Order This, Not That: Jamba Juice

by in Dining Out, February 3, 2014

jamba juice
Ice-cold smoothies are a delicious treat at this quick-serve joint. But not all beverages are created equal.

The Menu
Over the years, Jamba Juice has expanded its menu to include a variety of drinks, breakfast wraps, fro-yo, baked goods and even kids’ options. With so much to choose from, it can make anyone’s head spin. But here’s how to give this blender bar a whirl.

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7 Days of Healthy Dinners

by in Healthy Recipes, February 2, 2014

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Presenting a simple weeklong meal plan that will make dinnertime a snap. These recipes are sensible on calories, filled with nutrients and big on flavor. And there’s something for everyone: turkey burgers, tofu, salmon, chicken, pizza and pasta — they’re all here.

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5 Ways to Stick To Your Healthy Eating Resolutions (Remember Those?)

by in Diets & Weight Loss, February 1, 2014

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It’s February! Or in other words, the time when many people start breaking their New Year’s resolutions. At the gym, lines for the elliptical trainer are slowly dwindling, while at home, healthy eating habits are beginning to slide. Here’s how to resist falling back on old habits for the remaining 11 months of the year.

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5 Easy Ways to Make Steamed Vegetables Delicious

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, January 31, 2014

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During the cold winter months, when most salad greens are weary and wilted, a raw salad is sometimes the last thing anyone wants to eat. So what dish to turn to that’s healthy, tasty and quick to put together? Steamed vegetables, which can be dressed just as a salad is, are a perfect stand-in. With a flavorful dressing, they make a warming light meal or a side dish to anything you’re making for dinner. Read more

Shrimp: Myths vs. Facts

by in Healthy Tips, Myth vs Fact, January 30, 2014

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Are you shrimp lover but not sure if the shellfish is the smartest seafood choice? It’s time to dispel the biggest myths about these tiny (and tasty) crustaceans.

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, January 29, 2014

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In this week’s news: Yogurt discovers its savory side; scientists look into the problems of piling on the protein; and caramel coloring gets a red flag.

Takers for Tomato Yogurt?
Blue Hill Farm, annex of New York’s famed Blue Hill eateries, is making its mark on the yogurt scene. Instead of offering the conventional fruit-filled varieties, the high-end farm-to-fork establishment is spooning out concoctions that are 30 percent vegetable puree. The yogurts — made with dairy from grass-fed cows and selling in a small number of Whole Foods markets — are available in six flavors: tomato, carrot, beet, butternut squash, sweet potato and parsnip.

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Top Recipes for Cold and Flu Season (Beyond Chicken Soup)

by in Healthy Tips, January 29, 2014

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Cough, hack, sneeze — the sniffly season is upon us. Traditional go-to choices include tea (warm fluids are soothing, hydrating and some have antioxidants), orange juice (vitamin C!) and Grandma’s chicken noodle soup. But do these foods provide us with the nutrients needed to help the body recover? Or are there other options? The next time you’re sick, consider preparing — or having someone else prepare — one of the dishes below, which are chock-full of foods rich in immune-boosting nutrients.

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8 Awesomely Healthy Game Day Dips

by in Healthy Recipes, January 28, 2014

Six-Layer Dip
It happens every year: Just as we’ve finally started to recover from the holidays, along comes the Super Bowl — or more specifically, Super Bowl parties, with their vats of chili, trays full of chickens wings and platters of bacon-entwined cheese balls. Between the onslaught of food and the hours spent sitting in front of the TV, it’s no wonder that the biggest game of the year can also be its biggest caloric blow-out. But don’t despair, healthy eaters! The Super Bowl need not be synonymous with a raw-vegetable bowl. The following dip recipes offer lighter but still eminently satisfying alternatives to the usual game-day fare. The only thing here that will weigh you down is the burden of expectation for your team to win.

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A Girl Scout Cookie Gets Its Gluten-Free Badge

by in Trends, January 28, 2014

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Gluten-free dreams really do come true. The Girl Scouts have added a new cookie to their lineup — bite-size, certified gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies. The good news for many parents of gluten-intolerant kids is that their Girl-Scout-badge-carrying daughters can now actually eat the cookies they sell as part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which generates $700 million annually based on 200 million boxes sold.

Made with a basic gluten-free flour blend of rice flour, tapioca flour, cornstarch, potato starch, xanthan gum and guar gum, the new cookies contain no artificial flavors or colors, high-fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils — unlike most of the Girl Scout cookies. However, the cookies do contain other common food allergens, like dairy, egg and corn, as well as GMOs.

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Breakfast of the Month: Gluten-Free Carrot-Coconut Muffins

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, January 28, 2014

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What I like most about creating gluten-free baked goods is combining a range of flours, particularly whole-grain and nut flours, to replace the wheat flour that one would normally find in a cake or muffins. Small amounts of quite a few flours help achieve a better texture than just a single variety.

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