All Posts In Healthy Holidays

12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Coconut Macaroons

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 3, 2011
coconut macaroons
Give the gift of homemade macaroons this year.

Every holiday season, I make loads of confections for the amazing people in my life. That includes teachers, delivery people, friends and neighbors. Last year I gave out chocolate covered pretzel rods (with colored sprinkles on some and slivered almonds on the rest — similar to Toby’s recipe) and garlic-parmesan bread twists (made with puff pastry and presented in pretty vases with big red bows). This year, I made macaroons because my son adores them and they’re incredibly easy to make. I made one big batch and dunked half of them in melted semi-sweet chocolate (for some reason, my chocolate-loving son Kyle didn’t want his dunked!). Check out how short this ingredient list is and how easy they are to make! You can even quadruple the recipe and take care of everyone on your holiday list.

Read more

12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Panini Maker

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 2, 2011
panini maker
Is there a panini press on your wishlist? (image: Cuisinart Panini Press)

Whether you’re cooking for a family or just for one, a Panini maker can help dress up an ordinary sandwich. Here are the most popular Panini makers, plus healthy recipes to print and attach to your gift.

Panini Makers:

Cuisinart Griddle/Panini Press
Cost: $49.95

Le Creuset Panini Press
Cost: $85.00

Krups Universal Grill Panini Maker
Cost: $79.99

Simply Calphalon Nonstick Panini Pan
Cost: $39.95

Healthy Panini Recipes:

12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 1, 2011

pretzel sticks

We’re kicking off the holiday season with 12 Days of Holiday Gifts — gifts that are both homemade and gifts you can buy at the store for your loved ones this season. Day 1: Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Sticks that you can make with your kids.

Read more

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Soup’s On!

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 25, 2011
turkey stock
Make a homeade stock out of your Thanksgiving leftovers and turn it into 3 easy soups.

You can only heat up a plate of gravy-drenched turkey dinner leftovers so many times! Go a little lighter with your Thanksgiving memories by making any of these 3 easy and tasty soups. They all start out with a fresh pot of stock made with stuff you’ve got lying around the kitchen.

Turkey Stock
Don’t toss out the remnants of your turkey! Go the extra mile and turn it into an amazingly delicious stock. A large pot, some water and vegetable scraps (you’ve definitely got those around) and you’re set. Let it simmer away while the family settles into a cozy food coma.

Basic Turkey Stock
Makes 2 quarts

1 roasted turkey carcass (from a 10-pound turkey)
2 pounds raw vegetable scraps (carrots, celery, onions, leeks and garlic recommended)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
Water

Combine ingredients in a large stockpot and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to a slow boil, reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 2 to 3 hours. Strain and transfer to quart containers. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Read more

One Small Change: Plan Your Black Friday Strategy

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, November 24, 2011

pecans
Turkey, stuffing and pie, oh my! Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for people looking to manage their weight because it is a holiday that:

1)      Primarily focuses on food

2)      Signifies the start of the holiday season which is full of parties, celebrations and special family meals. And unfortunately, most of these celebrations are not serving huge platters of veggies, grilled chicken, hummus and whole wheat pita with fruit for dessert!

While an all-day eating holiday like Thanksgiving can wreak havoc on otherwise good eating habits, one non-ideal meal (or day) does not lead to pounds of weight gain. The big issue for many is how to deal with the days following Thanksgiving when we have lots of temptations to keep the celebration going on. Friday (all those leftovers) and Saturday (well I’ve already gone overboard so may as well enjoy myself) and Sunday (I’ll start fresh on Monday) and Monday (I wanted to eat better but my coworkers brought in pie/cake and leftovers!) and . . . you get the idea.

Read more

Test Your Thanksgiving Dinner IQ

by in Thanksgiving, November 24, 2011
thanksgiving dinner
How much do you know about this feast?

Thanksgiving is here, before you dig into your turkey and stuffing, take a quick quiz to test your turkey day nutrition IQ.

How many calories are consumed in the average Thanksgiving meal?





How far does the average person have to jog to burn 3500 calories (considering about a 10 minute mile)?





How many calories are in the average slice of pumpkin pie?






How many calories are in the average serving of sweet potato casserole?





What causes sleepiness after a big Thanksgiving meal?







 

Thanksgiving Strategy

by in Thanksgiving, November 22, 2011
turkey dinner
Indulge, but don't overdo it on Turkey Day with our easy tips.

We’re not going to tell you to give up your beloved turkey and stuffing, so you can breathe easy and keep reading. But there are some super simple strategies you can use to help keep calories in check while still enjoying your meal.

Read more

The Rules of Thanksgiving Food Safety

by in Food Safety, Thanksgiving, November 21, 2011
thanksgiving dinner
Safe turkey, safe fixins' = safe family.

Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season where friends, family, and loved ones gather to have one fantastic meal after another. It’s not the time to skimp on those food safety habits that can make or break the festivities. Here are some simple reminders.

Purchasing the Goodies
At the market, be sure you check the quality of all the products you buy. Look at the color, firmness, and texture of the produce and meats and don’t forget to check the expiration dates on packaged foods. Once you pay for your groceries, be sure to get them stored in the proper place immediately—refrigerator, freezer or pantry. A few extra stops on the way home is plenty of time for bacteria to have a party on your food.

Make room for your turkey—overcrowding your freezer or fridge can actually raise temperatures dangerously high and spoil your food and ruin your equipment.

Read more

Make Your Own Biscuits

by in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 19, 2011
biscuits
Here's one for the bread basket: homemade biscuits, portioned right.

Store-bought biscuit dough is full of hydrogenated oils (a.k.a. trans fats) but homemade biscuit recipes call for large servings of shortening or butter. We aren’t revolutionizing the biscuit, just making them in a more portion-conscious way.

Better Biscuits
Most recipe yields are for 8 to 10 pieces, which means a 300-plus calorie bread to go along with your meal. Below is a traditional biscuit recipe portioned out to keep the calories in check.

Read more

Food Network’s Communal Thanksgiving Table: Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots

by in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 16, 2011
green bean casserole
Ellie Krieger's homemade green bean casserole. Photo courtesy of Food Network Magazine

Even when attending a virtual Thanksgiving, where presumably, the calories, fat and additives aren’t actually real, we want to bring something healthy to the table. So when we were asked to contribute a dish to Food Network’s virtual Thanksgiving, the choice was easy — we signed up right away to “bring” Ellie Krieger’s Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots. No proper Thanksgiving meal is complete without this traditional casserole. So don’t leave it off of your table, but do skip the canned soup and canned crunchy onions. Both the creamy sauce and crunchy onions (which make the dish) are as easy to make as it is to open a can, but the difference in taste from the original is enormous. The homemade version is so much more fresh and flavorful than the one made with canned stuff, plus it’s not heavy and loaded with sodium from the soup.

Read more

...101112...20...