Touchdown! Game-Day Snacks Without the Guilt

by in Healthy Recipes, January 29, 2015


Be guilt-free this Super Bowl Sunday with these lightened-up versions of your favorite game-day party snacks. They include healthy swaps like a protein-packed cheesy cashew nacho sauce replacing the calorie-busting jarred classic in stuffed mushrooms. Good fats like unflavored coconut oil and olive oil replace less healthy options. No doubt these made-over finger foods will give your Super Bowl crowd something to cheer about.

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The School Food Truck Movement is on a Roll

by in Cooking for Kids, January 29, 2015


School food may not be widely considered cool (sorry, cafeteria workers), but food trucks are. So, to entice trend-aware students to eat a healthy breakfast or lunch, a number of public school districts around the country have thrown open the cafeteria doors and taken lunchtime to the streets, revving things up with a new kind of meals on wheels.

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Chatting with Dr. Frank Lipman, Co-Author of The New Health Rules

by in Diets & Weight Loss, January 28, 2015


You may have read about Dr. Frank Lipman if you’ve ever Googled “Gwyneth Paltrow diet.” Or Arianna Huffington. Or Donna Karan. Or Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon. They are all patients of Lipman and fans of his wellness center, Eleven Eleven, which he established in 1992, well before alternative medicine became mainstream. Born in South Africa, Lipman first explored alternative medicine while working at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, N.Y., eventually becoming the hospital’s chief medical resident. He’s the author of two previous nutrition books, and his latest book, The New Health Rules, which he co-authored with Danielle Claro, offers intelligent tidbits on how to eat, how to sleep, how to breathe and even how to think. It’s what Lipman describes as a wellness guide for the modern age.

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The Chef’s Take: Gerard Craft’s Orange Salad at Pastaria

by in Chefs and Restaurants, Dining Out, January 28, 2015


It’s the dead of winter in most of the country, and a salad of sweet, juicy oranges is like sitting in the warmth of the summer sun. Gerard Craft, the five-time James Beard-nominated Best Chef: Midwest, is serving a beautiful Orange Salad tossed with picholine olives, tarragon leaves, red onion and extra virgin olive oil at Pastaria, one of his four St. Louis restaurants (others are Niche, Brasserie by Niche and Taste by Niche).

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DIY Game Day Chips and Dips

by in Healthy Recipes, January 27, 2015


Leave store-bought chips and dips behind. Instead, score big this season by making your own game day spread. One bite and your crowd will be cheering for more of these healthy, melt-in-your-mouth fan favorites. The secret? Ingredients that pack loads of flavor without piling on a ton of calories.

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Breakfast of the Month: Gluten-Free Parsnip Chia Seed Muffins

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, January 27, 2015


One of the challenges of trying to cook in harmony with the seasons is that by this time of year, local produce is hard to find.  It’s especially difficult for me because I draw my inspiration primarily from what I see while strolling through the farmers market or the grocery department of my local health food store. More often than not, a striking vegetable will catch my attention and inspire a recipe. During these wintry months there isn’t much that’s particularly pretty or interesting about the vegetables that are available (in New York City) and the only locally grown produce are roots that have been stored since the fall.

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Healthy Dips, Nachos, Wings and Chili for Game Day

by in Healthy Recipes, January 26, 2015


If you’re as excited as I am about the Super Bowl, you’ve already started planning the menu. My game-day spread includes better-for-you versions from the four football food groups – dips, chili, wings and nachos!

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Recipe Revamp: Make Any Recipe Vegan or Vegetarian

by in Healthy Recipes, January 26, 2015


You’ve been perusing recipes and finally found THE ONE you’ve been searching for. (Sometimes it can be as hard as finding THE ONE.) Problem is, the recipe needs to be vegan. Have no fear! We’ve put together our recipe-revamp cheat sheet that offers five easy substitutions to turn any recipe into a vegan or vegetarian one.

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All Dressed Up: 5 Healthy Ways to Liven Up Your Sandwich

by in Grocery Shopping, January 25, 2015


Who wants to eat a bland sandwich? Not us. That’s why we love condiments. They just make everything better, but you might want to take a look at what you’re slathering on your bread before you start stacking your next sandwich. Standard spreads like ketchup, mayo and “special” sauce include unnecessary ingredients and additives, and generally hike up your calorie intake. Next time you’re putting together the star of your brown bag or weekend lunch table, reach for one of these new wholesome toppers (on one of our sensational sandwiches).

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Go Bananas! 10 Healthy Ways to Use Ripe Ones Now

by in Healthy Recipes, January 24, 2015


Look over on your kitchen counter — are they sitting there? Those super-ripe bananas must be used ASAP or else they’ll get tossed. Let these 10 healthy recipes — smoothies, muffins, pancakes and more — come to the rescue!

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