Kraft Singles Seal, Healthy-Eating Education and a Food Photographer’s Secrets

by in Food News, March 20, 2015

Cheese-Product Goodness?

And the first food to get a “Kids Eat Right” nutrition seal from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — a trade group of registered dietitians and others working in the field of nutrition — is Kraft Singles, the plastic-wrapped “Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product” formerly known as a “pasteurized process cheese food.” That is, until the FDA blocked it from using that label because it contained an ingredient — “milk protein concentrate” — that was not allowed in products so designated. On its website, Kraft insists its Singles are colored with “spices, not food coloring” and “now” made “with no artificial preservatives.” But one parent and nutrition advocate tells The New York Times she is “really shocked” at the endorsement. She is not alone. A former member of the academy told The Times that, when he heard about the group’s decision to award the product its first seal, his “jaw just hit the floor” and his “eyebrows just hit the ceiling.” Ouch. Read more

Thinking Outside the Guac: New Uses for Avocados

by in Healthy Tips, March 20, 2015

Don’t get us wrong — we love guacamole as much as the next person. But if that’s all you do with avocados, you’re missing out on a host of other healthy possibilities. This versatile fruit (yes, it is technically a fruit, not a vegetable) can be whipped into soups, pureed in a smoothie, blended into salad dressing, spread on a sandwich — or even slathered onto your skin for beautifying benefits. Avocados get a bad rap for being high in fat. While it’s true that 80 percent of their calories come from fat, over 75 percent of the fat is from the healthy unsaturated kind. Plus, that fat helps the body absorb more fat-soluble vitamins, like A, D, E and K. Read more

Searching for a Sugar Substitute? Five Alternatives to Classic Sugar

by in Healthy Tips, March 19, 2015

White sugar is a standby in the kitchen, but there are plenty of reasons to seek out alternatives. Alternative sweeteners lend a different flavor to foods — be they baked goods, salad dressings or cocktails — and some of them even have health benefits. (Keep in mind, though, that added sugar is added sugar, no matter the source. For your health, that should be limited to 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 teaspoons for men.) Read more

Get Your Greens Winter Soup

by in Gluten-Free, March 18, 2015

This gluten-free soup is packed with vitamin A- and C-rich greens that’ll help increase your immunity this cold and flu season. Vitamin C also helps form collagen, a building block of connective tissue that gives strength to skin, hair, and nails, and vitamin A is important to help maintain vision and skin health. Read more

Food Network Test Kitchen Taste Test: Plant-Based Waters

by in Taste Test, March 17, 2015

The hydration bar has been raised. With a whole host of new plant-based drinks (even ones from trees!) flooding the marketplace, it’s never been more exciting to quench your thirst. We taste-tested a few of the new beverages in our test kitchen so you can pick your favorites.

Harmless Harvest: 100% Raw Coconut Water
What they say: This coconut drink is organically grown in Thailand, where the brand employs locals to do the harvesting and processing. Pressure-treated and never heated, each bottle has its own unique flavor.
Stats: 56 calories and a hefty 514 milligrams of potassium per single 8-ounce serving
What we thought: This water is what we’ve always wanted in a fruit-spiked product. With both floral and pleasant vegetal notes (someone mentioned toasted pumpkin seeds), the super-refreshing drink was a hit with staffers. Read more

Skip the Food Coloring: 8 Naturally Green Showstoppers for St. Patrick’s Day

by in Healthy Recipes, March 17, 2015

These beautiful spring dishes capture the green spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with healthy, naturally vibrant ingredients like avocado, cilantro, broccoli and pistachios. Why add food coloring to bagels and beer when naturally green fare (including this festive bright green margarita!) looks and tastes this good? Wow your party guests by serving a lucky spread of green dishes without a drop of dye. Read more

5 Better-for-You, Kid-Friendly Dinners

by in Healthy Recipes, March 16, 2015

Kid-friendly meals are a necessity when you’re a busy mother of two. Like other parents, I also want these creations to be healthy, fast and something I actually want to eat. Here are five recipes that cover all the bases.

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Tick Tock: What’s Meal Time Got to Do with the Clock?

by in Healthy Tips, March 15, 2015

We’re all on different schedules and have different body clocks, and our hunger kicks in at different times. If you’re someone for whom the (lunch) bell doesn’t toll until 1:30 p.m. or who likes to dine after 9 p.m. like the Spaniards, is that a problem? Read more

Eat Your Way to Healthier Skin

by in Healthy Recipes, March 14, 2015

The next time you’re shopping at the grocery store, look for solutions to healthy skin in the produce section, not the beauty aisle. It turns out that what you put in your body can be just as essential as what you put on your skin. Good fats — like Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in ingredients like salmon, walnuts and flax seeds — take the spotlight. Read more

Last Chance for Winter Casseroles

by in Healthy Recipes, March 14, 2015

There’s nothing better than cozying up to a delicious casserole. And because casseroles use only one dish, there’s minimal cleanup. Here are five lighter casseroles to cook up before spring weather arrives. Read more