All Posts By Dana Angelo White

Banana Bread, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, January 5, 2011

banana walnut bread

There’s no better way to use over-ripe bananas than banana bread, but all the butter and sugar in traditional banana bread recipes can clobber you with calories and fat. Use our tips to make this breakfast classic more figure friendly.

See how we slim down banana bread »

Fridge Makeover: What to Stock, What to Skip

by in Healthy Tips, January 4, 2011

healthy refrigerator

For 2011, it’s out with the old and in with the new for your fridge and freezer. We’ve got 5 things to scratch off your shopping list and 5 fresher, healthier, and more affordable things to put in their place.

What to stock and what to skip »

Pop Quiz: How Healthy Are You? (Part 1: Whole Grains)

by in Healthy Tips, January 4, 2011

whole wheat bread

Ring in the season of healthy resolutions by testing your nutrition know-how. Take our weekly quizzes all month long and see how you score. First up: a whole-grain challenge. Answers are at the bottom, so scroll down slowly –- no cheating!

Take the quiz »

Healthy Debate: Which Diet Is Best?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, January 3, 2011

diet concept

Over the past two decades, diet crazes have flip-flopped from low calorie to low fat to low carb to high protein. Somewhere along the way, the high-fat “Mediterranean” style also gained popularity. So which of these conflicting concepts is the best for weight loss? There hasn’t been solid research to investigate the long-term results – until now. A recent study charted the progress of more than 800 subjects on 4 types of diets for two years.  We’re breaking down the results.

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Nutrition News: Food Companies Cutting Back on Salt

by in Healthy Tips, December 28, 2010

salt

Most folks know that Americans are eating too much salt. But did you know that food companies around the globe are launching initiatives to reduce the amount of salt put in their products? The good news: our food can use a salt reduction. The bad news: It’s not just as simple as using less salt. Get the facts and weigh in.

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Top Holiday Recipes, Lightened Up: Alton’s Free Range Fruit Cake

by in Healthy Holidays, Meal Makeovers, December 23, 2010
Alton's Free Range Fruitcake
Turn fruitcake into a parfait topper for a festive, lighter treat. Photo courtesy Food Network Magazine.

Love it or hate it, ‘tis the season for fruitcake! Alton Brown’s version is a recipe worth trying, but all the brandy, dried fruit, and nuts can weigh you down. Here are 6 ways to lighten up this famously heavy holiday treat.

Healthier fruitcake you’ll want to eat »

Healthy Swaps: Holiday Cocktail Party

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 13, 2010

cocktail party

Typical holiday cocktail parties are overflowing with alcohol and high calorie foods, but you can be festive while watching your figure. These 5 swaps will save you a whopping 1000 calories at your next shindig.

Healthy cocktail party swaps »

Make Your Own Flavored Oils

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Recipes, December 12, 2010

flavored oils

We’ve served up 12 days worth of homemade holiday gifts! Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Instead of forking over tons of cash for fancy oils, make your own custom blends. Jazz up everything from salad dressings to late night snacks with these flavorful infusions — and get a dose of heart-healthy fats while you’re at it.

Get our flavored oil ideas »

12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Homemade Crackers

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 10, 2010
Whole-Wheat Tortilla Crackers and Parmesan-Oregano Crackers

We’re serving up fresh gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

If you’ve got the cookie recipes covered, try a savory twist on your holiday gifts with homespun crackers. We’ve got two basic recipes you can use to create all kinds of festive flavors.

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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Homemade Caramels

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 9, 2010
Ina's Salted Caramels
Ina Garten's Salted Caramels - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

We’re serving up fresh gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Sure, you can buy candy for friends and family this holiday season, but why not add a special homemade touch? We’ve got 3 winning caramel recipes and a video from Alton Brown to help walk you through the simple steps.

Make your own homemade caramels »