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High-Fiber Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, July 12, 2012

garden burger
Ever wonder if your dishes are high in certain nutrients? In this new series, we’ll tell you just that. Since most folks don’t get their daily fill of fiber, we thought that’d be a great place to start.

The Guidelines
The recommendations for fiber ranges from 20 to 38 grams per day—depending on age and gender. However, a good goal for anyone to aim for is 25 grams per day. Each of the recipes below contains at least 20 percent of your daily dose of fiber, which is 5 grams.

Fiber is an important part of your healthy eating plan for many reasons. It can help lower cholesterol and can help to reduce the risk of colon cancer, plus it makes you feel full for longer and can help maintain a healthy digestive system.

Read more about the health benefits of fiber.

The Recipes

#1: Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese
The majority of the fiber in this dish comes from the whole-wheat pasta (about 6 grams per serving), but the onions, Swiss chard and tomatoes also contribute a small amount (about 4 grams per serving).

Total fiber per serving: 11 grams = 44% of your recommended daily dose

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Going With Gluten-Free Whole Grains

by in Gluten-Free, July 8, 2012

breakfast casserole
When I transitioned my household to gluten free, a funny thing happened along the way. My gluten-intolerant son, Isaiah, had been the classic white foods eater—pasta, pizza, potatoes, pie. You name it, the only food he would eat on his plate was white and lots of it was bread.

So when he was diagnosed five years ago, it was slim pickings at the supermarket for a white bread substitute. Needless to say we tried them all, but they all fell short of his expectations. Turns out that the answer was easier than I would have ever guessed. He was no longer looking at color, but texture and flavor. I was still feeding into his white foods cravings when he was clearly over them. Slowly, Isaiah’s food choices opened up and to my surprise, he ventured beyond the white and into healthier, whole-grain choices.

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Healthy No-Cook Summer Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, July 7, 2012
This may look like fettuccine, but it's actually just sliced zucchini!

During the summer months, I try to refrain from doing anything that might unnecessarily heat up my tiny apartment – that means not charging my laptop overnight, not using my hair straightener or blow dryer and most importantly, avoiding the oven or stove on the hottest days. Though these kitchen accoutrements are certainly useful for whipping up quick, healthy dishes, who wants to stand in front of a hot stove stir-frying vegetables when it is already 90 degrees outside? With a little inspiration, you can make healthful and tasty meals without even having to turn on the gas or the oven. So beat the heat this summer with these flavorful no-cook dishes!

Zucchini Fettuccine With Tomato Sauce
It’s fettuccine you don’t have to cook! This recipe uses zucchini cut into thin strips to give it the appearance of pasta and a pureed tomato sauce with garlic, pine nuts and a little jalapeno for a kick.

Recipe: Zucchini Fettuccine With Tomato Sauce (above)

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Unforgettable Fruit Salads

by in Healthy Recipes, July 6, 2012

fruit salad
We’ve all been there. After slaving away over a sticky cutting board, cutting pear after strawberry after apple, the fruit salad of our dreams is left with the dregs of cantaloupe and honeydew stranded in the bowl, never to grace a plate. Each fruit was squeezed and sized up in the grocery store, sure, but the typical fruit salad is rather uniform and expected. We know what it’s going to taste like before we even load up our plates.

At the same time, the proverbial fruit salad is a mainstay at summer barbecues. In between bites of burger, chips and potato salad, guests are yearning for something more refreshing, something that will lift them up after such a heavy meal.

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7 Tips for Feeding Picky Kids

by in Kid-Friendly, June 28, 2012
picky eater
Will your child ever love spinach as much as you do?

Getting kids to eat healthy has become the Mount Everest of parenthood. Every day is a rocky, uphill battle with daily obstacles thwarting parents’ best intentions: bake sales, kiddie menus, birthday parties and vending machines are everywhere. It doesn’t help that kids are still wired like their early ancestors to gravitate towards sweet foods to maintain their weight in case of a famine and avoid unfamiliar foods that may be poisonous. Fast forward to the twenty-first century with easy access to store-bought processed products and introducing kids to cauliflower can sound as daunting as climbing a mountain.

The good news is that there are plenty of tactics to encourage healthier eating habits in kids.

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Grilled Meat, 5 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, June 14, 2012
steak
Make dad a meaty meal for Father's Day this weekend.

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day then by cooking dad a meaty meal? Show dad some love with any of these 5 mouthwatering meat recipes.

Tex-Mex Steak
Chili-spiced steak steak topped with avocado sauce and fresh tomato salad, all for 325 calories and 17 grams of fat per serving.

Recipe: Steak With Avocado Sauce and Tomato Salad (above)

Sliders
A little goes a long way when it comes to these delish sliders. Create a toppings bar with mango salsa, grilled pineapple slices, black bean salsa, avocado, pico de gallo or hummus. Let everyone pick their favorites.

Recipe: Swiss Cheeseburger Sliders

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Kid-Friendly Summer Snacks

by in Kid-Friendly, June 13, 2012
ham pinwheels Keep kids fueled for fun with easy, pack-able snacks.

Whether on a road trip, a day at camp or playing at the beach, kids need fuel! Keep tummies from rumbling with these nutritious and delicious snacks.

Grab-N-Go
Pinwheels (above)
Popcorn
Trail Mix
Pizza Wrap

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Strawberry Daiquiris, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, June 12, 2012
strawberry daquiries
Ted Allen's Fresh Strawberry Balsamic Basil Daiquiris

Most daiquiris are cloyingly sweet and filled with booze, but make your own for a much lighter version of this classic summer cocktail.

Nutrition Facts
A 2-ounce portion of frozen daiquiri mix (no alcohol) has 120 calories and more than 5 teaspoons of added sugar. The quality of the ingredients is another sticky issue – most bottled mixers are filled with artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup. Pour in the rum and it’s another 100-plus calories per shot. There are better options….

Virgin
Replace rum with pineapple – save hundreds of calories per serving.
Recipe: Virgin Daiquiri

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Top 5 Most Satisfying Breakfasts

by in Healthy Recipes, June 12, 2012
Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt, store-bought or homemade, like this one from Food Network Magazine will keep you full all morning.

It’s no secret that breakfast is important. It’s the morning fuel that kicks your metabolism into high gear for the day ahead. Make breakfast as satisfying as possible with these 5 foods.

Eggs
The high-quality protein in eggs may be more satisfying than other foods. Opt for a quick omelet or burrito on busy weekday mornings and treat yourself to lightened up Eggs Benedict for a weekend brunch.

Find out why you should eat both the whites and the yolks.

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