Experimenting with Banana Flour (Plus, Chocolate Chip Cookies)

by in Healthy Recipes, June 29, 2015

Banana flour is quickly becoming one of the most-popular gluten-free flours around. Learn more about its uses and nutrition perks. Read more

7 Kebabs for a Healthier Cookout

by in Healthy Recipes, June 28, 2015

While hand-held dogs and soft potato bun-encased burgers stand out in our minds as the all-American cookout foods, there are equally satisfying no-bread-necessary options for your grill. Middle Eastern in origin, kebabs consist of pieces of meat, fish or vegetables grilled on a skewer for easy, one-handed snacking. As far as healthy cookouts go, you can’t go wrong when pairing lean protein and fresh, seasonal vegetables with an array of your favorite spices. This summer, embrace outdoor cooking with these seven good-for-you kebabs that won’t slow down your backyard game of horseshoes.

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3 Key Nutrients for Runners

by in Healthy Tips, June 27, 2015

Nutrition is an important component of running performance. The foods we eat can fuel our working muscles and cardiopulmonary system both during the run itself and over extended periods of training. While many nutrients can be highlighted, the three below — carbohydrates, sodium and iron — generally have the most-direct impact on runners’ performance. Read more

7 Healthy Summer Kitchen Hacks

by in Healthy Tips, June 27, 2015

1. Make cold soups in your blender. Take a break from salad with chilled soup. Plus, if you use a high-speed blender, you can make one-pot, no-chop soups. Think about thinning out cold fruit (melon, stone fruits) with a bit of apple juice and lemon juice, or whip up gazpacho ingredients (tomatoes, cucumbers, olive oil, garlic) all in the blender.

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Nutrition News: General Mills Cereal Gets Real, Water Is Recalled, “Fitness” Food Fails

by in Food News, June 26, 2015

 General Mills’ Cereal Makeover

Trix are for kids who don’t want artificial flavors and colors in their cereal? Soon, silly rabbit, they will be. General Mills says it will remove artificial flavors and colors from the 40 percent of its cereals that still contain them. Trix and Reese’s Puffs will be among the first to lose the artificial ingredients, with new, less vibrantly hued versions (colored and flavored with fruit and vegetable juices and natural vanilla) expected this winter. By the end of 2017, General Mills says, artificial flavors and colors will be gone from all of its cereals, including those with marshmallows, as a response to consumer demand for “more recognizable and familiar ingredients” on cereal labels. Read more

Taste Test: Gluten-Free Crackers

by in Taste Test, June 26, 2015

The Criteria
We rated this roundup of crackers on a 5-point scale (5 being highest) and judged them on flavor, texture, price and nutrition, with special attention paid to stats such as fiber, sodium and sugar. All crackers tested are gluten-free. Read more

Spruced-Up Spuds: 5 Better-for-You Potato Salads — Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Recipes, June 25, 2015

We’re all familiar with old-fashioned potato salad, an equation involving peeled white potatoes, cut into wedges and boiled, then tossed in a creamy-tangy dressing of full-fat mayonnaise and white vinegar. Perhaps you’ve encountered some diced celery, chopped onion and hard-boiled eggs tossed in for varied flavor and texture. No one can contest the comforting appeal of the classic recipe, but there are infinite other ways to prepare this cookout staple without tossing your nutritional goals out the window. Here are five alternatives to get you started. These reimagined potato salads come with some pretty appealing nutritional benefits — without sacrificing any of the flavor.

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Homemade Beauty Recipes for Great Skin

by in Healthy Tips, June 24, 2015

You already know that the health of your skin is a reflection of the foods you put in your body. But what about the foods you put on it? Basic ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and pantry can have surprisingly potent effects on your skin. “As an added bonus, a DIY facial or scrub is so fresh and smells so great,” says New York City-based celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas. “As a skin care professional, I think ingredients that are fresh, natural and organic make for better results.” Read more

New Breeds of Gluten-Free Flours

by in Grocery Shopping, June 24, 2015

Celiac-friendly flours are no longer hard to find on store shelves. These days, there are even flavor and texture options to choose from. Here are some of the hottest varieties to sift through. Read more

Market Watch: Brussels Sprout Leaves

by in In Season, June 23, 2015

Leave it to a local farmer to give new life to a part of a plant that is usually tossed in the trash (or the compost). Discover the seasonal beauty of the leaves of the Brussels sprout plant. Read more