All Posts By Silvana Nardone

Spicy Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Brownies

by in Gluten-Free, March 12, 2015

Spicy ingredients like cinnamon and cayenne may help bolster your immune system thanks to antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and sometimes even antibacterial properties. These gluten-free brownies have a spicy kick to get you through the last few weeks of winter. Read more

Hot Stuff: Spicy Recipes to Bolster Your Immune System

by in Gluten-Free, March 6, 2015

Next time you feel a cold coming on, reach for your spice cabinet and your fridge’s produce drawer to help rev up your immune system. With antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and sometimes even antibacterial properties, spices have long been prized for their medicinal qualities. From breakfast to dinner, spicy ingredients like cinnamon, allspice, cayenne, Chinese 5-spice powder, turmeric, curry powder and chile peppers step up to the plate to help keep you healthy. all day long. Read more

50 Shades of Cacao: Your New Valentine

by in Healthy Holidays, Valentine's Day, February 9, 2015


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.

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Touchdown! Game-Day Snacks Without the Guilt

by in Healthy Recipes, January 29, 2015


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.

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DIY Game Day Chips and Dips

by in Healthy Recipes, January 27, 2015


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.

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Seeds of Change — Give Your Next Meal a Nutritional Punch!

by in Healthy Recipes, January 18, 2015


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.

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Bar None: Snack Better with These Protein-Rich Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, January 15, 2015


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.

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A Toast to 2015 with Holiday Cocktails Good Enough to Eat

by in Healthy Holidays, December 31, 2014


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!

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Cookie Monster: Our Favorite Healthy Holiday Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 20, 2014


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.

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Holiday Beauty Bash! 7 Ways to Nourish Your Body from the Outside In

by in Have You Tried, Product Reviews, December 19, 2014

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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!).

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