All Posts By Victoria Phillips

New USDA Online Food Log: SuperTracker

by in Food News, February 12, 2012
my plate
Keeping track of the good stuff you put on your plate just got easier.

Keeping healthy eating goals on track just got easier thanks to the USDA’s free online food-and-exercise log, SuperTracker. This new tool uses the government My Plate recommendations to dole out eating advice, as well as quality nutrition information.

The SuperTracker’s main features include: a food tracker, a physical activity tracker, a weight manager and a Food-A-Pedia containing around 9,000 food items that have been analyzed for nutritional content by the USDA.

“If it says ‘burrito with whole-wheat tortilla,’ we did the calculation to know the exact amount of whole grains that contains,” says Dr. Robert Post, Deputy Director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. “That is very different than most databases that rely on the nutritional facts on product packages.”

Customize advice based on age, weight and gender, plus set goals, journal, track weight and even receive virtual coaching with recommendations on what to eat and how much to exercise. Get detailed reports of nutrient intake over time or simply find out how many calories are in your upcoming meal. Mobile apps are being developed, Post says. Until then, share progress on Facebook and Twitter.

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Win This Flourless Chocolate Cake!

by in Giveaway, February 8, 2012
Chocolate Cake
You could win this cake!

Rich and moist, this Decadent Chocolate Cake from Sweet Sally’s is the perfect treat to bring to a Valentine’s Day party or to share with your honey at home. Made with only five ingredients, you’d never guess this luscious cake was gluten-free.

The 8-inch cake serves 12, and has 179 calories per slice so you can indulge without overdoing it. Shipped in a keepsake tin, the cake stays fresh and is easily stored. Once the cake is devoured, use the white tin to store cookies or kitchen knickknacks.

You can buy your own Decadent Chocolate Cake or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, February 10 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one decadent chocolate cake to lucky, randomly selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on February 8 and 5 p.m. EST on February 10, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $29. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, how do you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Win This Digital Kitchen Scale!

by in Giveaway, February 1, 2012
food scale
Want one of these? Enter to win, below.

Although our Healthy Every Week Challenge has come to a close, that doesn’t mean you should do away with the healthy habits you’ve formed this month. Portion control is an easy way to watch your waistline without depriving yourself of the foods you love.

Use the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale to measure out meals and keep on track. Weigh food directly on the scale or use the tare (zero) function to eliminate the extra weight of a plate or bowl. The measurements display for a full three minutes, guaranteeing you’ll never lose your measurements in the middle of a recipe again. Additionally, batteries and a two year warranty are included.

You can buy your own EatSmart Precision Digital Kitchen Scale or enter in the comments for a chance to win a copy. Just let us know, in the comments, how you plan to make your healthy resolution stick all year. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, February 3 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one scale to lucky, randomly selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on February 1 and 5 p.m. EST on February 3, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $34.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, how will you make sure your healthy January habits stick for the rest of the year?

Food News: Food Presentation Affects Kids’ Eating Habits

by in Food News, January 29, 2012
pancake face
Could silly faces on a plate help feed picky eaters?

Kids may be picky eaters, but according to a new study from Cornell University, how food is presented to them makes a huge difference in the food they choose to eat.

Children crave a greater visual diversity on the plate, whether it’s varying colors or ingredients shaped into silly faces and designs.

According to the study, “On average, they [kids] preferred seven different items on their plates, and six different colors.”

Parents, however, found three items of different colors more appealing.

Could this trick allow for more nutrient-rich foods in kids’ diets?

Read the rest of the study. And get some fun plating ideas after the jump.

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Win a Two-Month Supply of Tribe Hummus!

by in Giveaway, January 25, 2012

 

Tribe Hummus
You could win this.

We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers and healthy eating advocates to host a Healthy Every Week Challenge, a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #gethealthy.

Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet doesn’t mean you have to crunch on raw carrots like a rabbit. Keep things interesting by adding hummus to the mix. Whether you like the creamy classic flavor or you prefer your hummus with touch of added spice, you can dip, dunk and spread your way to a healthier you.

Keep a container of hummus and raw vegetables at work for a mid-day snack. Add a scoop of Tribe’s Mediterranean Style Hummus to a green salad. Spread some Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus on veggie sandwich — it’s a healthier alternative to mayo.

You can buy your own Tribe Hummus or enter in the comments for a chance to win a two-month supply. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite vegetables to dip in hummus. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, January 27 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away a two-month supply of hummus to two lucky, randomly selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on January 25 and 5 p.m. EST on January 27, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: approximately $24 per prize. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what are your favorite vegetables to dip in hummus?

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

by in Food News, January 24, 2012
Peanut Butter
It's one of our favorite food holidays: National Peanut Butter Day!

In honor of National Peanut Butter Day, we’ve rounded up some of our best posts related to this oh-so-versatile spread. Whether you make a peanut butter smoothie or spread it on some apple slices is entirely up to you, but either way, it’s easy to see why there is a whole day dedicated to this addicting treat.

9 Reasons to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

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It’s National Soup Month!

by in Healthy Recipes, January 22, 2012
Guy's Ginger-Carrot Soup
Happy National Soup Month!

Celebrate National Soup Month by staying warm (and healthy!) with Food Network chefs’ best low-cal soups, from the latest issue of Food Network Magazine.

Guy’s carrot, ginger and potato soup (pictured above) has less than 200 calories per serving. Top with low-fat Greek yogurt and pine nuts for a creamy-crunchy combination.

Add a new soup to your go-to list. Full of chiles, peppers and shrimp, we guarantee you’ll love this Spicy Shrimp Broth from Marcela Valladolid.

Emeril’s take on the classic chicken soup has mint, lemon and red pepper flakes. Don’t forget the cayenne pepper for an extra kick.

Swiss chard, carrots, cannellini beans and spinach come together in Bobby’s hearty Minestrone With Parmigiano-Reggiano for a delicious dish that has less than 300 calories.

Ellie’s lightened-up New! New England Clam Chowder is anything but boring. Canadian bacon gives it subtle smoky tones, while hot sauce takes the flavor to a whole new level.

What’s your favorite soup?

Win This Kitchen Scale!

by in Giveaway, January 18, 2012

 

kitchen scale
Excercise perfect portion control with a kitchen scale.

We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers and healthy eating advocates to host a Healthy Every Week Challenge, a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #gethealthy.

Keep your portion control on track with the EatSmart Precision Retro Mechanical Kitchen Scale. Make things easy by weighing up to 11 pounds of fruit, vegetables or meat in the 1.5 quart stainless steel mixing bowl. The retro design and easy-to-read display match any kitchen decor while being both accurate and efficient.

You can buy your own EatSmart Precision Retro Mechanical Kitchen Scale or enter in the comments for a chance to win a copy. Just let us know, in the comments, how you would put this kitchen scale to use. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, January 20 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one scale to lucky, randomly selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on January 18 and 5 p.m. EST on January 20, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $49.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, how would you put this kitchen scale to use?

Applebee’s Adds Low-Calorie Entrees

by in Food News, January 13, 2012
applebees
Applebee's is jumping on the healthy restaurant menu bandwagon.

New year, new Applebee’s menu items. The restaurant chain started 2012 with three new dishes — all under 550 calories.

The entrees start with a Roasted Garlic Sirloin, 7 oz. of garlic-marinated sirloin served up with potatoes and creamed spinach stuffed mushrooms. The Sizzling Chili Lime Chicken is served over rice with Asian-style vegetables in a spicy chili sauce. Rounding out the new menu is an Asian Shrimp & Broccoli, a sweet and spicy dish with mixed vegetables and blackened shrimp.

“The focus is on the flavors,” said Chef Shannon Johnson, executive director at Applebee’s. “Even when they are watching their calories, our guests want great flavors, choices including proteins and carbs and full-size portions. With our Under 550 menu, the only thing missing is the calories.”

Tell us: Will you try the new menu items at Applebee’s?

Win This Cookbook: Ancient Grains for Modern Meals

by in Uncategorized, January 11, 2012
cookbook
Eat more whole grains with a cookbook full of whole grain recipes.

We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers and healthy eating advocates to host a Healthy Every Week Challenge, a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan an is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #gethealthy.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that at least half of all the grains you eat are whole grains. I know what you’re thinking, but adding more whole grains to your diet doesn’t have to be boring. Barley, farro, kamut, polenta and wheat berries are just a few of the grains highlighted in Ancient Grains for Modern Meals.

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