Breakfast of the Month: Gluten-Free Parsnip Chia Seed Muffins

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, January 27, 2015


One of the challenges of trying to cook in harmony with the seasons is that by this time of year, local produce is hard to find.  It’s especially difficult for me because I draw my inspiration primarily from what I see while strolling through the farmers market or the grocery department of my local health food store. More often than not, a striking vegetable will catch my attention and inspire a recipe. During these wintry months there isn’t much that’s particularly pretty or interesting about the vegetables that are available (in New York City) and the only locally grown produce are roots that have been stored since the fall.

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Healthy Dips, Nachos, Wings and Chili for Game Day

by in Healthy Recipes, January 26, 2015


If you’re as excited as I am about the Super Bowl, you’ve already started planning the menu. My game-day spread includes better-for-you versions from the four football food groups – dips, chili, wings and nachos!

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Recipe Revamp: Make Any Recipe Vegan or Vegetarian

by in Healthy Recipes, January 26, 2015


You’ve been perusing recipes and finally found THE ONE you’ve been searching for. (Sometimes it can be as hard as finding THE ONE.) Problem is, the recipe needs to be vegan. Have no fear! We’ve put together our recipe-revamp cheat sheet that offers five easy substitutions to turn any recipe into a vegan or vegetarian one.

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All Dressed Up: 5 Healthy Ways to Liven Up Your Sandwich

by in Grocery Shopping, January 25, 2015


Who wants to eat a bland sandwich? Not us. That’s why we love condiments. They just make everything better, but you might want to take a look at what you’re slathering on your bread before you start stacking your next sandwich. Standard spreads like ketchup, mayo and “special” sauce include unnecessary ingredients and additives, and generally hike up your calorie intake. Next time you’re putting together the star of your brown bag or weekend lunch table, reach for one of these new wholesome toppers (on one of our sensational sandwiches).

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Go Bananas! 10 Healthy Ways to Use Ripe Ones Now

by in Healthy Recipes, January 24, 2015


Look over on your kitchen counter — are they sitting there? Those super-ripe bananas must be used ASAP or else they’ll get tossed. Let these 10 healthy recipes — smoothies, muffins, pancakes and more — come to the rescue!

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, January 23, 2015


In this week’s news: Diet may be key to diabetes prevention for women; pizza constitutes a staggering percentage of kids’ caloric intake; the guidance on salt for older adults gets a bit grainier.

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Mom Is Not a Restaurant! How to Cook for Kids with Different Tastes

by in Cooking for Kids, January 22, 2015


This topic is super near and dear to my heart. I deal with trying to satisfy everyone’s likes and dislikes in my own home all the time. What mom (and dad too) doesn’t want to make everyone happy? If I were the kind of mom to give labels, I’d call Rex a protein lover. He’ll devour a steak in the blink of an eye. Eggs are his go-to at breakfast, and he has never, ever had a problem with chicken two nights in a row. Maizy, on the other hand, is partial to carbs. She loves a sweet potato, eats the quinoa first off of her dinner plate and if she could have granola every morning, she’d be a happy puppy. As their mom, I simply want them to like the healthy food I’m dishin’ out. I want them both to be happy. I want them to eat healthfully. And I want to prep only one meal each night that satisfies all of us. Is that too much to ask? I have a kitchen, not a restaurant, right? Sometimes it feels like my wants are unfulfilled wishes, but more often than not, I can pull off dinners that make everyone happy.

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Put Some Love in Your Kid’s Lunchbox with These Healthy Snacks

by in Grocery Shopping, January 22, 2015


The brown-bag lunch of yore, complete with turkey on whole wheat and an obligatory apple, has thankfully gotten a more sophisticated facelift. Today’s kids are no longer rewarded for eating soggy sandwiches (those are fast becoming obsolete in a world of lunchboxes stuffed with free-range chicken salads and tabbouleh) with a sugar-high-inducing chocolate chip cookie. Instead, they can be fueled by wholesome, good-for-you snacks. Here are five tasty alternatives.

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Forget Foam! NYC Bans Environmentally Unfriendly Food Container

by in Food News, January 21, 2015


Call it a takeout-container takedown, a boon for the environment or, if you prefer, a headache for New York City restaurants. The Big Apple is banning those plastic foam containers often currently used for everything from cold drinks to hot meals, with tepid “doggie bag” contents somewhere in between. The citywide prohibition, which was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio last week, will go into effect in July.

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The Chef’s Take: David Patterson’s Indonesian Stir-Fry at Natural Epicurean

by in Chefs and Restaurants, Dining Out, January 21, 2015


Take a glance around the airy dining room at Natural Epicurean — the health-minded restaurant at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. — and you may be surprised to find diners perusing tablets, not menus. The tablets are stocked with in-depth nutritional information, allergy alerts and gluten-free ratings for the menu developed by Sous Chef David Patterson with guidance from the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. “A growing segment of diners are in tune with nutrition and diet, and they are reaching for our tablets, because they are looking to eat well, but they may have dietary restrictions,” said Patterson.

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