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Win These Mom-Approved Cookbooks!

by in Giveaway, May 2, 2012
Ellie Kreiger and Robin Miller books
Win these books for the mom in your life!

Not sure what to get the woman who has it all? How about a set of cookbooks that will help her get healthy meals on the table fast? Or better yet, let mom kick up her feet and relax this Mother’s Day while you prepare delicious dishes from our mom-approved cookbook pack.

Working moms Ellie Krieger and Robin Miller know how hectic it can be to throw together a healthy dinner after a whirlwind day. Take the guesswork out of mealtime with Ellie’s soul-satisfying, healthy recipes for meatloaf, crab cakes casseroles and more in Comfort Food Fix. Or try one of Robin’s 500 recipes that are made with only 5 ingredients and 500 calories or less from Robin Takes 5.

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Win These Popcorn Chips!

by in Giveaway, April 25, 2012
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Imagine it’s time for a midday snack. What do you reach for? Chips? Popcorn? How about popcorn . . . in the shape of a chip? Break out of a snack time rut with chip’ins—it’s both popcorn and a chip all in one crispy, crunchy bite.

Flavors like white cheddar, buffalo wing and jalapeno ranch pop without overpowering the whole-grain taste of these chips. Traditional flavors like sea salt and classic BBQ are also available for your snacking pleasure. The best part? There aren’t popcorn kernels to get stuck in your teeth, or the extra grease and calories associated with most chips.

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Win These Chia Seed Bars!

by in Giveaway, April 18, 2012

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Chia seeds aren’t just for growing a fuzzy green pet or getting that annoying jingle stuck in your head. This small, nutty seed is gaining popularity thanks to its long list of nutrients. Full of fiber, protein and antioxidants, chia seeds are the perfect way to start your morning on the right foot. Toss them in to yogurt, bake them in to muffins or add a handful to thicken up smoothies.

Constantly on-the-go? Health Warrior‘s chia seed bars in coconut, acai berry and chocolate peanut butter make getting in a pre-workout snack as easy as tearing open a wrapper. Move over protein and granola bars, there’s a new snack bar in town.

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Win These Freeze-Dried Fruit Snacks!

by in Giveaway, April 11, 2012

freeze dried snacksChange up your afternoon snack routine with freeze-dried fruit in 100 and 40-calorie serving packs. These packs of freeze-dried fruit aren’t your typical astronaut food, however. Kiwis, bananas, apples, Asian pears and more from FruitziO! take the guesswork out of snacking.

Each pack is made with only the fruit on the label. That’s right—no added preservatives, added sugars, fat or cholesterol—just crisp, ready-to-eat fruit that satisfies sweet cravings without the guilt.

You can buy your own FruitziO! snacks or enter in the comments for a chance to win a prize pack containing four flavors. Just let us know, in the comments, what fruit you can’t live without and why. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, April 13 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one 6-pack of each Crispy Fruit flavor and two bags of each FruitziO flavor 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 April 11 and 5 p.m. EST on April 13, 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: $82.84 each. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what fruit can you not live without?

Celebrate National Chip and Dip Day!

by in Healthy Recipes, March 23, 2012
cracked pepper chips and onion dip
Ellie Krieger's Cracked Pepper Potato Chips with Onion Dip

America’s favorite snack duo has its own holiday, and that day is today. Crunchy chips and creamy dip can be part of a healthy eating plan, but not all chips are created equal. Skip the store-bought stuff full preservatives and lots of sodium by making your own at home.

At only 60 calories per 2 cup serving, Ellie’s Smoky Kale Chips from Food Network Magazine take nothing more than kale, paprika, salt, olive oil and an oven. Pop the kale in for 15 minutes and this leafy green vegetable transforms into a crisp chip. Make sure to only cook until the edges are slightly brown — any longer and the chips take on a bitter taste.

Baked Cracked Pepper Potato Chips taste even better dipped in cool Onion Dip. Try Ellie’s version (pictured above) and cut calories by using Greek yogurt as the base for this creamy spread.

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Celebrate National Peanut Month!

by in Food News, March 11, 2012

peanut
Another day, another wacky food holiday. This time, it’s National Peanut Month. So in case you need more reasons to love this nut (which is technically a legume), we’ve got plenty of reasons you should celebrate, all month long.

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Win These Kettle Cooked Chips!

by in Giveaway, February 29, 2012
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Healthy snacking just got easier thanks to Food Should Taste Good’s new line of sweet potato kettle cooked chips. Throw away those greasy, fried spuds and opt for an all-natural, no preservative alternative in four flavors: Salt & Vinegar, Original, Barbecue and Salt & Pepper.

Sweet potatoes, sunflower oil and a dash of salt are all it takes to make these slightly sweet root vegetable chips. Molasses and tomatoes add smokiness to Barbeque, while the Salt & Vinegar are as tart and tangy as any chips on the market.

All chip flavors are certified gluten-free, Kosher and low in sodium.

You can buy your own Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips or enter in the comments for a chance to win a prize pack of  all four flavors. Just let us know, in the comments, which flavor of sweet potato kettle cooked chips you’re excited to try and why. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, March 2 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away a flavor pack with four varieties each 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 February 29 and 5 p.m. EST on March 2, 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: $14 each. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, which flavor of sweet potato kettle cooked chips are you excited to try and why?

Mars Candy Bars Are Shrinking

by in Food News, February 17, 2012
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Mars is paying more attention to smaller portions.

King Size Snickers are on their way out: Mars Inc., the company that makes chocolate candy bars like Twix and Milky Way, plans to halt production of any chocolate product with more than 250 calories per serving by the end of 2013.

Spokeswoman Marlene Machut said the plan to stop shipping any chocolate product that exceeded 250 calories per portion by the end of 2013 was part of Mars’ “broad-based commitment to health and nutrition.”

As part of a “broader push for responsible snacking,” the company has also vowed to reduce sodium by 25 percent in all its products by 2015.

Tell us: What do you think of the new calorie restrictions?

Three Red Foods You Should Be Eating

by in Healthy Tips, February 15, 2012

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February is the month to think red — and not just because of Valentine’s Day. The shortest month of the year is also American Heart Month and National Cherry Month. Celebrate by adding more red foods like tart cherries, tomatoes and red cabbage to your diet. We spoke with Dr. Wendy Bazilian, MPH, RD to find out why these red foods are so important.

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Win These Granola Clusters!

by in Giveaway, February 15, 2012
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Staying healthy when you’re constantly on-the-go is tough. Often, it’s easier just to grab something from the vending machine or the nearest fast food joint. Keeping a bag of snacks nearby can not only satiate afternoon hunger, but it can also keep you from succumbing to that Snickers bar.

Instead of sacrificing healthy eating, try KIND Healthy Grains Clusters in six flavors: Vanilla Blueberry with Flax Seed, Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Oat with Flax Seed, Maple Walnut Clusters with Chia & Quinoa, Dark Chocolate & Cranberry and Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut. These artisanal, whole grain blends will keep you full without packing on the pounds. You can snack on them plain, or add them to Greek yogurt, some cut-up fruit or mix a few clusters with some nuts and dried fruit to make your own trail mix.

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