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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 »

Healthy Eating for Holiday Shopping

by in Dining Out, Healthy Holidays, December 8, 2010

holiday shopping

It’s the heart of the holiday shopping season: Malls are flooded, parking lots are jam-packed, and your inbox is overflowing with e-coupons. Whether you’re hitting up the food court or doing your shopping online, keep these tips in mind.

You wouldn’t fall for an overpriced sweater deal, so don’t fall for these food traps while you’re out shopping. Plus, how to keep your appetite at bay while you’re bargain-hunting.

Dos and don’ts for healthy holiday shopping trips »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Ina’s Homemade Marshmallows

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 4, 2010
toasted coconut marshmallows
Ina's Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

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

If you’re a fan of fluffy marshmallows, try making your own  — you’ll never want the bagged ones again! Ina Garten likes to top them with crunchy pieces of toasted coconut. We’ve got a few more ideas to transform this childhood favorite into an amazing holiday treats.

How-to: Make homemade marshmallows »

Holiday Cookie Roundup

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 2, 2010

lemon ricotta cookies

Cookies help you satisfy that sweet tooth with built-in portion control (as long as you just eat one or two). We’ve rounded up some Healthy Eats-approved favorites — classic recipes, plus a few fun twists.

Ginger Pecan Oatmeal Crisps
Holiday Sugar Cookies
Crispy Rice Squares
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Biscotti
Orange-Chocolate Cookies
Espresso Chip Meringues
Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Gingerbread Boys and Girls
Triple Chocolate Cookies

Get more smart cookie picks »

: What’s your no-fail holiday cookie recipe?

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Homemade Vanilla Extract

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 1, 2010
Dana's Homemade Vanilla Extract

Starting today, we’re serving up a new healthy gift idea every day for 12 days!  First up: from-scratch vanilla extract your friends and family will love.

Using high-quality, pure vanilla extract can make all the difference in baked goods and whipped cream, but the good stuff can get pricey! You can make some that’s beyond better for a fraction of the cost.  This gourmet-caliber extract makes an ideal hostess gift or stocking stuffer for anyone who loves to cook.

Make homemade vanilla extract »

Healthy Debate: Are Detox Diets Safe?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Healthy Tips, November 29, 2010


Sure, it’s tempting to try a detox or cleanse diet after all that Thanksgiving turkey, but are they safe?  Here’s what experts at the American Dietetic Association’s recent Food and Nutrition Expo had to say about these controversial diets.

Get expert takes on detox diets »

5 Ways to Cut 100 Calories: Thanksgiving Dinner

by in Thanksgiving, November 24, 2010
Orange-Scented Green Beans
Rachael Ray's Orange-Scented Green Beans

There’s no shortage of extra calories at the Thanksgiving table.  While we’d never tell you not to indulge, these effortless options can shave more than 500 calories off your holiday meal.

5 easy ways to trim 100 calories »

5 Ingredients: Sweet Potato Casserole

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, November 22, 2010
Dana's Sweet Potato Casserole

Only 3 more days ’till Thanksgiving! Today’s side dish: the classic Sweet Potato Casserole, made over. Depending on how you make it, sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving classic that can be healthy or …. anything but! Our 5-ingredient version has all the flavor, but a fraction of the fat. Plus, get easy add-on ideas to make it your own.

Get the easy, healthy recipe »

Top Thanksgiving Recipes Lightened Up: Tyler’s Cornbread Stuffing

by in Meal Makeovers, November 18, 2010
Thanksgiving Stuffing
Cornbread Stuffing

Every Thanksgiving table needs a savory, mouth-watering stuffing. We’re dishing up tips to lighten up this favorite cornbread stuffing recipe from Tyler Florence, but some things should stay untouched.

Simple Swaps

  • Tone down the fat and calories with corn muffins – check labels to find ones that are lower in fat and sugar or make your own so you can control the ingredients.
  • Use homemade or a low sodium boxed chicken stock to keep the sodium under control.

Stick With It

  • Caramelizing the onions adds oodles of flavor with out extra fat and calories.
  • No need to adjust the amounts of butter and heavy cream – as is, they only come out to about 70 calories per serving.

Get the Recipe: Caramelized Onion and Cornbread Stuffing

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 »

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Thanksgiving Desserts: Vegan Pear Tart

by in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 17, 2010
Dana's Vegan Pear Tart
Dana's Vegan Pear Tart

I don’t follow a vegan diet, but find myself experimenting with all kinds of vegan recipes, just because they’re delicious. Instead of the classic apple desserts this Thanksgiving, try another seasonal treat in this simple and rustic tart.

Get the recipe »