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A Lighter Mother’s Day Menu

by in Healthy Holidays, May 10, 2015

It’s natural to want to spoil Mom with decadent treats on Mother’s Day. But today is about what she wants, even if that means trimming the calories from her celebratory meal. If creamy pastas and dense chocolate cake aren’t her preference this year, don’t worry: There are plenty of light, seasonal options to work with. Here are a few recipes for a fresh and colorful celebration that will leave Mom feeling satisfied, energized and appreciated. Read more

Kids Can Help Make These Mother’s Day Toasts

by in Healthy Holidays, May 7, 2015

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we’re making a special toast (no, not the bubbly kind) that both moms and kids can enjoy. This crunchy, whole-grain breakfast option doesn’t even require a stovetop. Whether Mom has a sweet tooth or likes a savory breakfast (or both!), she’ll love these toasts. Plus, they’re perfectly portable, so you don’t even need a tray to serve her breakfast in bed. Kids can help with the prep and the spreads as well as the decorating. Read more

5 Elements of a Better-for-You Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

by in Healthy Holidays, May 5, 2015

Chili-Rubbed Steak TacosCinco de Mayo is upon us. For a lot of us, it’s a day of bottomless guacamole scooped up in crispy fried tortilla chips, blissful rounds of salt-rimmed margaritas, and the endless guzzling of tacos and burritos. That being said, it goes without saying that it’s a day when our diets go by the wayside. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With these healthy Mexican recipes on your side, Cinco de Mayo can jibe with your healthy lifestyle without a problem.

You better bet tacos will be involved on the 5th of May. Ellie Krieger’s Chili-Rubbed Steak Tacos (pictured above) are loaded up with lean spicy steak, homemade salsa, shredded cabbage and cilantro — and they’re just as vibrant and delicious as they are healthy.

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10 Healthy Ways to Use Salsa

by in Healthy Holidays, April 30, 2015

Chock-full of fresh ingredients like tomatoes, peppers, onion, fruit and herbs, salsa (Spanish for “sauce”) can take on many healthy identities. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these 10 flavorful recipes.

1. Fire Up Fish Tacos (pictured above)

A hint of habanero pepper gives this salsa a sizzling kick. 

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5 Easter Dishes for a Healthy Sunday

by in Healthy Holidays, April 5, 2015

michael-symon-lamb Eating healthy for the holidays doesn’t mean you have to forgo your favorite dishes. This Easter, indulge in all of the classics like lamb, asparagus and lemon meringue pie with a few lighter takes on the classics. Read more

Just in Time for Easter: Whole-Wheat Hot Cross Buns

by in Healthy Holidays, April 4, 2015


In Australia (where I grew up) hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. Although they sneak their way into bakeries and supermarkets well before, Good Friday is the day to indulge in their delights. The irresistible smell of yeasted dough spiked with orange, currants and sweet spices takes me back to my childhood, the weeks that surround Easter and the change of seasons. I think perhaps the best thing about these buns is that you can’t get them year-round; so the ritual of eating them warm from the oven with a cup of tea is much anticipated. Here I’ve swapped out refined white flour and sugar for whole-grain flour and coconut sugar. Although this recipe turns out buns that are heartier than the fluffy white ones you’ll usually see this time of year, it delivers satisfying fruited and spiced buns with a rich, nutty background of whole-wheat flavor. Once the buns are baking, boil the kettle and get the butter ready, as nothing beats eating them as soon as they emerge from the oven. Read more

War of the Chocolates

by in Healthy Holidays, Valentine's Day, February 12, 2015


Chocolate is the aphrodisiac of choice on Valentine’s Day. But not all varieties of this confection are created equal. Here’s a rundown of the most-lovable options for you and your waistline.

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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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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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Want to Burn Off Those Christmas Calories? Try Sledding!

by in Healthy Holidays, December 23, 2014


Don’t let your belly shake like a bowl full of jelly this Christmas. Use our guide to indulge and burn it off. Whether you ice skate, sled or just start dancing around, be sure to busta move!

Crunching the Numbers

Everyone burns calories a little differently. The values below are averages based on a 155-pound person.

Appetizers

6 stuffed mushrooms = 400 calories = 45 minutes ice hockey

6 cheese puffs = 365 calories = 30 minutes cross-country skiing
Main Courses

6 ounces prime rib = 529 calories = 1 hour, 15 minutes shoveling snow

6 ounces baked ham = 250 calories = 30 minutes chopping wood

 

Sides

1 cup au gratin potatoes = 323 calories = 2 hours yoga

1 cup homemade mac and cheese = 450 calories = 40 minutes running at 6 mph

 

Beverages

12 fluid ounces eggnog = 515 calories = 3 hours of housecleaning

12 fluid ounces peppermint latte = 475 calories = 1 hour snowshoeing

Sweet Treats

5 sugar cookies = 425 calories = 1 hour snowboarding

1 cinnamon bun (frosted) = 380 calories = 45 minutes sledding
1 slice fruitcake = 200 calories = 30 minutes ice skating

Damage Control
Don’t let your holiday spirit turn “bah, humbug.” Use these tips to help make the most of your holiday favorites.

  • Don’t skip the fruit and veggies – save calories by incorporating both into all holiday meals.
  • Allow yourself a few small “cheats” here and there, then stick to calorie-free beverages.
  • Treat sweets like treats – enjoy sometimes, not always!

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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