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Pulses: The Superfood You’ve Never Heard Of

by in Healthy Recipes, February 22, 2016

If you don’t readily recognize the word “pulses,” or know it is the official name for the category of food that includes dry peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils, you’re not alone. In fact, most Americans have no idea what pulses are. But many of those same people likely have a can of chickpeas, a bag of dried lentils or some black beans lurking on the shelves of their kitchen cupboards. And now that the United Nations has officially declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, it’s only a matter of time before this pantry staple also becomes a household word.

Pulses, it turns out, have a lot going for them in terms of nutrition, sustainability and affordability. Here are the top five reasons to start including more of them in your diet.

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4 Ways to Serve Microwave Breakfast Cake for One

by in Healthy Recipes, February 21, 2016

You’ve heard that breakfast is the most-important meal of the day. After fasting for many hours overnight (at least 6 hours recommended), it is important to refuel or jump-start the body with wholesome foods. The challenge, however, is trying to accomplish a million things before leaving the house for the day, and fixing a hearty breakfast — or any kind of breakfast, for that matter — simply may not happen. Perhaps that’s why convenient and portable items like overnight oats are widely popular (in addition to their delicious taste, of course). What’s another easy option besides perfect overnight oats? I introduce you to the Microwave Breakfast Cake for One, made in a Mason jar. Yes, you can prepare it the night before, and you certainly can enjoy it for breakfast or at any time of the day. In just minutes, you can fuel your body with a healthy dose of carbs, protein and fat!

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6 Better Ways to Put Cheese on Everything — Comfort Food Feast

by in Healthy Recipes, February 18, 2016

Cheese has a way of making everything better, whether it’s sprinkled on pasta, crumbled on salads or oozing out from between two slices of toasted bread. Now there’s even greater cause to celebrate its creamy superpowers: A new study from the University of Michigan suggests that nisin, a preservative that naturally grows in dairy products, aids in killing cancer cells and some types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But the dairy aisle’s sweetheart has been catching a lot of heat from health food crusaders insisting that cheese, or any milk product for that matter, should be cut out completely in order to achieve a healthy eating regimen and leaner figures. Supermodel Gisele Bündchen and her NFL quarterback husband, Tom Brady, especially piqued interest when they hopped aboard the no-dairy train. But … the creaminess. The melty, pull-apart goodness. And don’t forget the vitamin D! Let the stars keep their brown rice and wild salmon. We’ll be over here, enjoying chicken Parm, quiche and life in general.

Here are seven recipes that prove a cheesy dish can be good for you, too:

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Year of Oats: February’s Oatmeal, Date and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, February 18, 2016

If morning oatmeal is the only thing you’re making with hearty whole-grain oats, you’re missing out on a whole year full of delicious opportunity. Food Network Kitchen came up with 12 seasonal, healthy recipes that prove just how versatile the humble oat can be. Read more

Baked Vegetable Fries with BBQ Chili

by in Healthy Recipes, February 16, 2016

Since I’m a dietitian, I guess you could say that I know a thing or two about healthy eating. I also know all too well that it’s not humanly possible to eat perfectly 100 percent of the time. After all, food is meant to be celebrated, and I refuse to turn down my mother-in-law’s perfectly fried homemade dumplings at Christmastime or a scoop of creamy cinnamon ice cream during the brutal Texas summer. Having said that, I do keep balance and moderation at the forefront of my mind. Saying “yes” every time I pass by an ice cream shop will only foster a poor habit. I’ve definitely been there.

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Why Cacao Butter Should Be Your Valentine

by in Healthy Recipes, February 12, 2016

What could be more romantic than the cold-pressed oil of a cacao bean — aka cacao butter? Maybe it’s the fact that cacao butter isn’t just an essential ingredient in chocolate, but also a healthy source of Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids, antioxidants and, yes, mood-stimulating serotonin. Use cacao butter to make chocolate, or for melt-in-your-mouth cookie dough truffles and sexy raspberry chocolate leather.

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5 Chocolatey Reasons to Stay in This Valentine’s Day — Comfort Food Feast

by in Healthy Recipes, Valentine's Day, February 11, 2016

Between pricey prix fixe menus and absurdly long wait times, dining out on Valentine’s Day is never what it’s cracked up to be. If you haven’t yet scored a reservation at that new brasserie people have been raving about, don’t sweat it. Instead, use the night as an opportunity to kick back with your date (or your best friend!) and toast Cupid’s handiwork with some homemade eats and a whole lot of chocolate. It might sound cliche, but this is the one day that we get a pass to indulge in all things sweet and chocolatey — so why wouldn’t we? Maybe you’re trying to avoid a post-meal sugar crash. We get that. But there are clever ways to tailor chocolate cheesecake, mousse and more for a romantic night at home.

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Bread Pudding with Dates and Orange Whiskey Sauce

by in Healthy Recipes, February 10, 2016

Imagine velvety whisky sauce drizzling down the sides of rich bread pudding. What could be more indulgent? Don’t worry, it’s a healthy indulgence! Read more

6 Kitchen Hacks for Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

by in Healthy Recipes, February 10, 2016

Calling all chocoholics! Discover why there’s way more to antioxidant-rich unsweetened cocoa powder than candy with these kitchen hacks.

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The Healthy Breakfast You Can Make from Leftovers

by in Healthy Recipes, February 9, 2016

Oatmeal is a great way to get heart-healthy whole grains into your breakfast, but it’s not the only way. With a little prep work, you can turn lots of whole grains into a morning meal — from quinoa and brown rice to millet and polenta. Try this easy, versatile, DIY recipe to make a healthy, hot breakfast in minutes.

This recipe uses leftover cooked grains from your fridge. If you don’t have any… get on that! Keeping a big batch of cooked whole grains in the fridge is a timesaving step for lots of healthy meals.

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