Taste Test: Better-For-You Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

by in Taste Test, February 27, 2014

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Reaching for a more wholesome cookie seems like a smart choice, but do these seemingly healthier brands pass the test for nutrition and flavor? Healthy Eats did a Taste Test to find out.

The Criteria
Each brand of cookie was rated on a 5-point scale (5 being the highest). The cookies were evaluated on taste, nutrition and ingredient quality, with special attention paid to the types of sweeteners and fats used in the all-important filling.

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6 Snacks That Deserve a Starring Role at Your Oscar Party

by in Healthy Recipes, February 26, 2014

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What would it be like for these foods to win a coveted spot at an Oscar-watching fest? Honestly, they’re just thrilled to be nominated. The envelopes, please!

Tricolor Salad Pizza (above, from Food Network Magazine):
The chemistry between the stars of this dish — it’s a pizza! and it’s a salad! — is nothing short of magnificent. In the words of Casablanca, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Thai-Glazed Chicken Wraps
In acting, as they say, there are no small parts — and that includes chicken parts. Heated in a piping-hot skillet with vegetables and a Thai-inspired sauce, chicken breast truly shows off its range here. (Bonus: The lettuce-leaf wraps are sure to delight the carb avoiders in the audience.) Read more

The Chef’s Take: One-Pot Mexican-Style Beans and Eggs, Jenn Louis

by in Chefs and Restaurants, February 26, 2014

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“There was a time when I was eating pasta for dinner every night, and that was 40 pounds ago,” says chef Jenn Louis of Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern, in Portland, Ore. “Now I eat a lot more beans and healthy proteins.”

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Breakfast of the Month: Meyer Lemon Cornmeal Waffles

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, February 25, 2014

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Made with 100% whole grains, these waffles have a tasty, nutty flavor and a more robust texture than the average waffle. In addition to the cornmeal, you can use whatever whole-grain flour you have on hand, including whole-wheat or spelt flour. The addition of almond meal and coconut oil adds a mild, sweet flavor and gives a lusciously moist texture to the batter, while beating the egg whites helps to give the waffles a bit of a lift.  Serve with a drizzle of honey and a spritz of fresh lemon juice, and the waffles are bound to wake up your taste buds on any given winter morning.

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7 Days of Healthy Desserts

by in Healthy Recipes, February 23, 2014

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Can eating dessert every day possibly be healthy? If you stick with a combination of fresh, whole-food ingredients and sensible portions, it’s okay to indulge in a post-dinner sweet each night of the week.

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The Healthy Eats Q & A: Olympic Medalist Hannah Kearney

by in Healthy Tips, February 22, 2014

Hannah Kearney
So just how do those Olympic athletes fuel the demands of their sport? Freestyle skier Hannah Kearney, who won a bronze medal in Sochi, gave Healthy Eats a few insights into how she eats to compete. Perhaps not so surprisingly, the Chobani-sponsored athlete enjoys getting her Greek yogurt on — but there a few other ingredients that win a spot at the snack podium.

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What’s the Deal with Powdered Peanut Butter?

by in Healthy Tips, February 21, 2014

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The original peanut butter needs no introduction, but this not-so-distant relative has been gaining major popularity. Is powdered peanut butter for you?

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, February 20, 2014

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In this week’s news: California takes a hard stance on soft drinks; marketers realize there’s more bread to be made in the gluten-free aisle; and an amino acid in spinach gets the spotlight.

California to Bust Soda’s Bubble?
Along with several medical experts, a California state senator proposed adding a warning label to the packaging of sodas not unlike what now appears on cigarette packaging. The wording — developed by a panel of national healthcare leaders — would read, “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” According to data cited, one soda a day raises an adult’s chances of being overweight by 27 percent and a child’s by 55 percent.

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4 Snack Bars That Actually Deserve to Be Called Healthy

by in Healthy Recipes, February 20, 2014

granola bars
Let’s face it: A store-bought snack bar is usually just a distant cousin of the candy bar. You know, the long-lost relative with a crunchier-than-thou attitude that’s really just covering a host of insecurities about all that refined sugar and those weird preservatives. Why not skip the imposters and bake up one of these truly healthy alternatives?

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