by Toby Amidor in Taste Test, February 19, 2014
by Toby Amidor in Grocery Shopping, January 16, 2014
A while back, Healthy Eats asked Facebook fans to name their favorite healthy frozen pizzas. Most people said they preferred to make their own pies, while others insisted the term “healthy frozen pizza” was an oxymoron (fair enough). That said, it never hurts to know the better choices available out there. Because let’s face it: Sometimes the frozen pizza aisle just calls your name.
by Toby Amidor in Grocery Shopping, October 14, 2013
One of the toughest parts of getting on track with healthy eating is getting organized — but there are ways to take a smarter approach to meal planning and shopping.
by Dana Angelo White in Gluten-Free, Grocery Shopping, September 28, 2013
Your freezer was created to preserve food for long periods of time. But filling it with junk can sabotage any healthy eating plan. Here are five items worth purchasing, and five you’re better off passing up.
by Dana Angelo White in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, September 23, 2013
If gluten-free cereal is on your shopping list, check out these tips and top brands before your next trip to the store.
by Dana Angelo White in Taste Test, July 17, 2013
Do you start your morning with a splash of liquid coffee creamer? Find out if that’s a smart way to begin the day.
by Dana Angelo White in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, July 9, 2013
Looking for a refreshing beverage to beat the summer heat? See the results of this taste test before popping open a bottle of sweetened iced tea.
This taste test focused on sweetened teas with lemon (no other flavors for this challenge). Close attention was paid to ingredient quality, calories and sugar, and each tea was rated using a 5-point scale (5 being the highest). Although the teas came in various sized containers, all teas were scaled to 16-fluid ounces, the most popular size.
One thing that varied widely was sugar content, something worth keeping an eye on. The tea with the highest amount contained 48 grams, while the top-rated bottle had fewer than 10 grams. (To help put things in perspective, a 16-ounce soda/cola contains 52 grams of sugar.)
Here’s how the teas stacked up!
by Dana Angelo White in Grocery Shopping, Healthy Tips, July 8, 2013
Could your pantry use a healthy makeover? Use these six ingredients to infuse recipes with flavor.
1. Sambal Oelek
Quite possibly one of my favorite ingredients of all time, this blend of fresh ground chiles, salt and vinegar adds a flavorful heat to sauces, stir-fries and marinades. Mix with mayo, nonfat Greek yogurt and lemon juice for a sauce that tastes good on just about anything.
Recipe: Spicy Turkey and Green Bean Stir Fry
by Dana Angelo White in Taste Test, May 30, 2013
Nobody loves a good frozen treat more than I do, which is why it bugs me when I see store shelves overflowing with “diet” offerings that fool folks into thinking they’re better than good old ice cream. The next time you’ve got a hankering for a frozen treat, here are some useful tips.
Low-Fat Ice Cream
Light and low-fat ice creams make up for the removal of fat by adding thickeners like guar gum, locust bean gum and carrageenan (just to name a few). Since fat also provides flavor, some lightened varieties include more sugar to make up for it, which means the calories can wind up being similar to regular ice cream. More sugar, less fat, same calories – not exactly healthier. And don’t be fooled by the term slow churned; some brands may be using new technology to alter the consistency, while others may simply have more thickeners added in.
by Dana Angelo White in Grocery Shopping, May 21, 2013
Grab your tortilla chips! I tasted some of the most popular brands of salsa just in time for your summer parties — find out how your favorite brand scored on our list.
Mild versions of jarred salsa were sampled and rated using a 5-point scale (5 being the highest). Specific attention was paid to flavor, texture and nutrition info, focusing on calories and sodium.
Everyone seems to be going ga-ga for Greek yogurt these days! While the tangy, creamy goodness makes for flavorful chicken salad, smoothies and dips, food manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon offering all kinds of Greek yogurt-filled goods.
Folks dig Greek yogurt for it’s thicker texture and pungent flavor. It’s also higher in protein than regular yogurt, plus it offers those tummy-pleasing probiotics. Our recent taste tests (for plain and flavored varieties) unveiled that there’s quite a difference in flavor across the numerous brands out there.
The freezer section has gone Greek! Not only can you find pints of Greek fro -o (Vanilla Honey Carmel from Ben & Jerry’s anyone?), you can also find portion-controlled frozen bars made with Greek yogurt and real fruit. As far as we can tell, the majority of these frozen goodies are made with real Greek yogurt, but buyers should beware of the health “halo” – many brands have just as much sugar and calories as ice cream!