5 Surprising Ways to Use Pulses

by in Healthy Tips, February 28, 2016

The United Nations declared 2016 The International Year of Pulses. Never heard of the term? You’re not alone. Pulses include dry peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans). Chefs throughout the world have been experimenting with these babies and have come up with new and creative ways to use them.

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“How Local Can You Get?” Beef

by in Healthy Tips, February 27, 2016

Been considering bypassing the grocery store and purchasing meat in bulk? Here’s some insight into my experience purchasing a share of a local cow for my family.

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News Feed: Wood Pulp in Cheese, Starbucks Sugar Shocker, Cage-Free Trader Joe’s

by in Food News, February 26, 2016

Cheese, please

Have we all been sprinkling wood on our pasta and pizza? Some suppliers of grated Parmesan cheese have been filling their products with cellulose — an anti-clumping additive made from wood pulp — or using other, less expensive cheeses and failing to disclose the actual ingredients on the label, Bloomberg Business reports. One cheese maker has estimated that 20 percent of hard Italian cheeses are mislabeled. Another told Bloomberg that only one-third of the 28 brands of grated Parmesan it tested appeared to be accurately labeled, in terms of protein levels and fillers. In response to a Bloomberg investigation, in which a lab test confirmed that several store brands contained high levels of cellulose, several stores have begun pulling the questionable products from their shelves.

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5 Smarter Ways to Eat Pizza at Home — Comfort Food Feast

by in Healthy Recipes, February 25, 2016

Save your napkins for mopping up spills at the dinner table. There’s no need to blot any grease when you serve one of these healthy homemade pies from Food Network. Start with whole-wheat pizza dough — store-bought is ideal on a busy weeknight — or hop aboard the latest health food trend and prepare a high-fiber crust using chickpea flour. Have plenty of fresh, in-season toppings on hand. You can’t go wrong with a basic marinara sauce or pesto, plus your favorite cheese and a handful of fresh herbs. The No. 1 perk to preparing pizza at home? These easy pies cook up in the same amount of time you’d spend waiting for your delivery to arrive — maybe even less, if you have help. Even the littlest sous chefs can chip in with the toppings.

Without further ado, here are five better-for-you pizzas to save you from another humdrum weeknight dinner:

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Order This, Not That: Cracker Barrel

by in Dining Out, February 25, 2016

This sit-down restaurant is a family favorite with more than 630 locations throughout the country. Founder Dan Evins wanted to create a restaurant that would make people feel comfortable when they were on the road far from home. However, many of the options at this eatery are drowning in high-calorie gravy or lots of butter. Last year, however, Cracker Barrel started offering Wholesome Fixin’s and Tasty Alternatives for those who want to watch their calories. The full nutrition info, however, isn’t offered for every dish on the menu (only the few healthier selections).

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Bites Are the New Bars

by in Grocery Shopping, February 24, 2016

Snack bars, energy bars, meal-replacement bars and even bars that claim to help aid in sleep have saturated the market for some time. But what if you just want a nibble, and not a full bar snack? Try bites. We think they’re the new bars! Portable and easy to pop one or two when you need an energy boost or a tiny bedtime treat, they’re taking over the bar marketplace at lightning speed. We rounded up a few of the latest offerings, below.

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Blood Orange Whole-Wheat Ricotta Pancakes

by in Healthy Recipes, February 23, 2016

I grew up on pancake mix. And I must tell you my grandmother made some pretty darn delicious pancakes out of that mix. They were always fluffy but brown and crispy on the edges. I never felt slighted in any way that we didn’t make homemade pancakes growing up, because … well, that was all I knew.

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Pulses: The Superfood You’ve Never Heard Of

by in Healthy Recipes, February 22, 2016

If you don’t readily recognize the word “pulses,” or know it is the official name for the category of food that includes dry peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils, you’re not alone. In fact, most Americans have no idea what pulses are. But many of those same people likely have a can of chickpeas, a bag of dried lentils or some black beans lurking on the shelves of their kitchen cupboards. And now that the United Nations has officially declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, it’s only a matter of time before this pantry staple also becomes a household word.

Pulses, it turns out, have a lot going for them in terms of nutrition, sustainability and affordability. Here are the top five reasons to start including more of them in your diet.

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4 Ways to Serve Microwave Breakfast Cake for One

by in Healthy Recipes, February 21, 2016

You’ve heard that breakfast is the most-important meal of the day. After fasting for many hours overnight (at least 6 hours recommended), it is important to refuel or jump-start the body with wholesome foods. The challenge, however, is trying to accomplish a million things before leaving the house for the day, and fixing a hearty breakfast — or any kind of breakfast, for that matter — simply may not happen. Perhaps that’s why convenient and portable items like overnight oats are widely popular (in addition to their delicious taste, of course). What’s another easy option besides perfect overnight oats? I introduce you to the Microwave Breakfast Cake for One, made in a Mason jar. Yes, you can prepare it the night before, and you certainly can enjoy it for breakfast or at any time of the day. In just minutes, you can fuel your body with a healthy dose of carbs, protein and fat!

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13 Morning Hacks for Your Breakfast

by in Healthy Tips, February 20, 2016

If breakfast is the most-important meal of the day, and mornings are the most-hectic time of the day, how do you make a morning meal that’s healthy and timesaving? That conundrum led us to compile our favorite morning hacks.

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