All Posts By Cameron Curtis

Bottled Matcha, Now in a Store Near You

by in Grocery Shopping, April 22, 2016

Matcha is a ground-up version of green tea leaves that’s a caffeinated alternative to coffee. It has 70 milligrams of caffeine per 8-ounce cup. Coffee has 96 milligrams for the same portion, but matcha drinkers say that their energy is more consistent, with less of a dive after the caffeine effect wears off. By consuming the leaves directly (instead of steeping them in water as you would green tea), you get more nutrients and antioxidants in one punch. At about 10 calories per teaspoon, matcha is a calorie-friendly way to get green tea flavor, and it dissolves easily in milk or water. Instead of trying to find a specialty shop that blends matcha up for you, you can now purchase the green stuff in bottled form at your local grocery store.

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How to Make the Creamiest Nut Milk

by in Healthy Recipes, April 20, 2016

Making nut milk at home can be a lengthy process, but it means you can control the additives like sweeteners or dates. But just how can you get your nut milk to be as creamy as something you’ll buy in the store? Just ask Executive Chef Kelly Boyer, who started juice and alternative milkshake company Paleta in her kitchen in 2005 after surviving breast cancer. Her pressed magic milkshake really does taste creamier than most nut milks, thanks to the inclusion of organic Thai coconut and cashews.

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Bites Are the New Bars

by in Grocery Shopping, February 24, 2016

Snack bars, energy bars, meal-replacement bars and even bars that claim to help aid in sleep have saturated the market for some time. But what if you just want a nibble, and not a full bar snack? Try bites. We think they’re the new bars! Portable and easy to pop one or two when you need an energy boost or a tiny bedtime treat, they’re taking over the bar marketplace at lightning speed. We rounded up a few of the latest offerings, below.

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It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day! You Can Eat Cheese as Part of a Healthy Diet

by in Food News, January 20, 2016

It’s true: You can have your cheese and eat it, too, especially on this national food holiday. Many cheeses are naturally lower in fat and calories, like Parmesan and Romano. Use the size of your thumb for measuring the proper portion, which is about an ounce of cheese. One ounce of Parmesan has more protein than the same amount of red meat (10 grams) and clocks in at 111 calories, 7 grams of fat and 5 grams of saturated fat. An ounce of whole-milk mozzarella has 85 calories, 6 grams of fat and 4 grams of saturated fat. Cheese also has calcium, vitamin B12 and phosphorus, and counts towards the USDA’s recommendation of three daily servings of dairy.

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Tell Us Your Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish and You Could Win an All-Clad Pan

by in Giveaway, November 4, 2015

The countdown to Thanksgiving is on. That means recipe gathering, grocery shopping and making sure you have exactly what you need to make the perfect turkey day feast. Read more

Is Sweet Potato the New Pumpkin?

by in Food News, November 1, 2015

We all love when pumpkin is back in season and products abound to deliver the best of that favorite flavor, but what’s the next kind of seasonal produce making headlines? Sweet potatoes. Products are popping up all over this month welcoming sweet potatoes as the new star of healthy snacks.

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Should You Reach for Frozen Fruit When Fresh Isn’t in Season?

by in Healthy Recipes, October 28, 2015

The farther from summer we get, the more you might miss those delicious berries that are in season for too short a while. Never fear — frozen fruit is here! Often picked at the peak of freshness, frozen berries mean you can make a lot of your favorite berry-filled recipes year-round (and for a lot less money). While IQF might sound like an acronym for a science experiment, it actually stands for Individually Quick Frozen, a process in which berries are picked when ripe and frozen individually for the sole purpose of being available in the freezer section even in the depths of winter. These berries are full of vitamin C and fiber: One serving of raspberries provides 60 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C (and 36 percent of the RDA of fiber), while blackberries have 35 percent. Blueberries are not far behind, with 25 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C (and plenty of fiber goodness as well).

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How the Pumpkin Spice Lattes of the Season Stack Up

by in Dining Out, September 22, 2015

They’re everywhere, and they’re here for a limited time only, but should you be rushing out to get your pumpkin latte fix on a daily basis? Check out the nutrition info from these popular chains before you swap the seasonal latte for your usual morning joe. Read more

Tell Us Your Favorite Healthy Fall Dinner and You Could Win a a Lagostina Stainless Ceramic Cookware Set

by in Giveaway, September 21, 2015

This week welcomes the official start of fall and getting back into the full swing of weeknight dinners at home. It’s also prime time at the market for end-of-summer and beginning-of-fall produce that’s just asking to be whipped up into a delicious and healthy dinner. Read more

Tell Us Your Favorite Summer Soup Recipe and You Could Win a SMEG Blender!

by in Giveaway, August 19, 2015

In the middle of August while you’re trying to keep your kitchen cool and your oven off, your blender can become your best friend. It’s a pro at making smoothies, juices and even soups. Read more