Farro Stuffing with Butternut Squash and Almonds

by in Healthy Recipes, December 10, 2015

We all know that stuffing is a must-have at a holiday dinner, but it’s also a perfect side dish to complement a variety of other dishes for regular weeknight meals. This vegan stuffing stars farro, butternut squash and toasted almonds for an unexpected twist on a fall classic. Farro, a hearty grain native to Italy and the Middle East, is high in fiber and a good source of iron and protein. Similar to brown rice and wheat berries in texture, farro has an earthy flavor and a nourishing chew; it’s a bold choice for a nontraditional stuffing. Read more

6 Holiday Party Survival Guide Tips You Need to Know

by in Healthy Tips, December 9, 2015

The holidays are here, which means party after party and lots of delicious food and flowing cocktails. But don’t fret! You can still fit into that little black dress and enjoy the yummy spread too.

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Holiday Nuts the Healthy Way

by in Healthy Recipes, December 8, 2015

Nuts are a holiday favorite, and there are a lot of ways to get your hands on them. You can buy premade nut mixes, roast them, or make your own spiced nuts.

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8 Healthy Holiday Hacks

by in Healthy Tips, December 7, 2015

We’re all for celebrating the holidays with decadent food. But if we can cram in more nutrition (and lower the calorie load) without affecting flavor, that’s even better. Here are some of our favorite tips, along with advice from our favorite nutrition experts.

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The Chef’s Take: Charred Kale and White Beans from Lido

by in Dining Out, December 7, 2015

Kale, once spurned for its obligatory green cameos at the childhood dinner table, has undoubtedly emerged as the most fashionable of vegetables. Its ubiquity certainly induces its share of eye rolls, but it “has entered into our culinary lexicon,” says Serena Bass, executive chef of the convivial Italian eatery Lido, in New York’s Harlem neighborhood. “It may not have the excitement of a new discovery any more, but like a tomato, it is far from done,” she says. “It’s what we turn to when we need an earthy punch in soups or salads and feel the urge to binge on B vitamins.” Read more

Sweet Potato Latkes, 2 Ways

by in Healthy Recipes, December 6, 2015

For a festive addition to any holiday table, try these crispy sweet potato latkes teamed with apple-raisin chutney and jalapeno lime sour cream. Lightly fried (or baked) in heart-healthy olive oil, traditional latkes get a superfood upgrade when you use vitamin A-rich sweet potatoes. Read more

5 Kitchen Hacks for Fresh Lemon

by in Healthy Tips, December 5, 2015

Fresh lemon can be an all-purpose superstar in your kitchen. Try these five hacks where lemon substitutes for hard-to-find ingredients, helps with kitchen cleanup and more.

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Nutrition News: Healthier Hershey’s Kisses, Pregnancy Weight Guidelines, Ditching Sugary Sodas

by in Food News, December 4, 2015

A healthier Kiss

The thing about Hershey’s Kisses and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars is that they’re always reliably the same, right? Not this year. Hershey’s has announced that both of those candy staples will now be made with simple, recognizable ingredients and no artificial flavors. The formula change, starting with holiday Hershey’s Kisses, is part of the chocolate giant’s larger commitment to greater transparency about ingredients. “We started making our great-tasting chocolate in 1894 with ingredients you might find in your pantry, like cocoa, milk, sugar and vanilla, and we’re continuing that tradition today,” Mary-Ann Somers, Hershey’s vice president and general manager of U.S. confection, said in a press release. “People want to see ingredients that they know and are familiar with in their foods and we’re listening.” The holiday Kisses will also come in packs featuring a SmartLabel QR code that provides consumer access to information about nutrition and allergens. Read more

5 Lighter Finger Foods for Your Holiday Soiree — Fall Fest

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 3, 2015

It’s that time of year when our opportunities to O.D. on cheese and crackers are heavily abundant. We love a baked Brie just as much as the next person, but if you’re hosting a holiday get-together, the cocktail hour should consist of light, refreshing bites that anticipate the meal ahead without completely spoiling it. If there’s a creamy, bubbling-hot dip on the table, it should come as no surprise when your meticulously arranged crudite platter goes untouched and, worst of all, your guests are too stuffed to enjoy the main event. Small bites that are not only light but also quick and easy to make are best for everyone in attendance — especially the host — so choose recipes that require no more than 20 minutes of prep work (the less time, the better). Here are five finger foods you can count on to hit the mark at your upcoming soiree.

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The Best and Worst Holiday Cocktails

by in Healthy Recipes, December 3, 2015

During the holidays, lots of liquid calories are guzzled in the form of delicious holiday cocktails. Before you let too many of these calories hit your waistline, check out which cocktails you’re better off avoiding and a few you can sip (almost) guilt-free.

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