The Chef’s Take: Yotam Ottolenghi’s Honey-Roasted Carrots with Tahini

by in Chefs and Restaurants, Cookbooks, October 22, 2014

Plenty More
If you’ve cooked from Plenty, Israeli chef and London restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi’s bestselling and award-winning cookbook, it’s probably dog-eared and food-stained from loving overuse. (Baked eggs with yogurt and greens, Brussels sprouts with tofu, and soba noodles with eggplant and mango, are personal faves.)

Now comes the hotly anticipated follow-up, Plenty More, in which Ottolenghi unapologetically celebrates the wonderful world of vegetables one cooking method at a time — braising, steaming, roasting, char-grilling and frying. In keeping with his signature inventive and vibrant style, Ottolenghi’s recipes in Plenty More feature rather exotic pops of flavor — yuzu in a dish of candy beets with lentils, sorrel and mustard in a bowl of fresh sweet peas, sweet labneh on a plate of warm baked rhubarb, and tahini on a sweet mess of honey-roasted carrots, featured below.

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Another Reason to Pass on Artificial Sweeteners

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, October 21, 2014

Artificial Sweeteners
New research is giving us another reason to question the safety of artificial sweeteners. Researchers concluded that artificial sweeteners may be contributing to diseases like obesity and diabetes. It may be another reason you should swap the pink or blue packet of the artificial stuff for something more natural.

A recent study published in the journal Nature found that folks who were given saccharin (a type of artificial sweetener) over a week developed glucose intolerance, a condition that can lead to diabetes. Additionally, researchers also analyzed close to 400 people and found that the gut bacteria of those who used artificial sweeteners were really different from folks who did not use the fake stuff. The study concluded that more research should be done to really determine the safety of these calorie-free sugar alternatives.
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Dessert of the Month: Almond Butter Brownies with Sea Salt

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, October 21, 2014

Almond Butter Brownies
Although it’s extremely difficult to pick a favorite recipe from my cookbook “At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well,” these brownies do stand out as one of the true winners. The idea of combining almond butter, dark chocolate and sea salt came to me on a car trip out of the city one weekend when I was craving something sweet and satisfying. The thought of those flavors combined in a vegan brownie was something I simply had to try. I wanted the brownies to be rich and nutty without being cloying; the flaky sea salt adds a lovely texture and helps balance out the sweetness. Dates blended with almond butter are the secret here for creating the fudgy texture. These brownies taste best when cold and also keep well in the fridge for a few days. I hope you get a chance to make them soon! Read more

Taste Test: Frozen Macaroni and Cheese

by in Taste Test, October 20, 2014

Mac and Cheese
Are you falling for claims that many brands of frozen macaroni and cheese are reasonable options for a healthy dinner? Check out the results of this evaluation before your next trip down the freezer aisle. Read more

A Healthy Halloween? Yes, It’s Possible.

by in Halloween, Healthy Holidays, October 20, 2014

Halloween
Halloween is not exactly associated with images of health and nutrition. It’s a day for candy, candy, and more candy. But not all candy is created equal. These recipes look and taste like the real deal, but they’re refined sugar free so they’re low on the glycemic index. Plus, they’re loaded with high-protein, energy-boosting ingredients like coconut flour, maca and raw cashews. So don’t be a scrooge. Go ahead. Let them eat candy.

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Hearty, Healthy Soups and Stews for Fall

by in Healthy Recipes, October 19, 2014

Chicken Soup
When the air starts to turn chilly, there’s nothing quite like a stew simmering on the stove. These recipes not only ladle up comfort, they’ll boost your immune system too. Warm up with this quick veggie noodle soup. Lemon energizes and wakes up the flavors while garlic and parsley deliver an immune boost (pictured above).
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Grab-and-Go Sport Snacks

by in Healthy Tips, October 18, 2014

trail mix
Being a recreational athlete means you take your sport and training seriously, but you have other priorities as well, such as work, family, and friends. Multiple demands can create a hectic schedule, and result in imperfect fueling choices for training – from heavy, fat laden snacks to eating nothing at all. Thankfully, there are a number of easy grab-and-go food options that you can pack with you at the beginning of the day that can keep you fueled anytime your training happens.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, October 17, 2014

Olive Oil
In this week’s news: Energy drinks may not be worth the energy, or the risk; eating right and exercising during pregnancy is a big boon for your baby; and researchers find yet another reason to start eating a Mediterranean diet, pronto. Read more

Start Fall Fresh with These Easy Tips for Healthy Eating

by in Healthy Tips, October 16, 2014

Healthy Fruit
The new year may yet be months away, but for many of us, it’s the crisp days of autumn that feel like a true new beginning. Maybe it’s left over from that everything’s-ahead-of-us excitement that accompanied the start of a new school year when we were kids. New teachers, new friends – not to mention a new pencil box, maybe some new school shoes – meant a fresh chance to become the person we wanted to be.

Of course, nothing says we can’t capitalize on that fresh-start fall feeling even as adults. In fact, as Refinery 29 writer Justin Sedor recently suggested, following through on health resolutions may actually be easier to keep when the weather is more hospitable, before the temperature drops, the winter winds whip up, and the snow, slush and ice turn sidewalks slippery. Given this, Sedor suggested a series of “tiny tweaks” you could make to immediately improve your health.

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Great Grapes! Why You Should Be Eating Them (now)!

by in Healthy Recipes, October 16, 2014

Grapes
It’s fall, peak season for sweet, plump, juicy grapes. If you thought grapes were just for snacking, you’re missing out. They’re loaded with fiber, rich in vitamins, and great for sipping, roasting, and baking. Read more

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