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

Experimenting with Banana Flour (Plus, Chocolate Chip Cookies)

by in Healthy Recipes, June 29, 2015

Banana flour is quickly becoming one of the most-popular gluten-free flours around. Learn more about its uses and nutrition perks. Read more

7 Kebabs for a Healthier Cookout

by in Healthy Recipes, June 28, 2015

While hand-held dogs and soft potato bun-encased burgers stand out in our minds as the all-American cookout foods, there are equally satisfying no-bread-necessary options for your grill. Middle Eastern in origin, kebabs consist of pieces of meat, fish or vegetables grilled on a skewer for easy, one-handed snacking. As far as healthy cookouts go, you can’t go wrong when pairing lean protein and fresh, seasonal vegetables with an array of your favorite spices. This summer, embrace outdoor cooking with these seven good-for-you kebabs that won’t slow down your backyard game of horseshoes.

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3 Key Nutrients for Runners

by in Healthy Tips, June 27, 2015

Nutrition is an important component of running performance. The foods we eat can fuel our working muscles and cardiopulmonary system both during the run itself and over extended periods of training. While many nutrients can be highlighted, the three below — carbohydrates, sodium and iron — generally have the most-direct impact on runners’ performance. Read more

7 Healthy Summer Kitchen Hacks

by in Healthy Tips, June 27, 2015

1. Make cold soups in your blender. Take a break from salad with chilled soup. Plus, if you use a high-speed blender, you can make one-pot, no-chop soups. Think about thinning out cold fruit (melon, stone fruits) with a bit of apple juice and lemon juice, or whip up gazpacho ingredients (tomatoes, cucumbers, olive oil, garlic) all in the blender.

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Nutrition News: General Mills Cereal Gets Real, Water Is Recalled, “Fitness” Food Fails

by in Food News, June 26, 2015

 General Mills’ Cereal Makeover

Trix are for kids who don’t want artificial flavors and colors in their cereal? Soon, silly rabbit, they will be. General Mills says it will remove artificial flavors and colors from the 40 percent of its cereals that still contain them. Trix and Reese’s Puffs will be among the first to lose the artificial ingredients, with new, less vibrantly hued versions (colored and flavored with fruit and vegetable juices and natural vanilla) expected this winter. By the end of 2017, General Mills says, artificial flavors and colors will be gone from all of its cereals, including those with marshmallows, as a response to consumer demand for “more recognizable and familiar ingredients” on cereal labels. Read more

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