All Posts By Dana Angelo White

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

smoothies

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 »

Healthy Debate: Should You Go Organic This Thanksgiving?

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 10, 2010
Herb-Roasted Turkey
Should You Go Organic or Conventional With Your Bird?

For my family, the Thanksgiving meal is all about digging into to a seasonal bounty of  our favorite foods. While I may be able to find many turkey day must-haves organically produced, they come at a much higher price. Do I need to go for broke this holiday?

Our take: Are organic turkeys and produce worth the high price tag?

Make Your Own Pie Crust

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, November 8, 2010
Paula's Sweet Potato PIe
Homemade Pie Crust

There’s something extraordinary about pastry. It’s the perfect combination of crisp, delicate, flaky and tender. Ready-to-bake versions from the store promise convenience but you can make your own in a matter of minutes. Something this special deserves a homemade touch — make yours now and freeze it for Thanksgiving.

Why make your own? Plus, recipes to try »

Is Making Your Own Baby Food Worth It?

by in Kid-Friendly, November 4, 2010

baby food

When my daughter turned old enough to eat solid foods, there was no question that I was going to make them for her – it helps that I love to cook! But what about moms with less culinary confidence? What about the time commitment? Here are the pros and cons, and a few easy recipes.

All about homemade baby food, plus 3 recipes to try »

Chowders, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, November 2, 2010
Low Fat Clam Chowder
Low-Fat Clam Chowder - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

As deliciously comforting as a warm bowl of chowder can be, all the fat and calories can wreak havoc on your waistline. But with a few simple swaps, you can slurp this savory soup with delight.

See how to lighten up your favorite creamy soups »