It’s peak tomato season at the local farmers market and the best time to explore heirloom varieties in all their imperfect glory. Read more
Few things are better than biting into a ripe and juicy peach. This fragrant stone fruit, with its pink-yellow flesh, has come to embody the carefree spirit of summer. Lucky for us, peaches are at their prime at this very moment, with their peak season beginning in July and lasting through August. If you’re heading to the farmers market, choose peaches with a fresh and floral aroma. The flesh should yield a bit when pressed gently, so avoid any peaches that are rock-hard or mushy. Even if you aren’t working with fresh fruit straight from the tree (frozen peaches and preserves can add great flavor to dishes), it’s still a good time to play up the universally recognized flavor, whether you’re making a cobbler, salad or smoothie. Give summer the last hurrah it deserves with these seven good-for-you meals featuring one of the season’s most-loved fruits.
Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon-Sugar Butter
You’ve probably had grilled vegetables more times than you can count, but how about grilled peaches? Bobby Flay turns to the sweet ripe fruit to make this low-calorie dessert in just 15 minutes. After a quick turn on the grill, each peach half is topped with cinnamon-sugar butter for a juicy, no-fuss treat.
The avocado may seem destined for guacamole stardom (it plays the role perfectly), but there’s much more this healthy fruit can bring to your recipes. It not only gives any dish a creamy texture, but also adds a great airiness.
Give classic hummus a velvety twist, swap not-so-healthy Nutella for an addictively rich chocolate-hazelnut spread (ideal as a topping on rice cakes or for dipping into with your favorite fruit) or toss cubes of avocado with shrimp for a new take on classic shrimp cocktail. Read more
Getting back into the swing of the school year takes time. Just getting the kids out the door with their teeth brushed, shoes on and homework in tow is an ambitious feat to pull off every day — and you better bet sitting down to a nice family breakfast straight out of the movies isn’t about to become a daily ritual either. Make busy mornings a whole lot easier by dropping the kids off at school — or the bus stop — with healthy take-to-school breakfast recipes that will keep them full and focused until lunchtime.
Take the stress out of mornings by baking at night or during the weekend. Ellie Krieger’s easy, no-butter Apple Muffins are made with whole-wheat pastry flour and loaded up with nourishing pecans and chunks of Golden Delicious apples. Ellie swaps the butter out for applesauce, which keeps the muffins moist and fruity without adding fat. Send your little ones off with these muffins and they’ll be set for the morning.
There’s no need to pass on dessert when the temperature rises. Instead of sweating it out in the kitchen, opt for these sweet (and better-for-you) recipes with no cooking required. Read more
There’s no need to slave over a hot stove during the dog days of summer. These healthy dinners are ready to go without lighting a flame. Read more
This fad diet has been around for years, promising followers dramatic weight loss in seven days. But is slurping cabbage soup day after day a healthy way to lose weight? Read more
Even during the hot summer months, pasta is king in my house. My Italian heritage seems to dictate that I eat some variation of pasta a few times per week, so I almost always include at least one serving of vegetables to get more nutrition into my meal. For this one-pot pasta dinner, you’ll use in-season tomatoes for the sauce. To increase fiber intake, opt for whole-wheat pasta over the traditional white noodles. If you dislike whole-wheat pasta, try a blend of white and whole-wheat noodles, or add in another serving of vegetables with your white pasta to create more nutritional balance. Read more
Ice cream — that luscious, creamy treat for which a craving hits every summer and only intensifies with the heat — is always on our minds. In its most-classic form, you need only a few ingredients to churn up the chilling possibilities: cow’s milk (or cream), sugar and egg yolks. So what happens when you remove the milk and replace it with nut-based “milks,” like cashew and coconut? We taste-tested dozens of pints from around the nation and these are our picks for the best dairy-free ice cream America’s churning out today. (Note: Since these ice creams contain zero dairy milkfat, they’re technically classified as frozen desserts.) Read more
Cutting Carbs Not So Key
Attention, carb cutters: A new study has found that, contrary to the belief of die-hard Atkins fans, it is not necessary to cut carbs to burn fat and lose weight. According to researchers at National Institutes of Health, who published their findings in the journal Cell Metabolism, those who cut an equal caloric amount of fat from their diet are just as, if not more, likely to burn fat as those who cut carbs. “Our study suggests it’s probably the calories in a diet that matter much more than the carbohydrates or the fat,” lead author Kevin Hall, of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, told the Los Angeles Times. The key to losing weight is to reduce calories and keep them down over the long-term, Hall said.