Eating for Life | Hot or cold, polenta provides a base for savory toppings

Similar to Southern-style grits, polenta is cornmeal that can be cooked and eaten as porridge for breakfast or cooled until firm, sliced into wedges and topped with savory toppings for lunch or dinner. The Star’s recipe for Parmesan Polenta With Chunky Italian Vegetables can be served as a vegetarian main course, a side dish or a starter.

Eating for Life | Cassoulet is a healthier twist on a French tradition

A traditional French cassoulet could never be misconstrued as diet fare. The white bean stew made from sausages, pork and preserved duck or goose is undeniably tasty but rarely recommended for light eating. But The Star’s version of Winter Chicken and White Bean Cassoulet is as easy on the waistline as it is convenient to prepare.

Eating for Life | Skip the drive-thru and make street tacos at home

Street tacos are the white-hot trend of the moment. The Star’s Chile Verde Potato Soft Tacos takes its inspiration from the authentic street versions. We combine tender chunks of Yukon potatoes, peppers, onions and black beans, topped with your favorite brand of store-bought salsa verde and wrapped in 6-inch whole-wheat tortillas.

It's the red, not the wine

Red wine gets its rich, ruby hue from antioxidant polyphenols, which may be the secret to its heart-healthy power. A new Greek study found that arteries relaxed immediately after a single glass of alcohol-free red wine almost as much as they did following a serving of the real thing — by 6.1 and 10.5 percent, respectively — in 15 people with atherosclerosis (arteries blocked by plaque). Blood vessels need to stretch with each heartbeat or blood pressure rises, as does the risk...

Zesty recipes for seniors

Still stumped when it comes to whole grains? The 2005 Dietary Guidelines advised Americans to eat at least three servings of whole grains a day. But thanks to some fuzzy marketing, many consumers remain confused by manufacturers’ health claims. The FDA ( www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/news/2006/NEW01317 .html) stepped in earlier this month and reissued a draft guidance policy: a “whole grain” must retain the endosperm, bran and germ.

How much activity is enough?

The assignment seemed straightforward. Amy Waters wanted her fourth-grade students to fill out a one-month calendar with an activity a day --- a physical activity a day.

Getting kids off the couch

The assignment seemed straightforward. Amy Waters wanted her fourth-grade students to fill out a one-month calendar with an activity a day --- a physical activity a day.

The most-maligned 'fatty' foods

Sixty-five percent of American adults are considered overweight or obese, and the nation's expanding midsection cuts across gender, age, race and ethnicity. Maintaining a healthy weight in the adult years can be an uphill battle.

Buns of steel

Want buns of steel? You’ll be headed in the right direction with these moves from Atlanta personal trainer Tina Gee.

Island flavor in your backyard

Feel like you’re suddenly stranded on a deserted patch of burnt grass while family, friends, neighbors and co-workers are lounging in a vacation hammock by the sea?

Flatten your abs

Banish the bulge and flatten your abs with these moves. Lie on the floor. Place an exercise ball between your feet (your feet should be in the middle, on the sides of the ball). Support your head with your hands, keeping elbows out to the side. At the same time, bend your knees to a 90-degree angle, bringing your feet and the ball up in the air and parallel to the floor, and lift your shoulders off the ground. Hold for two seconds and lower. Make sure the ball hovers over the floor. Try not to let...

Glutes

Want a great trunk to carry around? Do these glute-forming exercises and cardio blast from Atlanta personal trainer Tina Gee, and you’ll have buns of steel in no time.

Pilates

What is Pilates? The exercise technique focuses on improving flexibility and strength for the overall body but doesn’t build bulk, according to the Pilates Studio in New York. Pilates is a series of controlled movements to engage your body and mind and help improve your posture.

Jumping Rope

These moves from Atlanta trainer Ladell Hill will bring out the kid in you and get your heart pumping.