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5 Fun Things To Do With Tomato Sauce

by in Healthy Recipes, September 7, 2013

eggs in tomato sauce
When the season comes to a close, don’t let those fresh tomatoes go to waste! Make your own tomato sauce, then freeze and use it these five ways.

#1: Soup
Make a speedy bowl of tomato soup using tomato sauce. It’s a perfect way to get your dose of lycopene, an antioxidant shown to help lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Recipe: Quick and Spicy Tomato Soup

#2: Eggs
Shakshuka (aka Eggs in Purgatory) is a mouthwatering Israeli dish. Cut prep time by using premade tomato sauce like in Giada’s recipe.

Recipe: Eggs in Purgatory (above)

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Make Your Own Lunch Kit

by in Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, August 31, 2013

lunch kit
Say sayonara to store-bought lunch kits! These DIY versions will make your kid the envy of the lunchroom.

Nutrition Facts
Pre-packaged lunch kits sure seem convenient, but the quality of the food is subpar at best. Popular options include crackers and processed meats and cheeses, coupled with sugary drinks and cookies. The calorie counts vary from 300 to 450 per serving, with 8 to 20 grams and fat, plus 30 to 40 percent of an adult’s sodium needs for the entire day. What’s even more disturbing is the staggeringly long list of ingredients, usually chock-full of preservatives.

Packing Up
Bento-style containers make homemade lunch kits a breeze. Compartments keep food fresh and allow little fingers to snatch up and assemble their favorites. Most set-ups retail for $15 to $25 each at Pottery Barn Kids and Laptop Lunches. Resealable plastic bags and small plastic containers can also get the job done.

Getting Fresh
Here are 5 fresh lunch combos that keep the menu fun and healthy.

  • Thick-sliced roasted turkey, cheese cubes, edamame and yogurt-dipped pretzels (above)
  • Greek yogurt, fresh berries, granola and carrot sticks
  • Grilled chicken, tortilla chips, black bean salsa and broccoli florets
  • Mini PB &J, whole wheat pretzels and grapes
  • Pasta salad, green beans and apple

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

15 Labor Day Cookout Dishes, Lightened-Up

by in Healthy Recipes, August 30, 2013

broccoli saladWhatever you’re craving this weekend, there’s a healthy take that’s sure to be a hit with cookout-party and picnic crowds. From salads to burgers to desserts, here are 15 lightened-up recipes.

Side Dishes and Salads

American Macaroni Salad

Broccoli Salad (above)

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Garden Potato Salad

Corn and Pasta Salad

Asian Red Cabbage Slaw

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Make and Freeze Back-to-School Breakfasts

by in Healthy Recipes, August 30, 2013

lemon blueberry pancakes
When you cook and freeze breakfast items ahead of time, you’ll always have something handy to serve before school, even on hectic mornings. Try making double or triple batches of any of these recipes.

Pancakes
Instead of buying mixes, make homemade pancakes and let them cool before storing in the freezer. Use these tips to lighten up your next batch.

Recipes to try:

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21 Smarter Summer Desserts

by in Healthy Recipes, August 24, 2013

peaches and cream
What’s summer without fabulous desserts? All of these delicious treats have 400 calories or under per serving.

Fruit-Based
Stock up on mouthwatering summer fruits before the season is gone! They supply plenty of good-for-you antioxidants in addition to boatloads of flavor.

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20 Top Healthy Corn Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, August 22, 2013

corn salad
Corn season is now in full swing. Enjoy this scrumptious veggie in every type of dish from breakfast to salads to side dishes. The toughest decision you’ll need to make is choosing which recipe to pick first.

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Make Your Own Energy Drink!

by in Healthy Recipes, August 19, 2013

homemade energy drink
Most bottles and cans of energy drinks are nothing but sugar water plus lots of supplemental vitamins and minerals. The beverages are also loaded with herbal stimulants and caffeine. The safety of many of the herbal ingredients is questionable, and while caffeine may provide a temporary boost, it won’t give you energy (only calories can do that).

But here’s a homemade energy drink anyone can feel good about sipping.

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5 Ways to Wow with Watermelon

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, August 15, 2013

watermelon gazpacho
Got an endless supply of this quintessential summer fruit? Here are some refreshing new ways to use it up.

#1: Make Real Sorbet
Most watermelon sorbets have no actual watermelon in sight! The real deal couldn’t be easier to make.

Recipe: Tropical Watermelon Sorbet

#2: Add to Salsa
Add a fresh and juicy crunch to a savory salsa and serve with fish or chicken.

Recipe: Fish Tacos with Watermelon Salsa

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4 Steps to Healthier Zucchini Bread

by in Healthy Recipes, August 14, 2013

zucchini bread

What’s the secret to trimmed-down zucchini bread? This recipe from Food Network Kitchens features several smart tweaks to create a lighter loaf:

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