the ones most often in cans of soup and on our pizzas.

  • Lean and lovin' it: Cutting all fat from salad dressing not a healthful choice Aug 1, 2012 6:00 AM
    For years I've been pleased with my method for removing the majority of fat from salad dressing, but recently I read a study that stated: "If you have a salad with a fat-free dressing, there is a reduction in calories, but you lose some of the benefits of the vegetables." So I started to rethink my approach.

  • No connection between General Tso, chicken dish Jul 18, 2012 10:24 AM
    Sometimes the origins of my favorite foods confound me. Like, why does General Tso have a spicy, sweet, deep-fried chicken dish named after him? Turns out, the connection is pure fiction.

  • Don's take on making the most of corn on the cob Jul 2, 2012 8:20 PM
    It still amazes me that I can go into a supermarket at anytime of the year and buy fresh corn on the cob. When I was kid, that wasn't the case. We ate corn on the cob only when it was freshly picked from Illinois fields. The rest of the year we had to make do with frozen corn.

  • Lean and lovin' it: 5 lessons learned on 150-pound weight loss journey Jun 20, 2012 7:52 AM
    Today, I weigh 168 pounds — a whopping 159 pounds less than when I stepped on the scale in October 2005. Losing weight was the easier part; keeping it off has been far more difficult than I expected.

  • Lean and loviní it: Foods to eat for health and happiness Jun 6, 2012 2:51 PM
    Is our modern American diet to blame for the doubling of obesity and depression rates over the last 20 years? It sure is, say Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey. Graham, a leading health and fitness editor, and Ramsey, clinical psychiatrist make their case in "The Happiness Diet" (2011 Rodale, $25.99).

  • Reducing fructose intake can lead to better health May 9, 2012 4:17 PM
    As a nation, we now consume an average of 130 pounds of sugars a year. Over the years, our granulated sugar consumption has gone down, but before you start cheering, over that same time our consumption of high fructose corn syrup shot through the roof.

  • Don Mauer likes what he sees in the lastest ‘Volumetrics’ book Apr 25, 2012 3:48 PM
    If you just realized that swimsuit season will be here faster than you’re ready for and you’re looking for a safe, weight-loss plan to help you shed some winter pounds, you’ll be pleased learn that “The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet — Smart, Simple, Science-based Strategies for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off” just hit the shelves.

  • Where, and why to look for trans fats Mar 28, 2012 3:28 PM
    Partially hydrogenated fat isnt just fat, its trans fat. So how can some products contain that and stil be labeled fat and trans fat free? Turns out, theres a loophole that many products slip right through.

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