Nutrition News: Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Get Real, Kids’ Summer Fitness Tips, Skim vs. Whole Milk

by in Food News, May 29, 2015

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Aim to Get Real

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, both owned by Yum Brands, have announced plans to eliminate artificial colors and flavors from their menu items. This means that Taco Bell’s seasoned beef will soon feature black pepper rather than “black pepper flavor,” and artificial dyes including Yellow No. 6, Blue No. 1 and carmine will be removed from the chain’s nacho cheese, avocado ranch dressing and red tortilla strips, respectively. High-fructose corn syrup, unsustainable palm oil and some (though not all) artificial preservatives will also be phased out, although fountain beverages and co-branded products will not be affected. Pizza Hut, meanwhile, aims to eliminate artificial colors and flavors by late July and will then begin listing ingredients online. Read more

5 Healthy Cobblers, Bettys and More

by in Healthy Recipes, May 29, 2015

If there’s one thing I’m a sucker for in the summertime, it’s a piping-hot fruit dessert cloaked in buttery, sugary dough or a crackly crumble. While downing freshly picked peaches or bushels of berries is a veritable seasonal rite, those fruits are rendered even sweeter when warmed in a casserole dish or cast-iron pan, their juices melding irresistibly with the caramelized sugar of the topping. But there are two things that don’t mix well in the summertime: sugar and bathing suits.

In reality, the natural sugars in fruits lend baked and grilled treats plenty of sweetness, so you can get away with less sugar, less butter, and better-for-you flours and oats without sacrificing the flavor of these oh-so-craveable desserts. So enjoy your summer fruit treats — and pool time — with these five better-for-you recipes.

Mixed Berry Cobbler
Ellie Krieger coats her baking dish with cooking spray — not butter — before tossing berries with whole-wheat flour, sugar and zest to thicken and brighten the fruit mixture. Her cobbler topping incorporates both whole-wheat and all-purpose flours to lighten the dish while keeping some of that original biscuit flavor. Read more

How to Build a Healthier Pasta Salad

by in Healthy Tips, May 28, 2015

One of the most-popular sides during barbecue season is pasta salad. Gobs of mayo or glugs of oils, however, can turn those options into about 400 calories and 500 calories per one-quarter cup, respectively, easily sabotaging any pasta salad. Here are five simple steps you can follow to make a perfectly healthy pasta salad. Read more

How to Pack a Healthy Picnic — Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Recipes, May 28, 2015

The season of alfresco dining is upon us, which means it’s time to dust off your red-and-white-checkered blanket and head to the park for a summer feast. But before you reach for lackluster salads and slaws prepared at the supermarket, check out these five tips for packing your picnic basket with healthy homemade treats that showcase seasonal ingredients. If you’re worried about food spoiling in the sun, rest assured: You can still bypass prepackaged, preservative-laced options in favor of homemade recipes. Read more

5 Amazing Wheat Berry Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, May 27, 2015

Wheat berries might sound exotic, but you’ve had them before, most likely in their ground form — aka whole-wheat flour. A wheat berry is the entire wheat kernel before it’s been processed into bread, cereal or pasta. Since wheat berries are unprocessed (they contain the bran, germ and endosperm of the wheat kernel), they’re loaded with nutrients, including fiber, protein and B vitamins. Chewy and nutty, they make a great addition to salads, side dishes and more. Try them in these delicious dishes. Read more

Fuel Up with 5 Homemade Power Snacks

by in 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 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

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