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5 Kitchen Hacks for String Cheese

by in Healthy Tips, September 16, 2015

This kiddie snack can be so much more than a lunchbox staple. Check out these clever hacks using lower lower-fat, part-skim mozzarella string cheese sticks. Read more

Clearing Up Cholesterol Confusion

by in Healthy Tips, September 15, 2015

If you’re one of the more than 70 million Americans who deal with high cholesterol (or worry you might join the club), you’re probably concerned about whether the cholesterol in your food will wind up as unhealthy cholesterol levels in your blood. For years, cholesterol in food has been demonized, and dietary guidelines recommended limiting your intake. But the tide seems to be turning — leaving would-be healthy eaters puzzled about which fats to seek out and which to avoid, just in time for National Cholesterol Education Month. Read more

How to Eat Healthy When Eating Out

by in Healthy Tips, September 12, 2015

According to the National Restaurant Association, Americans eat an average of five restaurant meals every week. That’s a lot of time spent not really in control of what ends up on your plate (which might also have something to do with our national epidemics of obesity and related diseases like diabetes). But with a little knowledge, a few skills and a bit of willpower, dining out doesn’t have to be a diet wrecker, says Hope Warshaw, R.D., author of Eat Out, Eat Well: The Guide to Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant (American Diabetic Association, 2015). Here, she shares her advice with Healthy Eats. Read more

Are You Eating Too Much Sugar?

by in Healthy Tips, September 9, 2015

Convinced that your consumption of sugar is in check? You may be sorely mistaken. Find out how to be more on top of your sugar intake. Read more

Want a Better Egg? So Does Betsy Babcock

by in Healthy Tips, September 8, 2015

What started as a hobby farm back in 2005 and then became a “farm stay” bed and breakfast grew into a major egg business — sort of by accident. “Our customers at the B&B kept raving about how incredible our eggs tasted, so we decided to figure out what we were doing differently that made them so good,” says Betsy Babcock, who started Handsome Brook Farm with her husband, Brian. Turns out, what they were doing was just letting chickens be chickens and allowing them to forage in pastures (instead of keeping them confined in cages or barns). And according to a 2010 study at Penn State, those pasture-raised chickens produce eggs that not only taste better, but they’re better for you. The researchers found that eggs from pasture hens had twice as much vitamin E and long-chain Omega-3 fats than conventional eggs, plus there were higher concentrations of vitamin A — a difference attributed to the hens’ diet. Read more

Juice Boxes: Are They Healthy?

by in Healthy Tips, September 3, 2015

Now that the kids are back in school, making sure they have plenty to drink is always on parents’ to-do list. Juice boxes are a popular beverage to pack into your little ones’ lunchboxes, but are they really a healthy choice? Read more

Market Watch: The Beauty of Heirloom Tomatoes

by in Healthy Tips, In Season, August 28, 2015

It’s peak tomato season at the local farmers market and the best time to explore heirloom varieties in all their imperfect glory. Read more

7 Foods That Are Ruining Your Skin

by in Healthy Tips, August 18, 2015

Keeping your skin fresh and healthy gets increasingly harder with age. Make sure your diet isn’t making things worse! Here are seven foods that promote an unhealthy complexion. Read more

7 After-School Snacks That Sound Healthy But Aren’t

by in Healthy Tips, August 17, 2015

When your kids arrive home from school, they can often be super-hungry. It’s the perfect time to give them a healthy snack filled with nutrients needed for proper growth and development. You might want to think twice about what you’re serving, though, as what you think is healthy unfortunately might be anything but. These seemingly good-for-you snacks aren’t as healthy as you think. Read more

8 Surprising Ways to Get Calcium Without Dairy

by in Healthy Tips, August 16, 2015

Are you getting enough calcium? We’re great at making sure our little kids get enough calcium, but as we (and our children) get older … not so much. Yet calcium’s important for everyone: It’s a major player in skeletal health, and also is used to help nerves send signals and muscles contract. Most adults need 1,000 milligrams per day. Women over 50 and men over 70 need 1,200 milligrams per day. Teenagers, pregnant and nursing women need 1,300 milligrams of calcium per day. If you’re not a big fan of milk or yogurt, make sure you’re getting calcium through some of these surprising sources. Read more