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Snacks with 200 Calories (or Fewer!)

by in Healthy Recipes, August 22, 2011
chips and salsa
A snack of baked tortilla chips and 1/4 cup of salsa has just 180 calories.

Having a snack attack? Forgo the last minute trip to the vending machine and be prepared when hunger strikes with these snacks with fewer than 200 calories each.

#1: Basic Edamame
Munch on baby soy beans packed with protein and hunger-fighting fiber.
Calories: 150

#2: Apple and Peanut Butter
Top a sliced apple with natural peanut butter for a smooth and crunchy combination. This snack is packed with heart-healthy unsaturated fat and the antioxidant vitamins E and C. Check out how your favorite brand did in our taste test.
Calories: 190

#3: Rainbow Fruit Skewers With Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
This snack consists of 2 fruit skewers plus 3 chocolate-dipped strawberries. What better way to get a healthy dose of antioxidants plus your chocolate fix!
Calories: 184

#4: Chips and Spicy Salsa
An ounce of baked tortilla chips (about 15) dipped in ¼ cup salsa will give you a boost of vitamin C and lycopene.
Calories: 180

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One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Recipes, August 19, 2011
banana ice cream
One-ingredient banana "ice cream" and assorted toppings.

There’s been quite a buzz over this frozen treat, so we tried our hand at the one-ingredient wonder – homemade banana “ice cream.”

Go Bananas
Banana muffins and banana bread are classic go-to recipes for over-ripe bananas, but there are some cooler options. When you’ve got more bananas than you know what to do with, slice them into large pieces and place in freezer-safe bag in the freezer for at least 4 hours (overnight is better). These frozen fruit chunks make creamy and frothy smoothies and a surprisingly similar dairy-free alternative to ice cream.

One medium banana totals about 105 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. You’ll also get healthy doses of vitamins C and B6 and potassium. Bananas are also free of fat and cholesterol.

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Brown-Bag Lunch Menus

by in Back to School, Healthy Recipes, August 17, 2011
pasta salad Ellie Krieger’s Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad, part of a well-balanced lunch.

To get you off to the right start with our September Brown-Bag Challenge, we’ve put together a one-week menu of quick, tasty and nutritious lunches. To make things even easier, pre-plan your meals, make a shopping list and have all ingredients ready-to-go. Are you up for the challenge?

Monday: Tuna Pockets

  • Stuff tuna salad into a large whole wheat pita
  • 1 medium banana
  • Sparkling water

Tuesday: Pasta Salad

Make Your Own Babaganoush

by in Healthy Recipes, August 16, 2011
It's easier than you think to make this restaurant favorite at home.

My family originates from the Middle East so it’s traditional to find babaganoush alongside typical appetizers like hummus, tahini, pita bread, pickled vegetables and olives. Here are the basics to making a killer babaganoush.

The Eggplant

Babaganoush is basically a pureed eggplant salad. It’s typically used as a condiment or dip for veggies and pita bread. Make babaganoush by selecting a shiny and firm eggplant that’s heavy for its size. Rev up your oven and roast it for about 30 to 40 minutes until the center is tender. Some recipes call for peeled and diced or sliced eggplant, while others tell you to bake it whole. The main goal is to get the inside of the eggplant soft enough so you can puree it.

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Make Your Own: Dark Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

by in Healthy Recipes, August 10, 2011
chocolate frozen yogurt
You asked for it: dark chocolate frozen yogurt. Customize it with your favorite mix-ins.

We’ve got frozen yogurt on our minds, so we polled our Facebook fans to find out what flavor they wanted to dive into. Introducing Dark Chocolate Frozen Yogurt (plus some fun ways to jazz it up).

Why Chocolate?
Why not – who doesn’t love a little chocolatey goodness?! It can be a tricky fro yo flavor to tackle because tart and tangy yogurt doesn’t always mingle with rich and smooth chocolate. The solution — use real chocolate and plus some whole milk to mellow things out.

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Stay Cool With Our Favorite No-Cook Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, August 6, 2011
Dana Angelo White's 5-Ingredient Melon Soup

Summer temperatures are skyrocketing way past scorching, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through with sweat clinging to your brow. Beat the heat—and have fun, too—with some of our favorite refreshing, thirst-quenching and downright delicious recipes.

Stay cool with Peaches & Cream Frozen Yogurt. Five ingredients are all it takes to make homemade frozen yogurt filled with fresh peaches. It’s so easy to make at home, how can you resist?

While you’re at it, let the kids have some fun, too. Chocolate Chip Waffles With Strawberry Ice Cream take no time at all, or whip up a Frozen Creamsicle Pie that will have your whole family clamoring for seconds.

Take a load off with lightened-up pina coladas — large glasses of this coconut cocktail can often run you 650 calories or more thanks to an ingredient called cream of coconut. Keep yours light and refreshing by shrinking the portions of coconut and rum, and make substitutions to add extra coconut flavor.

Want something with a little more sustenance? Try a summer salad. Whether you like it savory or sweet, we’ve got a recipe that’s just right.

Take a walk on the wild (but healthy!) side with Cantaloupe Soup. Prosciutto, cantaloupe, apple juice, chives and a dash of seasoning come together for a meal so light and refreshing you won’t even notice the humidity radiating off of the pavement outside.

Tell us: What’s your favorite no-cook summer recipe?

30 Days of Zucchini

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, August 5, 2011
zucchini
We've got 30 reasons to fall in love with zucchini.

Whether you’re a sweet or savory zucchini-lover, we’ve got your covered. Check out these 30 creative, healthy recipes and fun zucchini facts.

  1. Create a sensational Tuscan Vegetable Soup with zucchini, spinach and tomatoes.
  2. Bake a loaf of lightened-up zucchini bread. Make a double batch and freeze for later.
  3. Slice zucchini into sticks and dip in homemade, creamy hummus.
  4. Cook Ina’s scrumptious Zucchini Pancakes.
  5. Did you know: zucchini is part of the squash family and is technically a fruit.
  6. Need a light and airy snack? Ellie’s Zucchini Parmesan Crisps will do the trick.
  7. Store zucchini in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Read more

Spotlight Recipe: Kale Chips

by in Healthy Recipes, August 2, 2011
kale chips
Crisp, light, melt-in-your-mouth kale chips.

There’s been a lot of buzz about kale chips lately. They’re so hot you can even buy them pre-made in packages, like potato chips. And like potato chips, they have a satisfying crunch, but unlike traditional potato chips, kale chips are baked in the oven and not fried. Kale chips are low in calories, are full of powerful antioxidants and are a good source of calcium, vitamins A and C and fiber. Don’t be tempted by the bags of kale chips at the grocery store. You can make your own in minutes.

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Herb of the Month: Basil

by in Healthy Recipes, In Season, August 1, 2011
basil on pizza
Basil on pizza, one of the many ways to use this versitle herb.

In parts of Italy, men sport a sprig of basil on their lapel if they’re looking for love. Although an interesting fashion statement, we’ll enjoy basil as part of our healthy eats instead.

Basil Basics
The herb basil (Ocimum basilicum, Labiatae) is part of the mint family. It seems to have originated in India about 4,000 years ago. The ancient Greeks called it the “King of Herbs.” The herb gained popularity in England in the 16th century and was brought to the Americas by English explorers.

Basil can be found in different shapes, sizes, and colors — there are over 60 varieties. The most common are large-leaf Italian sweet, purple opal, Thai, lemon, tiny-leaf and African blue. Sweet Italian (a.k.a. sweet Genovese) is probably the one most recognized. The bright green leaves are rounded, have a pungent flavor that’s a cross between licorice and cloves.

The main producer in the U.S. is California, but basil is also grown commercially in India, Israel, Mexico, Yugoslavia, Italy and Morocco.

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Smart Snacks for National Junk Food Day

by in Healthy Recipes, July 21, 2011
5-layer mexican dip
Seems like junk food, but it's not. Ellie's Five-Layer Mexican Dip has just 140 calories per 1/2-cup serving.

Don’t ask us why Junk Food Day is a national food holiday, but it is, and just because it is, doesn’t mean you can’t partake responsibly. Snack on your favorite “junk foods” today, minus the guilt. Stick to our list of Healthy Eats-approved recipes and you won’t miss out on this national celebration of nostalgic junk food.

Chips and Dip:

Chili Chips

Spiced Pita Chips

Hummus

Edamame Dip

5-Layer Mexican Dip (pictured above)

Chili Tortilla Chips

Tomato Salsa

Green Goddess Dip

Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip

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