All Posts By Dana Angelo White

Supplement Savvy: Kids’ Vitamins

by in Nutrients to Know, November 3, 2012

childrens' vitamins
Thinking about giving your kiddies a daily multi-vitamin? Or maybe you already are. Make sure you’re supplement savvy!

Dangers
Because of less-than-stellar regulations, dangers can be lurking in supplements, no matter who they’re made for. For obvious reasons, little clinical testing has been conducted for this age group. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, food should come first, but there are some cases where a supplement can be beneficial. If your child has special dietary needs, check with your pediatrician.

Thankfully many of the supplement makers are very conservative with their ingredients when it comes to children’s formulas, but some brands include amounts far beyond the needs of youngsters. Remember that the first line of defense is a good diet!

Safety is an issue for a number of reasons. Since most kids’ vitamins come in colorful, chewable forms, it should be made clear to everyone in the house that vitamins are NOT candy. Parents need to be sure to store all supplements in a safe and out-of-reach location.

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Taste Test: Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

by in Taste Test, November 2, 2012

granola bars
There are so many brands of this lunch-box classic. Which is best for snacking?

Nutrition
There’s a wide range of granola bar options and an even broader range of ingredients. Some brands do a much better job of making their bars with quality stuff. They all contain some form of sugar (they wouldn’t taste very good without it), but we looked at all the ingredients very carefully to evaluate the best options.

The Criteria
For this taste test, we rated chewy chocolate chip bars on taste, ingredients and nutritional information—focusing on calories, fat and sugar. We rated each on a 5-point scale (5 being the highest).

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Pumpkin Seeds, 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, October 22, 2012

pumpkin seeds
We can’t get enough of these delicate and buttery seeds. Sprinkle roasted pumpkin seeds on soup, salad or oatmeal or try one of these 5 exciting recipes.

Toasty
Start with the basics. Simply clean, season and bake.

Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Have You Tried: Coconut Milk?

by in Have You Tried, October 21, 2012

coconut milk
Amazing texture, flavor and creaminess with no dairy in sight. Get to know this treasure that comes in a can.

What is Coconut Milk?
Coconut milk is made from the pulverized flesh of coconut, blended with water. Shoppers can most commonly find it in the Asian,  Indian or international section of the grocery store, packaged in 13.5 ounce cans.

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Market Watch: Fingerling Potatoes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, October 20, 2012

fingerling potatoes
Slice and roast them or steam and smash them. Sprinkle with salt and some freshly chopped herbs and the delightfully earthy flavor only gets better. Is your mouth watering yet for some fingering potatoes?

Resembling chubby fingers, this variety of spud can be found at farmers’ markets now. Look for skins with golden, rose or even purple and blue hues. The color of the creamy, yet sturdy flesh will also vary from pale yellow, white and purplish-blue.

Some of the most well-known varieties are Russian Banana, French Fingerling and Purple Peruvian but there are even more out there – ask your local farmer what they’re growing.

Recipes to Try:
Dill Fingerling Potatoes
Grilled Potato and Pepper Salad
Crudite with Olive Crème Fraiche
Healthy Roast Fingerlings with Lemon

Make Your Own Popcorn Balls

by in Halloween, Healthy Recipes, October 19, 2012

popcorn balls
Lots of sugar and fat can make this classic Halloween treat super scary. This lightened-up treat has a few tricks – homemade popcorn, a few better-for-you ingredients and smart portions.

Nutrition Facts
Depending on the ingredients, basic buttery and sugary popcorn balls can have anywhere from 200 to 400-plus calories. The numbers only go up from there with the addition of nuts, candy and caramel. Treat trick-or-treaters or Halloween party-goers to this homemade version  — with a fraction of the calories — instead.

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The Skinny on Juice Cleanses

by in Diets & Weight Loss, October 12, 2012

green juice
It seems like every day a different celebrity is touting the benefits of the juice cleanse du jour. This ever-popular diet fad just won’t seem to go away. Are juice cleanses a smart choice?

What is a Juice Cleanse?
There are dozens of brands out there but the basic concept is the same: skipping solid foods while drinking large volumes of fruit and/or vegetable juices for days or even weeks.

These beverage-based programs promise to promote everything from weight loss to detox to whole body rejuvenation.

Once only found at gyms and juice bars, you can now purchase bottled cleanses online and at high-end grocery stores (for an pretty penny!).

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Kids’ Snacks To Watch Out For

by in Back to School, October 11, 2012

fruit snacks
Clever marketing and confusing ingredient lists make processed junk look like a healthy choice for your kids. Get the facts about these healthy imposters.

Fruit & Vegetable Pouches
These squeezable sacks of suckable fruit and veggie concoctions promise mess-less nutrition but you might be getting more sugar than produce – many are sweetened with fruit juice concentrates (check labels). Even if your favorite brand’s recipe does only contain mashed fruits and vegetables, this process will destroy some of the nutrients and fiber. Plus, sucking food out of a pouch doesn’t exactly foster healthy easting habits as far as I’m concerned.  Handing off the occasional pouch is fine but these sacs should not become a replacement for good old fruits and veggies.

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Cooking With Honey

by in Healthy Recipes, October 9, 2012

honey chicken
I keep a squeeze bottle of honey on my counter right next to the olive oil, salt and pepper because I reach for it so often. Explore the countless ways to use this natural sweetener in your kitchen.

So Many Ways to Love
A light drizzle on toast can turn a piece of bread into a spectacular breakfast – honey is that special. The best part about this finger-licking treat is how the different varieties take on the characteristics of the flowers they were cultivated from.

Use mild acacia honey for fruit salad, clover for tea or coffee drinks, orange blossom for cakes and cookies or lavender for sauces and salad dressings.

For everyday use, my favorite honey is from my local farmer– the clean and lightly floral flavor is second to none.

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10 Ways to Use Apple Cider

by in Healthy Recipes, October 6, 2012

mulled cider
We just can’t get enough of this seasonal treat. Scoop some up at the farmers’ market or apple orchard and make these inspired recipes.

Drinks
Mulled, sparkling or spiked. Sip on some cider and dive into fall.

Mulled Cider (above)
Mulled Pom-Apple Cider
Sparkling Cider Mimosa

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