All Posts By Dana Angelo White

Nutrient to Know: Potassium

by in Uncategorized, July 15, 2010

Your muscles just wouldn’t be the same without this mineral. Most folks know there’s potassium in bananas, but you might be surprised where else you can find this powerful electrolyte.

Find out which foods are potassium-packed »

Eggplant Parmesan, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, July 13, 2010
Eggplant-Parmesan Sauce
Pasta with Eggplant-Parmesan Sauce - Photograph by Kang Kim/Food Network Magazine

Growing up in an Italian family, eggplant “parm” was a staple in my house. While it was cheesy, fried and delicious, nowadays I’d rather cut back on some of the calories and fat and focus on the delicious fresh ingredients.

See how we lighten up this Italian favorite »

Have You Tried?… Gluten-Free Flours

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Recipes, July 13, 2010

gluten free blueberry muffins

Whether you need to steer clear of gluten because of an allergy or just like to experiment in the kitchen, there are plenty of choices beyond good old wheat. Mix things up with these flour alternatives.

Try 5 flour alternatives »

Market Watch: Squash Blossoms

by in Farmers' Market Finds, July 12, 2010

squash blossoms

Squash blossoms are the sweet and tender flowers of growing summer squash. I (very gently) grabbed some and rushed home to cook them my favorite way: stuffed and fried until golden (yes, fried!). You can find them at the farmers’ markets from late spring to early fall — here’s what you should know about this farmers’ market delicacy.

Get Dana’s squash blossom recipe »

Ask HE: Is Flaxseed Worth the Hype?

by in Healthy Tips, July 9, 2010

flax seed

Once a foreign seed found only in remote health food stores, you now see flaxseed everywhere! Should anybody jonesing to eat healthy make flax part of their diet?

Find out more »

5 Things To Know About New Dietary Guidelines

by in Food News, Healthy Tips, July 8, 2010

colorful produce

More plants. More whole grains. Less meat.  The USDA’s 2010 update to its nutrition guidelines recommends a diet that sounds like it’s straight out of a Michael Pollan essay, but how do they affect you? Well, the guidelines, which are updated every five years, provide nutrition advice and advocate a diet that will reduce the nation’s risks for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The recommendations are also used as a standard in federal programs, like U.S. school breakfasts and lunches.  Here are 5 things you  need to know about the new guidelines.

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Healthy Swaps: Smoothies

by in Healthy Tips, July 6, 2010
Smoothies: Good or Bad?
Give Your Smoothie A Makeover

We filled you in on ways to create more figure-friendly salads, and now we’re showing you how to make over another pseudo health food: smoothies. Those ginormous smoothie shop drinks made our list of “Healthy” Foods to Skip, but with the right ingredients, smoothies can definitely be “healthy eats.”

Making your own is a good place to start, but whether you pick them up or whip them up in your own kitchen, use these tips to swap high-calorie components with smarter high-energy ingredients.

7 ways to build a better smoothie »

Market Watch: Sweet and Sour Cherries

by in Farmers' Market Finds, July 6, 2010


I’ve been anxiously waiting for them to appear, and they’re finally here! Last week fresh cherries made their debut at my farmers’ market.  Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy these juicy, nutrient-rich gems.

Get sweet and sour cherry recipes »

Artificial Food Coloring: Good or Bad?

by in Food News, Healthy Tips, June 30, 2010

sour gummies

Sure, artificial food colorings make foods look brighter and more appealing, but at what cost? Consumer watchdog CSPI says food dyes can cause everything from hyperactivity and allergic reactions to cancer, and is calling for the government to ban three of the most common dyes. Here’s our take on the rainbow-colored additives.

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Market Watch: Raspberries

by in Farmers' Market Finds, June 30, 2010


Early raspberries are coming into season where I live. I managed to snag the very last half-pint at the farmers’ market this week. As fellow market patrons looked on with envy, I hurried home to make some raz-tastic recipes.

Berries from your local farmers’ market are extra-special. Small farms have the luxury of growing unique varieties that are much more interesting than what’s at the grocery store.

These delicate, ruby red raspberries are just right for tossing on salad, making raspberry vinaigrette, or one of my favorite summer desserts — berry trifle.

Learn more about raspberries and recipes to try »

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. See Dana’s full bio »