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Cooking Superstar Curtis Stone’s Favorite Feel-Good Meal

Written on November 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm , by

Lauren chatted with Curtis Stone about healthy recipe tweaks and cold-fighting tips. (Photo courtesy of Vicks)

Written by Lauren Cardarelli, editorial intern

America’s favorite Aussie-native chef, Curtis Stone, had us smitten with his accent and tousled blonde locks. Most commonly known as the heartthrob in an apron on The Biggest Loser, Curtis has melted both hearts and fat with his fresh take on lean cooking.

We chatted with the father-to-be (girlfriend and former FITNESS covergirl Lindsay Price is due in the next few weeks) at a Vicks event, as he is appearing in a healthy living webisode series for the cold and flu-fighting brand. Stone shared details about lightening up dishes, his workout routine and, keeping with the Vicks theme, what food makes him feel better when he’s under the weather. Here’s what we learned:

  1. Lighten up any meal. “Food is always about your mood and it’s about the atmosphere you want to set…Decadence doesn’t mean it has to be fattening or over the top,” he says. Stone’s ideal light meal? A seafood salad to start with crisp white wine, followed by a main course of grilled pork chops with sage and prosciutto. For dessert, it’s a must to end with a bit of chocolate!
  2. The bod of one of People’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” Being on the road can be tough when it comes to an exercise schedule, yet Stone gets a sweat in outdoors no matter where in the world he is. “If I’m in New York and I’m staying in a hotel, I might go for a run or a walk. If I’m in L.A., I surf quite often. I don’t have a regime. Occasionally I’ll go to the gym in the winter if there’s nothing to do outside.”
  3. Chicken noodle soup—it’s good for the soul. Cold season is here and with it comes bland, canned soup. Forget the lackluster broths! Take your bowl up a notch by adding natural ingredients and seasonings. “I think food plays an incredible role in making you feel good, whether that means it fixes an ailment or not, who knows,” Stone says. “When I’m feeling sick, I want a nice, hot soup maybe with a little bit of spice. I find that can kind of clear me up a little bit.” For an Asian spin, Stone suggests adding in a little ginger and garlic. Besides tasting great, both are packed with important vitamins and minerals!

Click here to find a granola and smoothie recipe from Stone (see the caption), as well as video demos of him putting these simple dishes together.

Now tell us: What’s your go-to pick-me-up when fighting a cold or flu?

Diet Tips to Cure Your Cold Before It Starts

Written on October 17, 2011 at 9:10 am , by

Bottoms up! (Photo courtesy of Chris Gallo)

It’s not even November yet and we’ve already had the first round of sniffles, coughs, and colds here at the FITNESS offices. Chances are, if you haven’t had any cold or flu symptoms yet, you know someone who has, making you that much more vulnerable to getting sick.

We chatted with Gail Rampersaud, a registered dietitian in Florida for some ways to guard yourself against a cold this season. Below, her healthy eating tips for keeping your immune system in tact:

  • Consume at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day to get enough vitamins and antioxidants to keep you from catching a cold.
  • Lean meats, such as skinless chicken or beef contain iron and zinc, two minerals that will boost your immune system all winter long.
  • Drink up! One 8 oz. glass of 100 percent orange juice provides at least 100 percent of the daily value for vitamin C.

Rampersaud also shared this recipe for spiced orange green tea, so you can arm yourself with the proper nutrients before cold season officially starts.

Spiced Orange Green Tea

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Florida Orange Juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 oz. green tea

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a pot and heat until heavily steaming. Strain and serve hot.

Now tell us: How do you prep for cold season?

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