#Patriotic: Our Favorite Healthy Instagram Picks for July 4th

by in Healthy Holidays, July 4, 2015

Healthy July 4thIf your healthy lifestyle doesn’t quite welcome American classics like hot dogs and burgers with open arms, rest assured that it’s possible to eat patriotically on Saturday without completely sidestepping your efforts. When we asked you to share your finest healthy treats on Instagram in honor of July 4th, just like that, our #HealthyEatsFN hashtag was flooded with gorgeous, good-for-you red, white and blue treats. Here are some of our favorites. 

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Nutrition News: Papa John’s Ingredients, Good Fat, Creative Hydration Tips

by in Food News, July 3, 2015

A Healthier Slice

Chalk another one up for natural ingredients. Papa John’s will eliminate artificial ingredients and other additives from its menu items, it has announced. The move will cost the company about $100 million per year, Bloomberg reports. Last year the pizza chain removed monosodium glutamate (MSG) from its ranch dressing and trans fats from its garlic sauce; now it aims to eliminate 14 other ingredients, including corn syrup, artificial colors and several preservatives, many in the restaurants’ dipping sauces, by the end of 2016. The changes may affect some flavors, the company acknowledges, but Papa John’s, the third-largest pizza chain, behind Pizza Hut and Domino’s, is clearly trying to make good on its “better ingredients, better pizza” messaging. Read more

Real Sweet: Bonfire Toffee Lollipops

by in Cookbooks, July 3, 2015


“Primarily this is a book about flavor,” says Shauna Sever, author of Real Sweet, a cookbook that features over 80 treats made with natural sugars like coconut sugar, muscovado, turbinado, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar and more. Read more

Healthy Summer Entertaining Tips from Celebrity Caterer Peter Callahan (Plus Mini Caprese Tea Sandwiches)

by in Healthy Recipes, July 2, 2015

Backyard barbecues and outdoor entertaining are in full swing just in time for Fourth of July celebrations. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and bowls of chips and dips are an easy fix for a summer fest, but there are plenty of easy ways to keep things wholesome and healthy when entertaining in the great outdoors. Read more

5 Frozen Treats for a Sweet Fourth — Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Holidays, July 2, 2015

This Independence Day, in the spirit of our nation’s founders, Americans everywhere will be making choices — choices between burgers and hot dogs, iced tea and lemonade, or potato salad and pasta salad. Whether or not you strongly prefer one dish to the other, one item is ubiquitous come dessert time, when Americans everywhere will be savoring ice-cold treats. These five tips will help you prepare healthier ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and more, whether served in a cup, on a stick, atop cake or pie, or in an old-fashioned cone. You definitely won’t want to miss any of these classic recipes and flavors when celebrating the nation’s birthday.

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Grilled Watermelon and Mint Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, July 1, 2015

Dust off your grills and get out your red, white and blue: The Fourth of July is almost upon us. Since meat recipes are always available, why not be the rock star of this year’s Independence Day with a nutritious and patriotic dish? If you haven’t tried grilling watermelon yet, this is the perfect time to experiment. Not only will it showcase an extra layer of effort and love by the cook, but the heat makes this iconic summer fruit even sweeter and juicier. Combining watermelon with sweet and sour blueberries plus salty feta cheese, this spirited salad will proudly hold its spot on the table. Read more

10 Healthy Ways to Use Watermelon

by in Healthy Recipes, July 1, 2015

There are few things better than the fresh crunch of a wedge of watermelon. But this summertime staple is more versatile than you might be giving it credit for. Read more

How to Build a Healthier Summer Cocktail

by in Healthy Recipes, June 30, 2015

If you like to beat the heat with a refreshing alcoholic cocktail, you may be in for more calories than you realize. With sugary cocktail mixes and overflowing alcohol, you could be downing more than 450 calories a drink. Instead, use these simple tips to help build a better-for-you beverage. Read more

Plan a Summer Party with Grilled Fruit

by in Healthy Recipes, June 30, 2015

Summer picnics, BBQs and 4th of July parties are the perfect time to gather friends and family, and cook until your hearts are content and bellies are full. It’s also the best time for grilling, and you shouldn’t feel limited to animal proteins and heavier foods. Try grilling healthier fare like fruits for an easy and delicious twist on traditional desserts. Pineapple, stone fruits and even watermelon are incredible when grilled, and are a fiber-rich alternative to sugar-laden desserts like cakes and cookies. Read more

Healthy 4th of July Desserts

by in Healthy Recipes, June 29, 2015

Although you may be confused by the words “healthy” and “dessert” being used in the same sentence, with a few simple culinary tricks and some smart choices, you can have your cake and eat a slice too. Here are 11 desserts you can enjoy to celebrate America’s birthday. Read more

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