by Dana Angelo White in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 1, 2010
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 1, 2010
- Dana's Homemade Vanilla Extract
Starting today, we’re serving up a new healthy gift idea every day for 12 days! First up: from-scratch vanilla extract your friends and family will love.
Using high-quality, pure vanilla extract can make all the difference in baked goods and whipped cream, but the good stuff can get pricey! You can make some that’s beyond better for a fraction of the cost. This gourmet-caliber extract makes an ideal hostess gift or stocking stuffer for anyone who loves to cook.
Make homemade vanilla extract »
by Dana Angelo White in Thanksgiving, November 24, 2010
- Try two or three mini-doughnuts instead of a full-sized one.
Every year I celebrate Hanukkah by enjoying the infamous holiday doughnut. Yes, I am a registered dietitian who’s telling you that it’s okay to eat a doughnut — can you believe it?! This doesn’t mean you have permission for a free-for-all indulgence, but if you really want a doughnut, go for it! Just use our tips to do it the smart way.
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by Toby Amidor in Food Safety, Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 23, 2010
- Rachael Ray's Orange-Scented Green Beans
There’s no shortage of extra calories at the Thanksgiving table. While we’d never tell you not to indulge, these effortless options can shave more than 500 calories off your holiday meal.
5 easy ways to trim 100 calories »
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 17, 2010
- Tools of the Trade: Use heat and ice packs to maintain temps as you travel.
A friend or family member asks you to chip in a dish for Thanksgiving dinner — now what? This can get tricky, especially if you’ve got a long car or train ride ahead of you. Here are some things to consider before you decide what to tote along.
Thanksgiving potlucks: What to bring and how to bring it »
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 17, 2010
Growing up with a vegan chef (my mother), I’ve had the most wonderful vegetarian Thanksgiving experiences. She’d load the table with creative dishes made from seasonal fruits and veggies, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. We’ve put together vegetarian (and even some vegan) options for Thanksgiving day — and you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy them.
Get our mix-and-match menu »
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 10, 2010
- Dana's Vegan Pear Tart
I don’t follow a vegan diet, but find myself experimenting with all kinds of vegan recipes, just because they’re delicious. Instead of the classic apple desserts this Thanksgiving, try another seasonal treat in this simple and rustic tart.
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by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, November 9, 2010
- Should You Go Organic or Conventional With Your Bird?
For my family, the Thanksgiving meal is all about digging into to a seasonal bounty of our favorite foods. While I may be able to find many turkey day must-haves organically produced, they come at a much higher price. Do I need to go for broke this holiday?
Our take: Are organic turkeys and produce worth the high price tag?
by Dana Angelo White in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, November 8, 2010
- Instead of buying instant potatoes, make your own lighter mashers.
Shopping for the right Thanksgiving ingredients can make all the difference. Simple changes can cut down on calories, sugar, fat and preservatives without compromising flavor. As you hit the market to pick up your Thanksgiving fare, think about making these swaps.
Make these healthy Thanksgiving swaps »
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, October 26, 2010
- Homemade Pie Crust
There’s something extraordinary about pastry. It’s the perfect combination of crisp, delicate, flaky and tender. Ready-to-bake versions from the store promise convenience but you can make your own in a matter of minutes. Something this special deserves a homemade touch — make yours now and freeze it for Thanksgiving.
Why make your own? Plus, recipes to try »
It’s virtually impossible to avoid sugar during trick-or-treat season. Sweet treats can be part of a healthy diet, but some are more spooky than others — pass on these 5 types of candy and you’ll be off to a smart start.
See all 5 treats to avoid »