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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Get Fresh Salad Ideas

by in Uncategorized, June 12, 2011
Spring Salads
Spring Salad With Buttermilk Dressing - Image courtesy Food Network Magazine

The fruits of the harvest are always bursting with crispness and flavor, reminding us of the freshness of the season.  Here’s a quick guide to building a delicious, in-season salad from the bottom to the top. Read our tips, then tell us your favorite way to dress up greens.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: 8 Ways to Be Green This Spring

by in Uncategorized, May 15, 2011
Tyler Florence Spring Green Salad
Tyler Florence's Spring Green Salad

Spring brings to mind that bright, vibrant green shade that you see everywhere this time of year, but it’s also a great time to be more eco-friendly.  Here are 8 ways to get started this season.

Green up your life this spring »

Katie’s Healthy Bites: A Mother’s Day Herb Garden

by in Uncategorized, May 1, 2011
Herb Garden - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine
Grown your own herbs -- here's how. Image courtesy Food Network Magazine.

One of my favorite gifts for the mom that loves to cook is an herb garden. It is thoughtful, beautiful, useful and of course tasty. Here’s how to put one together, just in time for next Sunday’s Mother’s Day.

Make this Mom-perfect gift »

The Most Important Fruits and Veggies to Buy Organic

by in Uncategorized, April 22, 2011

fresh produce

Last year on Earth Day, we introduced the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shoppers Guide to Pesticides – the list of most and least contaminated produce items to help you decide where to spend your organic food budget. The EWG continues to conduct research on contamination levels in popular fruits and veggies—here’s the latest update.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Juice Up Your Diet

by in Uncategorized, April 10, 2011

green juice

This year, spring into a healthy summer by adding a juicer to your collection of healthy kitchen tools. Using a juicer to create your own fruit and vegetable concoctions is a fabulous way to quench your thirst, satisfy your appetite and increase your fruit and veggie intake without all the added sugar and processing of store-bought juices.  Here are the basics.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: 3 Under-Appreciated Veggies

by in Uncategorized, April 3, 2011
Root Veggies
Root Vegetables

Bored with your veggie routine? Reach outside those familiar veggie bins at the grocery to create simple, delicious meals with these under-appreciated (but very delicious) veggies.

5 new veggies to try »

Katie’s Healthy Bites: Hold The Fat, Not the Flavor

by in Uncategorized, March 13, 2011
Ina Garten's Butternut Squash Soup
Ina Garten's Roasted Butternut Squash Soup - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Healthy eating is not about depriving yourself of your favorite foods or the creamy textures we all crave. Healthy eating is about moderation and simple swaps that can make a dish less caloric, more nutritious and of course super tasty. Here are a few of my favorite healthy swaps that can make a dish more figure friendly without jeopardizing the deliciousness.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Savory Saffron

by in Uncategorized, March 6, 2011

saffron

Reddish-orange in color, saffron threads impart the most beautiful golden hue and sweet-savory flavor to many a dish. If you are not familiar with this delicate spice, this is your chance to get acquainted and fall in love with saffron like I did.

All about saffron »

Katie’s Healthy Bites: Make Your Own Nut Butters

by in Uncategorized, February 20, 2011
Almond Butter Apples
Almond Butter Apples - Photo Courtesy Food Network Magazine

I love peanut butter! If you’re a fanatic like me, you’ll love how quick, simple, creative and healthy making your own nut butters can be. Homemade nut butters are preservative-free and packed with heart-healthy fats. They are a versatile ingredient that’s both filling and delicious. Smear these nut butters on a cracker, a slice of apple or crusty whole grain bread or blend it into your favorite recipe.

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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Have a Steamy Chinese New Year

by in Uncategorized, February 2, 2011
Alton's Vegetarian Dumplings
Alton's Vegetarian Steamed Dumplings

This year, Chinese New Year begins on February 3 and goes on for 15 days. Why not celebrate by using one of my favorite healthy kitchen tools, the bamboo steamer?  Steaming is a gentle, healthy cooking process that preserves nutrients and locks in flavor, texture, color and moisture, and this traditional cooking technique is the perfect way to make dumplings, flavorful veggies and more. Here’s how to use it, plus recipes to try.

Healthy steamer recipes »

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