Who says chicken salad has to be unhealthy? With some smart swaps, this summer staple can be just as tasty as mayo-laden versions. Whip up one of these crowd-pleasing recipes — just in time for your next cookout! Read more
Now in Season
This month brings us not only the official beginning of summer (on June 21), but also all of those wonderful summer fruits and vegetables to add to our healthy diets. Look for sweet strawberries, thick asparagus spears, fresh peas, juicy peaches, earthy summer beats, and green garlic and spring garlic to appear at your local farmers market or CSA. “It is brilliant whole grilled and on pizza, or mince it and use it as you would garlic cloves or leeks, where it will impart a slightly milder, rounder flavor,” cookbook author and food blogger Tara O’Brady told Time. Read more
If you think you aren’t getting enough protein, you’re not alone. It’s a popular misconception that Americans don’t eat enough grams of protein each day — but some are actually eating too much. The trick to optimal protein munching is getting just enough in and spreading it out throughout the day. Read more
For me, chicken can feel like an uninspired fallback at a summer party, depending on the seasonings (or lack thereof) and the method of preparation. Perhaps I’ve been put off by one too many cookouts where the main event consisted of dried-out white meat and the only logical choice was to double up on pasta salad and dessert. But truth be told, chicken — when done right — is a remarkably juicy canvas for conveying endless flavor combinations. With a little imagination (and a tasty rub or glaze), you can capture the attention of everyone at your summer party, starting with these healthy takes on the common bird. I, for one, am ready to give chicken a second look.
When the hazy days of summer arrive, our preferred way to cool down, other than diving into a nice pool, is snacking on a frozen pop. There are a slew of options for pops in the frozen-food aisle, from paleo to chocolate-dipped. Though you’ll find many more to love, here are a few that had us in a frozen state of mind. Read more
There are some undisputed basics when it comes to healthy eating. You want to eat lots of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. And you want to make sure you’re consuming enough calories to keep you healthy and energetic — but not so many that you gain excess weight. In other words, a nutritious, balanced diet. But as with most things, diet is not one-size-fits-all. Here are the key extras you need to focus on decade by decade. Read more
Smoothies are quintessential summer drinks. With the right ingredients, they can be healthy, portable and convenient — drinks you can feel good about slurping. While you may enjoy them for their refreshing, delicious flavors, some days you just might crave more texture and crunch. Enter the smoothie bowl, which swaps out the straw and cup for a spoon and bowl. Read more
Typically, the sight of sweet potatoes on the dinner table leaves us dreaming of lavish Thanksgiving Day feasts. But at A.W.O.L. (that stands for All Walks of Life) Eatery, a funky restaurant celebrating farm-fresh ingredients in New York’s Williamsburg neighborhood, spicy sweet potato tacos — sans the company of cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes — may make an appearance on the daily-changing menu amid even the sultriest of temperatures. Read more
This vegan, whole-grain and refined-sugar-free cobbler will change your mind about healthy desserts for good. When served warm from the oven, the succulent peaches and the sweet cinnamon-kissed top will leave your guests clamoring for more. Read more
Right up there with the burgers and hot dogs, pasta salad is one of those can’t-pass-up dishes that we can’t wait to serve up every summer, when we finally dust off the grill and throw a backyard cookout. Though the pasta and macaroni salads you’re used to may have been drenched in mayo, these better-for-you recipes prove that, with a few easy modifications, you can still take a scoop of this classic side without derailing your healthy lifestyle.
Just because you’re lightening up your pasta salad, it doesn’t mean you have to go without the creamy texture you grew up on. Instead of leaving the mayo out altogether, simply ease up on it for a lighter American Macaroni Salad. Food Network Kitchen’s quintessential recipe also loads up on veggies, so you get their crunch and nutrients.