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5 Affordable Sparkling Wines

By Michele Wolfson | May 24, 2012

Photo: Scott Schiller

Photo: Scott Schiller

Did you know that there are 49 million bubbles in one bottle of champagne? Perhaps, it’s just that which makes sparkling wines everyone’s light go-to drink during this warm time of year. Champagne and other sparkling wines are in fact a category of wine and that are typically derived from a blend of grapes such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier.

The difference between Champagne and other sparkling wines is that Champagne comes exclusively from the Champagne region of France and claims the honor of being the most famous of the sparkling wines. Technically, it is the only sparkling wine that may be referred to as “Champagne.” Bubbly from all other regions in the world are simply referred to as “sparkling wine,” “prosecco,” or “cava.” However, countries like Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. can give France a run for the money by producing some fantastic sparkling wines and they are often less expensive.

Here is a list of our 5 Sparkling Wines that are delicious and affordable. They are the perfect buy this time of year whether you are going to a party as a guest or throwing a summer shindig of your own. Read More

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8-Week Health Challenge to Drop Pounds and Beat Stress

By Michele Wolfson | May 24, 2012

Photo: lululemon athletica

Photo: lululemon athletica

There are so many different reasons why we struggle with our weight– family, heartbreak, hectic work schedule, a love for ice cream with chocolate sauce– but they all revolve around the same thing: Stress. Tense emotions make it difficult to feel like yourself, let alone lose weight.

By making simple changes to your lifestyle one step at a time, you can escape the vicious cycle of stress and start reshaping yourself for the better immediately. Weight, stress and sex are all affected by one another, so this plan addresses all three at once.

Start by writing down everything that you eat – it will surprise you to see it on paper. This plan will work for you if taking baby steps is more your speed. If you’re interested in giving these weekly challenges a shot, you could start at the beginning or go in your own preferred order. You could also build each week on top of the next or simply tackle one weekly challenge at a time.

Check out our eight week-long “healthy living and stress reducing” challenge…Description: http://stg.marcuspopfood.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif Read More

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8-Week Health Challenge To Drop Pounds and Beat Stress, Part II

By admin | March 6, 2012

Photo: Tom Mooring

Photo: Tom Mooring

By: Michele Wolfson

If you tuned in yesterday, you would’ve seen that we started an 8-week health challenge to help you drop those extra pounds and beat stress. Click here for Part I of the 8-week health challenge. Below is Part II of our challenge, with advice for weeks 5-8 of tips to help you lose weight, reduce stress, and live and overall healthier life.

Read on to see how you can live healthier… Read More

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8-Week Health Challenge to Drop Pounds and Beat Stress, Part I

By admin | March 5, 2012

Photo: lululemon athletica

Photo: lululemon athletica

By: Michele Wolfson

There are so many different reasons why we struggle with our weight- family, heartbreak, hectic work schedule, a love for ice cream with chocolate sauce- but they all revolve around the same thing: Stress. Tense emotions make it difficult to feel like yourself, let alone lose weight. Often, we make excuses for ourselves like, “I’m going to lose a few pounds once my work load dies down,” or, “I’ll stop drinking soda when the warm weather comes around and I will be wearing shorts.”

Weight, stress and sex are all affected by one another, so this plan addresses all three at once. By making simple changes to your lifestyle one step at a time, you can escape the vicious cycle of stress and start reshaping yourself for the better immediately. Read More

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From Fashion Student to Food Icon: An Interview with Chef Lee Anne Wong

By admin | February 23, 2012

Photo: World to Table

Photo: World to Table

By: Michele Wolfson

I knew I liked Chef Lee Anne Wong when I read that she says she’s the kind of gal who wakes up in the morning thinking about what she is going to have for dinner because I can relate! She started out studying fashion at FIT but changed paths to study food at FCI. One reason she’s inspirational is because when she realized she didn’t like working in the field of fashion, instead of becoming discouraged, she never gave up on herself and it ended up paying off.

Lee Anne Wong knows a thing or two about the food industry and as a result she has been able to maintain a successful career combining food and show business. Many of us became fans of her during the first season of Top Chef, where she landed a spot in the sought-after final four grouping. In a predominantly male dominated industry, female chefs are unfortunately still an exception, but women like Chef Lee Anne Wong are moving to stake their claim as some of the best out there. We want to congratulate Chef Wong for being a female chef who has paved the way for other female chefs and has created delicious food.

Check out our interview with the chef where you’ll get her advice to chef novices, find out that Marcus knew her way back when, and more! Read More

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Clues for Gluten Sensitivities: A New Guide Indicates Who Shouldn’t Eat Gluten

By admin | February 13, 2012

Photo: Meredith_Farmer

Photo: Meredith_Farmer

By: Michele Wolfson

Do you dream about eating luscious treats like cupcakes and cookies, or even main staples like pasta and bread without doubling over from abdominal pains? Its often very frustrating dealing with food allergies related to gluten-intolerances, especially for young children.

Trying to figure out what exactly makes you uncomfortable can be a real challenge. “One way to determine if gluten (or any other food) is causing problems is to do an elimination diet for at least 2 weeks whereby you eliminate all gluten from your diet, which means not even a breadcrumb. After two weeks, reintroduce gluten, and see how you feel,” says Mona Solar, creator of Solar Wellness, an organization that is dedicated to helping improve the lives of those following a gluten-free diet as well as other food sensitivities.

If you are feeling constantly bloated, or experience fatigue and foggy thinking and feel worse after eating wheat and other products that contain gluten, experts say that you should be avoiding them. Read More

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7 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for a Foodie

By admin | February 10, 2012

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Photo: ulterior epicure

By: Michele Wolfson

Is your loved one a foodie at heart? Nothing says “I love you” more than delicious artisan foods. It’s been said that love is blind, but your sense of taste stays intact no matter how head-over-heels you are. Take it from a foodie like me: there is nothing that screams romance better than opening up package of fair-trade chocolate or even decadent, creamy artisan cheese.

Indulge the object of your affection with tantalizing treats. Here is a gift-giving guide for 7 perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts to give to a foodie Read More

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Diet High in Animal Fat Linked to Gestational Diabetes

By admin | February 7, 2012

Photo: molly_darling

Photo: molly_darling

By: Michele Wolfson

Vegetarianism means eating lower on the food chain, ingesting fewer resources and less water and is an ethical, environmentally-friendly choice. We’ve heard that it’s a lifestyle that can be good for your heart, your brain, and keeping a trim figure amongst other benefits. But did you know that there is an interesting connection between high consumption of animal fat and gestational diabetes among women?

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes seen during pregnancy. It increases the risk for certain pregnancy complications and health problems in the newborn. A pregnancy diet that is high in animal fat increases the risk that moms will develop this kind of diabetes, research at the National Institutes of Health and Harvard University states. According to Science Daily, “Women whose diets were high in total fat or other kinds of fats — but not in animal fat or cholesterol — did not have an increased risk.” Read More

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Vegucate Yourself: An Interview with Filmmaker Marisa Miller Wolfson

By admin | February 2, 2012

Marisa Miller Wolfson

By: Michele Wolfson

If you haven’t heard of filmmaker Marisa Miller Wolfson yet, then you should get to know more about her right here, right now. Her film called Vegucated tracks the lives of three meat and cheese loving New Yorkers who pledge to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.

One great aspect of this film is the way it balances the issues tactfully and thoughtfully while also including many humorous moments. Marisa and I have a couple of things in common; we both have the same awesome last name, and both believe that when it comes to animal rights it’s important to not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk as well. Those of us who feel that real changes need to be made in the food industry have to actively seek ways to make those changes happen.

I caught up with the vegan educator over lunch at ‘Snice, a delicious vegetarian cafe located in the West Village for an interview and here’s what she shared with us Read More

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The 9 Best Workout Foods

By admin | January 25, 2012

Photo: Matthew Kenwrick

Photo: Matthew Kenwrick

By: Michele Wolfson

The best way to get fit is a balance of a healthy diet and exercise. Any doctor will tell you that this is a foolproof way to achieve this goal. Popping a daily vitamin is definitely beneficial, but when it comes right down to it- eating real food is a lot more valuable then gobbling down supplements.

Besides, you can get most, if not all, of the nutrients essential to good health by selecting the right combination of foods. You just have to know where to look. The right fitness foods speed your results and make you healthier, too. Ready to eat your way to a better body? These 9 great foods and drinks are guaranteed to make any type of exercise you do more effective – long after you’ve broken a sweat. Read More

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