All Posts In Healthy Holidays

Thanksgiving Desserts: Something for Everyone

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Thanksgiving, November 10, 2011

carrot cupcakes
Cooking for a crowd this holiday? Stumped by how to accommodate family members with special dietary needs? We’ve got sweet ideas for everyone at your table.

Kid-Friendly
Little fingers will love scooping up these tiny cupcakes. They’re portion controlled for the adults, too.

Recipe: Mini Carrot Cupcakes

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Holiday Baking Prep: Types of Wheat Flours

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, November 6, 2011

flour

Flour 101

“Flour” is basically the ground meal of any grain. While wheat is most common, oats, corn and rice (among others) are also available. Wheat flours are the classic choice for most baked goods and also tend to have the greatest variation. Types will differ by the coarseness of the grain, amount of gluten (a protein with elastic “chewy” properties), and the presence of any additional ingredients.

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Everything You Need for a Healthy Halloween

by in Halloween, October 31, 2011
candy Some treats are scarier than others.

We can’t help you fend off goblins, ghosts, witches and werewolves, but we can help you avoid scary stuff like excess sugar, too many processed treats and smile-spoiling candies. Before you hit the streets to trick-or-treat, read up on the sneaky ways you can resist overindulging this year. Plus, some make-at-home sweets that will keep you from raiding the candy aisle, especially once the prices get marked down tomorrow.

Tricks for Enjoying Your Treats

Experts’ Favorite Halloween Treats

Eat This Instead of That, Halloween Edition

Don’t be Tricked into These Treats

Frightening Foods to Avoid

6 Halloween Party Treats

How to Navigate the Candy Aisle

5 Treats That are Scarier Than Zombies

How to Use Up All That Candy

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Healthy Swaps: Halloween Treats

by in Halloween, Healthy Tips, October 28, 2011

halloween candy
You can probably figure out that candy isn’t the healthiest option, but this time of year it’s pretty much unavoidable. Explore the options below for improved candy picks.

Instead of: King size candy bar
Choose: Mini “fun size” bar
The Payoff: An average savings of 475 calories and more than 20 grams of fat

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Food News: McDonald’s Giving Out Apples on Halloween

by in Food News, Halloween, October 27, 2011
mcdonalds fries
Trick-or-treaters will recieve a much healthier snack than candy or fries from McDonald's this Halloween.

It’s common for stores and restaurants to hand out treats on Halloween, but a few McDonald’s locations won’t be handing out candy this year. A handful of McDonald’s locations in Southern California are doling out apples. That’s right —  trick-or-treaters under 12 years old will receive a free bag of apple slices. The campaign is designed to promote the new Happy Meal option of apple slices instead of french fries.

Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura county residents can stop by any McDonald’s location from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday for the free apple slice giveaway.

“We’re excited to offer this nutritious treat for children this Halloween season,” said Michael Mangione Jr., president of the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California, or MOASC, which represents about 600 franchised and company-owned locations.

To learn more, read the full release.

What do you think about this treat? Is it a trick to get customers in the door, or just a healthy offering?

Healthier Halloween:Frightening Foods to Avoid

by in Halloween, October 23, 2011
sour halloween candy
Should you be afraid of sour candies?

We don’t expect your Halloween faves to be nutritious, but there are some treats you should be scared of. Whether you’re digging through a candy-filled pillowcase or deciding what to give out to trick-or-treaters, use these tips to keep kiddies safe.

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Rosh Hashanah Side Dishes

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, September 27, 2011
jicama-orange salad
Food Network Magazine's Jicama-Orange Salad.

Scrambling to find creative sides for the Jewish New Year? Look no further. This collection includes fresh ideas and some lightened up classics.

Recipes To Try:

Have extra apples lying around after the holiday? Turn them into a delicious applesauce.

Top Picnic Posts for Labor Day

by in Healthy Holidays, September 5, 2011
labor day
Are you cooking out today?

Happy Labor Day! It’s time to have one last picnic before summer officially ends. Of course you can still cook out before it gets cold, but it’s the last long holiday weekend where you’ll have an extra day to relax and entertain. To get you ready for your end-of-summer bash, a round-up of our most popular picnic posts:

Summer Picnic Menu

Which is Healthier, a Hot Dog or a Hamburger?

5-Ingredient Broccoli Salad

Top Picnic Salads

Host a Healthier Cookout

Potato Salad, Lightened Up

8 Grilling Safety Tips You Need to Know

Safety Tips: Packing Food for Your Cookout

Labor Day Cookout Menu

How are you celebrating the last weekend of summer?

Robin’s Healthy Take: A Menu for a Fabulous Fourth

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, July 1, 2011
turkey burger
Robin's Firey Turkey Burger With Avocado and Jack Cheese

Lighten up this year’s July 4th party with a winning menu: spicy turkey burgers piled high with creamy avocado, grilled sweet corn with tangy lime butter, Asian-inspired slaw with crunchy noodles, and a spruced-up, modern version of strawberry shortcake. Bye-bye gluttonous get-together fare!

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Make Your Own Grill Seasoning

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, June 15, 2011
Grill Seasoning
Make your own grill seasoning with our easy how-to.

Give Dad a gift he can use all summer long: grill seasoning! Instead of boring bottled spice mixes, make your own batch for meat, fish or veggies with all his favorite flavors.

Get 3 new grill seasoning recipes, plus tips to create your own »

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