Countdown to New Year’s: No-Resolutions Resolution Plan Week 6

by in Healthy Tips, December 22, 2014


What’s on your agenda this week? Digging into Ree Drummond’s Christmas Queso? Sitting down to Ina Garten’s gorgeous rib roast or cutting into the Neelys’ crowd-pleasing glazed ham? Perhaps you’ve been the one tasked with making those cookies left out for Santa conveniently disappear? Sounds like a lot of fun — and fun that should be had.

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Greens + Grains = Great: A Conversation with Cookbook Author Molly Watson

by in Cookbooks, December 21, 2014


Unlike the many cooks whose love affair with food was sparked by assisting their grandmother in the kitchen, Molly Watson’s culinary passion grew beside her grandmother at the table. Watson, a Minneapolis native, remembers meals at French restaurants and observing her grandmother effortlessly host dinner parties in their Northern Minnesota cabin. Her affinity for food was bolstered by a childhood spent foraging for mushrooms and blueberries. Though at first she pursued academia, earning a Ph.D. in Modern European History at Stanford University, eventually her passion won out and she embarked on a food writing career. Now a San Franciscan, Watson has become an expert in locally sourced food and recently penned her first cookbook, Greens + Grains: Recipes for Deliciously Healthful Meals.

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Cookie Monster: Our Favorite Healthy Holiday Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 20, 2014


Holiday cookies are everywhere this time of year, and no doubt you want to have a few — or an entire tin. The good news is that cookies don’t have to be all bad. Instead, you can add health-focused ingredients, like antioxidant powerhouses matcha green tea and cocoa powder, fiber-rich chestnut and almond flour, and inflammation tamers like ginger and cinnamon.

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Holiday Beauty Bash! 7 Ways to Nourish Your Body from the Outside In

by in Have You Tried, Product Reviews, December 19, 2014

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Fruits and vegetables do a body good. That’s not exactly news. But if you can eat them, why not, well, slather them all over your body? A fresh selection of face and body products made with nourishing ingredients like pumpkins, pomegranates, and mangosteens (!) makes it easy to wonder whether you’re standing in the green market or at the cosmetics counter. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite products (at every price point) that are made of all-natural ingredients (almost) good enough to eat. Get them for all your BFFs (and a couple for yourself!).

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, December 19, 2014


In this week’s news: A new study indicates you should just say “no” to juice; when it comes to satisfaction, all sugars may not be equal; and “ancient grains” are new to your breakfast table.

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For Hanukkah, A Healthy, Delicious Family Feast

by in Healthy Holidays, December 18, 2014

The holiday of lights typically becomes a fried-food extravaganza. But this doesn’t have to happen in your house! Create a lighter (and just as delicious) menu with these holiday recipes.

The traditional Hanukkah dishes here are latkes and jelly-filled doughnuts; for the rest of the menu you have carte blanche. I like to serve a simple, balanced meal that includes creative versions of staple Hanukkah dishes. To keep things festive, our Hanukkah meal gets kicked off with mulled wine from Ina Garten. Cheers!

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The Chef’s Take: Marc Vidal’s Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Kale at Boqueria

by in Chefs and Restaurants, Dining Out, December 17, 2014


At Boqueria, one of New York City’s most-popular Spanish tapas joints, Chef Marc Vidal goes a long way to transport diners to Barcelona’s bustling and beautiful Boqueria market. He serves a menu of Spanish classics like patatas bravas, albondigas, croquetas and gambas alla ajillo. But he also loves to cook with the seasons. Every Friday morning, Vidal grabs a cup of coffee and heads to the Union Square Greenmarket where he and his team of chefs meet up to peruse the stalls for ingredients and brainstorm for the restaurant’s ever-changing Market Menu. “We just walk around and see what’s going  on,” says Vidal, whose parents were restaurateurs in Barcelona. “The market menu is the fun part for us. It’s our chance to be creative and work with the seasons.”

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Cheers! Here’s to Healthier Cocktails for the Holidays

by in Healthy Holidays, December 16, 2014

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It’s holiday time, and chances are, cocktails are flowing. If you’re not careful, one festive drink can tip the scales at over 400 calories. If you choose to kick back over several, you’ll be gulping more than half your recommended calories for the day (not to mention the bad hangover)! There are ways to slim down your favorite holiday cocktails – here are simple tricks to do so.

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Dessert of the Month: Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, December 16, 2014

Chocolate Cookies
It’s that time of year again when there seem to be cookies everywhere one turns. Although it’s fun to participate in holiday baking traditions, it can wreak havoc on your healthy routine, as most of the cookies that surround us are loaded with white flour, sugar and bad-quality fats.

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For Hanukkah, Latkes Lightened (Yes, It’s Possible!)

by in Healthy Holidays, December 15, 2014

Happy Hanukkah
Latkes, the crispy fried potato pancakes served on Hanukkah (usually with sour cream or applesauce) are not exactly easy on the waistline. Eating them for the eight days of the holiday might not be the best idea. Instead, get creative with your and cook them in a healthier way. Here are three latke recipes to enjoy.

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