All Posts By Dana Angelo White

Market Watch: 10 Ways to Love Celery

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 27, 2010

celery

Fresh picked celery from the farmers’ market takes the flavor to a whole new level. The secret to true celery bliss is munching on both the stalks and leaves.

It’s a myth that you burn more calories chewing celery than you take in from eating it. But this low-cal veggie is packed with vitamins C and K, potassium and fiber. Think it’s boring? Here are 10 exciting ways to dig in.

Celery 10 ways »

4 Family Dinners For $10 or Less

by in Healthy Recipes, September 23, 2010
Applesauce Granita Melissa D’Arabian’s Applesauce Granita With Maple Yogurt

Busy schedules don’t mean you have to  rely on pricey (and usually higher-calorie) take-out dinners. In fact, hectic days are an even better reason to stay energized with balanced, healthy and delicious meals. Eating smart doesn’t have to break the bank – here are 4 dinner ideas to prove it.

4 healthy, budget-friendly dinners »

In Season: Cauliflower

by in In Season, September 22, 2010

cauliflower

In the same botanical group as cabbage, bok choy and broccoli, cauliflower is the “red-headed step-child” of the cruciferous family. There’s more to this under-appreciated veggie than meets the eye.

Learn more about cauliflower »

Market Watch: Homegrown Tomatillos (and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa)

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 21, 2010
Dana's Homegrown Tomatillos

Bright, tangy and deliciously fresh — nothing tastes quite like a tomatillo. They’ve become a staple in my home garden and this year the harvest was bountiful!

Learn more about tomatillos, plus Dana’s roasted salsa recipe »

Make Your Own Trail Mix

by in Healthy Recipes, Meal Makeovers, September 20, 2010
TrailMix
Almond Lover's Trail Mix - Photo Courtesy Food Network Magazine

The sweet and crunchy combo of nuts and dried fruit makes a satisfying snack you can enjoy just about anywhere. But when you buy pre-made kinds, there’s usually something in there you don’t really like. The solution: Make your own signature blend in three simple steps.

Learn to make your own trail mix, plus portion-control tips »

Market Watch: Asian Pears

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 16, 2010

asian pears

Also known as “apple pears” these crunchy, yet juicy fruits are a seasonal treat to savor! Gobble ‘em up while you can.

There are more than 5,000 kinds of pears, including 100 of the Asian variety. They’re round and crisp like apples (hence the name) but have an unmistakable pear flavor. Even when ripe, they’re crunchy, so they’ll hold up in a fruit salad. Other delicious pear ideas:

  • Roast or sauté with a sprinkle of cinnamon for an oatmeal topper
  • Make a batch of apple and pear muffins and store in the freezer for a grab-n-go breakfast.

TELL US: What’s fresh at your farmers’ market this week?

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

Instant Oatmeal: Good or Bad?

by in Healthy Tips, September 14, 2010

oatmeal

Oats are definitely healthy eats, but instant oatmeal often gets a bad wrap.  A bowl of classic oatmeal packs a hearty dose of vitamins, protein and cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber.  So, what about the packets? We’ve got the facts on this convenience food.

Get the scoop on instant oatmeal »

Market Watch: Sweet Corn

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 10, 2010

fresh corn tomato salad

The Summer Fest corn celebration and all the great recipes from food and garden bloggers got my mouth watering for more of this warm-weather veggie. I’m still seeing piles and piles of it at my local market — here’s how to use it.

More ideas for market-fresh corn »

Food Label Savvy: Whole-Grain Crackers

by in Grocery Shopping, Label Decoder, September 9, 2010

whole-wheat crackers

Food labels can be so misleading that you (almost) need a nutrition degree to decode them.  But don’t worry – we’re putting our expertise at work to help clear up some of the confusion. First up, we’re taking on the snack aisle. Here’s what to look for (and what to avoid) when buying whole-grain crackers.

Decoding whole-grain cracker labels »