Ask Cheryl: Curbing Craving, Roasting Veggies, & The Dreaded “Brussels Sprouts Smell”

Wow! It seems like yesterday we were gearing up for our weekly Twitter chats but now we are we are about to enter Week 5 of The Biggest Loser. Last week’s chat was another one for the records and I am always so glad to answer your nutrition questions. Keep joining in for chances to win weekly prizes, not to mention the prize of better health!

Here’s a recap of this week’s questions:


Question: I keep seeing that coconut oil is supposed to be much better for you than even olive oil. Is this factual?

Answer: Not in my opinion. I think coconut oil is a nice option for occasional use but I favor grapeseed and olive oil


Question: What are the best foods to help beat the “I’m hungry” feeling all the time?

Answer: The important thing is to not snack on carbs alone – they will satisfy your hunger for a limited time and you’ll be hunger again. Be sure to have a balance of carb lean protein and good fat.


Question: I’m trying to curb my sweet tooth, what tips do you have for me?

Answer: If you really have a bad prob with sugar you may need to go cold turkey for awhile and eliminate it – it’s very addictive for some people. Try to enjoy the sweetness of a bowl of fresh berries : )


Question: What are some creative roasted vegetables recipes?

Answer: I love Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, fennel, root vegetables. All you need is a hot oven, a little oil and your favorite seasonings. Be sure they are cut uniformly so they will cook uniformly : )


Question: Is there a way to cook brussels sprouts without getting the smell in the house? I absolutely love brussels sprouts but my husband hates the smell makes when I cook them

Answer: Unfortunately that comes with the territory of cruciferous veggies. If I have a lingering cooking smell in the house, I boil water and add cinnamon and sweet spices to infuse the air. You might also want to close the kitchen door if you can to contain the smells in the kitchen area : )


Question: How many times do you recommend eating eggs for breakfast? I’ve seen in health news that they’ve increased the recommendations for how often it is okay to eat them during the week.

Answer: If you don’t have issues with your cholesterol, it’s ok to have an egg every day. I am blessed with wonderful chickens and I very often start my day with two delicious poached eggs L: )


Question: It always seems like I do a good job for like the first week of eating better and exercising…any tips on how to keep pushing through and not get so discouraged when something throws you off course?

Answer: Excellent question ! first of all, write your exercise down on your calendar just like a conference call or business meeting and stick to it!! Also plan ahead and you may find you need to prepare all of your meals and snacks for the day the night before.


Tune in to The Biggest Loser on Mondays at 9/8 Central


Join me on Facebook for a Nutrition Q & A on Tuesday at 9/8 Central for a chance to win prizes!

Thanks to American Pistachio Growers!


Ask Cheryl: Water Woes, Frozen Food Nutrients, & Kid Friendly Pistachio Recipes

Wow, another great Facebook chat in the books! You guys are amazing and I’m so glad that so many of you showed up for our weekly nutrition chat, my fingers were typing up a storm the entire time! Remember, I’ll be answering your pressing nutrition and weight loss questions every Tuesday night at 8pm EST following on my Facebook page. Each week every participant is entered into a drawing for a prize valuing up to $500! Make sure not to miss out this week, you could win a Ary Vacmaster. Thanks to American Pistachio’s for sponsoring this weekly chat!


Let’s get into the recap of what we talked about last week:



Question: I am not a water drinker. Are there other healthy options? I am getting tired of drinking ice tea!

Answer: Not really except milk! Try to remind yourself of the health benefits of water and it may taste better! Helps hydrate our skin, helps us feel full, helps maintain body temperature, helps carry nutrients throughout our body


Question: What type of oil is best to use for salad dressings?

Answer: I favor grapeseed and olive oil : )


Question: When I make freezer meals for busy week nights is my family getting the same nutrition/vitamins as if I cooked it right then?

Answer: Yes as long as you freeze it right away – you have minimal nutrient loss – and be sure not to overcook it when you reheat!


Question: My question is processed foods. Is everything I buy if not fresh considered processed. In other woods..a bag, a can, frozen. Except veggies..thanks so much.

Answer: Some of those things are minimally processed; you really want to avoid things that have lots of preservatives and/or things that have been milled to remove most of the nutrients like white flour!


Question: My husband refuses to eat veggies, except for lettuce and corn. What can I do to make sure he gets the right nutrients that comes from vegetables?

Answer: You may have to sneak them in without telling him – if the dishes are well seasoned he may not notice. My book Flavor First is loaded with recipes like this. It’s on sale on my website good luck!


Question: is it true the heavier you are the quicker you lose weight?

Answer: Kinda sorta – on the show we find that some of the largest people lose a lot of weight in the beginning – but it’s really subjective. sometimes it’s because they were eating so much processed salty food before the show that they lose a ton of water weight


Question: What are some recipes with pistachios that kids will enjoy?

Answer: I have some great easy recipe in my new book – a salad with smoked turkey and chopped pistachios; a delicious quinoa dish with pistachios and a yummy balsamic dressing, I could go on and on ….

Make sure to check out my latest book, A Small Guide to Losing Big, for more answers to your pressing nutrition and weight loss questions!


Ask Cheryl: Your Nutrition Questions Answered!


Happy New Year!

I hope your holiday season was happy and healthy! My new year kicked off with a bang with the start of the new season of The Biggest Loser on Monday January 4th at 9 EST/8 CST. Every Tuesday while the show airs, I will be hosting Facebook chats at 8pm and answering all of your nutrition and health questions. Each week I’ll also be recapping some of the main tips to keep you motivated and on track for your goals in the new year.


Ask Cheryl: Healthy oils and fats, breakfast ideas, and easy recipe ideas

Question: What do you find to be healthy cooking oils for baking and sauteeing?

Answer: I have been cooking with grapeseed oil lately. I really like it because it has a high smoke point and a neutral flavor profile that doesn’t compete with the flavors of your spices or delicate ingredients


Question: Is avocado healthy?

Answer: Yes, it’s ok! Avocados, nuts (like pistachios), seeds and plant oils contain healthy fats


Question: I have chicken but don’t’ have a lot of ingredients, what is an easy recipe?

Answer: I think you could grill the chicken (maybe on a big green egg) and make a nice sauce with the stock, a little orange, lime, cilantro, onion, and garlic. Yum!


Question: I feel like I have so much start in my diet. What are some good, quick other snacks that will stay during the day and don’t’ have to be refrigerated?

Answer: Be sure to have protein with your snacks—very important—apple or orange with pistachios will do. Greek yogurt with berries, half sandwich on whole grain bread, veggies with hummus, the possibilities are endless


Question: My daughter and I are vegetarians and she is a picky eater. What are some alternatives for proteins that are not too high in fat?

Answer: Quinoa, beans, legumes, and certainly eggs and greek yogurt if you are open to eggs. Egg whites are the purest protein, totally lean.


Question: I need a healthy breakfast option besides oatmeal, any suggestions?

Answer: You can sprinkle some dried berries and chopped pistachios on top of Greek yogurt and you might also have a poached or hard boiled egg for protein.

Join us next week on Tuesday January 12th at 8pm EST. One lucky participant will win a KitchenIQ Suite, pistachios from American Pistachios, and a copy of my book A Small Guide to Losing Big!


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