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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Eggnog Mania

by in Healthy Tips, December 2, 2015

Out with the pumpkin and in with the eggnog! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we move on to the next food phenom of the holiday season … nog-flavored everything!

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10 Healthier Cookies for Your Cookie Swap

by in Healthy Recipes, December 1, 2015

The holidays are approaching and cookies are one of the most-popular requests. If you’re going to a cookie swap or holiday party, here are 10 cookies you can feel good about baking.

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Talking with Samantha Heller, Author of The Only Cleanse: A 14-Day Natural Detox Plan to Jump-Start a Lifetime of Health

by in Cookbooks, November 30, 2015

Samantha Heller, M.S., R.D., CDN, is a nutrition expert who truly gets it! I was very excited to contribute some of my recipes to her new book and even more excited to sit down and ask her some questions about the concept behind The Only Cleanse.

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Dairy-Free Creamers

by in Grocery Shopping, November 29, 2015

If you don’t do dairy but love the silky mouthfeel of creamer in your coffee, you have options. The first thing to note, though, is that some nondairy creamers actually do have caseins (milk protein) in them, so if you’re vegan, look out for this. Here’s a roundup of six truly dairy-free creamers. Some of them come in several flavors, but for nutrition comparison, we stuck to the originals.

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8 Ways to Eat Peppermint Right Now

by in Dining Out, November 28, 2015

This holiday classic can now be found in all kinds of delicious food and drink. Of course, some of the more decadent goodies have more calories than you think, so enjoy in moderation.

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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, November 27, 2015

Not all Thanksgiving leftovers are created equal. Sure, you could continue to reheat the same food for lunch and dinner for the next few days — after all, everyone loves a classic! Or, you can switch things up and make leftovers new again. In these recipes, cranberry sauce stays sweet in muffins, then goes savory for turkey tacos with carrot-jalapeno pickles. Pumpkin pie filling takes a spin in the blender, perfect for thickening your morning smoothie. Read more

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