At first glance, cocoa powder and raw cacao powder might look the same, but get a bit closer and they’re anything but. Once you get to know antioxidant-powerhouse cacao powder, you realize it’s the real deal: Made from cold-pressed raw cacao beans, it is thought that the vitamins and minerals stay intact. Meanwhile, cocoa powder is produced from raw cacao beans that have been roasted at high temperatures and then ground, reducing all those naturally occurring health benefits. This Valentine’s Day, make your sweetie swoon when you serve up these decadent cacao-packed recipes for everything from gooey truffles to spicy hot chocolate.
Be guilt-free this Super Bowl Sunday with these lightened-up versions of your favorite game-day party snacks. They include healthy swaps like a protein-packed cheesy cashew nacho sauce replacing the calorie-busting jarred classic in stuffed mushrooms. Good fats like unflavored coconut oil and olive oil replace less healthy options. No doubt these made-over finger foods will give your Super Bowl crowd something to cheer about.
Leave store-bought chips and dips behind. Instead, score big this season by making your own game day spread. One bite and your crowd will be cheering for more of these healthy, melt-in-your-mouth fan favorites. The secret? Ingredients that pack loads of flavor without piling on a ton of calories.
Can chili, waffles and muffins be as healthy for you as a smoothie? You bet they can, but only if they’re made with seeds — tiny nutritional powerhouses that pack a serious protein punch. Whether you add them whole to muffin batter for a nice crunch or stir them ground up into chili as a natural thickener, seeds will give any dish a wonderfully nutty flavor.
Do you want to know the best thing about making your own snack bars? You know exactly what ingredients you put in them. You also know just how healthy you can make them, because — let’s be honest — you know what you or your kids will eat. These recipes raise the bar on healthy without skimping on the happy. Each one is packed with protein-rich, energy-boosting nuts and seeds. Bonus: You’ll pocket some of that cash you’ve been using on those store-bought varieties.
It’s New Year’s Eve — and we can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than gathering friends and serving holiday cocktails that embrace the traditional flavors of the season. Heat things up by adding hints of warm cinnamon and spicy ginger along with your basic stash of spirits and mixers like bourbon, vodka, gin and bitters. Muddle in some fresh cranberries or twist in fragrant orange peel and you have yourself a refreshingly fruity holiday drink. We’re even blending up creamy, nut-based versions of eggnog and Irish cream to make this season even richer. Cheers and Happy New Year!
Holiday cookies are everywhere this time of year, and no doubt you want to have a few — or an entire tin. The good news is that cookies don’t have to be all bad. Instead, you can add health-focused ingredients, like antioxidant powerhouses matcha green tea and cocoa powder, fiber-rich chestnut and almond flour, and inflammation tamers like ginger and cinnamon.
Fruits and vegetables do a body good. That’s not exactly news. But if you can eat them, why not, well, slather them all over your body? A fresh selection of face and body products made with nourishing ingredients like pumpkins, pomegranates, and mangosteens (!) makes it easy to wonder whether you’re standing in the green market or at the cosmetics counter. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite products (at every price point) that are made of all-natural ingredients (almost) good enough to eat. Get them for all your BFFs (and a couple for yourself!).
If you’re loathe to try your hand at yet another “great” fruitcake recipe this holiday season, you’re in luck. We’ve created four festive quickbread recipes that are perfect for the holidays. Wrap them up with a ribbon for the road, or keep them out on the counter for all-day snacking. The best part? You won’t be slaving away in the kitchen all day. When it comes to prep time, these quickbread recipes stay true to their name. Just pulse the ingredients in your food processor or stir them straight up in a bowl — no creaming butter necessary. Then, just let your oven do all the heavy lifting and enjoy these gluten-free quick breads that make the most of the season’s feel-good flavors.
In his recently published cookbook — Alain Ducasse Cooking for Kids: From Babies to Toddlers: Simple, Healthy, and Natural Food (Rizzoli; $25) — the multi-Michelin-starred French chef and father of three shares his vegetable-heavy recipes along with his persuasive food philosophy on why our kids should be eating healthier.