Can I substitute brown rice for white rice, and if so, is the calorie count different for brown rice vs. white rice?

Can I substitute brown rice for white rice, and if so, is the calorie count different for brown rice vs. white rice? – Jamie S. Petoskey, MI Hi Jamie! Brown rice can be substituted any time the rice isnt’ baked or cooked into the dish.  For example, my  jambalaya recipe from The Most Decadent Diet Ever! has white rice because the brown rice never cooked right in our trials.  I’ve been making...

I have so much trouble getting my kids to eat fruits and vegetables – do you have any suggestions?

I have so much trouble getting my kids to eat fruits and vegetables – do you have any suggestions? Evelyn B., Morehead City, NC Hi Evelyn, It’s all about making it fun when it comes to feeding children!  You’re smart to help them start eating fruit and vegetables when they are young.  They might not know it now but I bet they will thank you when they’re older 🙂  I have a really fun recipe...

What foods are best to eat right after a workout?

What foods are best to eat right after a workout? – Paul G., Spartanburg, SC Hi Paul! Post-workout nutrition is actually far more important than a lot of people realize, especially if you’re trying to tone up or build muscle! When you work out, you use up your body’s energy stores and break down muscle tissue, so you need to refuel with a combination of protein and carbohydrates to help...

I am a huge fan of the Biggest Loser so I bought the new Family Cookbook that you have out and I am so bummed at the moment…

I am a huge fan of the Biggest Loser so I bought the new Family Cookbook that you have out and I am so bummed at the moment. The recipes you have for the BBQ bacon meat loaf and the buffalo chicken-blue cheese meat loaf sound so great except I am hitting a HUGE road block. There is not a store anywhere here in my vicinity or even across the...

Is it okay to use the bottled lemon juice from the store instead of fresh-squeezing it yourself if you want to save time?

Is it okay to use the bottled lemon juice from the store instead of fresh-squeezing it yourself if you want to save time? Rick M., Southlake, TX Hi Rick! Shortcuts are great, but sometimes a shortcut can come up a little short. I think it is always better to fresh squeeze your lemons, even if it takes just a little longer. Store-bought lemon juices may say that they’re squeezed from...

Is skipping lunch a bad idea, even if I had a big breakfast?

Is skipping lunch a bad idea, even if I had a big breakfast? Katelyn T., Canton, OH Hi Katelyn! So glad you asked this really important question! It’s important to always eat lunch. You should never skip meals if you can help it, ESPECIALLY if you are trying to lose weight. I know it may seem like skipping out on food will help you weigh less, but in reality, it...

What do you suggest for someone who doesn’t like fish or seafood?

What do you suggest for someone who doesn’t like fish or seafood? I know you are supposed to eat it, but I don’t like the taste. Emily F., Corona, CA Hi Emily! Thanks for your question!  Are you sure that your fish was cooked properly, and was fresh?  Because I actually don’t like fish that’s overcooked or not fresh either! I would also recommend trying as many types of fish as you can, because there...

I’m wondering if I can substitute oat flour in your recipes where it says white flour?

I don’t like to cook or eat with white flour, so I’m wondering if I can substitute oat flour in your recipes where it says white flour? – Kelly M Oak Ridge, TN Hi Kelly! Unfortunately, you can’t subsitute oat flour in my recipes or anyone’s with 100% success.  There isn’t nearly as much gluten in oat flour (since it’s just ground oats) as traditional flour.  Many things will fall...

I find that when I buy fresh fruits and vegetables they go bad before I can eat them all! What should I do?

I’m really trying to eat healthier these days, but I find that when I buy fresh fruits and vegetables they go bad before I can eat them all! What should I do? Andie R., Allendale, MO Hi Andie, this is a great question! So many people have told me that they don’t want to buy fresh produce anymore because it goes bad before they can eat it, but I say...

Every time I chop onions, I cry like a baby! Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

Every time I chop onions, I cry like a baby! Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Haley W., Plymouth, MN Hi Haley! Crying can make chopping onions can be really painful for some of us. When you cut into them, a gas is released that can affect your eyes and cause tears. Over the years, I’ve heard all sorts of ways to remedy this, like running water,...