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6 Healthier Treats for Halloween

by in Healthy Tips, October 27, 2015

Want to dish out some healthier Halloween treats? Here are six smart ideas that the kiddos won’t egg your house over.

Popcorn

Give out a whole-grain snack that all kids adore. Make or buy small bags of air-popped popcorn that’s plain or lightly seasoned. If you really want to get creative, give out tiny sachets of popcorn kernels tied to paper bags for DIY microwave popcorn goodie bags.

Fruit Juice Gummies

Look for brands of gummy candy made without high-fructose corn syrup. Some are even made with a small amount of fruit juice. Don’t get too excited; these chewy treats still aren’t great for teeth and should be consumed in moderation. Check out brands like YumEarth Organics, Surf Sweets and Annie’s.

Homemade Lollipops

Make your own lollipops with 100 percent fruit juice. Here’s a quick and easy recipe.

Pretzel Dippers

Justin’s brand recently came out with single-serving packs of gluten-free pretzel sticks with chocolate hazelnut spread or almond butter for dipping. They also make a line of decadent organic peanut butter cups. Since these products are made with nuts, consider an alternative for trick-or-treaters with nut allergies.

Dark Chocolate

For a more traditional option, give out bite-sized pieces of dark chocolate; they are often smaller and lower in sugar than typical Halloween-sized candy bars. Dove Promises come individually wrapped and portion controlled, with fewer than 45 calories per piece.

Skip Food Altogether

Kid favorites like stickers, cookie cutters and temporary tattoos are always popular, and any leftovers will keep well for next year. Consider replacing some or all of the edible items with these types of treats.

 

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.

How to Make Food Last Longer

by in Healthy Tips, October 25, 2015

The issue of food waste is a hot topic, and it’s no wonder why. Research shows that we Americans waste between 15 and 25 percent of the food we purchase. Imagine tossing one out of every four grocery bags right into the trash! However, there are simple things you can do to make some of your favorite healthy foods last longer.

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The (New) Science Behind Protein Intake

by in Healthy Tips, October 22, 2015

As a sports dietitian, I am often asked by athletes and exercise enthusiasts, “How much protein do I need?” But simply suggesting a daily total number of grams of protein per day is not enough. Plus, it’s hard to make sense of the all the conflicting info out there on protein intake and muscle protein synthesis (aka muscle building).

At the recent Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Nashville, Blake Rasmussen, Ph.D., from the University of Texas discussed some of the latest science on protein. Here is some insight on how much protein you should be eating, which foods are best, and guidelines for when to eat them.

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7 Candies Not to Buy for Halloween

by in Healthy Tips, October 21, 2015

Trick-or-treating is just around the corner. Before you grab any candy that’s on sale, peruse this list so you can avoid handing out the worst treats possible to the neighborhood kids.

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Budget-Friendly Shopping: Bulk vs. Packaged Grains

by in Healthy Tips, October 14, 2015

Whole-grain options have come a long way! Now some of the more obscure varieties are easier to find in stores and online. Many of these grains are available for purchase in bulk and packaged, but which is a better deal? We did some investigating. Read more

What Celebrities Eat for Lunch

by in Healthy Tips, October 11, 2015

Want more proof that celebrities are just like us? They eat lunch! Yes, it’s true. It’s not just us plebs who take time to consume a midday meal. Health-conscious celebrities also take out their Tupperware and foil to wrap up their lunches — or mindfully (or not) order off the menu.

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Produce Pick of the Month: Beets

by in Healthy Tips, October 7, 2015

A beet can do a whole lot more than just stain your hands red. It’s a versatile root vegetable whose greens can also be used in dishes, giving you more bang for your vegetable buck. Let’s explore what makes the beet unbeatable. Read more

What Is Maguey Sweet Sap?

by in Healthy Tips, October 6, 2015

There’s another sticky-sweet option for your pancakes, and this one even has a little fiber. But are the reported health benefits and flavor of maguey (mah-gay) sweet sap enough to convert maple syrup lovers? Here are the facts and what we thought in Food Network Kitchen. Read more

How to Avoid Food Waste

by in Healthy Tips, October 6, 2015

According to a Natural Resources Defense Council report, 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. never gets eaten. Further, Americans toss $165 billion worth of food each year. That’s about 20 pounds per person each month, enough to fill 730 football stadiums annually. Luckily, there are steps you can take at home to reduce the amount of food you waste. Read more

Managing Food Allergies at School

by in Healthy Tips, October 5, 2015

Do you struggle with what to pack for snacks and lunches in a nut-free school zone? Here are some practical tips to help make it easier. Read more