No one should be expected to forgo mac and cheese in the dead of winter. This, the creamiest of all comfort foods, is our only solace when an apocalyptic blizzard is headed our way. Without a doubt, box mixes are convenient — but those cheesy orange powders and squeezable pouches of “Cheddar” contain hidden preservatives and not-so-hidden synthetic dyes that our bodies could do without. Steer clear of undesirable (and unpronounceable) ingredients while still getting your coze on with these wholesome homemade macs from Food Network.
There’s much talk of gut health swirling in the media, but it can be tricky to make sense of it all. As it turns out, your intestines do hold the key to the health of your entire body. If you’re a victim of tummy troubles, here are some tips to help you go with your gut.
Sometimes ingredients you think are super-healthy can cause your dish to become unhealthy. If you love cooking, you’ll definitely want to read through this list.
You might think of them as only kitchen scraps, but many common foods that we throw away are healthy eats in the making. Reduce waste and give these ingredients a reboot in your kitchen.
These seven drinks will keep you warm all winter long:
Nothing hits the spot in winter like a good cup of hot cocoa. While some recipes call for cream and melted chocolate, yielding an intense, decadent dessert, the one we spell out here shows you how healthy (and delicious) hot cocoa can be. That’s right, healthy. Pair it with popcorn and you have one of our favorite winter snacks. Let’s show you how to make it, shall we?
Brighten your morning with a nourishing bowl of Citrus Overnight Oatmeal topped with fresh, seasonal oranges!
Eat right, sleep tight
Looking for a good night’s sleep? (Who isn’t?) Try eating foods that are high in fiber. A new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, concludes that eating a high-fiber diet may correlate with sleep that is deeper and more restorative, with few interruptions — it’s called “slow wave sleep” — whereas consuming a diet that is low in fiber and high in saturated fat and sugar has the opposite effect. What’s more, the researchers found, just one day of high-fat, low-fiber eating can negatively affect the quality of your night’s sleep. So you may want to lay off the buttery sugar cookies before bedtime — or have a high-fiber snack instead.
An enchilada, by definition, is a corn tortilla filled with various ingredients and drenched in cheese and sauce. Today’s recipe doesn’t involve any rolling of tortillas, nor does it require covering with copious amounts of cheese. However, every bite will remind you of the flavors of this popular comfort food.
We could go on and on about the health benefits of sweet potatoes, but you’ve already heard the spiel. The problem with these fleshy orange tubers is that some people just don’t like them, no matter what — and when we slather on butter and brown sugar to mask the taste, we’ve completely lost sight of the original purpose.
For anyone who’s tried making the switch but just can’t adjust, it may be time to reconsider good old russets and Yukon golds, which actually provide a solid dose of potassium, calcium and vitamin B6 (just to name a few). In truth, the humble potato is vastly underrated in terms of nutritional benefits. Due to the increased interest in foods that are low-carb or have a low glycemic index value, the potato has unjustly earned a bad reputation. But a few simple modifications can turn a classic baked potato or — dare we say it — fries into a reasonable side dish. Here are the recipes to prove it.