Nothing says Happy Mother’s Day more than waking Mom up with a delicious surprise. Don’t worry, we’ve got those beginner cooks covered (you too, Dad!) with these simple recipes. Read more
Nutrition News: Defining “Natural,” Healthy Kids’ Meals, Calorie Counts in Question, and a Coconut Oil Warningby Amy Reiter in Food News, May 8, 2015
It’s only “natural.”
What is “natural”? Food writer and thinker Michael Pollan, in a New York Times Magazine essay, mulls the specious use of the word on labels for everything from cheese puffs to chicken nuggets — and the Food and Drug Administration’s reluctance to clearly define the word and therefore open the way for the legal system to adjudicate claims of its misuse. Pollan argues that the FDA may be right to demur, because the word “natural” itself has come to mean nothing, at least if we define it as something that hasn’t been altered by humanity. Still, Pollan says, we can rely on our common sense. “It’s not hard to say which of two things is ‘more natural’ than the other: cane sugar or high-fructose corn syrup? Chicken or chicken nuggets? G.M.O.s or heirloom seeds?” he writes. “The most natural foods in the supermarket seldom bother with the word; any food product that feels compelled to tell you it’s natural in all likelihood is not.” Naturally.
Dessert isn’t meant to be health food per se, but it can certainly have a better-for-you spin. Here are 12 decent treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your diet. Read more
Just in time for Mother’s Day, we’re making a special toast (no, not the bubbly kind) that both moms and kids can enjoy. This crunchy, whole-grain breakfast option doesn’t even require a stovetop. Whether Mom has a sweet tooth or likes a savory breakfast (or both!), she’ll love these toasts. Plus, they’re perfectly portable, so you don’t even need a tray to serve her breakfast in bed. Kids can help with the prep and the spreads as well as the decorating. Read more
Want a reprieve from beef and turkey? Experiment with ground chicken — an underappreciated lean protein!
Ground Chicken Nutrition
Check labels carefully, as nutrition facts for ground chicken can vary significantly depending on the ratio of white to dark meat. On average, a 3-ounce portion of raw ground chicken contains 120 calories, 6 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat and 15 grams of protein. Read more
You may be comfortable with green veggies like spinach and kale, but how about eating a veggie from another part of the food chain? Find out why the popularity of this sea vegetable is on the rise. Read more
Kids and adults are likely to agree: Pizza is the perfect lunch, especially when it’s healthy. Kids will dig the fun factor of picking their own muffin mix-ins and parents will love the nutrition content of this easy-to-make, protein-packed lunch. Made with traditional pizza toppings like tomatoes, olives, Italian seasoning and mozzarella cheese, these pizzas are also easy to modify based on your kids’ imaginations; let them add their favorite cheese, seasonings and vegetables. Younger kids will probably nosh on one muffin; older kids will likely want two or more. Pack ‘em up in a lunchbox, then round out the meal with a side of carrots and fresh fruit. A fruit salad of sweet strawberries, juicy oranges and tangy kiwi is a delicious ending to this kid-friendly, parent-approved healthy lunch. Read more
Cinco de Mayo is upon us. For a lot of us, it’s a day of bottomless guacamole scooped up in crispy fried tortilla chips, blissful rounds of salt-rimmed margaritas, and the endless guzzling of tacos and burritos. That being said, it goes without saying that it’s a day when our diets go by the wayside. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With these healthy Mexican recipes on your side, Cinco de Mayo can jibe with your healthy lifestyle without a problem.
You better bet tacos will be involved on the 5th of May. Ellie Krieger’s Chili-Rubbed Steak Tacos (pictured above) are loaded up with lean spicy steak, homemade salsa, shredded cabbage and cilantro — and they’re just as vibrant and delicious as they are healthy.
Hooray for Cinco de Mayo, a day dedicated to indulging in food, drink, and having fun with friends and family. You’re probably planning a party with multiple rounds of margaritas, endless bowls of tortilla chips, enchiladas and all things celebrating the delicious foods of Mexico. Read more
What’s Cinco de Mayo without a delicious bowl of guacamole? Avocados, however, are primarily composed of fat — so should guac still be part of your fiesta? Read more