Superfoods: Antioxidant-Rich Berries Beyond Blueberries

by in Healthy Tips, April 30, 2015

Blueberries are hopefully already on the list of superfoods incorporated into your weekly diet. Juicy and sweet, blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants and lower blood pressure, and 2/3 cup of these gems delivers 14 percent of your daily fiber. Recent studies also show they may reduce the risk of breast cancer, improve cardiovascular health and slow down cognitive decline in the elderly.
But don’t limit yourself to the magical blueberry. Berries from strawberries to chokeberries are excellent sources for antioxidants and polyphenols — micronutrients that research shows prevent degenerative diseases. Here are five berries you can try right now that pack a nutritious punch like the almighty blueberry. Read more

Dairy-Free Coffee Drinks for Your Morning Buzz

by in Healthy Recipes, April 29, 2015

 

Consumers have been turning to store-bought coffee drinks for their caffeine fix, but with an 11-ounce store-bought Starbucks Iced Coffee + Milk clocking in at 21 grams of sugar, those store-bought blends can be unhealthy. With milk alternatives on the rise, juice brands have entered the coffee market and taken cold brew to the next level by incorporating almond or cashew milk, nuts and even chia seeds into their recipes. Even alternative milk brands like OMilk and Califia have started to play the coffee game by adding espresso or cold brew to their milk bases. But are all of these dairy-free options a healthier way to feel the buzz? Not necessarily. We took a look at a few popular brands and then made our own concoction that’s easy to whip up with a blender at home (no fancy equipment needed). Read more

5 Snack Bars to Energize Your Day

by in Healthy Recipes, April 29, 2015

ellie-energy-bars Skip store-bought snack bars that are often loaded with sugar and look no further than your own pantry for some from-scratch recipes. Whether you prefer a crunchy, fiber-packed granola bar or a chewier rendition loaded with protein-rich nut butter, there’s a healthy option you can make at home. Read more

Southwestern Chicken Fajita Mason Jar Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, April 28, 2015

Brown-bagging your lunch is friendlier on your wallet and can be better for your waistline. It also allows you to fully enjoy your lunch instead of inhaling it because the majority of your lunch hour was spent waiting in line. But there are some challenges to packing your own lunch, aren’t there?

First, you need to choose a dish that can be eaten as is or easily reheated. Then you need to do a little advanced planning and perhaps some prep. Yes, you can always turn to salads and sandwiches, but sometimes you want something a bit heartier and more satisfying. Read more

Movie Quotes with Food in Mind

by in Healthy Recipes, April 28, 2015

“I’ll have what she’s having,” the infamous line from When Harry Met Sally, might be one of the most-memorable food-focused quotes, but it’s not the only one. And why not make your script revolve around eating? You may not remember some of these one-liners from the silver screen, but you’ll be able to enjoy a healthy recipe inspired by each. Read more

Hummus: Is it Healthy?

by in Is It Healthy?, April 27, 2015

There’s been a lot of talk about hummus in the news lately following a recent recall of the popular spread. Assuming we take contamination off the table, is hummus a healthy choice? Read more

The Chef’s Take: Slow-Cooked Salmon with Green Romesco from Morimoto

by in Dining Out, April 27, 2015

While many diners make a reservation at Morimoto New York solely for Masaharu Morimoto’s exquisite sushi, it would behoove them to also spring for one of his warm Western-inspired creations. At this minimalist Japanese restaurant in the Meatpacking District — one of several in Iron Chef Morimoto’s expansive culinary empire — a slab of king salmon accompanied by splashes of piquant green romesco sauce, charred lily bulbs, green almonds and shiso is a light and vibrant reflection of the season. “This dish is not found in a typical Japanese restaurant because it doesn’t use any soy sauce. The green romesco has a spicy kick, which pairs nicely with the tender, slow-cooked salmon,” Morimoto explains. Read more

Order This, Not That: Pizza

by in Dining Out, April 26, 2015

Pizza is one of the most-popular foods in the country. Eating a slice can help you get your recommended daily amount of at least three food groups: grains, dairy and vegetables. But some pizza-joint options can also be unfriendly to your waistline. A standard plain slice can start at 400 calories — and that’s without any toppings. Here are menu options from popular chains that can sabotage your healthy eating plan, and the better-for-you choices on those same menus. Read more

11 Reasons You Should Eat Greek Yogurt for Dinner

by in Healthy Recipes, April 25, 2015

Sure, Greek yogurt is an excellent (if obvious) choice for a healthy breakfast. The protein-rich, low-sugar favorite is certain to keep you full until lunchtime, and checks off a number of the day’s nutritional requirements. But have you considered eating or cooking with Greek yogurt for dinner, instead? Its thick texture and inherent creaminess make it an ideal stand-in for other dairy products, instantly upping a dish’s nutritional ante and cutting its calories and fat. If you need further convincing, read on for 11 enticing reasons you should eat Greek yogurt tonight.

1. It gives a bed of orzo and peas guilt-free creaminess.
Together with oil, garlic and lemon juice, yogurt gives this Creamy Lemon Pepper Orzo with Grilled Chicken its dish-defining moisture (and pleasant tang).

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Warning: Sad Movies Are Fattening

by in Healthy Tips, April 25, 2015

Few moviegoers are immune to the lure of the popcorn, candy and other junk-food treats for sale on the way into the theater. But it turns out that the movie you’re going to see may influence just how much of those fattening foods you consume while you watch. A study just released by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab measured the differences in popcorn consumption — both in a lab setting and at a movie theater — between moviegoers watching sad movies and those watching comedies. Read more