All Posts By Silvana Nardone

3 Ways to Use Cashew Nuts

by in Healthy Recipes, August 29, 2015


It’s time to make room in your cabinet for cashews. Almonds may be the go-to nut, but when it comes to versatility in the kitchen, cashews win hands down. With one bite of the swoonworthy blueberry swirl creamsicles, you’ll get a taste of the creaminess.

Want homemade yogurt without the wait? Cashews to the rescue. Blended together with coconut meat and probiotics, then lightly sweetened with agave, they make a creamy, full-bodied dairy-free yogurt like you’ve never tasted. Or, stick to something savory and use chopped cashews and mushrooms in place of ground beef for tacos. Together, they make a healthy ingredient swap that mimics the real deal.  Read more

Avocado, 3 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, August 27, 2015

The avocado may seem destined for guacamole stardom (it plays the role perfectly), but there’s much more this healthy fruit can bring to your recipes. It not only gives any dish a creamy texture, but also adds a great airiness.

Give classic hummus a velvety twist, swap not-so-healthy Nutella for an addictively rich chocolate-hazelnut spread (ideal as a topping on rice cakes or for dipping into with your favorite fruit) or toss cubes of avocado with shrimp for a new take on classic shrimp cocktail. Read more

Taste Test: Dairy-Free Ice Cream

by in Taste Test, August 22, 2015

Ice cream — that luscious, creamy treat for which a craving hits every summer and only intensifies with the heat — is always on our minds. In its most-classic form, you need only a few ingredients to churn up the chilling possibilities: cow’s milk (or cream), sugar and egg yolks. So what happens when you remove the milk and replace it with nut-based “milks,” like cashew and coconut? We taste-tested dozens of pints from around the nation and these are our picks for the best dairy-free ice cream America’s churning out today. (Note: Since these ice creams contain zero dairy milkfat, they’re technically classified as frozen desserts.) Read more

Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

by in Healthy Recipes, August 8, 2015

You can make a healthier version of the standard shortcake, and with this recipe you’d never even know it wasn’t the classic recipe!  Read more

No-Bake Gluten-Free Fruit Pie Minis

by in Healthy Recipes, July 11, 2015

Why not trade in the average cookie crust for a healthy, nut-based crust? It’s perfect for summer pies, especially these paleo-friendly, no-bake minis. We’ve filled them with a dollop of foolproof lemon curd and topped them with berries, but you can mix and match your favorite seasonal fruit (like peaches, apricots or cherries) and fillings (think jarred fruit spreads, dulce de leche or chocolate-hazelnut spread). Read more

Gluten-Free Cherry-Berry Biscuit Cobbler

by in Healthy Recipes, June 18, 2015

Summertime means tons of berries and the classic fruit cobbler. Remember the taste of that first juicy spoonful of just-sweet-enough fruit topped with a flaky, golden biscuit? This gluten-free version is exactly that — and it’s a cinch to make.  Read more

Taste Test: Gluten-Free Burger Buns

by in Taste Test, May 22, 2015

Who’s got the best burger buns in the gluten-free biz? We rounded up dozens of buns, and these bread winners rose to the top.  Read more

Banana-Coconut Pudding Smoothie

by in Gluten-Free, April 3, 2015

The best way to add sweetness to your smoothie without adding sugar? Dates. They’re sweet and also full of soluble fiber to fill you up — just the solution for a morning meal. Read more

Get Your Greens Winter Soup

by in Gluten-Free, March 18, 2015

This gluten-free soup is packed with vitamin A- and C-rich greens that’ll help increase your immunity this cold and flu season. Vitamin C also helps form collagen, a building block of connective tissue that gives strength to skin, hair, and nails, and vitamin A is important to help maintain vision and skin health. Read more

Eat Your Way to Healthier Skin

by in Healthy Recipes, March 14, 2015

The next time you’re shopping at the grocery store, look for solutions to healthy skin in the produce section, not the beauty aisle. It turns out that what you put in your body can be just as essential as what you put on your skin. Good fats — like Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in ingredients like salmon, walnuts and flax seeds — take the spotlight. Read more

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