All Posts By Karen Ostergren

Weekly Bits: New Tastes for a New Year

by in Reader Tips & Comments, January 9, 2010

We know how tempting it is to break those resolutions before the calendar page has even flipped again. But these great ideas from our readers make it easy to stick with your healthy-eating plan. Try out some deliciously melty takes on classic grilled cheese along with tropical fruit treats to brighten winter!

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Weekly Bits: Happy New Year!

by in Reader Tips & Comments, January 2, 2010

Get 2010 off to a great start with these helpful comments from our readers. On this week’s list: Thai take-out from your own kitchen, plus resolutions for a healthy new year.

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Spotlight Recipe: Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge

by in Healthy Recipes, December 29, 2009
Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge
Photo by Kana Okada / Food Network Magazine

Even my strong sweet tooth needs a break after a month of holiday treats. This soul-warming recipe from Food Network Magazine has a touch of brown sugar (swap for honey if you prefer), but most of the flavor comes from the cinnamon and dried fruit. Plus, all the whole-grain fiber keeps me from grazing on leftover cookies mid-morning; the B-vitamins are a good energy boost, too. Top with a few chopped nuts for a little extra crunch.

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Weekly Bits: Winter Wonderland

by in Reader Tips & Comments, December 26, 2009

Winter’s official kick-off arrived, along with snow for a good portion of the country. This week’s comment wrap-up has tips for enjoying the cold-weather produce, including roasted chestnuts (no open fire required).

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Best of Healthy Eats: Top Posts of 2009

by in Healthy Tips, Reader Tips & Comments, December 21, 2009

Top Posts
We covered everything from apples to zucchini this year, with a lot of healthy eating ideas in between. We’re counting down our 15 most popular posts this year.

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Weekly Bits: Treats For You & Yours

by in Reader Tips & Comments, December 19, 2009

Today is the last day of Hannukah, and Christmas is just a few days away! If you’re caught up in the holiday bustle, this week’s list of reader comments is here to help with suggestions on parties, cookies and homemade gifts. And when you’re ready for a minute to yourself, indulge in a favorite comfort food with a better-for-you spin.

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Weekly Bits: Nutty For Peanut Butter

by in Reader Tips & Comments, December 12, 2009

Peanut butter, it seems, is personal. After we tried a few brands in our taste test, we were flooded with suggestions of jars to try. One of our readers even had a great way to use peanut butter in a favorite dip. On the holiday front, if you’re still stuck on gifts to get your foodie friend, look no further than this week’s list of reader comments.

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Weekly Bits: Holiday Baking

by in Reader Tips & Comments, December 5, 2009

Between holiday parties and cookie swaps, December is definitely the month for baking. Before you heat up the oven, check out this week’s list of reader comments for tips on trimming the sugar and fat in cookies and other baked goodies.

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Spotlight Recipe: Crispy Rice Squares

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 5, 2009

Holiday Crispy Rice Squares
My mom and I team up in the kitchen every December to tackle the holiday baking, but this year I’m on my own. Crispy rice cereal squares were the first cookies I ever learned to prepare, and these treats are definitely on my list this year. I love the festive dash of food coloring. You can choose red, green or whatever color says “holidays” to you. Better still, this version is lower in fat than the typical butter-soaked recipe. Because this is an egg-free mixture, there’s no harm in sampling as you go along.

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Weekly Bits: It’s the Holiday Season

by in Healthy Holidays, Reader Tips & Comments, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving is over, but the holidays continue for several more weeks! On this week’s menu of reader comments: turkey stuffing, potato swaps and mindful eating tips for your next celebration.

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