Kid-Friendly, Parent-Approved Lunch: Quinoa Pizza Egg Muffins

by in Healthy Recipes, May 6, 2015

Kids and adults are likely to agree: Pizza is the perfect lunch, especially when it’s healthy. Kids will dig the fun factor of picking their own muffin mix-ins and parents will love the nutrition content of this easy-to-make, protein-packed lunch. Made with traditional pizza toppings like tomatoes, olives, Italian seasoning and mozzarella cheese, these pizzas are also easy to modify based on your kids’ imaginations; let them add their favorite cheese, seasonings and vegetables. Younger kids will probably nosh on one muffin; older kids will likely want two or more. Pack ‘em up in a lunchbox, then round out the meal with a side of carrots and fresh fruit. A fruit salad of sweet strawberries, juicy oranges and tangy kiwi is a delicious ending to this kid-friendly, parent-approved healthy lunch. Read more

5 Elements of a Better-for-You Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

by in Healthy Holidays, May 5, 2015

Chili-Rubbed Steak TacosCinco de Mayo is upon us. For a lot of us, it’s a day of bottomless guacamole scooped up in crispy fried tortilla chips, blissful rounds of salt-rimmed margaritas, and the endless guzzling of tacos and burritos. That being said, it goes without saying that it’s a day when our diets go by the wayside. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With these healthy Mexican recipes on your side, Cinco de Mayo can jibe with your healthy lifestyle without a problem.

You better bet tacos will be involved on the 5th of May. Ellie Krieger’s Chili-Rubbed Steak Tacos (pictured above) are loaded up with lean spicy steak, homemade salsa, shredded cabbage and cilantro — and they’re just as vibrant and delicious as they are healthy.

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Healthy Tropical Guacamole for Cinco de Mayo

by in Healthy Recipes, May 5, 2015

Hooray for Cinco de Mayo, a day dedicated to indulging in food, drink, and having fun with friends and family. You’re probably planning a party with multiple rounds of margaritas, endless bowls of tortilla chips, enchiladas and all things celebrating the delicious foods of Mexico. Read more

Chef Julian Media’s Tips to Lighten Up Mexican Food for Cinco de Mayo

by in Dining Out, May 3, 2015

Even a seasoned Mexican chef like Julian Medina knows that his native country’s cuisine can sometimes be heavy and overwhelming. Born in Mexico City, and inspired by his father’s and grandfather’s authentic home cooking, he went on to train professionally at Hacienda de Los Morales and Les Celebrites, in Mexico City’s Hotel Nikko. Now, as chef and owner of Toloache restaurants in New York City and Tacuba in Astoria, Queens, he makes sure to use fresh ingredients and offer a variety of healthy options (while also leading a healthy lifestyle even when he’s not in the kitchen). If you’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year, you can use some of Medina’s tips to keep your fiesta in check. Read more

The Skinny on 6 Popular Diets

by in Diets & Weight Loss, May 3, 2015

Warm weather is setting in, and many folks are hoping to slim down before slipping into their teeny teeny-weeny bikinis. But before giving a popular diet a whirl, find out if it’s right for you.

Mediterranean Diet
This plan is inspired by life in Mediterranean countries surrounded by the ocean. The diet calls for eating fish at least twice a week, consuming minimal red meat, and using lots of fresh herbs and spices. It also emphasizes exercise and the importance of enjoying your meal with the company of family and friends. Here are 15 Mediterranean Diet-inspired recipes you can try.

U.S. News & World Report ranked this diet as No. 3 out of 35 as best overall diet. The recommended foods are healthy and well-balanced. But given that there are numerous versions of the Mediterranean diet, be sure to find one that includes all the food groups and isn’t too restrictive.

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Taste Test: Beyond Tortilla Chips

by in Taste Test, May 2, 2015

With any delicious dip, you must have a tasty chip. In the past several years, an influx of tortilla chip alternatives has hit market shelves. These chips are made with a variety of healthy ingredients and are pretty darn tasty. Here are seven you must try. Read more

Taste Test: Hummus

by in Taste Test, May 1, 2015

Hummus — the Middle Eastern spread that blends chickpeas, lemon, oil (for some), garlic, tahini and salt — is as versatile as it is healthy. It can be the perfect party food, a quick afterschool snack or a preamble to dinner with friends. It’s great as a dip, or used as a complement to veggie kebabs or grilled fish, as part of a mezze plate or as a topper on a club sandwich. Making Ina Garten’s hummus from scratch will definitely impress, but when in a pinch there are many great ready-to-eat options on the market. Not sure which one to pick? Here are the results from our blind taste test. Read more

Nutrition News: Chipotle Goes GMO-Free, Diet Pepsi Ditches Aspartame, and The Reason Your Diet Is Doomed

by in Food News, May 1, 2015

 GMO-Free Burrito Bowls, People

Calling all burrito lovers! Chipotle has announced that it has eliminated all genetically engineered ingredients from the food it prepares. The New York Times calls the move “a first for a major restaurant chain,” but notes that it is yet another milestone in the move by many companies to remove GMOs from the foods they offer consumers. “Over the years, as we have learned more about GMOs, we’ve decided that using them in our food doesn’t align with [our] vision,” the company said in a detailed explanation on its website. “Chipotle was the first national restaurant company to disclose the GMO ingredients in our food, and now we are the first to cook only with non-GMO ingredients.” Prices may go up slightly as a result, the Times notes, adding that the company will continue to serve soft drinks that may use genetically engineered corn sweeteners. Read more

10 Healthy Ways to Use Salsa

by in Healthy Holidays, April 30, 2015

Chock-full of fresh ingredients like tomatoes, peppers, onion, fruit and herbs, salsa (Spanish for “sauce”) can take on many healthy identities. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these 10 flavorful recipes.

1. Fire Up Fish Tacos (pictured above)

A hint of habanero pepper gives this salsa a sizzling kick. 

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