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Healthy Passover Foods: Traditional and Fresh Ideas

by in Healthy Holidays, April 2, 2012
matzo ball soup
Food Network Magazine's Matzo Ball Soup

In a Passover food rut? Although it’s wonderful to dine on traditional foods, sometimes you just want to try something new.

Traditional Fare

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Easter Desserts for Everyone

by in Easter, March 30, 2012
easter cupcakes
Make festive, portion controlled cupcakes for kids and grown-up kids.

Whenever a crowd gathers for a holiday celebration, there are bound to be guests with various dietary considerations or food allergies. Accommodate everyone on your Easter celebration guest list this year with these seasonal treats.

Gluten Free
Creamy rice pudding is teamed up with sweet cherries for a magical (and gluten free) combination.

Recipe: Rice Pudding with Cherries (*see note)

Heart Healthy
Low in saturated fat and cholesterol, this down-sized classic will make your guests swoon.

Recipe: Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

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Chocolate 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Valentine's Day, February 13, 2012
Celebrate Valentine's Day with chocolate treats morning, noon and night.

Just a touch of chocolate is all you need to remind that special someone how you feel. This Valentine’s Day, enjoy any of these scrumptious chocolate delights morning, noon or night.

Breakfast
Start Valentine’s Day with chocolate-filled French toast. Even your kid will be shocked you served chocolate for breakfast! With only 1 teaspoon of bittersweet chocolate chips per serving, a little goes a long way.

Recipe: Chocolate and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

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Make Your Own Chocolate Ganache Body Scrub

by in Valentine's Day, February 11, 2012
chocolate scrub
Make a chocolate treat for the outside of your body.

Chocolate and spa treatments like massages, facials and pedicures are quintessential Valentine’s Days gifts everyone loves to receive. Oasis Day Spa, with locations in New York City and Westchester, offers romantic packages combining chocolate and spa services like massages using chocolate body oil, and chocolate mousse facials. The oils and scrubs they use in their treatments are all natural and use ingredients you probably have at home, and Sandra Lakatos, the spa director, was kind enough to let us in on her secret recipe for their Chocolate Ganache Body Scrub. So treat yourself or a loved one to a homemade chocolate treat this Valentine’s Day — it will leave you feeling renewed and rejuvenated. Bonus: There are zero calories in this chocolate treat; it’s completely homemade and completely guilt-free.

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29 Days of Romantic Foods

by in 30 Days, Valentine's Day, February 6, 2012
chocolate strawberry
29 ways to treat your sweetheart.

Keep the month of February sweet, hot and spicy with these romantic foods.

1.    Start the month of right with 28 days of chocolate.

2.    Read up on Katie Cavuto Boyle’s sensual Valentine’s dishes.

3.    Check out Valentine’s recipes for kids and grown ups.

4.    Keep red foods on your mind.

5.    Make Ina Garten’s caviar dip.

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Last-Minute Holiday Appetizer: Spinach-Artichoke Dip

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 24, 2011


Everyone loves spinach-artichoke dip. But this restaurant favorite is notoriously loaded with fat and calories — from the cheesy dip and the fried tortilla chips it’s served with. But this recipe is incredibly easy to lighten up — Ellie Krieger’s recipe calls for light cream cheese, light mozzarella and light sour cream along with chopped spinach and artichokes, and when you bake it, you can’t even tell the ingredients are better-for you. Skip the deep-fried tortilla chips and serve this dip warm with baked tortilla chips, whole wheat pita chips or crudites.

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Dr. Dean Ornish’s Tips for Healthy Holiday Indulging

by in Healthy Holidays, December 22, 2011


Healthy eating over the holidays can be tough. Finger food and cocktails are overly abundant at every holiday party, and the cold weather certainly doesn’t help the comfort food cravings. But instead of trying to steer clear of all fatty foods, indulge a little. You read that right, indulging is 100 percent okay — it is the holidays after all. Indulging smartly, however, is the key.

Health expert Dr. Dean Ornish has five tips for navigating holiday parties:

  • Eat something beforehand. If you don’t eat all day, you may arrive at holiday meals and parties ravenous and lose control.
  • Eat the healthier foods first – they will fill you up somewhat, so you’ll be less likely to overeat the more indulgent foods.
  • Choose foods that leave evidence – e.g., keep the shrimp tails and chicken wing bones on your plate after you’ve eaten them. Studies show that if you have cues to see how much you’ve eaten, you’ll eat less.
  • Eat more slowly. The faster we eat, the more we eat. Sip water between bites. Holiday meals last longer than typical meals. If you wolf down your food, your plate may be clean while others are still eating, which will lead to seconds.
  • Close your eyes and savor the food periodically during the meal. You’ll consume fewer calories and experience more pleasure.

For more healthy eating tips from Dr. Ornish, visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

Holiday Brunch for Everyone

by in Gluten-Free, Healthy Holidays, Kid-Friendly, Vegan, December 20, 2011


With family and friends visiting during the holidays, you’re bound to have a few folks who need a special meal. There’s no need to stress, we’ve got you covered with brunch recipes for special diets.

Gluten-Free
Bake a batch of gluten-free muffins a day or two before your guests arrive so you’ll have something on hand for them to munch on.

Recipe: Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins (above)

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Healthier Holiday Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 19, 2011

There are many ways to go about holiday cookie-making without gobs of butter and sugar—really, there are!  Here are some ways to indulge sensibly.

For those with children to please, get them involved!  Try these adorable classic gingerbread boys and girls (pictured above).  Set up a decorating station with frosting, sprinkles and maybe even some gum drops—it’s a fun activity and delicious treat rolled into one.
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Homemade vs. Store-Bought: Eggnog

by in Healthy Holidays, December 19, 2011


Are you planning to celebrate with this creamy classic this holiday season? Do you buy it in the carton or make your own? Which is the better way to go for this holiday treat?

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