All Posts By Dana Angelo White

Foods to Freeze

by in Healthy Tips, November 20, 2011

freezer
Utilizing your freezer can mean big savings of time and money. Are you down with chilling?

Freezer
The biggest freezer mistake people make is not keeping the freezer set to the proper temperature. If it’s too warm in there you’ll get transferring odors, freezer burn, and foul tasting food. Invest in a freezer thermometer and make sure it says an icy zero degrees in there.

All that opening and closing of the door can cause shifts in temperature. For this reason be sure to place foods in the appropriate spot. If you aren’t going to be reaching for it for a while, keep it in the back of the freezer. Frequently used items can go closer to the front or in the door.

Pointers for keeping your freezer spic and span include: wiping down shelving with a damp rag to keep it free of dust and debris and placing a box of baking soda in every 3 months to help absorb odors. See ice building up? If so, it’s time to defrost! Check the manufacturers directions for details on how.

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Make Your Own Biscuits

by in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 19, 2011
biscuits
Here's one for the bread basket: homemade biscuits, portioned right.

Store-bought biscuit dough is full of hydrogenated oils (a.k.a. trans fats) but homemade biscuit recipes call for large servings of shortening or butter. We aren’t revolutionizing the biscuit, just making them in a more portion-conscious way.

Better Biscuits
Most recipe yields are for 8 to 10 pieces, which means a 300-plus calorie bread to go along with your meal. Below is a traditional biscuit recipe portioned out to keep the calories in check.

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Burning Off High Calorie Foods: Thanksgiving Edition

by in Thanksgiving, November 15, 2011

women running
It probably comes as no surprise that a Thanksgiving meal can pack in tons of extra calories. What’s really eye-opening is how much exercise you need to burn those calories. Don’t get us wrong, Thanksgiving dinner is a meal to be savored; just keep some of these numbers in mind before you pile those goodies too high in your plate.

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Nutrient to Know: Zinc

by in Uncategorized, November 14, 2011
oysters
Zinc is found in oysters, but if you're not a fan, there are plenty of other food sources.

You may have heard of this trace mineral but do you know how important it is to your health? Get the facts about zinc.

What is it?
Zinc is plentiful in foods like oysters, beef, pork and chicken, but it can also be found in nuts, yogurt and beans.

Zinc supplements are often taken to boost immunity and fight symptoms of the common cold. While there’s a small amount of research to support that zinc lozenges might decrease the duration of a cold, their effectiveness is not well established.

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5 One-Pot Meals

by in Uncategorized, November 12, 2011
squash stew
Food Network Magazine's Slow Cooker Squash Stew

With the cooler weather settling in, it’s time to get cozy in the kitchen. Snuggle up with these healthy meals that will dirty fewer dishes.

Slow Cooker
A seasonal vegetarian feast straight from the slow cooker.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Squash Stew

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Thanksgiving Desserts: Something for Everyone

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Thanksgiving, November 10, 2011

carrot cupcakes
Cooking for a crowd this holiday? Stumped by how to accommodate family members with special dietary needs? We’ve got sweet ideas for everyone at your table.

Kid-Friendly
Little fingers will love scooping up these tiny cupcakes. They’re portion controlled for the adults, too.

Recipe: Mini Carrot Cupcakes

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Holiday Baking Prep: Types of Wheat Flours

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, November 6, 2011

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Flour 101

“Flour” is basically the ground meal of any grain. While wheat is most common, oats, corn and rice (among others) are also available. Wheat flours are the classic choice for most baked goods and also tend to have the greatest variation. Types will differ by the coarseness of the grain, amount of gluten (a protein with elastic “chewy” properties), and the presence of any additional ingredients.

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30 Days of Sweet Potatoes

by in In Season, November 5, 2011
sweet potatoes
One easy way to cook sweet potatoes: wrap 'em in foil.

Mashed with marshmallows on top isn’t the only way to enjoy sweet potatoes. Here are 30 ways to enjoy sweet potatoes while they’re in season (and not just on Thanksgiving!):

1.    These tubers are not technically potatoes – get the sweet facts.

2.    No need to buy organic – sweet potatoes are #13 on the Clean Fifteen produce list.

3.    Combine leftover sweet potatoes with a few simple ingredients for an entirely new meal: Sweet Potato Soup.

4.    Toss cooked potatoes, crunchy veggies and vinaigrette dressing for a colorful take on potato salad.

5.    Make a smoky and spicy mash with chipotle peppers.

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Healthy Swaps: Halloween Treats

by in Halloween, Healthy Tips, October 28, 2011

halloween candy
You can probably figure out that candy isn’t the healthiest option, but this time of year it’s pretty much unavoidable. Explore the options below for improved candy picks.

Instead of: King size candy bar
Choose: Mini “fun size” bar
The Payoff: An average savings of 475 calories and more than 20 grams of fat

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Make Your Own Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

by in Healthy Recipes, October 27, 2011
homemade nutella
Homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread. This will make you forget about the stuff in the plastic jars, forever.

Folks got real fired up over our recent post about chocolate hazelnut spreads, such as Nutella. Everyone agrees that this sweet spread is delicious, but some are surprised to learn that it’s not as healthy as it sounds. But the good news is, you can enjoy a healthier version of this treat by making your own.

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