Southwestern Chicken Fajita Mason Jar Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, April 28, 2015

Brown-bagging your lunch is friendlier on your wallet and can be better for your waistline. It also allows you to fully enjoy your lunch instead of inhaling it because the majority of your lunch hour was spent waiting in line. But there are some challenges to packing your own lunch, aren’t there?

First, you need to choose a dish that can be eaten as is or easily reheated. Then you need to do a little advanced planning and perhaps some prep. Yes, you can always turn to salads and sandwiches, but sometimes you want something a bit heartier and more satisfying. Read more

Movie Quotes with Food in Mind

by in Healthy Recipes, April 28, 2015

“I’ll have what she’s having,” the infamous line from When Harry Met Sally, might be one of the most-memorable food-focused quotes, but it’s not the only one. And why not make your script revolve around eating? You may not remember some of these one-liners from the silver screen, but you’ll be able to enjoy a healthy recipe inspired by each. Read more

Hummus: Is it Healthy?

by in Is It Healthy?, April 27, 2015

There’s been a lot of talk about hummus in the news lately following a recent recall of the popular spread. Assuming we take contamination off the table, is hummus a healthy choice? Read more

The Chef’s Take: Slow-Cooked Salmon with Green Romesco from Morimoto

by in Dining Out, April 27, 2015

While many diners make a reservation at Morimoto New York solely for Masaharu Morimoto’s exquisite sushi, it would behoove them to also spring for one of his warm Western-inspired creations. At this minimalist Japanese restaurant in the Meatpacking District — one of several in Iron Chef Morimoto’s expansive culinary empire — a slab of king salmon accompanied by splashes of piquant green romesco sauce, charred lily bulbs, green almonds and shiso is a light and vibrant reflection of the season. “This dish is not found in a typical Japanese restaurant because it doesn’t use any soy sauce. The green romesco has a spicy kick, which pairs nicely with the tender, slow-cooked salmon,” Morimoto explains. Read more

Order This, Not That: Pizza

by in Dining Out, April 26, 2015

Pizza is one of the most-popular foods in the country. Eating a slice can help you get your recommended daily amount of at least three food groups: grains, dairy and vegetables. But some pizza-joint options can also be unfriendly to your waistline. A standard plain slice can start at 400 calories — and that’s without any toppings. Here are menu options from popular chains that can sabotage your healthy eating plan, and the better-for-you choices on those same menus. Read more

11 Reasons You Should Eat Greek Yogurt for Dinner

by in Healthy Recipes, April 25, 2015

Sure, Greek yogurt is an excellent (if obvious) choice for a healthy breakfast. The protein-rich, low-sugar favorite is certain to keep you full until lunchtime, and checks off a number of the day’s nutritional requirements. But have you considered eating or cooking with Greek yogurt for dinner, instead? Its thick texture and inherent creaminess make it an ideal stand-in for other dairy products, instantly upping a dish’s nutritional ante and cutting its calories and fat. If you need further convincing, read on for 11 enticing reasons you should eat Greek yogurt tonight.

1. It gives a bed of orzo and peas guilt-free creaminess.
Together with oil, garlic and lemon juice, yogurt gives this Creamy Lemon Pepper Orzo with Grilled Chicken its dish-defining moisture (and pleasant tang).

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Warning: Sad Movies Are Fattening

by in Healthy Tips, April 25, 2015

Few moviegoers are immune to the lure of the popcorn, candy and other junk-food treats for sale on the way into the theater. But it turns out that the movie you’re going to see may influence just how much of those fattening foods you consume while you watch. A study just released by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab measured the differences in popcorn consumption — both in a lab setting and at a movie theater — between moviegoers watching sad movies and those watching comedies. Read more

Nutrition News: Greek Yogurt Is in Schools (But Is It Beneficial?) and Junk Food Does Serious Damage

by in Food News, April 24, 2015

 Greek Yogurt Goes to School

They may study English, Latin, Spanish, French or Mandarin in their classrooms, but in the cafeteria, more American school kids will soon be eating Greek — Greek yogurt, that is. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced plans to offer Greek yogurt as a protein-rich alternative to meat in school lunches nationwide beginning this fall. The move follows a 12-state pilot program, which helped the USDA determine that there was sufficient student demand for Greek yogurt. And its higher level of protein than conventional yogurt was enough to earn Greek yogurt a permanent place in the national school lunch program. Robert Post, the senior director of nutrition and regulatory affairs for Greek yogurt maker Chobani, which was involved in the pilot program, says he is thrilled about the nationwide rollout. “The success of the pilot is a testament to the growing popularity of Greek yogurt and USDA’s recognition of the value of Greek yogurt as part of a healthy meal for kids,” Post said. Read more

5-Ingredient Soy-Maple Baked Salmon with Pistachios

by in Healthy Recipes, April 23, 2015


Spring has finally arrived, despite certain pockets of weather to the contrary, and as you add in-season cherries and asparagus back into your meals, consider incorporating wild Alaskan salmon into the menu. It’s a great source of protein: A three-ounce serving of cooked salmon brings you halfway to the amount of omega-3 fatty acids recommended by the World Health Organization. These fatty acids aren’t found in many foods, so you could say, they are tough to “reel in.”

One of the best ways to ensure your salmon remains intact during preparation is to cook the fillets with the skin on, then gently maneuver the pink flesh away from the skin and bloodline before serving. This salmon dish requires only five ingredients that produce a great depth of flavor. With just 20 minutes of prep time required, it is simple enough to prepare on a weeknight, yet has an elegant presentation that will wow dinner guests. Read more

Diet 101: If It Fits Your Macros #IIFYM

by in Diets & Weight Loss, April 22, 2015

 

Wondering why the hashtag #IIFYM has been dominating your Instagram feed lately? No, it’s not a cousin of #TBT or #FBF. It stands for “If It Fits Your Macros,” and it’s a new diet trend that focuses on the macronutrient content of the food you eat. Macronutrients are proteins, fats and carbs. Though the diet has been popular with bodybuilders for years, it’s recently gained a mainstream following.

The theory is this: Meet a certain number of carbs, proteins and fat each day, and you will build muscle and burn fat. The goal is to break down your daily caloric intake into 40 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent protein and 20 percent fat. Sounds simple enough. The crazy part? The types of foods you eat don’t matter. Proponents of the diet claim that as long as you meet your daily macros — whether it’s from brown rice or brownies — the diet will work.

Want to give the diet a try? Here’s a sample day of eating to help you do it the healthy way. Read more

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