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!


© Cheryl Forberg 2016