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10 Healthiest Thanksgiving Sides

by in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 13, 2012

roasted squash
These Thanksgiving sides all have fewer than 250 calories per serving and will get the attention and admiration of everyone at your table because they’re so unbelievably delicious. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Squash
Yummy slices of winter squash topped with maple syrup and a touch of lemon juice.

Recipe: Lemon Maple Squash (pictured above)

Stuffing
Traditional stuffing recipes can easily have 400-500 calories per servings. Sandra uses fresh mushrooms with herbs and spices to bring out the flavor and not your waistline.

Recipe: Sage and Mushroom Stuffing

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10 Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

by in Thanksgiving, November 9, 2012

pumpkin cheesecake
Planning your turkey day menu? We’ve got something for every kind of sweet tooth, all filled with fall flavors.

Cheesecake
A lower-fat cheesecake that’s not low on flavor. If you’ve never tried this combination before, now’s the time.
Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Turnovers
Cut the calories on apple pie with this lightened pastry.
Recipe: Apple Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers

Caramels
A bite-sized treat, filled with pumpkin goodness.
Recipe: Pumpkin Caramels

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Don’t Be Tricked Into These Treats

by in Halloween, Healthy Holidays, October 30, 2012

halloween candy
It’s not just the ghouls and ghosts causing a scare on Halloween — how about the mountains of treats handed out to kids by friends and neighbors? Some treats are worse than others — these are the ones that I pick out of my kiddos’ candy stash when they’re not looking and toss them into the trash.

Taffy
Depending on the brand, taffy has about 160 calories and 27 grams of sugar for about 5 pieces. The fact that my kids need to try VERY hard to bite into one tells me they shouldn’t be eating it. Read the ingredient list and you’ll find corn syrup, palm oil, hydrogenated oil and artificial colors. In one bite, your kid can eat at least 4 ingredients that many experts tell you to avoid.

Candy-Filled Lollipops
Gum or chewy-candy filled lollipops may be exciting for kids but why on earth do they need a 2-in-1 treat? The only thing they’ll be getting more of is sugar!

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Guacamole Goblin Deviled Eggs

by in Halloween, October 27, 2012

Can you ever make enough deviled eggs? Not when you’re talking about this Guacamole Goblin Deviled Eggs recipe. It’s perfect to get you and your family in the Halloween spirit. This versatile recipe can be served year-round; however, the guacamole lends a fun and spooky green surprise this time of the year. This snack gets its protein from avocado and eggs along with a nice dose of fiber from the ground flax seeds. Nutrient-rich avocado adds a creamy touch and diced apple gives these bite-sized eggs a nice crunch. Try serving these deviled egg treats as an appetizer before the kids head out to trick-or-treat.

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Ask the Experts: Favorite Halloween Treats

by in Ask the Experts, Halloween, October 25, 2012

candy bar
As a registered dietitian, my philosophy is to embrace holidays like Halloween without going overboard. This means allowing my children to go trick-or-treating and indulge in SOME treats. I’m not the only nutrition expert with this philosophy—I spoke to top experts around the country who weighed in on their favorite Halloween treats.

Ding Dong at the Dietitian’s House
Nutrition consultant Alexandra Oppenheimer, MS, RD claims “It’s not all apples and raisins at my house; I do give out candy but purchase ones that have some redeeming qualities. When picking out my Halloween offerings, I choose chocolates with nuts like peanuts or almonds and skip the sugary caramel. I choose chocolates (and lean towards the darker varieties) because of the potential heart-health benefits and antioxidants. In addition, they also provide fiber, protein and calcium. For these reasons, I prefer passing out chocolates versus candies made completely out of sugar with little to no other nutrients. Although plain chocolates and those with nuts do contribute nutrients, it’s important to remember they are still a treat and should be eaten in moderation.”

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Curried Pumpkin Soup

by in Halloween, October 23, 2012

This is the dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan curry soup you’ve been dreaming of. A blend of coconut milk, tender white beans and silky pumpkin makes a creamy substitute for the butter or yogurt that is usually added to creamy soups. The topping of fresh cilantro adds a mildly sweet touch and pulls everything together. This soup is perfect to serve alongside a sandwich or enjoy alone for a light meal.

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Make Your Own Popcorn Balls

by in Halloween, Healthy Recipes, October 19, 2012

popcorn balls
Lots of sugar and fat can make this classic Halloween treat super scary. This lightened-up treat has a few tricks – homemade popcorn, a few better-for-you ingredients and smart portions.

Nutrition Facts
Depending on the ingredients, basic buttery and sugary popcorn balls can have anywhere from 200 to 400-plus calories. The numbers only go up from there with the addition of nuts, candy and caramel. Treat trick-or-treaters or Halloween party-goers to this homemade version  — with a fraction of the calories — instead.

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Cinco de Mayo Drinks and Appetizers

by in Healthy Holidays, May 3, 2012
six-layer dip
Food Network Magazine's Slim Six-Layer Dip

In the US, the 5th of May is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage. Get your Cinco de Mayo fiesta started with these tasty bites and killer cocktails.

Festive Cocktails
Ginger Margaritas
Classic Margaritas, Lightened Up
Sangria
Blueberry-Ginger Mojitos

No-Fail Appetizers
Slim Six-Layer Dip (above)
Chili Cheese Dip
Nectarine Avocado Salsa
Mexican Tortilla Pizza
Mango Salsa Scoops
Margarita Chicken Skewers
Cilantro Scallops

Tell Us: What’s on your Cinco menu?

Healthy Passover Foods: Traditional and Fresh Ideas

by in Healthy Holidays, April 2, 2012
matzo ball soup
Food Network Magazine's Matzo Ball Soup

In a Passover food rut? Although it’s wonderful to dine on traditional foods, sometimes you just want to try something new.

Traditional Fare

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Easter Desserts for Everyone

by in Easter, March 30, 2012
easter cupcakes
Make festive, portion controlled cupcakes for kids and grown-up kids.

Whenever a crowd gathers for a holiday celebration, there are bound to be guests with various dietary considerations or food allergies. Accommodate everyone on your Easter celebration guest list this year with these seasonal treats.

Gluten Free
Creamy rice pudding is teamed up with sweet cherries for a magical (and gluten free) combination.

Recipe: Rice Pudding with Cherries (*see note)

Heart Healthy
Low in saturated fat and cholesterol, this down-sized classic will make your guests swoon.

Recipe: Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

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