Though the history of the wrap is disputed, one truth remains: The sandwich substitute is often wrongly labeled as a “health food.” While eating a wrap packed with lean protein and veggies definitely provides key nutrients your body needs, the vessel your ingredients are wrapped in may be sabotaging that “healthy” label. One 12-inch whole-wheat tortilla — a standard for a wrap — has 310 calories and more than 50 grams of carbs. One way to take your calorie count into your own hands is to swap that bread — be it a tortilla, rice paper, lavash or pita — for greens. Large leafy greens make a seamless substitute for traditional wraps and are a delicious alternative to bread. Read more
Think the peeps following a vegetarian diet are getting the short end of the stick at the summer get-together? Think again! Here are seven protein-packed recipes that will convince you otherwise. Read more
What healthy foods are the stars noshing on these days? Here’s an inside look at what’s hot in celebrity kitchens. Read more
It’s a scene familiar to many households. After dinner is over, you carefully wrap up any leftovers and stash them in the fridge. Then, a week later, you find them rotting in the fridge and throw them away. So what’s keeping your family from finishing up food that’s left behind after a meal? Read more
Add nuts to your list of superfoods: They’re brimming with protein, anti-inflammatory vitamin E and plenty of minerals. However, as with most other foods, portions do matter. Too many handfuls of any nut can quickly rack up hundreds of extra calories. Here’s a great way to remember the recommended portion size for your favorite nuts. Read more
Chimichurri is a flavorful, tangy herb sauce that originated in Argentina. It’s traditionally served as a condiment for grilled meats, but its punchy flavors are fantastic on just about anything. Since one of the dominant ingredients is red wine vinegar, you can use it as a dressing, making it perfect for a summery salad like this one. Here, the zesty combination of parsley, cilantro, garlic and hot pepper livens up the earthy flavor and texture of wheat berries. The addition of crisp cucumbers, juicy sweet corn kernels and cherry tomatoes creates a refreshing, light meal. If you like, you could choose another large grain in place of the wheat berries, like spelt berries, wild rice or Israeli couscous. Read more
Compared with much-in-demand kale, broccoli, that other verdant vegetable, has long suffered a far less glamorous fate. When diners do spear their forks into the nutrient-rich green, however, typically it’s the springy crown they crave, not the squat stem. Jeanne Cheng, chef and proprietor of Kye’s in Santa Monica, knows her passion for broccoli stalks rather than florets is unusual, but she became hooked as a kid, when her Chinese mother pickled them. “She’d marinate the stems overnight and they would get crispy,” Cheng recalls. “It’s funny, because I stir-fried them for my son when he was very young, and he would cry when it was time to take the plate away. He loves the stalks just as much as I do.” Read more
So Long, Subway. Hola, Chipotle!
Subway’s stint as America’s favorite “healthy” fast-food spot has reached its end. The sandwich chain has been bested by Chipotle, where sales have grown more than 20 percent this year. Meanwhile, sales at Subway — whose (now former) spokesman Jared Fogle has recently been embroiled in a scandal that is beyond distasteful — have sunk by 3 percent. While some experts have scoffed at Chipotle, whose tasty offerings are hardly low-cal, being labeled a “healthy” choice, the burrito chain has staked its claim to the title by using fresh, high-quality ingredients, maintaining high standards in its supply chain, preparing its food on the spot and in view of customers, and consistently publicizing its efforts to improve its product. Recently Chipotle announced it would no longer use GMO ingredients. Subway, on the other hand, struggled to overcome criticism that it used a chemical used in yoga mats and shoe rubber in its bread, though it subsequently discontinued the chemical’s use. Chipotle’s rise and Subway’s decline may also indicate changing attitudes about what constitutes “healthy”: “Millennials care less about calories and more about where their food comes from,” Darren Tristano, of the food industry research firm Technomic, told Business Insider. Read more
Everywhere you look these days, there’s another smoothie or juice bar popping up offering blends of fruits and vegetables in drinkable form. Even the refrigerated aisle at the supermarket is lined with bottles of similar sorts of drinks. They seem like an easy way to pump more fruits and veggies into your daily intake. And why not use the same method to supplement your kids’ diet? Read more
When it’s too hot to fathom cooking, it’s easy to fall back on unhealthy packaged foods or takeout. But with the right recipes in your warm-weather arsenal, you can still enjoy homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and sweets. As we enter the hottest days of summer, now’s a good time to take stock of what you’ll need at the store to get you through some no-cook meals. Pull off your next summer gathering without ever turning on your oven with these top no-cook recipes from Food Network chefs.
Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho
If you’re considering preparing soup any time soon, a no-cook option like gazpacho is the way to go. Here, the mild, slightly sweet flavor of watermelon makes a surprisingly wonderful addition to this cool dish.