5 Healthy Muffins (Yes, It’s Possible!)

by in Healthy Recipes, October 4, 2014

Healthy Carrot Muffins
Muffins have a bad reputation of being very high in calories, fat and sugar. While many store bought muffins carry a hefty amount of calories — typically around 400 or more each, you can easily fit them into a healthy eating plan.With a little planning and a good recipe, muffins can also bring together highly nutritious ingredients like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Here are five healthy muffin recipes to fuel your mornings throughout the fall. Read more

The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor

by in Cookbooks, Uncategorized, October 2, 2014

Skinnytaste Cookbook Cover

What does skinny taste like? Just ask Gina Homolka. For six years, low-fat foodie Gina Homolka has been satisfying the tastebuds of a loyal following with her Skinnytaste blog. Her recipes reflect her own eating philosophy — delicious, healthy, seasonal dishes that also just so happen to be low in calories and fat. This month she debuts The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor.
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The Chef’s Take: Kabocha Squash Soup from The Fat Radish

by in Chefs and Restaurants, Cookbooks, October 1, 2014

Fat Radish CookbookThe Fat Radish, which opened in 2010, is one of those perfect New York City restaurants. The uncomplicated, slightly British, vegetable-focused menu traces the seasons with local as its mantra. The design is that effortless combination of reclaimed barnyard and weathered industrial chic. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. And the folks in the seats all look as though they might have just walked off the set of Girls. All the pieces come together courtesy of owners Ben Towill and Phil Winser, self-taught cooks who are passionate about good ingredients, great design, and feeding guests well.

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Winter Squash, Three Delicious Ways

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, September 30, 2014

squash three ways
Soon winter squash of all shapes and sizes — from butternut and kabocha to acorn and delicata — will fill farm stands and grocery stores. Their sweet flesh is delicious when simply prepared by steaming or roasting. Here are three recipes using those simple methods with a few different flavorings you may not have tried.
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A Cookbook Devoted to Chia Seeds? Yes, Indeed.

by in Cookbooks, September 29, 2014

brown rice with egg and chia
Sure, it immediately calls to mind those sprouting terracotta planters first popularized in catchy 80s commercials, but chia certainly shouldn’t be relegated to kitschy “pet” status. A staple of Aztec and Mayan diets, the ancient chia seed — it comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in North, Central and South America — is a nutritional dynamo, packed with Omega-3s, calcium, iron, fiber and antioxidants.

Luckily, cooking with it is also a breeze, as Janie Hoffman, founder and CEO of the organic food and beverage company, Mamma Chia, reveals in her new book, The Chia Cookbook: Inventive, Delicious Recipes Featuring Nature’s Superfood (Random House). “The power in this little, bitty chia seed is amazing,” says the San Diego-based entrepreneur and author, who likes weaving it into creations as diverse as Serrano-pineapple-papaya smoothies and grilled chicken meatballs paired with linguine al limone. “It can be easily used in absolutely anything.” Read more

Football Sunday? Try These Healthy Tailgating Snacks

by in Healthy Recipes, September 28, 2014

Tailgating
Get your game-day buzz on with these winning tailgating snack recipes. They’ll get everyone in the team spirit — and you’ll score points ’cause they’re good for you, too.

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5 Kitchen Habits to Break (Let’s Get Some Food Safety Up in Here)

by in Food Safety, September 27, 2014

kitchen towels
We often think those small bad habits in the kitchen are no big deal. But it’s the little things that can lead to food-borne illness. In honor of Food Safety Month (September!), here are five less-than-squeaky-clean practices worth quitting.

The Habit: reusing grocery bags
A survey conducted by the Home Food Safety program found that 85 percent of Americans aren’t washing their reusable grocery bags. The problem: Raw foods, including meat, chicken and eggs, leave potentially harmful bacteria inside those totes. And those bacteria can be transferred to produce if the same bag is reused without being cleaned. Read more

Taste Test: Green Cold-Pressed Juice

by in Taste Test, September 26, 2014

green juices
The rising popularity of cold-press juices has brought an influx of bottled products to the market. But is there anything specific you should be looking for when you buy? For starters, it helps to know what “cold-pressed” means: Also known as high pressure processing (HPP), cold-pressing applies very high pressure to raw juice in order to kill any harmful microorganisms that may be present. Once HPP is applied, the juice is placed into a bottle, sealed and refrigerated.

The Criteria
For this taste test, each variety of cold-pressed juice contained at least one green vegetable (be it kale, celery, cucumber or anything else with a verdant tint). We rated the bottled stuff on a 5-point scale (5 being the highest score), assessing each juice for taste, nutrition, serving size and cost.  We were also on the lookout for any ingredients that surprisingly jack up the calories. Bottles ranged in size from 10 fluid ounces to 16. Read more

Dipping Into the World of Honey

by in Healthy Tips, September 25, 2014

honeycomb
Honey is one of the regulars in my rotation of natural sweeteners. It’s also traditionally eaten during Rosh Hashanah, to symbolize a sweet New Year. But the days of the honey bear as the lone option on market shelves is long gone.

Honey Flavors
There are over 300 varieties of honey in the United States. Each has a unique flavor profile, anything from mild to distinctively bold, and the honey hues range from nearly colorless to deep brown. Read more