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Katie's Healthy Bites: Sensual Valentine's Day Dishes

by in Healthy Holidays, Valentine's Day, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Meal
Valentine’s Day is here! For me, this means chocolates and romantic dinners, but that can also mean indulging in too many calories and fat. Fortunately, you don’t have to skimp on decadence tonight. Here, I’ve reworked a traditional Valentine’s Day meal, featuring a bison steak and comforting sides, to make easier on the waistline and pleasing to your palate.

Added bonus: These recipes contain some noted aphrodisiacs to help rev up the romance.

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The Veggie Table: Vegan Pumpkin-Banana Bread Pudding

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, The Veggie Table, Valentine's Day, February 13, 2010

I just adore the month of February. I feel like we’re almost over the winter hump and can start looking forward to spring. Valentine’s Day is smack in the middle of the month and love is in bloom — plus,  it’s National Heart Health Month! As a dietitian, I encourage eating healthfully for your heart,  but at the same time, I have a sweet tooth. I just love all the heart-shaped sweet treats that line supermarket shelves this month.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to strike a balance between sweets and heart-healthy foods, so I’ll be making loved ones my Pumpkin Banana Bread Pudding. It’s made with fiber-filled whole-wheat bread, pumpkin and bananas, which are all heart healthy. Better still, this vegan recipe is free of saturated fat and cholesterol, which means it’s a treat for your ticker, too!

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Spotlight Recipes: Lighter Chinese New Year

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, February 12, 2010

Asian Egg Drop Soup
This Sunday, we ring in the year of the tiger on the Chinese calendar. Celebrate the new year with these Asian-inspired dishes. Make sure your feast features noodles, which symbolize longevity, and dumplings, a stand-in for wealth, so you kick off 2010 with good fortune.

Spotlight Recipes: Valentine’s Day Desserts

by in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, Valentine's Day, February 10, 2010

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
Instead of buying overpriced flowers and gifts, whip up a tasty treat for your special someone. Serve these for dessert, give them away to friends or pack some in your little ones’ lunchboxes.

Katie's Healthy Bites: V-Day Breakfast in Bed

by in Healthy Holidays, Valentine's Day, February 7, 2010

Breakfast in Bed
Valentine’s Day is just a week away. A great way to spoil that special someone is breakfast in bed. You can skip the chocolates (or save them for later) when this savory frittata is on the menu. This breakfast beauty is quick and simple to whip up and you can use whatever veggies your special someone loves. (It’s a great clean-out-the-fridge recipe for a week’s end, too.)

I don’t know about you but I believe in the old saying: the fastest way to a person’s heart is through his or her stomach!

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Healthy New Year: 10 Reasonable Resolutions

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, January 1, 2010

Weight Loss Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions sometimes seem like they’re made to be broken. Folks usually bite off more than they can chew (“I’m going to lose 20 pounds by February!”). Forget about the “all-or-nothing” and “cold turkey” approaches — how about some resolutions that are simple enough that you can actually stick to them?

Here are 10 ideas to help get you started.

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Spotlight Recipes: Nibblers for New Year's Eve

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 28, 2009

Antipasto Sausage Skewers
Photo by Lara Robby/Studio D for Food Network Magazine

Get back in the healthy habit early and ring in the New Year with a smarter spread. Balance out the alcohol with plenty of food and virgin cocktails — nobody wants to kick off 2010 with a hangover!

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Spotlight Recipes: Slimmed-Down Eggnog

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 24, 2009

Lower Calorie Eggnog
Got ‘nog? If you’re anything like me, you have it every Christmas.

No doubt you’ve seen a slew of eggnog brands in the supermarket dairy case, but those pre-packaged ones boast 190 calories and 9 grams of fat or more per serving. That serving is only a 1/2 cup and doesn’t count the liquor if you like it loaded. As for all those unrecognizable ingredients (“carageen”?), don’t get me started.

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Spotlight Recipes: Christmas Breakfast

by in Healthy Holidays, December 23, 2009

Mini Frittatas
If your house is anything like mine on Christmas morning, you’ve got your hands full. I want to serve something easy, yet special, and light enough that everyone won’t be ready for a nap before we open presents. Here are some festive ideas, complete with a bubbly cocktail.

Make Your Own Mulled Wine (or Cider)

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 23, 2009

Mulled Pom-Apple Cider
This holiday favorite is guaranteed to get smiles out of your guests. If you’re a mulled wine virgin, no worries — it’s super simple to whip up a delicious batch in no time.

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