Six Protein Powders for Smoothie Making

by in Healthy Tips, August 10, 2015

Looking to bulk up your smoothie? Then chances are you’re going to reach for a protein powder. The question is, which one should you choose? As the options get more plentiful, the choice also gets more confusing. Whichever you decide on, be sure to read the nutrition label to see how much you need to use. “Twenty to 25 grams of protein is a safe amount to add, but depending on the protein source, that could mean anywhere from half a scoop to two full scoops,” says Kelly Pritchett, Ph.D., R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more

Is Aloe Water Worth the Hype?

by in Healthy Tips, August 10, 2015

Move over, coconut and maple water: There’s a new drink in town. Aloe water is the newest craze that has hit markets by storm. But what is aloe water, and should you be adding it to your shopping cart? Read more

5 Healthy Ways to Use Matcha

by in Healthy Recipes, August 9, 2015

The culinary world has gone mad for matcha, so we rounded up five healthy ways to use this fine green powder in your kitchen. Read more

Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

by in Healthy Recipes, August 8, 2015

You can make a healthier version of the standard shortcake, and with this recipe you’d never even know it wasn’t the classic recipe!  Read more

Now Trending: Say Hello to the Hawaiian Poke Bowl

by in Healthy Recipes, August 7, 2015

Imagine your favorite sushi roll. Now imagine it deconstructed and served in a bowl: sticky rice topped with marinated raw fish, avocado, scallion, sesame seeds and toasted seaweed. Well, that’s one combination! Poke (POH-key) is a healthy Hawaiian staple of marinated, cut-up raw fish, often made with tuna. Build-your-own poke bowl spots are popping up all over the country, where you can pair your choice of delicate fish with rice and as many toppings as a burrito bar. We’re smitten with the hot-meets-cold and cooked-meets-raw delicious dichotomy of the poke bowl, so we made our own version in Food Network Kitchen, opting for Omega-3-rich salmon as the star. It’s low in calories, high in protein and super easy to prep and top. Read more

Nutrition News: The Truth About Pretzels, Mindless Diet Busters and Activated Charcoal Is a Trend

by in Food News, August 7, 2015

Take a Pass on Pretzels

Pretzels may be better than some fatty chips, but four out of five nutrition experts surveyed by Time say if you’re trying to eat healthy, pretzels shouldn’t be your go-to snack. Although pretzels are low-fat, they are also pretty paltry on the protein and fiber front, and they can be quite high in sodium and carbs. What’s more, they rank high on the glycemic index, meaning they can quickly spike blood sugar levels. “Pretzels are a snack food made from enriched flour, which provides very little fiber and overall very little nutritional benefit,” registered dietitian Kate Patton told the magazine. Patton recommends that those in search of a healthier alternative choose nuts, seeds, roasted edamame or popcorn. Read more

Awesome Summer Salads — Hold the Lettuce

by in Healthy Recipes, August 6, 2015

At this point in the summer, you might be experiencing salad fatigue. But before you abandon your go-to no-cook meal entirely, try a new spin on it. Lettuce-free salads can be a refreshing, crunchy change — and you can dress them and pack them for lunch without any worry about wilting. Unlike their leafy friends, these salads taste even better after a few hours of marinating in vinaigrette. Read more

7 Seasonal Uses for Fresh Tomatoes — Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Recipes, Uncategorized, August 6, 2015

Canned tomatoes and jarred sauces are key to surviving winter. But as long as summer’s here, we should make the most of this ruby-red treat in its purest form by consuming our tomatoes fresh, the same day of purchase (or shortly thereafter). Whether you’re converting sweet cherry tomatoes into chunky gazpacho or juicy heirlooms into a hearty salad, this versatile fruit is the winning ingredient in many a summer dish. When choosing tomatoes, look for smooth, bright, blemish-free skin. And remember: A ripe tomato should be fragrant and yield slightly to pressure. Whether you get them from the grocery store, the farmers market or your own garden, these healthy recipes will inspire you to use summer’s essential fruit in everything from soups to salads, and even homemade jam.

Crustless Caprese Quiche (pictured at top)
Food Network Kitchen offers a mealworthy riff on the classic caprese salad in the form of this creamy quiche. Forgoing the crust will not only cut back on preparation time but also save significant calories. Before baking, adorn the top with thinly sliced plum tomatoes for an eye-catching dish.

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Strawberry Couscous Breakfast Bowl

by in Healthy Recipes, August 6, 2015

My kind of breakfast is one that is well-balanced and delicious, and can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes. Overnight oats and smoothie bowls certainly fill that bill. Another quick and easy breakfast favorite for many is a bowl of cereal, which, more often than not, is filled with sugar and processed ingredients. So skip the sugar rush and try a hearty whole-grain breakfast bowl to boost your energy and mood. While oats are likely to be the first choice, there is a wide assortment of healthy whole grains, like millet, amaranth, farro and quinoa, to keep your breakfast from becoming mundane. Want to add some texture and amp up the nutritional profile? No problem. Mix in your favorite toppings like fruits, nuts, coconut and flax seed. Read more

These Are the 5 Photoworthy Smoothies of Your Social Media Dreams

by in Healthy Tips, August 5, 2015

Smoothies are a breakfast, lunch and snack staple these days (even great for dessert!). They’re perfect for when you need something to go, and they combine nutrient-rich fruits and veggies of all kinds. But a major breakfast bummer is a smoothie destined for social media greatness that turns muddy from the wrong combo of ingredients. We stopped by Liquiteria — the masters of photoworthy smoothies themselves — in New York City to learn how to get the best combos for the prettiest smoothies. They make 4,000 of them a week! Read more