All Posts By Dana Angelo White

Make Your Own Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, January 13, 2012
pineapple upside-down cake
Perfectly portioned mini upside-down cakes.

This old-school dessert never goes out of style, but the fat and calories in traditional recipes might force you out of those skinny jeans. Our properly portioned recipe saves the day!

Lightening Things Up
Recipes for typical pineapple upside-down cake call for sticks of butter and cups of sugar just for the pineapple topping! This leads to slices of cake with at least 400 calories and 15 grams of fat.

Making pineapple upside-down cupcakes equals portion control for this culinary classic. You can also make this same recipe in a 9×13 inch cake pan and divide into 12 pieces for the calories to come out the same. While the occasional maraschino cherry (the typical topping), is harmless, we used fresh raspberries instead.

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Sports Drinks: Good or Bad?

by in Healthy Tips, January 12, 2012
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Should you be sipping on sports drinks?

Everyone from pro athletes to soccer moms question whether these beverages are a good choice. Should you be guzzling these drinks?

Defining Sports Drinks
Absolutely not to be confused with potentially harmful energy drinks like Red Bull, sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade are mixture of water, sugar and electrolytes like sodium and potassium. What most folks don’t realize is that these types of beverages are specially designed for athletes, not couch potatoes.

Sports drinks average 50 calories and 3 teaspoons of sugar per cup. While that may seem like a lot, it’s about one third the amount found in soda.

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Bacon: Good or Bad?

by in Healthy Tips, Is It Healthy?, January 10, 2012
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Can bacon be part of a healthy diet?

Some folks love it, others cringe at the very thought. Smoked and cured fatty cuts of meat aren’t typically considered nutritious, but can this pork delicacy be part of a healthy diet?

Nutrition Facts
One slice of regular cut-bacon (about 1-ounce) has 35 calories, 3 grams of total fat (1 gram of saturated fat), and 145 milligrams of sodium, which is about 6 percent of the daily recommendation. No-so-healthy preservatives called nitrates are often added to packaged bacon to prevent growth of bacteria and to maintain color. You may be able to find nitrate free bacon at your local butcher, farmers’ market or high-end grocer.

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Ask the Dietitian: Should You Keep Your Weight Loss Plans a Secret?

by in Ask the Experts, Diets & Weight Loss, January 10, 2012
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Should you announce your diet plans, or keep them a secret?

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. But once you begin your diet plan, should you announce it to everyone or keep your lips sealed?

Q: What’s the best way to ensure weight loss success, tell your friends and loved ones or keep it secret?

A: There’s no right or wrong way to do it. At the end of the day, to get rid of that gut, you’ve got to go with your gut!

Research supports that a lack of motivation and accountability are common barriers to dropping those pounds. That’s why weight loss programs like Weight Watchers consider meetings and weigh-ins keys to success. On the other hand, some experts argue that you’re better off keeping things quiet.

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Winter Activity Foods

by in Healthy Recipes, January 8, 2012

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Winter has arrived! Whether you’re hitting the slopes or in the backyard building a snowman, being active in the cold weather is a workout. Come in from the cold and recharge your batteries with these satisfying, bone-warming foods.

Sippers
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Mulled Apple Cider with Ginger and Orange

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31 Days of Citrus

by in 30 Days, January 5, 2012


Brighten up a winter’s day with sweet, tart and tangy citrus fruit.

1.    Grow your own.

2.    Read up on lemons.

3.    Liven up a beet salad.

4.    Make (lightened-up) margaritas.

5.    Turn leftover holiday cranberries into orange and lemon-spiked chutney.

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Is It Healthy? Coconut Sugar

by in Is It Healthy?, January 2, 2012


The health claims surrounding coconut products are controversial in the nutrition world. Is the newest craze a healthy choice? Here are the sweet facts on coconut sugar.

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5 Ingredients: Stuffed Mushrooms

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, December 28, 2011


A light, flavorful and bite-sized app that’s perfect for your next soiree. You can’t go wrong with savory stuffed mushrooms.

Here’s why they’re healthy:

Mushrooms
Earthy and low in calories, these vitamin and mineral-filled delights make a terrific vessel for finger food. Read more about why we love them.

Goat Cheese
Have you tried goat cheese? You only need a little of this creamy soft cheese to get big flavor.

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Top 5 Ways to Cook More

by in Healthy Tips, December 21, 2011


Lots of folks want to cook more often, they just aren’t sure how to go about doing it. Our 5 must-know tips will help you get fast, fresh and healthy meals on the table without the stress.

1.) Gather Recipes
Place a folder in your kitchen in an easily accessible spot. As you come across intriguing recipes, add them your must-try pile. Read through them from start to finish and pay attention to prep and cooking times – cap it to 45 minutes or less for weeknight meals.

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Homemade vs. Store-Bought: Eggnog

by in Healthy Holidays, December 19, 2011


Are you planning to celebrate with this creamy classic this holiday season? Do you buy it in the carton or make your own? Which is the better way to go for this holiday treat?

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