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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Avoiding the Freshman 15

by in Back to School, September 5, 2010

avoiding the freshman 15

Summer is winding down and the first signs of fall are the thousands of college students returning to begin the new school year. Whether you are staying close to home or moving far away, one fact remains true to all: Between now and winter break, many new students will gain the dreaded “Freshman 15.” Here are some tips to avoid it.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Have You Tried Tarragon?

by in Uncategorized, August 22, 2010

tarragon

Though many of the herbs in my garden have already gone to seed (here’s looking at you, cilantro), beautiful tarragon, the “king of herbs” to the French, still stands proud. Native to southern Russia and western Asia, Tarragon is now most widely associated with French cuisine. This aromatic, bittersweet herb is one of four fine herbs used in French cooking (the others being parsley, chives and chervil). Its mild, anise-like flavors adds dimension to egg, chicken and fish dishes.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: No-Cook Corn Salad

by in Uncategorized, August 15, 2010

Corn Salad

This heat has me steering clear of the stove, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the flavors of the season! This no-cook corn salad gets a refreshing crunch from jicama and bell pepper that will satisfy your summer veggie cravings with nothing more than a little chopping.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Discovering Achiote

by in Uncategorized, August 8, 2010
Dried Whole Achiote Seeds
Dried Whole Achiote Seeds

Commonly used in Latin American, Indian and Spanish cuisines, achiote is a seed harvested from the annoto shrub. Earthy, sweet and peppery, this spice not only adds flavor but a deep, reddish color to foods. It is used in the United States as a coloring agent for margarine, butter and cheese, but there are  many more ways to use it! Here are some of my favorites, plus and buying tips and recipes.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Heirloom Tomatoes

by in In Season, Tomatoes, August 1, 2010

heirloom tomatoes

Few can resist taking a bite out of a fresh-picked local tomato, and now that tomato season is in full bloom, heirloom varieties are at their ripest. Unlike their conventional, dull-flavored cousins, these summer beauties melt sweet, summer-fresh juices into your mouth.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Kid-Friendly Road Trip Snacks

by in Uncategorized, July 26, 2010

nuts

It’s the heart of the summer, which is prime time for family road trips. One of the most popular kid laments (besides “Are we there yet?) is “I’m hungry.” Rest stops, gas stations and the drive-through may seem convenient, but a little extra pre-trip planning can keep the kids (and you) happy, healthier and satisfied until you reach your destination. Here are some of my top pack-and-go snack ideas the whole family will love!
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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Discovering Star Anise

by in Uncategorized, July 19, 2010

star anise

Spices are an important factor in healthy cooking, since they have the power to add abundant flavor without adding calories. Widen your spice-cabinet horizons this week with the unique flavor of star anise. This spice’s shape emulates a star with 5-10 pointed tips radiating from a central seed pod. Rust colored with a tough texture, star anise comes from an aromatic evergreen tree. It can be purchased whole or ground and its licorice-like taste is similar to (but more pungent than) its anise cousin.
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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Make Your Own Harissa

by in Uncategorized, July 11, 2010
Paula's Harissa-Spiced Green Bean Salad
Harissa-Spiced Green Bean Salad

Found in every North African household, harissa — a thick, hot chile paste — is an intensely flavorful, must-have condiment that’s gaining popularity in the US. Like ketchup is to many Americans, most North Africans cannot imagine a meal without this delicious, fiery flavor, so it takes its rightful place on the breakfast, lunch, and dinner table! Follow suit, and try this homemade harissa recipe for yourself. Drizzle it over couscous or rice, spice up your soups or stews, salads, mix it into pasta sauce, or use as a topper for grilled meats.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: New Meats for The Grill

by in Uncategorized, July 6, 2010
Chicken Sausage
Chicken Sausage Skewers - Photo By Antonis Achilleos - Food Network Magazine

I love to fire up my grill to celebrate summer with friends and family, but you won’t find everyday hamburgers and hot dogs on our plates. This year, we’re changing it up and trying out some less-familiar meats that are healthier (and more interesting) than typical BBQ grub. Here are five alternate meats you should try.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Healthy Tips for July 4th

by in Uncategorized, July 2, 2010

healthy picnic

The Fourth of July is one of the greatest ways to celebrate summer and America –- we head to the beach, go swimming and get together for a good old fashioned cookout. With cheeseburgers, potato salads, hot dogs and beer on the menu,  it’s no wonder people can easily consume more than 1,600 calories at a BBQ.  That’s nearly a day’s worth of calories!

The good news is that keeping your waistline trim doesn’t mean you have to disappoint your taste buds or cut out your favorite summer foods. Here are a few of my favorite Healthy Eats recipes to help you celebrate the red, white and blue — sensibly.

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