Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney shows off an enviable bikini bod on the cover of Shape Magazine out now. One key ingredient to her sleek physique involves cutting out processed sugar and artificial sweeteners. Plus, she cut back on cane sugar and corn syrup. “I don’t miss it,” the married mom of two, 36, tells me during an event celebrating her cover-star status held at The Culinary Loft in NYC. “That means fruits, I still have. Blueberries are super-sweet. You get used to tasting it, and then you don’t miss the artificial sweetener.” OK! GALLERY: SEE PHOTOS OF ALISON SWEENEY, JORDIN SPARKS, KELLIE PICKLER AND MORE IN THE VALERIE GALLERY Instead of decadent desserts, Alison relies on natural fruit. “My favorite snack is Greek yogurt with blueberries, cinnamon and agave nectar,” she says. “I don’t believe in depriving yourself. It’s important to feel like you’re satisfied so that your whole life, you can stick to the same plan. You’re not sitting there, constantly torturing yourself. For me, it’s about finding that balance.” OK! GALLERY: OK! QUICK PICS: GIRLS ON SET, JOHN STAMOS AND THE TRANSFORMERS, AND MORE Hm, what would she tell someone who hopes to ditch their junk food vices? “I think it’s about learning portions, so maybe don’t cut it out—just have fewer french fries with your lunch.” She continues, “The other trick would be to eat it last. Eat something healthy, have a glass of water, fill yourself up on the healthy choices, and then if you‘re still craving whatever it is, have a little bit. But maybe you’ll have less of it because you’re not as hungry.” OK! GALLERY: BIGGEST LOSER STAR JILLIAN MICHAELS HOPES TO BE A HUGE WINNER WITH HOUSE SALE—TAKE A PEEK INSIDE HER SUPER CUTE HOME! Of course, the goal is to prevent binge-eating. “I think people make the mistake of starving themselves because they know they shouldn’t eat something bad, but then when it gets in front of them, and they are so tempted they can’t take it, then they eat too much of it.” She adds, “They eat twice as much as they maybe would have if they had just given into it earlier, and planned into it accordingly.” During the event, Alison demonstrates her chicken with dried cherries recipe from her book, The Mommy Diet, which guests receive in addition to a copy of her just-released novel The Star Attraction. It’s a juicy read inspired by her Hollywood adventures. Can't wait! Was Alison’s advice helpful? Tweet us @okmagazine. Photo credit: Getty Images
It's no news that Heidi Klum has an amazing figure, which is why I grilled her on what she eats and what she does to work out... Read on and take her advice—it's good. OK!'S 12 WEEK COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER OK!: What are your tips for eating healthy? Heidi Klum: I try to get in as many greens or raw foods as I can and my New Year’s resolution was to start my day with a smoothie, and I do. My kids drink the smoothies too. We do a gigantic smoothie in the morning, but it’s not like powders and all that stuff. It’s a mix of fruits and vegetables like carrots, blueberries, grapefruit, lemons, and pineapple. Whatever I have, I throw in there every morning. It's so yummy and it’s good for you—we do that every morning. OK!: That sounds delicious, I want a Heidi Klum smoothie! HK: It's a lot of work and cleaning up the machine and all that, but I think it's so important, especially for my kids. I think once they run off and they're in school, I don’t know what they eat, so I have to make sure I get them out of the house with a good kick-start. CELEB DIET TIPS! GWYNETH PALTROW'S TRAINER TRACY ANDERSON ON GETTING THE BODY YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED OK!: What do you do to get bikini body ready? HK: If you're doing the same thing over and over and you don’t see anything working in terms of your body changing, then you’re doing the wrong thing. Do everything but that because it’s not working. Whether it's spinning class or walking your dog or jumping on the trampoline, running, swimming, whatever it is—be motivated and just move. CELEB DIET TIPS! JILLIAN MICHAELS SHARES REALISTIC WAY TO GET BIKINI READY THIS SUMMER What do you think of Heidi's nutrition and fitness tips? Will you try her smoothie recipe? Sound off in the comments below or on Twitter @OKMagazine and don't forget to keep up with OK!'s 12 Weeks to Summer Countdown! Photo credit: Splash News
(Reuters) - Monsanto Co is hosting a "Bee Summit." Bayer AG is breaking ground on a "Bee Care Center." And Sygenta AG is funding grants for research into the accelerating demise of honeybees in the United States, where the insects pollinate fruits and vegetables that make up roughly a quarter of the American diet.
There are definitely some "food fads" out there, but when it comes to clean and healthy eating, fruits and veggies are a big part of the equation.
HEALTHY EATS: MAKE BREAKFAST PART OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE
Although it may not feel like spring weather in some parts of the country, tis the season for all that is spring, including seasonal fruits and veggies that can do a body good.
Nutritionist and Spiderbands creator Franci Cohen breaks down what we should be putting into our baskets at the grocery store and what benefits they give to our bodies, as part of OK!'s 12 Week Countdown To Summer fitness campaign.
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1) Strawberries: strawberry season is April until June. These sweet, juicy berries are nutritional knockouts with just 1 cup offering 3.5 grams of fiber and meeting 100% of your daily vitamin C needs. They also boast a high folic acid content, which stimulates mental alertness-great for those "can't get out of bed" mornings! It is best to splurge and pay a little extra for organic berries. Because they go bad real fast, they are usually chock full of pesticides and other harmful preservatives used to increase shelf-life. Organic berries may not be as bright and shiny, but they'll offer the same delicious taste, all the nutrients, and none of the harmful preservatives. #MOTIVATIONMONDAY: 10 WAYS TO BURN FAT FASTER 2) Asparagus: These sword-like spears definitely have powerful slaying ability! Jammed-packed with so many nutrients, they can ward off just about any germ or bug! Low in fat and high in fiber, these tender stalks are a good source of iron, B vitamins, and vitamin C. Asparagus are at their peak from March until June. Once harvested, asparagus deteriorate rapidly, so place them in cool dry storage (do not store in plastic bags) to retain freshness and nutrition. Delicious roasted, grilled, or lightly sautéed in olive oil, these seasonal spears make a tasty addition to any meal. STAR BODIES! EXERCISES TO GET JESSICA BIEL'S TONED CALVES AND LEAN LEGS 3) Cherries: These round crimson balls of sweetness are available during the late spring and early summer, and are so delicious! Cherries are high in fiber and potassium, while remaining low in calories (just 1 cup of sweet cherries is about 100 calories). The intense red color of cherries is due partly to their anthocyanin content. Anthocyanins are a type of plant chemical (phytochemical) that contain high antioxidant activity. The best cherries are large (an inch or more in diameter), plump, firm, and rich in color and are equally delicious as a snack or dessert. #MOTIVATIONMONDAY: 10 F-AB TIPS TO GET A FLAT BELLY 4) Peas: Fresh peas including sugar snap peas, snow peas, and green peas in the pod, are at their peak from April through July. Like most legumes, peas are low in fat and high in fiber and are a good source of phytoproteins (plant protein). Their nutritional profile differs depending on variety. For example, green peas offer more B vitamins and zinc, while snow and snap peas offer more vitamin C. Peas are perfect on their own or tossed in salads, rice pilafs, lightly steamed or sautéed, and served as a side dish. MARIA MENOUNOS: FOCUSING ON HEALTH RATHER THAN THE SCALE WILL HELP IN WEIGHT LOSS 5) Apricots: Fresh, bite-size, and fun to eat, these 50-calorie munchkins can't be beat! Fresh apricots peak in season from May until August. They are high in beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. Sink your teeth into them for a snack, use them as a base for homemade jams or salsas, cook them down to create a mouth-watering marinade for meats and poultry, and they add a tart and tangy twist to salads! OK! LOVES: WEIGHT LOSS MEAL DELIVERY SERVICE 'LOSS ARTS' 6) Radishes: Radishes are root vegetables with a distinctive flavor that ranges from mild to sharp, depending on variety. Unlike most root vegetables, it is comprised of mostly water, and not much starch at all. A cup of sliced red radishes will give you 30% of your daily vitamin C requirement, with only 25 calories! Radishes that are deep in color with solid roots are best. They are great sliced in salads, soups, condiments, and cooked dishes. HEALTHY EATS! FIND OUT WHICH FOODS CAN GIVE YOU GLOWING SKIN IN TIME FOR SUMMER 7) Fava beans: No-not canned beans or even bagged beans, but fresh-picked delicious and nutritious Fava beans! They have a rich, hearty flavor, and are a terrific addition to soups, salads, or main dishes. Due to their high protein and fiber content, these beans help to keep you satiated longer. Young favas can be shelled and eaten raw or cooked, but more mature favas must be both shelled and skinned, as the skins are too tough to eat. They are delicious when paired with grains and citrus zests for a beautiful spring salad! What are your favorite summer fruits and veggies? Share with us below or tweet @OKMagazine! Photo credit: Getty Images
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