A couple of years ago, I started training for triathlons. I’m far from a natural superathlete — the initial motivation was to balance out my love of food! — but I’ve always been a regular exerciser and wanted a new challenge. I’ve now caught the racing bug, and along with it comes a whole new world of nutrition. Every veteran triathlete or marathon runner has his or her regimen, and it’s hard to sort through all of the energy bars, gels and powders on the market. Here are five homemade power snacks that won’t leave you puzzling over unpronounceable ingredients on the back of the package. Read more
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Chia seeds may be tiny, but they pack a big nutritional punch: They’re loaded with fiber, protein, calcium and omega-3s (aka “healthy” fats). They expand in water, which is why they’re perfect for making pudding. Simply add them to your favorite milk (soy, almond, coconut — you name it!) and watch the seeds expand to create a satisfying, tapioca-like texture. Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack or a delicious dessert, try one of these mouthwatering chia pudding recipes. Read more
While I pride myself on my willingness to eat pretty much anything, I’ll admit it: I hate mayonnaise. I inherited the mayo-averse gene from my father, who literally cannot stand the sight of this condiment. I’m more forgiving, but I still opt for mustard on my sandwiches, vinaigrette-style dressings, and mayo-free versions of picnic staples like coleslaw and potato salad.
Even if you love mayo, there are some risks to leaving dishes made with it out in the sun for too long. So try these healthy, mayo-free summer sides that’ll please the mayo haters, lighten things up a bit, and keep your picnic spread safe sans refrigeration. Read more
This member of the cabbage family is now in season. Besides being delicious, kale is brimming with health benefits. Studies have found that veggies in the cabbage family like kale can help reduce the risk of cancer. Kale also contains the plant chemical lutein, an antioxidant linked to healthy eyes. So get down to the market and pick up a bunch – here are 10 ways to use it. Read more
Is it just me or are you a little tired of baking these days? With busy schedules and countless obligations, it seems like we seek out efficiencies around every corner. And the kitchen corner is no exception, hence the rise of “no bake” recipes. Baking just adds one more step. You’re talking about tacking on at least another 30 to 60 minutes to your total cook time. And who has that sort of time today? Read more
During the last year or so, morning toast got a major makeover in the form of a smashed avocado. Smooth and spreadable, avocado took over as the dairy-free, healthier-fat and simply decadent substitute for more traditional butter and cream cheese. It’s been so popular that avocado toast has earned a permanent spot on restaurant menus and Instagram accounts everywhere. And while some like to keep it simple with just avocado and a sprinkle of salt, others continue to push boundaries, adding tahini, radishes and even bacon to the green spread. Read more
Broccoli is probably the most-reliable vegetable available in the produce aisle of your local supermarket. It seems that no matter what the season, broccoli is there, looking perky and ready to offer up an abundance of nutrients. A high level of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and pro-detoxification compounds make broccoli an excellent cancer-fighting food. With an easy-to-absorb calcium content that rivals whole milk and high levels of fiber (both soluble and insoluble), broccoli is definitely a vegetable you want to be eating more of. And I’m not talking about steamed broccoli every other day; I’m talking about super-tasty meals that use broccoli as a base. These three broccoli salads, made from a simple and easy-to-prepare roasted broccoli base — which is also irresistible eaten on its own — will change your mind about broccoli forever. Read more
I was raised on classic hummus and was thrilled when the chickpea-based spread was embraced in the United States. Over the past few years, however, I’ve seen hummus made from many other creative and healthful ingredients. Here are five delicious recipes that take hummus to the next level. Read more
Spring is the perfect time to use seasonal veggies and fruit to create a delicious salad. However, you need to top them with the perfect vinaigrette. Instead of opting for bottled dressings with a laundry list of additives, you can easily whip up one of these 10 easy dressings with clean ingredients at home. Read more
It’s no secret that adding breakfast to your daily routine is part of a healthy diet. Not only will it fill you up, but it will also boost your energy level, set you up for a better eating pattern and enhance your productivity throughout the day. It’s even been shown to help with better weight management over extended periods of time. Whether you’re always in a rush to get out the door or you’re someone who prefers to ease into the day without spending too much time in the kitchen, overnight oats are the perfect solution. And, just in time for warmer weather, you’ll get all of the goodness you love about hot oatmeal without having to turn on the stove. Overnight oats are super-easy to prepare, portable, inexpensive and a delicious way to get your day off on the right foot.
Think of these overnight oats as a creamy blank canvas on which you can customize to your heart’s content. Use the below suggestions as a guideline to conjure up your own tasty concoctions! Read more