by Michelle Buffardi in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 11, 2011
by Dana Angelo White in Cookies & Other Desserts, Thanksgiving, November 10, 2011
- Marshmallow-free sweet potato casserole.
Sweet potato casserole is one of the quintessential Thanksgiving foods. It makes an appearance alongside the turkey on everyone’s holiday table. In my family, we have it again on Christmas, too. The version everyone expects is the one that’s covered in marshmallows. This year, I’m taking a stand against this marshmallow-topped calorie bomb. Not only does the traditional sweet potato dish deliver tons of extra sugar, fat and calories, it doesn’t even taste good. Not in my opinion, anyway. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet; they don’t need the help of marshmallows. They’re perfectly delicious on their own — baked, mashed, or turned into fries — or in a casserole, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and topped with pecans.
by Dana Angelo White in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, November 6, 2011
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.
Little fingers will love scooping up these tiny cupcakes. They’re portion controlled for the adults, too.
Recipe: Mini Carrot Cupcakes
by Healthy Eats in Halloween, October 31, 2011
“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.
by Dana Angelo White in Halloween, Healthy Tips, October 28, 2011
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.
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Experts’ Favorite Halloween Treats
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How to Use Up All That Candy
by Victoria Phillips in Food News, Halloween, October 27, 2011
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
by Dana Angelo White in Halloween, October 23, 2011
- 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?
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, September 27, 2011
- 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.
by Michelle Buffardi in Healthy Holidays, September 5, 2011
- 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.
by Robin Miller in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, July 1, 2011
- 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 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!