Order This, Not That: Olive Garden

by in Dining Out, October 4, 2015

Are you a fan of this Italian chain? Find out which menus item to choose and which ones you should say arrivederci to! Read more

No-Bake Caramel Apple Pie Bars

by in Healthy Recipes, October 3, 2015

Apple pie. Apple crisp. It’s all been done before. And while I’d never pass up a slice of warm apple pie, there must be an easier alternative to rolling out crust and turning on the oven. Enter No Bake Caramel Apple Pie Bars. Not only are they easy to make, but they also contain mostly natural sugar from dates and are dairy-free and vegan-friendly. Read more

Nutrition News: The Full-Fat Trend, Healthy Office Snacks, Coke Spending

by in Food News, October 2, 2015

Is full-fat on trend?

For years, we’ve all been urged to curtail our consumption of saturated fat, advice that affected our appetite for butter, meat and whole milk — or at least the amount of those foods we ate. But, a new report published by the Credit Suisse Research Institute has determined, Americans are rebelling against the old guidance, which has grown murkier, and eating more full-fat foods. Butter sales rose 14 percent in 2014 and an additional 6 percent in the first three months of 2015, while sales of whole milk climbed 11 percent and skim milk purchases plummeted 14 percent in the first six months of 2015. The authors suggest the trend may be part of larger shift toward natural – organic, unprocessed – foods. “Full-fat milk sounds a lot more natural to people than 2 percent or skim milk,” lead author Stefano Natella told The New York Times. “Cows don’t produce skim milk. You have to process it to take out the fat.” Read more

How Sweet It Is: 7 Sweet Potato Dishes for Every Palate — Fall Fest

by in Healthy Recipes, October 1, 2015

Sweet potatoes, a creamy vitamin A powerhouse, are just as symbolic of autumn as the season’s vivid foliage. They’re also far, far underutilized. If you’re in the habit of passing up sweet potatoes in favor of white potatoes, now’s the time to revisit this versatile root vegetable as we enter its peak season. Sure, we’re all familiar with traditional preparation methods: baked, split down the middle and slathered with butter; the classic marshmallow-topped casserole that makes its once-yearly appearance on Thanksgiving. But there are healthier — and more imaginative — methods of dressing up this superfood for a fall soiree. Explore its savory side, or play up its sweetness with rich fall spices. Definitely experiment with different textures. Whether you prefer them mashed, pureed, cubed or whole, here are seven comforting takes on this in-season spud that will make you forget white potatoes in a heartbeat.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes (pictured at top)
These are not your average baked sweet potatoes. Pat and Gina Neely up the ante on this classic presentation by scooping out the cooked insides and mixing them with a little bit of cream cheese, brown sugar, butter and lots of fall spices. Completing this extra step will be well worth it when you taste the result.

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Cheesy Comfort Foods You Can Enjoy Guilt-Free

by in Healthy Recipes, October 1, 2015

salami pizza

Treat yourself to cheese. We’re not talking a small cup of cottage cheese. You deserve to partake in pizza night and not feel guilty about it. While comforting eats like a slice of pepperoni or a bowl of mac and cheese get bad reps for being unhealthy, as they often are, cheese is not necessarily to blame. Here are some of our favorite healthy recipes to help satisfy your cheesy cravings.

Healthier Pizza

Transforming pizza into a healthy dinner option starts with the dough. Try using white whole-wheat flour, which will provide great texture and even better nutrition. And for a slightly nutty flavor, add whole grains like bulgur and quinoa. Either way, these healthier crusts taste delicious with traditional toppings — like mozzarella and salami (pictured above) — and unconventional toppings — such as feta and zucchini — alike.

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A Tailgating Menu That’s Sneakily Healthy

by in Healthy Recipes, September 30, 2015

Open your car trunks, dig out your slow cookers and pack your coolers — tailgating season is upon us. And while beer and chips are bound to be part of that roundup, it’s totally possible to add some healthy items to the mix. The key is to sneak in plenty of vegetables, substitute lean meats and beans for higher-calorie proteins, and get in a variety of whole foods. With this tailgating menu, that’s easy to do. Read more

Taste Test: Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza

by in Taste Test, September 29, 2015

If you check the frozen pizza aisle, you’ll see many newcomers to the gluten-free arena. Although gluten-free packaged foods have a bad reputation for lacking flavor, some food companies have stepped up to develop very tasty products. Here is a look at five frozen gluten-free pies. Read more

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

by in Healthy Recipes, September 28, 2015

Fall is upon us — although depending on where you live, the only indication of the changing season might be the calendar. Nonetheless, it’s time to slowly transition from filling our baskets with tomatoes and summer squash to the plethora of autumn harvest foods that are prime for cooking. Read more

Do You Need a High-Speed Blender?

by in Healthy Tips, September 28, 2015

Are you tempted to buy a high-speed blender but apprehensive about making the financial commitment? We don’t blame you. Here are five questions to ask yourself before you make the investment. Read more

Order This, Not That: The Melting Pot

by in Dining Out, September 27, 2015

Got fondue on your mind? Check out our list of do’s and don’ts before your next trip to this ever-popular chain. Read more