All Posts By Dana Angelo White

Make Your Own Twinkies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, January 25, 2013

twinkies
Twinkies had a last hurrah recently when its manufacturer, Hostess, declared bankruptcy. Along with stories of store shelves being emptied, were articles exploring the laundry list of highly processed ingredients including trans fats, processed sweeteners, preservatives and artificial colors. You know what we say to that —- avoid all the junk and make your own!

The Coveted Baking Pan
“Canoe” baking pans have been selling for as much as 100 bucks online. Instead of paying those inflated prices, I hit up a local kitchen supply store. My trusty shopkeeper had quite a few left in stock. If you’re unable to find this type of a pan, the cupcake version of this recipe isn’t quite as nostalgic, but just as tasty.

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Hot Weight Loss Products: Worth the Hype?

by in Food News, January 17, 2013

food on scale
Now that the holiday gluttony is behind us, ‘tis the season for countless weight loss products to come slithering into the spotlight. Lose weight without exercising or changing your diet? Don’t be fooled!

The “Experts” Weigh In?
More now than ever, prominent celebrities (including members of the medical community) are endorsing weight loss supplements – there’s an immediate reason to be skeptical! What’s most important to remember is that these popular figures are usually being compensated in some way to give such products their seal of approval.

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Spice of the Month: Paprika

by in Healthy Recipes, January 11, 2013

paprika
It’s got an amazing flavor and vibrant color – give this spice some love.

Paprika Basics
Paprika is made from grinding the dried pods of sweet red peppers. The various types demonstrate different flavor profiles – some are sweet and mild, others are deeper with more heat. The majority of these spices originate from Spain and Hungary, but paprika is also produced domestically in California.

Nutrition Info
One teaspoon of paprika contains 6 calories and a pretty staggering dose of vitamin A – 21-perecent of the daily recommendation! You’ll also find small amounts of minerals like iron, copper and zinc.

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Bootcamp 101

by in Fitness, January 6, 2013

bootcamp workout
Looking for new form of exercise? Maybe you’re already a fan of this intense workout regimen. Learn more about this exhilarating fitness craze.

Defining Bootcamp
Inspired by military training, bootcamp workouts combine cardio and weight training. Classes may include the use of free weights, bands, balls and plyometric-type exercises – all designed to build lean muscle. Sessions also include lots of interval training where intensity is ramped up for short bursts to maximize calorie burn.

Class attendees will often find themselves switching between running, doing pull-ups, playing tug of war and jumping through a course of oversized tires all in one session. Bootcamp workouts are designed to push participants to work together in groups, while weaving some healthy competition in to the mix. If you’re a competitive person or former athlete, bootcamp is for you. Some programs are designed to be a little less intense and can be offered for specific groups like women only – there’s lots of variety so find the best fit for you.

Classes are typically an hour in length. Some gyms and fitness outlets offer outdoor sessions at local parks. Many also offer package deals where participants can sign up for a month of hour-long sessions that take place 5 days a week.

Like any exercise regimen, check with your doctor before getting started. Those with existing orthopedic issues may need to modify their activity for some of the more high-impact activities.

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5 Ingredients: Green Tea Smoothie

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, January 5, 2013

green tea smoothie
To celebrate National Hot Tea Month we thought we’d highlight some of the more unique things you can do with brewed tea.  Steep a pot of green tea and save the leftovers for this amazing smoothie. Perfect for breakfast or post-workout, tea perks up this refreshing smoothie, adding flavor and antioxidants for virtually no additional calories.

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Healthy Debate: Should You Choose Organic?

by in Food News, January 3, 2013

organic produce
This topic just won’t seem to go away. Is it worth the extra cost to buy organic or does healthy conventionally grown food trump pesticide-free? It’s really not a black and white issue. To get to the bottom of things, you have to look closely at different types of food.

Defining Organic
An organic food is grown without the use of any chemicals, herbicides and pesticides. Such toxins are potentially detrimental to the nervous system and may also play a role in the development of cancer, hormone dysfunction and damage to tissues like the skin, lungs and eyes. It’s well understood that one serving of conventionally produced food won’t cause harm. The big question is whether or not long-term consumption is problematic.

Way back when, foods were simply organic or they weren’t. As more organic products have become available, the issue became more complex. To keep up with the variations, the USDA has designated specific nomenclature for organic foods. For example, a food labeled “100 percent organic” contains all organic ingredients; the “organic” designation means that all agricultural ingredients must be organic. Foods with 70 percent organic ingredients can only state that they’re “made with organic ingredients.” For the complete breakdown of organic labeling definitions, visit the USDA Organic Certification web page.

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Best Hangover Cures

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, January 1, 2013


Had one too many last night? We aren’t recommending you tie one on regularly, but when that unexpected hangover strikes, look to these foods and drinks.

Booze and the Body
Heavy consumption of alcohol not only affects your waistline — think of how many calories you’re drinking! Guzzling too many cocktails also causes dehydration, stimulates appetite, interferes with sleep and causes dips in blood sugar. So it’s easy to see why you might feel so lousy the morning after.

Fluids
Replenish fluids by drinking plenty of water. Beverages like orange juice, coconut water, cranberry juice, tomato juice (no Bloody Marys!) or even a sports drink will help replenish lost electrolytes. Foods with high water content foods like fresh fruit and soup will also help contribute to better fluid balance.

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How to Avoid the Winter Blues

by in Healthy Tips, December 30, 2012

sad snowman
Lots of folks get way too cozy with comfort foods during the winter months. Less daylight, cold temps, and more time indoors can lead to a full-blown case of  Seasonal Affective Disorder or simply leave you feeling a little gloomy . .. and craving rich, comforting foods. Help keep your mood and waistline in check using these tips.

Exercise
It’s easy to ditch your workout routine during the cold weather months but you’ll miss out on benefits like cardiovascular fitness and stress relief. Keeping committed to your physical activity will also help you burn off all those extra holiday calories.

Don’t forget about fruits and veggies
There’s less in season in most parts of the country during the dead of winter but that’s no excuse to skip the produce. Hit up a winter farmers’ market or experiment with different types of citrus and tropical fruits — it’s the height of their harvest season! Try taking a stroll down the freezer aisle. Frozen produce (on its own — not drenched in sugar or creamy sauces) is just a nutritious as fresh. Canned and dried fruit and veggies are other healthy alternatives.

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Pomegranate, 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, December 28, 2012

pomegranate
Whether you prefer sipping on juice or biting into seeds we’ve got 5 fun ways to love this spectacular, nutrient-filled fruit.

Holiday Cocktail
Serve this up for a New Year’s Day brunch – it’s alcohol free so the kiddies can enjoy too.

Recipe: Virgin Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellini

Super Side Dish
Make couscous gorgeous and festive with the sweet and tangy burst of pomegranate seeds.

Recipe: Couscous with Pomegranate, Mint and Pine Nuts

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Homemade Holiday Gift: Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Jar

by in Healthy Holidays, December 20, 2012

oatmeal cookie gift
Instead of passing out cookies this year, try gifting a DIY cookie kit. Pre-measured dry ingredients, plus a few extras make baking a batch of oatmeal cookies a cinch.

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