Fuel Up with 5 Homemade Power Snacks

by in Fitness, Healthy Recipes, May 27, 2015

A couple of years ago, I started training for triathlons. I’m far from a natural superathlete — the initial motivation was to balance out my love of food! — but I’ve always been a regular exerciser and wanted a new challenge. I’ve now caught the racing bug, and along with it comes a whole new world of nutrition. Every veteran triathlete or marathon runner has his or her regimen, and it’s hard to sort through all of the energy bars, gels and powders on the market. Here are five natural, homemade power snacks that won’t leave you puzzling over unpronounceable ingredients on the back of the package. Read more

Taste Test: Snack Bars

by in Taste Test, May 26, 2015

 

Truth be told: When 4 o’clock rolls around, we’d rather be downing a chocolate chip cookie than a snack bar. But with the new-fangled flavors and range of healthy ingredients, many snack bars are creating a win-win situation. Which brands satisfied our cravings and offered the most nutrition? Here are the results from our taste test.

The Criteria
We used our typical rating scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the highest) for this taste test. Each brand was evaluated based on taste, texture and nutrition, paying special attention to calories, fat, sodium and ingredient quality. Read more

5 Foods That Cool Your Body Temperature

by in Healthy Tips, May 25, 2015

Sizzling summer temps can lead you to reach for the coldest food you can get your hands on (that is, if it hasn’t taken your appetite away completely). While that can sometimes work, the most-cooling foods are not necessarily the iciest ones. Turns out some food (like high-fat ice cream) can actually raise your body temperature by making you work harder to digest it. For the most-cooling foods, try these: Read more

5 Ways to Go Chia Pudding Crazy

by in Healthy Recipes, May 25, 2015

Chia seeds may be tiny, but they pack a big nutritional punch: They’re loaded with fiber, protein, calcium and omega-3s (aka “healthy” fats). They expand in water, which is why they’re perfect for making pudding. Simply add them to your favorite milk (soy, almond, coconut — you name it!) and watch the seeds expand to create a satisfying, tapioca-like texture. Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack or a delicious dessert, try one of these mouthwatering chia pudding recipes. Read more

Taste Test: Healthy Salad Dressings

by in Taste Test, May 24, 2015

Many salad dressings have added sugar (yes, sugar!) and lots of sodium. Although many tend to have preservatives, some dressings contain fewer. If you like the convenience of bottled salad dressings, make sure you’re choosing the healthiest option. Here’s a rundown of better-for-you best bets. Read more

Hold the Mayo: 8+ Ways to Have a Mayo-Free Summer

by in Healthy Recipes, May 23, 2015

While I pride myself on my willingness to eat pretty much anything, I’ll admit it: I hate mayonnaise. I inherited the mayo-averse gene from my father, who literally cannot stand the sight of this condiment. I’m more forgiving, but I still opt for mustard on my sandwiches, vinaigrette-style dressings, and mayo-free versions of picnic staples like coleslaw and potato salad.

Even if you love mayo, there are some risks to leaving dishes made with it out in the sun for too long. So try these healthy, mayo-free summer sides that’ll please the mayo haters, lighten things up a bit, and keep your picnic spread safe sans refrigeration. Read more

10 Healthy Ways to Use Kale

by in Healthy Recipes, May 23, 2015

This member of the cabbage family is now in season. Besides being delicious, kale is brimming with health benefits. Studies have found that veggies in the cabbage family like kale can help reduce the risk of cancer. Kale also contains the plant chemical lutein, an antioxidant linked to healthy eyes. So get down to the market and pick up a bunch – here are 10 ways to use it. Read more

Nutrition News: Packaged-Food Changes at Target, USDA GMO-Free Labels, Banishing Belly Fat

by in Food News, May 22, 2015

Target to Promote Healthy Foods

These are not great times for the packaged-food industry, thanks to Americans’ increasing interest in fresh ingredients and growing disregard for things boxed and canned. Target has just informed some of the nation’s biggest food companies that its stores will no longer be promoting their products or featuring them as prominently as Target has in the past. This means that instead of pushing sugared cereals, processed snack foods, canned items, and stuff like mac and cheese in the front of the store, close to checkout areas, Target will be promoting healthier foods like yogurt and granola, which happen to have a higher markup. Industry analyst Amy Koo told The Washington Post that Target’s move may signal a shift at other retail outlets as well. “Fundamentally, food suppliers are going to have to grapple with this new landscape,” she said.

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No-Bake Banana Split Icebox Cake

by in Healthy Recipes, May 21, 2015

Is it just me or are you a little tired of baking these days? With busy schedules and countless obligations, it seems like we seek out efficiencies around every corner. And the kitchen corner is no exception, hence the rise of “no bake” recipes. Baking just adds one more step. You’re talking about tacking on at least another 30 to 60 minutes to your total cook time. And who has that sort of time today? Read more

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