7 Things NOT to Do with Summer Produce

by in Healthy Tips, July 20, 2015

It’s the height of the season for fresh summer produce. To help keep fruit and vegetables tasting their best, avoid making these common mistakes. Read more

Should You Be Focusing on Calories?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, July 19, 2015

The common wisdom of the dieting world has always been that in order to lose weight (or avoid gaining it), counting calories is key. Or is it? Read more

Does Eating Fat Impair Your Thinking?

by in Healthy Tips, July 18, 2015

Eating a high-fat, high-sugar diet may have a negative effect on more than just your physical health — it can also be harmful to your mental health. A new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry  examined how sugar and fat affect the normal bacteria in the intestine and the impact that has on the brain’s functioning. Read more

Order This, Not That: Healthy Airline Food Options

by in Healthy Tips, July 17, 2015

Between packing your suitcase, making sure you have the right travel documents and figuring out how to get yourself to the airport, making your own meal for the airplane might not be top of mind. If you’re not able to tote along a snack made from scratch, we’ve rounded up the best options to get you through a flight feeling full without feeling like you’ve started your vacation before landing.  Read more

Nutrition News: Time to Freeze Fish, Fruit and Veggie Fail, Calorie-Count Label Delay

by in Food News, July 17, 2015

Fresh Frozen Fish

Sushi and ceviche lovers, take note: Fish served raw or undercooked in New York City restaurants will soon be required to cool its fins for a bit in the freezer before it hits your plate — anywhere from 15 hours to a week, minimum, depending on the temperature and freezing process. The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued the directive, set to take effect in August, in keeping with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, which aim to rid fish of parasites and bacteria. According to The New York Times, however, many NYC chefs already flash-freeze their fish in order to rid it of potential pathogens, and say it does not affect taste. Read more

Wax Bean “Pasta” Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, July 16, 2015

Pasta salad is a classic summer dish, guaranteed to make an appearance at potlucks, picnics and barbecues. Why is this dish so popular? Because most pasta salad recipes involve very little prep work besides cooking the noodles, especially when store-bought pesto, mayo or dressings get involved. And since they can be served cold or at room temperature, pasta salads don’t need to be reheated — a major win for hot days. Read more

Green Is the New Black: 5 Must-Try Pestos — Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Recipes, July 16, 2015

There’s nothing like a fresh batch of pesto to imbue pasta, meats and steamed vegetables with bright, herbaceous flavor. Most people are familiar with the classic pesto, a pureed mix of basil, pine nuts, crushed garlic and cheese (usually Parmesan) moistened with a splash of olive oil. But these ingredients, though delicious, can be pricey and difficult to find. The good news is, there are other ways to prepare this zesty sauce from scratch, in less time and with less money spent at the store. If it’s green and a vegetable, chances are you can turn it into pesto. So if your potted basil didn’t fare as well as you’d hoped this summer, never fear: Broccoli, arugula and other greens make great substitutes. Here are five easy takes on the classic pesto to invigorate your favorite summer dishes.

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Are Your Food-Storage Methods Making You Eat More?

by in Food News, July 16, 2015

Is the way you store your food at home making you fat? Scientists at Ohio State University have looked into how the home environment may influence eating behaviors — and found that there may be a correlation between where you keep your food and how likely you are to be obese. Read more

Lunch on a Stick, 2 Ways: Chicken Kebabs and Tropical Fruit Kebabs

by in Healthy Recipes, July 15, 2015

What is it about eating food off of a stick that makes it so much fun? These sweet and savory lunchbox kebabs are sure to be a hit with your kiddos, plus they’re nourishing and easy to make. The savory version pairs chicken, summer sweet cherry tomatoes, black olives and mozzarella cheese with a creamy Greek Yogurt Pesto Dipping Sauce. The sweet version takes on a tropical twist with fresh mango and pineapple, plus an Orange Maple Coconut Dipping Sauce. Pack ‘em together in a lunchbox for a kid-friendly, healthy and nutritious meal! Read more

12 BBQ Foods for 250 Calories (or Less)

by in Healthy Recipes, July 15, 2015

Picnic spreads are often chock-full of belly-busting dishes. Be the star of the potluck with these flavorful and sensible options — each has less than 250 calories per serving. Read more